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Section E – Written questions lodged on 3 October 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-28819 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on plans for the future of the National CJD Surveillance Unit, based in Edinburgh.

S2W-28820 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the staff of the Crofters Commission will be represented on the committee of inquiry on the future of crofting.

S2W-28821 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide assurances to the staff of the Crofters Commission that they will not lose their status as civil servants in future and that it will not be within the remit of the inquiry into crofting to propose that the commission should become a non-departmental public body.

S2W-28822 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that public agencies and non-departmental public bodies should provide sponsorship or other payments towards the cost of charitable events and whether this is within the statutory financial competence of such organisations.

S2W-28823 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the total sums paid by (a) Scottish Natural Heritage, (b) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, (c) Scottish Enterprise, (d) Highlands and Islands Enterprise and (e) Communities Scotland to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

S2W-28824 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue directions that public agencies and non-departmental public bodies should not provide sponsorship or other payments to charities and that such payments should be the responsibility of local or central government.

S2W-28825 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it consulted anybody in Mallaig before fixing the date of the visit of the coastal and marine national park campaign bus to Mallaig and, if so, who was consulted; whether the Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association was consulted, and whether the Executive received representations seeking an alternative date to 10 October 2006 from, or on behalf of, fishermen.

S2W-28826 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the visit of the coastal and marine national park campaign bus to Mallaig should have been arranged with prior consultation of the fishermen in the areas of the proposed visits and, if so, why such consultation was not carried out.

S2W-28827 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) initial and (b) secondary work was carried out on the A9 road junction at Grainish by Aviemore; in each case, what the total cost of the work was and who will meet the cost, and whether the secondary work carried out was for the purpose of rectifying the previous work and, if so, who will meet the cost of the rectification work and whether the taxpayer will meet any part of it and, if so, how much.

S2W-28828 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available in the 2006-07 budget for the Prevention 2010 project.

S2W-28829 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding available in the 2006-07 budget for the Prevention 2010 project has been allocated.

S2W-28830 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many flu vaccinations will be available in the next two months.

S2W-28831 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how Scotland will be affected by the delay in the supply of flu vaccination.

S2W-28832 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many flu vaccinations were delivered to GP surgeries in (a) October, (b) November and (c) December in each of the last five years.

S2W-28833 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will prioritise the allocation of flu vaccinations to the most vulnerable groups.

S2W-28834 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it is offering GPs regarding the shortage of flu vaccines.

S2W-28835 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many convictions for offences aggravated by religious prejudice in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 (i) the target was the police and (ii) the offence involved the perceived hatred of (1) Islam, (2) Judaism, (3) Christianity, (4) Protestantism and (5) Roman Catholicism; of these, how many cases arose from support of, or hostility towards, a football club or were related to a march or procession, and in how many cases the offender was considered to be under the influence of alcohol.

S2W-28836 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre a copy of the contract awarded by Communities Scotland to British Gas for the delivery of the next stage of the Warm Deal scheme and central heating programme.

S2W-28837 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals are on the waiting list, opened by the Eaga Partnership Ltd in April 2006, for referrals under the Warm Deal scheme and central heating programme.

S2W-28838 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new Warm Deal scheme and central heating programme will be open for applications.

S2W-28839 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS hospitals have rented (a) all and (b) part of their wards to pharmaceutical companies for experimental treatments in the last 12 months.

S2W-28840 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital meals were left untouched in each year since 2001-02, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of patient main meals in each year.

S2W-28841 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) adult and (b) child cyclists have been (i) injured and (ii) killed in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-28842 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vehicle occupants have been fined for non-wearing of seat belts in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-28843 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure on the national concessionary travel scheme was projected to be at this point of the financial year.

S2W-28844 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what the actual expenditure on the national concessionary travel scheme has been up to this point of the financial year.

S2W-28845 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to address any overspend in the budget for the national concessionary travel scheme as a result of the "higher than expected usage" identified by Audit Scotland.

S2W-28846 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact any overspend on the national concessionary travel scheme in 2006-07 will have on the £163 million budget for the scheme in 2007-08.

S2W-28847 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all categories of the population who are eligible for free bus travel will continue to be in 2007-08, in light of the identification by Audit Scotland of "higher than expected usage" of the national concessionary travel scheme in 2006-07.

S2W-28848 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what methodology was applied and what agencies were involved in determining the budget for the operation of the national concessionary travel scheme in 2006-07.

S2W-28849 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency measures exist to cover the possibility of one or more of the major bus operators withdrawing from the national concessionary travel scheme.

