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To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what plans it has to address the pooling of water on the roof of the Garden Lobby.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15/06/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking in light of reports that 65% of adults in Scotland are either overweight or obese.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 10/05/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to make the contact phone number for the Procurator Fiscal’s office in Ayrshire more accessible by ensuring that callers are only charged at local call rates.

Answered by James Wolffe QC (21/03/2017):

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has plans underway to migrate to a new 0300 telephone number range. 0300 numbers were introduced by Ofcom specifically for use by public sector bodies and charities to reduce the cost of calls for consumers. The adoption of 0300 numbers will enable COPFS’ callers to benefit from lower call charges, whilst enabling COPFS to continue to offer a single, trusted point of contact across its offices. Calls to 0300 numbers will cost the same or less than calls to 01 and 02 prefixed numbers. This applies to calls from any type of line including mobile, BT and other fixed line or payphone. COPFS aims to introduce the new 0300 telephone number range later in 2017, and precise timescales will be confirmed as part of the on-going transition planning processes.

In the meantime, COPFS has long-standing measures in place for providing geographic (01) number options for its many of its offices and key contacts numbers. This includes the provision of a 01 geographic number for its offices in Ayrshire and for its Enquiry Point service (the primary point of contact for callers to COPFS, including witnesses making enquiries about particular cases). All published numbers on COPFS’ website and official headed paper show the relevant local geographical numbers.

Current Status: Answered by James Wolffe QC on 21/03/2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s reported under-recruitment of 30 consultants will adversely impact on its ability to safely operate the Combined Assessment Unit at Ayr Hospital when it opens in May 2017.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15/03/2017