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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-19345 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any instances where a recipient of (a) Track Access Grant or (b) Freight Facilities Grant has been asked to repay any element as a consequence of the purpose for which the grant was given not having been fulfilled for the requisite period.

S2W-19346 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated (a) in total and (b) broken down by scheme to the Track Access Grant and Freight Facilities Grant schemes (i) in each year since inception and (ii) for the next two years.

S2W-19347 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it regards the Track Access Grant and Freight Facilities Grant schemes as successful; what monitoring is carried out of compliance with the conditions of grant; whether it considers that such monitoring has been sufficient; whether an audit of each of the schemes has been undertaken and, if so, whether the audit included a check of the transference of freight from road to rail, and whether it considers that any audit arrangements have been adequate.

S2W-19348 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Track Access Grant is payable in arrears.

S2W-19349 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what relationships exist between NHS 24 and patient support groups to assist in the delivery of NHS 24’s telephone helpline service.

S2W-19350 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS 24 uses the independent medical knowledge and expertise of patient support groups to ensure that it has the best possible information in order to respond to enquiries to its telephone helpline service.

S2W-19351 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made for licences to cull buzzards; how many licences have been granted; to whom they have been granted; on what grounds they were granted, and how many birds have been culled under each licence in each of the last five years.

S2W-19352 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it anticipates, or will rule out the possibility, that licences to cull buzzards may be granted in order to protect game birds.

S2W-19353 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) NHS and (b) private sector operations to reverse female sterilisation have been carried out in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-19354 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what role its ministers or civil servants will have in the Better Regulation Conference, organised by the Cabinet Office as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union and being held in Edinburgh on 22 and 23 September 2005.

S2W-19355 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has received any invitations to attend the Better Regulation Conference, organised by the Cabinet Office as part of the UK Presidency of the European Union and being held in Edinburgh on 22 and 23 September 2005 and, if so, how many invitations it has received and to whom they were addressed.

S2W-19356 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the strategic needs assessment it is undertaking in respect of ME.

S2W-19357 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive who has responsibility for undertaking the strategic needs assessment in respect of ME and what level of support is available to carry out the assessment effectively.

S2W-19358 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the strategic needs assessment in respect of ME to be completed and how it will publish the results.

S2W-19359 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of financial resources it makes available to NHS boards to help treat those who are affected by ME.

S2W-19360 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of support is provided by each NHS board for ME sufferers.

S2W-19361 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of alcohol-related crime has been in each year from 1999 to 2005 in the (a) Fife Constabulary, (b) Tayside Police and (c) Central Scotland Police area.

S2W-19362 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions due to alcohol abuse there have been in each year from 1999 to 2005 in the (a) NHS Fife, (b) NHS Tayside and (c) NHS Forth Valley area.

S2W-19363 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many knife or blade-related crimes there have been in each year from 1999 to 2005 in the (a) Fife Constabulary, (b) Tayside Police and (c) Central Scotland Police area.

S2W-19364 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licensed premises there have been in Mid Scotland and Fife in each year from 1999 to 2005, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) licence type.

S2W-19365 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the total cost is of removing pigeon guano from the Parliament building.

S2W-19366 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the total cost has been of purchasing and installing netting to prevent pigeon access to the Parliament’s campus.

S2W-19367 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out (a) the detailed timetable for the study it is to commission on the key features of the Ayrshire economy, (b) the circumstances in which improved connectivity might lead to improved economic performance in Ayrshire and (c) the specific improvements required to Ayrshire’s connectivity and whether it intends to publish the findings of the research.

S2W-19368 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to rectify any deficiencies in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 in relation to interposed leases.

S2W-19369 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out research to identify the number of people who can be categorised as having no income and no assets, in light of the report of the Working Group on Debt Relief.

S2W-19370 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which recommendations it will take forward from the report of the Working Group on Debt Relief.

S2W-19371 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include the recommendations from the report of the Working Group on Debt Relief in the forthcoming Bankruptcy and Diligence Bill.

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