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Section E – Written questions lodged on 13 December 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-7787 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the cost of implementation of Getting it Right for Every Child in Kinship and Foster Care.

S3W-7788 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific funding has been given to local authorities as a result of the spending review and the budget to support implementation of Getting it Right for Every Child in Kinship and Foster Care.

S3W-7790 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether foster carers and kinship carers will have a right to payment at the recommended level of foster care and kinship care allowances and, if so, how this right will be enforced.

S3W-7791 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on women who have suffered miscarriages being placed in maternity wards with women giving birth.

S3W-7792 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it issues any guidance to NHS boards in respect of women who have suffered miscarriages being placed in maternity wards with women giving birth.

S3W-7793 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact its concordat with COSLA will have on teacher numbers.

S3W-7794 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its local government funding settlement will lead to redundancies among teachers.

S3W-7795 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its targets for efficiency savings in the public sector will lead to redundancies among teachers.

S3W-7796 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its concordat with COSLA will mean for individual school budgets.

S3W-7797 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive which (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants have spoken to journalists about the proposed development at the Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire, since September 2007, specifying in each case the relevant media outlets.

S3W-7798 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to initiate a full review of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme; what the remit for the review will be, and when it expects the review to be completed and its results announced.

S3W-7799 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce a mechanism of local authority finance which will provide authorities with an incentive to maintain small rural schools.

S3W-7800 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce any financial disincentives, as part of overall local authority funding, for any local authority that proposes to close small rural schools.

S3W-7801 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure the early diagnosis of diabetes to assist in the management of the condition and help to reduce further health complications.

S3W-7802 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the prevention strategy for diabetes.

S3W-7803 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the publication of the new study of potential improvements in the new year, when it now expects construction to begin on improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-7804 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council on the timescale for work to begin on improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-7805 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new study into options for improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen will be completed.

S3W-7806 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the publication of the new study of potential improvements in the new year, a flyover will be one of the options for consultation on potential improvements at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-7807 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will compensate the Scottish pig industry for financial losses resulting from the August and September 2007 foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks.

S3W-7808 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which community health partnerships have a representative of the Scottish Ambulance Service on their management committees, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-7809 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted on patients in Lanarkshire medical practices who receive Flomaxtra XL or Flomax MR having their medication changed to Tabphyn PR.

S3W-7810 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recommendation of NHS Lanarkshire to change patients’ medication to Tabphyn PR in its medical practices was subject to any detailed evaluation study or monitoring mechanisms.

S3W-7811 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will provide a breakdown of staff employed across its directorates by (a) nationality and (b) gender in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007.

S3W-7812 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual IP addresses have accessed the national conversation home page; how many individual IP addresses have accessed the National Conversation-themed web pages, and how many have been unique hits.

S3W-7813 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual IP addresses have called up Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation for reading online and how many have been unique hits.

S3W-7814 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hits on (a) the National Conversation home page and (b) National Conversation-themed web pages have been from Scottish Parliament or Scottish Government IP addresses.

S3W-7815 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many downloads of Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation have been from Scottish Parliament or Scottish Government IP addresses.

S3W-7816 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for printed copies of Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation have been received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations.

S3W-7817 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it has received to Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation that have not been web-based or sent by email.

S3W-7818 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage change in the number of category A emergency call-outs has been in each of the last five years, broken down by Scottish Ambulance Service division.

S3W-7819 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage change in the number of people presented to accident and emergency departments has been in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-7820 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth went to the Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, New York on 2 December 2007 on the occasion of the globalscot conference and, if so, which officials accompanied him.

S3W-7821 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what official engagements the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth had in New York on 3 December 2007 and who was present at each engagement.

S3W-7822 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what official engagements the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth had in New York on 2 December 2007 and who was present at each engagement.

S3W-7823 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether section 6.11 of the Scottish Ministerial Code, which states that "Ministers, and in particular the Planning Minister, must do nothing which might be seen as prejudicial to that process, particularly in advance of the decision being taken", has been breached by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, in light of any visit to the Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, New York on 2 December 2007.

S3W-7824 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to (a) commission and (b) publish the results of a survey into the economic value of recreational sea angling.

S3W-7825 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the economic value of sea angling.

S3W-7826 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop a strategy for recreational sea angling.

S3W-7827 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is any merit in designating certain critically endangered species of sea fish as recreational species.

S3W-7828 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect (a) common skate, (b) porbeagle and (c) tope in Scottish waters.

S3W-7829 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many permits it has issued in each of the last five years to allow the finning of sharks in Scottish waters.

S3W-7830 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce closed areas for breeding spurdog.

