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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 February 2006

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

S2W-23490 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to HM Treasury seeking that all local authority capital housing debt be written off.

S2W-23491 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will write off the capital housing debt of local authorities.

S2W-23492 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it takes to enforce each of its PFI/PPP contracts; what the cost of these measures was in each of the last three financial years, and what it estimates the costs will be in each of the next 15 financial years at current prices.

S2W-23493 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on measures taken by other Scottish public authorities to enforce their PFI/PPP contracts.

S2W-23494 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the costs incurred by other Scottish public authorities in enforcing their PFI/PPP contracts.

S2W-23495 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken in respect of its own PFI/PPP contracts to ensure that the introduction of new technology requiring a change to infrastructure owned or leased by a PFI/PPP contractor does not cause the Executive to incur costs above the market rate for installation of such technology.

S2W-23496 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations it has made to public authorities in respect of their PFI/PPP contracts to ensure that the introduction of new technology requiring a change to infrastructure owned or leased by a PFI/PPP contractor does not cause the authorities to incur costs above the market rate for installation of such technology.

S2W-23497 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that, where it makes a change in its policy requiring an adaptation to infrastructure owned or leased by a PFI/PPP contractor, such an adaptation does not cause the Executive to incur costs above those that it would incur if it were to make such an adaptation to non-PFI/PPP infrastructure.

S2W-23498 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations it has made to public authorities to ensure that, where such an authority makes a change in its policy requiring an adaptation to infrastructure owned or leased by a PFI/PPP contractor, such an adaptation does not cause the authority to incur costs above those that it would incur if it were to make such an adaptation to non-PFI/PPP infrastructure.

S2W-23499 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises in PPP/PFI projects and private prison projects.

S2W-23500 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the involvement to date of small and medium-sized enterprises in PPP/PFI projects and private prison projects.

S2W-23501 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what rules it has in respect of ownership by judges, sheriffs and stipendiary magistrates of a financial interest in private prisons and what action it takes to monitor the observance of any such rules.

S2W-23502 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations have been made by the Judicial Appointments Board in relation to each judicial appointment made since its inception.

S2W-23503 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have used prudential borrowing to provide social rented housing.

S2W-23504 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it is directing towards reducing the incidence of sexually transmitted disease.

S2W-23505 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it is directing towards sex education in schools.

S2W-23506 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reduce the regulatory burden on small housing associations.

S2W-23507 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19357 by Lewis Macdonald on 3 October 2005, when it expects to put the contract for providing an assessment of needs for ME services out to tender; when the tender process will be complete, and how much it will cost.

S2W-23508 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19357 by Lewis Macdonald on 3 October 2005, whether it will list the companies or organisations that will be invited to tender to provide an assessment of needs for ME services.

S2W-23509 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19357 by Lewis Macdonald on 3 October 2005, what patient involvement there will be in the tendering process for providing an assessment of needs for ME services.

S2W-23510 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been undertaken into the origins of traffic crossing the Forth Road Bridge from Fife and where such studies have been published.

S2W-23511 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S2W-22538, S2W-22539, S2W-22540, S2W-22541 and S2W-22542 by Rhona Brankin on 26 January 2006, when the detailed information requested will be supplied by Scottish Water.

S2W-23512 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what aspect of the Accounts Commission’s report, Argyll and Bute Council: The Audit of Best Value and Community Planning, gave the Scottish Executive most concern and what action it will take to address the situation.

S2W-23513 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any high street banks trading in fish quotas and, if so, which banks are involved.

S2W-23514 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been produced in respect of proposed commercial oil spill contingency plans for ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth and whether any such EIA has been undertaken voluntarily or under statute.

S2W-23515 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether methods and mitigation measures suggested as a result of an environmental impact assessment undertaken voluntarily in respect of proposed commercial ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth can be enforced by law.

S2W-23516 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanism exists for the enforcement of methods and mitigation measures that result from the consultation on the oil spill contingency plan for commercial ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth.

S2W-23517 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role of Scottish ministers is in respect of the public consultation on the oil spill contingency plan for commercial ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth.

S2W-23518 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive why advice has been sought from Scottish Natural Heritage in respect of the oil spill contingency plan for commercial ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth and for what purpose.

S2W-23519 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to roll out the Disabled Student Allowance to further education students.

S2W-23520 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the ban on smoking in public places will cover the driver’s compartment in black taxi cabs where there is physical separation from the passenger compartment.

S2W-23521Δ Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the publication of its regeneration policy statement.

S2W-23522 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the public has been excluded from court when a witness has given evidence in each of the last five years.

S2W-23523 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons have been for excluding the public from court when a witness has given their evidence in each of the last five years.

S2W-23524 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made to secure further fishing opportunities in 2006 for fishermen, particularly in the white fish fleet.

S2W-23525 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it considers that Thomas Campbell and Joseph Steele deserve as fair recompense for their wrongful imprisonment for over 18 years for the deaths of six members of the Doyle family in Glasgow in 1984, in light of the Minister for Justice’s recent comments regarding the £750,000 compensation payment to former police officer Shirley McKie that it represented "fair recompense for all that she has been through" (Official Report c. 23347).

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