Business Bulletin No. 27/2003
Tuesday 11 February 2003
Section E : Written questions lodged on 10 February 2003
Questions marked with a triangle () are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.
S1W-33922 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what value of, fines were written off in each of the last three years, broken down by sheriff court district.
S1W-33923 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases have been marked no proceedings for reasons of (a) delay by the police or other reporting agency, (b) delay by the procurator fiscal, (c) lack of court resources, (d) procurator fiscal staff shortage and (e) time-bar in the current financial year to date.
S1W-33924 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has instigated a review of Historic Scotland and, if so, whether the results will be made available to the Parliament.
S1W-33925 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which consultants it commissioned to develop a strategy for the improvement of the rail network in Scotland; what the cost of the commission has been, and when in early 2003 the strategy will be published, as referred to on page 52 of the Strategic Rail Authoritys The Strategic Plan 2003: Route Descriptions.
S1W-33926 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33187 by Iain Gray on 15 January 2003, what consideration the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) is giving to the proposed Borders rail service in relation to any bids received, or expected to be received, for the new passenger rail franchise, given that the timetable for the development and opening of the line falls within the term of the next franchise award.
S1W-33927 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) rapes and (b) attempted rapes have been reported to the police in each year since 1997 and how many convictions were secured following such reports, broken down by (i) police force and (ii) local authority area.
S1W-33928 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or guidelines there are for NHS boards in receipt of requests from patients wishing to leave hospital with the assistance of an ambulance provided by an independent health care provider.
S1W-33929 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer which were the most recent quarterly accounts of Flour City International Inc received by the construction managers of the Holyrood project before the recommendation that Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd be awarded the contract for MSP block windows and cladding was made, and whether the construction managers disclosed, explained or otherwise gave advice on any information relating to such accounts to any other party and, in particular, to (i) other members of the Holyrood project management team, (ii) the Holyrood Progress Group and (iii) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and, if so, to whom, and when, they did so.
S1W-33930 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-21634 on 22 January 2002, whether the summaries given in the Holyrood Progress Group's newsletters of the group's question and answer sessions have been (a) accurate, (b) impartial and (c) complete and what plans it has for such summaries in future to be prepared by the Parliament's official reporters to ensure accuracy, impartiality and completeness.
S1W-33931 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-21635 on 22 January 2002, whether the construction managers of the Holyrood project hold any information on the amounts due to sub-contractors of Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd and, in particular, on any claims in respect of unpaid debts owing to said sub-contractors and, if so, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will obtain such information and place it in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.
S1W-33932 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether there was any regular arrangement for meetings between representatives of Bovis Lend Lease and Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd (FCAM) about the progress of FCAM in relation to fulfilling its obligations under the works package awarded to it; on what dates any such meetings took place or were due to take place, and whether any minutes of, or other documents showing the matters discussed at, such meetings will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.
S1W-33933 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-21636 on 22 January 2002, what contractors other than Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd have used the Holyrood site as their business address.
S1W-33934 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new lifelong learning strategy will be published.
S1W-33935 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4038 by Mr Jack McConnell on 11 February 2000, how many full-time equivalent members of staff have been employed by it and each executive agency and associated departments in each year since 1 April 1999 and how many members of staff have transferred to the Scotland Office since its formation.
S1W-33936 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13081 by Angus Mackay on 28 March 2001, how many members of staff have been employed in its Media and Communications Group in each year since 2001, broken down into press officers, support for press office, publicity officers, internal communications, support for internal communications, forward planning, support for forward planning and any other staff type.
S1W-33937 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons are to be learnt from any complaint by Troon Business Association about the Executives involvement in the publicity and public relations for the visit of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Troon on 30 October 2002 in connection with the centenary of the sailing of the vessel "Scotia" to the Antarctic.
S1W-33938 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a letter from Associated British Ports (ABP) about the publicity and public relations for the visit to Troon of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on 30 October 2002 in connection with the centenary of the sailing of the vessel "Scotia" to the Antarctic and, if so, what response it has made, or plans to make; whether one of its officials advised ABP to leave the matter of publicity to the Executive; whether the visit received sufficient publicity, and what its position is on the concerns of ABP regarding the adequacy of the publicity that the visit received.
S1W-33939 Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual net salary, inclusive of overtime payments, of (a) senior house officers, (b) specialist registrars and (c) consultants has been in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area in each year since 1992.