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Section E – Written questions lodged on 3 March 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-10607 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the Scottish Futures Trust is legally competent within the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

S3W-10608 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how the new Forth Road Bridge will be paid for if funding is not forthcoming from the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-10609 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to prevent high-sided and heavy vehicles from crossing the Forth Road Bridge when weather and weight restrictions are in place.

S3W-10610 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PFI projects have commenced since May 2007, broken down by (a) name and (b) location of project.

S3W-10611 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether PFI is still an option for public building contracts.

S3W-10612 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what average number of parliamentary questions were answered on (a) Mondays, (b) Tuesdays, (c) Wednesdays, (d) Thursdays and (e) Fridays since June 2007.

S3W-10613 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9940 by Adam Ingram on 29 February 2008, whether funding for free school meals for P1 to P3 pupils beyond the 2007-08 academic year would come from existing local authority funding allocations or whether it would provide additional funding.

S3W-10614 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9940 by Adam Ingram on 29 February 2008, whether the policy of free school meals for P1 to P3 pupils will be extended beyond the end of the current academic year.

S3W-10615 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many lay members there are of school inspection teams.

S3W-10616 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many lay members of school inspection teams are in full-time employment.

S3W-10617 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many lay members of school inspection teams are retired.

S3W-10618 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of MSPs who serve as parliamentary private secretaries to cabinet secretaries and ministers.

S3W-10619 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of MSPs who act as government advisers to the First Minister or other members of the cabinet.

S3W-10620 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which MSPs, other than cabinet secretaries and ministers, act as government spokespersons.

S3W-10621 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the equity invested by consortia in PFI/PPP schemes, also showing the projected return on each consortium’s investment by the end of the life of each contract.

S3W-10622 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the senior debt borrowed by consortia in PFI/PPP schemes, also showing the projected repayment cost of each such debt over the life of each contract.

S3W-10623 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of the equity invested by consortia in PFI/PPP schemes has been and what the total return on such investments is projected to be by the end of the life of the contracts.

S3W-10624 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of senior debt borrowed by consortia in PFI/PPP schemes has been and what the total repayment cost of such debt is projected to be by the end of the life of the contracts.

S3W-10625 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of subordinate debt borrowed by consortia in PFI/PPP schemes has been and what the total repayment cost of such debt is projected to be by the end of the life of the contracts.

S3W-10626 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates will be paid to HM Treasury in VAT and Corporation Tax by consortia involved in PFI/PPP projects over the life of the contracts.

S3W-10627 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive which UK Government ministers it invited to the 2008 Convention of the Highlands and Islands in Shetland.

S3W-10628 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive which UK Government ministers were invited to Highlands and Islands conventions in each of the last three years, also showing which ministers attended.

S3W-10629 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on inviting UK Government ministers to future Highlands and Islands conventions.

S3W-10630 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislative controls on light pollution.

S3W-10631 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is standard procedure for a minister to call the chief executive of a non-departmental public body, such as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, to check that there are no misunderstandings with matters of process.

S3W-10632 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive under what legislation a minister can seek to instruct a non-departmental public body on the basis of a telephone call in which the minister has neither sought nor received formal advice prior to making the call, showing the relevant section of such legislation.

S3W-10633 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is standard procedure not to take minutes of conversations between the Minister for Environment and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in relation to any planning application.

S3W-10634 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were treated for myocardial infarction in each accident and emergency department in Lanarkshire in 2006-07.

S3W-10635 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what modelling it has carried out in relation to the numbers of patients who will be treated by the planned percutaneous coronary intervention unit at Hairmyres Hospital.

S3W-10636 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients it anticipates will be treated annually by the planned percutaneous coronary intervention unit at Hairmyres Hospital.

S3W-10637 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria will be for referral to the planned percutaneous coronary intervention unit at Hairmyres Hospital.

S3W-10638 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be responsible for deciding whether a patient should be sent to their local accident and emergency department or to the planned percutaneous coronary intervention unit at Hairmyres Hospital.

S3W-10639 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of patients who were treated for myocardial infarction in each accident and emergency department in Lanarkshire in 2006-07 would have been suitable for referral to the planned percutaneous coronary intervention unit at Hairmyres Hospital.

S3W-10640 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken by Scottish Enterprise to support the business development of sub-post offices.

S3W-10641 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to Scottish Enterprise to support the business development of sub-post offices in 2008 and how this compares with funding for the previous five years.

S3W-10642 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the benefits of the sub-post office network in local areas where there are high concentrations of international visitors and students.

S3W-10643 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the UK Government about the provision of sub-post offices on university campuses.

S3W-10644 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many parliamentary account users reported problems to the IT Helpdesk while logging on remotely from home or constituency office via the citrix log-on service from (a) 1 January to 29 February 2008 and (b) 1 January to 28 February 2007.

S3W-10645 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many IT incidents have been recorded where parliamentary account users have been unable to log on remotely from home or constituency offices due to problems associated with lack of capacity on parliamentary servers.

S3W-10646 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the rate of reported IT problems by parliamentary account users has increased or decreased since Logica CMG was awarded the contract for managing the Parliament’s IT service and, if so, how this compares in percentage terms with the same period for the previous year.

S3W-10647 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how it monitors the performance of the Parliament’s IT contract managed by Logica CMG.

S3W-10648 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when the issues associated with lack of IT capacity, specifically the service related to remote access, will be resolved.

S3W-10649 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body why the current IT service operated by Logica CMG is not a stable platform for remote users of parliamentary IT accounts and when the service will become stable and reliable.

S3W-10650 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many interns have been allocated parliamentary IT accounts in each year since 2003.

S3W-10660 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amounts were spent through the discretionary fund for higher education students, and its predecessor budgets, in each financial year since 1999-2000.

S3W-10661 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what potential it sees in using offshore energy transmission methods for (a) exporting energy generated in Scotland and (b) moving energy from point of generation to point of usage within Scotland.

S3W-10662 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to (a) include in its review of antisocial behaviour and (b) legislate on the issue of high hedges as covered in the proposal for a Member’s Bill in the name of Scott Barrie MSP during Session 2 of the Parliament.

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