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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 September 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-19029 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed EU Services Directive will increase competition in the provision of social services.

S2W-19030 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average train journey time was from (a) Aberdeen to Edinburgh and (b) Edinburgh to Aberdeen in each of the last six years, broken down by month.

S2W-19031 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rail passengers travelled from (a) Aberdeen to Edinburgh and (b) Edinburgh to Aberdeen in each of the last six years, broken down by month.

S2W-19032 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in achieving higher standards of performance for the rail service between Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

S2W-19033 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving punctuality and reliability of rail services between Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

S2W-19034 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to improve passenger safety and comfort, including higher standards of cleanliness, security and travel information, on trains between Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

S2W-19035 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it plans to make to (a) Aberdeen, (b) Arbroath, (c) Broughty Ferry, (d) Carnoustie, (e) Dundee, (f) Huntly, (g) Keith, (h) Montrose, (i) Monifeith, (j) Portlethen and (k) Stonehaven railway stations.

S2W-19036 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in tackling ticket fraud on trains between Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

S2W-19037 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what anti-ticket-fraud equipment and/or procedures have been put into place at (a) Aberdeen, (b) Arbroath, (c) Broughty Ferry, (d) Carnoustie, (e) Dundee, (f) Huntly, (g) Keith, (h) Montrose, (i) Monifeith, (j) Portlethen and (k) Stonehaven railway stations.

S2W-19038 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of train services from (a) Aberdeen to Edinburgh and (b) Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

S2W-19039 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil service jobs have been lost in Angus in the last 15 years.

S2W-19041 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil service jobs have been relocated to rural Scotland and to where they have been relocated.

S2W-19042 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10335 by Mr Andy Kerr on 21 September 2004 on non-domestic rate income, whether it will publish the same table updated for each year since 1995-96, including estimates for 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.

S2W-19043 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding from the National Lottery was directed to projects by the Executive in each of the last five years, broken down by project.

S2W-19044 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish-based student income and expenditure survey will be published.

S2W-19045 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the productivity levels have been in each year since 1999.

S2W-19046 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the growth in investment has been in each year since 1999, expressed as a percentage.

S2W-19047 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the growth rate for the economy has been in each year since 1999.

S2W-19048 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the National Transport Agency’s budget, excluding the budget for major infrastructure, will be spent on operating rail services.

S2W-19049 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-18152 by Mr Tom McCabe on 1 September 2005, whether it will give the (a) date of, (b) location of and (c) topics discussed at each of the 11 meetings that have taken place between the First Minister and Prime Minister on government business since November 2001.

S2W-19050 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister will respond to Alex Salmond MP’s letter to him of 22 July 2005.

S2W-19051 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a monthly breakdown of deliveries at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health since it opened at the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

S2W-19052 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected number of monthly deliveries at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health is up to the end of February 2006.

S2W-19053 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a monthly breakdown of the full-time-equivalent number of (a) hospital-based and (b) community-based midwives at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health since it opened at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

S2W-19054 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research or data is available to assess whether prisoners suffer from autistic spectrum disorder.

S2W-19055 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research or data is available to assess the incidence of autistic spectrum disorder among the adult population.

S2W-19056 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research or data is available to assess the incidence of autistic spectrum disorder among those sleeping rough.

S2W-19057 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any bodies listed under Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 are no longer operational and, if so, which bodies these are and why the Act has not been amended to reflect this.

S2W-19058 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current gender balance is of the volunteers who make up the Children’s Hearing System.

S2W-19059 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the gender balance has been of those who volunteered to become members of the children’s panel system in each of the last five years.

S2W-19067Δ Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the report of the public local inquiry into the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme.

S2W-19068 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its efficiency savings will be (a) cash releasing and (b) non-cash releasing in each of the next three years.

S2W-19069 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been raised in business rates in each of the last six years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-19070 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to the GP IT programme in each of the next three years and from which Level 3 spending category of the Draft Budget 2006-07.

S2W-19071 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to the single electronic patient record system in each of the next three years and from which Level 3 spending category of the Draft Budget 2006-07.

S2W-19072 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it has taken it on average to process and determine local authority local plans.

S2W-19073 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive when its determination on Angus Council’s local plan will be finalised.

S2W-19074 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports of (a) murder, (b) culpable homicide, (c) assault to severe injury, (d) assault and (e) offences involving the possession of a bladed weapon have been referred to the Procurator Fiscal at Ayr in each of the last five years.

S2W-19075 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) fatality there have been on the A77 within the South Ayrshire local authority area in each of the last five years.

S2W-19076 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) fatality there have been on the A70 within the South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire local authority areas in each of the last five years.

S2W-19077 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) fatality there have been on the A713 within the South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire local authority areas in each of the last five years.

S2W-19078 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) fatality there have been on all roads within the South Ayrshire local authority area in each of the last five years.

S2W-19079 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will rule out the provision of purpose-built shelters, or sealed-off smoking areas, in clubs and pubs such as exist in Ireland and Italy in the context of the ban on smoking in public places.

S2W-19080 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the licence holder, event organiser or security firm would be liable for enforcing a public smoking ban at events such as big concerts.

S2W-19081 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated costs are of implementing the ban on smoking in public places.

S2W-19082 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the single electronic patient record system will link with the system in England and Wales.

S2W-19083 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many respite day care places there were in residential homes in each local authority area in each year since 1999.

S2W-19084 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many referrals procurator fiscals have received from the police in each of the last three years in connection with offences committed by motorists (a) obstructing footways and pavements, (b) depositing goods on pavements inconsiderately, (c) neglecting pedestrian rights, (d) using a motor vehicle negligently, (e) depositing building materials on roads and (f) relating to skips, broken down by police force area.

S2W-19085 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans have been made to ensure that junior doctors in Scotland are guaranteed employment in Scotland.

S2W-19086 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) medical school places and (b) junior doctor posts there have been in each year since 1995.

S2W-19087 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive when NHS Quality Improvement Scotland will make its announcement on donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

S2W-19088 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many international medical graduates there have been working in training posts in Scotland in the last five years.

S2W-19089 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the transition into the Modern Medical Careers System from the current system of senior house officer (SHO) posts will be a smooth one, given that those SHOs who have been able to secure a post under the current system by August 2007 will be in competition with those emerging from the new training programme for entry into the new specialist training programmes.

S2W-19090 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many junior doctors did not have a post to go to (a) on 3 August 2005 and (b) in each of the last five years.

S2W-19091 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how often the air ambulance service has been used to transport patients to the accident and emergency units at (a) Ayr and (b) Crosshouse hospital in each of the last five years.

S2W-19092 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether grants are available to assist communities or individuals to gain satellite or wireless access to broadband in locations where the exchange will not support ADSL broadband.

S2W-19093 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether registered social landlords can refuse to house a prospective tenant referred to them by their local authority under section 5 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 and, if so, what reasons for refusal would be considered to be valid.



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