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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 March 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-32515 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers will be involved in decisions about who is liable for financial contributions and the amount of contributions to be made in respect of the cost of the relocation of the Royal Highland Showground.

S2W-32516 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any proposals to make professional indemnity insurance a condition of registration for independent midwives.

S2W-32517 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many independent midwives there are, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-32518 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many births were attended by independent midwives in comparison with other births in each year since 2000.

S2W-32519 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed with autism in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board and showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32520 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families there were in which at least one adult and one child were diagnosed with autism in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board and showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32521 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals are currently waiting for surveys as part of the central heating programme in each local authority area and, of these, how many have been waiting for (a) less than three months and (b) three months or more.

S2W-32522 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals declared themselves bankrupt in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency and showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32523 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals were charged with possession of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack cocaine, (d) ecstasy and (e) cannabis in each police board area in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32524 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seizures of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack cocaine, (d) ecstasy and (e) cannabis took place in each police board area in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32525 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community psychiatric nurses were employed by each NHS board in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32526 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwives were employed by each NHS board in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32527 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road deaths there were (a) in each police board area and (b) on each individual road in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32528 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road deaths occurred where excessive speed was a contributing factor in each police board area in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32529 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road deaths occurred where the driver was using a mobile phone in each police board area in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32530 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road deaths occurred where the person who died was not wearing a seatbelt in each police board area in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-32531 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new companies were registered in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) rateable value.

S2W-32532 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies ceased trading in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) rateable value.

S2W-32533 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the final cost was of the tendering exercise for the First ScotRail franchise that took effect from October 2004.

S2W-32534 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what proportion of patients with Availability Status Codes have waited (a) under six, (b) six to 12, (c) over 12 and (d) over 24 months for hospital in-patient treatment in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-32535 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number was of people on waiting lists for (a) radiotherapy, (b) chemotherapy and (c) other treatments for prostate cancer in the latest period for which figures are available and what the average waiting time was during that period.

S2W-32536Δ Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve performance measurement and reporting within police forces.

S2W-32537 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it had to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s consultation on the transport plan for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in respect of the impact of the plan on the Scottish workforce.

S2W-32538 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it is making to meet any additional workforce requirements for construction and transport infrastructure projects in Scotland associated with the London 2012 Olympic Games.

S2W-32539 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and intends to have, with the STUC or its affiliates regarding the impact on the Scottish workforce of the transport plan for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

S2W-32540 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances are reserved for hospital-to-hospital transfers, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-32541 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances reserved for dealing with 999 calls have been involved in the transfer of patients from hospitals to specialist centres in other hospitals for emergency treatment in each of the last five years.

S2W-32542 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for ambulance transfers from hospitals to specialist centres in other hospitals for elective treatment.

S2W-32543 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were transferred to specialist centres in other hospitals for emergency treatment following emergencies arising during elective procedures in each of the last five years.

S2W-32544 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were transferred to hospital as a matter of urgency after a first-response ambulance attended in each of the last five years.

S2W-32545 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many second-response ambulances attended patients to whom first-response ambulances had already attended as an emergency, in each of the last five years.

S2W-32546 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, in instances where first-response ambulances are called to an emergency and request second-response ambulances to attend to transfer patients to hospital, what the target response times are for the second ambulances in (a) urban and (b) remote and rural areas.

S2W-32547 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether second-response ambulances are always staffed with two ambulance personnel, one of whom is a paramedic.

S2W-32548 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances are available at any one time in (a) urban and (b) remote and rural areas, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-32549 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances are off the road at any one time as a result of (a) mechanical fault in the vehicle or (b) lack of equipment in (i) urban and (ii) remote and rural areas, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-32550 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for checking that the emergency equipment carried by ambulances is fit for purpose.

S2W-32551 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ambulances are automatically removed from service if any piece of their emergency equipment is found to be faulty before a shift.

S2W-32552 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) target replacement time and (b) replacement procedure is for any piece of faulty emergency equipment in ambulances and who is responsible for ensuring that the replacement is made.

S2W-32553 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31794 by Mr Andy Kerr on 28 February 2007, what the cost would be of not co-operating with public health services elsewhere in the United Kingdom in respect of computer systems, communication services and other matters.

S2W-32554 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what background checks are carried out on Scottish Enterprise Business Gateway’s business advisers.

S2W-32555 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are made to ensure that business advisers appointed by Scottish Enterprise for Business Gateway do not have a conflict of interest when helping or advising small companies.

