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Section E – Written questions lodged on 8 February 2005

Questions marked with a triangle ( Δ ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-14235 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current (a) book and (b) market value is of its share in Partnerships UK.

S2W-14236 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it is currently carrying out into value for money issues around the involvement of private finance in public procurement projects.

S2W-14237 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether PPP and PFI have encouraged the use of construction management as a procurement method.

S2W-14238 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will produce an analysis of the non-profit-distributing models pilots to replace PPP and PFI.

S2W-14239 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in employment were imprisoned in each of the last five years for failing to pay fines.

S2W-14240 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the taxpayer was of imprisoning people for failing to pay fines in each of the last five years.

S2W-14241 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the method of collecting outstanding fines.

S2W-14242 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13433 by Nicol Stephen on 27 January 2005 in respect of a ferry service from Scotland to Norway, whether a waterborne freight grant would still apply to such a service and what impact the traffic of English road freight north to such a ferry service would have on a possible Freight Facility Grant.

S2W-14243 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7396 by Mr Frank McAveety on 4 May 2004, what further funds have been provided for the development of grassroots rugby, detailing the source of the funds.

S2W-14244 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-6390 by Ms Margaret Curran on 24 March 2004, by what date it expects child poverty to be eradicated.

S2W-14245 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4454 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 15 December 2003, whether it received responses from the companies concerned regarding the rise in disconnections and, if so, what those responses were.

S2W-14246 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29389 by Ms Margaret Curran on 1 October 2002, whether neighbourhood wardens have had an impact on poverty.

S2W-14247 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to the supplementary question to S2O-5214 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 February 2005 ( Official Report, c 14265), whether additional capacity at Hairmyres Hospital, Wishaw General Hospital and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was provided by the use of PFI/PPP.

S2W-14248 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to the supplementary question to S2O-5214 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 February 2005 ( Official Report, c 14265), how it determined that the three hospitals in the answer would not have been built under the policies of the Scottish National Party.

S2W-14249 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to the supplementary question to S2O-5214 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 February 2005 ( Official Report, c 14265), whether it will provide a more specific and substantive answer to the supplementary question regarding the effect of fixed payment PFI/PPP projects on NHS budgets, the initial rates of return to shareholders in project companies and the delivery of revenue streams to the private sector by the NHS.

S2W-14250 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to the supplementary question to S2O-5214 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 February 2005 ( Official Report, c 14265), whether it considers that additional capacity in the NHS can only be provided through PFI/PPP.

S2W-14251 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-12671 by Mr Tom McCabe on 13 December 2004 and the supplementary question to S2O-5214 by Mr Andy Kerr on 3 February 2005 ( Official Report, c 14265), whether the internal rate of return in health projects under PFI/PPP would fall into the 13% to 16% range and whether the profit stream from NHS PFI/PPP contracts in 2004-05 will, therefore, be in the region of £13 million to £16 million.

S2W-14252 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies were born with foetal alcohol syndrome, broken down by NHS board, in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-14253 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to highlight to women who are pregnant the dangers of drinking and the risk of foetal alcohol syndrome.

S2W-14254 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to highlight to young women over 12 the dangers of drinking and the risk of foetal alcohol syndrome.

S2W-14255 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies were born with drug dependency, broken down by NHS board, in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-14256 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the assurances of confidentiality given in respect of each decennial population census from 1841 to 2001.

S2W-14257 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any requests since 1997 from members of the public who do not want their personal census details to be released before the records are 100 years old.

S2W-14258 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive , whether the Registrar General for Scotland has informed it of any documents showing that, in May 1974, ministers considered that Scotland should not be bound to keep in line in all respects with English and Welsh census closure policy and that the proposed 100-year closure rule for Scottish censuses was too long.

S2W-14259 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered commissioning an independent survey to establish whether Scots would be satisfied with the re-establishment of 19th century 50 to 80-year confidentiality periods for decennial population census records.

S2W-14260 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the penalties are for refusing to complete a decennial population census form and how many successful prosecutions there were for that offence in connection with the censuses for (a) 1971, (b) 1981, (c) 1991 and (d) 2001.

S2W-14261 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the penalties are for unlawfully disclosing personal information from closed decennial population censuses and how many successful prosecutions there been have for that offence since 1990.

