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Section E – Written questions lodged from 11 to 15 July 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-17805 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many valuations of PFI/PPP assets where transfer of ownership to the public sector will take place on conclusion of the contract have been undertaken and what the total value was in each case.

S2W-17806 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector IT projects costing over £1 million have been started in each year since 1999.

S2W-17807 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector IT projects costing over £1 million have been completed in each year since 1999.

S2W-17808 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector IT projects costing over £1 million have been (a) completed within 10% of the original budget, (b) completed outwith 10% of the original budget and (c) abandoned in each year since 1999.

S2W-17809 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector IT projects budgeted to cost over £1 million are currently in progress.

S2W-17810 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many criminal cases of alleged assault by women against men have been dropped in each of the last 10 years and what the reasons were for such cases being dropped.

S2W-17811 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Fuel Poverty Forum will next meet.

S2W-17812 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the capacity was of each hydro-electric station in each year since 1999.

S2W-17813 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the output from hydro-electric generating stations was in each year since 1999 (a) in total and (b) broken down by station.

S2W-17814 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what the (a) total cost and (b) cost to it was of hosting the G8 summit, broken down into costs incurred (i) prior to, (ii) during and (iii) after the summit.

S2W-17815 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16432 by Colin Boyd QC on 8 July 2005, how many charges involving a statutory racial offence and separately racial aggravation were referred to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel in each year since 2002-03.

S2W-17816 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16432 by Colin Boyd QC on 8 July 2005, how many reported (a) assaults, (b) petty assaults and (c) breaches of the peace, excluding a charge of racial aggravation, there were in each year since 2002-03, broken down by police force.

S2W-17817 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16432 by Colin Boyd QC on 8 July 2005, how many reported (a) assaults, (b) petty assaults and (c) breaches of the peace, including a charge of racial aggravation, there were in each year since 2002-03, broken down by police force.

S2W-17818 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16432 by Colin Boyd QC on 8 July 2005, how many charges for (a) assault, (b) petty assault and (c) breaches of the peace resulted in a guilty verdict in each year since 2002-03, broken down by police force.

S2W-17819 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in each of its departments in each year since 1999.

S2W-17820 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of salaries was in each of its departments in each year since 1999.

S2W-17821 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in the First Minister’s office in each year since 1999.

S2W-17822 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the salaries of staff in the First Minister’s Office was in each year since 1999.

S2W-17823 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in the office of the Deputy First Minister in each year since 1999.

S2W-17824 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the office of the Deputy First Minister was in each year since 1999.

S2W-17825 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-17734 by Lewis Macdonald on 8 July 2005, how many approved salaried dental posts have been filled in each NHS board area.

S2W-17826 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the life expectancy rates were for (a) males and (b) females in each year from (i) 1980 to 1985 and (ii) 1990 to 1995, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-17827 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of testicular cancer per 1,000 men has been in each year since 1990, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-17828 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary school-aged children it is estimated that there will be in each of the next five academic years.

S2W-17829 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of breast cancer per 1,000 women has been in each year since 1990, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-17830 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people were not in employment, education or training, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) local authority (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of each age group ranked in descending order and grouped by region, in the last year for which figures are available.

S2W-17831 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were registered on council house waiting lists in each local authority (a) in 1997 and (b) on the last date for which figures are available.

S2W-17832 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families were housed in temporary accommodation in each local authority (a) in 1997 and (b) on the last date for which figures are available.

S2W-17833 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students from (a) China and (b) India took courses in (i) science and (ii) engineering at higher education institutions in Scotland at (1) undergraduate and (2) postgraduate level in each year from 1994 to 2004.

S2W-17834 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people recruited to teach (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern languages were from (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) the European Union and (iii) other overseas nations in each year from 1994 to 2004.

S2W-17835 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds in the last three years have resulted from the use of (a) pharmaceutical drugs, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine, (d) cannabis, (e) alcohol, (f) nicotine and (g) magic mushrooms.

