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Section E – Written questions lodged on 2 February 2006

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-22875 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each date on which the First Minister has met the Prime Minister since June 1999.

S2W-22876 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each date on which the First Minister has met the Secretary of State for Scotland since June 1999.

S2W-22877 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many air ambulance flights originating in Orkney have been classified as "emergency" in each year since 1998.

S2W-22878 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in delivering its commitment to undertake research to determine whether there is a need for routine sight-screening for schoolchildren which it has indicated will also include an investigation of the optimal intervals for testing, who should undertake the tests and which tests should be used.

S2W-22879 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the terms of any agreement or protocol between the Scottish Ambulance Service and the (a) Ministry of Defence or (b) Maritime and Coastguard Agency in respect of the use of helicopters to supplement the aircraft and helicopter resources of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

S2W-22880 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the available capacity for shipping livestock from Orkney, in light of the decision by the Rural Payments Agency not to provide or support on-island facilities on Orkney for the processing of cattle under the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme.

S2W-22881 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the animal welfare implications of the decision by the Rural Payments Agency not to provide or support on-island facilities on Orkney for the processing of cattle under the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme.

S2W-22882 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the current freeze on new applications to the Children, Young People and Families Unified Voluntary Sector Fund, when it will review the fund in order to ensure that it is able to meet growing demand for services provided by the voluntary sector.

S2W-22883 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement on 7 April 2005, what progress has been made in the relocation of Registers of Scotland.

S2W-22884 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in order to meet its commitment to halve the gap between the Scottish and English non-domestic rate poundage from 1 April 2006.

S2W-22885 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects agreement to be reached in the ongoing negotiations between Scottish Enterprise and trade unions in respect of the pay dispute at Careers Scotland.

S2W-22886 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will complete its review of the current national planning guidance for the siting of onshore wind farms.

S2W-22887 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is conducting its review of the current national planning guidance for the siting of onshore wind farms.

S2W-22888 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it is consulting on its review of the current national planning guidance for the siting of onshore wind farms.

S2W-22889 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15019 by Peter Peacock on 18 March 2005 and to information provided in Exclusions from Schools 2004-05, how many appeals against (a) temporary exclusions and (b) removals from the register were (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful in each year since 1997.

S2W-22890 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that it does not keep central records in respect of Justice of the Peace appointments and, if so, how it records the number of Secretary of State-appointed Justices of the Peace.

S2W-22891 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Secretary of State-appointed Justices of the Peace there are, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S2W-22892 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how individuals are selected to be Secretary of State-appointed Justices of the Peace.

S2W-22893 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a gender breakdown of Secretary of State-appointed Justices of the Peace.

S2W-22894 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Secretary of State-appointed Justices of the Peace are from ethnic minorities.

S2W-22895 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how long each Secretary of State-appointed Justice of the Peace is expected to serve.

S2W-22896 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission regarding the Rule of 85 in the Local Government Pension Scheme during the period since the Commission made it clear that the actions proposed by the Executive on the rule were not as a result of decisions of the European Union.

S2W-22897 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on the service to users will be of the reductions in 2005-06 and 2006-07 in Supporting People funding to local authorities.

S2W-22898 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many newly qualified social workers have been employed in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-22899 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to continue to support the most vulnerable people in our communities following the reduction in Supporting People funding.

S2W-22900 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what support will be given to local authorities to continue employing social workers whose jobs may be lost as a result of the reduction in Supporting People funding.

S2W-22901 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out on the cost and staffing implications of the proposal in the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill to transfer responsibility for neighbour notification from applicants to planning authorities.

S2W-22902 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether good neighbour agreements will be an integral part of any new planning legislation.

S2W-22903 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether good neighbour agreements will be enforceable and, if so, by whom.

S2W-22904 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a notification procedure for good neighbour agreements.

S2W-22905 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be responsible for maintaining any form of community land use negotiated under a good neighbour agreement.

S2W-22906 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify the position if the provisions of any good neighbour agreement conflict with the aims of a local authority.

S2W-22907 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify the position if there is a dispute or objection to a land use matter arising from a good neighbour agreement.

S2W-22908 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive to which elected body the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland is accountable.

S2W-22909 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will have formal input into the gender equality consultation being undertaken by the Equal Opportunities Commission.

S2W-22910 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the recent pilot scheme for sign video relay service (SIGNVRS) technology launched in London whereby a small device attached to a videophone can enable deaf people to make phone calls using British sign language, it will consider launching such a pilot scheme in Glasgow.

S2W-22911 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on advertising in The Herald in each of the last five years.

S2W-22912 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on advertising in the Evening Times in each of the last five years.

S2W-22913 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on advertising in the Sunday Herald in each of the last five years.

S2W-22914 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on advertising through the Newsquest group in each of the last five years.

S2W-22915 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage Scottish Enterprise has reached in its proposal to restructure.

S2W-22916 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what directions it has given to Scottish Enterprise to continue to implement the Executive’s social inclusion policies.

S2W-22917 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers Scottish Enterprise has to choose which Executive policies it will implement and what impact any such choices could have on Executive policy.

S2W-22918 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had in respect of the possibility of Careers Scotland becoming part of Learn Direct Scotland.

S2W-22919 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when MSPs will be consulted by Scottish Enterprise on the impact of proposed changes on the areas that MSPs represent.

S2W-22921 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value was of (a) illegal drugs seized, (b) property recovered through the powers of civil recovery under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) and (c) cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002), in the area where Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary is the reporting force, in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

S2W-22922 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the monetary value of the assets confiscated from drug dealers in Scotland under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) was redistributed to communities and community projects in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

S2W-22923 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding redistributed from the confiscated assets of drug dealers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) was allocated to projects in Dumfries and Galloway in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

S2W-22924 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is a shortage of neo-natal nurses and, if so, what plans it has to increase recruitment.

S2W-22925 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage career development for staff involved in the nursing of babies requiring intensive or special care by improving entry and professional development training and reviewing current gradings.

S2W-22926 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all intensive and special care baby units, broken down by NHS board, and what the ratio of nurses to babies is in both types of unit.

S2W-22927 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies have been cared for in each intensive and special care unit in each of the last two years.

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