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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 June 2009

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

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S3W-25120 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the importance of accurately recording the number of adults with autistic spectrum disorder in each local authority area to ensure that service provision can be adequately and appropriately targeted and supported.

S3W-25121 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a national database to record the number of adults with autistic spectrum disorder, requiring every local authority to record standardised statistics, enabling them and national organisations to identify need accurately and target services effectively and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-25122Δ Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing additional training capacity for clinical dental technicians.

S3W-25123 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24630 by Keith Brown on 22 June 2009, how it plans to encourage twinning activities between denominational and non-denominational schools in the 2009-10 academic year.

S3W-25124 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24630 by Keith Brown on 22 June 2009, how it plans to encourage local authorities to support twinning arrangements between denominational and non-denominational schools.

S3W-25125 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24630 by Keith Brown on 22 June 2009, when it plans to write to the directors of education of all local authorities asking how they will encourage twinning arrangements between denominational and non-denominational schools.

S3W-25126 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value to the economy is of fishing cooperatives.

S3W-25127 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Mainshill Wood opencast coal mining consent is in compliance with the requirements of Scottish Planning Policy 16: Opencast Coal (SPP16).

S3W-25128 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it did not call in the Mainshill Wood opencast coal mining application.

S3W-25129 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of graduates from Scottish higher education institutions gained employment in Scotland as a first destination in each of the last three years, broken down by university.

S3W-25130 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average student debt was of a student leaving a higher education institute in Edinburgh in each of the last five years.

S3W-25131 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of school leavers in the Lothians region entered higher education in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-25132 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive which locations are being considered as venues for the display of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon.

S3W-25133 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects the Diana and Actaeon painting to be exhibited outside Edinburgh before 2010.

S3W-25134 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the improvements made to the fabric of schools and nurseries over the last two years, the schools and nurseries concerned and the cost of improvements in each case, broken down by local authority.

S3W-25135 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum’s Equalities Working Group will first meet.

S3W-25136 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the minutes of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum’s Equalities Working Group will be made public.

S3W-25137 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the salary scales are for each Scottish Futures Trust post advertised in Scotland on Sunday on 21 June 2009.

S3W-25138 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs associated with advertising Scottish Futures Trust posts are.

S3W-25139 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was collected through business rates in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-25140 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was collected through business rates in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-25141 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual distribution of income from business rates was in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-25142 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual distribution of income from business rates was in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-25143 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21825 by Keith Brown on 27 March 2009, whether it will list the schools commissioned by ministers since May 2007.

S3W-25144 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £5.5 million of funding announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in a news release on 23 June 2009 to help deliver swifter and more effective community justice will be allocated to each local authority and how many additional community justice staff it estimates will be employed by each local authority directly as a result of this funding, broken down by financial year.

S3W-25145 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what its role is in the implementation of the Future Jobs Fund. 

S3W-25146 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide substantive answers to questions S3W-24628, S3W-24627, S3W-23977, S3W-23976, S3W-23975, S3W-23974, S3W-23973, S3W-23205, S3W-23204, S3W-23203 and S3W-23202, which have received holding answers.

S3W-25147Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the Independent Review of Policing in Scotland, published in January 2009.

S3W-25148 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question by S3W-24575 by Alex Neil on 11 June 2009, what constitutes a priority need for which a grant is mandatory.

S3W-25149 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24572 by Alex Neil on 11 June 2009, what budget is allocated to the Private Sector Housing Grant for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

S3W-25150 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the next steps from Section 3.11.1 of the Tackling Occupational Segregation in Scotland: A Report of Activities from the Scottish Government Cross-Directorate Occupational Segregation Working Group report it will be taking forward and what the timescale is for the implementation of these steps.

S3W-25151 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider ways to tackle occupational segregation when developing the recently announced 75,000 training places.

S3W-25152 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will challenge gender stereotyping and occupational segregation in the delivery of the additional 7,800 modern apprentices agreed as part of the Scottish budget negotiations.

S3W-25153 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what information, advice and guidance is made available to (a) young people, (b) parents, (c) adults seeking retraining or employment, (d) careers and advisory services in schools and colleges and (e) employers to challenge gender stereotyping and tackle occupational segregation.

S3W-25154 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce minimum training rates for apprentices given that apprentices in England will benefit from a minimum rate of £95 per week from August 2009.

S3W-25155 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recently announced 75,000 training places are in addition to the 50,000 training places announced in 2007.

S3W-25156 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 50,000 training places announced in 2007 have been created and in what sectors.

S3W-25157 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adult apprenticeship places were discontinued in 2008-09 and how many adult apprenticeships or apprenticeships with no age restrictions are being reintroduced in 2009-10.

S3W-25158 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-22721 by Fiona Hyslop on 5 May 2009, when it expects Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to report back on the outcome of the equality impact assessment that it will undertake to comply with its public sector duties.

