Industry  23 December 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what strategies are in place to reduce the dependency of manufacturing industry and employment on (a) military services and (b) the arms industry.
.

Nicol Stephen : There are no specific strategies in place to reduce the dependency of manufacturing industry and employment on military services and the arms industry.
The Executive’s enterprise strategy, A Smart, Successful Scotland, highlights areas for economic growth in the medium to long-term.


Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what geographic concentrations of dependency on (a) military services and (b) the arms industry
there are in respect of manufacturing industry and employment.

Nicol Stephen. : The are no figures currently available to show geographic concentrations of dependency on military services or the arms industry in respect of
manufacturing industry and employment.


Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of manufacturing industry and employment is dependent on (a) military services
and (b) the arms industry.

Nicol Stephen : There are no published figures available using standard industrial classification to show the proportion of manufacturing industry and employment dependant
on “military services” or “the arms industry” in Scotland. However, estimates relating to MOD expenditure in the UK broken down by standard industrial classification, and
dependent employment are available at the national level in tables 1.8a and 1.9 of UK Defence Statistics 2005 which can be found by accessing the attached web link
http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/ukds/2005/ukds.html. The latest published figures relate to 2003-04.

 



Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2004 22 December 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in reviewing the consistency of wording between the Civil
Partnership (Scotland) Act 2004 and the Marriage (Scotland) Act 2002 in respect of the age of witnesses at both ceremonies.

George Lyon : While there is a difference in the wording of the relevant provisions relating to the age of witnesses, the effect is the same. Registrars will always ensure that witnesses to civil partnerships and marriages are 16 or over.


Public Services ( Access ) 22 December 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to ensure access to public services for people whose first language is not English.

The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont): Key public bodies including the Executive, local authorities, health boards and the police have a specific duty under race relations legislation to ensure access to the information and services that they provide, and must set out their arrangements for compliance in their race equality schemes. Updated race equality schemes were published last month. We have written to local authorities and other public bodies asking them to develop or improve language plans for the communities that they serve. We are also working to double the number of British Sign Language interpreters in Scotland to ensure that BSL users can access public services. We shall in the new year publish research into provision and quality of translation, interpreting and communication support services across Scotland. That research will help development of policy in that area.

Marlyn Glen: I thank the minister for that answer, particularly the detail on British Sign Language. The United Kingdom register of public service interpreters lists only 17 translators in Scotland. Can the minister say how many public authorities have access to services such as Language Line, which is a commercial telephone interpretation service? Given the importance of the issue, has the Executive considered drawing up and implementing a national translation and interpretation strategy to ensure that all public authorities have access to good-quality translation services?

Johann Lamont: The research that will be published early in the new year, which will consider how the support service is delivered throughout Scotland, will inform what we do next. We have emphasised to local authorities and public bodies their responsibility—they must have plans that identify local needs. Although we may later consider the gaps and how the Scottish Executive can provide support, the emphasis at this stage must be on local authorities and local bodies understanding local needs and taking responsibility for delivering services. However, I am keen to keep the issue under review and I am happy to give Marlyn Glen the specific information that she seeks about the quality of the service, and to explore further how imaginative and creative ways of addressing the issue can be taken on.

 


Forth Road Bridge Tolls

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): Although I accept the difficulties of congestion in Edinburgh and I hear what the minister is saying about consultation opportunities, I urge him to take into consideration the impact of the proposals for the Forth road bridge on Dundee and the surrounding areas in the north-east.

Tavish Scott: I accept Marlyn Glen's observations about the potential impact of those proposals and I am sure that she and many others will make representations on those matters, both in relation to ministers' decision-making responsibilities and in the ongoing consultation that I mentioned earlier.


Work - Life balance 21 November 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what measures it is taking to encourage more employers in both the public and private sectors to promote practices in respect of work-life balance that benefit working parents caring for young children.

Robert Brown:  The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the UK Government on work-life balance issues, including the recently introduced Work and Families Bill which will benefit working parents in Scotland.


Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act  3 November 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have been brought under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005.

Colin Boyd, QC: Since the introduction of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005, Procurators Fiscal have commenced court proceedings in respect of 92 charges under that Act.   

Note : This information has been extracted from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Case Management Database. The database is a live, operational database used to manage the processing of reports submitted to Procurators Fiscal by the police and other reporting agencies. The database is charge-based. The figure quoted therefore relates to the number of charges rather than the number of individuals charged or the number of incidents that gave rise to such charges.


 Residential Care 1 November 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest available information is on the average weekly cost of the provision of residential care for a child.

Robert Brown: Average weekly costs of secure and non-secure residential care for a child need to be considered separately. The latest available information is as follows:

The average weekly cost of non-secure residential care for a child was £1,647 in the 2003-04 financial year.
The average weekly cost of secure residential care for a child was £3,458 in the 2004-05 financial year.


