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Section E – Written questions lodged on 31 October 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-20181 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assessment has been made of the impact on the health and general well-being of disabled people in Scotland whose mobility is severely restricted of the situation whereby, according to Motability, the waiting time for a vehicle capable of being driven from a wheelchair is 24 months or more; whether it is aware of the number of people in Scotland made virtually housebound for two years or more because of this waiting time; what measures it believes could be applied to significantly reduce the waiting time, and what representations it has made, or intends to make, on this matter.

S2W-20182 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed female personnel are employed in the fire and rescue services in (i) retained posts, (ii) wholetime posts, (iii) emergency fire control rooms and (iv) volunteer and auxiliary posts.

S2W-20183 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed black and ethnic minority personnel are employed in the fire and rescue services in (i) retained posts, (ii) wholetime posts, (iii) emergency fire control rooms and (iv) volunteer and auxiliary posts.

S2W-20184 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed lesbian, gay or transsexual personnel are employed in the fire and rescue services in (i) retained posts, (ii) wholetime posts, (iii) emergency fire control rooms and (iv) volunteer and auxiliary posts.

S2W-20185 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets the fire and rescue authorities have set for recruitment of (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed (i) female, (ii) black and ethnic minority and (iii) lesbian, gay and transsexual staff and when these targets must be met.

S2W-20186 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken in respect of equality issues within the fire and rescue services.

S2W-20187 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive on what advice it was decided to move to multi-tier entry and accelerated promotion system in the fire and rescue services in order to move towards greater diversity in the services.

S2W-20188 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been recruited to the fire and rescue services under the new procedure of multi-tier entry and accelerated promotion, broken down by equality strand.

S2W-20189 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made in respect of proposals to amalgamate emergency fire control rooms.

S2W-20190 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected lifespan is of each emergency fire control room.

S2W-20191 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive who has been consulted as part of the further consultation on the future of emergency fire control rooms.

S2W-20192 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when each fire control room was last upgraded and what the expected lifespan of each upgrade was.

S2W-20193 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a freeze has been put on spending on existing fire control rooms pending a decision on their future and, if so, when this freeze was implemented.

S2W-20194 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive at what stage each fire and rescue authority’s integrated risk management plan is and what the projected dates are for completing each stage.

S2W-20195 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the standard attendance time is for the first fire engine to arrive at a house fire in each fire and rescue authority.

S2W-20196 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended number of firefighters required is to deal with a (a) house fire and (b) fire in a multi-storey block.

S2W-20197 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are in the retained duty system in each fire and rescue authority.

S2W-20198 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being carried out to improve the recruitment and retention of staff in the retained duty system in each fire and rescue authority and what support this work receives from central government.

S2W-20199 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive who advises it on fire service matters, following the abolition of the Scottish Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council.

S2W-20200 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will afford full liability insurance cover to fire and rescue service personnel attending terrorist incidents, given that the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 places a legal requirement on fire and rescue authorities to attend terrorist incidents.

S2W-20201 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional equipment has been given to fire and rescue services to deal with terrorist incidents.

S2W-20202 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional staff have been employed in the fire and rescue services as a direct result of the new dimension programme.

S2W-20203 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of (a) public and (b) private sector workers who have left Scotland for employment elsewhere in each year since 1999.

S2W-20204 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the opportunities for disabled people who wish to become involved in volunteering.

S2W-20205 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the police have spent investigating road accidents in each month since 1999, broken down by constabulary.

S2W-20206 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by each NHS board in each of the last five years on (a) administration and (b) management, expressed as (i) a percentage of total budget and (ii) per head of population.

S2W-20207 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies were born prematurely in each NHS board area in each year since 1997.

S2W-20208 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies were born at (a) under 24 weeks, (b) 24 to under 28 weeks, (c) 28 to under 32 weeks and (d) 32 to 37 weeks in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-20209 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average remuneration was of (a) general practitioners and (b) consultants in 1997 and what it estimates it will be for each category following the introduction of the new NHS contracts.

S2W-20210 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were suspended for (a) less than three months, (b) more than six months, (c) more than 12 months and (d) more than 24 months in each year since 1999, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) police force.

S2W-20211 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it had into the UK Government’s position prior to the passing of the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

S2W-20212 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will use the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to promote Scottish cultural expression abroad.

S2W-20213 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulatory measures will be taken under the Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to promote Scottish cultural output abroad.

S2W-20214 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it is allocating to the Scottish Union Learning Fund for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-20215 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it is reviewing its Publication Scheme, particularly in relation to allowances information, in the light of the experience of implementing the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

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