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Section E – Written questions lodged on 26 January 2005

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

S2W-13866 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation on light pollution.

S2W-13867 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive from which area of the existing budget for Gaelic-medium education the sum of £10,000 for Stórlann, announced on 6 January 2005, came.

S2W-13868 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an evaluation of educational materials required by Gaelic-medium education has been carried out in order for the provision of materials for such education to have parity with the provision of materials for pupils being taught in the English language and whether there has been an assessment of the impact of any lack of equivalent materials on Gaelic-medium education’s ability to attract Gaelic-speaking teachers to teach in the Gaelic language.

S2W-13869 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are schools within the Gaelic-medium education sector currently using English books with pasted-over translations and, if so, whether it aims to replace these entirely with Gaelic translations and over what timescale.

S2W-13870 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum safe limit is for human consumption of residues of emamectin benzoate (SLICE) in the flesh of farmed Scottish salmon.

S2W-13871 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded convictions there have been for trafficking cocaine in (a) Scotland, (b) Aberdeen, (c) Dundee, (d) Edinburgh, (e) Glasgow and (f) Stirling in each year since 1999.

S2W-13872 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13055 by Hugh Henry on 24 January 2005, how many people were sentenced to custody as a result of convictions for carrying a knife in (a) Scotland, (b) Aberdeen, (c) Dundee, (d) Edinburgh, (e) Glasgow and (f) Stirling in each year since 1997.

S2W-13873 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13056 by Hugh Henry on 24 January 2005, how many crimes of carrying a knife were recorded in (a) Scotland, (b) Aberdeen, (c) Dundee, (d) Edinburgh, (e) Glasgow and (f) Stirling in each year since 1997.

S2W-13874 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what major international or club football matches it intends to bid to host; who is involved in any such bidding process, and what funds or resources are being made available.

S2W-13875 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the possibility of an increase in people-trafficking as a result of prostitution tolerance zones.

S2W-13876 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for funding under the Scottish Land Fund are awaiting consideration and what the value is of such applications.

S2W-13877 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give details of its submissions to Ofcom’s review into public service broadcasting, including the dates on which the submissions were made.

S2W-13878 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it requested with Ofcom to discuss the implications of Ofcom’s current review of public service broadcasting.

S2W-13879 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for television production in all areas of Scotland.

S2W-13880 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what levels of emamectin benzoate (SLICE) residues have been found in the flesh of farmed Scottish salmon in each year since 1999.

S2W-13881 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met representatives of BBC Scotland to discuss the recent outcome of the BBC review and its impact on BBC Scotland.

S2W-13882 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service has been asked to make efficiency savings and, if so, what level of savings has been requested and over what period of time.

S2W-13883 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what organised meetings ministers hold with members of parliamentary committees outwith scheduled committee meetings.

S2W-13884 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes purchased under right to buy currently house tenants in receipt of housing benefit, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-13885 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will carry out a review of progress towards meeting its target that, by 2012, permanent accommodation will be available for all applicants deemed unintentionally homeless.

S2W-13886 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have applied for pressured area status; when each such application was made, and when a decision on each application will be given.

S2W-13887 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) lowest, (b) highest and (c) average discount is that has been granted to tenants who purchased their home through right to buy, expressed in monetary terms.

S2W-13888 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases there have been of tenants exercising the right to buy on more than one occasion.

S2W-13889 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether owners who become tenants of registered social landlords through the Mortgage to Rent scheme can thereafter exercise the right to buy and , if so, how many times this right has been exercised.

S2W-13890 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date the repeal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 will come into force.

S2W-13891 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive , following the repeal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988, what arrangements will be put in place to mitigate the financial effect on any organisations, including housing co-operatives, that remain subject to an assessment for corporation tax.

S2W-13893 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why 56.6% of council house sales were completed within 26 weeks in 2003-04 compared to 60.1% in 2002-03 and 67.4% in 2001-02, as referred to in Audit Scotland’s report Housing & Social Work - Performance Indicators 2003/04 - Comparing the performance of Scottish councils.

S2W-13894 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set target dates in its action plan to tackle hepatitis C.

S2W-13895 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will identify the resources required and the basis for their allocation in its action plan to tackle hepatitis C.

S2W-13896 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will consult patients in the preparation of its action plan to tackle hepatitis C.

S2W-13897 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for rural home ownership grants have been made in each of the last seven years, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-13898 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications for housing have been received in each year since 1999 and, of these, how many, and what percentage of, applications was (a) accepted and (b) rejected by each local authority.

S2W-13899 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals against planning decisions were (a) accepted and (b) rejected in each year since 1999, shown also as a percentage of total applications received.

S2W-13900 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the recommendations made by the expert group chaired by Lord Ross on the provision of support to patients who have suffered harm as a result of NHS treatment, including blood-borne infections acquired from contaminated blood products, and what action it has taken in respect of each recommendation.

S2W-13901 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a copy of the final report by the Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters and the response by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation and the Environment and whether it will respond to these reports.

S2W-13902 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded to the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants’ consultation on proposed guideline levels for radionuclides in foods for use in international trade and, if so, whether it will place the response in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-13903 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what reports it has received from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on the radioactive lime scale particles near the discharge outfall at the Chapelcross nuclear site and whether it will place any reports in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-13904 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the radioactivity levels were of the 21 lime scale particles found at the outfall at Chapelcross during 2003.

S2W-13905 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific plans it has to reduce health inequalities.

S2W-13906 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider linking the application of the deprivation criteria in the Arbuthnott formula to successful outcomes in reducing health inequalities.

S2W-13907 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what indicators it uses to measure health inequalities and how outcomes have changed in respect of these indicators in the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13908 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) in cash terms and (b) per capita each NHS board was allocated because of a weighting for deprivation since the introduction of the Arbuthnott formula.



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