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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 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-651 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS patients domiciled in Scotland were treated in independent hospitals in (a) Scotland and (b) England in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.

S3W-652 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cochlear implant operations have been performed on (a) children and (b) adults in each NHS board area in each year since 2002-03.

S3W-653 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were placed in residential accommodation for (a) drug and (b) alcohol addiction in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.

S3W-654 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were refused a residential placement for (a) drug and (b) alcohol addiction in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006 and what the reasons were for refusals.

S3W-655 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average capital value per hectare is of development land in Scotland.

S3W-656 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue cost would be of implementing a council tax discount for pensioner households of (a) 10%, (b) 20%, (c) 25%, (d) 30% and (e) 50%.

S3W-657 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost to date has been of the police enquiries into the allegations of perjury during the Tommy Sheridan versus the News of the World case.

S3W-658 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of ministerial redundancy payments has been in each year since 1999.

S3W-659 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the pension entitlements are of ministers.

S3W-660 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make prescriptions free of charge to those who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

S3W-661 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what is considered to be untrustworthy about the three separate pieces of paper containing three significantly different figures that the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change stated on 31 May 2007 that he would publish when he thinks they are trustworthy (Official Report c. 346).

S3W-662 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive to what three separate pieces of paper containing three significantly different figures the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change referred on 31 May 2007 (Official Report c. 346) and when they will be published.

S3W-663 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive to what cost overruns in capital projects the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change referred on 31 May 2007 (Official Report c. 312); when such cost overruns were identified, and when ministers were advised of their existence.

S3W-664 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the difference is between land management contracts and rural development contracts, as referred to by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 31 May 2007 (Official Report c. 250).

S3W-665 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive to what "vast number of alternatives" to the current Edinburgh Airport Rail Link the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth referred on 31 May 2007 (Official Report c. 379).

S3W-666 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to local authorities about the tendering of contracts to provide school bus services.

S3W-667 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children travel to school by school bus, also broken down by local authority.

S3W-668 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement it is giving to local authorities to increase the number of children who travel to school by school bus, so reducing the number travelling by private car.

S3W-669 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to local authorities to ensure that the buses used for school transport are the most environmentally friendly.

S3W-670 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive a response from the UK National Screening Committee about a high-risk screening programme for diabetes.

S3W-671 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has of the number of people with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-672 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has of the number of undiagnosed people with diabetes, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-673 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the last year to improve patient access to insulin pumps and whether up-to-date figures are available on the numbers of patients using such pumps.

S3W-674 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the decision to retain full accident and emergency services at Monklands and Ayr hospitals will have on the (a) current and (b) future budget resources available to NHS Orkney.

S3W-675 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement about future funding proposals for community planning partnerships.

S3W-676 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it will commit to the provision of affordable homes in the forthcoming spending review.

S3W-677 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist first-time buyers to get on to the property ladder.

S3W-678 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the Homestake shared ownership housing grant scheme.

S3W-679 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to reduce housing waiting lists.

S3W-680 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the issue of temporary accommodation, in light of its responsibilities under the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-681 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the shortage of affordable homes in areas where a significant proportion of homes are classed as second or holiday homes.

S3W-682 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support a restricted occupancy policy, similar to that adopted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, or a two-tier housing market structure, as is operated in Guernsey, to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for local people.

S3W-683 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held with representatives of sportscotland to discuss the future status of that body.

S3W-684 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications will be for lottery funding of sport in Scotland of any change to the status of sportscotland.

S3W-685 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications will be for the national indoor sports arena planned for Glasgow of any change in the status of sportscotland.

S3W-686 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with athletes regarding the proposal to have a separate Scottish Olympic team.

S3W-687 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with representatives of sports governing bodies regarding the proposal to have a separate Scottish Olympic team.

S3W-688 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to bring athletes currently on UK programmes into a Scottish Olympic team set-up.

S3W-689 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the recommendation by the Biosecurity Association that a task force should be established to examine options for a more strategic approach to health and to enable the Scottish life sciences sector to effectively address medical need by developing new medicines and devices.

S3W-690 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease in each year from 1996 to 2006, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-691 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease in each year from 1996 to 2006 were offered (a) day treatment and (b) residential abstinence-based treatment for their condition, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-692 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address shortages in intensive care baby units, given that admissions to units rose by 402 infants between 2005 and 2006 with almost no increase in the number of cots.

S3W-693 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to address any understaffing of neonatal units, following the findings of the review by BLISS.

S3W-694 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-177 by Shona Robison on 31 May 2007, whether it will extend the list of chronic conditions that entitle patients to free prescriptions and, if so, which additional conditions will be included.

S3W-695 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-154 by Shona Robison on 6 June 2007, whether patients can access free treatment, paid for by the NHS and provided by an independent homeopathy practitioner, where patients and their clinicians consider that homeopathy is an appropriate form of treatment but is not provided as an NHS service.

S3W-696 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address a shortage of land for development.

S3W-697 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that any shortcomings in the provision of essential infrastructure do not act as an obstacle to development.

S3W-698 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new homes are planned to be built in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010.

S3W-699 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support first-time buyers to own a home.

