Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 27 March 2003

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the charges levied by some airports for the provision of wheelchairs for disabled or infirm passengers.

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether its subsidy to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd makes any provision for free access to assistance for disabled or infirm passengers.

  • Apprenticeships

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the (a) City of Edinburgh Council, (b) East Lothian Council and (c) Edinburgh East and Musselburgh parliamentary constituency area have...

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the autism consultative group in Edinburgh will be ready to report on its conclusions.

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to the autism consultative group in Edinburgh for 2002-03 and how much of this allocation will have been spent by the end of the...

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the initial findings of the autism consultative group in Edinburgh indicated and what mechanisms are in place for incorporating any recommendations from the...

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies are currently involved in developing an integrated approach to improving services for parents of pre-school children diagnosed with autistic spectrum...

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies are primarily responsible for addressing the needs of pre-school children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.

  • Children

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a procedure to allow for carrying over to the next financial year any underspend from allocations through the Changing Children’s Services Fund.

  • Economy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual rate of growth in the economy has been since May 1999.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposal of Argyll and Bute Council to reduce the number of promoted posts for teachers is in keeping with the McCrone agreement.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) basic and (b) additional grant-aided expenditure for education has been awarded to South Lanarkshire Council in each year since its formation.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek confirmation from every school and local authority that parents likely to be affected by the proposals in its draft Education (Additional...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of those who responded to the National Debate on Education were parents or organisations that included parent representatives.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring mechanisms will be in place to ensure that the terms of the Draft Education Additional Support for Learning (Scotland) Bill are implemented...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms will be introduced to ensure that all children with complex educational needs including those attending independent schools, are assessed and...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many school leavers in the Glasgow Springburn parliamentary constituency area left school with no (a) standard and (b) higher grade qualifications compared to...

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to increase the number of school leavers in the Glasgow Springburn parliamentary constituency area leaving school with (a) standard and...

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of women setting up their own businesses.

  • Environment

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to relevant authorities in Northern Ireland about the environmental impact of the proposed opencast lignite mine and power...

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the content was of its submission to Her Majesty’s Government’s fifth periodic report to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of...

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any new or existing European funds, previously unallocated or applied for, to help fishing communities and, if so, what progress is being made...

  • European Funding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the operation of departmental expenditure limits in respect of European Union funding.

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many fire service staff have (a) been recruited and (b) retired in each of the last four years, broken down by fire brigade, and how many full-time equivalent...

  • Fire Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the commissioning of decontamination units and related equipment and the training of firefighters in the use of this equipment.

  • Fireworks

    To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress has been made towards introducing a licensing scheme for the vendors of fireworks.

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has received about whether the current days-at-sea restrictions and quota allocations will remain in place until the end of 2003 or whether they...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to take the necessary steps to enable the allocation of the €150 million additional...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what account it takes of any tax paid by the recipients of grants it made to decommission fishing vessels when it awards the grants and what information it has on...

  • Fisheries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to HM Treasury in regard to the tax paid as a result of the last fishing vessel decommissioning scheme.

  • Harbours

    To ask the Scottish Executive what dependence Macduff harbour and surrounding businesses have on fishing.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether botox injections are safe.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the monitoring group on Glasgow's acute services review.

  • Health and Safety

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the details of reported health and safety incidents affecting the public in each of the last four years in each NHS trust, broken down...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates, and with whom, it has held discussions regarding the payment of compensation to homeowners of properties in the Ainslie Road and Macclehose Road area...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been asked by any party to provide financial assistance towards any compensation scheme for the homeowners of properties in the Ainslie Road and...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been consulted on any proposal by the Home Secretary to withdraw from individual tenants the automatic right to be granted housing benefit and the...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the possible withdrawal of housing benefit for anti-social behaviour and the impact of such a policy on its social justice policy.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of restorative justice projects.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) females and (b) males were charged with abuse of children in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases were marked "no proceedings" due to delay in reporting to the procurators fiscal in April to December 2002, broken down by police force area.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33923 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 10 March 2003, how many cases from April to December 2002 have been marked "no proceedings"...

