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Section E – Written questions lodged on 2 October 2007

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

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S3W-4854 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed changes to the structure of VisitScotland, decisions currently taken by staff in VisitShetland offices in Shetland and in other local tourism offices will continue to be taken in the local offices or whether they will be taken at one or more central locations.

S3W-4855 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed changes to the structure of VisitScotland, there will be any change to the delivery of the marketing of tourism in Shetland and other parts of Scotland.

S3W-4856 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed changes to the structure of VisitScotland, there will be any change to the activities carried out in the VisitShetland offices in Shetland and in other tourism offices throughout Scotland.

S3W-4857 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current Shetland-based staff delivering the services provided by Careers Scotland and those delivering the skills and training elements of the work of HIE Shetland will transfer to the new skills body; whether all the work that they carry out will continue to be carried out by Shetland-based staff, and what changes there will be in their working relationships with Shetland employers, Shetland College, the NAFC Marine Centre and Shetland Islands Council.

S3W-4858 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the skills and training work currently delivered by HIE Shetland and detail how it will be delivered in Shetland after the skills and training elements of the enterprise network are passed to the new skills body.

S3W-4859 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed changes to the structure of VisitScotland, there will be any change to the funding provided to run the VisitShetland offices in Shetland and other local tourism offices throughout Scotland.

S3W-4860 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will maintain accountability over the delivery of the skills and training elements of the enterprise network in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise area when they are passed to the new skills body.

S3W-4861 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are currently administered through Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Highlands and Islands local enterprise companies and which of these are (a) under review, (b) to end, (c) to continue to be administered by HIE without review and (d) to continue without review but administered by a body other than HIE.

S3W-4862 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed abolition of local enterprise companies and reorganisation of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, current HIE Shetland staff will remain based in Shetland; whether they will be given any decision-making responsibility and, if so, what decisions they will be permitted to make.

S3W-4863 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, after its proposed abolition of the local enterprise companies and reorganisation of Highlands and Islands Enterprise have taken place, who will take decisions currently taken by HIE Shetland’s board and where the new decision takers will be based.

S3W-4864 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed abolition of local enterprise companies and reorganisation of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, decisions affecting Shetland will still be taken by those with a full understanding of Shetland’s business environment.

S3W-4865 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its proposed changes to the structure of VisitScotland, there will be any change to the staffing of the VisitShetland offices in Shetland and of other local tourism offices throughout Scotland.

S3W-4866 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding is available on a cross local authority basis for the provision of necessary services, such as nursery services, on a shared basis to people in neighbouring authority areas, such as the proposed Wee Guys Nursery serving a clientele in the Fife and Perth local authority areas, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-4867 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a local income tax to be operational in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area.

S3W-4868 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area it expects to be eligible to pay a local income tax.

S3W-4869 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost will be of collecting a local income tax in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area.

S3W-4870 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated cost of collecting a local income tax in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area compares with the cost of collecting the council tax.

S3W-4871 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a projection of the level of any local income tax evasion in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area and, if so, what this projection is.

S3W-4872 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area for assessing individuals’ incomes for the purpose of collecting a local income tax.

S3W-4873 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with large savings in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area will be subject to a local income tax on the income from those savings.

S3W-4874 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with unearned income in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area will be subject to a local income tax on this income.

S3W-4875 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to individuals in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area in determining residency for local income tax purposes.

S3W-4876 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy in respect of a local income tax will result in an individual in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area with an income of £20,000 from interest on savings and income from share dividends paying no local taxes, while an individual with an income of £20,000 from a job would pay local taxes and, if so, whether such a policy would favour people with savings and shareholdings relative to working people.

S3W-4877 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of income to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar from a local income tax.

S3W-4878 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated difference will be between funds currently collected under the council tax and those estimated to be collected under a local income tax in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area.

S3W-4879 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will receive any additional government grants to make up any shortfall between the amount collected under a local income tax and current income from the council tax.

S3W-4880 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would contribute any local income tax collected in the Western Isles to any central pool for redistribution to other local authorities and, if so, under what circumstances.

S3W-4881 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be required to administer a local income tax in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area.

S3W-4882 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a three pence local income tax in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area will yield sufficient income to maintain current service levels in the Western Isles.

S3W-4883 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households it estimates will be worse off in the Western Isles under its local income tax proposals.

S3W-4884 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners aged over 65 in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area will be required to pay the local income tax.

S3W-4885 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a local income tax to be operational in the Argyll and Bute Council area.

S3W-4886 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Argyll and Bute Council area it expects to be eligible to pay a local income tax.