S3W-700 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that there are sufficient affordable homes for rent and sale.

S3W-701 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will implement the single survey and purchasers’ information pack to improve the experience of house purchasing.

S3W-702 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor the success of the single survey and purchasers’ information pack.

S3W-703 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make the Homestake scheme available for all properties, in addition to new build, and, if so, when it will do so.

S3W-704 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation on the independent scrutiny of NHS board proposals will commence and when it anticipates making an announcement to the Parliament on the outcome.

S3W-705 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all current proposals for service change, particularly those proposals relating to the Vale of Leven Hospital, will be set aside until such time as the arrangements for independent scrutiny are concluded.

S3W-706 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the position of many people in Glasgow Maryhill and other parts of Glasgow who cannot easily access hospitals and health centres due to a lack of bus services in their area.

S3W-707 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that some workers, particularly shift workers in Glasgow Maryhill and elsewhere in Glasgow, are inconvenienced by a lack of bus services.

S3W-708 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that many people in Maryhill and in other parts of Glasgow are unable to visit friends and family or engage in social activity because there are no bus services in their area after 6 pm and at weekends.

S3W-709 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the re-regulation of buses.

S3W-710 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the legislation governing the operation of houses in multiple occupation.

S3W-711 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the administration and effectiveness of the register of private landlords.

S3W-712 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the development of farm businesses based on high-value non-food crops, such as bog myrtle, will be eligible for support under the new Scottish Rural Development Programme.

S3W-713 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is being made in its Environment Directorates for industry-initiated research and development programmes to be accommodated within the current system of funding such research and development.

S3W-714 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to increase the uptake of free school meals in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-715 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the availability of free school meals to families receiving working families tax credit in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-716 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £10 million allocated for new entrants to farming will be provided to support such entrants in Ayrshire.

S3W-717 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has held with Communities Scotland to discuss the future funding of credit unions.

S3W-718 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Communities Scotland about how credit unions will be assisted to expand the services they offer.

S3W-719 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce the Culture Bill which has now completed its consultation phase.

S3W-720 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will define artists in relation to the grants scheme proposed in the SNP manifesto.

S3W-721 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of honouring the artistic independence of the Arts Council and Scottish Screen.

S3W-722 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to work to establish Creative Scotland.

S3W-723 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the funding and promotion of the Youth Music initiative.

S3W-724 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the funding and promotion of the Cultural Co-ordinators in Schools programme.

S3W-725 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of prioritising cultural entitlements for Scotland’s people.

S3W-726 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the concept of an escalator model for young people with creative talents.

S3W-727 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce new legislation in respect of heritage and the built environment.

S3W-728 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the rationale for a merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

S3W-729 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support Scotland’s historic houses.

S3W-730 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund and support Architecture and Design Scotland.

S3W-731 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for Architecture and Design Scotland.

S3W-732 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for international development.

S3W-733 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the next round of funding for international development.

S3W-734 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will honour the co-operation agreement with the government of Malawi.

S3W-735 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the co-operation agreement with the government of Malawi.

S3W-736 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for the Gaelic language.

S3W-737 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the policy of support and funding for the Gaelic digital broadcasting channel.

S3W-738 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for Gaelic-medium education.

S3W-739 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its strategy for engagement with Europe.

S3W-740 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue its major events strategy.

S3W-741 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support and fund the Museums Recognition scheme.

S3W-742 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the success of the New Arts Sponsorship Awards scheme.

S3W-743 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund and support the New Arts Sponsorship Awards scheme.

S3W-744 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support contemporary music.

S3W-745 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the announcement to reverse the decision to downgrade accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital will have on other health service plans detailed in NHS Lanarkshire’s report, A Picture of Health.

S3W-746 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the announcement to reverse the decision to downgrade accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital will have on plans for the new community casualty unit in Cumbernauld.

S3W-747 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the announcement to reverse the decision to downgrade accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital will have on plans for the new health campus in Kilsyth.

S3W-748 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the announcement to reverse the decision to downgrade accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital, whether patients residing in the NHS Lanarkshire area will still be able to access treatment in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Forth Valley areas.

S3W-749 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the announcement to reverse the decision to downgrade accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital will affect planned investment in Kilsyth Victoria Cottage Hospital, as set out in NHS Lanarkshire’s report, A Picture of Health.

S3W-750 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the announcement to reverse the decision to downgrade accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital will affect plans for improving primary health care facilties for communities north of the A80 in Cumbernauld, as set out in NHS Lanarkshire’s report, A Picture of Health.

S3W-751 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether free school meals pilot schemes will be available in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-752 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the accident and emergency facility at Ayr Hospital will continue to provide a full service to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

S3W-753 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the accident and emergency facility at Ayr Hospital will be supported on a 24 hours a day, seven days a week basis by the provision of (a) general surgery 24/7 receiving services, (b) general medical 24/7 receiving services (including provision for admissions of older people), (c) orthopaedic surgery 24/7 receiving services, (d) anaesthetics services on a 24/7 basis, including general critical care services, (e) radiology services on a 24/7 basis, (f) paediatric receiving services, (g) obstetric receiving services and (h) gynaecology receiving services.

