Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 26 May 2011

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".

S4W-00269 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many hectares have been acquired and (b) what the cost has been to purchase land through the Forestry Commission Scotland’s reprovisioning exercise since 2009.

S4W-00270 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive where woodland purchased through the Forestry Commission Scotland’s provisioning exercise (a) was located and (b) the date each purchase was completed since 2009.

S4W-00271 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made of the impact of changes to the child maintenance system proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011 on (a) families in Scotland, (b) its policies and (c) devolved services.

S4W-00272 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members of its Welfare Reform Scrutiny Group are; on what dates the group has met, and what the objectives of these meetings were.

S4W-00273 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed new train service between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Carstairs will be operational and whether trains will call at (a) Carstairs and (b) Carluke.

S4W-00276 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Elsie Inglis Nursing Home was last inspected by Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) or the Care Commission and what the result was.

S4W-00277 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been received about the Elsie Inglis Nursing Home in the last four years and what action has been taken by Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) or the Care Commission.

S4W-00278 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) or the Care Commission have received complaints about homes owned by Peacock Medicare Ltd other than the Elsie Inglis Nursing Home in the last four years.

S4W-00279 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was first informed of problems at the Elsie Inglis Nursing Home and what action it took.

S4W-00280 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deliver a single integrated system of health and social care.

S4W-00281 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will deliver a single integrated system of health and social care.

S4W-00282 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it has appointed as special advisers and what their (a) role and (b) salary banding is.

S4W-00283 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the increase in cabinet and ministerial posts will result in increased costs in relation to (a) ministerial salaries, (b) private offices and (c) the government car service and whether it will provide a breakdown of the annual costs.

S4W-00284 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what treatment is available through the NHS for plagiocephaly in young babies.

S4W-00285 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the importance of independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities in light of the reduction in services across local authority areas and in expenditure on disability benefits.

S4W-00286 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) existing and (b) additional resources are being made available for the provision of independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities.

S4W-00287 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that local authorities comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the disability equality duty when reducing services for disabled people.

S4W-00288 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what form the road-based improvements on the A1 between Edinburgh and north east England, highlighted in the Strategic Transport Projects Review, will take.

S4W-00289 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce a timetable for the road-based improvements on the A1 between Edinburgh and north east England.

S4W-00290 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to upgrade the A1 between Dunbar and the border with England.

S4W-00291 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the accident rate was on trunk roads in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and is in 2011, broken down by (i) single and (ii) dual carriageway sections.

S4W-00292 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fatal accident rate was on trunk roads in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and is in 2011, broken down by (i) single and (ii) dual carriageway sections.

S4W-00293 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the accident rate was on the A1 in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and is in 2011, broken down by (i) single and (ii) dual carriageway sections.

S4W-00294 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fatal road accident rate was on the A1 in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and is in 2011, broken down by (i) single and (ii) dual carriageway sections.

S4W-00295 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the road accident rate was on the A1 between Dunbar and the border with England in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and is in 2011, broken down by (i) single and (ii) dual carriageway sections.

S4W-00296 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fatal road accident rate was on the A1 between Dunbar and the border with England in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and is in 2011, broken down by (i) single and (ii) dual carriageway sections.

S4W-00297 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions will be incorporated into the new rail franchise agreement to ensure that trains on the rail line between Glasgow and Oban and Glasgow and Fort William are heated and have toilet facilities.

S4W-00298 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies in local government and across the public sector will be implemented and, if so, on what basis.

S4W-00299 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can guarantee that it can achieve three per cent efficiency savings in the public sector without the need for compulsory redundancies.

S4W-00300 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will rule out compulsory redundancies in the public sector for the remainder of the current parliamentary session.

S4W-00301 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the average voluntary redundancy payment in the public sector is £51,000.

S4W-00302 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector employees have taken voluntary redundancy since 1 April 2010.

S4W-00303 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on voluntary redundancy and severance packages in the public sector since 1 April 2010.

S4W-00304 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector posts (a) have become vacant and (b) remain unfilled since 1 April 2010.

S4W-00305 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ruled out a public sector pay freeze beyond 2011-12.

S4W-00306 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will bring forward legislation in relation to high hedges.

S4W-00307 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy on no compulsory redundancies will apply to the Scottish Intellectual Assets Centre.

S4W-00308 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy on no compulsory redundancies will apply to teaching staff in (a) further and (b) higher education establishments.

S4W-00309 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages new entrants into the tenanted farming sector.

S4W-00310 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to change the rights of succession to allow grandchildren to succeed grandparents into farming tenancies.

S4W-00311 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review Land Court procedures.

S4W-00312 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review section 13 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991.

S4W-00313 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider consolidating agricultural holdings legislation.