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To ask the Scottish Government what efforts it is making to increase the number of everyday journeys made by public transport, and what role increasing the number of such journeys can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including what the projected emissions reduction could be.

 


Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Committee on Climate Change regarding the role of public transport in helping it meet its climate change targets.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding the scope for bus use to help deliver climate change policies as part of the forthcoming update to the National Transport Strategy.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of how increasing the number of bus passengers could contribute to meeting its climate change targets.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the new Dalcross rail station will open.


Answered by Michael Matheson (11/10/2018):

We expect the project to be completed in the first half of Rail Control Period 6 which runs from 2019 to 2024.

Transport Scotland will be in a position to confirm the starting and anticipated opening date once Network Rail has completed all preparatory work. When these dates are confirmed we will publicise the information at the earliest opportunity.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 11/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what recent progress has been made in agreeing a long-term model of fair funding for internal ferry services provided by Orkney Islands Council.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 22/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the implications are for (a) Northern Isles Ferry Services, (b) ferries owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and (c) harbour infrastructure in Stromness of the award of £670,000 by the European Regional Development Fund to Orkney Islands Council.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 22/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the annual local government grant to Orkney Islands Council was spent on (a) planned and (b) unplanned maintenance of the Orkney Ferries fleet in each year since 2008-09.


Answered by Kate Forbes (11/10/2018):

Although the Scottish Government collects details of Orkney Islands Council's expenditure on Ferries these financial returns do not provide the level of detail to identify the amount of Scottish Government funding which is spent on the planned and unplanned maintenance of the Orkney Ferries fleet. Orkney Islands Council would be best placed to provide that level of detail. Equally, the support the Scottish Government provides to Orkney Islands Council through the annual local government finance settlement is not broken down by individual services, such as support for Ferry services.


Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 11/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the annual carbon emissions reductions potentially available from the £670,000 given by the European Regional Development Fund to Orkney Islands Council.


Answered by Michael Matheson (11/10/2018):

The Scottish Government has not made an estimate of the annual carbon emission reductions arising from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant to Orkney Islands Council. The application submitted by Orkney Islands Council was assessed against the published round 2 Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund criteria. As part of its bid for funding, Orkney Islands Council included a key objective to reduce the fuel used by Marine Vessel Hamnavoe whilst berthed in Stromness, resulting in an estimate of an annual reduction of 1378 tonnes in CO 2 produced. Under the terms of the ERDF grant, Orkney Islands Council will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the project and reporting to Scottish Ministers.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 11/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government under what legislation the construction and operation of a vertical launch spaceport in Scotland would be permitted and regulated.


Answered by Ivan McKee (05/10/2018):

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-18997 on 5 October 2018. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .


Current Status: Answered by Ivan McKee on 05/10/2018
 
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