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Section E – Written questions lodged from 14 to 18 February 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-14446 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what testing and treatment facilities are available for patients suffering from acoustic neuroma.

S2W-14447 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether section 5 of the Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999 contains provision for the Environment Agency’s function in relation to the introduction of rod licences on the Border Esk.

S2W-14448 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what standards it specifies for the maintenance of A class principal routes.

S2W-14449 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12683 by Nicol Stephen on 20 December 2004 and in light of the abolition of tolls on the Skye Bridge, whether it has calculated how much the abolition of tolls cost and, if this calculation has not been made, when it expects it will do so.

S2W-14450 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-13942, S2W-13944, S2W-13946, S2W-13948, S2W-13950, S2W-13952, S2W-13954 by Rhona Brankin on 11 February 2005 and in light of the calculation of costs for hospitalisation days by total ICD-10 code in Cost to Society of Alcohol Misuse in Scotland: An Update to Alcohol Misuse in Scotland Trends and Costs, published on 20 January 2005, why it is not possible to calculate the cost of hospitalisation days against individual ICD-10 codes in each of the answers.

S2W-14451 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any request or is aware of any request being made by the police or any other authority to a government or police authority outwith the United Kingdom for the use of equipment such as water cannons during the hosting of the G8 summit and, if so, what request for what equipment has been made and to whom.

S2W-14452 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have applied to take over the development funding function for their area from Communities Scotland and which local authorities have had such applications approved, showing each implementation date.

S2W-14453 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have submitted a local housing strategy and how many of these have been approved.

S2W-14454 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what role local authorities have in the provision by registered social landlords of new build housing and housing regeneration in their areas following the submission and approval of local housing strategies.

S2W-14455 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how frequently local housing strategies should be updated.

S2W-14456 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities registered social landlords have in relation to area renewal and the wider action agenda.

S2W-14457 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mortgage repossessions there have been in each year since 1980, broken down by sheriff court district and, of these, how many were of properties sold under (a) right to buy and (b) rent to mortgage in each year since the schemes were introduced.

S2W-14458 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many major capital procurement projects it is working on, broken down by procurement method.

S2W-14459 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of staff in its procurement division is working on major capital projects other than PFI/PPP, detailing each project.

S2W-14460 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11414 by Mr Tom McCabe on 9 November 2004, when it will publish guidance on procurement strategies.

S2W-14461 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has carried out in respect of the Empty Homes Initiative.

S2W-14462 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to identify land owned by public bodies which may be made available for housing development and what these steps are.

S2W-14463 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will bring forward proposals for the reform of standard securities for mortgage purposes.

S2W-14464 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Land Register to be completed.

S2W-14465 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Land Register to be completely available online.

S2W-14466 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will end the cross-subsidy of costs and charges in land registration.

S2W-14467 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is confident that land certificates issued by the Land Register are accurate.

S2W-14468 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to combine planning and title conditions.

S2W-14469 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce national title and planning conditions.

S2W-14470 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has carried out in respect of stamp duty exemption.

S2W-14471 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to legislate to regulate builders’ missives.

S2W-14472 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost to local authorities was of administering royal visits and royal holidays in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority.

S2W-14473 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost to local authorities was of administering and servicing the duties of lords lieutenant and their deputies in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority.

S2W-14474 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost to police forces was of policing events attended by members of the royal family in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by police force.

S2W-14475 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spent on events and functions attended by members of the royal family in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by (i) local authority area and (ii) police force area.

S2W-14476 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost to government bodies, agencies and other public bodies involved in royal visits was in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down into (i) direct expenditure and (ii) cost of time spent in administering and overseeing such visits.

S2W-14477 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance issued to local authorities on the formulation of local housing strategies requires the strategies to include analyses of housing demand and estimates of new-build and regeneration starts.

S2W-14478 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities registered social landlords have in the implementation of local authority plans and priorities for the areas affected, whilst providing affordable housing.

