Scottish Parliament Written answers

Tuesday, 25 March 2003

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many farms in the East Ayrshire Council area remain under restrictions imposed after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986 and what those...

  • Census

    To ask the Scottish Executive when further detailed results from the 2001 Census will be published.

  • Child Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many families in the Midlothian Council area have benefited from Sure Start Scotland; in what ways they have benefited, and how much of that organisation’s...

  • Crofting

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome of the consultation on proposals for crofting reform legislation was and what conclusions it has drawn from the consultation responses.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing peripatetic dentistry services in remote and rural areas.

  • Doctors

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors were employed in the North Ayrshire local authority area in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-01 and (f) 2001-02.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to increase the employment rates of disadvantaged groups, lone parents and ethnic minorities in the Edinburgh East and Musselburgh...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the (a) City of Edinburgh and (b) East Lothian council area have gone into jobs through the New Deal, broken down by (i) race, (ii) gender and...

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what response it made to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s 22nd report, Energy - The Changing Climate .

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a strategy for attracting people from overseas to come to Scotland and carry out ancestral research; whether such people played any role in the...

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed local authority one-stop shops for ancestral research will provide the detailed local information needed for researchers to visit the actual...

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the time period required to photocopy certain archive material in genealogical and historical archive centres acts as a barrier to people from overseas...

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether overseas people seeking to conduct genealogical and historical research in historical archive centres are informed in advance of travelling to Scotland of...

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether post-1700 archive records pertaining to Jacobite trials, executions and imprisonment are held in any genealogical and historical archive centres and what the...

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a strategy for attracting overseas visitors to come to Scotland to carry out genealogical and historical research of clan ancestry; whether clan...

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is issued to assist overseas people interested in conducting genealogical and historical research of their ancestors in Scotland.

  • Genealogy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any genealogical records exist in Scotland pertaining to Catholic ancestry dating further back than the 18th century; what its response is to the claim that...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in increasing partnership working in the delivery of legal information and advice services.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are being taken to extend the provision of "one-stop shop" delivery of legal information and advice services, building on the experience of existing...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33923 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 10 March 2003, what the reporting policies are that have led to the increase in cases being...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33923 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 10 March 2003, what the technology problems are that have led to the increase in cases being...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33923 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 10 March 2003, what the resources problems have been that have led to the increase in cases...

  • Nursing

    To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards offer career pathway packages to qualified nurses.

  • Nursing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses were employed in the North Ayrshire local authority area in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-01 and (f) 2001-02.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase accessibility for disabled people to houses.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the availability of disabled persons housing services across Scotland and what funding it is providing to increase this availability.

  • Pharmacists

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many students have (a) applied for entry and (b) been accepted to study pharmacy courses at universities in Scotland in each of the last five years.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how equality issues will be considered in the development of a spatial strategy and a planning bill.

  • Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) children and (b) pensioners it has lifted out of poverty since 1999.

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any local authorities are implementing waiting lists for the provision of nursery places and, if so, how many children are on such lists, broken down by...

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision of free nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds includes a guarantee of a minimum number of hours of free provision per child.

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what maximum number of sessions of free nursery provision is available per child per week and how many children are receiving this level of free provision.

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what maximum level of subsidy is available per child in private sector, voluntary sector or local authority pre-school centres to provide a free part-time place for...

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated total cost of provision of free part-time places for every three- and four-year-old has been in each year since the scheme for such provision began.

  • Pre-School Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average weekly cost to parents is of full-time nursery provision in pre-school centres run by (a) the private sector, (b) the voluntary sector and (c) local...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of available prisoner places has been in HM Prison Kilmarnock in each quarter since the opening of the prison.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many category D prisoners have been unlawfully at large in each of the last five years, broken down by prison from which they became unlawfully at large.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33813 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 March 2003, what changes the investigation by the director of HM Prison Kilmarnock has concluded...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33813 by Mr Jim Wallace on 12 March 2003, whether the investigation by the director of HM Prison Kilmarnock has concluded that...

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the new arrangements for prisoner escort duties will be in place and what level of resources this will free up in the prison service.

  • Public Appointments

    To ask the Scottish Executive what role it played in the appointment of Joan Aitken as Scottish Traffic Commissioner.

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33691 by Lewis Macdonald on 25 February 2003, what body will be responsible for carrying out the performance impact studies...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34108 by Des McNulty on 26 February 2003, when a decision will be made on the wind farm public inquiry.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the results of, and its response to, last year’s consultation Scotland’s Renewable Energy Potential - Beyond 2010 .

  • Residential Care

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake a review of the role and value of children's homes in order to ensure that the most effective action is being taken to deliver a high...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive on what date the tenders for the preliminary design of the A77 southern section improvements will be issued; what the closing date for receipt of such tenders will...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-6561 by Iain Gray on 6 March 2003, how long the public consultation process will take after receipt of the successful...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what target dates are currently under consideration for the issuing of contracts for the construction work necessary to carry out the improvements on the southern...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-6561 by Iain Gray on 6 March 2003, why it could not proceed on a design and construct fixed-cost tender basis for the...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-6561 by Iain Gray on 6 March 2003, why it could not proceed on a design and construct fixed-cost, fixed-time, tender basis for...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what financial arrangements are now in place in respect of the M77 extension between Malletsheugh and Fenwick.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive how often the Performance Audit Group carries out inspections of the M876 and M9 and how many inspections the group has carried out on each road.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any default notices have been issued to Amey Highways Ltd in respect of the clearance of litter from the central reservations, verges and slip roads of the...

  • Security Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in developing proposals to regulate the private security industry.

  • Sewel Motions

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is consistent with the Sewel Convention for the Parliament to be asked to agree that the Sexual Offences Bill be considered by the UK Parliament after the...

  • Sexual Offences

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether restrictions on the sale and use of pornography are considered to be integral to advancing the strategy on tackling violence against women.

  • Sheltered Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what minimum standards of warden cover for sheltered housing complexes it expects local authorities to provide; what system exists for ensuring that such minimum...

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it, or its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies, will undertake an inquiry into the running of the Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company,...

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34130 by Ms Margaret Curran on 4 March 2003, whether it will publish the results of the review by Communities Scotland of...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1F-2038 by Mr Jack McConnell on 5 September 2002, whether a copy of its "clear strategy" on sustainable development is available...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds are expected to be available for tourists in August 2003, broken down by (a) tourist board area and (b) category of accommodation.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds were available for tourists in August in each year from 1997 to 2002, broken down by (a) tourist board area and (b) category of accommodation.

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32801 by Cathy Jamieson on 20 December 2002, what outcome there has been from discussions with the five organisations listed...

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32801 by Cathy Jamieson on 20 December 2002, when the 25 additional secure accommodation places will become available.

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has finalised plans for accreditation of youth justice programmes and, if so, what these plans are.

  • Holyrood Project

    To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-33760 on 19 February 2003, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) will provide a breakdown of the £56...

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