S2W-32556 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many business advisers were appointed by Scottish Enterprise for Business Gateway in each year since 1999.

S2W-32557 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Business Gateway business advisers were investigated by Scottish Enterprise for misconduct or conflict of interest in each year since 1999.

S2W-32558 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies that had business advisers allocated to them through Scottish Enterprise Business Gateway subsequently employed those advisers as directors or owners in each year since 1999.

S2W-32559 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints have been recorded by Scottish Enterprise about misconduct of Business Gateway business advisers in each year since 1999.

S2W-32560 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will change its policy with regard to bursaries for social work courses in line with decisions made in England and Wales.

S2W-32561 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive who assesses the allocation of Regional Selective Assistance.

S2W-32562 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what checks are carried out to ensure that jobs are safeguarded and created when a company has been awarded Regional Selective Assistance.

S2W-32563 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what checks are carried out on companies applying for Regional Selective Assistance and whether these are conducted by independent auditors assigned by its Innovation and Investment Grants unit.

S2W-32564 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what checks are carried out on directors of companies applying for Regional Selective Assistance.

S2W-32565 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what checks are carried out to establish whether applications for Regional Selective Assistance are from "phoenix companies".

S2W-32566 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many "phoenix companies" have been awarded Regional Selective Assistance in each year since 1999.

S2W-32567 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of companies that have been in receipt of Regional Selective Assistance which are under investigation by the Companies Investigation Branch of the Department of Trade and Industry.

S2W-32568 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Innovation and Investment Grants unit liaises with the Companies Investigation Branch of the Department of Trade and Industry about checks on companies applying for Regional Selective Assistance.

S2W-32569 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies applying for Regional Selective Assistance in Scotland have their headquarters outside Scotland.

S2W-32570 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in respect of the clawback of Regional Selective Assistance, there have been any occasions when funding has not been returned in full, showing in any such case the (a) total amount that should have been clawed back and (b) name of company.

S2W-32571 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies have gone bankrupt after receiving Regional Selective Assistance and, in each case, how many jobs were lost and what the value was of the original grant.

S2W-32572 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government about the number of companies in receipt of Regional Selective Assistance that are operating without a PAYE system.

S2W-32573 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government concerning the number of companies in receipt of Regional Selective Assistance that are operating without registering with HM Revenue and Customs.

S2W-32574 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government concerning any companies, in receipt of Regional Selective Assistance, that take National Insurance (NI) contributions from workers but do not pass them on or pay the company’s NI contributions to HM Revenue and Customs.

S2W-32575 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive when more detailed information will be available on the consolidation of its Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department’s grant management and delivery functions within a single new operational division.

S2W-32576 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what detailed evaluation, consultation and review companies will be subject to when applying for Regional Selective Assistance.

S2W-32577 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether new posts will be created as a result of the consolidation of its Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department’s grant management and delivery functions within a single new operational division.

S2W-32578 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new tier of Regional Selective Assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises and the simplification of the national grant structure will impact on the effectiveness of checks on these companies prior to them obtaining a grant.

S2W-32579 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average turnaround in days is for obtaining Regional Selective Assistance from application to (a) decision and (b) receipt of funding.

S2W-32580 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the shortest turnaround has been in days for obtaining Regional Selective Assistance from application to (a) decision and (b) receipt of funding.

S2W-32581 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated final cost is of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass.

S2W-32582 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated final cost of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass was calculated.

S2W-32583 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive how opportunity costs, such as loss of amenity, were factored in to the estimated final cost of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass.

S2W-32584 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive at which financial year’s prices the estimated final cost of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass is expressed.

S2W-32585 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the estimated final cost of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass includes a figure for VAT and, if so, how much.

S2W-32586 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the estimated final cost of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass includes the costs of access roads, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, preparatory works, including engineering and surveying, and other associated costs.

S2W-32587 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultants were allowed to work in the NHS beyond retirement age in each year since 1990, broken down by (a) speciality and (b) NHS board.

S2W-32588 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultants were granted merit awards in each year since 1990, broken down by (a) speciality and (b) NHS board.

S2W-32589 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reviews of NHS services, such as chronic pain and wheelchairs, have been carried out since 1990, showing the cost of each review.

S2W-32590 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on reviews of NHS services since 1990.

S2W-32591 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the recommendations made in reviews of NHS services since 1990 have been implemented, broken down by subject and giving the timescales for implementation.