S2W-28850 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Companion Card system is subject to abuse and, if so, whether it is an appropriate option for the national concessionary travel scheme, in light of the identification by Audit Scotland of "higher than expected usage" of the national concessionary travel scheme in 2006-07.

S2W-28851 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how, and in what circumstances, the capping powers under the national concessionary travel scheme would be invoked against a bus operator.

S2W-28852 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is envisaged that capping powers under the national concessionary travel scheme will be invoked against bus operators in 2006-07 and, if so, to what extent.

S2W-28853 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is envisaged that individuals eligible for free national bus travel will be subject to future restrictions, such as free bus travel only being possible outwith peak travel times.

S2W-28854 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be employed to safeguard rural or semi-rural bus routes which are only financially viable due to the revenue generated from the carriage of concessionary passengers and would be vulnerable to any reduction in such revenue resulting from any restrictions imposed to address the "higher than expected usage" of the national concessionary travel scheme in 2006-07 identified by Audit Scotland.

S2W-28855 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwives have graduated in each of the last five years.

S2W-28856 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified midwives have obtained a training place within one year of graduating in each of the last five years.

S2W-28857 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for midwives, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-28858 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been diagnosed as suffering from clinical obesity in each NHS board area in each year since 1999.

S2W-28859 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote an Aberdeen-led Scottish bid to be the hub for the proposed Energy Technologies Institute.

S2W-28860 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage the Scottish higher education sector to co-operate in building a partnership to promote an Aberdeen-led Scottish bid to be the hub for the proposed Energy Technologies Institute.

S2W-28861 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it will give to encourage the public and private sectors to build a partnership to promote an Aberdeen-led Scottish bid to be the hub for the proposed Energy Technologies Institute.

S2W-28862 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers have been involved in preparations to promote an Aberdeen-led Scottish bid to be the hub for the proposed Energy Technologies Institute.

S2W-28863 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of those who have graduated in computing and information technology since 1999 are now in full-time employment in that area.

S2W-28864 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of those who have graduated in engineering since 1999 are now in full-time employment in that area.

S2W-28865 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of those who have graduated in science since 1999 are now in full-time employment in that area.

S2W-28866 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time is for graduates with qualifications in computing and information technology to first find full-time employment in the related professional field.

S2W-28867 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time is for graduates with qualifications in engineering to first find full-time employment in the related professional field.

S2W-28868 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time is for graduates with qualifications in science to first find full-time employment in the related professional field.

S2W-28869 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it offers to those who provide voluntary work placements to graduates to assist them in finding full-time employment.

S2W-28870 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-25655 by Mr Andy Kerr on 18 May 2006, what the membership is of the implementation group for the review of neurosurgery services in Scotland and who the representatives are of patient groups.

S2W-28871 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-25656 by Mr Andy Kerr on 18 May 2006, whether the implementation group for the review of neurosurgery services in Scotland has met and what its schedule is for future meetings.

S2W-28872 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-1257 by Cathy Jamieson on 5 February 2004, what further action has been taken to encourage greater use of mediation services.

S2W-28873 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation allows a NHS board to require that a patient pays for all aspects of their treatment if they opt to pay for a particular drug treatment not available on the NHS due to cost.

S2W-28874 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-28063 by Tavish Scott on 29 September 2006, who made each of the three representations in support of regular rail services between Lanark and Edinburgh and when each was made.

S2W-28875 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to inform its policy on smoking, it holds information on the amount of nicotine contained in each of the 10 leading brands of cigarettes and, if so, what that amount is and whether the amount in any of those brands has increased in the last five years.

S2W-28876 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been reported missing from Ailsa Hospital in each of the last five years and how many of these were restricted.

S2W-28877 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons were learned by NHS Ayrshire and Arran and Ailsa Hospital from the first occasion on which Mark Biggley absconded from the hospital in May 2006.

S2W-28878 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether disciplinary action has been taken or is currently in progress against any member of NHS Ayrshire and Arran staff following investigations relating to absconding by Mark Biggley from Ailsa Hospital in May 2006.

S2W-28879 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the risk management plan in relation to the care of Mark Biggley, a restricted patient at Ailsa Hospital, and indicate (a) who should have been involved in meetings to agree the plan and (b) whether the plan was followed by the responsible medical officer.

S2W-28880 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Strathclyde Police was informed and consulted in determining the risk involved prior to the transfer to Ailsa Hospital of restricted patient, Mark Biggley, and prior to granting him unsupervised leave within the grounds of the hospital.

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