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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 June 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-17471 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average water sewerage and council tax bills have been as a proportion of average income in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

S2W-17472 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total financial cost was to NHS boards of pursuing prosecutions on behalf of staff who were victims of alleged assault during their hours of work in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-17473 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to recruit dentists in (a) Greece, (b) Portugal, (c) Germany, (d) Spain and (e) India and what intermediary organisations it uses for this purpose.

S2W-17474 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been made by members of the public regarding the service they have received from NHS 24 and how many such complaints were upheld.

S2W-17475 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average call back time for NHS 24 has been in each month since the service was established.

S2W-17476 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) children and (b) adults living in each NHS board area are registered with an NHS dentist and what the figures were in each of the last five years.

S2W-17477 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive which dentists are accepting new NHS (a) child and (b) adult patients, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-17478 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff members were attacked with weapons in mental health wards in each of the last five years.

S2W-17479 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital workers have been disciplined for alcohol and drug-related incidents since 1997, broken down by (a) profession and (b) gender.

S2W-17480 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) male and (b) female prisoners it estimates have (i) alcohol and (ii) drug abuse problems.

S2W-17481 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were arrested for the (a) supply and (b) possession with intent to supply of (i) heroin, (ii) crack cocaine, (iii) all class A drugs and (iv) all class B drugs excluding cannabis prior to reclassification in each calendar year since 2001, broken down by (1) police force and (2) age of individual arrested.

S2W-17483 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive in which NHS board areas operations for reversal of sterilisation are available on the NHS for (a) women and (b) men.

S2W-17484 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter of 18 May 2005 on parliamentary questions S2W-15081 and S2W-15082.

S2W-17485 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will have on the infrastructure costs of, and potential for, commercial and industrial development at Dyce Drive in Aberdeen.

S2W-17486 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the development of the Scottish Agricultural and Biological Research Institutes.

S2W-17487 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for infrastructure improvements at the Scottish Agricultural and Biological Research Institutes.

S2W-17488 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of young offenders currently in custody have other charges outstanding.

S2W-17489 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young offenders were subject to "gate arrest" last year due to outstanding charges.

S2W-17490 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young offenders, currently in custody, are likely to be subject to "gate arrest" on release.

S2W-17491 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much European funding was received by the South of Scotland region in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency and funding source, and how much European funding will be available in each year to 2006.

S2W-17492 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-17210 by Mr Tom McCabe on 20 June 2005, whether it will list all bodies which (a) currently fall within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland and (b) it intends will fall within her remit following the coming into force of the two statutory instruments referred to.

S2W-17493 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make use of the new EU linguistic regime, agreed at the General Affairs Council meeting of 13 June 2005, in respect of languages that fall outwith the scope of Council Regulation 1/1958 but have recognition within the constitutional order of a member state, with particular regard to (a) Gaelic and (b) Scots.

S2W-17494 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that the government utilises the new EU linguistic regime, agreed at the General Affairs Council meeting of 13 June 2005, in respect of languages that fall outwith the scope of Council Regulation 1/1958 but have recognition within the constitutional order of a member state, with particular regard to (a) Gaelic and (b) Scots.

S2W-17495 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP surgeries have misinterpreted the target set for GPs of seeing patients within 48 hours by not accepting appointments made further in advance, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-17496 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice and guidance it has offered to (a) patients and (b) NHS boards regarding the scheduling of appointments in respect of the GP target of seeing patients within 48 hours of an appointment being requested.

S2W-17497 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to it regarding any concerns about the GP target of seeing patients within 48 hours of an appointment being requested.

S2W-17498 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any restrictions are placed on HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in respect of the public release of any data that he holds on HM Prison Kilmarnock and, if so, how these restrictions are applied.

S2W-17499 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any agreement exists, or has existed, between HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and Premier Custodial Group Ltd that staffing details at HM Prison Kilmarnock are not to be published in any inspection report into that prison and, if such an agreement does exist, or has existed, whether it considers it to be in the public interest and whether it was (a) aware of such an agreement and (b) involved in the discussions leading to the agreement.

S2W-17500 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatalities there were of prisoners under escort between (a) 1 April 1999 and 31 March 2003, (b) 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2004 and (c) 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005; how many of these were the subject of a fatal accident inquiry (FAI); when the FAI reports were published, and which sheriffdom had responsibility for carrying out the FAIs.

S2W-17501 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of its "Choose to See the Full Monty" advertisement.

S2W-17502 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how much plastic has been recycled in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority area.

S2W-17503 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how much plastic, other than from plastic bags, has been recycled in each of the last five years.

S2W-17504 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of plastic recycled in each of the last five years was from sources other than plastic bags.

S2W-17505 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have a policy for recycling plastics from sources other than plastic bags.

S2W-17506 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive where facilities for recycling plastics from sources other than plastic bags are located.

S2W-17507 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many plastic milk cartons have been distributed in each of the last five years.

S2W-17508 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what markets exist (a) within Scotland, (b) within the United Kingdom and (c) internationally for plastics recycled in Scotland.

S2W-17509 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16970 by Mr Tom McCabe on 10 June 2005, whether it will make an advance payment to public authorities in the Western Isles to enable storm damage repairs and renewals to commence during this summer.

S2W-17510 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16969 by Mr Tom McCabe on 10 June 2006, whether part of the monies to be released to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar under the Bellwin Scheme will be paid in advance of a final agreed settlement of storm damage costs.

S2W-17511 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact any renegotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy proposed by the Prime Minister to the EU Council of Ministers will have on farming and crofting in the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-17512 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to expedite negotiations on the general dental services contract.

S2W-17513 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the first set of figures on applications to the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme and what data it will make available.

S2W-17514 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how often it will provide information and statistics on applicants to the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme and what the status is of the applications.

S2W-17515 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that Fresh Talent scheme visa holders remain in Scotland for the two-year period specified in the scheme and do not relocate to other parts of the United Kingdom.

S2W-17516 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines "an appropriate period" in the statement that "to be granted leave under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme you must….have lived in Scotland for an appropriate period", as set out in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland eligibility criteria.

S2W-17517 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive why the eligibility criteria for the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme do not include post-graduate diplomas.

S2W-17518 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific targets it has in respect of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme for the (a) number of applications, (b) number of successful applications and (c) uptake of successful applications.

S2W-17519 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will make available to migrants under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme who wish to apply for more permanent visa status.

S2W-17520 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to encourage those taking part in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to remain in Scotland following the expiration of the initial two-year visa.

S2W-17521 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to include students at universities overseas taking courses conducted in partnership with Scottish universities.



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