Emergency Services (Recruitment)  29 September 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what steps can be taken to encourage more female and ethnic minority recruitment to the fire and police emergency services.

The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry): The fire and rescue services have introduced multi-tier entry and accelerated promotion to attract a more diverse range of applicants. Although there is a long way to go, the number of female firefighters has tripled in the past 10 years. In the police service, the percentage of women increased from 11 per cent in 1995 to more than 21 per cent in 2005 and the percentage of officers from ethnic minorities increased from 0.3 per cent in 1996 to 1.2 per cent in 2004. We are providing direct financial assistance to SEMPERscotland, an ethnic minority support organisation that is working to improve recruitment, retention and community perceptions.

Marlyn Glen: Will the minister join me in welcoming the recommendations of an independent review into planning and race relations in Scotland? I urge that its recommendations be examined with a view to their being implemented throughout the uniformed services and ask whether that has been considered. Further, does the minister agree that the spotlight should then move on to retention, which he mentioned, and promotion opportunities for female and ethnic minority staff?

Hugh Henry: Any evidence that helps to advance the argument will be carefully examined. Marlyn Glen is right to mention retention: it is no success simply to recruit people in and then to lose them quickly. We want to ensure that when people join the uniformed services they are made welcome and that proper career development is provided and discussed. I want to see far more women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds advancing through the ranks of the police service and the fire service.


Dance 15 September 2005


Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in promoting dance in Scotland

Patricia Ferguson: The Scottish Arts Council established a dance department in 2000.

The key aim of its strategy for dance is to encourage an environment that supports a wide range of high-quality dance activity with opportunities to create, perform, participate in and enjoy dance.

The Scottish Arts Council currently funds eight dance companies and organisations across Scotland.

Marlyn Glen: Does the minister agree that Dundee's contribution to the highly acclaimed performance of the Scottish Dance Theatre at the recent Edinburgh Festival is to be celebrated, particularly given the co-operation between Dundee College, the Scottish school of contemporary dance and the Dundee Rep?

Will she join me in praising Dundee's success as the centre of dance in Scotland?

Patricia Ferguson: I certainly share Marlyn Glen's sentiments.

The Space in Dundee, which is the home of the Scottish school of contemporary dance, is a facility that all MSPs should be very proud of, not least members who happen to represent the area.

It is worth noting that as little as 10 years ago there were no purpose-built buildings for dance in Scotland and we now have both Dance Base and The Space in Dundee as well as the other dance agencies throughout the country.
 


Inward Investment 29 August 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what measures it is taking through inward investment to create more jobs in Dundee.

Nicol Stephen: Scottish Development International (SDI) and its partners, including Scottish Enterprise Tayside, target global decision makers in key industries to highlight business opportunities and secure investment into Scotland. This includes traditional foreign direct investment (FDI) projects but also research investment and new technology partnerships.  The high international regard for this work can be seen in the fact that in October 2004 the Financial Times’ FDI Magazine awarded Dundee the title of ‘European Cities of the Future – Best FDI Promotion Strategy’. 

The Scottish Executive and its agencies continue to work to attract the kind of inward investment to Dundee which has helped make it an internationally recognised location for the life sciences and creative industries, attracting companies such as US-owned drug discovery firm Upstate and medical imaging specialists Kestrel 3D.   Dundee is also home to longstanding inward investors such as NCR which continues to make high-value investments in the area assisted by public sector support.


Manufacturing 29 August 2005 

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what measures it is taking to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in Dundee.

Nicol Stephen: The Scottish Executive operates a range of measures to assist manufacturing throughout Scotland.  The Executive’s strategy, Smart Successful Scotland, is delivered through Local Enterprise Companies including Scottish Enterprise Tayside in Dundee which works closely in conjunction with the Business Gateway and also its partners in the Dundee Community Planning Partnership.  Together they offer manufacturers business support services which are available to all types and sizes of business and Scottish Enterprise Tayside also provides intensive support to key companies with the best potential for sustainable growth. 

The Executive provides direct financial support for investment projects through Regional Selective Assistance which, in the past two years, has provided 11 companies in Dundee over £2.7m of grant aid creating 182 jobs and securing the employment of 206. Other direct Executive grant schemes such as Smart and Spur, which encourage product and process innovation, have delivered £1.68m to 14 Dundee companies.  

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service - designed specifically to improve productivity in manufacturing industry will be introduced later this year.


SmartWater Technology  25 August 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the development of SmartWater technology in crime detection.

