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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-19528 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer to question S2W-18866 by Tavish Scott on 23 September 2005, how it can ensure that it achieves its stated aim that all bidders should be treated equally if it is providing a subsidy to only one of the bidders for the Northern Isles lifeline ferry routes.

S2W-19529 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive when all pending decisions regarding the future of acute hospital accident and emergency and maternity services in Western Isles Hospital, Caithness General Hospital, Belford Hospital, Perth Royal Infirmary, Forth Park Hospital, Queen Margaret Hospital, Stirling Royal Infirmary, the Vale of Leven Hospital, Falkirk Royal Infirmary, Monklands Hospital, Stobhill Hospital, the Western Infirmary, the Victoria Infirmary, Wishaw General Hospital, Hairmyres Hospital, Ayr Hospital and the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy will be made and whether the final approval by the Minister for Health and Community Care of these decisions will be given for all at the same time before the Executive comments on the Kerr report and, if not, on what date it expects to be able to take a ministerial decision on these services.

S2W-19530 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14661 by Lewis Macdonald on 8 March 2005, what evidence has been obtained from the Draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill consultation on the impact of interposed leases.

S2W-19531 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14661 by Lewis Macdonald on 8 March 2005, what action it will take on leases or any other legal devices which might be thought to impede crofting community bodies in exercising their right to buy under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-19532 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the current workload of staff in the Crofters Commission and its Environment and Rural Affairs Department, it has any plans to increase or decrease staffing complements.

S2W-19533 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to base Crofters Commission staff in crofting areas other than Inverness.

S2W-19534 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role is of assessors appointed by the board of the Crofters Commission.

S2W-19535 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulatory functions the Crofters Commission would have in respect of proposals to develop area-based policies, as provided for in the draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-19536 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the extent of area-based policies, as provided for in the Draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill, has been determined.

S2W-19537 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases handled by the Crofters Commission are disputed by crofters and have been submitted for consideration by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

S2W-19538 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place between (a) its Environment and Rural Affairs Department and (b) the Crofters Commission and the Minister for Communities regarding the implications of the proposed Planning Bill for the development of common grazings.

S2W-19539 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place between (a) its Environment and Rural Affairs Department and (b) the Crofters Commission and the Minister for Communities regarding the implications of the Housing (Scotland) Bill for the development of common grazings.

S2W-19540 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft Crofting Reform Bill will lead to an increase in types of crofting (a) landlord and (b) tenant.

S2W-19541 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development’s recent announcement that the greenhouse gas inventory for Scotland has shown a steady decline in emissions, with emissions of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, having fallen by eight per cent since 1990, it can provide an analysis of the main contributory factors to the decline.

S2W-19542 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development’s recent announcement that the greenhouse gas inventory for Scotland has shown a steady decline in emissions, what information it has on how this decline compares with equivalent trends in England and Wales.

S2W-19543 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development’s recent announcement that the greenhouse gas inventory for Scotland has shown a steady decline in emissions, to what extent this has been achieved through a reduction in manufacturing and engineering capacity in line with the changed basis of GDP calculation in Scotland.

S2W-19544 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive which administrative tribunals are devolved and subject to the competence of the Parliament; how many people have had applications heard by them in each year since 1999; what financial and other resources were made available to each tribunal, and what plans the Executive has to improve the public service provided by each tribunal.

S2W-19545 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases since 1999 where an accused appeared before a court on a charge of (a) murder, (b) culpable homicide, (c) rape and (d) a serious sexual offence bail was not opposed by the Crown, broken down by Sheriff Court district.

S2W-19546 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-18743 by Tavish Scott on 22 September 2005, whether the three vessels must be used by any incoming operator from the start of the new contract currently being tendered and, if not, whether, in the event of a new operator not using these vessels, any penalty charges would be payable and, if so, by whom.

S2W-19547 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what redress citizens have when protracted works carried out on roads by local authorities result in financial losses for business and noise nuisance and disruption for local residents.

S2W-19548 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to reduce the waiting times for, and priority given to, post-mastectomy reconstruction surgery, especially surgery delayed before the advances in treatment that allow current cases of reconstruction to be dealt with at the same time as the mastectomy.

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