S2W-17836 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on when the draft code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies will be finalised and who is required to approve it.

S2W-17837 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Scottish Building Standards Agency developing a new tool that will display an energy performance certificate on housing when local authorities and Communities Scotland use the National Home Energy Rating system.

S2W-17838 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the suggestions from Energy Action Scotland (EAS) regarding the most practical way to ensure that Scotland’s housing is energy-efficient, as set out in EAS’s response to the Scottish Building Standards Agency’s circular on how Scotland will implement the EU directive on the energy performance of buildings.

S2W-17839 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what categories of prisoner are held at HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S2W-17840 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost per prisoner was in each prison in each of the last five years.

S2W-17841 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing legislation to enable local authority pension fund holders to consider non-fiduciary and ethical matters in deciding on investment policies.

S2W-17842 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist low-income families in meeting the cost of transport to rural nurseries.

S2W-17843 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in order to address the issue of vehicle drivers not in possession of a blue badge parking their vehicles in parking spaces that are clearly marked as being for the use of blue badge holders and their associated vehicles only.

S2W-17844 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to amend the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995.

S2W-17845 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make provision for community councils and local authorities to be consulted as part of the authorisation process under the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995.

S2W-17846 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what courses in nautical studies are available from further education colleges or universities and at which institutions they are available.

S2W-17847 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Merchant Navy Training Board, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other interested parties about the provision of courses in nautical studies in Scotland.

S2W-17848 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available for students taking courses in nautical studies in Scotland.

S2W-17849 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms exist for articulation from further education colleges to degree level courses for cadets in the merchant navy in Scotland.

S2W-17850 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the demographic breakdown is of all GPs currently practicing.

S2W-17851 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP training places there have been in the last five years.

S2W-17852 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurse practitioners there have been in each NHS board in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-17853 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how much a GP costs to employ compared to a nurse practitioner.

S2W-17854 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurse practitioners currently practise in the NHS and in which areas.

S2W-17855 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many managerial posts there are within the NHS and how many there have been in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-17856 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) GPs left the NHS to work abroad in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-17857 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many funded GP training positions were made available in 2005, and how many there were in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-17858 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the long-term plan is for increasing the number of funded GP training places in the NHS.

S2W-17859 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to the Direct Payments network in each year since establishment of the network.

S2W-17860 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialist nursing posts for colitis and Crohn’s disease there are, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-17861 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the numbers of specialist nursing posts for colitis and Crohn’s disease.

S2W-17862 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the average temperature has been in the (a) Scottish Parliament building, (b) MSP block and (c) media tower in each of the last 12 months.

S2W-17863 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the highest temperature recorded in a (a) MSP’s and (b) media tower office has been in the last 12 months.

S2W-17864 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the highest room temperature recorded in Tower 1, Tower 2, Tower 3, Tower 4, Queensberry House, 58-60 Canongate and the Canongate Building has been in the last 12 months.

S2W-17865 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many electric fans have been (a) requested by and (b) distributed to parliamentary and MSPs’ staff in the last 12 months.

S2W-17866 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in which parts of the Scottish Parliament building air-conditioning is used.

S2W-17867 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has investigated the costs involved in installing air-conditioning throughout the Scottish Parliament building.

S2W-17868 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the monthly cost is of cleaning all the windows of the Scottish Parliament building.

S2W-17869 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how much has been spent on maintaining the landscaped areas of the Scottish Parliament complex.

S2W-17870 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people suffer from myasthenia gravis, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-17871 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to support those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis; what treatments are being offered to them by the NHS, and what research into the disease is taking place.

S2W-17872 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of MRSA there were in each hospital in each of the last five years for which statistics are available.

S2W-17873 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) current UK nuclear operators, (ii) overseas nuclear power operators and (iii) investors in respect of conditions which would be necessary for them to consider constructing or financing new nuclear power plants in Scotland.

