Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged from 10 to 13 April 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-06625 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve road safety.

S4W-06627 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports farmers and local producers in Dumfries and Galloway.

S4W-06628 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the proposed merger between Barony College, Elmwood College, Oatridge College and the Scottish Agricultural College.

S4W-06630 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent support it has given to community initiatives in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) East Lothian.

S4W-06632 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will benefit from the additional funding for insulin pumps in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) East Lothian.

S4W-06634 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to the creative sector in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) East Lothian.

S4W-06635 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements have been carried on the (a) A75 and (b) A76 since 2007.

S4W-06646 Joan McAlpine: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits it expects South Scotland to receive as a result of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S4W-06647 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) organisations and (b) individuals were invited to the meeting at Alloa railway station on 3 April 2012 to launch the Scottish Stations Investment Fund.

S4W-06648 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive who attended the meeting at Alloa railway station on 3 April 2012 to launch the Scottish Stations Investment Fund.

S4W-06649 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how bids for funding from the Scottish Stations Investment Fund should be submitted.

S4W-06650 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proposals for a rail halt at Eastriggs in Dumfriesshire could be eligible for funding from the Scottish Stations Investment Fund.

S4W-06651 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proposals for the reopening of Thornhill railway station in Dumfriesshire could be eligible for funding from the Scottish Stations Investment Fund.

S4W-06652 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what A75 trunk road improvement schemes have been completed in each of the last 10 years and at what cost.

S4W-06653 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what A75 trunk road improvement schemes have been started in each of the last 10 years and what the estimated cost of each was at the time of commencement.

S4W-06654 Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is a danger of pollution to the Scottish coast resulting from (a) aging infrastructure or (b) inadequate safety and environmental protection procedures in the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure.

S4W-06655 Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive which public bodies are responsible for dealing with any pollution resulting from the North Sea oil and gas infrastructure.

S4W-06656 Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive when (a) it, (b) Marine Scotland, (c) Scottish Natural Heritage and (d) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was notified about the (i) oil leak from the Taqa Bratani Tern platform off Shetland and (ii) gas leak from the Total Shearwater platform in the Elgin field.

S4W-06657 Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental monitoring has taken place following the (a) oil leak from the Taqa Bratani Tern platform off Shetland and (b) gas leak from the Total Shearwater platform in the Elgin field.

S4W-06658 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for (a) how many and (b) what percentage of sailings per month there has been a waiting list on the Islay - Kennacraig route since January 2007.

S4W-06659 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for (a) how many and (b) what percentage of sailings per month there has been a waiting list on the Castlebay - Oban route since January 2007.

S4W-06660 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for (a) how many and (b) what percentage of sailings per month there has been a waiting list on the Lochboisdale - Oban route since January 2007.

S4W-06662 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for (a) how many and (b) what percentage of sailings per month there has been a waiting list on the Lochmaddy - Uig route since January 2007.

S4W-06664 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for (a) how many and (b) what percentage of sailings per month there has been a waiting list on the Tarbert - Uig route since January 2007.

S4W-06666 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for (a) how many and (b) what percentage of sailings per month there has been a waiting list on the Stornoway - Ullapool route since January 2007.

S4W-06668 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to develop statutory guidance on minimum acoustic standards for school buildings similar to that for the rest of the UK.

S4W-06669 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive whether acoustic testing is carried out on all new school buildings before they open.

S4W-06670 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive what requirements regarding acoustic standards does the Scottish Futures Trust set for applications to build new schools.

S4W-06671 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Building Bulletin 93 is taken into account when considering the design of schools.

S4W-06672 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether (a) local authorities and (b) the Scottish Futures Trust consult educational audiologists when considering the design of schools.

S4W-06674 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive which schools meet the minimum standards recommended by Building Bulletin 93.

S4W-06675 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a comparison of the fares charged by Western Ferries and Argyll Ferries.

S4W-06677 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which public service obligations in public service ferry contracts do not apply to commercial operators.

S4W-06679 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to create jobs during Homecoming 2014 and how it will ensure that the event will create jobs throughout Scotland.

S4W-06680 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will manage accountability for spending public money when working with private companies during Homecoming 2014.

S4W-06681 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a comparison of the fares charged by Pentland Ferries and Northlink Ferries.

S4W-06682 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been discharged from hospital between 11 pm and 6 am in each month since 2007, broken down by hospital.

S4W-06683 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations it has made in advance of the devolution of stamp duty; at what rate it will set the duty; how much it expects to raise, or whether it plans to abolish it.

S4W-06684 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a landfill tax when this is devolved and, if so, how much money it expects to raise from this.

S4W-06687 Alison Johnstone: To ask Scottish Executive how it promotes female participation in sport.

S4W-06688 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties have been purchased through its shared equity schemes, and how many were subsequently sold, in each year since 2006.

S4W-06689 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages the (a) ownership and (b) use of electric cars.

S4W-06690 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it plans to spend on the (a) technological and (b) network development of electric cars (i) nationally and (ii) in Lothian in each of the next three years.

S4W-06691 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive whether contributions to the Your Scotland, Your Referendum Facebook page are counted as submissions to the consultation.

S4W-06692 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated from the Electric Vehicle Procurement Support Scheme.

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