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Section E – Written questions lodged on 12 May 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-16443 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2O-6584 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 May 2005 and given that the Prince2 methodology will have identified which resources were used and for how long, whether it is now in a position to state what the cost to date has been of the criminal history system replacement project.

S2W-16465 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid, or will pay, to Holyrood Communications Ltd in respect of the Africa Conference on 16 May 2005.

S2W-16466 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-16014 by Lewis Macdonald on 26 April 2005, when it will publish its new sustainable development strategy and what (a) non-government organisations, (b) trade unions and (c) other members of civic Scotland have been asked to contribute to the development of the strategy.

S2W-16467 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15876 by Mr Tom McCabe on 25 April 2005 and given the requirement for confidentiality of discussions on EU matters between it and the UK Government as set out in article 19 of the Memorandum of Understanding, what opportunity the Parliament has for scrutinising work of the Executive on EU matters, such as submissions to European Commission consultations made by it through the UK Government.

S2W-16468 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stoma specialist nurses there are, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-16469 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of specialist care and support is offered to patients who have a stoma, in light of the personal and delicate nature of the procedure.

S2W-16470 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns have been reported by (a) NHS boards and (b) patients in light of the plan to discontinue the option of supply of stoma appliances on a prescription basis directly from appliance contractors from April 2006.

S2W-16471 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current level of choice is for stoma patients who wish to obtain their appliances from a number of sources and how this will change after April 2006.

S2W-16472 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how long each person for whom a European Arrest Warrant has been issued was held in custody before surrender.

S2W-16473 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the length of detention prior to surrender of each person whose surrender has been requested in a European Arrest Warrant issued by authorities in Scotland.

S2W-16474 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a European Arrest Warrant has been issued for any person in Scotland for an act that is not an offence in Scots law.

S2W-16475 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome has been of each European Arrest Warrant issued by a Scottish court.

S2W-16476 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it reconciles the answer to question S1W-33063 by Mr Jim Wallace on 21 January 2003 with the answer to question S2W-16105 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 May 2005 in respect of how often the controller of HM Prison Kilmarnock has agreed that a cell may be shared by two prisoners under section 23.4.1 of the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock in each quarter of the prison’s operation and in the current year to date and whether it will provide a revised answer to question S2W-16105.

S2W-16477 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it reconciles the answer to question S1W-33992 by Mr Jim Wallace on 3 March 2003 with the answer to question S2W-16103 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 May 2005 in respect of the number of instances in which a serious assault has occurred in HM Prison Kilmarnock but no performance points have accrued to the prison operators and whether it will provide a revised answer to question S2W-16103.

S2W-16478 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16107 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 May 2005, why the Scottish Prison Service sees no benefit in making an assessment of the progress of the operation of the contract for HM Prison Kilmarnock in comparison with the financial projection contained in Schedule P to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock.

S2W-16479 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-15607 by Colin Boyd QC on 18 April 2005 and S2W-16102 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 May 2005, whether the alleged falsification of watch logs constitutes a failure to comply with agreed reporting procedures at HM Prison Kilmarnock incurring performance points under Schedule F to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock.

S2W-16480 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15607 by Colin Boyd QC on 18 April 2005, whether the operators of HM Prison Kilmarnock will incur performance points under Schedule F to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock in respect of the two admitted incidents of falsification of watch logs for failing to comply with agreed reporting procedures and, if so, in relation to which quarter of the prison’s operation.

S2W-16481 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-15184 and S2W-16049 by Ms Margaret Curran on 10 and 3 May 2005, what issues ministers are considering in relation to S2W-15184, given that the question concerns a request for information under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-16482 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-15187 and S2W-16048 by Ms Margaret Curran on 10 and 3 May 2005, what issues ministers are considering in relation to S2W-15187, given that the question concerns a request for information under section 3 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-16483 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-283 and S2W-15775 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 June 2003 and 4 May 2005, whether it intends to consult anyone to whom an order designating the operator of HM Prison Kilmarnock as a public authority under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 would relate regarding the effect of such an order.

S2W-16484 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-283 and S2W-15775 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 June 2003 and 4 May 2005, why it did not carry out a consultation on the effect of an order designating the operator of HM Prison Kilmarnock as a public authority under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 in the time between the passing of the Act and its taking effect on 1 January 2005.

S2W-16485 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15775 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 May 2005, who it considers should be consulted regarding the effect of an order designating the operator of HM Prison Kilmarnock as a public authority under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-16486 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the maximum limit of 5% of contract price for performance revenue deduction, as referred to in the second paragraph of Schedule F to the Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock, has been applied, broken down by quarter since the prison opened.

S2W-16487 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to complete its review of the victim notification scheme.

S2W-16488 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the victim notification scheme, specifically in relation to home detention curfews.

S2W-16489 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the victim’s interests are taken into account when considering whether a home detention curfew is applied.

S2W-16490 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the purpose is of the ministerial powers of direction contained in the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill and under what circumstances such powers might be applied.

S2W-16491 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the implementation of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 under Directive 2001/20/EC will have on the establishment rate and progress of non-commercial clinical trials.

S2W-16492 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support clinicians in establishing and conducting clinical trials under the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004.

S2W-16493 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on where the UK Supreme Court should be located.