S2W-14479 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new-build starts are scheduled over the next three years and, of these, how many will be (a) affordable rented, (b) low cost home ownership and (c) mainstream home ownership houses.

S2W-14480 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registration of title applications have been rejected by the Land Register in each year for which the information is available.

S2W-14481 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is required by the Land Register following the abolition of the feudal system and what the timescale is for completion of this work.

S2W-14482 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether anyone is potentially disadvantaged by delay in registration of title by the Land Register.

S2W-14483 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3725 by Ms Margaret Curran on 12 November 2003, whether the general review of civil judicial statistics has been completed.

S2W-14484 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13883 by Ms Margaret Curran on 8 February 2005, which ministers hold committee partnership meetings with members of parliamentary committees outwith scheduled committee meetings and on what basis committee members are invited to attend.

S2W-14485 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties have been sold under the Rent to Mortgage scheme in each year since the scheme was introduced, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14486 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties have become tenanted under the Rent to Mortgage scheme in each year since the scheme was introduced, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14487 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of properties have been registered with the Land Register.

S2W-14488 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of the registration of (a) title and (b) remortgage of individual domestic properties.

S2W-14489 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registration of (a) title and (b) remortgage applications made have been made in each year since the creation of the Land Register.

S2W-14490 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registration of title applications are outstanding and, of these, how many have been outstanding for more than (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years, (d) three years, (e) four years and (f) five years.

S2W-14491 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-6744 by Malcolm Chisholm on 18 March 2004 and S2W-13861 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 February 2005, when it anticipates that the average cost of a telephone call to NHS 24 will be £22.

S2W-14492 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage’s new headquarters in Inverness will use energy from renewable sources.

S2W-14493 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the division of powers is between it and the UK Government in relation to the location and regulation of offshore wind farms.

S2W-14494 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has in respect of the total amount raised in Scotland through pay-as-you-earn in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-14495 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the working population is employed in the public sector, broken down into (a) local government, (b) the NHS, (c) the fire service, (d) the police and (e) other public sector employees.

S2W-14496 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the invitation to tender for the Gourock-Dunoon ferry route, whether a precedent will be set for other Clyde and Hebridean routes currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne to be offered for tender, if they are identified as being able to operate without subsidy.

S2W-14497 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it used to determine that the Gourock-Dunoon ferry route could be operated without subsidy and what criteria it will use to demonstrate whether any other routes currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne could be operated without subsidy.

S2W-14498 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of each route currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, specifying (a) the number of foot passengers carried, (b) the number of car passengers carried, (c) the amount of subsidy spent and (d) the profit or loss made, for each of the last five years.

S2W-14499 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary question to question S2O-05269 by Rhona Brankin on 3 February 2005, what meetings have taken place between the Deputy Minister for Health and the Minister for Justice on the subject of prosecuting shopkeepers who sell tobacco products to minors; what further meetings are scheduled and for which dates, and what the outcome was of those meetings which have already taken place.

S2W-14500 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to set up a pharmacy Chlamydia screening pathfinder in the independent community pharmacy sector, similar to that proposed by the Department of Health.

S2W-14501 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a shortage of supply of diamorphine within the NHS and how many weeks of supply is in stock.

S2W-14502 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to prescribers with regard to any shortage of diamorphine.

S2W-14503 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to acquire sufficient supplies of diamorphine for use in the NHS.

S2W-14504 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken action to avoid any shortage in supply of morphine within the NHS.

S2W-14505 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any trials to reduce the use of co-proxamol.

S2W-14506 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any guidance regarding initiating the prescription of co-proxamol.

S2W-14507 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any guidance with regard to switching between opioid analgesics in pain relief for cancer patients.

S2W-14508 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cancer patients use complementary medicines.

S2W-14509 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any research has been carried out into the safety of selling analgesics as general sales list medicines outwith community pharmacies.

