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Section E – Written questions lodged from 8 to 12 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-5312 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote uptake of the flu vaccination by care home staff.

S3W-5313 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote uptake of the flu vaccination by health care workers.

S3W-5315 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to First Minister’s answers to question S3F-191 on 4 October 2007 indicating the Executive’s commitment to match the previous administration’s school building programme brick for brick and not to use the private finance initiative for this purpose (Official Report c. 2465), whether it intends to build a new high school for Dunfermline; how it intends to finance its school building programme, and what its timescale is for the completion of any planned new schools in Fife.

S3W-5316 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many foreign-registered vehicles it estimates used roads in Scotland in each year since 1999.

S3W-5317 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many notices of intended prosecution were served to drivers of foreign-registered vehicles in each year since 1999 and, of these, how many resulted in (a) a fine being paid by the owner or driver and (b) no fine being paid.

S3W-5318 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many foreign-registered vehicles have been involved in road traffic accidents in each year since 1999.

S3W-5319 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many foreign-registered vehicles stopped by police were found not to be in a roadworthy condition in each year since 1999.

S3W-5320 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases involving fraudulent motoring documents being issued by garage owners have been notified to the authorities in each year since 1999, broken down by category of document.

S3W-5321 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many burials were organised and paid for by each local authority in each year since 1999.

S3W-5322 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many headstones have been lowered or taken down by local authorities for health and safety reasons in cemeteries operated by local authorities in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S3W-5323 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether transitional funding for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Highland, following the dissolution of NHS Argyll and Clyde, will be available beyond 2009-10.

S3W-5324 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the recommendations of the National Resource Allocation Committee report.

S3W-5325 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the funding implications will be for each NHS board if the recommendations of the National Resource Allocation Committee are implemented.

S3W-5326 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it recognises the additional cost of providing health services for people from (a) disadvantaged communities and (b) rural areas.

S3W-5327 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the budget for NHS boards is allocated in recognition of levels of deprivation.

S3W-5328 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the budget for NHS boards is allocated in recognition of rurality.

S3W-5329 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice its officials gave to Dumfries and Galloway Council concerning reference to the Scottish Ministers of proposals agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education and Community Services Committee on 6 November 2003 to close St Teresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School and St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Primary School and to merge the two schools.

S3W-5330 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce alcohol-fuelled crime and antisocial behaviour in Edinburgh.

S3W-5331 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend test purchasing of alcohol to people under 18 to other local authority areas following the results of the pilot study in Fife.

S3W-5332 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the success of test purchasing schemes at reducing sales of alcohol to people under 18.

S3W-5333 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the recommendations of A Report by the Task Group Set Up to Review the Licensing Provisions Contained in the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, published in November 2004, have been implemented in relation to taxis and private hire cars.

S3W-5334 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms exist to allow regulation by licensing authorities of non-standard vehicles such as stretch limousines and decommissioned ambulances and fire engines that are available to the public for hire.

S3W-5335 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken following the consultation on licensing of taxi/private hire car booking offices.

S3W-5336 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been set aside by Transport Scotland to fund local voluntary purchase schemes.

S3W-5337 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which bodies have submitted proposals to Transport Scotland for voluntary purchase schemes and what stage each such proposal has reached.

S3W-5338 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive who approves appointments to the boards of local enterprise companies.

S3W-5339 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding Arts and Business Scotland has received in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

S3W-5340 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4326 by John Swinney on 26 September 2007, how it will ensure that there is balance in terms of political representation on public bodies.

S3W-5341 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any delays in the production of the 2007-08 influenza vaccine supply.

S3W-5342 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when this year’s influenza vaccine will become available to NHS patients through their GPs.

S3W-5343 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total external debt is for each local authority.

S3W-5344 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to each local authority is of servicing its external debt.

S3W-5345 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total permitted level of external borrowing is for each local authority.

S3W-5346 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS employees are on (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contracts.

S3W-5347 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of cost inflation in the NHS.

S3W-5348 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made in relation to cost inflation in the NHS in respect of (a) wages and salaries, (b) administration costs and (c) pharmaceutical costs.

S3W-5349 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers are on (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contracts.

S3W-5350 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants are on (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contracts, broken down by directorate.

S3W-5351 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are on (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contracts, broken down by (i) force and (ii) rank.

S3W-5352 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date HM Treasury first notified the Executive on a (a) provisional and (b) final basis which departmental expenditure limits contain comparable expenditure for the purpose of applying the Barnett Formula in relation to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

S3W-5353 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive which departmental expenditure limits HM Treasury has advised contain comparable expenditure for the purpose of applying the Barnett Formula in relation to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

S3W-5354 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date HM Treasury first notified the Executive on a (a) provisional and (b) final basis of the comparability percentages of each sub-programme for the purpose of applying the Barnett Formula in relation to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

S3W-5355 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the comparable expenditure percentage will be for each sub-programme for the purpose of applying the Barnett Formula in relation to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

S3W-5356 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date HM Treasury first notified the Executive on a (a) provisional and (b) final basis of the spending in the base year for the purpose of applying the Barnett Formula in relation to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

S3W-5357 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the spending in the base year will be for the purpose of applying the Barnett Formula in relation to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, broken down by sub-programme.