Hugh HenrySmartWater is a property marking solution which has been privately developed for commercial purposes and is aimed primarily at organisations and companies with an interest in the prevention and detection of crime.  I understand that Aberdeen City Council piloted the technology in several streets at the start of the year, the first authority in Scotland to do so.  Due to the reduction in housebreaking in these areas, the Council is now funding a roll-out of the scheme across the city with the assistance of neighbourhood and community wardens, many of whom are funded by the Executive. We therefore have a clear interest in the scheme and I have asked my officials to monitor and evaluate progress.


Police 18 August 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving the police in the use of information technology to improve the efficiency of the police service.

Cathy Jamieson: The Scottish Executive provided £3 million funding to the Scottish Police Information Strategy in 2005-06 to lead and drive the achievement of integrated IT systems for Scottish policing. When new applications and systems are being developed a high priority is attached to realising business benefits and efficiencies.


Organ Donation 12 August 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been granted for publicising organ donation in each of the last two years.

Mr Tom McCabe: The advertising spend for the Organ Donation campaign for 2003-2004 was £143,858.00 and for 2004-2005 was £121,012.00.


Road Safety 15 July 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to implement the recommendations of  Parental Attitudes to Road Safety Education.

Tavish Scott: The Scottish Executive provides funding to the Scottish Road Safety Campaign for the development of key road safety education initiatives and publicity messages. Progress on implementing the recommendations in Parental Attitudes to Road Safety Education has been delayed due to vacancies, which have now been filled, in two key posts in the campaign.

In the current financial year, the campaign will review the research and begin preparatory work on taking the recommendations forward.


ASBOs  6 July 2005      

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what information it possesses on the age profiles of those served with antisocial behaviour orders.

Hugh Henry: The most recent information that we have on Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) is for 2003-04.  This shows that the largest number of ASBOs were against those over 25 years of age. This age group accounted for 63% of ASBO applications and 59% of ASBOs granted.  People aged 16-18 years account for 13% of applications and 16% of ASBOs granted. However, as a proportion of the population, ASBO applications and orders granted are highest within the 16-18 year old age band.


Infection control  5 July   

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what the cost was of providing alcohol-based handrubs at every frontline hospital bedside in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by NHS board area.

Mr Andy Kerr: Under the new clean hospitals campaign announced in March 2005, funding of £1.05 million was allocated to NHS Boards for the provision of alcohol-based handrubs at every frontline bed. NHS Boards have confirmed that these measures are in place. Allocations to individual NHS Boards were based the Arbuthnott formula as follows:

 

Health Board

Allocation (£000)

2004-2005

 

Allocation (£000)

2005-2006

Argyll and Clyde

13

78

Ayrshire and Arran

12

70

Borders

3

20

Dumfries and Galloway

5

29

Fife

10

61

Forth Valley

8

47

Grampian

13

81

Greater Glasgow

28

165

Highland

7

42

Lanarkshire

16

97

Lothian

20

121

Orkney

1

4

Shetland

1

4

Tayside

12

72

Western Isles

1

7

 


G8 and the role of Scottish Universities 30 June 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for Scottish universities in addressing some of the issues to be discussed at the G8 summit, particularly in relation to Africa.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson):
Scottish universities have an important role to play in this area, for example in the development of education programmes and through their expertise in research and innovation.

The universities of Glasgow and Abertay Dundee are currently hosting academic conferences that are considering G8 issues, and many Scottish universities are already active in Africa.

Concept notes seeking support from the Scottish Executive's international development fund include proposals from several Scottish universities for work in sub-Saharan Africa.

Marlyn Glen:
I invite the minister to join me in congratulating in particular the University of Dundee on its work in Africa on tropical disease research, health care education and training and expertise in the critical fields of energy, mineral and water law.

Mercy scholarships for Rwandan women are just one example of the university's work.

Can the minister assure me that recognition and support will be given to those important initiatives, which have now been extended to a number of Scottish education institutions?

Allan Wilson:
Marlyn Glen is right to draw the Parliament's attention to the very good work that Scotland's universities are doing on development in Africa, preceding the G8 summit and undoubtedly succeeding it.

We are considering proposals for international development funding that include projects to deliver direct assistance overseas, applications for administrative resources based here in Scotland and funding for activities aimed at exchanging knowledge or raising awareness.

We will consider applications for projects based in or linked to sub-Saharan Africa and areas that were affected by the Asian tsunami.

Additional weight will be given to projects that are based wholly or partly in Malawi, which we wish to prioritise.
 


Childcare 17 June 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  how many childcare workers are male, expressed also as a percentage of the total childcare workforce.

Euan Robson:  Within the early years and childcare workforce, 2% of staff, 650 workers, are male. This information is available publicly from the Scottish Executive National Statistics Publication – Pre-school and Childcare Workforce Statistics 2004 and is available on the Scottish Executive Web site

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what the benefits would be of increasing the number and percentage of male childcare workers and what proposals it has for such increases.