S3W-4887 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost will be of collecting a local income tax in the Argyll and Bute Council area.

S3W-4888 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated cost of collecting a local income tax in the Argyll and Bute Council area compares with the cost of collecting the council tax.

S3W-4889 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a projection of the level of any local income tax evasion in the Argyll and Bute Council area and, if so, what this projection is.

S3W-4890 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in the Argyll and Bute Council area for assessing individuals’ incomes for the purpose of collecting a local income tax.

S3W-4891 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with large savings in the Argyll and Bute Council area will be subject to a local income tax on the income from those savings.

S3W-4892 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with unearned income in the Argyll and Bute Council area will be subject to a local income tax on this income.

S3W-4893 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to individuals in the Argyll and Bute Council area in determining residency for local income tax purposes.

S3W-4894 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy in respect of a local income tax will result in an individual in the Argyll and Bute Council area with an income of £20,000 from interest on savings and income from share dividends paying no local taxes, while an individual with an income of £20,000 from a job would pay local taxes and, if so, whether such a policy would favour people with savings and shareholdings relative to working people.

S3W-4895 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of income to Argyll and Bute Council from a local income tax.

S3W-4896 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated difference will be between funds currently collected under the council tax and those estimated to be collected under a local income tax in the Argyll and Bute Council area.

S3W-4897 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Argyll and Bute Council will receive any additional government grants to make up any shortfall between the amount collected under a local income tax and current income from the council tax.

S3W-4898 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Argyll and Bute Council will contribute any local income tax collected in its area to any central pool for redistribution to other local authorities and, if so, under what circumstances.

S3W-4899 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be required to administer a local income tax in the Argyll and Bute Council area.

S3W-4900 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a three pence local income tax in the Argyll and Bute Council area will yield sufficient income to maintain current service levels.

S3W-4901 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households it estimates will be worse off in Argyll and Bute under its local income tax proposals.

S3W-4902 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners aged over 65 in the Argyll and Bute Council area will be required to pay the local income tax.

S3W-4903 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a local income tax to be operational in the Highland Council area.

S3W-4904 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Highland Council area it expects to be eligible to pay a local income tax.

S3W-4905 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost will be of collecting a local income tax in the Highland Council area.

S3W-4906 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated cost of collecting a local income tax in the Highland Council area compares with the cost of collecting the council tax.

S3W-4907 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a projection of the level of any local income tax evasion in the Highland Council area and, if so, what this projection is.

S3W-4908 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in the Highland Council area for assessing individuals’ incomes for the purpose of collecting a local income tax.

S3W-4909 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with large savings in the Highland Council area will be subject to a local income tax on the income from those savings.

S3W-4910 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with unearned income in the Highland Council area will be subject to a local income tax on this income.

S3W-4911 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to individuals in the Highland Council area in determining residency for local income tax purposes.

S3W-4912 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy in respect of a local income tax will result in an individual in the Highland Council area with an income of £20,000 from interest on savings and income from share dividends paying no local taxes, while an individual with an income of £20,000 from a job in would pay local taxes and, if so, whether such a policy would favour people with savings and shareholdings relative to working people.

S3W-4913 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of income to Highland Council from a local income tax.

S3W-4914 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated difference will be between funds currently collected under the council tax and those estimated to be collected under a local income tax in the Highland Council area.

S3W-4915 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Highland Council will receive any additional government grants to make up any shortfall between the amount collected under a local income tax and current income from the council tax.

S3W-4916 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Highland Council will contribute any local income tax collected in its area to any central pool for redistribution to other local authorities and, if so, under what circumstances.

S3W-4917 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be required to administer a local income tax in the Highland Council area.

S3W-4918 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a three pence local income tax in the Highland Council area will yield sufficient income to maintain current service levels.

S3W-4919 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households it estimates will be worse off in the Highland Council area under its local income tax proposals.

S3W-4920 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners aged over 65 in the Highland Council area will be required to pay the local income tax.

S3W-4921 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a local income tax to be operational in the Moray Council area.

S3W-4922 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Moray Council area it expects to be eligible to pay a local income tax.

S3W-4923 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost will be of collecting a local income tax in the Moray Council area.

S3W-4924 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated cost of collecting a local income tax in the Moray Council area compares with collecting the council tax.

S3W-4925 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a projection of the level of any local income tax evasion in the Moray Council area and, if so, what this projection is.

S3W-4926 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in the Moray Council area for assessing individuals’ incomes for the purpose of collecting a local income tax.

S3W-4927 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with large savings in the Moray Council area will be subject to a local income tax on the income from those savings.

