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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 January 2010

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

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S3W-30946 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30467 by Stewart Stevenson on 15 January 2010, on how many occasions in each month since 1997 for which information is available the rail franchise holder has been penalised for not providing planned capacity on the Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk High route.

S3W-30947 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30468 by Stewart Stevenson on 15 January 2010, on how many occasions in each month since 1997 for which information is available the rail franchise holder has been penalised for not providing planned capacity.

S3W-30948 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30567 by Jim Mather on 20 January 2010, whether it had concerns regarding Scottish Development International’s (SDI) trade mission to Israel and what guidance was given to SDI prior to the visit.

S3W-30949 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the remarks of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme on 18 January 2010 that "people frequently have an espresso after a good night out, a meal and a bottle of wine and they don’t suddenly go berserk, so there actually isn’t any scientific link between caffeine and criminal offending".

S3W-30950 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28310 by John Swinney on 16 November 2009, when an analysis of the reports from local authorities on the implementation of the 2008-09 single outcome agreements will be made available.

S3W-30951 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29581 by Nicola Sturgeon on 11 December 2009, when it will publish details of each NHS board’s planned investment for the next three to five years in insulin pumps and the associated structured education.

S3W-30952 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27581 by John Swinney on 30 September 2009, what the duration is of each contract awarded to the six consultants hired by the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-30953 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to implement an NHS stress hotline, given the recent launch of a similar service in England.

S3W-30954 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the Graduates for Business scheme was ended.

S3W-30955 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with Scottish Enterprise about ending the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30956 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive which is the lead agency for the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30957 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it is not expanding the Graduates for Business scheme internationally.

S3W-30958 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the practical impact would have been of a transfer to another budget line from the Routine and Winter Maintenance Level 3 budget of £10 million per annum during the recent period of severe weather.

S3W-30959 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29821 by Bruce Crawford on 14 January 2010, whether the £40 million stated in the answer is derived from the Scottish Government budget.

S3W-30960 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of establishing all government and regulatory initiatives in an independent Scotland.

S3W-30961 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimated cost is of the replacement Inveramsay Bridge. 

S3W-30962 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when construction work will begin on the replacement Inveramsay Bridge. 

S3W-30963 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has identified what compulsory purchase orders will be required prior to the construction of the replacement Inveramsay Bridge. 

S3W-30964 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has carried out on the need for road realignment associated with the construction of the replacement Inveramsay Bridge.

S3W-30965 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30502 by John Swinney on 15 January 2010, whether a local authority that has requested payment of allotment rents from its tenants using rules or devices that have not been formally confirmed by the Scottish Ministers is liable to prosecution.

S3W-30966 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a local authority that requires its tenants to pay more than 25% of allotment rents in advance, contrary to section 10(2) of the Allotments (Scotland) Act 1950, is liable to prosecution.

S3W-30967 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a local authority has been prosecuted for breaches of the allotments legislation since 1950.

S3W-30968 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of providing free prescriptions for cancer patients in 2010-11, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-30969 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would have been of providing free prescriptions for cancer patients in 2009-10, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-30970 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) the Highland Council, (b) the Highland and Islands Transport Partnership in Scotland, (c) Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and (d) Transport Scotland regarding the introduction of a ferry service between North and South Kessock during the resurfacing of the Kessock Bridge.

S3W-30971 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the appropriateness of peak-time traffic lights on the Kessock Bridge.

S3W-30972 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on (a) tourism, (b) business and commerce and (c) accident rates during the resurfacing of the Kessock Bridge.

S3W-30973 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimated (a) start and (b) completion date is of the resurfacing of the Kessock Bridge.

S3W-30974 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to expand the Kessock roundabout by an extra lane for park-and-ride buses and cars containing more than one passenger.

S3W-30975 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it was informed of the decision to end the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30976 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs to run the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30977 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the redundancy costs will be for the seven staff of the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30978 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the replacement will be for the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30979 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the planned replacement for the Graduates for Business scheme will be introduced.

S3W-30980 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how the planned replacement for the Graduates for Business scheme (GFB) will differ from the GFB.

S3W-30981 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places the planned replacement for the Graduates for Business scheme will offer.

S3W-30982 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff the planned replacement for the Graduates for Business scheme will employ.

S3W-30983 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the planned operating costs are for the replacement Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-30984 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30609 by Alex Neil on 19 January 2010, what number of applicants constitutes 5%.

S3W-30985 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30610 by Alex Neil on 19 January 2010, whether it is satisfied that the needs of rough sleepers are being catered for and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-30986 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28085 by Kenny MacAskill on 27 October 2009, how many foreign nationals in Scottish prisons have (a) applied for prisoner transfer and (b) been recommended for deportation at the end of their sentence.

S3W-30987 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27866 by Shona Robison on 28 October 2009 and in light of the projected start date of 2011, whether it has considered interim measures to offer screening to all people with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and whether it will include this group in the full screening programme in 2011.

S3W-30988 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30183 by Michael Russell on 14 January 2010, whether this answer indicates that interested parties are precluded from seeking its intervention in cases where they consider that a local authority consultation in relation to a proposed school closure is flawed, inaccurate and misleading and, if so, what recourse such parties have.

S3W-30989 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the transitional arrangements are regulating local authority consultation on the proposed closure of schools between the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill being passed by the Scottish Parliament and the Act coming into force.

S3W-30990 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its powers to call in a school closure decision under the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2009 can be used prior to the Act coming into force in cases where a local authority is conducting a consultation based on the Act’s principles.

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