Euan Robson: Men working in early years and childcare ensures that children have role models of both sexes. 

We want to have a workforce that better reflects the society we live in and to move away from the traditional image of early years and childcare as women’s work. The National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce is examining these issues. I look forward to receiving their report later this year. 

The Scottish Executive currently provides funding support to Men in Childcare, a voluntary organisation, which recruits men into childcare training. This work began in Edinburgh and is now expanding to other areas of the country.


Teleworkers 3 June 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent estimate is of the number of teleworkers.

Mr Jim Wallace:  The most recent estimates taken from the Spring 2004 Labour Force Survey estimate that there are 118,000 teleworkers in Scotland.


Anti-bullying funding 3 June 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what level of funding it provides to organisations addressing bullying amongst school pupils.

Peter Peacock: 

Since 1999 the Scottish Executive has funded a national Anti-Bullying Network, and since 1998 it has provided funding to support the ChildLine Bullying Helpline. Scottish Executive funding for anti-bullying activity for 2004-2005 and projected funding in 2005-2006 are as follows: 

Anti-bullying activity

2004-2005

2005-2006

Anti-Bullying Network/Scottish Schools Ethos Network

£117,397

£301,526

ChildLine Scotland’s Bullying Line

£55,092

£144,000

Scottish Executive Anti-Bullying Materials

£79,417

£32,000

Scottish Executive Anti-Bullying Competition

£3,563

£4,000

Education authority funding for promoting positive behaviour (implementation of Better Behaviour – Better Learning

£10m

£10m

 

In 2004 the Scottish Executive commissioned a national needs assessment exercise which gained the views of professionals, pupils and parents on their need for anti-bullying activity. The evidence has been used to develop a new specification for a national anti-bullying programme that will take a strong a pro-active role in developing the role of professionals in all children’s services in preventing bullying and responding effectively when it occurs.


Teleworking 1 June 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  whether it is studying, or intends to study, patterns in teleworking and its possible effect on traffic levels.

Nicol Stephen: The Scottish Executive has commissioned research to assess the implications of e-working and other information and communication technologies (ICT) on travel behaviour and traffic reduction in Scotland. This research is reaching its final stages and we will consider its findings in due course.


Digital Technology  31 May 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number and percentage of households with a domestic connection to the internet.

Tavish Scott: This information is available from the Scottish Household Survey website for which a link is provided http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/housing/shsar03-17.asp. The results for 2003 are currently available and a copy has been placed in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 33446). The survey results for 2004 will be published in August 2005.

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number and percentage of households with a domestic connection to the internet, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) electoral region.

Tavish Scott: The Scottish Household survey have provided information on domestic connection to the internet broken down by electoral region and this is presented in the following table. Information on domestic connection to the internet broken down by local authority is available from the same source identified in my answer to S2W-16601 answered on 31 May 2005.

Scottish Parliamentary Constituency

Percentage With Domestic Internet Access

Sample Size

Aberdeen Central

43

205

Aberdeen North

42

162

Aberdeen South

44

235

Airdrie and Shotts

35

220

Angus

41

205

Argyll and Bute

36

214

Ayr

39

229

Banff and Buchan

43

234

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

49

175

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley

45

169

Central Fife

42

236

Clydebank and Milngavie

39

168

Clydesdale

34

263

Coatbridge and Chryston

32

155

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

44

160

Cunninghame North

38

175

Cunninghame South

26

176

Dumbarton

43

162

Dumfries

36

198

Dundee East

27

199

Dundee West

25

236

Dunfermline East

35

192

Dunfermline West

56

213

East Kilbride

50

215

East Lothian

47

217

Eastwood

53

303

Edinburgh Central

48

213

Edinburgh East and Musselburgh

41

195

Edinburgh North and Leith

43

220

Edinburgh Pentlands

51

163

Edinburgh South

55

204

Edinburgh West

53

231

Falkirk East

46

195

Falkirk West

42

174

Galloway and Upper Nithsdale

41

222

Glasgow Anniesland

36

153

Glasgow Baillieston

24

179

Glasgow Cathcart

39

230

Glasgow Govan

38

166

Glasgow Kelvin

53

132

Glasgow Maryhill

23

135

Glasgow Pollok

29

144

Glasgow Rutherglen

27

70

Glasgow Shettleston

22

144

Glasgow Springburn

23

159

Gordon

55

199

Greenock and Inverclyde

43

200

Hamilton North and Bellshill

42

217

Hamilton South

39

160

Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber

50

192

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

35

225

Kirkcaldy

42

156

Linlithgow

41

197

Livingston

42

221

Midlothian

37

199

Moray

49

279

Motherwell and Wishaw

34

198

North East Fife

43

203

North Tayside

47

247

Ochil

49

347

Orkney Islands

44

327

Paisley North

29

179

Paisley South

36

182

Perth

40

180

Ross, Skye and Inverness West

45

192

Roxburgh and Berwickshire

46

179

Shetland Islands

46

312

Stirling

45

228

Strathkelvin and Bearsden

47

208

Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale

46

217

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

55

199

West Renfrewshire

57

166

Western Isles

39

307

All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament/webapp/wa.search.

