Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 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-24106 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the funding for each of its subsidised air services is being met from Barnett consequentials, and whether it would be able to provide the same level of funding in the absence of the Barnett formula.

S4W-24107 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage the use of low-carbon vehicles, and what impact the removal of the Barnett formula would have on this.

S4W-24108 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the Digital Economy and Infrastructure fund has been reduced from £13.8 million in 2014-15 to £1 million for 2015-16, and what impact the removal of the Barnett formula would have had on the amount allocated.

S4W-24109 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government what impact the removal of the Barnett formula would have on the sustainability of the concessionary fares scheme.

S4W-24110 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how much has been allocated to the Road Equivalent Tariff scheme from Barnett consequentials, and what impact the removal of the Barnett formula would have on the scheme.

S4W-24111 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the major public transport projects set out in the 2015-16 budget are to be met from Barnett consequentials.

S4W-24112 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how much of the 2015-16 Regeneration Capital Fund would be affected by the removal of the Barnett formula.

S4W-24113 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the money allocated to mitigating the effects of the so-called bedroom tax in 2015-16 is to be met from Barnett consequentials.

S4W-24114 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how much of the investment programme for Scottish Water for 2015-21 has been allocated from Barnett consequentials.

S4W-24115 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the money to be allocated in 2015-16 as central government grants to local authorities is to be met from Barnett consequentials.

S4W-24120 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government whether it can confirm that each stage of upgrading the A9 will be used as an opportunity to install English/Gaelic bilingual road signs.

S4W-24156 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-23636 by Aileen McLeod on 8 January 2015, whether it considers that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s conclusions are consistent with Scottish Natural Heritage’s recent finding that the "status quo" has resulted in a 50% drop in the freshwater pearl mussel population due to water quality and low river levels, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S4W-24157 Margaret McCulloch: To ask the Scottish Government how many post-mortems have been supported by each NHS board in each year since 2007.

S4W-24158 Liz Smith: To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on art works in each year since 1999, broken down by directorate.

S4W-24159 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK Government’s draft legislation regarding devolving further powers, what its position is on (a) changing the speed limits on roads and (b) road users continuing to drive on the left, and what discussions it has had on this.

S4W-24161Δ Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Government whether the construction of a women’s prison at Greenock will take place as proposed.

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