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Section E – Written questions lodged on 15 February 2007

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

S2W-31792 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31407 by Patricia Ferguson on 13 February 2007, whether it has made any representations to the UK Government on the implications for sports projects, such as the 50-metre swimming pool for Aberdeen, if sports lottery funding is diverted to pay for additional costs of the London 2012 Olympic Games and, if so, what the outcome was.

S2W-31793 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students completed degrees in which the principal subject was computer-related in each year since 1997.

S2W-31794 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what co-operation there has been in the last five years between NHS Scotland and public health services elsewhere in respect of (a) computer systems, (b) communication services and (c) other matters, where the value added from that co-operation exceeded £100,000.

S2W-31795 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to protect Ardoch Roman Fort.

S2W-31796 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all projects for young people for which it has provided funding through Perth and Kinross Council since 1999, showing the (a) type of project and (b) amount of funding awarded.

S2W-31797 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all projects for young people for which it has provided funding through Angus Council since 1999, showing the (a) type of project and (b) amount of funding awarded.

S2W-31798 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it is providing to protect Scotland’s trees and woodlands such as the Fortingall Yew and Meikleour beech hedge.

S2W-31799 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering commencing any new road projects in Perth and Kinross.

S2W-31800 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering commencing any new road projects in Angus.

S2W-31801 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the transportation of freight by rail between Perth and Inverness.

S2W-31802 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether minibuses and vehicles providing airport-to-hotel or other door-to-door services could be required to provide disabled access under local authority licensing powers.

S2W-31803 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of service in the NHS has been of existing (a) executive directors, (b) senior managers, (c) middle managers, (d) consultant medical staff and (e) nurses.

S2W-31804 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average existing (a) executive directors, (b) senior managers, (c) middle managers, (d) consultant medical staff and (e) nurses have been in their current posts in the NHS.

S2W-31805 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been to Scottish taxpayers and council taxpayers of the Prime Minister’s visit to Scotland on 15 February 2007.

S2W-31806 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many needle exchange facilities there are, also broken down by local authority area.

S2W-31807 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been provided for needle exchange facilities in each of the last three financial years and the current financial year.

S2W-31808 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many needles and syringes were distributed through needle exchange facilities in each of the last three years.

S2W-31809 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated number is of drug injectors.

S2W-31810 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how often, on average, heroin users inject each day.

S2W-31811 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how often, on average, cocaine users inject each day.

S2W-31812 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many needle exchange facilities provide free citric acid as part of their service.

S2W-31813 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage Chinese language teaching in schools.

S2W-31814 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools offer Chinese language teaching.

S2W-31815 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific funding is available to local authorities for the teaching of Chinese language classes.

S2W-31816 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what non-European languages are taught in schools.

S2W-31817 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what government support is available for the teaching of non-European languages.

S2W-31818 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific steps it is taking to increase trade with China.

S2W-31819 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the value of trade with China to have been in each of the last three years.

S2W-31820 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-10320 and S2W-23761 by Peter Peacock on 17 September 2004 and 16 March 2006 respectively, whether it plans to record the literacy rate of people aged over 16 and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-31821 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31758 by Rhona Brankin on 14 February 2007, what elements of the race equality strategy require further development.

S2W-31822 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31758 by Rhona Brankin on 14 February 2007, what additional consultees will inform the further development of the race equality strategy.

S2W-31823 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the action plan of the Strategic Group on Refugees and Asylum Seekers is complete and whether it will publish the action plan prior to dissolution of the Parliament.

S2W-31824 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the action plan of the Strategic Group on Ethnic Minorities and the Labour Market is complete and whether it will publish the action plan prior to dissolution of the Parliament.

S2W-31825 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the action plan of the Strategic Group on Race Equality in Rural Areas is complete and whether it will publish the action plan prior to dissolution of the Parliament.

S2W-31826 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the action plan of the Strategic Group on Gypsies/Travellers is complete and whether it will publish the action plan prior to dissolution of the Parliament.

S2W-31827 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what the average waiting times, in weeks, have been and (b) how many patients have been waiting for a first appointment in the (i) child dental health, (ii) conservation, (iii) oral medication, (iv) oral surgery, (v) orthodontics, (vi) periodontology and (vii) prosthodontics department in each dental hospital in each quarter since June 1997.

S2W-31828 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have used money from their housing revenue accounts to fund services provided by departments other than housing since 2003, also detailing the services that have been funded in this way.

S2W-31829 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider extending its funding of Pass Plus to Dumfries and Galloway, in light of the number of young drivers killed on the region’s roads over the last year.

S2W-31830 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30653 by Mr Andy Kerr on 23 January 2007, what outcome measures it will use to assess the effectiveness of the new model of community nursing in the pilot NHS board areas.

S2W-31831 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30653 by Mr Andy Kerr on 23 January 2007, whether it considers that a two-year pilot will be sufficient to assess the effects of the change to the new model of community nursing.

S2W-31832 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30653 by Mr Andy Kerr on 23 January 2007, whether it will await the evaluation of the new model of community nursing in the pilot areas before rolling out the model elsewhere.

S2W-31833 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Coproxamol will continue to be obtainable on prescription in Scotland.

S2W-31834 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31561 by Lewis Macdonald on 14 February 2007, who the members are of the review group.

S2W-31835 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31561 by Lewis Macdonald on 14 February 2007, when a decision will be made as to whether changes are required to improve the booklet, A Can of Worms.

S2W-31836 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31561 by Lewis Macdonald on 14 February 2007, whether the booklet, A Can of Worms, is being distributed in its current form and, if so, to whom.

S2W-31837 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31550 by Lewis Macdonald on 14 February 2007, when it will publish all outstanding minutes of meetings of the Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Reference Group on its website.

S2W-31838 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31550 by Lewis Macdonald on 14 February 2007, who is responsible for formally clearing the minutes of meetings of the Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Reference Group and how long after a meeting it should take to clear such minutes.

S2W-31839 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31549 by Hugh Henry on 13 February 2007, how the helpline was advertised (a) prior to February 2005 and (b) from February to August 2005 and at what cost.

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