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the percentage of households with a domestic connection to the internet, broken down by socio-economic group.

Tavish Scott: This information, provided from the Scottish Household Survey, is contained in the following table.

By National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification of Highest Income Householder

Percentage with Access

Sample Size

Higher managerial and professional occupations

81

1,005

Lower managerial and professional occupations

70

2,858

Intermediate occupations

56

791

Small employers and sole traders

57

723

Lower supervisory and technical occupations

48

1,250

Semi-routine occupations

36

1,107

Routine occupations

34

1,199

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is supporting to increase access to home computers and internet usage and what the extent has been of the take-up to date.

Tavish Scott: The Scottish Executive has been working to widen home access to computers through the development of a Home Computer Initiative for all eligible employees in the Scottish public sector. This includes employees of the Scottish Executive, local authorities, health boards, non-departmental public bodies, agencies and other public sector organisations.

This scheme will make home computers available at a reduced cost and enable users to take up internet access. The scheme, which offers the opportunity to provide lower cost computers without any cost to the employer as a result of a tax exemption, is expected to launch in August 2005. The Scottish Executive encourages employers to consider offering such a scheme to their employees.


Sportswomen (Equality) 12 May 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are taken to guarantee that sportswomen receive funding, provision of sports facilities and respect equal to their male counterparts.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson): The Executive is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all people in Scotland.

The announcement earlier this week of an award of £138,000 to the Scottish Football Association to help the continued growth of women's and girls' football is a clear demonstration of that commitment.

In addition, the recent appointment of a women, girls and sport officer by sportscotland will lead to a comprehensive programme of positive action to encourage participation, leadership, performance and excellence among women and girls.

Marlyn Glen: Will the minister join me in wishing the Scottish women's international football team every success in its game against Finland on 20 May?

Women's football is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

Also, will the minister emphasise the importance of the link between sport, exercise, diet and health and outline any further plans to promote female participation in sport?

Patricia Ferguson: Marlyn Glen is right to highlight women's and girls' football as one of the growing areas of sport in Scotland and the United Kingdom.

The Parliament will want to join me in encouraging our women's team and wishing it well for its game against Finland.

The national physical activity task force's report highlighted the fact that teenage girls in particular are not physically active enough.

We must ensure that barriers real and perceived that deter teenage girls from participating in sport and physical activity are removed.

That might be achieved by offering teenage girls activities that they particularly want, such as dance, yoga or aerobics in single-sex classes.

It is hoped that the active schools programme will help to tackle that.
 


Housing (Dundee)   21 April 2005

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce homelessness and increase the provision of affordable housing in Dundee.

The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm): This financial year, the Executive will provide funding of £10.7 million to Dundee to ensure that homelessness is prevented and tackled and to provide affordable housing. That funding will be spent in accordance with the agreed local housing and homelessness strategies.

Marlyn Glen: I thank the minister for his reply. While I recognise and applaud the work of the Executive so far, and Dundee's homelessness strategy—in particular, the 200 new affordable homes in Stobswell, Kirkton and Whitfield—will the minister give serious consideration to allowing pressured area status for city authorities, such as Dundee, which are still so short of family-sized homes?

Malcolm Chisholm: Great progress is being made in Dundee. I was pleased to see quite recently some of the new housing to which the member referred. The sum of £10 million that I announced is a 44 per cent increase on the allocation at the start of the previous financial year. More people will have rights under our progressive homelessness legislation, but Dundee is doing well on housing. For example, it is managing to house a large number of people who do not have priority as being homeless. Obviously, consideration needs to be given to the quality standard and to the strategy that Dundee wants to have in place for 2015. I know that there are still issues to be resolved in Dundee, but overall good progress is being made there.


Antisocial Behaviour Act

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making to ensure that individuals and communities know about their rights and responsibilities under the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

Hugh Henry:

 

The Executive is undertaking a wide range of activities to ensure that everyone in Scotland knows the law will be on their side if they stand up to antisocial behaviour, and that those who break the law know the consequences if they refuse to change their ways.

 

Last week the First Minister launched a public information campaign to raise awareness of the measures in the new Act.  The public information campaign includes local radio, local press and bus advertising.  We will also be distributing a leaflet to every household in Scotland that will carry the same message, as well as telling people where they can go locally if they need help.


