Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 05 January 2015

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-23798 Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the Committee on Toxicity’s investigation of exposure to organophosphates by workers in the agricultural sector.

S4W-23802 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Government how many intermediate care beds will be funded for NHS Lothian, broken down by local authority area.

S4W-23803 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers community hospitals to be an important part of the provision of healthcare in rural areas.

S4W-23804 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government what its role would be in relation to any proposal by NHS Borders to close a community hospital.

S4W-23805 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government how many community hospitals have been closed in each year since 1999.

S4W-23806 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of how the ban on tail-docking has impacted on working dogs.

S4W-23819 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its response to the Report of the Wild Fisheries Review Panel.

S4W-23820 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Government whether, in reaching a conclusion on the Report of the Wild Fisheries Review Panel, it will consider carefully the views of organisations such as the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association.

S4W-23821 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the port displacement figures set out in the report that was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Economic impact of Aberdeen Harbour Nigg Bay Development.

S4W-23822 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the remit of the Energy North Oil & Gas Taskforce is consistent with the findings of the report that was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Economic impact of Aberdeen Harbour Nigg Bay Development.

S4W-23823 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government whether the principal objective of the Energy North Oil & Gas Taskforce remains to establish the Inverness-Cromarty Firth as a new oil and gas hub with sub-hubs across the Highlands and Islands and, if so, how this will be met in light of the findings of the report that was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Economic impact of Aberdeen Harbour Nigg Bay Development.

S4W-23824 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it had with Scottish Enterprise about the operational and financial position of Pelamis Ltd prior to the agency’s decision to withdraw financial support for it; what the basis was for withdrawing the support, and on what date the company was advised of the decision.

S4W-23827 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government whether it commissioned an external operational or financial assessment of Pelamis Ltd prior to Scottish Enterprise’s decision to withdraw financial support from the company and, if so, by whom.

S4W-23828 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government where Wave Energy Scotland will be based; what its remit will be, and how many staff it plans to have in post by 31 March 2015.

S4W-23829 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government on what date ministers instructed civil servants to initiate the development of Wave Energy Scotland.

S4W-23830 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Office for Budget Responsibility’s report, Economic and fiscal outlook report - December 2014, which indicated a rise in household borrowing in Scotland.

S4W-23831 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government whether the (a) Scottish Futures Trust and (b) hub co consortiums pay all staff at least the living wage and, if so, since which date.

S4W-23832 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government who the members are of the Council of Economic Advisors and what changes there have to the membership since October 2014.

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