S3W-5358 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Treasury has consulted the Executive in relation to the revision of the rules set out in Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly - A Statement of Funding Policy and, if so, on what dates and what revisions were considered.

S3W-5359 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has proposed any revision of the rules set out in Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly - A Statement of Funding Policy and, if so, on what dates and what revisions were proposed.

S3W-5360 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has utilised the dispute resolution procedure outlined in Section 11 of Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly - A Statement of Funding Policy.

S3W-5361 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Treasury has consulted the Executive with a view to undertaking a study of relative spending needs.

S3W-5362 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment will respond to my letters of 31 May and 27 July 2007 regarding the vessel, Apollo Grimsby.

S3W-5363 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to 999 operators regarding which emergency services are to be contacted, and the order in which they are to be contacted, in the event of a road traffic accident where the caller specifies the services that they require.

S3W-5364 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to 999 operators regarding the assessment of which emergency services are to be contacted, and the order in which they are to be contacted, in the event of a road traffic accident where the caller makes no specific request and is prompted.

S3W-5365 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to emergency services on whether and when to contact other emergency services when dealing with a road traffic accident.

S3W-5366 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have accessed NHS dentistry in each year since the implementation of An Action Plan for Dental Services in Scotland.

S3W-5367 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the method of measuring dental practices’ commitment to the NHS with a view to increasing patient access to the NHS and improving the formula for payments to dentists.

S3W-5368 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee existing funding for the Dundee and Glasgow dental schools and the Edinburgh Dental Institute, in light of the proposal to open an Aberdeen dental school in 2008.

S3W-5369 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the opening of an Aberdeen dental school will not have an impact on the staffing of the dental schools in Dundee and Glasgow and the Edinburgh Dental Institute.

S3W-5370 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether new and planned investment in infrastructure and facilities at Dundee and Glasgow dental schools and the Edinburgh Dental Institute will continue.

S3W-5371 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed Aberdeen dental school will recruit properly trained clinical academic staff without there being any adverse effect on existing staff and courses at the Dundee and Glasgow dental schools and the Edinburgh Dental Institute.

S3W-5372 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW3-3727 by Stewart Stevenson on the 13 September 2007, whether it will list the ferry routes to be considered by the consultants undertaking the study into the benefits of applying a road equivalent tariff to the fares on ferry routes under the (a) first and (b) third phases of the study.

S3W-5373 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the peak traffic densities are on the (a) Mollinsburn to Auchenkilns junction and (b) Auchenkilns junction to Haggs stretches of the A80.

S3W-5374 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what traffic growth has been on the (a) Mollinsburn to Auchenkilns junction and (b) Auchenkilns junction to Haggs stretches of the A80 over the last 10 years.

S3W-5375 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended traffic capacity will be on the (a) Mollinsburn to Auchenkilns junction and (b) Auchenkilns junction to Haggs stretches of the route of the M80 when it has been completed.

S3W-5376 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that no subsidence events occur on the M80 in the vicinity of Castlecary, as occurred recently on the A80.

S3W-5377 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowance will be made in the tender documents for the construction of the online upgrade of the A80 to full motorway status to cover any additional costs due to unexpected ground subsistence that may occur during the period of the contract.

S3W-5378 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures of NHS output it records and where comparative annual figures for each measure are published.

S3W-5379 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the lower UK growth forecast announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 9 October 2007 means that the Scottish Government’s growth target will be lower and what that target is.

S3W-5380 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations the Scottish Government has made, or intends to make, to the UK Government in relation to the impact on the Scottish budget process of a delay in the spending review such as occurred this year.

S3W-5381 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many General Teaching Council for Scotland registered teachers will be required in Dundee to implement the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to provide access to a fully qualified teacher for every nursery child.

S3W-5382 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is in Dundee of fulfilling the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to provide access to a fully qualified teacher for every nursery child.

S3W-5383 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many General Teaching Council for Scotland registered teachers will be required in Angus to implement the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to provide access to a fully qualified teacher for every nursery child.

S3W-5384 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is in Angus of fulfilling the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to provide access to a fully qualified teacher for every nursery child.

S3W-5385 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross (a) hourly and (b) weekly pay was for full-time employees in Aberdeenshire in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006, broken down by gender.

S3W-5386 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fixed penalty notices have been issued (a) nationally and (b) in each local authority area since the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force.

S3W-5387 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders in Scotland are affected by subprime mortgage commitments and whether it regards this situation as satisfactory.

S3W-5388 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what communications it has had from the Department of Trade and Industry and its successor about the reasons for the collapse of the Farepak company; how many savers were involved in Scotland, and what information it has about when the department will make public the findings of its inquiry.

S3W-5389 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Transport Scotland’s report on the condition of the existing Forth Road Bridge, whether it is satisfied that the Bridge Master and Forth Estuary Transport Authority can reassure the travelling public that they have taken all current bridge defects into account in calculating the factor of safety and that the bridge is fit for purpose.

S3W-5390 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce legislation on common good funds.

