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Section E – Written questions lodged on 15 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-1107 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-584 by Richard Lochhead on 14 June 2007, how much of the estimated cost of £120,000 per new entrant over the next six years of the Scottish Rural Development Programme will reach each new entrant and what proportion will be spent on administration costs.

S3W-1108 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many charges there have been under the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 for meeting a child following certain preliminary contact, broken down by year.

S3W-1109 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions there have been under the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 for meeting a child following certain preliminary contact, broken down by year.

S3W-1110 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to carry out an economic impact assessment on the effect on the north Ayrshire economy of the closure of the Hunterston B nuclear power station.

S3W-1111 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage NHS Ayrshire and Arran to expedite the business plan for a new hospital on Arran and its subsequent construction.

S3W-1112 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a national proof-of-age card.

S3W-1113 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the procedures and protocols for the management of breast screening have been adhered to by all breast clinics in each NHS board area.

S3W-1114 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take following the release of the results of a survey by the UK Department of Health which show that Scotland has the worst record in the UK for the abuse of elderly men and the second worst record for elder abuse overall.

S3W-1115 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to reduce incidences of elder abuse in (a) persons’ homes and (b) care homes.

S3W-1116 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether current procedures to ensure the protection of elderly people are adequate.

S3W-1117 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current procedures are for vetting the suitability of people who apply to work as carers (a) in care homes and (b) as home care providers.

S3W-1118 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek to meet urgently representatives of Age Concern Scotland, Action on Elder Abuse and other advocacy agencies for elderly people to gain further information about the experiences of their membership in respect of abuse at the hands of carers.

S3W-1119 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve advocacy services for elderly people in receipt of home care services.

S3W-1120 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider setting up a working group to examine what action could be taken to reduce the prevalence of elder abuse in Scotland.

S3W-1121 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms exist to ensure that home care services, such as free personal care, are delivered professionally, respectfully and effectively.

S3W-1122 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the (a) UK Government and (b) European Commission in relation to Scottish structural fund programmes submitted for approval and admissibility.

S3W-1123 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s revised proposals for accident and emergency services will be made available to the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

S3W-1124 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Lanarkshire’s revised proposals for accident and emergency services will be made available to the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

S3W-1125 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee will be consulted before any decisions are taken by the independent scrutiny panel on NHS accident and emergency provision.

S3W-1126 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the membership of the independent scrutiny panel on NHS accident and emergency provision will be announced.

S3W-1127 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be consulted before appointments are made to the independent scrutiny panel on NHS accident and emergency provision.

S3W-1128 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations will be represented on the independent scrutiny panel on NHS accident and emergency provision.

S3W-1129 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of the independent scrutiny panel rejecting the revised proposals on NHS accident and emergency provision, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will abide by the decision of the panel.

S3W-1130 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-373 by Stewart Maxwell on 6 June 2007, whether its commitment to implement in full the Reaching Higher national sport strategy includes endorsement of the strategy’s view that key sporting agencies can only benefit from working together and sharing expertise with UK partners.

S3W-1131 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-373 by Stewart Maxwell on 6 June 2007, whether its commitment to implement in full the Reaching Higher national sport strategy includes endorsement of the strategy’s support for a continuing role for  sportscotland.

S3W-1132 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to increase the percentage of schools with an anonymised system of free school meals receipt from 53% to 100%.

S3W-1133 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the target to end homelessness by 2012.

S3W-1134 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific actions will be taken to end homelessness by 2012.

S3W-1135 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the target to end child poverty by 2020 and halve it by 2010.

S3W-1136 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will help children in the severest poverty.

S3W-1137 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific actions will be taken to end child poverty by 2020 and halve it by 2010.

S3W-1138 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in response to the report, published by Glasgow City Council, into Kerelaw residential school.

S3W-1139 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines have been issued in respect of the deployment of single-staffed ambulance units.

S3W-1140 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving attacks on ambulance staff have been reported in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-1141 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving attacks on single-staffed ambulance units have been reported in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-1142 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ambulance workers in single-staffed units have the right to refuse to be deployed on safety grounds.

S3W-1143 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address concerns of ambulance workers that they are being put at risk due to the policy on the deployment of single-staffed units.

S3W-1144 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many indictment cases were dealt with by Glasgow Sheriff Court in 2006.

S3W-1145 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases dealt with by Glasgow Sheriff Court in the last year the time lapse between the petition appearance and an indictment being served was (a) five months or less, (b) six months, (c) seven months, (d) eight months and (e) nine months or more.

S3W-1146 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many custody cases dealt with by Glasgow Sheriff Court in the last year the Crown sought extensions beyond 140 days.

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