Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 6 February 2003

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to protect Scottish agricultural interests in Europe.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether route development funding for direct air links will be focused on low-cost or scheduled flights; which airports are being considered for such links, and what...

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been (a) committed and (b) spent in respect of route development for direct airlinks.

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32954 by Ms Margaret Curran on 20 January 2003, when the Sociable Neighbourhood National Co-ordinator completed the audit of...

  • Asylum Seekers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what right to pre-school education the children of asylum seekers have.

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) pensioners' homes in the Renfrewshire Council area (i) benefited in 2001-02 and (ii) are expected to benefit in (1) 2002-03, (2)...

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) pensioners’ homes in the Renfrewshire Council area are estimated to be eligible for free central heating under its central...

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the targets are for installations by the Eaga Partnership Scotland under its central heating installation programme in the Renfrewshire Council area in respect...

  • Community Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available to each local authority or other relevant agency for the recruitment and maintenance of a network of community and neighbourhood...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to address any shortage of NHS dentists in Grampian.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Association of Independent Law Accountants made any contribution to the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on its proposals for music tuition in schools.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the New Opportunities Fund about the PE and Sport in Schools Programme.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive when education maintenance allowances will be made available to all eligible 16-year-olds.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what additional costs would be incurred in rolling out the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme to all local authorities by May 2003.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much Netcon-X Enterprise Ltd receives each month per student from Scottish Enterprise for the provision of the Training for Work internet web design course.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria a company offering a Training for Work course in internet web design needs to meet to ensure that it is in a position to provide the course satisfactorily.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring Scottish Enterprise undertakes in order to ensure that companies contracted to provide Training for Work courses continue to fulfil specified criteria.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take following the decision of the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee to call for the closure of the cattle incinerator in...

  • Equal Pay

    To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has done on the effects of the policies of Her Majesty’s Government on the promotion of equal pay.

  • Equal Pay

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken, other than through the Close the Gap campaign, to address the earnings differential between men and women.

  • Equal Pay

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to people wishing to take their employers to industrial tribunals over pay differentials.

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the future of the fire service.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being given to the fish processing industry.

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31653 by Allan Wilson on 27 November 2002, how the balance of the £5.2 million has been allocated to support flood...

  • Food

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to combat any detrimental impact of the EC Directive on food supplements on the provision of supplements, vitamins and minerals...

  • Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether freight facilities grants and track access grants currently available in Scotland will continue to be available, given the recent announcement by the...

  • Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the future of freight facilities and track access grants is in Scotland, given that the Strategic Rail Authority has announced that there will be no new grants...

  • Freight

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on any reduction or abolition of freight facilities grants and whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government on this matter.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funds announced by the Minister for Social Justice in the ministerial statement on housing on 7 November 2002 will be made available to East...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance is available to owner-occupier pensioners residing in blocks of flats owned by local authorities to participate in the installation of...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to assist local authorities to bring empty local authority housing stock back into use.

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to fund and carry out research into multiple sclerosis.

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Health and Community Care retains the ultimate decision over the location of the proposed new single site hospital for the Forth Valley.

  • NHS Hospitals

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reviewing practices in hospital cleaning.

  • NHS Waiting Times

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times in weeks were, and how many patients were waiting for, a first appointment in the (a) child dental health, (b) conservation, (c) oral...

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the voluntary sector is participating in the European Year of Disabled People 2003.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether events planned to mark the European Year of Disabled People 2003 will relate to both mental health disorders and physical disabilities.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what events are planned to mark the European Year of Disabled People 2003 (a) throughout Scotland and (b) in north Ayrshire.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the planning of events to mark the European Year of Disabled People 2003 (a) throughout Scotland and (b) in north Ayrshire.

  • Pharmacies

    To ask the Scottish Executive what response it intends to make to the recent Office of Fair Trading report on pharmacy services.

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Strategic Rail Authority and what issues were discussed.

  • Residential Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding provision is being made for the payment of nursing home fees for 2003.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government on the timescale for the completion of the M74 from Gretna to Carlisle.

  • Scottish Executive Publications

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Growing Support - A Review of Services for Vulnerable Families with Very Young Children .

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will apply for membership of the Regional Government Network for Sustainable Development.

  • Teachers

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30353 by Dr Elaine Murray on 24 October 2002, on what date the final year of the three-year funding commitment to the teacher...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of (a) projects and (b) funding allocations under the £450 million package of transport improvements announced on 22 January...

  • Voluntary Sector

    To ask the Scottish Executive what role the voluntary sector can play in delivering public services.

  • Water Charges

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider applications from care home owners to the water industry hardship fund in light of the Court of Session decision in the case of Scottish...

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