Scottish Parliament Written answers

Tuesday, 12 November 2002

  • Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28916 by Ross Finnie on 25 September 2002, whether the legal advice on right to buy for tenant farmers given in the answer was...

  • Asylum Seekers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the proposal for a Council of the European Union directive to establish minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers in EU member states.

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive why there is no Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guideline on autistic spectrum disorder and whether it will recommend a SIGN guideline on the care...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to building a fully staffed and equipped dedicated cancer hospital in Glasgow.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds will be available at the Beatson Oncology Centre following its transfer to the site at Gartnavel General Hospital.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many times it met with groups representing the elderly and disabled to discuss the concessionary travel fares scheme.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from groups representing the elderly and disabled regarding the concessionary travel fares scheme.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any restriction under the concessionary travel scheme prohibiting a person travelling free within their area and then purchasing a ticket that...

  • Courts

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on ad hoc or temporary procurator fiscal deputes in each sheriff court in the Lothian and Borders sheriffdom in each year since 1997.

  • Courts

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with (a) procurators fiscal and (b) sheriffs or their representatives about using civilian staff for court security and prisoner...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for implementing the commitment given in Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government to reduce primary 3 classes sizes to 30 or...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive why there is no Scottish School Leavers Survey available that takes account of Higher grade passes after 1995 and whether such surveys (a) have been carried out and,...

  • Emergency Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration was given in the Glasgow acute services review to providing services to cope with major incidents, such as terrorism, with particular regard to...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government on the impact on the environment of CO 2 emissions and, in particular, on publicity given to...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the commitment made in Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government to incorporate strategic environmental assessment...

  • European Union

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many accreditations for the European Council meeting in Brussels on 24 and 25 October 2002 it has applied for.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it stands by the statement in its announcement on 22 August 2002 by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development on proposals for the protection of the...

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the Audit Committee's 7th Report 2002: Report on Overview of Further Education Colleges in Scotland 2000/2001 which indicates that the committee...

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of current means of support for the delivery of further education in rural areas where the cost of delivery is increased by costs such as...

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an update on the progress made by the Scottish Further Education Funding Council since March 2002 in determining the effects on each college of...

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29300 by Cathy Jamieson on 26 September 2002, whether informal further education in the areas of social, cultural and...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ask the Health Technology Board for Scotland to review the prescribing of Seroxat, in the light of withdrawal symptoms reported on the BBC Panorama...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum recommended dosage is of methadone per person per day.

  • Health and Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of offences under sections 2 to 6, 21, 22 and 42 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 were marked no proceedings in respect of each category...

  • Health and Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to protect funeral directors’ staff from infectious disease through contact with deceased persons.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many wards are closed at weekends in each hospital in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area due to staff shortages.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the entire staff of the Western Infirmary in Glasgow will be transferred to Gartnavel General Hospital if the Western Infirmary closes.

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive what courses of treatment available at HCI International Medical Centre, Clydebank, before its purchase by the NHS (a) have been or (b) are planned to be...

  • Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive what equipment at the HCI International Medical Centre, Clydebank, (a) has been and (b) is planned to be taken out of service since the NHS bought the hospital; what...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many tenants organisations have withdrawn from the Glasgow housing stock transfer since the ballot on stock transfer was held.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties owned by Glasgow City Council were due to be transferred to the Glasgow Housing Association Ltd on the date the stock transfer ballot was held...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage the establishment of more law centres.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many female offenders that appeared at (a) all sheriff summary courts, (b) Glasgow Sheriff Summary Court, (c) Kilmarnock Sheriff Summary Court and (d) Glasgow...

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28916 by Ross Finnie on 25 September 2002, why it is possible to legislate for an absolute right to buy for salmon fisheries...

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28916 by Ross Finnie on 25 September 2002, whether the answer is consistent with its proposed crofting community right to buy...

  • Learning Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many Partnership in Practice agreements clearly set out performance indicators, targets, milestones and timescales to allow comparisons of progress across Scotland.

  • Learning Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many local area co-ordinators have a budget to provide funding directly to people with learning disabilities to purchase the services that they need, as...

  • Legal Aid

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase advice and assistance rates of pay to social welfare lawyers to make up for the 23% decrease in real value of these rates since 1993.

  • Legal Aid

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide adequate funding for legal provision for (a) asylum seekers, (b) employment law cases and (c) eviction cases.

  • Legal Aid

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the lawyers appointed to Part V projects under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 can be independent in advising clients in disputes with its departments and...

  • Local Government Elections

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the current legal maximum expenditure is for local authority election candidates; whether it will increase the maximum ahead of the May 2003 local elections,...

  • Medical Research

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the recent study published in volume 325, issue 7368 of the British Medical Journal on the link between insulin resistance and socio-economic...

  • Medical Research

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any studies being conducted with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in children in Scotland.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs has to be approved separately for use by adults and children.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive which anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs are currently approved for use in children and what trials were carried out before this approval was given.

  • Ministerial Visits

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many visits have been made to the (a) Roxburgh and Berwickshire and (b) Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale parliamentary constituencies by ministers in each year...

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average multiple sclerosis sufferers that meet the Association of British Neurologists’ criteria for disease-modifying drugs have to wait currently...

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance has been issued to NHS boards on implementing the Arbuthnott formula for the allocation of funds at a sub-board level.

  • New Opportunities Fund

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the programmes under the New Opportunities Fund to help young people and youth organisations in Scotland offer as much support pro rata as the equivalent...

