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Section E – Written questions lodged on 14 January 2008

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-8387 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the incidence of work-related stress in the public sector.

S3W-8388 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government over the sovereignty of Rockall and its associated sea area.

S3W-8389 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to improve business links between Scotland and Shandong.

S3W-8390 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any links have been established between Scotland and Shandong to encourage collaboration between science and technology industries.

S3W-8391 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to improve links between schools in Scotland and Shandong.

S3W-8392 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it has undertaken to improve the understanding of Chinese languages in Scotland.

S3W-8393 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has developed joint education programmes and increased student flow between universities and colleges in Scotland and Shandong.

S3W-8394 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being done between Scotland and Shandong to raise the awareness of areas and attractions in (a) Scotland for tourists from Shandong and (b) Shandong for tourists from Scotland.

S3W-8395 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it has made to develop links with Shandong in respect of oil and renewable energy.

S3W-8396 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out any further consultation in respect of the sentencing guidelines on causing death by driving offences in the Sentencing Guidelines Council and Sentencing Advisory Panel reports.

S3W-8397 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the sentencing guidelines on causing death by driving offences are to be implemented in Scotland and, if so, who will make that decision; what further training will be given to prosecutors and sheriffs, and when the new guidelines will be implemented.

S3W-8398 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5670 by Jim Mather on 8 November 2007, when it will make a decision on the (a) Mark Hill, (b) Arecleoch, (c) Dersalloch, (d) Afton, and (e) Kyle windfarm applications under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. 

S3W-8399 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring will be in place to measure hospital delayed discharges in 2008-09.  

S3W-8400 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes will be made to health, equality, access and treatment targets in respect of hospital delayed discharges.  

S3W-8401 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to refer decisions to independent scrutiny panels following NHS boards’ decisions on reviews of services.  

S3W-8402 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what weight it places on public consultation in the NHS given the restricted public input to independent scrutiny panels.  

S3W-8403 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing for sea angling.

S3W-8404 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it intends to have with the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers about support for recreational sea angling. 

S3W-8405 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive in which financial year it intends to establish a Scottish National Institute for Life Sciences in Dundee.

S3W-8406 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft budget expenditure for Life Sciences, as shown on page 114 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, of (a) £2 million in 2008-09, (b) £3 million in 2009-10 and (c) £5 million in 2010-11 represents expenditure associated solely with the proposed Scottish National Institute for Life Sciences in Dundee.

S3W-8407 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £2 million for Life Sciences in 2008-09, as shown on page 114 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, will be spent.

S3W-8408 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are tables other than table 22.06 on page 114 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 that refer to expenditure associated with the proposed Scottish National Institute for Life Sciences in Dundee.

S3W-8409 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in the life sciences sector in (a) Dundee and (b) Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-8411 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what constitutes a non-compliant bid in relation to tenders for the services currently operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd.

S3W-8412 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any one part of a tender bid for ferry services which is deemed to be non-compliant renders the entire bid non-compliant.

S3W-8413 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, during the tendering process for services currently operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd, it advised CalMac Ferries Ltd that some of its proposals were non-compliant and, if so, how that advice was given, on what date, by whom and to whom.

S3W-8414 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an issue that was non-compliant at the time of bidding in terms of the tender specification for ferry services to the islands now operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd could now be considered competent as a separate addition to the contract.

S3W-8415 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it meant in the tender specification for island ferry services now operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd by the reference to seeking innovative solutions to problems of ferry service delivery.

S3W-8416 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any innovative solutions offered by CalMac Ferries Ltd during the tendering process for the current contract operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd formed part of the final contract and, if so, why such solutions were considered to be compliant at the time.

S3W-8417 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what constitutes the difference between what may have been deemed to be a non-compliant innovative solution to a ferry problem and a compliant innovative solution, in terms of the tender specification for services currently operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd.

S3W-8418 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is free to add new routes, or variations to routes, to the contract operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd.

S3W-8419 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether CalMac Ferries Ltd is free to suggest alterations to its contract in order to accommodate new services or variations to services currently on offer.

S3W-8420 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has invited CalMac Ferries Ltd to explore the possibilities of operating a Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry service and recommend to the Scottish Government how this might be achieved and at what cost.

S3W-8421 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry service could be operated with the current vessels owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd.

S3W-8422 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the terms of an invitation to look at innovative solutions as part of the bidding process for the contract, CalMac Ferries Ltd offered optional variants on how a Lochboisdale to Mallaig service could operate.

S3W-8423 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were provided by CalMac Ferries Ltd for the operation of options that it presented to achieve the introduction of a ferry service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig at the time of the tendering exercise for current services, or since.

S3W-8424 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools that are no longer available for community use following refurbishment or rebuilding using PPP funding.

S3W-8425 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what the complement of police officers will be once the additional 52 officers now being trained finish that training.

S3W-8426 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what the complement of police officers will be once the additional 150 officers due to undergo training finish that training.

S3W-8427 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers had been scheduled to undergo training in the current financial year prior to the announcement of 150 additional places.

S3W-8428 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers need to be trained in the current financial year to maintain police numbers at the level of May 2007.

S3W-8429 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers will need to be trained in 2008-09 to maintain police numbers at the level of May 2007.

S3W-8430 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much per head has been spent on (a) health, (b) school education, (c) justice and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, (d) transport and (e) enterprise and lifelong learning in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-8431 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24534 by Tom McCabe on 21 April 2006, whether it will publish comparative data on total managed expenditure in real terms for each year from 1996-97 to 2010-11, broken down by department.

S3W-8432 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, whether it will publish an update to The Scottish Executive’s Expenditure: Comparative Trends: 1996-97 - 2005-06 published in 2004, to provide comparable spending data in real terms, broken down by department to level 2 figures.

S3W-8433 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-7656, S3W-7657, S3W-7658, S3W-7659, S3W-7660 and S3W-7661 by Shona Robison on 14 January 2008, what the timetable is for the proposed incremental introduction of the comprehensive programme which will ultimately serve very young, nursery and school children.

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