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Section E – Written questions lodged on 13 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-16528 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15713 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, how many urgent requests for an ambulance were made by GPs in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05 and, of these, how many were met within an hour of the request being made, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-16529 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15713 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, what evidence it has to indicate that “the reduction in performance in some areas, especially those with sizeable urban conurbations, may be seen as an indicator of the progress the Scottish Ambulance Service is making towards delivery of its eight minute response time target for category A (life threatening) calls” and whether it is able to evaluate this progress.

S2W-16530 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15713 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, what percentage of category A (life threatening) calls were answered by an ambulance within eight minutes and what its target rate is for such responses.

S2W-16531 Δ Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue a draft Animal Health and Welfare Bill for consultation.

S2W-16532 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made on the route of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-16533 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the two routes to the west of Peterculter were included as options for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-16534 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought to negotiate a purchase of the Camphill Trust estate at Myrtle for a sum sufficient to allow for total relocation of the community to a new facility or whether it will use compulsory purchase to achieve this objective.

S2W-16535 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm the statement by the former Minister for Transport, Lewis Macdonald, that the southern route of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has been rescinded and, if so, what the reasons are for this action.

S2W-16536 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the positions of all junctions on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will be confirmed.

S2W-16537 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-16538 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for reopening the railway station at Laurencekirk.

S2W-16539 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to construct a direct link from Dyce railway station into Aberdeen Airport.

S2W-16540 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase car parking facilities at Stonehaven and Portlethen stations as part of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S2W-16541 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce supervisors on school transport to ensure that drivers are not distracted and that good order is maintained.

S2W-16542 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with head teachers with regard to disruptive behaviour by pupils travelling on school transport.

S2W-16543 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it is committed to contributing to Laurencekirk Station.

S2W-16544 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16157 by Cathy Jamieson on 12 May 2005, whether it will provide a list of (a) invitees, (b) attendees, (c) MSPs in attendance and (d) MSPs who were invited to each media conference.

S2W-16545 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to it was of producing Omnibus Survey of Small Businesses in Scotland 2002: Rural Analysis.

S2W-16546 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has used the findings contained in Omnibus Survey of Small Businesses in Scotland 2002: Rural Analysis.

S2W-16548 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental surgeries there were in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-16549 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were cancelled in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-16550 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were waiting for elective in-patient admission (a) in total, (b) for less than three months, (c) for three to five months, (d) for six to eight months and (e) for nine to 11 months and what the median waiting time in months was (i) in June 1999 and (ii) at the most recent date for which figures are available.

S2W-16551 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Royal National Institute for the Blind report, Buy Your Own White Stick!, whether it has any plans to issue clear national guidelines on what community equipment should be received free of charge by registered blind and partially-sighted people, irrespective of where they live in Scotland, and provide the necessary resources.

S2W-16552 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Royal National Institute for the Blind report, Buy Your Own White Stick!, whether it will fund a feasibility study into how best to reduce the cost of the more expensive pieces of access technology equipment, which no social work department currently funds and whether it will subsidise this type of equipment.

S2W-16553 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Royal National Institute for the Blind report, Buy Your Own White Stick, whether it will audit the joint policies of local authorities, NHS boards, housing providers and the voluntary sector to ensure that the provision of basic equipment and essential aids for use by registered blind and partially-sighted people is locally co-ordinated and in line with national guidelines.

S2W-16554 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to Alex Salmond MP’s letter of 6 March 2005 regarding the A90: Hatton Bends.

S2W-16555 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter of 12 April 2005 regarding prescription charges for cancer sufferers.

S2W-16556 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a survey into the value of recreational sea angling to the economy.

S2W-16557 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking in support of migrant workers working in Scotland on contracts of less than one year being able to open accounts with Scottish banks.

S2W-16558 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-15951 by Mr Tom McCabe on 20 April 2005, what the cost has been of publications it has produced in each year since 1999, broken down by ministerial department and into (a) paper publications, (b) videos, (c) DVDs and (d) miscellaneous publications.

S2W-16559 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which helplines it has (a) wholly and (b) partly funded in each year since 1999, showing amount of funding allocated to, and number of calls processed by, each helpline.

S2W-16560 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive during which period the education and welfare building in John Street, Glasgow, provided services to the NHS.

S2W-16561 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive in what capacity the education and welfare building in John Street , Glasgow , provided services to the NHS.



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