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Section E – Written questions lodged on 1 October 2007

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

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S3W-4812 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive when Wishaw and District Housing Association was last inspected by Communities Scotland and what the outcome was of the inspection.

S3W-4813 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive when Wishaw and District Housing Association is next programmed to be inspected by Communities Scotland.

S3W-4814 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a STAG appraisal has been undertaken of the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4815 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the predicted cost is of the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link, also broken down into component parts.

S3W-4816 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the predicted cost-benefit ratio is of the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4817 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stations across Scotland will be directly connected to Edinburgh Airport under the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4818 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many permanent new jobs will be created (a) directly and (b) indirectly as a result of the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4819 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trains an hour it is predicted will be able to access Edinburgh Airport under the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4820 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the net monetised transport economic efficiency benefits are of the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4821 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis has been undertaken of the plans for the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link in terms of (a) environmental benefits, (b) disruption to the existing rail network, (c) congestion levels, (d) patronage figures, (e) levels of connectivity to the rest of Scotland, (f) efficiency and user-friendliness and (g) modal shift.

S3W-4822 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Government’s proposed Edinburgh Airport rail link will require (a) new primary or secondary legislation to be passed and (b) the repeal of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Act 2007.

S3W-4823 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4139 by Kenny MacAskill on 27 September 2007, whether it is possible to identify what incidences of poisoning there have been where poisoning was not the main offence.

S3W-4824 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, how many special advisers there are now; what their specific responsibilities are, and what the cost is of their employment.

S3W-4825 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, whether it will clarify the length of the short-term contract under which Jennifer Erickson was appointed to establish the Council of Economic Advisers.

S3W-4826 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, whether it will provide details of the status, responsibilities and contract terms of Jennifer Erickson.

S3W-4827 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, whether Jennifer Erickson is employed on a full-time basis and how many hours she works.

S3W-4828 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, whether a special adviser is leading on dealings with the Council of Economic Advisers and whether this is considered to be good practice.

S3W-4829 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, whether all special advisers have achieved satisfactory security, health and reference clearances.

S3W-4830 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29 by John Swinney on 30 May 2007, what travel, accommodation and subsistence allowances have been claimed by each special adviser since appointment.

S3W-4831 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to take action in relation to the adoption of any unadopted roads in the city of Aberdeen.

S3W-4832 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4253 by Stewart Stevenson on 1 October 2007, how much each measure listed is predicted to contribute to meeting its CO2 emission reduction targets.

S3W-4833 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discretion it has to make direct payments to farmers and crofters for positive environmental management on their holdings, outside the constraints of the single farm payment and rural development regulations.

S3W-4834 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discretion it has to fund government agencies, non-departmental public bodies and non-governmental organisations in order for them to make payments to farmers and crofters for positive environmental management on their holdings, outside the constraints of the single farm payment and rural development regulations.

S3W-4835 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as set out in the 2007 SNP manifesto, will not cause the planned replacement of Wick High School to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4836 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as set out in the 2007 SNP manifesto, will not affect the scheduled replacement of Caol/Banavie primary schools.

S3W-4837 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as set out in the 2007 SNP manifesto, will not affect the scheduled replacement of Newmore/Invergordon town and country schools.

S3W-4838 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as set out in the 2007 SNP manifesto, will not affect the scheduled completion of the new Inverness High School.

S3W-4839 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the 2007 SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled completion of the new Lochaline Primary School to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4840 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3799 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, when NHS Lothian decided that colorectal surgery would be relocated from the Western General Hospital to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S3W-4842 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3799 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, when colorectal surgery will be relocated from the Western General Hospital to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S3W-4843 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3799 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, whom NHS Lothian consulted prior to making the decision that colorectal surgery would be relocated from the Western General Hospital to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S3W-4844 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3800 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, what the difference is between intensive therapy unit services and critical care capability.

S3W-4845 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3797 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, what aspects of NHS Lothian’s Improving Care, Investing in Change plans have been implemented.

S3W-4846 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3797 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, what aspects of NHS Lothian’s Improving Care, Investing in Change plans have still to be implemented.

S3W-4847 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3797 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, when any outstanding aspects of NHS Lothian’s Improving Care, Investing in Change plans will be implemented.

S3W-4848 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3802 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, what the proposed catchment areas are for emergency medical admissions to (a) St John’s Hospital, (b) the Western General Hospital and (c) the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S3W-4849 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3802 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 September 2007, what changes to patient numbers are anticipated following the new proposed catchment areas for (a) St John’s Hospital, (b) the Western General Hospital and (c) the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S3W-4850 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being put in place to reduce delayed discharges.

S3W-4851 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many delayed discharges there have been in each year since 2004, broken down by NHS board and also expressed as a percentage of total beds in each board.

S3W-4852 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many delayed discharges there have been in NHS Tayside in each year since 2004, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-4853 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how members of the public may obtain copies of the local inquiry report into the planning application by ScottishPower for a wind turbine development at Harestanes.

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