Tay Road Bridge

 Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board regarding the consideration of options for relocating the toll-collecting stations to the Fife end of the road bridge to help reduce the level of congestion and pollution in the Dundee city centre area.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (24 January 2005): We hold regular discussions with Tay Road Bridge Joint Board on a range of issues, and are aware that the board is considering the possible relocation of the tolling booths as part of a range of measures to improve toll collection and reduce congestion at the bridge. Decisions on such a move are a matter for the joint board.


Prison visiting committees

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the role of prison-visiting committees.

Cathy Jamieson: I met with representatives of the Association of Visiting Committees on 6 December last year and advised them of my intention to hold a review of the role of Prison Visiting Committees.


Diabetes

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual cost to the NHS is of treating people with type 2 diabetes.

Holding reply by Mr Andy Kerr (1 December 2004): I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

Answered by Mr Andy Kerr (7 December 2004): This information is not held centrally.

The Scottish Diabetes Framework (April 2002) included an estimate that diabetes (of all types) accounts for about 5% of NHS costs. It is not possible at present to provide a more detailed estimate of the cost of diabetes, nor is it possible to calculate the proportions spent on the various forms of diabetes. The Scottish Diabetes Survey 2003 estimated that over 160,000 people in Scotland have been diagnosed with diabetes, 85-90% of whom have type 2 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes will account for a lower share of the total costs. This is because type 1 diabetes begins at an earlier age (usually 10 to 12), is more difficult to control, and carries a much higher risk of complications (partly because of duration).


Bridges

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the economic, social and environmental impact of a toll-free Tay Road Bridge.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (26 November 2004): As part of the current Tolled Bridges Review a range of tolling options was looked at for each of the tolled bridges in Scotland including for the Tay Road Bridge both increasing and removing the tolls. The outcome of the first phase of the review will be published in due course.


European Languages

S2W-11853 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has from census records, or other sources, on the number of people working in Scotland who are fluent in a European language, broken down by (a) language and (b) job category.

Answered by Tavish Scott (12 November 2004): This information is neither available from census records, nor from any other source held by the Scottish Executive.


Sport

S2W-11409 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the growth of girls’ and women’s football.

Answered by Ms Patricia Ferguson (10 November 2004): The Executive is committed to increasing opportunities for girls and women to take part in sport generally. Since 1997-98, sportscotland has invested in excess of £1 million of Exchequer and Lottery funding, including £400,000 towards supporting the Scottish Women’s Football Association’s current four-year development plan. Implementation of the Action Plan for Youth Football will deliver a step change in the development of women’s and girls’ football, which will also benefit from the investment in Active Schools.


Justice

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases involving driving without insurance proceeded in the (a) Arbroath, (b) Dundee and (c) Stonehaven procurator fiscal office in each of the last three years.

Answered by Colin Boyd QC (9 November 2004): The numbers of charges for driving without insurance contrary to section 143 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 reported to the Procurators Fiscal at Arbroath, Dundee and Stonehaven in the last three financial years and which resulted in criminal proceedings being instructed are shown in the following table.

 

Procurator Fiscal’s Office

Financial Year 2001-02

Financial Year 2002-03

Financial Year 2003-04

Arbroath

325

334

401

Dundee

1,014

1,291

1,548

Stonehaven

148

158

151

 


Education

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils sat modern languages at (a) standard grade and (b) higher level in each year since 1999, broken down by subject and expressed as a percentage of the year group.

Answered by Peter Peacock (9 November 2004): A document has been lodged with the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 34260) showing the number of pupils sitting Modern Language courses at the various National Qualification levels between 1999 and 2004. The information covers pupils from S4 to S6 at all publicly funded secondary schools and, as requested, has been broken down by subject and expressed as a percentage of the year group.


Cancer

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in reducing deaths from cancer.

Answered by Mr Andy Kerr (4 November 2004): Since 1995 there has been a fall of 13.6% in cancer mortality among people aged under 75. This means we are on track to meet our target of a 20% reduction by 2010.


Education

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern languages teachers there have been in secondary schools in each year since 1999, broken down by subject.

Answered by Peter Peacock (28 October 2004): The available information on how many modern languages teachers there have been in secondary schools on specific years, broken down by subject, can be obtained from the Teacher Census Results 2003 and can be accessed using the following hyperlink:

 

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/00352-00.asp.


Rail Network

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive where responsibility will lie for ensuring the continuation of cross-border rail services on cross-country and east coast mainline routes when Transport Scotland is established.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (1 October 2004): Lead responsibility for setting the specification for cross-border rail franchises will lie with the UK Government. Scottish ministers will continue to be able to offer advice to the UK Government on these services.


Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with trade unions representing workers based in Scotland who are employed on cross-country rail services.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (1 October 2004): The Strategic Rail Authority are responsible for the cross-country rail franchise. The Scottish Executive has not had any discussions with trade unions representing workers based in Scotland.


 Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the future of cross-country rail services in Scotland.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (1 October 2004): The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the UK Government on a wide range of issues, including the future of cross-country rail services in Scotland.


Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to the Department for Transport regarding the future of the cross-country rail franchise.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (1 October 2004): The Strategic Rail Authority is responsible for the cross-country rail franchise. The Scottish Executive is in regular discussion with the UK Government on a wide range of issues.


Health

 Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive when further guidance for inclusion in the child witness support pack will be issued.

Answered by Hugh Henry (18 May 2004): Guidance on Child Witness Court Familiarisation Visits is being issued today. The guidance sets out standards of best practice for all those who carry out pre-trial visits with the aim of helping to reduce the anxiety and stress experienced by children when attending court. It is the outcome of wide consultation and has the support of major justice agencies and children’s groups. The guidance is the third document in a series on child witness support and follows guidance on Interviewing Child Witnesses and Questioning Children in Court.

 

Copies have been placed in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 32531).
 


Modern Languages

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  how many modern languages teachers there are in secondary schools broken down by subject.

Peter Peacock: The available information on how many modern languages teachers there have been in secondary schools on specific years, broken down by subject, can be obtained from the Teacher Census Results 2003 (link)


Cancer

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the number and rates of deaths from cancer have been in (a) Dundee, (b) Tayside and (c) Scotland in each year since 1999, expressed also as an index with 1999 as the base year.

Hugh Henry: The information requested is given in the following table:

Deaths from Cancer1

 

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Dundee

 

Number

457

487

484

470

491

Rate per 100,000 population

309

332

333

326

343

Index (Number in 1999 = 100)

100

107

106

103

107

Tayside

 

Number

1,199

1,236

1,227

1,222

1,227

Rate per 100,000 population

305

317

316

315

317

Index (Number in 1999 = 100)

100

103

102

102

102

Scotland

 

Number

14,789

14,958

15,196

15,051

15,116

Rate per 100,000 population

292

295

300

298

299

Index (Number in 1999 = 100)

100

101

103

102

102

Notes:

1. 1999: International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, codes 140 - 208, malignant neoplasms.

2. 2000-03: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, codes C00 - C97, malignant neoplasms.


"Real " Nappies

(S2W-07280) 27 April 2004  )Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive  what information it has on the existence of partnerships between local authorities and nappy-laundering services to promote the use of “real” nappies.

Ross Finnie: We are aware of two nappy laundering services in Scotland. The Scottish Nappy Company works with East Renfrewshire Council and Edinburgh City Council and Cotton Bottoms offer a nappy laundering service in north-east Scotland.  In addition, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Forward work with the Hippins Network which offers a nappy lending service allowing parents to try different styles before buying.  They also operate a scheme under which parents who use real nappies can claim up to £30 towards the cost of kitting out their child.    

More generally, thirteen local authorities at present support work carried out by the Scottish Nappy Network to promote real nappies in Scotland.  We are also aware of community sector projects, such as one run by Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership.   

We have recently provided resources to the Waste and Resources Action Programme for work on waste minimisation, including work on real nappies.


Police

S2W-6555 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it is committing to the provision of DNA testing.

Answered by Cathy Jamieson (27 February 2004): We have recently made an additional £1 million available to the Scottish Police Service to support the development of DNA in the investigation of crime. Around £800,000 will be used by forces to purchase eight genetic analysers which are used in the process of developing DNA profiles obtained from samples taken both at the point of arrest and from crime scenes. The remaining money will be allocated to increasing DNA sampling levels across Scotland. Together, these measures will give the Scottish Police Service equipment that is as up to date as any in the world and will, in turn, assist in solving more crimes.

 


S2W-5979 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time and part-time police officers there are in the Scottish Police Service and whether it has any plans to publish police officer numbers on a whole time equivalent basis.

Answered by Cathy Jamieson (5 February 2004): Figures showing full-time, part time and whole time equivalent police officer numbers over the last three years are given in the following table. The Executive intends in future normally to give police officer numbers on a whole time equivalent basis.

 

 

Full-time officers

Part-time officers

Total strength

(head count)

Total strength

(whole time equivalent)

2000:  September

14,653

217

14,870

14,782

           December

14,716

232

14,948

14,863

2001:  March

14,903

246

15,149

15,059

           June

14,851

261

15,112

15,018

           September

14,859

278

15,137

15,037

           December

14,808

285

15,093

14,987

2002:  March

14,941

310

15,251

15,139

           June

14,895

330

15,225

15,111

           September

14,988

336

15,324

15,206

           December

14,946

341

15,287

15,166

2003:  March

15,128

359

15,487

15,361

           June

15,191

369

15,560

15,432

           September

15,138

374

15,512

15,385

           December

15,226

391

15,617

15,483

 

Source: Returns submitted by Scottish Police Forces. Figures exclude special constables.