S2W-32592 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out into the cost of undertaking further reviews of NHS services compared with the cost-effectiveness of implementing in full the recommendations of earlier reviews of the same service.

S2W-32593Δ Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to address the concerns highlighted in the summary report following the recent consultation on proposals to establish Scotland’s first coastal and marine national park.

S2W-32594 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to ensure that an island does not lose its only petrol station.

S2W-32595 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the criteria for eligibility for grants for rural petrol stations should be relaxed in cases where the petrol station is the only one on an island.

S2W-32596 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the effect of reduced ferry fares for island residents on businesses located on the islands.

S2W-32597 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) grocery, (b) butcher, (c) baker, (d) fishmonger, (e) newsagent, (f) confectionery and (g) tobacco retail outlets there were in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006 and how many such wholesalers there were in each year.

S2W-32598 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the criteria for measuring response times for 999 calls for ambulances to demonstrate that the criteria are standardised, in light of the recent article in the British Medical Journal, Treating the clock and not the patient: ambulance response times and risk.

S2W-32599 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the criteria for determining whether a 999 call made for an ambulance is an emergency to demonstrate that the criteria are standardised, in light of the recent article in the British Medical Journal, Treating the clock and not the patient: ambulance response times and risk.

S2W-32600Δ Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23582 by Ross Finnie on 28 February 2006, when it will publish the outcome of the review of the policy for management of solid low level radioactive waste.

S2W-32601 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of offers to applications was for entry into undergraduate degree courses at each university, showing whether the applicant’s previous educational institution was in Scotland and was (a) a state school, (b) an independent school, (c) a further education college, (d) a university or (e) other institution in the latest year for which figures are available.

S2W-32602 Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio of offers to applications was for students domiciled in Scotland for entry into undergraduate degree courses at each university, showing whether the applicant’s previous educational institution was (a) a state school, (b) an independent school, (c) a further education college, (d) a university or (e) other institution in the latest year for which figures are available.

S2W-32603 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Inclusion Project report, Towards a Healthier LGBT Scotland, published in October 2003.

S2W-32604 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answers to questions S2W-6170 and S2W-6172 by Mr George Reid on 11 February 2004, how members of the public are made aware that there is a baby changing/nursing mother room for public use within the Parliament.

S2W-32605 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S2W-6170 by Mr George Reid on 11 February 2004, what arrangements exist for members of the public who wish to use baby changing/nursing mother facilities within the Parliament on a Saturday or Sunday.

S2W-32606 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects local authorities to have sprinkler systems installed in newly built schools as a matter of best practice.

S2W-32607 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it issues guidance to local authorities on the installation of sprinkler systems in schools.

S2W-32608 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that Argyll and Bute Council will not be installing a sprinkler system in the new Hermitage Academy.

S2W-32609 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-12000 by Mr Andy Kerr on 15 February 2007 (Official Report c. 32164) where the Minister for Health and Community Care stated that he would wait until the Health Department received the outline business case for Glasgow’s new children’s hospital before commenting on the appropriate procurement method for the hospital, why, in answer to question S2O-12341 on 15 March 2007, the minister stated that it would be built by the private sector (Official Report c. 33310-11).

S2W-32610 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-12341 by Mr Andy Kerr on 15 March 2007 (Official Report c. 33310-11), whether the Minister for Health and Community Care has now decided that Glasgow’s new children’s hospital will be privately financed.

S2W-32611 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-12341 by Mr Andy Kerr on 15th March 2007 (Official Report c. 33310-11), whether it will expand on the statement that "the project in Glasgow will be built by the private sector. Of course, as the SNP is so anti-business, it could not even make a profit of that".

S2W-32612 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify whether Glasgow’s new children’s hospital will be built using the public private partnership procurement route, in light of the Minister for Health and Community Care’s statement that the project will be built by the private sector.

S2W-32613 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in extending the provision of long-acting reversible methods of contraception in accordance with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines published in October 2005.

S2W-32614 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women have been given long-acting reversible methods of contraception in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-32615 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that (a) GPs and (b) other health professionals involved in family planning services are trained in the use of long-acting reversible methods of contraception.

S2W-32616 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in ensuring that women with problematic drug use have access to specialist family planning services that are able to advise on and administer long-acting reversible contraception, as recommended by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in its 2003 report, Hidden Harm.

