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Business Bulletin No. 88 / 2004

Monday 24th May 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged on Friday 21st May 2004

  

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

S2W-8322 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Culture Commission intends to address the role of Scots and Gaelic as part of the future of arts in Scotland.

*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A dh ' fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba ciamar a tha Coimisean a' Chultair an dùil àite na Gàidhlig agus na Scots aithneachadh ann an ealain na h-Alba anns an àm ri teachd.*

S2W-8425 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the opinion of Professor Mark Poustie, Professor of Law at Strathclyde University, that there is now doubt regarding the legality of the continued collection of tolls at the Skye Bridge by the concessionaire in light of the information from the Minister for Transport last year that 27 million had been collected and that subsequent toll collection could now have fulfilled the terms of the tolling licence by collecting 23.64 million at 1990 prices.

S2W-8426 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-7810 by Cathy Jamieson on 20 May 2004, how many police officers (a) have been and (b) were expected to be redeployed at the completion of each phase of the contract.

S2W-8427 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what each local authority charged for domestic care in each of the last five years for which records are available.

S2W-8428 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the work being undertaken by the Financial Services Strategy Group.

S2W-8429 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd will carry out custody duties of prisoners specified in section 102(2)(d) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 under Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8430 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to use its powers under section 39 of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 to alter the rules for the management of prisoners in light of recent events concerning the operation of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8431 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Escort Monitor has reported to it under clause 1.4.2.1 of Schedule 1 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland and, if not, when it expects to receive such reports and whether it will publish them.

S2W-8432 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how often it expects the Escort Monitor to report to it under clause 1.4.2.1 of Schedule 1 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8433 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, how many prisoner movements there have been since the service commencement date.

S2W-8434 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, what the estimated number of prisoner movements is expected to be per (a) month and (b) annum.

S2W-8435 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Schedule 4 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, what the (a) monthly and (b) annual charge is expected to be for each prisoner movement.

S2W-8436 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Schedule 4 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, whether it expects Phase 2 of the Implementation Programme to commence on 24 May 2004.

S2W-8437 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, whether it expects phases 2, 3 and 4 of the implementation programme to be rolled out across Scotland within the months specified within the contract and, if it does not so expect, whether Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd will be held fully responsible.

S2W-8438 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd will be liable to pay in implementation charges if it does not start any phase of the implementation programme on the due dates as detailed in Schedule 4, clause 2.2.2 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, broken down by phase.

S2W-8439 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to its news release SEJD453r/2004, whether it has received a response from the Auditor General for Scotland in regard to an audit of the contract between it and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd and, if so, when an Audit Scotland investigation into whether the contract conforms to the relevant guidance and standards for such contracts will begin and how long such an investigation can be expected to take.

S2W-8440 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce a summary of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8441 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive which body is responsible for monitoring the operation of Torness, Hunterston and Chapelcross power stations and what such monitoring arrangements are.

S2W-8442 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the tender documents which led to the signing of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8443 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it determined to have a single rate of penalty for the release in error of prisoners under Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland or whether that determination was made by another body.

S2W-8444 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies, individuals and organisations tendered for the contract to provide prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-8445 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd submitted the lowest bid in cash terms for the contract to provide prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-8446 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bids were received for the contract to provide prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-8447 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it used for determining value for money when considering tenders for the contract to provide prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-8448 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the total value of each bid for the contract to provide prisoner escort and court custody services.

S2W-8449 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider amending Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland to ensure that penalties for prisoner releases reflect the severity of the crime for which the prisoner was convicted.

S2W-8450 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports the Escort Monitor has made to ministers on (a) allegations made against prisoner custody officers acting in pursuance of contract arrangements and (b) alleged breaches of discipline on the part of prisoners for whose custody such officers so acting are responsible under clause 1.4.2 of Schedule 1 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8451 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of each type set out in section 4 of Schedule 2 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland have occurred for each month of the operation of the contract.

S2W-8452 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the contract monthly target standard has been removed from Appendix A of Schedule 2 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8453 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1869 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 September 2003, what the distinction is between the contract monthly target standard that has been removed from appendix A of Schedule 2 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland and the quarterly baseline points total in paragraph 3 of Schedule F to Minute of Agreement between the Secretary of State for Scotland and Kilmarnock Prison Services Limited for the Design, Construction, Management and Financing of a Prison at Kilmarnock.

S2W-8454 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd has fallen below the (a) monthly target standard and (b) minimum threshold standard of Appendix A of Schedule 2 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8455 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total charge for core and non-core services in clause 5.3.1 of Schedule 2 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland is at risk.

S2W-8456 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would be due to pay Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd under clause 19.3.2 of Schedule 3 to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland if it terminated the contract for default by Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd.

S2W-8457 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, with reference to Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland, it will detail the level of penalties, financial or otherwise, that could be incurred by Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for each weighting detailed in section 4 of Schedule 2.

S2W-8458 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail a revised implementation programme for Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8459 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what sum will be received by it under clause 40.2 of Schedule 3 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8460 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what amount should be made payable for each prisoner unlawfully at large since the service commencement date, under Performance Measure 3a of clause 5.4.4 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

S2W-8461 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum amount is that it will receive as payment for each single incident involving multiple prisoners unlawfully at large and capped in aggregate within each 12-month period running from the service commencement date, as detailed in clause 5.4.4 of Schedule 2 of Contract between The Scottish Ministers and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd for the Provision of Prisoner Escort & Court Custody Services in Scotland.

 

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