S3W-4928 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with unearned income in the Moray Council area will be subject to a local income tax on this income.

S3W-4929 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to individuals in the Moray Council area in determining residency for local income tax purposes.

S3W-4930 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy in respect of a local income tax will result in an individual in the Moray Council area with an income of £20,000 from interest on savings and income from share dividends paying no local taxes, while an individual with an income of £20,000 from a job would pay local taxes and, if so, whether such a policy would favour people with savings and shareholdings relative to working people.

S3W-4931 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of income to Moray Council from a local income tax.

S3W-4932 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated difference will be between funds currently collected under the council tax and those estimated to be collected under a local income tax in the Moray Council area.

S3W-4933 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Moray Council will receive any additional government grants to make up any shortfall between the amount collected under a local income tax and current income from the council tax.

S3W-4934 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Moray Council will contribute any local income tax collected in its area to any central pool for redistribution to other local authorities and, if so, under what circumstances.

S3W-4935 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be required to administer a local income tax in the Moray Council area.

S3W-4936 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a three pence local income tax in the Moray Council area will yield sufficient income to maintain current service levels.

S3W-4937 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households it estimates will be worse off in the Moray Council area under its local income tax proposals.

S3W-4938 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners aged over 65 in the Moray Council area will be required to pay the local income tax.

S3W-4939 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a local income tax to be operational in the Orkney Islands Council area.

S3W-4940 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Orkney Islands Council area it expects to be eligible to pay a local income tax.

S3W-4941 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost will be of collecting a local income tax in the Orkney Islands Council area.

S3W-4942 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated cost of collecting a local income tax in the Orkney Islands Council area compares with the cost of collecting the council tax.

S3W-4943 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a projection of the level of any local income tax evasion in the Orkney Islands Council area and, if so, what this projection is.

S3W-4944 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in the Orkney Islands Council area for assessing individuals’ incomes for the purpose of collecting a local income tax.

S3W-4945 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with large savings in the Orkney Islands Council area will be subject to a local income tax on the income from those savings.

S3W-4946 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with unearned income in the Orkney Islands Council area will be subject to a local income tax on this income.

S3W-4947 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to individuals in the Orkney Islands Council area in determining residency for local income tax purposes.

S3W-4948 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy in respect of a local income tax will result in an individual in the Orkney Islands Council area with an income of £20,000 from interest on savings and income from share dividends paying no local taxes, while an individual with an income of £20,000 from a job would pay local taxes and, if so, whether such a policy would favour people with savings and shareholdings relative to working people.

S3W-4949 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of income to Orkney Islands Council from a local income tax.

S3W-4950 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated difference will be between funds currently collected under the council tax and those estimated to be collected under a local income tax in the Orkney Islands Council area.

S3W-4951 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Orkney Islands Council will receive any additional government grants to make up any shortfall between the amount collected under a local income tax and current income from the council tax.

S3W-4952 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Orkney Islands Council will contribute any local income tax collected in its area to any central pool for redistribution to other local authorities and, if so, under what circumstances.

S3W-4953 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be required to administer a local income tax in the Orkney Islands Council area.

S3W-4954 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a three pence local income tax in the Orkney Islands Council area will yield sufficient income to maintain current service levels.

S3W-4955 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households it estimates will be worse off in the Orkney Islands Council area under its local income tax proposals.

S3W-4956 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners aged over 65 in the Orkney Islands Council area will be required to pay the local income tax.

S3W-4957 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a local income tax to be operational in the Shetland Islands Council area.

S3W-4958 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Shetland Islands Council area it expects to be eligible to pay a local income tax.

S3W-4959 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost will be of collecting a local income tax in the Shetland Islands Council area.

S3W-4960 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the estimated cost of collecting a local income tax in the Shetland Islands Council area compares with the cost of collecting the council tax.

S3W-4961 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a projection of the level of any local income tax evasion in the Shetland Islands Council area and, if so, what this projection is.

S3W-4962 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in the Shetland Islands Council area for assessing individuals’ incomes for the purposes of collecting a local income tax.

S3W-4963 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with large savings in the Shetland Islands Council area will be subject to a local income tax on the income from those savings.

S3W-4964 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals with unearned income in the Shetland Islands Council area will be subject to a local income tax on this income.

S3W-4965 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to individuals in the Shetland Islands Council area in determining residency for local income tax purposes.

S3W-4966 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy in respect of a local income tax will result in an individual in the Shetland Islands Council area with an income of £20,000 from interest on savings and income from share dividends paying no local taxes, while an individual with an income of £20,000 from a job would pay local taxes and, if so, whether such a policy would favour people with savings and shareholdings relative to working people.