S3W-25159 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-22721 by Fiona Hyslop on 5 May 2009, for what reason an equality impact assessment to ensure compliance with its public sector duties has not been previously undertaken by Skills Development Scotland.

S3W-25160 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of concerns about gender segregation in the modern apprenticeship scheme identified by the 2004 General Formal Investigation by the Equal Opportunities Commission that led to the establishment of the Scottish Government’s Cross-Directorate Occupational Segregation Working Group, what actions it is taking to address occupational segregation in the scheme.

S3W-25161 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24192 by Roseanna Cunningham on 8 June 2009, whether it will confirm what estimated cost to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was stated in Flooding Bill Financial Implications Assessment, published in September 2008; whether this figure differs from the £3.34 million stated in the answer; what the explanation is of any difference, and from what source any balance of costs incurred by SEPA will be funded.

S3W-25162 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the nature conservation orders made since 31 March 2005, showing the date made, purpose of order, extent of order and the Sites of Special Scientific Interest or European wildlife sites affected.

S3W-25163 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the nature conservation orders that have ceased to be in force since 31 March 2005, showing the date made, purpose of order, extent of order and the Sites of Special Scientific Interest or European wildlife sites affected.

S3W-25164 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the land management orders made since 31 March 2005, showing the date made, purpose of order, extent of order and the Sites of Special Scientific Interest or European wildlife sites affected.

S3W-25165 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many land management orders have been proposed by Scottish Natural Heritage to be made by ministers since 31 March 2009.

S3W-25166 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities qualify as management agreements for the purposes of section 29(3) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-25167 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list cases of damage to Sites of Special Scientific Interest reported since 31 March 2005, showing the name of the site, extent of damage, likely recovery period, cause of damage and action taken.

S3W-25168 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list cases of damage to European wildlife sites reported since 31 March 2005, showing the name of the site, extent of damage, likely recovery period, cause of damage and action taken.

S3W-25169 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the prosecutions that have been brought under section 19 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and the outcome in each case.

S3W-25170 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the prosecutions that have been brought since November 2004 under regulation 18 of the Conservation (Natural habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) and the outcome in each case.

S3W-25171 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the restoration orders made under section 40 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 following damage to (a) Sites of Special Scientific Interest and (b) European wildlife sites.

S3W-25172 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of (a) terminations of pregnancy, (b) repeat terminations of pregnancy and (c) terminations of pregnancy beyond 10 weeks.

S3W-25173 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the uptake of long-acting contraceptive measures.

S3W-25174 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on a new strategy for community hospitals.

S3W-25175 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding is being made available to NHS24 and primary care to employ additional staff to meet the demands associated with the influenza A (H1N1) virus.

S3W-25176 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Review of Mobile Communication Devices as Potential Reservoirs of Nosocomial Pathogens in The Journal of Hospital Infection, what steps it has taken to include the regular testing and decontamination of mobile phones, other mobile devices, static phones and computer keyboards as part of the healthcare-acquired infection hygiene measures.

S3W-25177 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what post-release support is offered to prisoners following a successful appeal against a miscarriage of justice.

S3W-25178 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of patients experiencing strokes is (a) blue light transferred to hospital with a pre-alert to the receiving unit, (b) offered a CT scan, (c) offered a CT scan within three or four hours, (d) admitted directly to a specialist hyper-acute stroke unit within 24 hours, (e) given thrombolysis therapy within three or four hours of onset and (f) given early multidisciplinary assessment, including swallowing screening within 24 hours and identification of cognitive and perception problems.

S3W-25179 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stroke networks have been established in Scotland.

S3W-25180 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage is of patients with a transient ischemic attack (a) offered an MRI scan, (b) given appropriate carotid artery screening and (c) given aspirin.

S3W-25181 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths would be prevented if timely access to stroke units were increased to 75% of stroke patients and when this figure will be reviewed.

S3W-25182 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients it predicts would regain independence rather than die or become long-term dependent if (a) 10% and (b) 15% of stroke patients received thrombolysis.

S3W-25183 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the clinical indicators of best practice in commissioning stroke services.

S3W-25184 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities and NHS boards can provide precise numbers of adults with low-functioning and high-functioning autism.

S3W-25185 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive for how many children with a coordinated support plan a transition plan is in place 12 months before they finish school, as set out in the code of practice for the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-25186 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff in local authorities who carry out community care assessments have received autism-specific training.

S3W-25187 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GPs have received autism-specific training.

S3W-25188 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what data is collected on retention and achievement rates for students with autism.

S3W-25189 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities and NHS boards commission ongoing support from specialist teams for people with high-functioning autism.

S3W-25190 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Health Directorate has carried out a cost-benefit analysis of specialised diagnostic and support services for people with high-functioning autism.

S3W-25191 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its news release of 11 June 2009 on national qualifications, how it plans to externally moderate reading skills in secondary schools.

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