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Scottish Parliament Written answers

Friday, 23 March 2007

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any information from medical and official literature which suggests that the eight-minute response time target for ambulance crews is not...

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the clinical algorithms used by the Scottish Ambulance Service to prioritise 999 calls allow sufficient flexibility to judge a patients condition accurately.

  • Bankruptcy

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals declared themselves bankrupt in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency and showing year-on-year percentage changes.

  • Bankruptcy

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Scotland were declared bankrupt in each year since 1997.

  • Care of Elderly People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what additional provision it is making for the care of elderly people in the Highland Council or NHS Highland areas, in light of predictions about the increasing...

  • Castle Tioram

    To ask the Scottish Executive what amount Historic Scotland would make available to defray the costs of any work to Castle Tioram; whether it is normal practice for Historic Scotland to offer to...

  • Civil Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve leadership and management in the civil service in line with the key areas for action identified in Taking Stock Review: Fit for...

  • Community Councils

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the final report of the review of community councils.

  • Community Councils

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable and membership will be of the short-life working group established to take forward the recommendations of the review of community councils.

  • Community Councils

    To ask the Scottish Executive when a code of conduct for members of community councils will be introduced.

  • Community Councils

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to revise and strengthen the procedures for elections to community councils.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake of travel cards under the national concessionary travel scheme has been in Stirling.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that bus drivers are aware of the terms of the Thistle Travel Card scheme and treat passengers presenting such cards with due...

  • Courts

    To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions each of the three verdicts available to Scottish courts has been used in the last 12 months for which information is available.

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for (a) vehicle theft, (b) theft, (c) sexual offences, (d) robbery, (e) racially aggravated offences, (f) breach of the peace, (g) domestic...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) prosecuted, (d) found guilty and (e) given a custodial sentence in cases involving (i) domestic violence, (ii)...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31895 by Cathy Jamieson on 2 March 2007, whether it will list the 10 local authority areas with the (a) biggest and (b)...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31895 by Cathy Jamieson on 2 March 2007, whether it will list the 10 local authority areas with the (a) biggest and (b)...

  • Crime

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes were committed in each hospital in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by type of crime.

  • Culture

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the source of funding is for the £500,000 Scottish Music Futures Fund and whether the funding is new money or existing money diverted from (a) the creative...

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients have been newly registered in NHS Forth Valley in the last year, broken down by month.

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many general dental practitioners in NHS Forth Valley have (a) left and (b) joined the NHS in each of the last three years.

  • Dental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many general dental practitioners in NHS Forth Valley were registered to provide treatment in each of the last three years.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug treatment and testing orders were (a) issued to and (b) breached by offenders aged 18 and under in each year since 2001, broken down by local authority...

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered drug misusers there were in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) NHS board area, also expressed as a ratio to...

  • Economy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the local economic output of Stirling was in each of the last three years for which figures are available, also showing annual percentage changes.

  • Education Maintenance Allowance

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many awards of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) were made in Stirling in 2005-06, also showing the total amount paid.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the economic impact of the decision by HM Revenue and Customs to transfer all the functions and 200 jobs...

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of employed adults in Stirling worked from home in each of the last three years.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the claimant count (a) number and (b) unemployment rate have been in each ward of Stirling Council in the most recent month for which figures are available.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were in employment in Stirling in each year since 1999.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs there were in each standard industrial sector in Stirling in each of the last three years, also shown as a percentage of all jobs in Stirling.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals were self-employed in Stirling in each of the last three years, expressed also as a percentage of the total number in employment.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much First Choice Holidays received in public funding support; how many jobs were (a) promised and (b) created, and how much funding has been clawed back.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance can be given to companies in the Stirling parliamentary constituency to boost their businesses through the worldwide web.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive what changes and improvements to regulation have resulted from the work of the Improving Regulation in Scotland Unit.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many VAT registered businesses there were in Stirling in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by sector.

  • Graveyards

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any proposals to change cemetery preservation practice and, if so, whether it will give details of any such proposals including their status and...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what changes to policy and practice have resulted from the findings of the research report, Transport Impacts of Major Health Care Developments , published in 2002.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have broken the terms of their bail conditions in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has had with the UK Steering Group on Less Lethal Weapons and how its Justice Department is represented on this group.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions in the last 20 years the Crown Office has considered prosecutions for war crimes and on how many of these occasions charges were (a) made and...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue its formal response to the Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2007: Inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office and Scottish Fingerprint...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the method of allocating resources under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

  • Libraries

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the net expenditure on public libraries was in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority and also expressed on a per capita basis.

  • Life Expectancy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest available figures on life expectancy are in Stirling.

  • Maternity Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards offer routine 20-week foetal anomaly scans as provided for under NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) guidelines set in 2004.

