Scottish Parliament Written answers

Thursday, 8 February 2007

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with British Airways and the British Airports Authority regarding the impact of the proposed sale of BA Connect to Flybe on local...

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive after how many 999 calls for an ambulance it took more than an hour for a crew to attend in each year since 2000, broken down by Scottish Ambulance Service division...

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of 999 calls for an ambulance where it took more than an hour for a crew to attend subsequently resulted in the patient dying (a) on the way to...

  • Ambulance Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified ambulance personnel there were in each year since 2000, broken down by Scottish Ambulance Service division.

  • Bridges

    To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has anent the number of occasions in each of the last seven years on which the Erskine Bridge was closed to all types of vehicles because of...

  • Child Protection

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the First Minister’s apology on 1 December 2004 to those who, as children, suffered abuse and neglect in residential care homes, it...

  • Child Protection

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the First Minister’s apology on 1 December 2004 to those who, as children, suffered abuse and neglect in residential care homes, it will...

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and with whom, about the services provided by One Plus in Lanarkshire.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken, or will take, to secure the future of One Plus in Lanarkshire and the services it provides.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been provided to One Plus in each financial year since 2000-01.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has appointed KPMG to carry out an independent investigation into the accounts of One Plus and, if so, what the cost of the investigation is estimated to be.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency measures for families and children affected by potential care disruption it developed with those local authorities that work with One Plus.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it first discussed contingency measures for families and children affected by potential care disruption with those local authorities that work with One Plus.

  • Communities

    To ask the Scottish Executive why families and children have been left without care provision if contingency measures to address potential care disruption were in place to ensure continuity of...

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners in Clydesdale receive free concessionary bus travel.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many 16 to 18-year-olds will be eligible for a concessionary travel card.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled people in Clydesdale receive free concessionary bus travel.

  • Concessionary Travel

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to establishing a reciprocal public transport concession scheme with the government of Northern Ireland.

  • Council Tax

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has powers to provide council tax rebates to service personnel serving abroad and, if so, whether it will consider providing such assistance.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to expedite access to NHS dentists in Moray and across Scotland.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many dentists have been deemed to be no longer NHS-committed as a consequence of at least 10% of patients not visiting them in the last 15 months, broken down by...

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the policy which means that dentists are no longer considered to be NHS-committed as a consequence of at least 10% of patients not...

  • Emergency Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving people trapped in moving water have taken place in each fire and rescue service area in each of the last five years and how many of...

  • Equal Opportunities

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote full religious equality and an end to institutionalised discrimination.

  • European Union

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30630 by Nicol Stephen on 19 January 2007, when the assessment referred to will be completed.

  • European Union

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it consults its EU Office in respect of its policy on genetically modified crops.

  • European Union

    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...

  • European Union

    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...

  • External Relations

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people subscribed to each issue of Scotland-Now since March 2006 and what the cost is of producing this e-magazine.

  • Fatal Accident Inquiries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice will meet parents whose son died, having been wrongly prescribed methadone, to discuss their concerns about the operation of fatal...

  • Ferry Services

    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...

  • Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in respect of its estimates in Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland (GERS), what total revenue has been raised from (a) income tax, (b) corporation tax...

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received an application from Dumfries and Galloway Council for funds to undertake flood prevention at the Whitesands in Dumfries and, if so, when it...

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for flood prevention can be allocated for the installation of temporary or demountable flood barriers.

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage the testing of demountable and temporary flood barriers in order to assess whether they can be used in areas such as the Whitesands in Dumfries.

  • Flooding

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek information from the UK Government about its testing of demountable and temporary flood barriers and, if so, whether it will make such...

  • Fuel Poverty

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimate is of the number of households living in fuel poverty in both actual and percentage terms and what the comparative figures were for 1997 and...

  • Further Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Funding Council about the current position at James Watt College.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Lanarkshire would have been legal entitled to exclude non-GP companies limited by shares from the recent tendering process for GP medical services in...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the law pertaining to asset seizure in drug-related cases is being evenly applied.

  • Land

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30408 by Mr Tom McCabe on 19 January 2007 and irrespective of the ownership of the land, how much (a) vacant and (b) derelict...

  • Marriage

    To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support projects such as FOCCUS, provided by Scottish Marriage Care, for people contemplating marriage.

  • Public Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure has been incurred on public transport schemes in each of the last three years, also expressed on a per capita basis and broken down by local...

  • Public Transport

    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...

  • Research and Development

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to work with businesses to improve investment in research and development and reach the targets set out in the 2004 Spending Review,...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the A82 trunk route connecting to the A9 through Inverness is in all respects satisfactory for today’s needs and the traffic flows...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the traffic flow projections are for the A82 trunk route connecting to the A9 through Inverness for the next decade.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the Highland Council on the question of the adequacy of the A82 trunk route connecting to the A9 through Inverness and...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what examples there are of it or its agents working in partnership with local authorities to jointly provide a new or upgraded road to meet local and national trunk...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any impediments in law, or any other impediment not within the discretion of a minister to decide, which would prevent it or its agents responsible...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, where a trunk route has been detrunked and the route remains in use for local needs and the local authority adopts responsibility for that route, the extra...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ever considered whether the southern distributor road in Inverness is suitable to be upgraded to a level appropriate for adoption as a trunk route or...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been asked by the Highland Council to adopt the southern distributor road in Inverness as a trunk route and take over the existing A82 trunk route...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Highland Council has considered the adequacy of the connections between the southern distributor road in Inverness and the A9 around the southern...

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) amount and (b) percentage of (i) Angus and (ii) Aberdeenshire councils’ budget has been spent on local road maintenance in each year since 2003.

  • Schools

    To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it takes to ensure that sportscotland guidelines are adhered to in PPP new-build school projects.

  • Scottish Executive Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1999, broken down by recruitment agency.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Strategic Transport Appraisal Guidance is being taken into account in the evaluation of a further Forth crossing and when a decision will be taken.

  • Wildlife

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has any plans to cull the red deer herd on Rum and what the reasons are for SNH’s position on the matter.

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