S2W-14262 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received on whether seizure of mobile phone batteries by Tayside Police at the recent Arbroath FC versus Aberdeen FC football match was lawful under section 51 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

S2W-14263 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it endorses the seizure of mobile phone batteries by police as a reasonable measure to maintain public order at football matches.

S2W-14264 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how often mobile phone batteries have been seized by police in connection with football matches, broken down by police force.

S2W-14265 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it and Tayside Police have received regarding the conduct of police officers involved in the seizure of mobile phone batteries at the recent Arbroath FC versus Aberdeen FC football match.

S2W-14266 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13677 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 February 2005, whether it has concerns about the reduction in numbers of Scottish-domiciled graduates.

S2W-14267 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13677 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 February 2005, what the improvements were in data collection for graduates from further education colleges.

S2W-14268 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering seeking visa extensions for teaching graduates from Scottish institutions who would require such extensions in order to complete their probationer time in Scotland.

S2W-14269 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-5132 by Peter Peacock on 27 January 2005, what input philanthropists will have into its education policies.

S2W-14270 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13677 by Mr Jim Wallace on 1 February 2005, whether it has concerns about the reduction in numbers of Scottish school leavers entering higher education.

S2W-14271 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed ban on smoking in public places will apply to railway stations such as Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley.

S2W-14272 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the criteria and eligibility rules in respect of foreign footballers playing in the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League; what powers it has to restrict, limit or control players from (a) other EU and (b) non-EU states; what information it has in respect of the likelihood of players from non-EU nations seeking to come to Scotland through Lithuania and whether it will take any steps to address any issues arising, and how it will ensure that such steps are consistent with its desire to support youth development in football.

S2W-14273 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made following the public local inquiry into the route of the A96 Fochabers-Mosstodloch by-pass.

S2W-14274 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of holding the public local inquiry into the A96 Fochabers-Mosstodloch by-pass.

S2W-14275 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce a decision on the route of the A96 Fochabers-Mosstodloch by-pass following the public local inquiry completing its findings over eight months ago.

S2W-14276 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to Family Mediation Scotland in each financial year since 1999.

S2W-14277 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to Couple Counselling Scotland in each financial year since 1999.

S2W-14278 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to Scottish Marriage Care in each financial year since 1999.

S2W-14279 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to Stepfamily Scotland in each financial year since 1999.

S2W-14280 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has had with Family Mediation Scotland, Couple Counselling Scotland, Scottish Marriage Care and Stepfamily Scotland in the last 12 months and what the specific purpose was of each meeting.

S2W-14281 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide sustainable funding for Family Mediation Scotland over the next five years.

S2W-14282 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Family Law ( Scotland) Bill will have on the provision of local services for supporting families and how it will fund such services in the future.

S2W-14283 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific discussions it has had with the Security Service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Stirling Council about additional policing resources required to ensure that the G8 summit does not have a negative impact on the city of Stirling.

S2W-14284 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional financial resources will be made available to Stirling Council to deal with any extra costs associated with the holding of the G8 summit.

S2W-14285 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Water about the need to ensure that adequate resources are available so that developments that incorporate affordable housing in rural areas are able to proceed.

S2W-14286 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will hold discussions with Scottish Water about issues that exist in the Auchterarder and Alyth areas in respect of a lack of sewage and drainage capacity constraining proposals for affordable housing developments.

S2W-14287 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of manufacturing employment was in (a) 1979, (b) 1997, (c) 1999 and (d) 2004.

S2W-14288 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations and qualitative research have been, and will be, conducted into the standard and quality of life for women who leave prison and what measures it has taken to improve this quality of life.

S2W-14289 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were members of sports clubs in each of the last three years.

S2W-14290 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it measures the implementation of Sport 21 targets established by sportscotland and what progress is being made in achieving these targets.

S2W-14291 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people aged 17 to 24 took part in sport at least twice a week in each of the last three years and how this was measured.

S2W-14292 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people aged 45 to 64 took part in sport at least twice a week in each of the last three years and how this was measured.

S2W-14293 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish people won world and international medals in each of the last three years, which medals were won and for what disciplines.

S2W-14294 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary schools have provided at least two hours of high-quality physical education by a qualified teacher in each of the last three years and how many schools expect to provide such education in each of the next three years.

S2W-14295 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children aged 13 to 17 take part in sport outside the school curriculum and how this is measured.

S2W-14296 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children over 14 in social inclusion partnership areas took part in sport at least once per week in each of the last three years.



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