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Section E – Written questions lodged on 30 January 2007

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-31501 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to give parent councils the same rights to consultation on proposals for school closures that school boards currently have by substituting "Parent Council" for "School Board" in the Education (Publication and Consultation Etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 1981 as amended.

S2W-31502 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dentists have (a) returned to the NHS and (b) taken on additional NHS patients as a result of the incentives introduced for these purposes, broken down by parliamentary constituency and NHS board and, in each case, also shown as a percentage of all dentists.

S2W-31503 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bus journeys were undertaken in each of the last five years in each local authority area, also showing (a) year-on-year and (b) overall percentage changes and national totals.

S2W-31504 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which transport projects in Central Scotland parliamentary region have received support from the Executive in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S2W-31505 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of reports that the UK Government will implement legislation requiring Roman Catholic adoption agencies to handle applications from same-sex couples, whether it will implement the terms of the equalities legislation or raise the issue with the UK Government so that matters involving religious conscience will be taken into account.

S2W-31506 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive which projects received funding from EventScotland and how much each received from (a) EventScotland, (b) other public sector agencies and (c) the private sector in each of the last three financial years.

S2W-31507 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the EventScotland budget was in each of the last three years.

S2W-31508 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money EventScotland secured in sponsorship from the private sector in each of the last three financial years.

S2W-31509 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was contributed by other public sector agencies to EventScotland projects in each of the last three years.

S2W-31510 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Digital Media and Creative Industries Project Co-investment Fund closed and what the reason was for its closure.

S2W-31511 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was budgeted for the Digital Media and Creative Industries Project Co-investment Fund in each financial year since its inception.

S2W-31512 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many projects the Digital Media and Creative Industries Project Co-investment Fund invested in each financial year since its inception.

S2W-31513 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was allocated to each project in which the Digital Media and Creative Industries Project Co-investment Fund invested.

S2W-31514 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in respect of the Audit Scotland report, Planning ward nursing - legacy or design?.

S2W-31515 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that core nursing staff levels are sufficient to meet demand and to cover for holiday, sickness, maternity leave, study leave and protected time for senior nursing staff with team leadership responsibilities, in light of the increase in use of bank nurses highlighted in the Audit Scotland report, Planning ward nursing - legacy or design?.

S2W-31516 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed how much NHS bank nursing is undertaken by nurses already employed on permanent contracts by the NHS.

S2W-31517 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in ensuring that nursing staff in permanent and bank nurse employment do not work excess hours.

S2W-31518 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on continuity of care of the increased use of bank nurses.

S2W-31519 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the use of overtime rather than bank nurses to cover temporary staff shortages, in order to maintain continuity of care and more easily monitor compliance with working time regulations.

S2W-31520 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of changes to the rules for transporting animals.

S2W-31521 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the nursing vacancy rate was in each year since 1999.

S2W-31522 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the nursing vacancy rate was for posts vacant for more than three months in each year since 1999.

S2W-31523 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage and number of nurses left the profession in each year since 1999.

S2W-31524 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it consults its EU Office in respect of its policy on genetically modified crops.

S2W-31527 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how often, and on what dates, from (a) 1999 to 2003 and (b) 2003 to 2007 an Executive official has been a member of the UK delegation to meetings of the EU Council when issues relating to genetically modified crops and foods have been on the agenda.

S2W-31528 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how often, and on what dates, an Executive official has been a member of the UK delegation to any EU working groups on genetically modified crops and foods.

S2W-31529 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how often, and on what dates, from (a) 1999 to 2003 and (b) 2003 to 2007 a Scottish minister has been a member of the UK delegation to meetings of the EU Council when issues relating to genetically modified crops and foods have been on the agenda.

S2W-31530 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what total costs have been incurred by (a) it, (b) other public bodies and (c) Caledonian MacBrayne and its successor companies in relation to the tender for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services since 1999, including (i) civil servants’ time and related costs, including the time of senior civil servants, (ii) the costs of dividing Caledonian MacBrayne into three companies, offshoring jobs and transferring ownership, including establishing new offices at Port Glasgow and in Jersey, (iii) the costs of all external legal advice sought by the Executive, (iv) the costs to any Executive agency or organisation funded by the Executive in relation to the tender and (v) any other associated costs.

S2W-31531 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to investigate the reasons behind the decision of V Ships to withdraw from the tender to operate the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service.

S2W-31532 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to meet the European Commission to discuss the tender of the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service, any problems faced and the options available for the future provision of the service following the initial six-year contract period and, if so, when it expects such a meeting to take place.

S2W-31533 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is certain that the tender process for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service is compliant with EU legislation.

S2W-31534 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of any problems encountered in the current tender process for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service, it will ensure that the tender process is not repeated in this manner in future.

S2W-31535 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue with the current Clyde and Hebrides ferry service and how it will assess the appropriateness of awarding the tender to Caledonian MacBrayne in the absence of any competitor.

S2W-31536 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering providing ferry services with support through aid of a social character instead of direct subsidy and, if so, what stage its consideration has reached.

S2W-31537 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its social enterprise strategy.

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