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Section E – Written questions lodged on 31 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-5844 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that workers in the private security industry are not adversely affected by delays in processing licence applications by the Security Industry Authority ahead of the 1 November deadline.

S3W-5845 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5075 by Stewart Stevenson on 25 October 2007, which of the factors that contributed to the increase in subsidy provided to CalMac Ferries Ltd were included in the increase in the Ferry Services for Scotland budget outlined in the 2006-07 spring budget revision.

S3W-5846 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to provide Mental Health Specific Grant funding.

S3W-5847 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Mental Health Specific Grant funding will be increased in the next financial year.

S3W-5848 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5259 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 October 2007, what is being done to reduce the levels of sickness absence in the NHS, including the rate of 9.88% in NHS 24.

S3W-5849 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5259 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 October 2007, why the 2007 level of sickness absence in NHS 24 is 9.88%.

S3W-5850 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of providing locum support for out-of-hours and other GP services has been since the new GMS contract came into effect.

S3W-5851 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5222 by Nicola Sturgeon on 24 October 2007, why podiatrists in NHS Grampian are paid at a lower rate that podiatrists in NHS Highland.

S3W-5852 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether fertility treatment will be considered for inclusion in the waiting times targets, given the age bar on such treatment for women.

S3W-5853 David Whitton: 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 Dunbartonshire to East Dunbartonshire Council.

S3W-5854 David Whitton: 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 East Dunbartonshire’s tourist industry.

S3W-5855 David Whitton: 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 East Dunbartonshire.

S3W-5856 David Whitton: 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 Dunbartonshire staff with local authority staff in East Dunbartonshire.

S3W-5857 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire staff will be relocated to East Dunbartonshire Council.

S3W-5858 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire full-time equivalent staff are employed in the East Dunbartonshire area and whether the Executive will ensure that these levels do not fall following restructuring of the enterprise networks.

S3W-5859 David Whitton: 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 East Dunbartonshire will be able to have input to operations at local, regional or Scotland-wide level under the new Scottish Enterprise structure.

S3W-5860 David Whitton: 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 Dunbartonshire and where the new decision-makers will be based.

S3W-5861 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what power it has to instruct chief constables to deploy officers in community policing.

S3W-5862 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the baseline figure is for the number of police on the streets which the Scottish Government is committed to increase by 1,000.

S3W-5863 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are deployed in community policing.

S3W-5864 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive in which country the flags included in the St Andrew’s Day packs sent to schools and universities were manufactured.

S3W-5865 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of sending St Andrew’s Day packs to schools and universities across Scotland, including Saltire flags, booklets and postage, and under which budget heading the cost is covered.

S3W-5866 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, other than by sending St Andrew’s Day packs to schools and universities.

S3W-5867 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the delay to public consultation on improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen will have on the overall timescale for the project.

S3W-5868 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now believes that work on improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen will begin.

S3W-5869 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that a flyover should be one of the options consulted on for improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen, given that public consultation has been delayed.

S3W-5870 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the timescale for the regeneration of Middlefield in Aberdeen is likely to have on the timescale for improvements at the Haudagain roundabout and what dialogue it has had with Aberdeen City Council on this issue.

S3W-5871 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to publish the responses received to the First Minister’s letter to all states party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with regard to gaining observer status at their meetings.

S3W-5872 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the responses received to the First Minister’s letter to all states party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with regard to gaining observer status at their meetings.

S3W-5873 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the recipients of the First Minister’s letter to all states party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

S3W-5874 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reduction in the number of homeless (a) families and (b) individuals is projected to be in each of the next five years if the proposal to end the right to buy for new-build social housing is implemented, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-5875 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will put 1,000 more police officers on the beat, in line with the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment.

S3W-5876 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scotland’s gross value added or gross domestic product was spent on rail infrastructure in the last five years for which information is available and what the projections are for the subsequent five years.

S3W-5877 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scotland’s gross value added or gross domestic product was spent on road infrastructure in the last five years for which information is available and what the projections are for the subsequent five years.

S3W-5878 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scotland’s gross value added or gross domestic product was spent on motorway and trunk and principal road infrastructure in the last five years for which information is available and what the projections are for the subsequent five years.

S3W-5879 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scotland’s gross value added or gross domestic product was spent by local authorities on road and rail infrastructure in the last five years for which information is available and what the projections are for the subsequent five years.

S3W-5880 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the title of First Minister.

S3W-5881 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5226 by Stewart Maxwell on 29 October 2007, how many applications for a rural home ownership grant were received in each local authority area in each of the three years listed.

S3W-5882 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the appointment of further Scottish Government counsellors at UK embassies and high commissions overseas.

S3W-5883 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before appointing Robin Naysmith as the Scottish Government Counsellor in North America.

S3W-5884 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the definition of carer in Annex C, part iv, of CMO letter SEHD/CMO (2007)8, Influenza and Pneumoccocal Immunisation Programme 2007-08, excludes adults who care for elderly parents from receiving the free influenza vaccination.

S3W-5885 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the definition was of a carer in guidance issued in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

S3W-5886 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what definition of a carer the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Imunisation recommended in 2006-07.

S3W-5887 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what differences there are between the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Imunisation’s definition of a carer and that used in the Scottish Directed Enhanced Services for Carers in 2006-07.

S3W-5888 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-829 by Shona Robison on 20 June 2007, what progress has been made in developing a model to inform staffing levels in care homes.

S3W-5889 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-828 by Shona Robison on 20 June 2007, when guidance on the administration of medication will be in place for the care home service.

S3W-5890 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-827 by Shona Robison on 20 June 2007, whether care homes are obliged to make public any records detailing occasions when restraint or control has been applied to a resident.

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