S2W-32617 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) GP practices and (b) other family planning clinics provide long-acting reversible methods of contraception.

S2W-32618 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards provide postal testing kits for chlamydia, also broken down by board.

S2W-32619 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when a national procurement contract for postal testing kits for chlamydia will be established.

S2W-32620 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to develop and promote the metropolitan region approach in order to stimulate and grow the economy.

S2W-32621 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the final report of the review of community councils.

S2W-32622 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable and membership will be of the short-life working group established to take forward the recommendations of the review of community councils.

S2W-32623 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when a code of conduct for members of community councils will be introduced.

S2W-32624 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to revise and strengthen the procedures for elections to community councils.

S2W-32625 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the findings of the review of the role of methadone in treatment, announced by the First Minister in March 2006.

S2W-32626 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the findings of the stock-taking exercise of alcohol and drug action teams.

S2W-32627 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the findings of the Bates funding review of drug treatment options.

S2W-32628 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to improve access to contraceptive services by women with problematic drug use in line with the recommendations of Hidden Harm, published in 2003 by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, and the Executive’s response in 2004 and subsequent Next Steps response in 2006.

S2W-32629 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, and what funding it is making available, to ensure that individuals and local organisations have access to advice and advocacy support to enable them to engage effectively in the planning process.

S2W-32630 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women held public appointments in each year since 1999 in (i) total and (ii) each public authority.

S2W-32631 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the number of women in local authority chief executive posts.

S2W-32632 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address under-representation of women in head teacher posts in secondary schools.

S2W-32633 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to public sector organisations to assist them to comply with the gender equality duty.

S2W-32634 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes to policy and practice have resulted from the findings of the research report, Transport Impacts of Major Health Care Developments, published in 2002.

S2W-32635 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the method of allocating resources under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

S2W-32636 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20888 by Lewis Macdonald on 29 November 2005, how many people aged 60 and over are registered with an NHS dentist, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) Scottish parliamentary constituency.

S2W-32637 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20887 by Lewis Macdonald on 29 November 2005, how many people aged 16 and under are registered with an NHS dentist, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) Scottish parliamentary constituency.

S2W-32638 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VI1 reports have been issued by social work departments in the last year.

S2W-32639 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VI1 reports have been issued by social work departments in the last year as a result of violent attacks.

S2W-32640 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people who have been the subject of VI1 reports issued by social work departments in the last year have also been charged by the police.

S2W-32641 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people who have been the subject of VI1 reports issued by social work departments in the last year and charged by the police have had their charges proved.

S2W-32642 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people who have been the subject of VI1 reports issued by social work departments in the last year have also been referred to an assessment centre for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-32643 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many established assessment centres there are for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-32644 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places there are in established assessment centres for people with learning disabilities.

S2W-32645 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people who have been referred to assessment centres for people with learning disabilities in the last year have been deemed unsuitable to live in the community.

S2W-32646 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive where people with learning disabilities who have been assessed as being unsuitable to live in the community in the last year have been placed.

S2W-32647 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to public transport providers to ensure that services comply with the requirements of the gender equality duty.

S2W-32648 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs under the free central heating programme have been completed by Scottish Gas.

S2W-32649 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs it has been billed for by Scottish Gas under the central heating programme.

S2W-32650 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Gas will meet its target of 6,000 central heating jobs to be completed under the central heating programme by the end of March 2007.

S2W-32651 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many commercial salmon netting stations are in operation and, of these, how many are in private ownership.

S2W-32652 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many commercial salmon netting stations are in operation, also expressed as a proportion of the number in operation when records began.

S2W-32653 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many commercial salmon netting stations were in operation when records began.

S2W-32654 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the extension of the weekly close time for salmon fishing in 1988, how the Executive defines the term "general conservation grounds" and what scientific evidence existed at that time to support the case for extension.

S2W-32655 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive why the extension of the weekly close time for salmon fishing in 1988 applied only to netting interests and not to angling interests.

S2W-32656 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to salmon netting rights that are the subject of private heritable title, why no compensation has been offered to those owners for measures that have had a substantial impact on the profitability of such operations.

S2W-32657 Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to the (a) angling and (b) netting industries.

S2W-32658 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific policies and resources it has put in place to stimulate and support corporate social responsibility.

S2W-32659 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the benefits of a healthy work-life balance and to encourage practical action by employers and other organisations to support this aim.

S2W-32660 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage and promote flexible working practices in both the public and private sectors.

