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Section E – Written questions lodged on 17 November 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-20745 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place in each NHS board to reduce the risks associated with a flu pandemic.

S2W-20746 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase the number of beds in isolation units in the event of a flu pandemic affecting Scotland.

S2W-20747Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to increase the generating capacity of the existing wind-powered generating station at Causeymire in Caithness.

S2W-20748Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a three megawatt hydro-powered generating station at Douglas Water, near Inveraray.

S2W-20749 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in reviewing the school curriculum in communication and language, maths and numeracy and social subjects and when it will publish drafts of revised guidance.

S2W-20750 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation arrangements have been put in place to consider drafts of revised guidance for the school curriculum; what timetable is envisaged for the consultation, and how universities will be involved in the process.

S2W-20751 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the compulsory elements of the secondary school curriculum.

S2W-20752 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that Scottish history forms the core of the history syllabus in schools.

S2W-20753 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the history syllabus is Scottish in content or perspective in the 5-14 curriculum and (a) standard, (b) higher and (c) advanced higher grade courses.

S2W-20754 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards met more than 75% of the criteria set out in NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s local reports on older people in acute care, published in February 2004.

S2W-20755 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans NHS Greater Glasgow has to improve standards where the criteria set out in the North and South Glasgow local reports on older people in acute care were not met.

S2W-20756 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to improve standards where the criteria set out in NHS Quality Improvement Scotland - Older People in Acute Care were not met.

S2W-20757 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria set out in NHS Quality Improvement Scotland - Older People in Acute Care were not met, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-20758 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16185 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, when the diagnostic waiting time standards that NHS boards will have to meet will be published.

S2W-20759 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards on the provision and employment of locum practice nurses.

S2W-20760 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for ensuring that locum practice nurses are available in every NHS board area.

S2W-20761 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive why Nationally Co-ordinated Nurse Bank Arrangements: Report and Action Plan, published earlier this year, did not address bank nurse cover for practice nurses.

S2W-20762 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the implementation of its Framework for Nursing in General Practice, published earlier this year.

S2W-20763 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the training of practice nurses.

S2W-20764 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many practice nurses were trained in the last three years.

S2W-20765 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many practice nurses will be trained in the next five years.

S2W-20766 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the levels were of General Medical Services (a) indicative funding in 2003-04 and (b) actual funding in 2004-05 for (i) Orkney and (ii) Scotland.

S2W-20767 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to compensate individual NHS boards for additional expenditure incurred as a result of the move to national tariff charging.

S2W-20768 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Adoption Bill.

S2W-20769 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Children’s Hearings and Integrated Services Bill.

S2W-20770 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill.

S2W-20771 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Local Government (Electoral Administration and Registration Services) Bill.

S2W-20772 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Summary Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-20773 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Legal Assistance and Legal Profession (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-20774 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill.

S2W-20775 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Planning (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-20776 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with a communication impairment benefit equally from the provisions of the proposed Vulnerable Adults Bill.

S2W-20777 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding each NHS board has allocated to the provision of independent advocacy services, as recommended by the Millan Commission.

S2W-20778 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there are any reasons why local authorities will be unable to fill vacancies for teachers in subject departments and, if so, what these reasons are and what action it will take to address the issue as soon as possible.

S2W-20779 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with mental health problems, who are not working, are given the opportunity to participate in a social enterprise.

S2W-20780 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its expenditure has been on the creation and support of social enterprises in the last three years, broken down by departmental portfolio.

S2W-20781 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources have been provided in this financial year to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority to assist with enforcement measures on Loch Lomond.

S2W-20782 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be provided to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and, specifically, what additional resources will be provided to assist with the enforcement of any proposed bye-laws in respect of speed and safety on Loch Lomond.

S2W-20783 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of any subsidies it provides to rail freight services operated partially or wholly in Scotland.

S2W-20784 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to supermarkets which have abandoned the use of the EWS container rail service to Inverness.

S2W-20785 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Workforce Information Strategic System (SWISS) project has achieved a national database holding over 60% of core data set workforce information.

S2W-20786 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Workforce Information Strategic System (SWISS) project has set timescales for implementing (a) phase 3 and (b) phase 4 of the national Workforce Information Repository and, if not, when it expects timescales to be set.

S2W-20787 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek approval from the European Union for a 20% harvest ratio in its negotiations in respect of next year’s west of Scotland nephrops Total Allowable Catch, based on advice from the Fisheries Research Services Marine Laboratory that this ratio is more appropriate than the 15% previously envisaged by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the Advisory Committee on Fishery Management, and whether the Executive will discuss this issue with the Mallaig and North-West Fishermen’s Association and the West of Scotland Fish Producers’ Organisation.