S3W-4967 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of income to Shetland Islands Council from a local income tax.

S3W-4968 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated difference will be between funds currently collected under the council tax and those estimated to be collected under a local income tax in the Shetland Islands Council area.

S3W-4969 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Shetland Islands Council will receive any additional government grants to make up any shortfall between the amount collected under a local income tax and current income from the council tax.

S3W-4970 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Shetland Islands Council will contribute any local income tax collected in its area to any central pool for redistribution to other local authorities and, if so, under what circumstances.

S3W-4971 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be required to administer a local income tax in the Shetland Islands Council area.

S3W-4972 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a three pence local income tax in the Shetland Islands Council area will yield sufficient income to maintain current service levels.

S3W-4973 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households it estimates will be worse off in the Shetland Islands Council area under its local income tax proposals.

S3W-4974 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners aged over 65 in the Shetland Islands Council area will be required to pay the local income tax.

S3W-4975 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the impact on Scotland of the 2012 London Olympics.

S3W-4976 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will conclude its work to take forward proposals for replacing student loans with means-tested grants for students domiciled in Scotland.

S3W-4977 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will conclude its work to take forward proposals for writing off the student loan debt of students and graduates domiciled in Scotland.

S3W-4978 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the amounts of the Young Students’ Bursary available at each level of family income for students domiciled in Scotland.

S3W-4979 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost would be of raising the minimum family income threshold at which the full Young Students’ Bursary is paid from £18,360 to £25,000 to bring Scotland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-4980 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost would be of raising the maximum family income threshold at which students are eligible for the Young Students’ Bursary from £33,000 to £60,000 to bring Scotland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-4981 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out research into the impact of abolishing the graduate endowment on the number of students from other EU countries applying to study at Scottish universities.

S3W-4982 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many extra places will be created at universities and colleges for students from poorer backgrounds as a result of its policy to abolish loan debt for Scottish students and those graduates who have not yet repaid their loans.

S3W-4983 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has budgeted for the provision of discretionary funds and young students’ bursaries, including provision for inflation, rising student numbers and the ability to increase those funds in the future, given the loss of income that will result from abolishing the graduate endowment.

S3W-4984 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive which stakeholders are being consulted on its plans to replace student loans with means-tested grants.

S3W-4985 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is conducting its consultation on its plans to replace student loans with means-tested grants.

S3W-4986 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current outstanding student loan debt is of students and graduates domiciled in Scotland.

S3W-4987 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students were in higher education in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

S3W-4988 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the City of Edinburgh Council regarding its school building programme and what the proposals are for wave 3 of the programme, particularly the replacement Portobello High School.

S3W-4989 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Cabinet Secretary or minister would be prepared to certify the provisions of the draft Referendum (Scotland) Bill to be within the legislative competence of the Parliament as required by section 31 (1) of the Scotland Act 1998 and, if so, which Cabinet Secretary or minister.

S3W-4990 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the running costs are of the community midwife unit at (a) the Vale of Leven Hospital, (b) Inverclyde Hospital and (c) the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

S3W-4991 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of births by (a) caesarean section and (b) natural delivery.

S3W-4992 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many traffic regulation orders for disabled parking bays have been promoted by local authorities since 1999.

S3W-4993 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled parking bays are enforceable, broken down by local authority.

S3W-4994 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled parking bays are advisory, broken down by local authority.

S3W-4995 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fines have been issued by the police in relation to the abuse of disabled parking bays since 1999.

S3W-4996 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fines have been issued by local authorities in relation to the abuse of disabled parking bays since 1999.

S3W-4997 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body who is responsible for (a) purchasing and (b) exhibiting art works in the Parliament.

S3W-4998 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what funding has been available for art works in each year since 1999 and how much was spent in each year.

S3W-4999 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that care home residents with dementia receive care and treatment appropriate to their needs, given that Alzheimer Scotland’s report, The Dementia Epidemic, estimates that 4,327 people with dementia in care homes are not medically diagnosed.

S3W-5000 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how people with dementia are assessed on a regular basis in order to ensure that their care and support is adjusted to meet their needs.

S3W-5001 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce people’s risk of developing dementia later in life.

S3W-5002 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that all people with dementia are given an accurate diagnosis followed by the appropriate care and treatment package.

S3W-5003 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that all staff caring for older people are trained in dementia care.

S3W-5004 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people use direct payments, broken down by qualifying category and local authority area.

S3W-5005 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have waiting lists for free personal care and how many people are on each list.

