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Section E – Written questions lodged from 23 December 2005 to 6 January 2006

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-21990 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will submit a formal response to the UK Government’s Energy Review and, if not, how it will contribute to the review.

S2W-21991 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and assistance is provided through its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to help migrant workers learn English language skills.

S2W-21992 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies and non-departmental public bodies have a responsibility to provide English lessons for migrant workers.

S2W-21993 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any breaches of its obligations under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and, if so, what these were.

S2W-21994 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests it dealt with from 1 January 2005 to 23 December 2005; how many of these requests it responded to within 20 working days, and how many are still outstanding.

S2W-21995 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which Scottish Executive department has received the most freedom of information requests.

S2W-21996 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 that it has handled resulted in a fee notification being issued and how many of those applicants proceeded with their request after the notice was issued.

S2W-21997 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to means-test fees in respect of freedom of information requests made to public bodies.

S2W-21998 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many documents it holds which examine or consider the case for Scottish independence.

S2W-21999 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out since 1999 to examine the economic impact of independence and, in particular, whether it would have a positive impact on the Scottish economy.

S2W-22000 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people whose average gross weekly earnings were less that £432.20 have located to Scotland directly as a result of the Fresh Talent initiative.

S2W-22001 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people whose average gross weekly earnings were more than £432.20 have located to Scotland directly as a result of the Fresh Talent initiative.

S2W-22002 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-21559 by Rhona Brankin on 21 December 2005, how many of the 30 licences issued under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 in relation to otters licensed trapping for the purpose of relocation or killing.

S2W-22003 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-21559 by Rhona Brankin on 21 December 2005, how many of the 30 licences issued under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 in relation to otters resulted in trapping for the purpose of relocation or killing.

S2W-22004 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-21559 by Rhona Brankin on 21 December 2005, what activities apart from trapping for the purposes of relocation or killing each of the 30 licences issued under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 in relation to otters permitted.

S2W-22005 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-21559 by Rhona Brankin on 21 December 2005, to what time period and area of land each of the 30 licences issued under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 in relation to otters applied.

S2W-22006 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to resume schemes to assist the conversion of road vehicles to run on clean fuels.

S2W-22007 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the European Commission in respect of the reintroduction of schemes to assist the conversion of road vehicles to run on clean fuels.

S2W-22008 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police stations were closed in each police force area in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, and (d) 2003 to 2005, also stating what percentage of the total number of police stations in each force area the figures represented.

S2W-22009 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in delivering efficiency savings in the police, broken down by constabulary.

S2W-22010 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in delivering efficiency savings in the Fire Service, broken down by fire board.

S2W-22011 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hours of absence from school were attributable to dental-related conditions in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-22012 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what correlation it considers that there is between early tooth loss caused by dental decay and (a) failure to thrive, (b) impaired speech development, (c) absence from school, (d) inability to concentrate in school, (e) reduced self-esteem and (f) mental ill-health.

S2W-22013 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research into the effects of early tooth loss it uses to inform the development, application and subsequent resourcing of (a) education policy, (b) dental health policy, (c) other health policy and (d) any other policy.

S2W-22014 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was to it of deploying English and Welsh police officers during the G8 summit.

S2W-22015 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers from England and Wales were deployed on its behalf to help police the G8 summit.

S2W-22016 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether costs to it associated with deploying English and Welsh police officers during the G8 summit involved overtime payments for all or part of the time they spent in Scotland; what additional subsistence allowances were paid to these officers, and what other payments associated with their deployment they received.

S2W-22017 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its procedures are for acknowledging and replying to email inquiries from members of the public and what targets have been set for the length of time it should take to acknowledge and reply to such inquiries.

S2W-22018 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials have received an honour in the (a) Queen’s Birthday Honours List and (b) New Year’s Honours List in each year since 1999.

S2W-22019 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many debt arrangement schemes were entered into in the year to 30 November 2005, broken down by local authority area, showing the (a) total amount of debt covered by the schemes and (b) estimated average cost of administering each scheme.

S2W-22020 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for underage tobacco sales there have been in each year since 1997 and, of these, how many convictions resulted, broken down by police force area.

S2W-22021 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many penalty notices have been issued in each year since 1999 in respect of the illegal use of fireworks, broken down by police force area.

S2W-22022 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions there have been in each of the last five years as a result of the use of (a) pharmaceutical drugs, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine, (d) cannabis, (e) alcohol, (f) nicotine and (g) magic mushrooms, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-22023 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to ensure that local authorities comply with the conditions applicable to grants allocated for specific projects and who is responsible for carrying out the financial and implementation audits on such grants.

S2W-22024 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive why the new 250-space car park at Croy railway station, announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 (Official Report c. 10468) and included in Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements, has not yet been built.

S2W-22025 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £5 million to build a new car park at Croy railway station, announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 (Official Report c. 10468) and included in Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements, is still available for the project and, if so, when the construction will start.

S2W-22026 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the technical basis upon which the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route decision was made and, if so, on what date the information will be published.

S2W-22027 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, what other software suppliers were considered and what criteria were used to select AxSys Technologies.

S2W-22028 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, whether AxSys Technologies will work with any joint venture partners with a track record of installing such systems elsewhere.

S2W-22029 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, what criteria will be used to monitor the development and implementation progress of the system.

S2W-22030 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Axsys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in the NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, when the system planned will be installed and fully operational at both pilot and national roll-out levels.

S2W-22031 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, what milestones have been put in place to monitor progress against the planned overall implementation programme.

S2W-22032 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, what guarantee the Executive has that this decision will fulfil the function and provide the performance and long-term service resilience required by NHS Scotland from the outset and for the foreseeable future.

S2W-22033 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, what confidence the Executive has that the AxSys Technologies systems will be installed and operational within an acceptable timeframe compared with competing software from other suppliers installed elsewhere.

S2W-22034 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of AxSys Technologies having been named as the successful bidder in NHS Scotland’s national generic clinical system procurement process, what penalty clauses in respect of late delivery, poor response times and capacity and functionality problems have been built into the contract and what penalties could apply.

S2W-22035 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public inquiries in respect of planning have been held in each of the last five years.

S2W-22036 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of public inquiries in respect of planning has been in each of the last five years.

S2W-22037 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning reporters are employed in the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters’ Unit.

S2W-22038 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning reporters it estimates it will need to employ if a third party right of appeal is introduced in the Planning Bill.

S2W-22039 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planners are employed in local authority planning departments, broken down by local authority.

S2W-22040 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for planners in local authority planning departments, broken down by local authority.

S2W-22041 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students there are on planning-related courses in Scottish universities.

S2W-22042 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students on planning-related courses in Scottish universities are due to graduate in 2006 and, of these, what percentage it anticipates will find employment in the public sector.

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