S2W-32661 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in ensuring that all diesel multiple units in the First ScotRail fleet comply with the current EU Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directive (1997/68/EC) and what preparations are being made to ensure compliance with tighter guidelines to come into effect in 2011.

S2W-32662 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Scotland were declared bankrupt in each year since 1997.

S2W-32663 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available on the number of car journeys made on the B758 in each of the last five years.

S2W-32664 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available on the number of car journeys made on Hunthill Road, Blantyre, in each of the last five years.

S2W-32665 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available on the number of car journeys made on Bardykes Road, Blantyre, in each of the last five years.

S2W-32666 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the latest Route Accident Reduction Plan studies carried out on the B758.

S2W-32667 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic accidents there were on the B758 in each of the last five years and, of these, how many resulted in fatalities and serious injuries, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-32668 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when the last safety audit was carried out on the B758 and which parts of the route were covered by it.

S2W-32669 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission a route action plan study for the B758.

S2W-32670 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether full geological samples will be taken on all possible routes for a further Forth crossing.

S2W-32671 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the consultants involved in evaluating the potential routes and options for a further Forth crossing have relevant experience in building (a) bridges, (b) tunnels and (c) submerged tubes.

S2W-32672 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake up-to-date studies on journey patterns for all vehicles crossing the River Forth to inform the decision on the best route for a further Forth crossing.

S2W-32673 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how much and what type of housing has been built on Rum in each of the last 20 years, also giving the permanent population of Rum in each of these years.

 

S2W-32674 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to build additional housing on Rum in each of the next five years; what provision will be made for affordable housing on Rum, and whether, in the work being considered in relation to Kinloch Castle, the Executive considers that holiday homes or timeshare properties should be incorporated.

S2W-32675 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to secure provision for care for elderly people in South Lochaber while the application for the closure of Glencoe Hospital by NHS Highland is pending, while the Parliament is dissolved and until a new Executive in established.

S2W-32676 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give, in respect of each of the components of the cost of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link, the original cost estimate on which it relied and the current estimate.

S2W-32677 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate or best prediction is of the amount of end-year flexibility for 2006-07 and 2007-08.

S2W-32678 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered drug misusers there were in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) NHS board area, also expressed as a ratio to the population.

S2W-32679 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much transport expenditure there was in each (a) regional transport partnership and (b) local authority area in each of the last five years, also expressed on a per capita basis.

S2W-32680 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) full-time and (b) retained firefighters there were in each fire board area in each of the last five years, also expressed as a ratio to the population and showing the number of current vacancies in each category.

S2W-32681 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operational police stations there were in each police force area in each of the last eight years.

S2W-32682 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) percentage and (b) number of police officers are due to reach retiral age in each of the next five years, also broken down by police force.

S2W-32683 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on implementation of the Sea Fisheries Strategy since its launch.

S2W-32684 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reform the agriculture subsidy appeals system and whether it has made any representations to the European Union on this matter.

S2W-32685 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding was provided to each local authority in each of the last eight years, showing year-on-year percentage changes and change over the whole period, also expressed on a per capita basis and showing national averages in each case.

S2W-32686 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre all information that it received in relation to tail docking, including copies of any advice notes, aides memoire or notes of meetings held following a meeting in February or March 2007 with representatives of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association.

S2W-32687 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all responses and evidence it received in respect of its consultation on tail docking.

S2W-32688 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional provision it is making for the care of elderly people in the Highland Council or NHS Highland areas, in light of predictions about the increasing proportion of the population aged over 75.

S2W-32689 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of how the Hospital at Home scheme operates, how it is funded, what personnel are required and where it has been piloted.

S2W-32690 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how it determined the amount of funding for wheelchairs and wheelchair users announced on 16 March 2007 and whether it considers that £1 million is sufficient.

S2W-32691 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in providing a single system of transcription of reading materials for blind or partially sighted people and whether it has been in contact with the RNIB on this issue and, if so, what response it has received.

S2W-32692 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the net expenditure on public libraries was in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority and also expressed on a per capita basis.

S2W-32693 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating programme installations have been carried out by Scottish Gas, broken down by (a) postcode area and (b) fuel type.

S2W-32694 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Warm Deal installations have been carried out by Scottish Gas, broken down by postcode area.

S2W-32695 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to promote Scottish beef abroad since the export ban was lifted.

S2W-32696 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatalities there have been on open roads in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area and expressed as a percentage of total fatalities in each year.

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