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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 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-31954 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much First Choice Holidays received in public funding support; how many jobs were (a) promised and (b) created, and how much funding has been clawed back.

S2W-31955 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-31956 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many gynaecologists are employed in each NHS board area.

S2W-31957 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for gynaecology out-patient appointments in each NHS board area.

S2W-31958 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for gynaecology in-patient appointments in each NHS board area.

S2W-31959 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rural home ownership grants have been approved in (a) Caithness, (b) Sutherland, (c) Orkney, (d) Shetland, (e) the Western Isles, (f) Ross-shire, (g) Inverness-shire, (h) Skye, (i) Lochalsh, (j) Badenoch and Strathspey and (k) Argyll and Bute in each year from 2001 to 2007, showing the amount of each grant.

S2W-31960 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what average time has been taken to reach a decision on approving rural home ownership grants and to inform applicants in (a) Caithness, (b) Sutherland, (c) Orkney, (d) Shetland, (e) the Western Isles, (f) Ross-shire, (g) Inverness-shire, (h) Skye, (i) Lochalsh, (j) Badenoch and Strathspey and (k) Argyll and Bute in each year from 2001 to 2007.

S2W-31961 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33051 by Elish Angiolini on 21 January 2003, what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on projects and tasks.

S2W-31962 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33049 by Mr Andy Kerr on 21 January 2003, what hourly rates and what grades are applied for staff when calculating the costs of individuals working in its Legal and Parliamentary Services department on projects and tasks.

S2W-31963 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the gender breakdown is of staff in each grade in (a) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and (b) its Legal and Parliamentary Services department.

S2W-31964 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive from where it procures plasma products.

S2W-31965 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to consult on any changes to the current exemption scheme from water and sewerage charges after it expires in 2010 and, if so, when and how the consultation will take place.

S2W-31966 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the length of contract is with Bio Products Laboratory to supply plasma products to NHS Scotland and on which date the contract commenced.

S2W-31967 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost is of the contract with Bio Products Laboratory to supply products to NHS Scotland.

S2W-31968 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority first gave approval for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre to restart operations after the voluntary suspension in January 2006.

S2W-31969 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive which products have been produced by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre since it restarted production.

S2W-31970 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any products have been destroyed since production restarted at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre and, if so, what these products were, what quantity was involved and what the reasons were for their destruction.

S2W-31971 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is funded under the PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) initiative.

S2W-31972 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is available under the PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) initiative.

S2W-31973 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what time limits are placed on training offered under the PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) initiative.

S2W-31974 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what cost limits are placed on training offered under the PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) initiative.

S2W-31975 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) initiative includes access to, and payment for, training in appropriate safety requirements or qualifications for specifically identified jobs.

S2W-31976 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when Stirling Royal Infirmary is due to close.

S2W-31977 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for opening the accident and emergency unit at the new Larbert hospital.

S2W-31978 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new Larbert hospital will have a maternity unit that can deal with bleeding during pregnancy.

S2W-31979 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the accident and emergency unit at Monklands Hospital will remain open until the accident and emergency unit opens at the new Larbert hospital.

S2W-31980 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether accident and emergency services at Wishaw and Hairmyres hospitals will be improved before the accident and emergency unit at Monklands Hospital closes.

S2W-31981 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the cost of proposed works to improve the accident and emergency units at Wishaw and Hairmyres hospitals compares with the estimated cost of upgrading the accident and emergency unit at Monklands Hospital if it were to be retained.

S2W-31982 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what services will be offered at the proposed community casualty unit in Cumbernauld.

S2W-31983 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed community casualty unit in Cumbernauld will have facilities to handle emergency chest conditions, such as asthma attacks.

S2W-31984 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what scholarships or grants, other than the UK Dance and Drama Awards, may be available to Scottish-domiciled students undertaking dance and drama training in England.

S2W-31985 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to establishing a blue plaque scheme similar to that operated by English Heritage.

S2W-31986 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on sites of local, regional, national or international importance (a) in Stirlingshire and (b) throughout Scotland.

S2W-31987 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many workers are employed in tourism and tourism-related industries in each local authority area.

S2W-31988 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the top 50 tourist attractions are by number of annual visitors.

S2W-31989 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have visited the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in each year since its establishment.

S2W-31990 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority in each year since its establishment.

S2W-31991 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs are supported by the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

S2W-31992 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the financial contribution made by the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park to the national economy.

S2W-31993 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of users of the railway stations at Tyndrum, Crianlarich and Balloch is estimated to be visitors to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

S2W-31994 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the contribution of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park to local tourism.

S2W-31995 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value is of any products still held by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre.

S2W-31996 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for any products still held by Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre.

S2W-31997 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Scotland is experiencing any shortage of plasma products.

S2W-31998 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether pilots on the River Clyde can be transferred as part of any sale or acquisition of Clydeport and, if so, what steps the Executive would be able to take in respect of this issue in the event of ownership of the ports by a foreign buyer.

S2W-31999 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation is responsible for monitoring, supervising and regulating pilotage in Clyde ports.

S2W-32000 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered what the impact would be of an acquisition of Clydeport by a foreign buyer; what effect such an acquisition would have on Glasgow and its economy, and what action it plans to take on the matter.

S2W-32001 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether pilots and regulation of pilotage on the River Clyde can be sold or acquired as part of any prospective sale of Clydeport and, if so, what steps the Executive can take in event of ownership of the ports transferring to a foreign buyer.

S2W-32002 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the take-up rate has been, as a percentage of those eligible, for the Minor Ailment Scheme since its launch in July 2006.

S2W-32003 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what publicity campaign it has undertaken about the Minor Ailments Scheme since its launch in July 2006.

S2W-32004 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Protein Fractionation Centre products were used by the NHS during the recent period of voluntary suspension and, if so, by whom and for what purpose.

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