S2W-17874 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all air ambulance missions carried out between Kirkwall Airport and airports on the Scottish mainland since February 2005, giving the route taken with the patient, the aircraft type used, the time between the Scottish Ambulance Service air desk being contacted and the aircraft arriving at the airstrip to collect the patient, the time on the ground at that airstrip, the duration of the flight with the patient on board and, where the aircraft used was not the Super King Air B200, the reason the Super King Air B200 was not used.

S2W-17875 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all air ambulance missions carried out between Orkney airstrips, excluding Kirkwall Airport, and airports on the Scottish mainland since February 2005, giving the route taken with the patient, the aircraft type used, the time between the Scottish Ambulance Service air desk being contacted and the aircraft arriving at the airstrip to collect the patient, the time on the ground at that airstrip, the duration of the flight with the patient on board and, where the aircraft used was not the EC 135 helicopter, the reason the EC 135 helicopter was not used.

S2W-17876 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all air ambulance missions carried out within Orkney since February 2005, giving the route taken with the patient, the aircraft type used, the time between the Scottish Ambulance Service air desk being contacted and the aircraft arriving at the airstrip to collect the patient, the time on the ground at that airstrip, the duration of the flight with the patient on board and, where the aircraft used was not the EC 135 helicopter, the reason the EC 135 helicopter was not used.

S2W-17877 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its decision not to grant financial support to West Lothian Council through the route development fund for the provision of an hourly bus service between West Lothian, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Airport.

S2W-17878 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people employed by it and non-departmental public bodies have a compulsory retirement age of 65.

S2W-17879 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a full economic cost-benefit analysis for Scotland of the successful London Olympic bid.

S2W-17880 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mobile phones have been reported by ministers as (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 1999.

S2W-17881 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether occupied Crown property is exempt from council tax.

S2W-17882 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research projects it has commissioned since 1999 and what the timetable is for the publication of each piece of research that has yet to be completed.

S2W-17883 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time was that a homeless household in temporary accommodation had to wait before being made an offer of a permanent home in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-17884 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the drop-out rates for modern apprenticeships were in each year from 1994 to 2004.

S2W-17885 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive which drugs are blacklisted from NHS prescriptions; why each drug was blacklisted, and when each drug was blacklisted.

S2W-17886 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive which drugs have been removed from the NHS prescription blacklist in each year since 1997.

S2W-17887 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost of a (a) National Health Service prescription and (b) private prescription was in each year since 1979.

S2W-17888 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have had to sell their homes to pay for their long-term elderly care in each year since 1997.

S2W-17889 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) applied for and (b) granted in respect of persons living in social housing properties who are known to have a mental health problem.

S2W-17890 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of NHS Quality Scotland’s report, The organisation of troponin testing services in acute coronary syndromes.

S2W-17891 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) total non-domestic rate income and (b) average non-domestic rate bill paid for businesses with a rateable value (i) £3,000 or less, (ii) £3,001 to £4,000, (iii) £4,001 to £5,000, (iv) £5,001 to £6,000, (v) £6,001 to £7,000, (vi) £7,001 to £8,000, (vii) £8,001 to £9,000, (viii) £9,001 to £10,000 and (ix) £10,001 and above was for (1) each local authority and (2) Scotland as a whole for each year since 1997.

S2W-17892 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the small business rate relief scheme has cost (a) central government and (b) local government in each year since 1997.

S2W-17893 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the small business rate relief scheme has cost businesses with a rateable value of £25,000 and above in terms of the supplement paid on the rate poundage (a) in total and (b) on average in each year since 1997.

S2W-17894 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses are eligible for the five per cent discount on non-domestic rates through the small business rate relief scheme including, and broken down by, those eligible for (a) charitable rate relief, (b) disabled persons rate rebate, (c) farm diversification rate relief, (d) rural rate relief, (e) derating allowance (stud farms) and (f) relief for premises that remain empty.

