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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 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.

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S3W-5638 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many firearms offences there have been in the Strathclyde police force area in each year since 1997, also broken down by (a) division and (b) sub-division.

S3W-5639 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many injuries and fatalities resulting from firearms offences there have been in the Strathclyde police force area in each year since 1997, also broken down by (a) division and (b) sub-division.

S3W-5640 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of total firearms offences recorded each year since 1997 were committed with (a) legally and (b) illegally held firearms.

S3W-5641 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the internal financial management review, referred to in section 4.2.12 of the Howat report, has been completed and, if so, what its conclusions were and whether it will be published in full.

S3W-5642 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Public Finance Manual guidance on capital project appraisal was updated in light of section 4.6.4 of the Howat report.

S3W-5643 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to publish the responses to the consultation on the draft energy efficiency and microgeneration strategy, published in March 2007.

S3W-5644 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the expert panel on energy efficiency, established in August 2007, will make use of the draft energy efficiency and microgeneration strategy, published in March 2007, and the consultation responses to that draft, in the development of its new strategy on the energy efficiency of houses and buildings.

S3W-5645 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided for the One Workplace Equal Rights campaign in each year since 2004.

S3W-5646 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) proportion and (b) amount of its funding for the One Workplace Equal Rights campaign in each year since 2004 was spent on using music, theatre or art to create a dialogue between equality groups, trade unions and employers, as highlighted in Mainstreaming Equality and Tackling Racism.

S3W-5647 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided to trade unions in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) union and (b) budget heading.

S3W-5648 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what body or bodies will make decisions on the allocation of funding to Fife for enterprise and local economic development under the new Scottish Enterprise structure and (a) where the body will be based, (b) from which individuals and organisations it will be formed and (c) for which areas, other than Fife, the body will make such funding decisions.

S3W-5649 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, who under the new structure will make decisions currently made by Scottish Enterprise Fife and where the new decision-makers will be based.

S3W-5650 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, whether existing Scottish Enterprise Fife staff will remain based in Fife, whether they will be given any decision-making responsibility and, if so, what decisions these will be.

S3W-5651 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are administered through Scottish Enterprise Fife and, of these, which are (a) under review, (b) to end, (c) to continue to be administered by Scottish Enterprise staff based in Fife without review, (d) to continue without review but administered by Scottish Enterprise staff not based in Fife, (e) to continue without review but administered by non-Scottish Enterprise staff based in Fife and (f) to continue without review but administered by non-Scottish Enterprise staff not based in Fife.

S3W-5652 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, how community partnerships in Fife will be able to have input to operations at local, regional or Scotland-wide level under the new Scottish Enterprise structure.

S3W-5653 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been invested in Fife for enterprise and local economic development in each of the last five years.

S3W-5654 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what assurances it can give that under the new Scottish Enterprise structure funding for enterprise and economic development in Fife will not fall below current levels.

S3W-5655 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what status and function the Fife Economic Forum will have under the new Scottish Enterprise structure.

S3W-5656 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Enterprise full-time equivalent staff are employed in the Fife area and whether the Executive will ensure that these levels do not fall following restructuring of the enterprise networks.

S3W-5657 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VisitScotland full-time equivalent staff are employed in the Fife area and whether the Executive will ensure that these levels do not fall following restructuring of VisitScotland.

S3W-5658 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise staff will be relocated to the Fife region.

S3W-5659 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what the financial costs and savings will be of co-locating Scottish Enterprise staff with local authority staff in (a) Fife and (b) Scotland.

S3W-5660 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what the financial costs and savings will be from the networks, VisitScotland and other organisations sharing back-office functions and other activities such as marketing in (a) Fife and (b) Scotland.

S3W-5661 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what decisions regarding enterprise and economic development will continue to be made at the local level in Fife.

S3W-5662 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, how it will ensure that aligning VisitScotland with the six new regional enterprise bodies will not lead to a reduction in focus on Fife’s tourist industry.

S3W-5663 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement on enterprise networks by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 26 September 2007, what powers and assets will be transferred from Scottish Enterprise Fife to Fife Council.

S3W-5664 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how effective the 218 Centre has been in the rehabilitation of female prisoners and whether there are plans for a detailed evaluation of the centre in addition to the report of April 2006.

S3W-5665 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding has been allocated to the 218 Centre in each year since it was established.

S3W-5666 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have drowned (a) accidentally and (b) non-accidentally in lochs and rivers in each of the last five years.

S3W-5667 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of eligible patients aged (a) 65 and over and (b) under 65 and suffering from long-term medical conditions have received a flu vaccination in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-5668 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of eligible patients aged (a) 65 and over and (b) under 65 and suffering from long-term medical conditions have received a pneumococcal vaccination in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-5669 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1906 by Shona Robison on 20 July 2007, whether there are any plans to encourage greater uptake of flu vaccinations among at risk groups under 65 years old.

S3W-5670 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the (a) Mark Hill, (b) Arecleoch, (c) Dersalloch, (d) Afton, and (e) Kyle windfarm applications under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.

S3W-5671Δ Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the appointment of members to the reconstituted Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

S3W-5672 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary police officers have been trained at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan in each of the last eight years.

S3W-5673 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary police officers will be trained at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan in each year to 2011.

S3W-5674 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what maximum number of probationary police officers can be trained at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan in one year.

S3W-5675 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a report of the First Minister’s visit to the United States of America in October 2007.

S3W-5676 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding the delivery of an 18-week whole patient journey target for audiology services in Lothian.

S3W-5677 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will agree to contracts being made with the private sector if an 18-week whole patient journey target for audiology services is not being delivered in Lothian.

S3W-5678 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many audiologists are employed by each NHS board.

S3W-5679 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many audiologists it estimates it needs to ensure that an 18-week whole patient journey target is reached.

S3W-5680 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many audiologists will complete training in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011.

S3W-5681 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received estimates from local authorities of the number of additional teachers needed to fulfil its commitment to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5682 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received estimates from local authorities of the number of additional teaching spaces needed to fulfil its commitment to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5683 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received estimates from local authorities of their costs in meeting its commitment to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5684 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received estimates from local authorities of the timeframe in which they can meet its commitment to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5685 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1520 by Nicola Sturgeon on 16 July 2007, what range of support services it considers necessary in (a) Ayr and (b) Crosshouse hospitals to take appropriate account of local circumstances in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

S3W-5686 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Community Safety last met representatives of Nil by Mouth.

S3W-5687 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when its officials last met Nil by Mouth.

S3W-5688 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Community Safety next plans to meet Nil by Mouth.

S3W-5689 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is giving to the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland to move from its present site to its proposed new location.

S3W-5690 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of installed renewable electricity capacity is supplied to the national grid by (a) onshore wind, (b) hydro, (c) biomass and (d) wave power.

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