Free WiFi for Glasgow

17 May 2013

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council regarding the council’s commitment to roll out free public wi-fi.

(S4W-14726)

Ms Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Deputy First Minister)The Scottish Government has regular discussions on digital infrastructure issues with Glasgow City Council, along with the other Scottish cities, through the Scottish Cities Alliance. Delivering world-class digital connectivity in Scotland’s cities is a shared objective and collaboration is underway on a number of projects in Glasgow.

The commitment to roll out free public wi-fi is a key component of the Council’s Digital Glasgow Strategy and Scottish Government officials have provided advice and participated in initial market testing sessions on proposed solutions. Glasgow City Council is now preparing to launch a procurement process.

M74 and M8 motorway congestion

17 May 2013

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what impact the opening of the M74 motorway extension has had on traffic flow on the M8 motorway and what the traffic flow is on the extension.

(S4W-13730)

Mr Keith Brown MSP (Minister for Transport & Veterans): Following the opening of the M74 Completion scheme, the average two-way daily flows along the M8 motorway, between Charing Cross and Ballieston, have reduced by around 18-20,000 vehicles per day. Across theKingstonBridgethe average two-way daily flows have reduced by around 11,000 vehicles per day.

Along the M8 west of the M77 the average 2-way flows have increased, for example by around 10,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 25 and 25A, reducing to around 2,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 26 and 27.

On the M74 Completion scheme itself, traffic flows of between 34,000 and 37,000 vehicles per day in each direction have been observed.

M8 congestion

24 Apr 2013

John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what impact the opening of the M74 motorway extension has had on traffic flow on the M8 motorway and what the traffic flow is on the extension.

(S4W-13730)

Mr Keith Brown MSP (Minister for Transport & Veterans) :Following the opening of the M74 Completion scheme, the average two-way daily flows along the M8 motorway, between Charing Cross and Baillieston, have reduced by around 18-20,000 vehicles per day. Across the Kingston Bridge the average two-way daily flows have reduced by around 11,000 vehicles per day.

Along the M8 west of the M77 the average 2-way flows have increased, for example by around 10,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 25 and 25A, reducing to around 2,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 26 and 27.

Consumption of Alcohol During Pregnancy

13 Nov 2012

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  how many mothers have been identified as drinking alcohol during pregnancy in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

(S4W-10299)

Mr Michael Matheson MSP (Minister for Public Health)Data on the numbers of mothers identified as drinking alcohol during pregnancy have been collected on the Scottish Morbidity Record 02 (SMR02) form by Information Services Division Scotland from April 2003. Recording of this information has improved year on year but was not made mandatory until April 2011. It is anticipated that the figures for 2011-12 onwards will be more robust.

Copies of tables holding the requested data have been placed in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib number 54455).

They show the numbers recorded for each component of this variable, the total number of mothers giving birth and the percentage of records that were not completed in each Parliamentary Constituency for years ending 31 March 2004 – 2011. Please note that data for year ending 31 March 2011 is provisional.

Figures for 2011 provisionally show that 3.7% of women reported drinking alcohol during their pregnancy.