  • Land Reform

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of the core path network.

  • Ministerial Meetings

    To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings ministers plan to hold with UK ministers in April 2003; how many such meetings will take place in Scotland; when each meeting will take place, and...

  • Ministerial Meetings

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings between Scottish and UK ministers have been held in each month since July 1999.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a shortfall of paediatricians in relation to positions in hospitals and, if so, what steps are being taken to address the situation.

  • National Cultural Strategy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to further assist local authorities in implementing the National Cultural Strategy.

  • National Health Service (Scotland) (Injury Benefits) Regulations 1998

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for injury benefit have been received under the National Health Service (Scotland) (Injury Benefits) Regulations 1998 as amended in each year...

  • Nursing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to fill nursing vacancies in Tayside.

  • Older People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has commissioned into the issues involved in promoting the employment of older workers throughout the workforce.

  • Pensions

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether any issues could arise for it from the proposed changes involving bank accounts to the pension payments system; whether any such issues would be either short...

  • Pensions

    To ask the Scottish Executive what issues have been identified with any of the systems proposed for the payment of pensions; whether any issues have a judicial aspect that may require the...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers 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.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether national targets for the Scottish Police Service for 2004 to 2006 have been set.

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many proposals have been submitted for the redevelopment of Cumbernauld town centre since its partial demolition; on what date each such proposal was submitted;...

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has carried out on the redevelopment of Cumbernauld town centre; what the dates were of each such consultation; who was consulted; what the...

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what specific reasons the proposals by the Cumbernauld Development Corporation for the redevelopment of Cumbernauld town centre have not been carried forward by...

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current condition of Cumbernauld town centre is acceptable; what action it has taken in respect of the town centre, and what the reasons are for its...

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive what social amenities that it would consider to be appropriate and desirable for a population the size of that in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth parliamentary...

  • Registers of Scotland

    To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it expects Registers of Scotland to achieve in 2003-04.

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the procedures local authorities must follow to close rural schools.

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses to assess bids for capital finance for school buildings.

  • Scottish Agricultural College

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Scottish Agricultural College following the publication of the review of the college’s operations.

  • Scottish Agricultural College

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic impact will be of the Scottish Agricultural College’s plan to rationalise its operations and base them in Edinburgh.

  • Scottish Agricultural College

    To ask the Scottish Executive under what conditions the Scottish Agricultural College buildings at Auchencruive were inherited by the nation and whether any change of use of the buildings and...

  • Scottish Executive Advertising

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the total spend of its advertising budget will be in 2002-03.

  • Scottish Transport Group Pension Schemes

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will urge Her Majesty’s Government to arrange to meet members of the Parliament in order to discuss the situation of members of the Scottish Bus...

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps can be taken to ensure that Scottish Water is able to place contracts with local companies that traditionally worked with the former water authorities.

  • Sexual Offences

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of (a) rape and (b) assault with intent to rape were made to procurators fiscal in each year since 1997, broken down by police force.

  • Social Inclusion

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any progress towards ending inequality of wealth in the last four years.

  • Special Educational Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the period of consultation on the draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill in regard to the replacement of the...

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive when sportscotland intends to decide on a relocation of its headquarters and whether North Ayrshire is being considered as a possible location.

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland last met; when it will meet next, and what plans it has to review and update the external membership of the...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has provided any guidance to its departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies to assist in the review of spending plans against...

  • Sustainable Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive how often, and in what format, it will report on achieving progress against each of the indicators set out in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland .

  • Teachers

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers 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.

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the tourist industry about the impact of the small business rates relief scheme.

  • Union of the Crowns

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it is providing to schools and young people with regard to the historical significance of the Union of the Crowns; who has drawn up such...

  • Waste Management

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultant's final report of the review of litter legislation will be published.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Education and Young People will next meet representatives of the teaching unions and what issues will be discussed.

  • Youth Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to reduce youth crime in the (a) City of Edinburgh and (b) East Lothian council area since 1999.

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