Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 March 2012

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-06223 Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS staff have raised issues since 2007 through whistleblowing.

S4W-06224 Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS staff have been released from their employment since 2007 with a severance payment and associated non-disclosure agreement.

S4W-06225 Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal costs the NHS has incurred since 2007 arising from issues raised from whistleblowing by employees.

S4W-06373 Jenny Marra: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason there is no (a) British Sign Language and (b) easy read version of Your Scotland, Your Referendum.

S4W-06375 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of cormorant population trends on designated sites and the factors that influence these.

S4W-06376 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the wintering habits of cormorants breeding on designated sites.

S4W-06377 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of how the cormorant licensing system in England impacts on the population trends of the species at designated sites in Scotland.

S4W-06378 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) cormorants and (b) other piscivorous bird species are killed annually under licence.

S4W-06386 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what agreement it has reached with the UK Government regarding the provisions in the Scotland Bill for the future of the Crown Estate.

S4W-06387 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking with the UK Government to implement the findings of the Scottish Affairs Committee in relation to the devolution of the Crown Estate and what powers the Secretary of State for Scotland will have in this regard after the passage of the Scotland Bill.

S4W-06388 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the increase in VAT to 20% will be for the NHS in 2011-12, also broken down by NHS board.

S4W-06403 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the threshold that Transport Scotland applies for mitigation on the basis of excessive nighttime noise along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line is over 80 decibels Leqmax external and that the noise must occur more than once per hour between 11 pm and 7 am.

S4W-06404 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) daytime and (b) nighttime thresholds are used to determine eligibility for (i) mitigation and (ii) compensation due to excessive noise from trains on (A) new railway lines and (B) on existing lines where there was previously no nighttime service.

S4W-06405 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the noise levels of trains running at night are monitored.

S4W-06406 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether households are eligible for (a) mitigation or (b) compensation in cases where new rail services result in noise levels that exceed World Health Organization or European guidelines.

S4W-06407 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it carried out an equality impact assessment before deciding to change the formula for the allocation of the Bus Service Operators Grant in favour of longer and more rural bus routes.

S4W-06408 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it carried out to measure the impact on communities in the bottom 15% of Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation data zones of the decision to change the formula for the allocation of the Bus Service Operators Grant in favour of longer and more rural bus routes.

S4W-06409 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive which bus operators will benefit financially from the change to the distribution of the Bus Service Operators Grant from 1 April 2012.

S4W-06410 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations representing bus passengers the Minister for Housing and Transport (a) met and (b) consulted between 1 November 2011 and 22 March 2012 to discuss the impact of the change to the formula for allocation of the Bus Service Operators Grant from 1 April 2012.

S4W-06411Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in developing successor arrangements to community care grants and crisis loans for living expenses.

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