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Section E – Written questions lodged on 10 January 2005

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

S2W-13206 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how much financial support it has provided to maintain the (a) Forth and (b) Tay Road Bridge since 1999.

S2W-13207 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of outstanding debt on the (a) Forth and (b) Tay Road Bridge is and what the annual cost is of servicing such debt.

S2W-13208 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual running costs of operating the (a) Forth and (b) Tay Road Bridge have been since its opening.

S2W-13259 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the use of 80mm mesh in the southern North Sea by the flatfish fishery to be damaging to cod stocks due to the level of by-catches of cod juveniles and, if so, whether it raised these concerns at the recent Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels and what the outcome was of any discussions on the matter.

S2W-13260 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a summary of measures agreed to at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels in December 2004 that relate directly to the west coast.

S2W-13261 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to use the opportunity of the United Kingdom’s Presidency of the European Union in 2005 to change the timescale and nature of the decision-making process in respect of the annual fisheries negotiations which currently take place in late December.

S2W-13262 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place a copy of the contract documents in respect of the Skye Bridge contract in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-13263 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding was allocated in respect of the Skye Bridge and how much funding Skye Bridge Limited received in (a) tolls and (b) subsidies in each year since the bridge was opened.

S2W-13264 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will invite the Auditor General for Scotland to investigate the implications of the Skye Bridge contract for future public finance initiatives and whether the public funding allocated under the contract represented good use of public money.

S2W-13265 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the legal advice it received in relation to whether EU law or rules require the tendering of the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services proposed by Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services: Service Specification - A Consultation Paper and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-13266 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been of work carried out in connection with the tendering of the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services, showing the cost of civil servants’ time and other costs, such as costs of consultants and advisers.

S2W-13267 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of the tender process of the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services, showing costs of any external consultants to be used.

S2W-13268 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek to obtain agreement from the European Union to any alternative proposals to tendering the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services.

S2W-13269 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs will be incurred as a result of any failure to tender the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services; how any such costs are calculated, and what information it has on any costs being incurred by other EU member states in respect of lifeline ferry services in areas where opportunities for competition between ferry operators is limited or non-existent.

S2W-13270 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on concessionary travel on 22 December 2004, how much the proposed smart card scheme will cost.

S2W-13271 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement on concessionary travel on 22 December 2004, whether it will provide detailed estimates in respect of the cost of the concessionary travel scheme for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

S2W-13272 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the report dated September 2004 by Turner and Townsend, project management consultants for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), evaluating the four tenders received for the new SNH headquarters in Inverness.

S2W-13273 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made on whether Berebriggs Road, Strathaven, will be closed, as proposed by South Lanarkshire Council.

S2W-13274 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the bank holiday (a) days and (b) dates (i) were in 2004 and (ii) will be in 2005.

S2W-13275 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the public holiday (a) days and (b) dates (i) were in 2004 and (ii) will be in 2005.

S2W-13276 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the local holiday (a) days and (b) dates (i) were in 2004 and (ii) will be in 2005.

S2W-13277 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legal status is of (a) local, (b) public and (c) bank holidays.

S2W-13278 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding the upgrade of the A74 from Gretna to Carlisle and what the outcome was of these discussions.

S2W-13279 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has that local authorities may have moved funding from handyman services and aids and adaptations for tenants in the socially-rented sector in order to provide the required contributions to funding the Care and Repair Scheme.

S2W-13280 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether providing capital funding for works undertaken by the Care and Repair Scheme, which may include aids and adaptations and a handyman service, through the private sector housing grant disadvantages those in the socially-rented sector from accessing such services.

S2W-13281 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what data is has on the incidence of accidents in the home, broken down by age group, in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02, (d) 2002-03, (e) 2003-04 and (f) 2004-05, expressed also as a percentage of all accidental injury admissions to accident and emergency departments in each year.

S2W-13282 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent data are that it has on the incidence of accidents in the home, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) local authority ward.

S2W-13283 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive why West Kilbride has been omitted from directional informatory signage on the A78 Three Towns Bypass and what action it will take to address the position.

S2W-13284 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to persuade the UK Department of Trade and Industry to locate additional energy-related civil service jobs in Aberdeen.

S2W-13285 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any discussions within the UK Department of Trade and Industry on the possibility of transferring energy-related civil service posts to Aberdeen; whether its views were sought on any such proposal and, if so, whether it will provide details of any such discussions or views.

S2W-13286 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted by the UK Department of Trade and Industry, or any other UK government department, on plans to disperse posts from London to elsewhere in the United Kingdom and, if so, whether it will give details.

S2W-13287 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what records are held regarding the names and dates of attendance of pupils at primary and secondary schools during the 1950s and 1960s and how this information can be accessed.

S2W-13288 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what responses it has received to Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 16: Opencast Coal Public Consultation.

S2W-13289 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sports co-ordinators are employed by each local authority, expressed also as a ratio to the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary school children.

S2W-13290 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of assistance is provided to local authority sports co-cordinators to ensure that their sports programmes are not adversely affected due to higher costs of transportation, particularly in rural areas.

S2W-13291 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will measure when it has met its Closing the Opportunity Gap target H to "by 2008, improve service delivery in rural areas so that agreed improvements to accessibility and quality are achieved for key services in remote and disadvantaged areas".

S2W-13292 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the building of the Fochabers bypass will commence.

S2W-13293 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12989 by Ms Patricia Ferguson on 24 December 2004, how it will ensure that the new tourism hubs have an adequate cash flow in the period between membership fees ending and the new funding arrangements taking effect.

S2W-13294 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board regarding the consideration of options for relocating the toll-collecting stations to the Fife end of the road bridge to help reduce the level of congestion and pollution in the Dundee city centre area.

S2W-13295 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available the Vital Events data, provided by the General Register Office for Scotland, broken down by calendar month and week.

S2W-13296 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12308 by Lewis Macdonald on 2 December 2004, why the period of 30 years is used in comparing the relative cost of lease and purchase of the new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) headquarters to be built in Inverness when the required life span of the building is expected to be 75 years; what account is taken of the costs of leasing a building for the remainder of the period and whether a calculation of the net values using lease or outright purchase, using the Treasury guidance referred to, will be published; what consideration is given to the fact that, by outright purchase, SNH would be the owners of the building at the end of the lease period and, if such consideration has been given, what estimate has been made in respect of the value of the building as a fixed asset at that time.

S2W-13297 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the action that it intends to take to improve road safety at the A90 junctions around Laurencekirk.



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