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Section E – Written questions lodged on 29 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-21207 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) adults and (b) adults with children have temporarily been housed in bed and breakfast accommodation since 1999, broken down by quarter and local authority area, and how many it expects to be housed in this way in the quarter ended 31 December 2005.

S2W-21208 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was paid to the Confederation of British Industry by non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Caledonian MacBrayne, Scottish Water, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Historic Scotland, for subscriptions, advertising and fees in total and broken down by NDPB in each year since 1997.

S2W-21209 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and with whom, regarding the organisation of health services in Lanarkshire.

S2W-21210 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sequestrations of individuals have been awarded following petitions raised by (a) HM Customs and Excise, (b) the Inland Revenue and (c) HM Revenue and Customs, since it was established in April 2005, in each year since the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 came into force.

S2W-21211 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe’s decision to use his powers under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to launch a formal inquiry into the use of rendition flights and in light of reports that terrorist suspects may have been secretly detained in, or transported through, a number of Council of Europe member states with the possible involvement of foreign agencies, the Lord Advocate and the police will investigate whether any breach of the ECHR may have occurred in Scotland.

S2W-21212 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been asked to supply any details or information to either the UK Government or the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in respect of any potential breach of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to rendition flights through Scottish airports.

S2W-21213 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the use of rendition flights by foreign agencies, in particular the CIA, through Scottish airports, given reports that prisoners may be being transported to torture and detention camps and the potential impact of this on applications under the Fresh Talent initiative, the tourist industry and the wider reputation of Scotland.

S2W-21214 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate has clarified the legal implications of the activation of Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights to investigate the deprivation of liberty resulting from the conduct of officials of foreign agencies in respect of alleged rendition flights landing in Scotland.

S2W-21215 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate has given advice in respect of the legal implications for Scottish public officials, including senior police officers, following the decision by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to use his legal powers under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights to investigate the use of rendition flights and whether it is aware that Scottish public officials may have, through action or omission, been aware of the deprivation of liberty by a foreign agency on Scottish soil and, if so, what advice the Lord Advocate has given in respect of this issue.

S2W-21216 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-18222 by Allan Wilson on 10 August 2005, when the employability framework will now be published.

S2W-21217 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to implement the employability framework.

S2W-21218 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have gained full-time employment through the Working for Families programme since it was established.

S2W-21219 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have gained part-time employment through the Working for Families programme since it was established.

S2W-21220 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been received by Careers Scotland in each year since 1999.S2W-21221 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have gained full-time employment through the services of Careers Scotland since 1999.

S2W-21222 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have gained part-time employment through the services of Careers Scotland since 1999.

S2W-21223 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which venues it uses to make available and publicise information on the central heating and Warm Deal programmes and how it monitors the effectiveness of its information strategy on the programmes.

S2W-21224 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools have signed up to its Healthy Living campaign.

S2W-21225 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive from which funding streams the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid will be funded.

S2W-21226 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has in the planning of dawn raids to remove asylum seekers and what role other Scottish agencies have.

S2W-21227 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make representations to the Home Office seeking an end to dawn raids to remove asylum seekers.

S2W-21228 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it collects and collates information on asylum seeker removal in order to inform its work in respect of asylum seekers.

S2W-21229 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the recommendations in the Public Health Institute of Scotland’s Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Needs Assessment Report have been met; how these recommendations have been met, and how the implementation of the recommendations has been monitored since the report was published in 2001.

S2W-21230 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its timescale is to implement comprehensively all of the recommendations made in the Public Health Institute of Scotland’s Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Needs Assessment Report.

S2W-21231 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it assesses the comparative value for money of grants to national youth organisations dealing with young people and volunteers.

S2W-21232 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants it has made to the Millennium Volunteers Project in each year since its inception.

S2W-21233 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been processed by Disclosure Scotland in each year since its inception.

S2W-21234 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to it has been of processing all applications to Disclosure Scotland in each year since its inception.

S2W-21235 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to (a) individuals and (b) organisations has been of applying for registration to Disclosure Scotland in each year since its inception.

S2W-21236 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the way that the Scottish Medicines Consortium operates.

S2W-21237 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation there will be on any plans to change the role of the Scottish Medicines Consortium in relation to National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance.

S2W-21238 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be mandatory in future for the Scottish Medicines Consortium to accept National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommendations.

S2W-21239 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the future role of the Scottish Medicines Consortium will be if National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommendations become mandatory in Scotland.

S2W-21240 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths from cancer there have been in the south of Scotland in each year since the Chernobyl incident occurred, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-21241 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20688 by Mr Andy Kerr on 28 November 2005, whether the monies paid under the terms and conditions of any contract will be dependent on the emergence of a pandemic flu strain.

S2W-21242 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20703 by Malcolm Chisholm on 29 November 2005, what representations it has received from organisations seeking a meeting with it to discuss equal pay for women in local authority employment and whether it will agree to meet these organisations.

S2W-21243 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of its and the Parliament’s commitment to engaging with the public and the current funding position of the Scottish Civic Forum which was set up to facilitate that engagement, the First Minister will respond personally to the concerns about its funding, raised with him by the Convener of the Scottish Civic Forum.

S2W-21244 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many discretionary fatal accident inquiries have been held in each year since 1995 following a charge of careless driving.

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