S3W-5006 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS sight tests and eye examinations were carried out in the NHS Tayside area in 2006.

S3W-5007 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations representing the views of tenants living in social housing will be part of the Housing Supply Task Force.

S3W-5008 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what public consultation will be undertaken by the independent scrutiny panel set up to scrutinise the new proposals for review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-5009 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale has been allocated for public consultation by the independent scrutiny panel set up to scrutinise the new proposals for review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-5010 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the public consultation undertaken by the independent scrutiny panel into the new proposals for review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran will be carried out in accordance with the guidance contained in HM Treasury’s Green Book.

S3W-5011 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of the set-up and running costs of the independent scrutiny panel established to look at the new proposals for review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-5012 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Scottish Health Council has in the option appraisal process to look at the new proposals for review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-5013 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the standard definition is of an accident and emergency unit; what minimum level of service constitutes such a unit, and whether it will provide a detailed description of these services.

S3W-5014 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what minimum level of consultant cover is required for an accident and emergency department.

S3W-5015 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish on a weekly basis the cancer waiting times statistics that the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing receives from each NHS board.

S3W-5016 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to build wind farms in the (a) South Ayrshire, (b) East Ayrshire and (c) Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituencies are currently before the Scottish Ministers awaiting a decision under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.

S3W-5017 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what applications for windfarm developments located in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency are currently subject to a public inquiry.

S3W-5018 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any windfarm applications have ever been refused permission by a planning authority due to the cumulative impact on the area in which they were proposed.

S3W-5019 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it has planned to improve the system of animal disease surveillance and diagnostic services.

S3W-5020 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to develop and improve animal disease surveillance and diagnostic services in Ayrshire.

S3W-5021 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional financial support it has provided for animal disease surveillance and diagnostic services in Ayrshire following the recent outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and bluetongue disease.

S3W-5022 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the views of tenants living in social rented housing will be taken into account by the Housing Supply Task Force.

S3W-5023 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the membership of the Housing Supply Task Force.

S3W-5024 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water is liable to pay financial compensation to a client if poor quality infrastructure replacement work is carried out on its behalf by a subcontractor.

S3W-5025 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water is liable to pay financial compensation for economic loss caused to individuals, businesses or community organisations by damage caused by infrastructure work carried out on its behalf by a subcontractor.

S3W-5026 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cumulative financial cost is of making every school building in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire wind-tight and watertight.

S3W-5027 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are estimated to live with a parent with (a) alcohol and (b) drug addiction.

S3W-5028 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to merge (a) police forces and (b) fire services.

S3W-5029 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will measure waiting times for mental health patients from GP referral to start of treatment.

S3W-5031 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how treatment and outcomes for mental health patients are measured.

S3W-5032 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients from Scotland have been treated elsewhere in the European Union under the E112 scheme in each of the last five years.

S3W-5033 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what would constitute undue delay in order for a patient to be referred for treatment, paid for by the NHS, elsewhere in the European Union.

S3W-5034 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether dental patients in Scotland who face undue delay in accessing an NHS dentist would be entitled to free dental treatment elsewhere in the European Union under the E112 scheme.

S3W-5035 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what treatments available in other EU countries can be accessed by patients from Scotland and reimbursed under the E112 scheme.

S3W-5036 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that people are aware of the Minor Ailments Scheme available at community pharmacies.

S3W-5037 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the requirement for patients to register annually with a pharmacy in order to use the Minor Ailments Scheme.

S3W-5038 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to increase prescribing by pharmacists.

S3W-5039 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to develop a more comprehensive minor ailments scheme for community pharmacies.

S3W-5040 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how an integrated approach to healthcare is being developed between GPs and pharmacists.

S3W-5041 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider granting access by community pharmacists to emergency care summaries with the consent of patients.

S3W-5042 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to utilise community pharmacies to promote public health.

S3W-5043 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to utilise the community pharmacy network for health promotion.

S3W-5044 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce more patient group directions for community pharmacists.

S3W-5045 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the public appointments that it has made since January 2005 which do not fall within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland or the commissioner’s code of practice.

S3W-5046 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what detailed plans it has for efficiency savings from 2008 to 2011; what assessment it has made of the impact that such savings will have on public services, and when it intends to implement the savings.

S3W-5047 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what announcements have been made since May 2007 targeted to individuals and communities that experience deprivation.

S3W-5048 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to alter financial distribution within local authorities and NHS boards in order to address deprivation.

S3W-5049 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to (a) alter the use of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation as a mechanism for resource allocation to areas of deprivation and (b) increase funding to these areas to tackle deprivation.

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