S2W-17895 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses (a) are eligible for and (b) apply for the higher level of relief through the small business rate relief scheme.

S2W-17896 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the drop-out rate was for student nurses in year one in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

S2W-17897 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the drop-out rate was for student nurses in year two in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

S2W-17898 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the drop-out rate was for student nurses in year three in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

S2W-17899 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new nurses, who had completed their training in Scotland, registered on the nursing and midwifery council register in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

S2W-17900 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has given to VisitScotland in each year since it was created.

S2W-17901 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how and when the scripts and protocols used by NHS 24 have been peer-reviewed prior to use in Scotland and what continuing or periodic reviews take place.

S2W-17902 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was between the referral of a child to an educational psychologist and the child’s appointment in (a) each local education authority area and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years.

S2W-17903 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many established full-time equivalent educational psychologist posts there are in (a) each local education authority and (b) Scotland and how many such posts are vacant.

S2W-17904 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the call capacity of NHS 24 has been in each year since it was established and what the planned call capacity is in each year until 2010.

S2W-17905 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) junior and (b) senior house officers employed in each of the last five years did not receive their degree in medicine from a UK higher education institution.

S2W-17906 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was between (a) a child and (b) an adult being referred for (i) speech and (ii) occupational therapy and receiving treatment in each of the last five years.

S2W-17907 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average bed occupancy rate was of each acute hospital in each of the last five years.

S2W-17908 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answers to questions S2W-17356 and S2W-16495 by Cathy Jamieson on 27 June and 23 May 2005, whether the reservation in respect of the framework decision relates only to the negotiation of the framework decision or whether its subject matter and implementation are also reserved.

S2W-17909 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answers to questions S2W-17356 and S2W-16495 by Cathy Jamieson on 27 June and 23 May 2005, whether the implementation of framework decisions in general is reserved to the UK Government and, if so, what provision within the Scotland Act 1998 reserves such responsibility.

S2W-17910 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many graduates gained a degree in (a) finance, (b) accountancy and (c) banking in each year since 1997, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of graduates.

S2W-17911 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwives have been employed in the NHS Borders area and what the breakdown has been between hours attributable to midwives employed by NHS Borders and the hours attributable to agency midwives in each year since 1999.

S2W-17912 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered and unregistered nurses there have been in the NHS Borders area and what the breakdown has been between the hours attributable to nurses employed directly by NHS Borders and the hours attributable to agency nurses in each year since 1999.

S2W-17913 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on modern language learning in primary schools.

S2W-17914 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on modern language learning in secondary schools.

S2W-17915 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to increase attainment in modern language learning.

S2W-17916 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been undertaken of the Partners in Excellence modern language learning project which is currently operational in the Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire local authority areas.

S2W-17917 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has pledged to assist the implementation of the single status agreement.

S2W-17918 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has had from interested parties relating to the implementation of the single status agreement.

S2W-17919 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many deaths (a) heroin, (b) ecstasy, (c) amphetamines, (d) other illicit substances, (e) alcohol and (f) tobacco were recorded as causes in each year since 1997.

S2W-17920 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by it in each of the last five years and what the total value was of the contracts awarded to each .

S2W-17921 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has evaluated on whether there is a relationship between the number of hours spent watching television and children’s academic achievement.

S2W-17922 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, since the enactment of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, there have been any changes in its practices in respect of recording meetings, telephone calls and e-mail exchanges and, if so, what these changes were and whether there has been guidance issued to ministers and officials regarding these matters and, if so, whether that guidance will made public.

S2W-17923 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the case where the European Union has initiated infraction proceedings, referred to in page 17 of its May 2005 consultation paper, Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment.

S2W-17924 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding palliative care has received in each NHS board area in each year since 1995.

S2W-17925 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a policy on choice of place of care for terminally ill patients and, if so, what that policy is.



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