S2W-16494 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide funding for improvements to Perth train station.

S2W-16495 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the proposal of the UK Government and others for a European Council Framework Decision on the retention of data processed and stored in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or data on public communications networks for the purpose of prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of crime and criminal offences including terrorism, and particularly on the proposal’s impact on (a) civil liberties and (b) electronic communications service providers in Scotland.

S2W-16496 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunity it has had to make its views known to the UK Government on the proposal for a European Council Framework Decision on the retention of data processed and stored in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or data on public communications networks for the purpose of prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of crime and criminal offences including terrorism.

S2W-16497 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunity the Scottish Parliament will have to scrutinise the proposal of the UK Government and others for a European Council Framework Decision on the retention of data processed and stored in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or data on public communications networks for the purpose of prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of crime and criminal offences including terrorism.

S2W-16498 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the proposal by the UK Government and others for a European Council Framework Decision on the retention of data processed and stored in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or data on public communications networks for the purpose of prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of crime and criminal offences including terrorism covers (a) reserved and (b) devolved matters.

S2W-16499 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used to determine whether a pedestrian crossing should be installed at any particular location on a trunk road.

S2W-16500 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual monetary value will be to First ScotRail of reduced discounts, which are given to season ticket holders as a result of failure by ScotRail to meet its punctuality targets, following the introduction of the planned two-minute addition to journey times of Fife to Edinburgh services.

S2W-16501 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on plans to introduce electronic entitlement cards for all Scottish citizens and whether such cards would be voluntary.

S2W-16502 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive in what way electronic entitlement cards will be different from any UK identity cards.

S2W-16503 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether electronic entitlement cards will be connected to any national identity register or similar database.

S2W-16504 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16176 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 May 2005, whether HM Chief Inspector of Prisons will revert to the policy of his predecessor of allowing MSPs to attend his press conferences and of issuing his reports and news releases to MSPs at the same time as he issues the documents to the media.

S2W-16505 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences for the snaring of mountain hares have been issued in each of the last five years; what time period each licence has been issued for, and how many of these licences are currently in effect.

S2W-16506 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the reports returned to it under section 3.10 of the licence conditions for the snaring of mountain hares, how many animals of each species were caught and what their status and fate was, broken down by species.

S2W-16507 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answers to questions S2W-8485 and S2W-10935 by Cathy Jamieson on 8 June 2004 and 19 October 2004, how many prison officer hours have now been released from prisoner transport duties as a result of the contract with Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-16508 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-8623 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 June 2004, whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a copy, suitably edited to protect security and personal data, of the results of each investigation conducted by the contract monitor into each release in error by Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd under the contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-16509 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-8626 by Cathy Jamieson on 11 June 2004, how long it took for each prisoner released in error by Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd to be returned to police custody.

S2W-16510 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-8434 by Cathy Jamieson on 8 June 2004, how public safety or public order might be endangered by the provision of the information requested.

S2W-16511 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the full terms of its agreement with Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd regarding the monthly performance summary of the contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-16512 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will designate Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd as a public authority under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2003 in respect of the service it provides under the contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-16513 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days of Scottish Prison Service staff time have been taken each month in monitoring the effective delivery of services by Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd to Glasgow courts, broken down by rank.

S2W-16514 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was paid in VAT in respect of each payment to Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd under the contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-16515 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will subsidise communities which have access to satellite broadband only, given that satellite broadband is more expensive than ADSL broadband.

S2W-16516 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its reasons were for allocating monies from its Cities Growth Fund only to the cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling and Inverness.

S2W-16517 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made in its budget plans to support the proposals by HITRANS for improved air services for the Highlands and Islands; whether a specific amount has been set aside, earmarked or otherwise allocated within the overall transport or other budget, and, if so, what specific amount and in which financial year or years.

S2W-16518 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the length of public service obligation (PSO) relating to air routes should be increased from three years and, if so, what the duration should be; whether a longer period should be stipulated in the tender for any proposed PSO route, and whether a period longer than three years would provide a more reasonable opportunity to allow the public to become acquainted with the new route timetable and lower fares envisaged by the HITRANS proposal for air services for the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-16519 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether powers will be delegated to it from Her Majesty’s Government to allow it to take decisions about public service obligations for flights within Scotland and, in particular, within the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-16520 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on legal advice which HITRANS has obtained to the effect that there is no legal impediment to the creation of public service obligations within the Highlands and Islands and what advice it has received on possible legal challenges to this advice.

S2W-16521 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any challenge made within any EU state in respect of the application of a public service obligation to any air route or routes which has been put out to tender and what the details are of any such challenge.

S2W-16522 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what study it has made of the possible economic impact of the proposed HITRANS scheme for air travel within the Highlands and Islands and how many additional jobs this might create, both directly and indirectly.

S2W-16523 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Partnership Agreement proposal for a study into the possible benefits of cheaper flights in the Highlands and Islands to be implemented and whether this will be before May 2007.

S2W-16524 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of the precautionary principle.

S2W-16525 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide rest areas and facilities along the M8.

S2W-16526 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for dermatology services, broken down by NHS board, and what action it is taking to monitor this.

S2W-16527 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the Broxden roundabout on the outskirts of Perth where there has been a number of accidents involving heavy goods vehicles overturning.



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