S2W-20788 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will invite representatives from the Mallaig and North-West Fishermen’s Association and the West of Scotland Fish Producers’ Organisation to act as informal advisers to assist it in impending negotiations in Brussels in respect of next year’s west of Scotland nephrops Total Allowable Catch.

S2W-20789 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19966 by Cathy Jamieson on 10 November 2005, how many accidents in each year since 1999 involved motor vehicle drivers or riders with illegal alcohol levels, broken down by (a) severity of accident and (b) number of casualties.

S2W-20790 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PE teachers have been employed in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-20791 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PE teachers are eligible for retirement in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-20792 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3826 by Mr Jim Wallace on 17 November 2003, what conclusions have been drawn by the Executive from the research conducted by Phil Taylor of the University of Stirling and Peter Bain of the University of Strathclyde on call centres in Scotland and outsourced competition from India.

S2W-20793 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive why it is necessary for it to outsource legal work.

S2W-20794 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive why its expenditure on outsourced legal work to 12 private sector law firms has increased from £159,000 in 2001-02 to £2,033,000 in 2004-05.

S2W-20795 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average charge for business customers has been for (a) water supply and (b) waste water services in each year since 1997 under (i) each of the previous water authorities and (ii) Scottish Water.

S2W-20796 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average charge for residential customers has been for (a) water supply and (b) waste water services in each year since 1997 under (i) each of the previous water authorities and (ii) Scottish Water.

S2W-20797 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the actual cost of collecting council tax has been in each year since 1997, expressed also as a percentage of total council tax revenue raised and broken down by local authority.

S2W-20798 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage change in (a) central government funding for local government and (b) council tax bills has been for each year since 1997, broken down by local authority.

S2W-20799 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16184 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, what criteria are used to determine whether an accident and emergency ambulance constitutes a paramedic-led response.

S2W-20800 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16184 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, what the proportion is of paramedics to technicians in (a) Scotland and (b) each NHS board area.

S2W-20801 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16184 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, how many paramedic-led response calls there were in each of the last three years in (a) Scotland and (b) each NHS board area.

S2W-20802 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16184 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, what the number of paramedic-led response calls in the last three years was as a percentage of non-paramedic-led response calls.

S2W-20803 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16184 by Mr Andy Kerr on 5 May 2005, whether there have been any occasions when there was a call for a paramedic-led response accident and emergency ambulance which did not have a paramedic on board.

S2W-20804 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Crofters Commission defines non-crofts and how many it has a record of.

S2W-20805 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been awarded by its Health Department in respect of autistic spectrum disorders in the last six years, broken down by (a) individual award and (b) NHS board area.

S2W-20806 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been awarded by its Education Department in respect of autistic spectrum disorders in the last six years, broken down by (a) individual award and (b) local authority area.

S2W-20807 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16187 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 May 2005, whether it will clarify its position on the use of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), given the statement in section 47 of the final report of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s Emergency Medical Admissions Scoping Group that PACS will be mandatory in England to support Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic (ACAD) centres, and whether it intends to make use of PACS mandatory in Scottish ACAD centres.

S2W-20808 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16187 by Mr Andy Kerr on 9 May 2005, whether the procurement exercise on Picture Archiving and Communications Systems has been concluded and a supplier identified.

S2W-20809 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households have had below average incomes in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

S2W-20810 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average total pension incomes have been for (a) men and (b) women in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-20811 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive which sectors of the economy it considers to have a skills shortage.

S2W-20812 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of maternity pay for student nurses and when it will make an announcement on the issue.

S2W-20813 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken, and intends to take, to encourage the Scottish diaspora in Canada to invest in the Scottish economy.

S2W-20814 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to promote Scotland as a country to visit, if not to live in, to help boost the economy.

S2W-20815 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage the Scottish diaspora in Canada to contribute to reducing the skills shortage in Scotland.

S2W-20816 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage the Scottish diaspora in Canada back to Scotland to live and to help reverse the population decline.

S2W-20817 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that mature students, over the age of 25, should be able to access all student discounts in relation to travel subsidies.

S2W-20818 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been awarded by its Justice Department in respect of autistic spectrum disorders in the last six years, broken down by individual award.

S2W-20819 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been awarded by its Development Department in respect of autistic spectrum disorders in the last six years, broken down by (a) individual award and (b) local authority area.

S2W-20820 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is in favour of establishing Business Improvement Districts.

S2W-20821 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question to S2W-19986 by Tavish Scott on 17 November 2005, how it would frame a Users’ Charter in order to make it legally binding.

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