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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 April 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-15857 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was allocated to Aberdeenshire Council in 2002-03 from the Health Improvement Fund and for what purposes this money was allocated.

S2W-15874 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it envisages the relationship between a European Fundamental Rights Agency and a Scottish Human Rights Commission would operate.

S2W-15875 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether contempt of court committed by publication of statements on the internet would constitute computer-related crime for the purposes of the European Arrest Warrant.

S2W-15876 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the responses it has given to European Commission consultations in each of the last three years.

S2W-15877 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how Scottish police forces are represented on (a) Europol, (b) the European Police Chiefs’ Task Force and (c) the governing board of the European Police College.

S2W-15878 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many European Arrest Warrants (EAWs) have been issued (a) in respect of persons domiciled in Scotland and (b) by Scottish authorities in each quarter since the introduction of EAWs.

S2W-15879 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote greater uptake of sports training amongst local authorities to increase the number of young disabled people participating in sports.

S2W-15880 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional ring-fenced funding was made available to schools to encourage participation in sports by young disabled people in each year from 1999 to 2004, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-15881 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will commission research to identify statistical and demographic information to inform community development and service planning and to project need for particular services in light of key action 19 in Scottish Refugee Integration Forum: Action Plan – progress report.

S2W-15882 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding the Greater Govan Social Inclusion Partnership has received as part of the Citizen Advocacy Pilot in each month since the pilot began.

S2W-15883 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to local authorities to enable them to provide translation and interpreting services for ethnic minorities in each year from 1999, broken down by local authority.

S2W-15884 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake of translation and interpreting services for ethnic minorities has been in each year from 1999 to 2004, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-15885 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish the findings of its mapping exercise on progress being made by public authorities towards meeting their duties to promote race equality, eliminate racial discrimination and promote good race relations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

S2W-15886 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to adapt the Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Toolkit, produced for the NHS, for use by other Executive Departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

S2W-15887 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward the Home Office strategy, Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society , in Scotland.

S2W-15888 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , in light of its responsibilities in respect of the encouragement of equal opportunities, what representations it will make to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office to ensure that the Equalities Review gives specific consideration to Scottish issues.

S2W-15889 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is represented on the Department of Trade and Industry and Cabinet Office’s Equalities Review Team and what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

S2W-15890 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be represented on the Department of Trade and Industry and Cabinet Office’s Equalities Review reference group.

S2W-15891 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the up-to-date position is regarding available funding, commencement date and completion date of the A8000 spur.

S2W-15892 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of the public local inquiry on the M74 Special Road (Fullarton Road to West of Kingston Bridge) Orders, detailing each component and element of the total costs and broken down into costs incurred by (a) the Inquiry Reporters Unit, (b) the civil service and (c) others.

S2W-15893 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legal basis was for the voluntary purchase of plots referred to in Annex B of the letter of 24 March 2005 containing Scottish ministers’ decision on the M74.

S2W-15894 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Annex B of the letter of 24 March 2005 containing Scottish ministers’ decision on the M74, how much it cost to purchase each plot where the plot was acquired voluntarily by Scottish ministers and whether it will provide details in respect of (a) where each plot is located, (b) the type of land each plot represented and (c) who the (i) owners, (ii) lessees and (iii) occupants of each plot were.

S2W-15895 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what total price it has paid, or is liable to pay, to Network Rail in respect of the M74 project for property and property interests which it (a) has acquired where the transactions have been completed (b) will acquire where transactions have not been completed.

S2W-15896 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it paid in respect of purchase of land under the M74 Special Road ( Fullarton Road to West of Kingston Bridge) Orders up to 23 March 2005.

S2W-15897 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings took place between Scottish ministers and directors of companies which own, lease or occupy properties which have been, or will be, purchased under the M74 Special Road ( Fullarton Road to West of Kingston Bridge) Orders between 1 May 2003 and 24 March 2005.

S2W-15898 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a policy of using Scottish rather than English legal terminology in Parliamentary answers and ministerial statements.

S2W-15899 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the shortcomings in science education identified in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education’s report, Improving Achievement in Science in Primary and Secondary Schools.

S2W-15900 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the science curriculum in schools is kept up to date.

S2W-15901 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address any shortfall in numbers of physics and chemistry teachers.

S2W-15902 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many refugees and asylum seekers undertook training and educational courses in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-15903 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive why the prisoner escort and court custody services summary in respect of its prisoner escort contract with Reliance does not include figures for (a) prisoners injured whilst in custody, (b) assaults by prisoners in custody on (i) other prisoners, (ii) prison custody and security officers and (iii) others and (c) prisoners in custody found to be in possession of unauthorised items.

S2W-15904 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is in respect of the plans for the new Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

S2W-15905 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is in respect of any income from the sale of Gogarburn Hospital and other premises being used to build the new Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

S2W-15906 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive who has overall responsibility for the Inverclyde Energy and Safety Team.

S2W-15907 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive who has overall responsibility for the Inverclyde Energy and Safety Team Port Glasgow.

S2W-15908 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to inform residents in Port Glasgow of the work of the Inverclyde Energy and Safety Team Port Glasgow.

S2W-15909 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations are involved in the “Have a Heart Paisley” National Health Demonstration Project.

S2W-15910 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive why the prison escort and court custody services summary in respect of its prisoner escort contract with Reliance has not been updated since September 2004 and what time interval there is between the payment of Reliance for its services and the publication of the performance summary.

S2W-15911 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum (i) fine and (ii) custodial sentence is that can be imposed for assaulting a police officer.

S2W-15912 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) mean, (b) median and (c) mode level of fines imposed for assaulting a police officer has been in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area.

S2W-15913 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) mean, (b) median and (c) mode length of custodial sentences imposed for assaulting a police officer has been in each year since 1994, broken down by police force area.

S2W-15914 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-13580 by Cathy Jamieson on 28 January 2005, how many convictions for assault of a police officer there were in each year from 1994 to 2004, broken down by police force area.

S2W-15915 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-13580 by Cathy Jamieson on 28 January 2005, what percentage of recorded incidents of assault of a police officer resulted in convictions in each year from 1994 to 2004, broken down by police force area.

S2W-15916 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions for assault of a police officer resulted in (a) custody, (b) a financial penalty and (c) a community sentence in each year since 1994, broken down by police force area.



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