Scottish Parliament Written answers

Tuesday, 18 February 2003

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive why its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has changed the system of payment for services rendered in the inspection of seed potatoes from payment on account...

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive why the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency has changed the system of payment for the sale of seed potato plantlets from payment on account to payment up front and...

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the Civil Aviation Authority regarding the economic impact on travellers and the cost of flights from Scotland as a result of...

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will evaluate drink-driving rehabilitation programmes as a method of educating those found guilty of drink-driving.

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest response times are for ambulances responding to emergency calls in Carnoustie and the rest of the Angus area.

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO) has been issued to control unacceptable conduct in retail outlets in the last year.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to increase the proportion of older people in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area that are able to...

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £250 million for free personal care and nursing care was allocated to (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) West Dunbartonshire Council.

  • Community Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many community safety partnerships there are currently in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency and when each partnership was established.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive why concessionary bus pass holders cannot travel into another local authority area using their pass without making a further payment.

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33055 by Hugh Henry on 5 February 2003, what submissions were made in the Scottish response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many speed cameras have been maliciously damaged in the last six months; whether it will seek to have such cameras reinstated as soon as possible, and what...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded offences of (a) breach of the peace and (b) petty assault there were in 2001, broken down by local authority area.

  • Crime Prevention

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to reduce crime rates in disadvantaged areas in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area since 1996.

  • Crime Prevention

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on crime prevention by (a) central government, (b) Argyll and Bute Council and (c) West Dunbartonshire Council in each year since 1997.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has offered to Grampian NHS Board to attract dentists to take up community practice in the board’s area.

  • Discrimination

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33055 by Hugh Henry on 5 February 2003, whether it has ever established a working group on discrimination and whether it...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the monetary value is of drugs seized by the L Division of Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency since the inception of the policy to...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assets seized from illegal drug dealing have been redistributed to the (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it has undertaken, or plans to undertake, to tackle drug misuse in the (a) Dumbarton parliamentary constituency, (b) Argyll and Bute local authority...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education would operate in Scotland.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any permission for inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education to work in Scotland and, if so, what the reasons are for its position...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government about any use of inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education to inspect education...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be made to ensure that any inspection undertaken by the Office for Standards in Education conforms to Scottish practice and procedure given...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve community fire safety.

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to request the service records of Scottish armed forces personnel from the Ministry of Defence archive at Hayes, Middlesex, for archiving in...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS operations have been cancelled at less than one (a) day’s and (b) week’s notice due to lack of bed space in each hospital in each NHS board...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many adverse incidents regarding the use of Factor VIII and Factor IX blood products in the treatment of haemophiliacs were reported in each year from 1970 to 1987.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the increase in haemophilus influenzae (Hib) infections over the last two and a half years.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected final cost is of the compensation scheme for homeowners in Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road, Cumbernauld, what bodies will be responsible for...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been paid in each of the last five years to registered social landlords in grants under section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 to offset corporation tax...

  • Landfill

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many landfill applications it has been notified of in each of the last five years and how many have been for landfills within 3 km of existing settlements.

  • Legal Aid

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its plans for the reform of civil legal aid.

  • Lifelong Learning

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the participation of adults in community-based learning.

  • Lottery Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish its response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Review of Lottery Funding: A consultation paper on Lottery distribution...

  • NHS Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive by how much funding levels for the Lanarkshire NHS Board have increased in each year since 1996.

  • NHS Waiting Times

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it now holds on the average waiting time for drug treatment in each NHS board area.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Dumbarton constituency have gone into jobs from the New Deal.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers in each age band are currently serving in each police force.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers will retire from each police force in each of the next five years.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has done of the additional costs to police forces of the retirement of police officers over the next five years.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the pension contributions by serving police officers are, and will remain, sufficient to cover the pension payments made by police forces.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has earmarked any additional monies to pay the pension provision for retired and retiring police officers and, if so, how much.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether each police force has targets for the recruitment and retention of special constables and whether any such targets are being met.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what fine the operators of HM Prison Kilmarnock are liable for as a result of the concerted indiscipline that occurred there on or between 29 and 31 January 2003.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many performance points have been accrued under the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers from Strathclyde Police intervened during the concerted indiscipline that occurred at HM Prison Kilmarnock on or between 29 and 31 January 2003.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether (a) Premier Custodial Group Ltd, (b) any of its subsidiary companies and (c) any other companies that belong to the parent companies of the Premier group...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees it can give that the level of violence that has occurred at HM Prison Young Offenders Institution Ashfield will not occur at HM Prison Kilmarnock.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-31088, S1W-31487 and S1W-32018 by Mr Jim Wallace on 8 November, 22 November and 10 December 2002 respectively, whether it...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31154 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 November 2002, what performance-related revenue deductions were incurred under the contract to...

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it will process Anglo-Scottish Freight Facilities and Track Access Grants, given that the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has announced that there will be no new...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what directions it has given Aberdeenshire Council regarding its share of the £15 million awarded to local authorities for local roads maintenance.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what road safety measures it plans to put in place at accident spots on the A90 in Aberdeenshire in the next three years.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support it will give to Aberdeenshire Council to assist with the raising of the B974 road level at Strachan to minimise the risk of road closures caused...

  • School Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive why private school bus operators in Aberdeenshire were required to purchase fare recording systems when the local authority did not own any of the necessary reading...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive which of the 62 New Community School Projects are situated in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area.

  • Scottish Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by (a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire in the Clydesdale parliamentary constituency (i) in total and (ii) per head of...

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the Scottish Environment Protection Agency any additional powers in order to improve its ability to become more involved in the planning...

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the Scottish Environment Protection Agency any additional powers in order to improve its ability to become more involved in environmental...

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding has been allocated to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in each year since its inception.

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency about the prosecution of environmental cases.

  • Scottish Executive Expenditure

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13764 by Angus MacKay on 5 April 2001, whether it will give up-to-date figures on how much was spent on new capital investment...

  • Scottish Executive Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether housing and regeneration budgets will be affected by industrial action by fire service personnel.

  • Scottish Executive Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional £0.5 billion announced to be spent on police forces, fire brigades and the prison services will be spent in the (a) Argyll and Bute...

  • Special Advisers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total estimated annual cost of employment of special advisors has been in each year since 1999.

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how sport scotland and the Lottery Sports Fund will improve sport opportunities for young people in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local...

  • Student Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time students from the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area received bursaries to support them at university.

  • Student Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many students from low-income backgrounds from the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area have had their university fees waived.

  • Student Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of recipients of access bursaries have been domiciled in the (a) Argyll and Bute Council area, (b) West Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) Dumbarton...

  • Parliamentary Contracts

    To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-25368 on 9 May 2002, what consultation there has been with service users in the consideration of the contract for mail services...

  • Parliamentary Contracts

    To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-25368 on 9 May 2002, what consultation there has been with trade unions in the consideration of the contract for mail services...

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