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Section E – Written questions lodged on 13 March 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-24128 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the publication of Scottish Health Statistics - Acute Hospital Care on 23 February 2006, how many angiography and angioplasty or coronary artery bypass graft patients were treated within (a) eight and (b) 18 weeks in each quarter of the last five years, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of patients.

S2W-24129 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what proportion of energy consumption is accounted for by electronic devices on standby.

S2W-24130 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to develop wireless internet coverage across Scotland and, if so, whether it will give details in respect of the level of coverage and timescale.

S2W-24131 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Wi-Fi networks are operational and what the extent is of existing Wi-Fi coverage.

S2W-24132 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what inspections of roofing bolts were carried out, and by whom, before the Parliament building was handed over for use.

S2W-24133 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what insurance is in place in respect of injury or death to any member of staff, the public and MSPs resulting from any failure in construction and management of construction for the length of use of the Parliament building.

S2W-24134 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether (a) it or (b) the Holyrood Progress Group is liable in any way for any failure in inspection processes prior to the roof beam coming loose in the debating chamber.

S2W-24135 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information it has on whether Lothian and Borders Police will be involved in any investigation which could result in a criminal prosecution as a result of the roof beam coming loose in the debating chamber.

S2W-24136 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) whether the results of any investigations of the Health and Safety Executive will be published when they are received by the SPCB.

S2W-24137 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether any investigation is to be carried out into the design processes connected with the debating chamber roofing structure and, in particular, the beams and their holding brackets.

S2W-24138 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body who designed the debating chamber roofing beams and brackets.

S2W-24139 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body who supplied the fitting bolts for the debating chamber roofing beams and brackets.

S2W-24140 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body which company fitted the fitting bolts for the debating chamber roofing beams and brackets.

S2W-24141 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body which organisations will be asked to design and replace any changes to the debating chamber roofing beams and holdings if design failures are found in the current structures.

S2W-24142 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether, in light of the roof beam coming loose in the debating chamber, investigatory works will be carried out on other parts of the Holyrood campus and, if so, which parts.

S2W-24143Δ Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what the future is of its central heating programmes.

S2W-24144Δ Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Lord Advocate will announce his decision on whether there should be a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of Rory Blackhall and Simon Harris.

S2W-24145 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its target to double cycle use between 2002 and 2012, how it will respond to research findings by the Lothian Cycle campaign, Spokes, suggesting that cycle project expenditure in Scotland on current trends is likely to fall from 1.4% of total transport expenditure in 2004-05 to 0.6% in 2006-07.

S2W-24147 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers guidance to local authorities and transport partnerships for applications for funding or match-funding for large-scale cycle infrastructure projects to be adequate, in light of the abolition of the Public Transport Fund.

S2W-24148 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9677 by Nicol Stephen on 9 August 2004, which local authorities have approached it to discuss funding for cycle infrastructure projects and what the outcomes were.

S2W-24149 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that regional transport partnerships make proper provision for cycle projects by specifying a minimum percentage of their funding to be used for that purpose or by rewarding partnerships that do include such schemes in their regional transport strategies.

S2W-24150 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the £17 million scheme by the Department for Transport for six experimental cycle-friendly towns, it will implement a similar scheme in Scotland or use reward mechanisms to encourage partnerships to undertake similar projects.

S2W-24151 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss with the UK Government plans for restrictions on the imports of all poultry and poultry products from countries where there have been confirmed cases of avian flu.

S2W-24152 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it hopes to be able to exempt people with cystic fibrosis from prescription charges as a result of the current consultation on prescription charges.

S2W-24153 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will investigate the possibility of using Holyrood Palace for meetings of the Parliament until the roof of the debating chamber is repaired.

S2W-24154 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses to its consultation on the possession of extreme pornographic material will be excluded from the analysis of responses due to being blocked by the Executive’s IT system.

S2W-24155 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take account of the views expressed in responses to its consultation on the possession of extreme pornographic material which were blocked by its IT system.

S2W-24156 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will prevent the electronic blocking of responses to any future consultations on subjects of a sexual content.

S2W-24157 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to follow the initiative of Elliot Morley MP, UK Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment, in offering householders council tax rebates of up to £100 if they take up energy efficiency measures.

S2W-24158 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it, or any of its agencies, has raised revenues from the sale of carbon rights in trees and, if so, what revenues have been raised in each of the last three years and how these revenues were then used.

S2W-24159 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost was of issuing and enforcing a means warrant in each of the last five years.

S2W-24160 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average value was of means warrants issued in each of the last five years.

S2W-24161 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations it will introduce in respect of the new pension scheme for firefighters.

S2W-24162 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that firefighters should work until their 60th birthday and, if so, whether it has taken into account any evidence that the required fitness level for firefighters can be maintained until that age.

S2W-24163 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that retained firefighters should be allowed to join the existing firefighters’ pension scheme.

S2W-24164 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was aware of the current Lord Advocate’s party political affiliation when he was appointed Solicitor General in 1999 and, if so, what account was taken of it.

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