Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 25 February 2013

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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-13229 Jackson Carlaw : To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on (a) hospital and (b) GP appointments being overbooked.

S4W-13230 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Government whether foreign language interpreters are paid when a patient requiring the service does not attend.

S4W-13231 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to promote choice for patients booking hospital outpatient appointments.

S4W-13235 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what organisations have received funding from the £300,000 it announced on 21 January 2013 for advice services dealing with requests for advice due to the UK Government’s welfare reforms; how much each has received; for what purpose in each case, and what regions will receive support from the fund.

S4W-13236 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government how the £1.7 million it announced on 21 January 2013 to provide support to advice services dealing with requests for advice due to the UK Government’s welfare reforms will be distributed; what criteria will be used to distribute it, and for what time period the fund will be available.

S4W-13237 Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Government what company provides occupational health services to Scottish Government employees.

S4W-13238 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Government whether it has been given an estimate of the "real investment/project costs" required to address NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s maintenance backlog, as per page 13 of its Property Asset Management Strategy published in August 2011 and, if so, what that figure is.

S4W-13239 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to research by Professor Gordon Hughes of the University of Edinburgh that found that wind turbine efficiency drops by half after 15 years in service.

S4W-13240 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will adjust its energy policy in light of research by Professor Gordon Hughes of the University of Edinburgh, which found decreasing load factors on ageing wind turbines.

S4W-13242 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government in what ways it does not yet comply with the EU directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting victims (2011/36/EU).

S4W-13243 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government in what ways it does not yet comply with the EU directive on combating sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and pornography.

S4W-13244 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-12993 by Nicola Sturgeon on 25 February 2013, for what reason copies of the document were provided to The Sun and BBC Scotland prior to it being made available to all members and on what date it provided copies to (a) The Sun, (b) BBC Scotland, (c) the Presiding Officer and (d) the Referendum Bill Committee.

S4W-13246 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that people in receipt of payment from the Independent Living Fund will not be disadvantaged when the fund is devolved in 2015.

S4W-13247 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will increase payments from the Independent Living Fund in line with inflation when the fund is devolved in 2015.

S4W-13251 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government when the lease held by the crofters on Raasay to manage fishing and shooting on the island was due to end.

S4W-13252 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government when the decision was taken to put out to tender the lease to manage fishing and shooting on Raasay and whether authorisation was sought from ministers.

S4W-13253 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what its officials told the crofters on Raasay about the consideration that would be given to tenders received for the lease to manage shooting and fishing on the island.

S4W-13254 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what discretion it has to consider actions other than sale or lease for land that it owns.

S4W-13255 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it gave to its policies on (a) community empowerment and renewal, (b) the transfer of assets to community organisations, (c) the support of communities identified as fragile by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and (d) land reform, in deciding to award the lease to manage shooting and fishing on Raasay to a company not owned by the islanders.

S4W-13256 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what factors it assessed to decide whether best value was achieved in the decision to award the lease to manage shooting and fishing on Raasay to a company from Ayrshire and what weighting it gave to each factor considered.

S4W-13257 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government whether the commitment made by the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department in 1999 to "take account of the local community perspective when considering offers for sporting rights on the Scottish Ministers’ Estates" is still in force.

S4W-13258 Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Government how many police traffic vehicles there are and how many there will be after the single police force comes into operation.

S4W-13259 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to replace the services and data formerly provided by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

S4W-13260 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Government when a process will be in place for determining funding allocations to local authorities for flooding projects after 2015 and what organisations it plans to involve in this process.

S4W-13266 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements are in place to factor its crofting estate and related assets on Raasay; when any such factoring arrangements were last put out to competitive tender, and what plans there are to put such work out to tender again.

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