S3W-754 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that the services outlined by the Kerr Report as constituting a Level 3a unscheduled care facility, namely (a) general surgery 24/7 receiving services, (b) general medical 24/7 receiving services (including provision for admissions of older people), (c) orthopaedic surgery 24/7 receiving services, (d) anaesthetics services on a 24/7 basis, including general critical care services, (e) radiology services on a 24/7 basis, (f) paediatric receiving services, (g) obstetric receiving services and (h) gynaecology receiving services, are the minimum services required to constitute an effective and sustainable accident and emergency facility.

S3W-755 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Ayr Hospital would meet the accepted definition of an accident and emergency facility if any of (a) general surgery 24/7 receiving services, (b) general medical 24/7 receiving services (including provision for admissions of older people), (c) orthopaedic surgery 24/7 receiving services, (d) anaesthetics services on a 24/7 basis, including general critical care services, (e) radiology services on a 24/7 basis, (f) paediatric receiving services, (g) obstetric receiving services and (h) gynaecology receiving services were not to be provided.

S3W-756 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the planned specialist cancer care centre for Ayrshire, to be located at Ayr Hospital, will proceed and what budget has been allocated for this.

S3W-757 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the establishment of the proposed specialist cancer care centre at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-758 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional staff, and at what grades, will require to be recruited to continue to provide a full accident and emergency service at both Ayr and Crosshouse hospitals.

S3W-759 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when work to expand facilities, including community casualty facilities, at East Ayrshire Community Hospital will commence.

S3W-760 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the expansion of facilities, including community casualty facilities, at East Ayrshire Community Hospital will be completed.

S3W-761 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the budget allocated to expand facilities at East Ayrshire Community Hospital.

S3W-762 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the work already undertaken to establish a community casualty facility at East Ayrshire Community Hospital following the letter dated 15 December 2006 from the Minister for Heath and Community Care to the chair of NHS Ayrshire and Arran which instructed the NHS board to establish this as the first community casualty facility in Ayrshire.

S3W-763 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new Girvan Community Hospital will provide (a) inpatient beds, (b) outpatient beds (primary and secondary care), (c) general medical services (GP practices), (d) dental services, (e) podiatry, (f) speech and language therapy, (g) physiotherapy, (h) occupational therapy, (i) diagnostics (x-ray), (j) dietetics, (k) a community casualty facility, (l) minor procedures services, (m) day services, (n) a Scottish Ambulance Services facility, (o) an integrated care team and (p) evening nurse services.

S3W-764 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when building work will commence on the new community hospital in Girvan.

S3W-765 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new community hospital in Girvan will be completed.

S3W-766 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the budget allocated for the (a) building and (b) running of the new community hospital in Girvan.

S3W-767 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be made available for the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide additional ambulance and paramedic services in rural south Ayrshire following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-768 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional ambulance and paramedic facilities will be put in place in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire, following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-769 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional ambulance and paramedic services will be put in place in rural communities in South Ayrshire following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-770 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional ambulance and paramedic services will be stationed in Maybole following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-771 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional ambulance and paramedic services will be stationed in Girvan following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-772 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional ambulance and paramedic services will be stationed in Cumnock following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-773 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional ambulance and paramedic services will be stationed in the Doon Valley following the decision to retain accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-774 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the decision to retain accident and emergency (A&E) services at Ayr Hospital will have on patients attending A&E at Crosshouse Hospital with minor injuries.

S3W-775 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce the network of community casualty units throughout Ayrshire, as agreed by the Minister for Health and Community Care and NHS Ayrshire and Arran on 15 December 2006.

S3W-776 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to engage with clinicians who supported the establishment of community casualty facilities throughout Ayrshire, as agreed by the Executive and NHS Ayrshire and Arran on 15 December 2006.

S3W-777 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take any measures to improve bus services.

S3W-778 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will initiate any discussions with the bus industry on the provision of services throughout Scotland.

S3W-779 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the current arrangements for the provision of bus services.

S3W-780 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned about a lack of bus routes providing services to hospitals.

S3W-781 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make any changes to the bus regulatory framework in the next four years.

S3W-782 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with learning disabilities have been living in NHS-commissioned services for longer than six weeks.

S3W-783 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with learning disabilities living in private hospitals have an agreed discharge date, also expressed as a percentage of the total number of all people with learning disabilities.

S3W-784 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people with learning disabilities living in private hospitals have an agreed discharge date.

S3W-785 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with learning disabilities, excluding those in short-term assessment and treatment units, living in NHS-commissioned services and who are technically and legally NHS patients, do not have an independent landlord and housing rights.

S3W-786 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the statement in The Same as You? that people with learning disabilities should not live in hospitals, what steps it is taking to monitor the position.

S3W-787 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people under the age of 65 with learning disabilities are living in nursing homes.

S3W-788 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with learning disabilities living in nursing homes have a personal life plan to help to decide whether alternative community-based housing and support options would be in their best interests.

S3W-789 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assist local authorities, such as the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and West Lothian councils, to implement the single status conditions of employment, as required by equal pay legislation, without low-paid male workers having to sustain any cut in salary.

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