Road Accidents

S2W-5605 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been killed or seriously injured in road accidents in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in each of the last five years.

Holding reply by Nicol Stephen (2 February 2004): I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (10 March 2004): The information requested is given on page 140 of Road Accidents Scotland 2002, published by the Scottish Executive in 2003, copies of which are available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib number 30447). Information for 2003 is not yet available centrally.

 


S2W-5604 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults have been killed or seriously injured in road accidents in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in each of the last five years.

Holding reply by Nicol Stephen (2 February 2004): I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (10 March 2004): The information requested can be obtained from the figures on page 140 of Road Accidents Scotland 2002, published by the Scottish Executive in 2003, copies of which are available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 30447). Information for 2003 is not yet available centrally.

 


S2W-5603 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were killed or seriously injured in road accidents in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in (i) 1994, (ii) 1995, (iii) 1996, (iv) 1997 and (v) 1998.

Holding reply by Nicol Stephen (2 February 2004): I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (10 March 2004): The information requested is given on page 140 of Road Accidents Scotland 2002, published by the Scottish Executive in 2003, copies of which are available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 30447).

 


S2W-5602 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults were killed or seriously injured in road accidents in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in (i) 1994, (ii) 1995, (iii) 1996, (iv) 1997 and (v) 1998.

Holding reply by Nicol Stephen (2 February 2004): I shall reply to the member as soon as possible.

Answered by Nicol Stephen (10 March 2004): The information requested can be obtained from the figures on page 140 of Road Accidents Scotland 2002, published by the Scottish Executive in 2003, copies of which are available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 30447).


 

Health

S2W-5400 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on levels of obesity amongst 12-year-olds, broken down by NHS board area.

Answered by Mr Tom McCabe (20 January 2004): Information for all NHS boards in Scotland is not currently available. For those areas where data is available, the following table shows the levels of obesity amongst children who have received a primary 7 school review (aged between 11 and 12 years approximately).

 

High BMI Distribution: Children Receiving a Primary 7 Review: School Year 2001-02

 

Total Number

Obese (>95th centile) No.

%

Total

12,194

2,208

18.1

Borders

1,279

217

17.0

Fife

4,020

742

18.5

Lanarkshire

6,895

1,249

18.1

Source: CHSP-S ISD Scotland.

Estimated age at review 11-12 years.


Education

S2W-5399 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive how many places have been created under the Out of School Hours Learning Programme since its inception in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus.

Answered by Peter Peacock (20 January 2004): Information is not held centrally on the number of learning opportunities provided by education authorities and schools under the Scottish Executive’s Study Support Programme or through the New Opportunities Fund.


Equal Pay

S2O-1531 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is promoting to close the pay gap between men and women.

Answered by Ms Margaret Curran (11 March 2004): The Scottish Executive is working with the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Scottish Trade Union Congress and other partners in the Close the Gap campaign to raise awareness about the pay gap between women and men in Scotland.

 

And, as an employer, we are leading by example. The Executive completed a gender equal pay review in April 2003 and will continue to monitor its pay and reward system to ensure that it is free from discrimination.


Justice

S2O-1513 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons were learned from the recent visit by the Minister for Justice to courts in New York.

Answered by Cathy Jamieson (11 March 2004): During my recent visit to New York, I met with representatives of the police, courts and community justice agencies. There are potentially a number of lessons to be learned, including the speed of the process, “restorative” aspects of community service, and the range of services available to address the problems of offending.


Child Safety

S2O-1026 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is given to education authorities on the advantages of introducing "walking buses" schemes in the interests of safety of schoolchildren and what information it has on the use of such schemes by individual education authorities.

Answered by Mr Jim Wallace (8 January 2004): The Executive published guidance on how to run safer routes to school in 1999. A “walking bus” scheme led by a council education department was included in the guidance as an illustration of the type of project that might be undertaken. Advice on how to set up and run a “walking bus” is available through a number of websites set up by individual local authorities. In addition, Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity provides much guidance through its website on safe routes to school schemes including walking buses.

It is for each local authority to decide how best to implement safer routes to school initiatives within its area. The Executive does not monitor individual local schemes centrally.


Crime

S2O-314 - Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab) : To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures it plans to introduce to combat the fear of crime and what best practices it recommends are followed by local agencies in tackling this issue.

Answered by Cathy Jamieson (4 September 2003): A Partnership for a Better Scotland: Partnership Agreement sets out our commitments to tackle crime and the fear of crime to support stronger, safer communities. We have encouraged all 32 local authorities to establish Community Safety Partnerships to identify and address local community safety priorities, including the fear of crime. index pageIndex page

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