S3W-5391 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all those invited to attend the A National Conversation – Scotland’s Future without Nuclear Weapons conference, also indicating the organisations that they represent.

S3W-5392 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with the (a) Scotland Office and (b) Ministry of Defence in advance of the A National Conversation – Scotland’s Future without Nuclear Weapons conference.

S3W-5393 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all costs, including staff time, arising from the organisation of the A National Conversation – Scotland’s Future without Nuclear Weapons conference.

S3W-5394 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive when its health department intends to publish the equality and diversity impact assessments that it has undertaken of all of its own functions and policies as required by law.

S3W-5395 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to the continuation of the Community Regeneration Fund.

S3W-5396 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms of reference are for the independent scrutiny panel established to look at the proposals for the new review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-5397 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will direct the independent scrutiny panel established to look at the proposals for the new review of services brought forward by NHS Ayrshire and Arran to engage with communities that did not participate in the earlier consultation.

S3W-5398 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional financial costs have been incurred by NHS Ayrshire and Arran in bringing forward its proposals for the new review of services.

S3W-5399 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor the effectiveness of legislation to tackle sectarianism.

S3W-5400 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which police forces have a named officer to collect and collate information on sectarian incidents and offences.

S3W-5401 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations the Minister for Community Safety intends to meet to discuss ongoing and new initiatives to tackle sectarianism.

S3W-5402 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to protect battlefield sites from being developed on.

S3W-5403 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the provisions of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 will be commenced.

S3W-5404 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are made to ensure that young people with physical disabilities receive comprehensive information at the point of diagnosis about their condition and the health and social care services available.

S3W-5405 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether services for young adults with physical disabilites can be differentiated from those for other adults with physical disabilities to ensure that they are accessible and appropriate to their needs.

S3W-5406 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what additional security measures have been put in place following the recent terrorist incident at Glasgow Airport.

S3W-5407 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what specific measures have been put in place to ensure the security of baggage following the recent terrorist incident at Glasgow Airport.

S3W-5408 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on what specialist training has been given to airport and security staff to ensure a rapid and efficient response to any future terrorist incidents.

S3W-5409 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the average cost is of lodging a motion.

S3W-5410 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how the figure of one in five adults with literacy and numeracy problems, as referred to in the current TV public information campaign, was calculated.

S3W-5411 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any measurable improvement among people with literacy and numeracy problems who have taken part in government-sponsored programmes designed to overcome these difficulties in the last five years.

S3W-5412 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have undertaken government-sponsored courses to address literacy and numeracy problems in the last five years, broken down by age group.

S3W-5413 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the comparative success rate has been between the people in each age group who have taken part in government-sponsored literacy and numeracy courses in the last five years.

S3W-5414 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people who have undertaken government-sponsored literacy and numeracy programmes in the last five years did not complete the course.

S3W-5415Δ Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the names of the special advisers currently in post; what their pay bands are for 2007-08; how many special advisers are in each pay band, and what the total salary cost of employing special advisers was in 2006-07.

S3W-5416 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orders for destruction were made for dogs in respect of which offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were committed in each year since 1999.

S3W-5417 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orders for offenders to be disqualified from having custody of a dog for such a period as the court saw fit were made under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 1999.

S3W-5418 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 there have been in each year since 1999.

S3W-5419 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many orders specifying measures to be taken to keep dogs under proper control, whether by muzzling, keeping on a lead, exclusion from specified places or otherwise, have been made in each year since 1999.

S3W-5420 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reported attacks by dogs on people there have been in each year since 1999.

S3W-5421 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made for cardiac rehabilitation by each NHS board.

S3W-5422 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how people receiving free personal care in their own homes are made aware of the minimum standards to which they are entitled.

S3W-5423 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation is undertaken to ensure that people receiving care in their own homes are given the appropriate level of care and support to meet their needs.

S3W-5424 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the right of choice for patients of a private or NHS hospital, as confirmed by the Minister for Public Health on 27 September 2007 (Official Report c. 2209).

S3W-5425 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction it has given to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency with regard to the EU’s mutual recognition system for medicines used in EU waters and its application to the aquaculture industry.

S3W-5426 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is for the use of Alfamax on fish farm sites and whether it proposes to amend the policy in light of the treatment having successfully passed the requirements of the EU’s mutual recognition system for medicines used in EU waters.

S3W-5427 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with the position adopted by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate on the licensing of Alfamax for use on fish farm sites.

S3W-5428 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to the planning consents and association planning conditions that apply to existing fish farming sites.

S3W-5429 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the review group, chaired by an official of the Executive and involving all major aquaculture stakeholders, which is looking into the future of aquaculture planning controls and regulations and when the group is expected to report on the outcome of its work.

S3W-5430 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is for the structure of police boards, with particular reference to the Northern Joint Police Board and Highland Constabulary.

S3W-5431 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement on its plans to support the upgrading of the telephone exchange on Stronsay to allow it to meet the demand for broadband connections on the island.

S3W-5432 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement on its plans to support the upgrading of the telephone exchange on Eday to allow it to meet the demand for broadband connections on the island.

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