S2W-14510 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions were due to misuse of over-the-counter analgesics and cough medicines purchased outwith community pharmacies, in each of the last five years.

S2W-14511 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any test purchases are made in non-pharmacy outlets in respect of amounts of analgesics and other proprietary medicines sold at any one time.

S2W-14512 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what mandatory training is provided to sales assistants in non-pharmacy outlets regarding the sale of proprietary medicines.

S2W-14513 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been for selling multiple packs of proprietary medicines in non-pharmacy outlets in each of the last five years.

S2W-14514 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation is responsible for overseeing sales of proprietary medicines from non-pharmacy retail outlets.

S2W-14515 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) GP practices, (b) dental practices and (c) community pharmacies are connected to an interactive national database, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-14516 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when all GP and dental practices and community pharmacies will be connected to an interactive national database.

S2W-14517 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many preparations were reviewed by the Scottish Medicines Consortium in each year since its inception and how many such preparations were approved.

S2W-14518 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of all preparations (a) approved and (b) rejected by the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

S2W-14519 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of the uptake of all new preparations approved by the Scottish Medicines Consortium, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-14520 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what 0870 numbers (a) it uses, (b) its agencies use and (c) non-departmental public bodies use and what revenue it has derived from each such number in each year since 1999.

S2W-14521 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 0845 numbers (a) it uses, (b) its agencies use and (c) non-departmental public bodies use and what revenue it has derived, or costs it has incurred, from each such number in each year since 1999.

S2W-14522 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 0800, 08000, 0500 or other "free to the caller" numbers (a) it uses, (b) its agencies use and (c) non-departmental public bodies use and what revenue it has derived, or costs it has incurred, from each such number in each year since 1999.

S2W-14523 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it advertises a geographic telephone number as an alternative to each non-geographic number used to access services provided by it or its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

S2W-14524 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 09 or other premium rate numbers (a) it uses, (b) its agencies use and (c) non-departmental public bodies use and what revenue it has derived from each such number in each year since 1999.

S2W-14525 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes it will make to its use of telephone numbers, in light of Ofcom’s guidance for government departments using 0845 and 0870 numbers, referred to in Number Translation Services - Options for the future, published by Ofcom on 22 October 2004.

S2W-14526 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of disclosure of membership of the Masonic Order within the police force.

S2W-14527 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of disclosure of membership of the Masonic Order within the judiciary.

S2W-14528 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out into levels of membership of the Masonic Order within the police force.

S2W-14529 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out into levels of membership of the Masonic Order within the judiciary.

S2W-14530 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases brought before the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission in each of the last 10 years have alleged masonic involvement in miscarriages of justice.

S2W-14531 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GPs are currently eligible for retirement at 60 and, of these, how many could retire in each of the next three years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-14532 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3961 by Mr Sam Galbraith of 13 July 2000, what level of funding has been allocated for family mediation services in the south of Scotland in each year since 2001.

S2W-14533 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will allocate for a national helpline for mediation services.

S2W-14534 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many clients were assisted through mediation services in each year since 1999, broken down by local mediation service.

S2W-14535 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation it has made of (a) any savings to the civil legal aid budget and (b) other costs such as shrieval time as a result of the provision of mediation services.

S2W-14536 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports a policy for managing staff fatigue in the Scottish Ambulance Service, particularly in the Highlands.

S2W-14537 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports a policy for recalling off-duty ambulance crew to maintain cover during periods of absence caused by staff fatigue.

S2W-14538 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns in respect of ambulance crews who are fatigued being reluctant to sign off work in case urgent ambulance support is required.

S2W-14539 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued, or will issue, any statutory guidance to National Park Authorities in respect of the workings and application of section 8 of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000.

S2W-14540 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications would be for the retention of doctors in the NHS of the NHS retirement age being raised to 65 and whether, in such circumstances, doctors who are around 60 years old would be more likely to take early retirement.

