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To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform to the Member of 18 February 2019, whether the Scottish Government will set out a timeline, including an expected deadline, for the phasing out of lead shot used by Scottish Natural Heritage.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 05/03/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-21130 by Michael Matheson on 29 January 2019, whether it will break down the 2,131 stop-skipping incidences by station affected.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 28/02/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20892 by Fergus Ewing on 22 January 2019, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding what its position is on whether the response to question S5W-20663 met the commitment set out at paragraph 1.3 (d) of the Scottish Ministerial Code.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (19/02/2019):

The Scottish Ministerial Code identifies that Ministers should be as open as possible with the Parliament and the public. As the Cabinet Secretary with responsibility for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) I am responsible for ensuring that, as an enterprise agency in charge of public funds, both HIE and its Chief Executive are held accountable for their decisions. I have been open with the Scottish Parliament.


Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 19/02/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many ScotRail Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE) audits were carried out in 2018; how many failures were recorded, broken down by type of failure, and what the total financial penalty was.


Answered by Michael Matheson (30/01/2019):

Transport Scotland team of six Inspectors audit all 354 ScotRail Stations and approximately 180-200 trains at least once every four weekly cycle. There are 13 rail periods per year.

The member will wish to be aware that information on SQUIRE audits, passes and fails during 2018, is available from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. number 60425).

The variance of audit numbers is due to facilities being inspected either by asset, platform or station.

The total penalties attributed for SQUIRE performance during 2018 was £4.47m (including RPI).


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 30/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many incidences of stop-skipping were recorded on ScotRail services in 2018.


Answered by Michael Matheson (29/01/2019):

In the period Sunday 7 January 2018-Saturday 5 January 2019, 2,131 trains were reported to Transport Scotland as having been affected by skip-stopping. This value is 0.28 percent of trains planned to run over that time period.


Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 29/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances a non-departmental public body would not ultimately be subject to ministerial accountability.


Answered by Derek Mackay (18/01/2019):

There are no circumstances in which a Non-Departmental Public Body would not be subject to Ministerial accountability.


Current Status: Answered by Derek Mackay on 18/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20290 by Fergus Ewing on 14 December 2018, whether (a) the cabinet secretary was or (b) its officials were given a copy or sight of the statement by the Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) prior to it being issued and, if so, whether it was subject to (i) ministerial or (ii) official clearance.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (22/01/2019):

Scottish Government officials and myself did not have sight of the Chief Executive of Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) specific comment on the 29 November 2018 prior to release.


Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20290 by Fergus Ewing on 14 December 2018, what discussions (a) the cabinet secretary and (b) its officials had with (i) the Chief Executive of and (ii) officials from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) regarding the comments made in the response prior to it being cleared for publication.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (22/01/2019):

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-20896 on 22 January 2019. 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 Fergus Ewing on 22/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20663 by Fergus Ewing on 10 January 2019, how it monitors the effectiveness of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) regarding matters that are subject to a due diligence process by the agency.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (22/01/2019):

The Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) are responsible for monitoring the body's performance and financial management. There is a framework agreement between the Scottish Government and HIE which sets out the broad framework within which HIE will operate, defines key roles and responsibilities and sets out what information the Board will feedback on.

This document is publically available on the HIE website.


Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22/01/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20663 by Fergus Ewing on 10 January 2019, for what reason the response did not address the information being sought regarding ministers’ views on the issue and not those of Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and what its position is on whether the information that was provided met the commitment set out at paragraph 1.3 (d) of the Scottish Ministerial Code, which states that "Ministers should be as open as possible with the Parliament and the public, reflecting the aspirations set out in the Report of the Consultative Steering Group on the Scottish Parliament”.


Answered by Fergus Ewing (22/01/2019):

HIE is the accountable agency responsible for the delivery of enterprise functions. As Accountable Officer for HIE, Charlotte Wright is personally answerable to the Scottish Parliament for the public finances under her control.


Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22/01/2019
 
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