Section E: Written Questions

Written questions lodged on 15 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-24010 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government how much money was allocated initially to the 2014-15 Adopt an Apprentice programme, and how much had been committed prior to 14 January 2015.

S4W-24011 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government how many times financial incentives have been paid to companies in the oil and gas sector each year under the Adopt an Apprentice programme, and to how many different companies.

S4W-24012 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government how much additional money will be allocated to the Adopt an Apprentice programme in relation to the oil and gas sector in 2014-15 in order to meet the First Minister’s commitment in the news release of 14 January 2015, Taskforce set up to support oil & gas jobs.

S4W-24013 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government how much money was allocated initially to the 2015-16 Adopt an Apprentice programme, and how much additional funding will be allocated in light of the First Minister’s commitment in the news release of 14 January 2015, Taskforce set up to support oil & gas jobs.

S4W-24014 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will publish the criteria for employers in the oil and gas sector to obtain the additional assistance under the Adopt an Apprentice programme that the First Minister committed to offer in the news release of 14 January 2015, Taskforce set up to support oil & gas jobs.

S4W-24020 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government what (a) financial and (b) other assistance it can provide to homeowners to help with the costs of roof repairs.

S4W-24021 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-23799 by John Swinney on 14 January 2015, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding when the Scottish Fiscal Commission last met.

S4W-24022 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-23799 by John Swinney on 14 January 2015, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding what the dates are for future meetings of the Scottish Fiscal Commission.

S4W-24023 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government what guidelines there are regarding the proximity of wind turbines to public roads, and whether it plans to review these in light of reports that, following storms, part of a turbine was found by a roadside near Stow.

S4W-24026 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that people who have been provided with NHS hearing aids with the assistance of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hear to Help service will have their devices maintained or replaced after funding for the scheme is withdrawn in March 2015.

S4W-24027 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of funding for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Hear to Help service being withdrawn from March 2015, what contingencies it has introduced to deal with any (a) increase in demand and (b) impact on waiting times at audiology departments in NHS (i) Greater Glasgow and Clyde, (ii) Ayrshire and Arran, (iii) Tayside and (iv) Borders.

S4W-24031 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Government how many times the Finance Sector Jobs Taskforce met in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014 and whether it will publish the agenda and minutes of each meeting, as was the practice for the meetings in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

S4W-24034 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Government when the Finance Sector Jobs Taskforce will next meet and what issues will be on the agenda.

S4W-24035 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has allocated to support for women offenders in the community in the 2015-16 budget.

S4W-24036 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provided to community justice centres in (a) Edinburgh, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen and (d) Dundee in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

S4W-24037 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provided to projects supporting women offenders in the community, other than community justice centres, in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15, also broken down by project.

S4W-24038 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government how it has allocated the additional £65 million to NHS boards for 2015-16.

S4W-24039 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government how much of the recent Barnett consequentials that arose from additional health expenditure in England has yet to be allocated, and how it plans to use this.

S4W-24040 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made as to NHS workforce planning to ensure an adequate capacity.

S4W-24041 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it withdrew financial support for training in educational psychology.

S4W-24042 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government how the withdrawal of funding support for people training in educational psychology complies with its strategies for improvements in early years and tackling behavioural and conduct disorders in educational settings.

S4W-24043 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what repayments on brokerage funding it has received from (a) NHS Fife, (b) NHS Tayside, (c) NHS Orkney and (d) NHS 24.

S4W-24044 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government how much additional funding it provided to NHS 24 in relation to its new IT system; what rescheduling it has agreed with NHS 24, and what the revised schedule of repayment is of any brokerage fees.

S4W-24049 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to Audit Scotland’s proposal that NHS boards be given greater flexibility with their financial planning over three years instead of one.

S4W-24050 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 10,000 equal pay claims identified in Audit Scotland’s financial review of the NHS in 2012-13 (a) have now been quantified and (b) were disclosed as an unquantified contingent liability in the boards’ accounts for 2013-14.

S4W-24051 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the 2014-15 budget for health improvement and health inequalities is £55.6 million, given that the amount in the draft budget was £64.4.

S4W-24052 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what additional funding it will provide to NHS National Services Scotland to undertake work in the Health Environment Inspectorate in relation to enforcement powers announced following the report on the Vale of Leven Hospital inquiry.

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