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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 June 2007

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

S3W-553 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it intends to have with NHS boards and local authorities about improving support services for dementia sufferers and their carers.

S3W-554 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on providing support services for dementia sufferers.

S3W-555 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review dementia support services.

S3W-556 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve advocacy services for dementia patients living in nursing homes.

S3W-557 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Care Commision about improving support services for dementia patients in (a) nursing homes and (b) hospitals.

S3W-558 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that NHS boards have a strategy in place for dementia patients who are admitted to hospital for treatment of an unrelated condition.

S3W-559 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards employ dedicated dementia nurses.

S3W-560 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase the number of dedicated dementia nurses in hospitals.

S3W-561 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to providing specialist training in dementia-related issues for care home staff.

S3W-562 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the decision taken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to remove donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine from the approved prescription list for the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

S3W-563 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding proposals for a bye-law banning the use of airguns in Aberdeen.

S3W-564 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to support proposals for a bye-law banning the use of airguns in Aberdeen.

S3W-565 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish targets on the reduction of child poverty.

S3W-566 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce child poverty.

S3W-567 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority it will give to reducing child poverty.

S3W-568 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether free school meals pilot schemes will be available in Glasgow.

S3W-569 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the duration of the free school meals pilot schemes will be.

S3W-570 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many free school meals pilot schemes there will be.

S3W-571 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to each NHS board has been of employing agency nurses, in each year since 1999.

S3W-572 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently waiting for organ transplants in the Lothians region; what the three most common organ requirements are in the region, and what the average waiting time is for a transplant.

S3W-573 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many organ transplants took place in the Lothians region in the last year.

S3W-574 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much investment is being made in retaining and improving organ transplant services across the Lothians region.

S3W-575 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that people across the Lothians are aware of the need for organ transplant donors and what financial commitment is being made to improve transplant services and raise awareness of the issue across the region.

S3W-576 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that the 40,000 Scots with epilepsy have access to the medical treatment that they require.

S3W-577 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to ensure that people with epilepsy receive the education and information regarding their condition that they require.

S3W-578 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to ensure that the family and carers of Scots with epilepsy receive the necessary information and education that they require in respect of the condition.

S3W-579 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle any discrimination and stigma associated with epilepsy.

S3W-580 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it is doing with teachers and pupils in schools to raise awareness of epilepsy.

S3W-581 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness among employers about the provision of support for employees with epilepsy.

S3W-582 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it reached its decision that £10 million was the appropriate amount of funding for the new entrants scheme for farmers.

S3W-583 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will allocate the £10 million that it has earmarked for the new entrants scheme for farmers.

S3W-584 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new entrants to farming it estimates it will attract by establishing its £10 million new entrants scheme.

S3W-585 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage estate owners to make starter units available for new tenants.

S3W-586 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are to establish an independent ombudsman to give teeth to the supermarket code of practice.

S3W-587 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to establish an independent appeals panel for farmers that is separate from the Executive.

S3W-588 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, when it introduces a new statutory regulation for the farming industry, it will first remove any relevant regulation that is currently in place.

S3W-589 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has identified any statutory regulations applicable to the farming industry that it considers to be unnecessary.

S3W-590 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list any statutory regulations, currently in force and affecting the farming industry, which it considers to be unnecessary and should be removed.

S3W-591 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will tackle issues arising from cheap and inferior imports reaching the shelves of Scottish supermarkets.

S3W-592 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what extra conservation measures it wishes to see applied to the Scottish fishing fleet.

S3W-593 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it expects to achieve the decoupling of cod management from other species of fish within the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

S3W-594 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial resources it has provided towards the staging of the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

S3W-595 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to increase the uptake of free school meals throughout all years of secondary school.

S3W-596 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to increase the uptake of free school meals throughout all years of primary school.

S3W-597 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to implement the recommendation of the Howat report that a more businesslike relationship be established between the Executive and sportscotland.

S3W-598 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to implement the recommendation of the Howat report that the supporting people and homelessness budgets be transferred from the Executive to Communities Scotland.

S3W-599 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what percentage of people were long-term unemployed in each council ward in (a) Dundee City, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire on the most recent date for which figures are available.

S3W-600 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much regional selective assistance was given to companies based in (a) Dundee, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire in 2006-07 and how many jobs were (i) created or (ii) safeguarded.

S3W-601 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working with Aberdeen City Council and other agencies to ensure that regeneration work in the Middlefield area of Aberdeen begins as soon as possible.

S3W-602 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the completion of regeneration work in the Middlefield area of Aberdeen.