  • New Opportunities Fund

    To ask the Scottish Executive what external monitoring and evaluation procedures are in place to assess whether projects funded by the New Opportunities Fund have been successful and who performs...

  • New Opportunities Fund

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29296 by Dr Elaine Murray on 26 September 2002, whether it will make representations to the National Lottery distributing...

  • Nursing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the article in the Sunday Mail on 27 October 2002 regarding the drop-out rates of student nurses from their courses and the relationship of these rates to...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29010 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 October 2002, whether it will detail the changes in the national recording of complaints against...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the process is for a verbal complaint to be made against the police.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many injuries occurred in each prison that were reportable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in each of the last five years.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many parliamentary questions on prison issues are currently awaiting a substantive answer and when each question will receive such an answer.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30175 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 October 2002, how it arrived at a valuation of the Scottish Prison Service's land and buildings,...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30175 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 October 2002, why there was an increase of £24,931,000 in the value of tangible assets held...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30175 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 October 2002, why there was an increase of £21,287,000 in the value of tangible assets held...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30175 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 October 2002, why there was an increase £3,464,000 in the value of tangible assets held by...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30175 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 October 2002, what the cost would be of producing the remainder of the information sought in the...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29427 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 October 2002, how much the management of the Scottish Prison Service has received in...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, on what basis it made its assessment of best value of the new contractual...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, why the cost of education at HM Prison Barlinnie fell between 2000-01 and 2001-02.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29771 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 October 2002, why the cost of education at HM Prison Edinburgh rose by approximately 49% between...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30079 by Mr Jim Wallace on 16 October 2002, whether it supports the conclusion of the Secure Accommodation Advisory Group that...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28802 by Mr Jim Wallace on 23 October 2002, what steps have been taken to date to rectify the disciplinary records of prisons...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what performance-related revenue deductions have been incurred under the contract to operate HM Prison Kilmarnock by the prison’s operator in each quarter...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have been removed from each Scottish Prison Service prison for reasons other than routine treatment in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many female offenders convicted or sentenced in 2001 at (a) all sheriff summary courts, (b) Glasgow Sheriff Summary Court, (c) Kilmarnock Sheriff Summary Court...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many female offenders receiving a fine in 2001 at (a) all sheriff summary courts, (b) Glasgow Sheriff Summary Court, (c) Kilmarnock Sheriff Summary Court and (d)...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many female offenders that defaulted on a fine in 2001 received at (a) all sheriff summary courts, (b) Glasgow Sheriff Summary Court, (c) Kilmarnock Sheriff...

  • Prostitutes

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the law relating to prostitution has been proven to be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in respect of preventing the violation...

  • Prostitutes

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether existing law is effective with regard to determining soliciting, kerb crawling and prostitution and whether it has any plans to (a) review the law and (b)...

  • Public Private Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29432 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 September 2002, what precisely is meant by "broadly equivalent costs".

  • Public Private Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29432 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 September 2002, whether it will detail each type of cost incurred in monitoring contracts for the...

  • Public Private Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29432 by Mr Andy Kerr on 30 September 2002, what information it has on the costs of monitoring contracts for the operation of...

  • Residential Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Care Commission on the commission’s role in determining the status of group home provision for people with a...

  • Scottish Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what savings will be achieved in each year through Scottish Enterprise’s business transformation project.

  • Scottish Executive Advertising

    To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out into the efficacy of each of its public information campaigns since 1999.

  • Scottish Executive Websites

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to establish its Do a Little – Change a Lot website and what the annual operating costs are of the site.

  • Social Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many families were living in poverty in each month of each year since 1996.

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in (a) public and (b) private education have currently been identified as having learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of children identified as having learning difficulties has reduced or increased over the last three years and whether the number of such children...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children that have been excluded from school in each of the last three years have had learning difficulties such as dyslexia and whether there is any...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) public and (b) private specialist schools there are for children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

  • Taxation

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure that public money committed to purchase private sector goods or services is not committed to any...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to direct VisitScotland to collate annually information on categories of expenditure by tourists, broken down by area tourist board area.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to direct VisitScotland to include retail within the annual tourism figures for visitors’ attitudes and activities undertaken.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates tourism spend on retail contributes to the economy annually.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote Glasgow as the second largest retail destination in Britain.

  • Voluntary Organisations

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29299 by Ms Margaret Curran on 26 September 2002, whether adult volunteers working in youth organisations benefit from the...

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the peak turbity and colour loadings occurring in the source waters for the Balmore and new Milngavie water treatment plants are.

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of flooding the new Milngavie water treatment plant has been designed to cope with.

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive what design elements of the new Milngavie water treatment plant mitigate against any bypass of the filters due to a flooding incident.

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the specified lifespan is of the filter media proposed for the Milngavie water treatment plant.

  • Water Supply

    To ask the Scottish Executive how long a water treatment plant with the same specifications as that proposed for Milngavie would take to build.

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, with which local authorities it has held discussions on a pilot of specialist...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when the cross-departmental consideration of improving the effectiveness of...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when it will make its announcement on the "Safer Scotland" police campaign on high...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when the audit of current front-line services that will inform future funding...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when it will publish its scoping paper on a national application of a system of...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, when it will conclude consideration of the proposals for the redevelopment of the...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30102 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30105 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 October 2002, why the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) liaison officer member...

  • Holyrood Project

    To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will list, for each works package under the Holyrood project where no performance bond was obtained, (a) the name of...

  • Parliamentary Publications

    To ask the Presiding Officer what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing the Scottish Parliament Annual Report 2001 to 2002.

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