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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-16686 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the per capita health funding in remote and rural areas, including islands, in the current NHS Argyll and Clyde area will be raised prior to any transfer to NHS Highland.

S2W-16722 Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a maximum 3 megawatt hydro-electric generating scheme at River E, near Loch Mhor, Inverness-shire.

S2W-16749 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine the contribution that its policies on farming and fishing make to greenhouse gas emissions.

S2W-16750 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a series of interim targets towards the 2021 traffic stabilisation goal in order to provide a realistic route map towards reducing emissions from this sector.

S2W-16751 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to evaluate the impact that major road infrastructure investments will have on greenhouse gas emissions and on its target of stabilising road traffic by 2021.

S2W-16752 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is undertaking to ensure that all levels of central and local government and the Parliament have a key role in developing emissions reduction targets.

S2W-16753 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has had with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency regarding ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Firth of Forth planned by Melbourne Marine Services of Sunderland.

S2W-16754 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it opposes the planned ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Firth of Forth planned by Melbourne Marine Services of Sunderland.

S2W-16755 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions have been made to minimise disruption to road, rail and air traffic in the vicinity of Prestwick Airport resulting from the arrival and departure of foreign heads of government during the G8 summit.

S2W-16756 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding it provides to organisations addressing bullying amongst school pupils.

S2W-16757 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is studying, or intends to study, patterns in teleworking and its possible effect on traffic levels.

S2W-16758 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the Deputy First Minister’s discussion with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, it still supports a policy of repatriating European structural funds after 2006.

S2W-16759 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the Deputy First Minister’s discussion with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, it will support a European Union budget that maintains regional funding for the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-16760 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive , following the Deputy First Minister’s discussion with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, what level of funding it expects to be available to the west of Scotland for co-operation across maritime borders.

S2W-16761 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3329 by Malcolm Chisholm on 6 November 2003, what percentage of NHS funding allocated using the Arbuthnott formula was allocated to each NHS board for the current year and will be allocated for the next three years, expressed also on a per capita basis.

S2W-16762 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what single bid contracts for PPP schools have been let.

S2W-16763 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards are in place to ensure that PPP school building projects are driven by local authority requirements rather than private sector requirements.

S2W-16764 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria local authorities apply in deciding whether renovation or new build is appropriate in PPP school projects.

S2W-16765 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to develop planning across all policy sectors of government with regard to the impact of climate change.

S2W-16766 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to develop a detailed route map with a series of benchmarks that will help policy makers, businesses and individuals understand what action is required in the short term with regard to the impact of climate change.

S2W-16767 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission a comprehensive independent audit of progress under the Scottish Climate Change Programme and, if so, whether that audit will be carried out at the earliest opportunity to form a baseline analysis and repeated every five years thereafter.

S2W-16768 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report to the Parliament on an annual basis on progress towards meeting climate change targets.

S2W-16769 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to accelerate the development of the necessary information resources to allow it to put in place measures that will limit energy demand.

S2W-16770 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine the feasibility of incentives in the planning system, such as fee reduction or accelerated processing, to encourage developers to meet higher energy efficiency standards and whether such measures will form part of the proposed Planning Bill.

S2W-16771 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will re-examine the enforcement of conditions set to ensure compliance with energy efficiency standards.

S2W-16772 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement the EU Directive on energy performance of buildings in 2006.

S2W-16773 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the Scottish Forestry Strategy with the objective of comprehensively addressing climate change considerations, such as through the potential for carbon sequestration and the impact that increased use of timber in construction and energy generation can have on emissions.

S2W-16774 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce comprehensive and integrated planning guidance on climate change to ensure that issues such as food and fuel miles can be addressed.

S2W-16775 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what programme of visits to sheriff courts has been undertaken by the Judicial Appointments Board since its inception.

S2W-16776 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what regular contact and communication is maintained by members of the Judicial Appointments Board with sheriff courts.

S2W-16777 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is given to members of the Judicial Appointments Board before and during the period of their appointment.

S2W-16778 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what regular contact and communication is maintained by members of the Judicial Appointments Board with existing members of the judiciary in Scotland.

S2W-16779 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring of the activity of individual sheriff courts is currently being undertaken by the Judicial Appointments Board and what monitoring has taken place since the board’s inception.

S2W-16780 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an up-to-date progress report on the implementation of the action plan arising from the Youth Football Review.

S2W-16781 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools took part in the OECD’s “PISA 2003” survey (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority and how many (i) independent schools and (ii) pupils from each school took part in the survey.

S2W-16782 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the tests carried out in schools for the OECD “PISA 2003” survey were internally invigilated.

S2W-16783 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out a study of the economic importance of sea angling.

