Scottish Parliament Written answers

Wednesday, 26 March 2003

  • Agriculture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) about the implementation of a Scottish scheme for the disposal of...

  • Airports

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of buying out the public private partnership (PPP) for Inverness airport; whether the terms of the PPP are a disincentive to increasing the...

  • Better Neighbourhood Services Fund

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much money, in addition to the grant aided expenditure settlement, it has awarded to (a) City of Edinburgh and (b) East Lothian council through the Better...

  • Carers

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be provided to develop carer information strategies, as referred to in chapter 3 of Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper .

  • Central Heating

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30388 by Hugh Henry on 22 October 2002, why the information on Eaga Partnership Scotland's website on central heating,...

  • Child Protection

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of child abuse were submitted by the police to procurators fiscal and how many of these reports concerned complaints against (a) females and (b)...

  • Civil Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been relocated to (a) South Ayrshire, (b) East Ayrshire and (c) North Ayrshire as a result of its policy of dispersing civil service jobs.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the increase in spending per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil has been in each year, compared with the previous year, since 1996-97 to date, broken...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the number of fee-paying and grant-aided primary and secondary schools with written procedures for managing incidents of drug...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32995 by Nicol Stephen on the 22 January 2003, what forms guidance, guidelines and official circulars initiated by it and the...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will amend regulations in order to enable schools to negotiate with employers for appropriate school students to have part of their education learning a...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities regarding the discontinuation or closure of schools.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any role in approving local authority proposals to discontinue or close schools.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with Shell UK prior to the company’s announcement of 350 job losses.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is given to the gendered nature of environmental concerns in preparing policy and drafting legislation.

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the work done by the Equality Proofings Budget Advisory Group will be taken into account by the new independent women’s equality group announced by the...

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines are in place to ensure that women's groups and organisations are included in consultation exercises and what monitoring procedures are in place to...

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend to the banks that, in order to tackle any discrimination against people with disabilities who live in sheltered accommodation, they broaden...

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to ensure regular and frequent consultation over policy issues with members of black and other ethnic minority communities.

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been received from programmes overseen by the European Union in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of available sources of funding from European institutions and how many staff are engaged to ensure adequate take-up of such funding by...

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the take-up level is of European Union (EU) grants, expressed as a percentage of total EU grants available and what information it holds on take-up of such...

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what European funding programmes are available to organisations in Scotland.

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what average level of match funding it provides in respect of European Union grants.

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce training to raise awareness of the availability and purpose of different European Union grants and to provide assistance in the...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for any reductions in crew levels of front line appliances attending fire call-outs in the Strathclyde Fire Brigade area.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive when arrangements will be in place to allow white fish landings to resume at Macduff harbour.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of financial support it has provided to sea fisheries in each of the last four years, showing the percentage allocated to (a) enforcement, (b)...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its budgetary projections are for financial support to sea fisheries for each of the next two years, showing the percentage allocated to (a) enforcement, (b)...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of quota is allocated to vessels known to have been decommissioned.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of track record was decommissioned during previous decommissioning schemes and whether this level was equal to the total level accounted for by the...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of track record has been allocated to former fishing vessels whose owners surrendered their fishing licences under the 2001 decommissioning scheme and how...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of how much funding would be required to purchase all track record and entitlement currently allocated to vessels known to have...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive Scottish Executive what incentives will be introduced as part of the Performance Incentive Framework, as referred to in chapter 4 of Partnership for Care:...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what free eye tests are available on the NHS.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether a shortage of wheelchairs is contributing to delayed discharge from hospitals.

  • Health and Safety Executive

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss with the Health and Safety Executive whether any regulations governing school students learning technical skills in school or during work...

  • Historic Events

    To ask the Scottish Executive what response it has given to the request from a range of academics, historians and others for support in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what bodies were responsible for construction defects affecting housing in Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road, Cumbernauld, and whether it will give details of the defects.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33682 by Margaret Curran on 21 February 2003, whether it will detail each stakeholder that North Lanarkshire Council is consulting.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33682 by Margaret Curran on 21 February 2003, whether there is any section of legislation that would prevent North Lanarkshire...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33681 by Margaret Curran on 21 February 2003, when the affected properties in the Ainslie Road and Macclehose Road area of the...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33679 by Margaret Curran on 18 February 2003, what the latest date is by which the discussions concerning compensation to...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what appeals processes will be available to homeowners in the Ainslie Road and Macclehose Road area of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency should they consider...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out into the ownership history and current tenure of former right-to-buy homes.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive where the highest and lowest rates of house price inflation are.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure the availability of good quality affordable housing for those on low incomes in the Edinburgh East and Musselburgh parliamentary...

  • Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to Nurturing Wealth Creation: A Report by the Scottish Manufacturing Steering Group .

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the rates of drug-related crime were 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)...

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor the average level of public liability premiums in the year before and five years after the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act...

  • Local Government Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what housing capital expenditure allocations have been made to each local authority since 1996-97, showing the percentage change year-on-year.

  • Ministerial Announcements

    To ask the Scottish Executive what ministerial announcements are planned for April 2003.

  • Older People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many persons of pensionable age live in the (a) Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and (b) Motherwell and Wishaw parliamentary constituencies.

  • Older People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has undertaken, or will undertake, to ensure that older people will receive fully independent financial advice prior to the proposed changes to the...

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive to how many written parliamentary questions in each year since May 1999 it has given an answer that states that the information sought in the question cannot be...

  • Parliamentary Questions

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will undertake to ensure that all written questions submitted prior to the dissolution of the Parliament will be answered in full and made available...

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £16 million funding for accelerating land renewal in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, detailed in Building Better Cities – Delivering Growth...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question 34109 by Ross Finnie on 24 February 2003, when the new survey on public attitudes towards wind farms will be completed and when...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34102 by Ross Finnie on 24 February 2003, what steps are being taken to ensure that the new survey on public attitudes towards...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a 2.2-megawatt hydro-electric generating station at Braevallich in Argyll and Bute.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a 3.5-megawatt hydro-electric generating station at Kingairloch in the Highlands.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from businesses and business organisations regarding the upgrading of the A90 north of Balmedie and north of Tipperty to dual...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for removal of the Hatton bends on the A90.

  • Rural Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether a post responsible for equine matters will be created within its Environment and Rural Affairs Department similar to that within the Department for...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the definition of "capacity" is under the Education (Publication and Consultation etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 1981 which states "proposals must also be...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any proposals from Falkirk Council in respect of utilising a not-for-profit trust approach to a scheme for school rebuilding and...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or any of its special advisers or civil servants, acting officially or in any other capacity, has supplied any information to any organisation or...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22918 by Nicol Stephen on 22 February 2002, whether needing to realise a financial gain from the sale of a school site in...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-22918 by Nicol Stephen on 22 February 2002, what balance should be struck by education authorities between educational,...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from (a) community representatives, (b) school boards, (c) church or denominational bodies and (d) parents of pupils in...

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from (a) community representatives, (b) school boards, (c) church or denominational bodies and (d) parents of pupils in...

  • Scottish Executive Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-4038 and S1W-33935 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 March 2000 and Mr Andy Kerr on 20 February 2003 respectively, what the reasons...

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the provision of appropriate Scottish Qualification Authority courses in photography, particularly at Intermediate and Higher grades.

  • Sexual Offences

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any evaluation is carried out on the reports on sexual assaults passed to procurators fiscal by the police and, if so, how it is undertaken.

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34294 by Margaret Curran on 9 March 2003, which members of the boards of Social Inclusion Partnerships (SIPs) in Glasgow are...

  • Social Inclusion Partnerships

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34296 by Ms Margaret Curran on 13 March 2003, which Social Inclusion Partnership projects operating in Glasgow were closed...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposals to replace the present Record of Needs legislation fully conforms with the European Convention on Human Rights and whether it will give...

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available, in full, the responses to the consultation process on the draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill to...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses were received to its consultation paper, Meeting the Needs... Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland and how...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive how information was collected for Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland .

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many new sustainable development targets have been set in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland .

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information was available for Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland that was not available for Meeting the Needs... Priorities, Actions and Targets...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive which indicators in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland will address effective protection of the environment.

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive which indicators in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland will address quality of surroundings.

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive which indicators in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland will address access to local green space and the wider countryside.

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken, or plans to take, to broaden the indicators in to include indicators addressing (a) soils, (b) farmland biodiversity, (c) landscapes, (d)...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive when a comprehensive strategy on sustainable development will be prepared.

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken, or plans to take, to ensure that all the indicators in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland have targets and action plans,...

  • Teachers

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify the position in the McCrone agreement in relation to promoted posts for teachers and the advice that it gave to local authorities on the...

  • Water Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it became aware that Scottish Water has increased charges for used process water from filleting machines in the fish processing industry from about 9p to 96p...

  • Water Industry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has confidence in the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland and whether the costs of having such a commissioner are justified.

  • Young Offenders

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been referred to the Children’s Reporter on offence grounds in each of the last four years broken down in respect of (a) one, (b) two to...

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