  • Maternity Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to providing one midwife per mother throughout labour.

  • Maternity Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it has put in place to improve care during pregnancy and post-natal care.

  • Mortality

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many stroke-related deaths there were in Stirling in each of the last 10 years, expressed also as a standardised rate for those aged under 75 per 100,000 population.

  • NHS Expenditure

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it determined the amount of funding for wheelchairs and wheelchair users announced on 16 March 2007 and whether it considers that 1 million is sufficient.

  • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much VAT was paid by non-departmental bodies in each of the last eight years, also broken down by body.

  • People with Disabilities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled adults there are in Stirling, also expressed as a percentage of the local adult population.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many frontline police officers there are in each force and how many there have been in each of the last five years, expressed also on a per capita basis.

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered, or is considering, the extension of taser use and whether it has been asked by any organisations in Scotland to consider extending the use...

  • Population

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average ages of mothers were for all births in Stirling in (a) 2005, (b) 1995 and (c) 1985.

  • Population

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest available annual information is on the average age of (a) the population of Stirling and (b) those who have migrated to the city.

  • Prescription Charges

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to including primary biliary cirrhosis on the list of conditions exempt from NHS prescription charges.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of sex offenders in prisons attended the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in each of the last five years.

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many local bus passenger journeys there were in Stirling in each of the last five years.

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assurance can be given that maintenance by Network Rail on the Dundee to Edinburgh railway line is adequate, following delays due to signal failure in the...

  • Rail Network

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to intervene should premium fares be introduced on the Edinburgh airport rail link.

  • Rail Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with train operators about removing saver tickets or varying the times of their application.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide financial assistance to the Highland Council to progress work in relation to the proposed Inverness trunk link route and, if so, what the...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the costs of the proposed Inverness trunk link route will be met by (a) it and (b) the Highland Council and others.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what investment is planned for major improvements to the A96 in each year to 2012.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements will be made to the (a) A9, (b) A96, (c) A82, (d) A95 and (e) A86 in each of the next four years, listing the name or brief details of each scheme...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will allocate to bring non-trunk roads up to acceptable standards and when it will allocate such funding.

  • Royal Highland Showground

    To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers will be involved in decisions about who is liable for financial contributions and the amount of contributions to be made in respect of the cost of...

  • Scottish Executive

    To ask the Scottish Executive which of its agencies are currently undergoing a formal performance review and which will be subject to such a review within the next 12 months.

  • Scottish Transport Group Pension Schemes

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding remains undistributed from the fund earmarked for Scottish Bus Group pensioners; whether further payments will be made and, if so, when and how...

  • Small Businesses

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) grocery, (b) butcher, (c) baker, (d) fishmonger, (e) newsagent, (f) confectionery and (g) tobacco retail outlets there were in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006...

  • Speech and Language Therapy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to identify the demand for speech and language therapy among young people in secondary schools and in the justice system.

  • Speech and Language Therapy

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assess the impact of young people in secondary schools and in the justice system receiving speech and language therapy, in light of evidence in 2003...

  • Sport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded to Aberdeen City Council’s bid for a 50-metre swimming pool and, if so, whether it will publish its response.

  • Statistics

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households in Stirling have a head of the household aged from (a) 16 to 29, (b) 30 to 44, (c) 45 to 59, (d) 60 to 74, (e) 75 to 84 and (f) 85 and over.

  • Teacher Training

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people applied to enter teacher training in each year since 1999 and how many were accepted, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnic background and (c) disability.

  • Teacher Training

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many postgraduate teacher training places are available for 2007-08 at each faculty of education.

  • Teacher Training

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many undergraduate teacher training places are available for 2007-08 at each faculty of education.

  • Traffic

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals entitled to object to a permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in respect of the Edinburgh trams scheme are entitled to object to the proposed...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the current estimated costs are of each of the projects in its strategic transport programme.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a "preparation pool" of strategic projects for which the civil engineering sector can compete; if so, whether it will list the projects involved...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of each of the projects contained in Scotland’s transport future, what the current estimate is of the total cost of each project and how much...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the costs of any planned strategic transport projects are set to rise, or considered likely to rise, over the stated estimates and, if so, whether it will...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a list, in priority order, of its announced transport infrastructure schemes.

  • Young Offenders

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders in young offender institutions are held more than 50 miles from their home.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people not in employment, education or training there are in Stirling and what proportion of the 15 to 65-year-old population they represent.

  • Parliamentary Services

    To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answers to questions S2W-6170 and S2W-6172 by Mr George Reid on 11 February 2004, how members of the public are made aware that...

  • Parliamentary Services

    To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S2W-6170 by Mr George Reid on 11 February 2004, what arrangements exist for members of the public who wish to...

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