S2W-16784 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been informed by the Home Office or any other UK department of the date on which individuals will be able to start applying for visas under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme and, if so, on what date it was informed of this and when it will inform students who may be interested in applying for such visas of the start date.

S2W-16785 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16363 by Mr Andy Kerr on 18 May 2005, what the Operational Research Consultancy (ORCON) standards have been for the Scottish Ambulance Service in each year since 2002, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-16786 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16621 by Ms Margaret Curran on 17 May 2005, whether it will make representations to the UK Government in connection with its Equality Bill to provide that the duty placed on Scottish public authorities to promote equality between men and women will also be placed on any person who is providing a service for a public body under a (a) contract for services or (b) PPP/PFI contract.

S2W-16787 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken, or plans to take, to ensure that organisations which could be considered to be public authorities, and are created by new legislation, are designated as “Scottish Public Authorities” and included in Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-16788 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the Fresh Talent initiative to be sufficient to address any problems it has identified with Scotland’s demographic situation.

S2W-16789 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to improve non-Scots’ first impressions of Scotland.

S2W-16790 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is discussing with Her Majesty’s Government the possibility of extending the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to graduates from non-Scottish UK academic institutions.

S2W-16791 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have so far been attracted to Scotland by the Fresh Talent initiative.

S2W-16792 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has targeted tourists as potential in-migrants under the Fresh Talent initiative.

S2W-16793 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many scholarships for overseas students have been granted under the Fresh Talent initiative for the coming academic year.

S2W-16794 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the details of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme have been finalised with the Home Office and, if so, whether the Executive will publish these details and, if not, when it expects these details to be finalised.

S2W-16795 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether non-European Economic Area nationals who completed an HND at a Scottish college of further education will be entitled to join the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.

S2W-16796 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive who will have responsibility for operating the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.

S2W-16797 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many migrants from EU accession countries have settled in Scotland as a result of the Fresh Talent initiative.

S2W-16798 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many training seminars for employers it has provided in partnership with Work Permits UK.

S2W-16799 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what considerations led to the time-limit of two years on the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.

S2W-16800 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to help universities co-ordinate the recruitment of overseas students.

S2W-16801 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what information was given to patients treated with Scottish factor VIII prior to 1987.

S2W-16802 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what choice of treatment was available to patients diagnosed with (a) HIV and/or (b) hepatitis C prior to 1987.

S2W-16803 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what counselling was offered to patients diagnosed with (a) HIV and/or (b) hepatitis C prior to 1987.

S2W-16804 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S20-6783 by Ross Finnie on 19 May 2005, what investment it is making in the provision of recycling facilities in each local authority area, except West Lothian.

S2W-16805 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether letters to the Lord Advocate regarding matters relating to fingerprinting are routinely copied to officers in the Scottish Criminal Record Office and, if so, what guidelines there are in respect of their confidentiality at all stages of the process.

S2W-16806 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the number of tourism businesses that will be affected by the draft Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2005 when enacted.

S2W-16807 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the costs of the Private Water Supplies Grant Scheme should it be introduced in the form suggested in the current consultation document on the draft Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2005.

S2W-16808 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospital information systems are in use in NHS hospitals.

S2W-16809 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospital information system is in use at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S2W-16810 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the hospital information system in use at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was selected in open competition; how it was compared with other systems available, and what criteria were applied in the comparison.

S2W-16811 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the hospital information system in use at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh cost and what level of funding for that system came from the Executive.

S2W-16812 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, if the hospital information system in use at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh has not been successfully implemented, there are penalty clauses with the supplier for (a) complete or (b) partial failure of the system.

S2W-16813 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive who was involved in the selection of the hospital information system currently in use at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S2W-16814 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the Deputy First Minister’s recent discussions with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, it supports a European Union budget that maintains regional funding for the south of Scotland.

S2W-16815 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the creation of a south of Scotland region eligible for Objective 1, statistical effect or transitional funding was discussed by the Deputy First Minister and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy at their recent meeting.

S2W-16816 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent estimate is of the number of teleworkers.

S2W-16817 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the hospital information system (HIS) in use at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh has been successfully implemented and how many attempts it took to implement the system successfully, regardless of the supplier of the HIS.

S2W-16818 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the issue of litter floating in watercourses is addressed in current environmental legislation.

S2W-16819 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Environmental Protection Act 1990 includes provision for responsibilities for litter floating in watercourses.

S2W-16820 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, if the Environmental Protection Act 1990 does not allocate clear responsibility for dealing with floating litter, it will use the new powers under subsection (6C) of section 89 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, implemented through subsection (2) of section 57 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, to impose specific responsibilities on the appropriate bodies to resolve the consistent problems associated with floating litter in the Leith docks area.



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