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Section E – Written questions lodged on 3 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-5030 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting times were for a (i) brain scan, (ii) health check, (iii) endoscopy, (iv) audiology check, (v) MRI scan and (vi) CT scan in each NHS board in 2006-07.

S3W-5050 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional (a) financial and (b) professional support it will give to muscular dystrophy sufferers in the NHS Lanarkshire area.

S3W-5051 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to people with muscle disease to ensure that they have an appropriate wheelchair for their individual medical condition.

S3W-5052 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-866 by Stewart Stevenson on 21 June 2007, what the current projected cost is of construction of the Borders railway.

S3W-5053 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the proposed restructuring of the enterprise network, Scottish Enterprise will have the same breadth of remit as Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-5054 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation responses it has received on a climate change Bill.

S3W-5055 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how members of the public will be able to contribute to the development of a climate change Bill.

S3W-5056 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Climate Change Business Delivery Group next to report to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.

S3W-5057 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what local concessionary travel schemes that included people in receipt of the low rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance existed prior to the introduction of the national travel scheme in April 2006.

S3W-5058 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in receipt of the low rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance since the introduction of the national concessionary travel scheme have lost their eligibility for concessionary travel.

S3W-5059 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is evidence of a link between childhood obesity and deprivation.

S3W-5060 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister met councillors from the City of Edinburgh Council on 2 September 2007 to discuss proposed school closures.

S3W-5061 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Justice met councillors from the City of Edinburgh Council on 2 September 2007 to discuss proposed school closures.

S3W-5062 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated staffing and capital costs are to implement class size reductions to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3, broken down by local authority.

S3W-5063 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have spent the £40 million additional Schools Fund grant on reducing class sizes.

S3W-5064 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance was given to local authorities on how the additional £40 million Schools Fund grant, earmarked for reducing class sizes, was to be spent.

S3W-5065 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any local authorities using the additional Schools Fund capital money, linked to reducing class sizes, for any other purpose.

S3W-5066 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the agreement between Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Westfield Health to encourage SE staff to register for private health care.

S3W-5067 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what the associated costs are of the provision of private health care by Westfield Health to staff of Scottish Enterprise.

S3W-5068 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the concerns of Unison that public money is being used to provide private medical care through Scottish Enterprise’s private health care benefits via Westfield Health.

S3W-5069 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3715 by John Swinney on 11 September 2007, what the total cost to the taxpayer will be of all existing PFI/PPP projects, broken down into (a) capital construction, (b) lifecycle maintenance and (c) facilities management.

S3W-5070 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings are envisaged through the use of a Scottish futures trust.

S3W-5071 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken or will undertake a comparative study of the savings that would have been made to existing PFI/PPP projects by using a Scottish futures trust.

S3W-5072 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) about the criteria for nominations for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, in light of BAFTA’s decision to nominate no films in this category despite the Scottish Gaelic film, Seachd, being put forward for nomination.

S3W-5073 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target is for the maximum waiting time for an appointment to see a GP.

S3W-5074 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional winter sailings to Islay, recently announced by Calmac Ferries Ltd, are part of the tender agreement.

S3W-5075 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost breakdown is of the £11.5 million increase in subsidy provided to Calmac Ferries Ltd to operate the new tender agreement.

S3W-5076 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what initial estimates were given by ministers of the (a) cost and (b) date of completion for the (i) Stirling/Alloa/Kincardine rail line, (ii) Borders rail line, (iii) Airdrie to Bathgate rail line, (iv) Glasgow Airport rail link, (v) M74 completion, (vi) upgrade of the M80 Stepps to Haggs, (vii) M8 Baillieston to Newhouse project and (viii) A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and on what date each estimate was given.

S3W-5077 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what its latest estimates are of the (a) cost and (b) date of completion of the (i) Stirling/Alloa/Kincardine rail line, (ii) Borders rail line, (iii) Airdrie to Bathgate rail line, (iv) Glasgow Airport rail link, (v) M74 completion, (vi) upgrade of the M80 Stepps to Haggs, (vii) M8 Baillieston to Newhouse project and (viii) A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-5078 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions there were for (a) osteoporosis and (b) hip fractures in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-5079 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected increase is in the incidence of (a) osteoporosis and (b) hip fractures among (i) the total population, (ii) people under 65 and (iii) people aged 65 or over for each year until 2025, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-5080 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was to the NHS of treating (a) osteoporosis and (b) hip fracture in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-5081 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many osteoporotic fractures there were, also expressed as a percentage of all fractures, and what the cost was of treating such fractures in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-5082 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with (a) ministers, (b) officials and (c) NHS boards regarding appropriate investment to improve the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of osteoporosis.

S3W-5086 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a named individual within its health department with responsibility for the development of policy on osteoporosis.

S3W-5087 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were diagnosed with osteoporosis in each year since 1999, also broken down by gender and NHS board area.

S3W-5088 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are projected to be diagnosed with osteoporosis in each year to 2025, also broken down by gender and NHS board area.

S3W-5089 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the mortality rate from the after effects of osteoporotic fractures was in each year since 1999, also broken down by gender and NHS board area.

S3W-5090 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the mortality rate from the after effects of osteoporotic fractures is projected to be in each year to 2025, also broken down by gender and NHS board area.

S3W-5091 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bone density scanners are currently in operation in NHS Scotland, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-5092 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for a bone density scan, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-5093 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people waited (a) four weeks or less, (b) eight weeks or less, (c) 12 weeks or less, (d) 16 weeks or less, (e) 20 weeks or less, (f) 24 weeks or less, (g) 28 weeks or less, (h) 32 weeks or less, (i) 36 weeks or less, (j) 40 weeks or less, (k) 44 weeks or less, (l) 48 weeks or less or (m) 52 weeks or less for a bone density scan in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-5094 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be provided for the implementation of HDL (2007) 13 - Delivery framework for adult rehabilitation: prevention of falls in older people, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-5095 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) timescale and (b) cost would be of appointing a falls prevention lead or co-ordinator to work alongside the rehabilitation co-ordinator within community health partnerships, as set out in HDL (2007) 13 - Delivery framework for adult rehabilitation: prevention of falls in older people.

S3W-5096 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) timescale and (b) cost would be of developing an operational combined falls prevention and bone health implementation strategy within community health partnerships, as set out in HDL (2007) 13 - Delivery framework for adult rehabilitation: prevention of falls in older people.

S3W-5097 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions there have been with (a) officials and (b) NHS boards to ensure that appropriate services exist to (i) prevent, (ii) diagnose and (iii) treat osteoporosis in younger patients.

S3W-5098 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by NHS boards in developing a combined falls and bone health strategy.

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