S2W-14541 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any patients with haemophilia who contracted hepatitis C from contaminated blood products have been offered anti-viral treatment and, if so, how many.

S2W-14542 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for dog fouling since the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14543 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-4899 by Mr Euan Robson on 13 January 2005, whether it will provide details of the evidence that the nutritional value of milk is "equivocal" and place any research material on the issue in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-14544 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out any assessment of the impact on the dairy sector of the provision of school milk to primary and secondary children and, if not, whether it has any plans to do so.

S2W-14545 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made, or will make, of how many farmers may cease milk production after 31 March 2005.

S2W-14546 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made, or will make, of the long-term sustainability of the dairy sector.

S2W-14547 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers have been deployed to the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency in each year since it was established.

S2W-14548 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement on any difficulties associated with the eCare programme and, if so, when.

S2W-14549 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual attendance rate for pupils was in (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) special and (d) all schools in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14550 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will spend on schools in respect of (a) backlog repairs and (b) future maintenance work in the next five years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-14551 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 at 2004 prices.

S2W-14552 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the amount of public funding required to finance PPP projects (a) in each of the last seven years and (b) which are repayable in each of the next 15 years.

S2W-14553 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each of its departments spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by ministers and officials in each year since 1999.

S2W-14554 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have (a) had proceedings taken against them and (b) received (i) an adjudication or (ii) a criminal conviction for assault against (1) another prisoner and (2) a member of staff, in each prison since 1995.

S2W-14555Δ Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals the Scottish Law Commission has for future law reform projects.

S2W-14556Δ Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the membership and remit will be of the NHS Resource Allocation Committee.

S2W-14557Δ Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will respond to the next report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration.

S2W-14558 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deal with those cattle on farms that do not have a passport.

S2W-14559 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to achieve the EU 2% target of energy creation from biofuel by 2010.

S2W-14560 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the rebate for red diesel for fishermen and farmers, in light of the current HM Customs and Excise consultation, Hydrocarbon Oil Duty: Consultation on Changes to Excepted Vehicle Schedule.

S2W-14562 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9715 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 August 2004, what the most recent average waiting times are for a first out-patient appointment with a neurology consultant following referral by a GP, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-14563 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9715 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 August 2004, how the £2.95 million neurology initiative to reduce out-patient waiting times has been allocated.

S2W-14564 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-5400 by Mr Tom McCabe on 20 January 2004, what information it has on levels of obesity amongst (a) pre-school and (b) school children, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-14565 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4697 by Mr Frank McAveety on 15 December 2003, how the £24 million to deliver physical activity for children in school was distributed and what monitoring of outcomes took place.

S2W-14566 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-584 by Malcolm Chisholm on 16 March 2003, how many people have been admitted to hospital as a result of (a) alcohol misuse, (b) tobacco consumption, (c) obesity and (d) misuse of illegal drugs in each year since 2002, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-14567 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32276 by Malcolm Chisholm on 17 December 2002, how many people have been diagnosed as suffering from clinical obesity in each year since 2002, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-14568 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-29829 by Malcolm Chisholm on 7 October 2002, how many people with morbid obesity have received surgery in order to aid weight reduction in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004 to date.

S2W-14569 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13959 by Susan Deacon on 21 March 2001, what percentage of the NHS drugs budget was spent on (a) obesity and (b) diabetes in (i) 2000-01, (ii) 2001-02, (iii) 2002-03, (iv) 2003-04 and (v) 2004 to date.

S2W-14570 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to ban angling as a sport.

S2W-14571 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to ban the shooting of birds or animals as a sport.

S2W-14572 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many arrest warrants were not executed by the police in each of the last five years, broken down by police board area; in how many of these cases was the reason for the warrant not being executed due to a delay in its processing so that it overran its time limit; how many prosecutions were dropped, or sentences quashed, as a consequence, and in how many of these cases were the victims informed of the reason for the case being abandoned and apologised to for such a situation arising.



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