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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 March 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-15535 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why 13% of children aged 6 to 14 years in Fife are being prescribed Ritalin, compared with 3% in Greater Glasgow.

S2W-15536 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many males were convicted of drink-driving offences in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area.

S2W-15537 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight casualties among cyclists took place on (i) urban and (ii) rural roads in each year since 1997.

S2W-15538 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight casualties among riders of motorcycles in (i) urban and (ii) rural areas occurred (1) at signal-controlled junctions, (2) at other junctions and (3) while overtaking in the last period for which figures are available.

S2W-15539 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pedestrian casualties occurring on a footway resulted from a collision with a (a) motor vehicle and (b) pedal cycle in each year since 1997.

S2W-15540 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many whole-time equivalent NHS dentists there have been per capita in each year since 1997 and how many offered NHS treatment in (a) Scotland and (b) each NHS board.

S2W-15541 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Natural Heritage and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) on the future of NTS properties.

S2W-15542 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is being made available to potential operators of the Gourock to Dunoon ferry route, including information on the berthing charges at Gourock Pier.

S2W-15543 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what process is in place to handle expressions of interest from ferry operators who are considering bidding for the Gourock to Dunoon ferry route.

S2W-15544 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15107 by Mr Andy Kerr on 17 March 2005, which hospitals have a pain management team.

S2W-15545 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an objective in the review of the Scottish Forestry Strategy will be to ensure that it contributes to the delivery of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.

S2W-15546 Δ Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the composition of the working group being set up to review the scope and impact of adult entertainment has now been agreed.

S2W-15547 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to establish the Protection of Vulnerable Adults List for which the consultation process closed on 30 April 2004.

S2W-15548 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15179 by Patricia Ferguson on 22 March 2005, whether it will provide a breakdown of the funding provided by the (a) Exchequer and (b) Lottery Sports Fund for each project and the source of the Exchequer funding.

S2W-15549 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15179 by Patricia Ferguson on 22 March 2005, whether it will provide a breakdown of the funding provided by the lead applicant and its funding partners for each of the projects.

S2W-15550 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the fairness of prison officers cited in the fatal accident inquiry report by Sheriff Colin McKay on the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002 having been punished but Premier Prison Services having received no penalty for negligence.

S2W-15551 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate has any plans to begin criminal proceedings against Premier Prison Services for negligence in respect of the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002, in light of the fatal accident inquiry report by Sheriff Colin McKay on the death.

S2W-15552 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what follow-up action it and its agencies are taking in light of the fatal accident inquiry report by Sheriff Colin McKay on the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002.

S2W-15553 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many suicides have taken place in each prison in each year since May 1999; in how many of these cases fatal accident inquiries identified failure or negligence by prison management as a contributing factor to these deaths; what action was taken as a result, where such failure was identified and whether any prosecutions for negligence took place and, if so, where and when they took place.

S2W-15554 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) have been held since May 1999; how many FAIs have related to deaths of prisoners; what time period elapsed between the date of death and the opening of the FAI in each case; how long each FAI took, and what time period elapsed between the conclusion of the evidence sessions and the issuing of the report in each case.

S2W-15555 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any guidelines on how long a fatal accident inquiry can, or should, take to report; if so, what the guidelines are, and, if not, what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-15556 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002 did not report until March 2005 and what the reasons are for the length of time taken to report.

S2W-15557 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the arrangements are in respect of publishing fatal accident inquiry reports.

S2W-15558 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each fatal accident inquiry carried out since May 1999 cost.

S2W-15559 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice authorised oral and written press statements made on 22 March 2005 by (a) the Justice Department, (b) the Scottish Prison Service and (c) Premier Prison Services regarding the fatal accident inquiry report on the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002.

S2W-15560 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all necessary properties have been compulsorily purchased to enable construction of the M74 Northern Extension to begin and, if not, how many properties are still to be purchased in this manner.

S2W-15561 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new computer system to replace the current criminal history system database, originally due for implementation in March 2004, will now be introduced; what the original estimated costs were and what the current estimated costs are for the system, and what additional functionality will be provided which was not in the original system specification.

S2W-15562 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive , in light of Lord Sutherland’s Opinion in AlexanderSmith and Othersv. P.F. Dingwall on 16 December 1999 that certain matters “cannot affect the validity of the assignation statement as at the time when it was made”, when the assignation was made and by whom it was signed.

S2W-15563 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the statutory assignation statement for the A87 tolling regime is an order or a scheme.

S2W-15564 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Invergarry-Kyle of Lochalsh Trunk Road (A87) Extension (Skye Bridge Crossing) Toll Order 1992 (SI 1992/1501) prescribed toll charges according to statutory requirements.

S2W-15565 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the A87 Skye crossing extension was a trunk road in October 1995.

S2W-15566 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive why the A87 Skye crossing toll order was not issued by Highland Regional Council.

S2W-15567 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has had with staff, unions and Scottish Enterprise regarding the introduction of performance-related pay for Careers Scotland staff and what the outcomes of these meetings have been.

S2W-15568 Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has played in ensuring that Scottish Enterprise has carried out effective consultation with Careers Scotland staff over the introduction of performance-related pay.

S2W-15569 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive who appointed Professor Kevin Power to review the internal investigation into Premier Prison Services’ operating procedures at HM Prison Kilmarnock; who will pay his fee; what his fee is; what the terms of reference of the review are; what the timescale is, and whether his conclusions will be made public.

S2W-15570 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the findings by the fatal accident inquiry by Sheriff Colin McKay on the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002, the Executive will now carry out an independent inquiry into the running of the prison, in particular its procedures for suicide watches, or whether it will request or require HM Chief Inspector of Prisons to carry out such an investigation.

S2W-15571 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the staff turnover figures for each prison in each of the last six years.

S2W-15572 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers have been dismissed for disciplinary offences in each prison in each of the last five years.

S2W-15573 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations regarding the single survey scheme, in particular regarding the merit of the scheme if a survey is three months old or more, and, if so, who the representations were from and what views were expressed in respect of the length of time for which such surveys should be valid.

S2W-15574 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases were referred to it or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on planning or environmental grounds where there were concerns in respect of asbestos disposal from brownfield sites in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-15575 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have a public register of contaminated land as required under the new statutory contaminated land regime.



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