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Section E – Written questions lodged on 13 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-19192 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-17976 by Mr Andy Kerr on 16 August 2005, how many operations were cancelled on (a) the day of and (b) the day after admission and how many of the patients involved were not readmitted within a month in each quarter of the last five years for which figures are available in each NHS (i) board and (ii) hospital.

S2W-19193 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9736 by Hugh Henry on 12 August 2004, how many police operations in 2004 involved issuing firearms to officers, broken down by police force area.

S2W-19194 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in assisting the University of Dundee Dental School in meeting the costs of additional students who have requested, and been offered, training places and what funding and other assistance has been provided to the school in each of the last three years.

S2W-19195 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it issues on cost-benefit analyses in respect of funding for flood defence.

S2W-19196 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many petrol stations have gone out of business in each of the last six years, showing the year-on-year percentage changes and broken down by local authority area.

S2W-19197 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the difference in the costs of car use between urban and rural Scotland.

S2W-19198 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the impact of the closure of facilities, such as banks, schools and post offices, on rural population levels.

S2W-19199 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many newly qualified NHS staff have received a guaranteed one-year contract (a) nationally and (b) in each NHS board area in each year since the guarantee was announced, shown also as a percentage of all newly qualified health service staff and showing the year-on-year percentage change.

S2W-19200 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospitals give a guaranteed one-year contract to newly qualified NHS staff.

S2W-19201 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much electricity was generated in Scotland in each year from 2000 to 2003 and, of this, how much was generated by (a) hydro, (b) wind, wave or solar and (c) other renewable sources, as referred to in Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland: Progress Report 2005.

S2W-19202 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Indicators of Sustainable Development for Scotland: Progress Report 2005, what representations it has made to the Department of Trade and Industry in respect of changes to legislation and trading arrangements for electricity which impact on the generation and transmission of electricity from renewable sources.

S2W-19203 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect staff interests in respect of the tender for the Northern Isles ferry service.

S2W-19204 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is monitoring the conduct of NorthLink and subsidiary organisations towards staff under the current contract for the provision of ferry services in the Northern Isles.

S2W-19205 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be responsible for any redundancy payments to NorthLink staff in the event of any changes resulting from the tender for the Northern Isles ferry service.

S2W-19206 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it is making to bring to a successful conclusion the current dispute between First Bus and the Transport and General Workers’ Union in Edinburgh, the Lothians and central Scotland.

S2W-19207 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any problems in the recruitment and retention of lawyers to the Faculty of Advocates.

S2W-19208 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding or grants are available to people and communities in rural areas towards the cost of installing domestic telephone lines.

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