S3W-603 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available for regeneration work in the Middlefield area of Aberdeen.

S3W-604 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when funding will be made available for regeneration work in the Middlefield area of Aberdeen.

S3W-605 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has held with Communities Scotland to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-606 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has held with Shelter to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-607 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has held with the Chartered Institute of Housing to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-608 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has held with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-609 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing plans to hold with Communities Scotland to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-610 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing plans to hold with Shelter to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-611 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing plans to hold with the Chartered Institute of Housing to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-612 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing plans to hold with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-613 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will meet Glasgow Housing Association to discuss the future of housing in Glasgow.

S3W-614 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has held with local authorities to discuss the future of housing in Glasgow.

S3W-615 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has held any meetings with COSLA and, if so, what issues were discussed.

S3W-616 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will meet COSLA and, if so, what issues will be discussed.

S3W-617 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has met COSLA to discuss her proposals for housing.

S3W-618 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to Valuable Assets, the EOC report on its formal investigation into the role and status of classroom assistants in Scottish schools.

S3W-619 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the mainstreaming of equality will continue throughout all departments.

S3W-620 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that its equal pay statement will be published no later than 28 September 2007.

S3W-621 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which bodies are being consulted on the formulation of the statement of priorities for the advancement of equal opportunities between men and women.

S3W-622 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to take forward the Strategic Group on Women’s recommendations that were accepted by the Executive in 2004 and updated in 2006.

S3W-623 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to implement a £2,000 grant to first-time house buyers.

S3W-624 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will cost to implement a £2,000 grant to first-time house buyers.

S3W-625 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the implementation a £2,000 grant to first-time house buyers will be funded from new money.

S3W-626 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the implementation of a £2,000 grant to first time house buyers will be funded from the existing housing budget and, if so, which areas of the budget will be affected.

S3W-627 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a grant of £2,000 to first-time house buyers will be implemented on a means-tested basis.

S3W-628 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to the arrangements in relation to freight and livestock transport to and from the North Isles and the mainland.

S3W-629 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the designation of islands as particularly fragile under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.

S3W-630 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the designation of islands as particularly fragile under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.

S3W-631 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the (a) UK Government and (b) European Commission about the future of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.

S3W-632 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the (a) UK Government and (b) European Commission on designating islands as particularly fragile under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.

S3W-633 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new cassette system for transporting livestock to and from the North Isles will be introduced.

S3W-634 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the introduction of the new cassette system for transporting livestock to and from the North Isles will be on the cost of such transport.

S3W-635 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has with regard to the transportation of livestock to and from the North Isles and the mainland.

S3W-636 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the issues facing Deafblind Scotland as a result of fund allocation changes.

S3W-637 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide statutory funding for guide communicators.

S3W-638 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in its work with a range of partners, including the voluntary sector, on initiatives to improve access to care services for deafblind people.

S3W-639 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be raised each year from Shetland crofters and farmers for each extra 1% of modulation of their single farm payments.

S3W-640 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take on the basis of the responses it received to the consultation on the Animal Gatherings (Scotland) Order.

S3W-641 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be announced on what action it proposes to take with regard to the Animal Gatherings (Scotland) Order.

S3W-642 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake (a) further consultation with interested parties and (b) a regulatory impact assessment on any follow-up proposals to the Animal Gatherings (Scotland) Order.

S3W-643 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been, or will be, paid to Shetland crofters and farmers in the current year and two previous years under the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme and the Rural Stewardship Scheme.

S3W-644 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the first 5,000 euros of Single Farm Payments are still exempt from modulation.

S3W-645 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the ministerial statement on the future of the accident and emergency unit at Ayr Hospital on 6 June 2007, whether it will give an assurance that other planned local health investments in Ayrshire and the south of Scotland will not be adversely affected and detail any service that may be directly affected.

S3W-646 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the setting up of a working group to monitor and report to the Parliament on the devolved impact of nuclear weapons based in Scotland.

S3W-647 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on the future of accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital, whether it will confirm that the proposed community casualty unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine will go ahead as planned.

S3W-648 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what facilities are planned for the community casualty unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine.

S3W-649 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its decision to retain the accident and emergency unit at Ayr Hospital and the outstanding plan for a community casualty unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine, how it will fund and staff both units.

S3W-650 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the fact that the proposed community casualty unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine is expected to take away 60% of casualty cases from Crosshouse Hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department in Kilmarnock and that Crosshouse Hospital will not now be required to pick up any additional cases due to the closure of the Ayr A&E unit, whether any consideration has been given as to the sustainability of A&E services at Crosshouse Hospital.

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