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Business Bulletin No. 165 / 2003

Tuesday 2nd December 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged on Monday 1st December 2003

  

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

S2W-4541 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any officials from the Scottish Prison Service attended the International Corrections and Prisons Association conference in Miami, Florida, in October 2003; if so, what the cost of attendance was and whether any contribution to such costs was made by commercial prison companies.

S2W-4542 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to a water charge relief system for small businesses in rural areas.

S2W-4543 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any specific funding allocation for local authorities to assist young people with autism to transfer smoothly from education to work-based opportunities.

S2W-4544 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources have been provided to local authorities to allow them to implement the direct payments scheme in the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002.

S2W-4545 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance local authorities have been given with regard to how they are expected to meet direct payments from their current budget.

S2W-4546 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently in receipt of direct payments, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-4547 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what national guidance exists with regard to how individuals are assessed for eligibility for direct payments.

S2W-4548 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are on waiting lists for receipt of direct payments, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-4549 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the selection of fingerprint experts within the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO); how many such experts there are in SCRO; what the level of staff turnover is, and how many cases of disciplinary action there have been in each of the last five years.

S2W-4550 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service announced the introduction of non-numeric fingerprinting evidence; who was consulted; whether it sought the Parliament's approval for the introduction of such evidence and, if so, when; what the definition is of non-numeric fingerprinting evidence, and what international standards have been set.

S2W-4551 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much legal aid expenditure was used in each of the last three years in order to provide independent assessment of fingerprinting evidence and what the estimate is for such expenditure in each of the next three years.

S2W-4552 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the fishing vessel decommissioning fund has been paid directly to banks and what proportion this represents of allocations from the fund.

S2W-4553 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that the Mallaig to Armadale ferry service will continue irrespective of any decision on Skye Bridge tolls.

S2W-4554 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will supply carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and cold alarms free to all pensioners.

S2W-4555 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in response to Audit Scotland's report Dealing with offending by young people - A follow-up report.

S2W-4556 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days have been lost in the NHS through staff sickness in each of the last three years and in the current year expressed also in terms of (a) hours per annum, (b) cost per annum and (c) the ratio of hours lost to the total number of employees in each NHS board area.

S2W-4557 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards achieving its target that no one should have to sleep rough.

S2W-4558 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS trusts comprise the 30% that do not have a validated nutritional screening tool, as referred to in Audit Scotland's report Catering for Patients.

S2W-4559 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to address malnutrition among hospital patients, in particular the 40% found to be either malnourished on admission or who became malnourished during their stay in hospital, as referred to in Audit Scotland's report Catering for Patients.

S2W-4560 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS trusts comprise (a) the 68% who have not put in place targets for food wastage reduction and (b) the 44% who do not regularly monitor their wastage levels and what steps will be taken to introduce a 10% food wastage reduction target, as referred to in Audit Scotland's report Catering for Patients.

S2W-4562 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address inequalities in access to renal transplant waiting lists and transplantation as a result of the findings of the study published in volume 327 of the British Medical Journal.

S2W-4563 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many clinical psychologists who specialise in the care of elderly people there were in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4564 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pharmacists who specialise in the care of elderly people there were in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-4565 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have a specific post with the remit of assisting young people with autism to transfer from education to employment.

S2W-4566 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to the supplementary questions to question S2O-862 by Cathy Jamieson on 27 November 2003, what the timetable is for the proposed future Bill on animal welfare and whether any such proposed legislation will affect the transportation of young companion animals.

 

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