S3W-7831 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects every local authority to utilise finance to be provided from April 2008 for the specific purpose of rolling out intensive support and monitoring services.

S3W-7832 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that an intensive support and monitoring service will be available in every local authority area.

S3W-7833 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much finance will be distributed to each local authority from April 2008 to provide an intensive support and monitoring service.

S3W-7834 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what options will be available to children’s hearings that wish to use intensive support and monitoring services if individual local authorities decide not to use the money allocated for such purposes to provide such a service.

S3W-7835 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the First Minister has to visit East Ayrshire.

S3W-7836 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the First Minister has to visit the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency.

S3W-7837 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors or locums were employed by NHS Scotland under contracted-out services on which VAT was paid in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-7838 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much VAT was paid by NHS Scotland on contracted-out services in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-7839 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much VAT was paid by NHS Scotland for the supply of academic staff by universities to NHS boards for clinical services in each of the last three years, broken down by board.

S3W-7840 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been provided in each of the next three years of the spending review for the payment of VAT on the supply to staff to NHS Scotland and under which budget heading.

S3W-7841 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to HM Revenue and Customs to ensure that the memorandum of understanding, issued by the Department of Health, which stated that, provided certain conditions were met, any charges between universities and NHS bodies would be outside the scope of VAT, is fully applicable in Scotland.

S3W-7842 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which parts of the "new guidance regarding proposals to close rural schools" referred to by the Minister for Children and Early Years in the Cumnock Chronicle on 12 December 2007, is new or differs from the Additional Guidance on Local Authority Proposals for the School Estate, including School Closures, issued in September 2004.

S3W-7843 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authority planners build new schools of an adequate size to fit the appropriate, and future planned, population in their catchment areas.

S3W-7844 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timeline will be for the establishment of a national drugs commission to develop and agree a long-term national strategy backed up by a more robust evidence base, as promised in the SNP manifesto.

S3W-7845 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the remit of a national drugs commission to develop and agree a long-term national strategy backed up by a more robust evidence base, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will include consideration of alcohol as well as drugs.

S3W-7846 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the remit of a national drugs commission to develop and agree a long-term national strategy backed up by a more robust evidence base, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will include consideration of Scotland’s record in dealing with the social impact of drugs and substance abuse.

S3W-7847 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit will be of the commission, referred to in the SNP manifesto, to establish a national drugs commission to develop and agree a long-term national strategy backed up by a more robust evidence base.

S3W-7848 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are adequate residential and day-based drug rehabilitation services available across Scotland.

S3W-7849 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what demand there is for rehabilitation services (a) across Scotland and (b) in each local authority area.

S3W-7850 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take against premises that have been alleged, on the basis of test purchasing, to have sold restricted goods.

S3W-7851 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it plans to give to local authorities to enable trading standards officers to undertake tobacco and alcohol test purchasing.

S3W-7852 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that under-18-year-olds cannot buy cigarettes from vending machines in hotels and other premises.

S3W-7853 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has provided on the introduction of test purchasing of alcohol in each police force area.

S3W-7854 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make relevant resources and powers available to trading standards officers to ensure that test purchasing of alcohol is effectively pursued across Scotland.

S3W-7855 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role new licensed trade officers will have in test purchasing of alcohol.

S3W-7856 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, given its commitment to include audiology in the waiting times guarantee of 18 weeks by 2011, what interim targets have been set for NHS boards, also showing the current audiology waiting times in each board.

S3W-7857 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in NHS boards with waiting times over 26 weeks, it will authorise the use of the private sector for any patients whose needs cannot be met by either their own NHS board or by the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

S3W-7858 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) assessment and (b) peer review has been undertaken of the reliability and validity of of the (i) Improving Practice and (ii) General Practice Assessment patient review questionnaires used in the UK Quality and Outcomes Framework.

S3W-7859 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are used to test the level of satisfaction of patients with out-of-hours services in the NHS.

S3W-7860 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reverse the decline in response rates from 97% of schools in 1990 to 69% in 2006 and overall response rates from 87% in 1990 to 57% in 2006 in the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey for the next survey in 2008.

S3W-7861 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospitals are now operating the Hospital at Night system.

S3W-7862 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce the Hospital at Night system in hospitals, in light of reductions in junior doctors’ hours and changes in their working practices that reduce patient contact.

S3W-7863 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what the start date will be for the M74 extension and whether it will guarantee that the completion date will still be 2011.

S3W-7864 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £34 million allocated to Scotland to invest in after-school and respite care for families with disabled children has been allocated to South Lanarkshire Council.

S3W-7865 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the forthcoming Criminal Justice Bill should include provisions to strengthen the law on corporate culpable homicide.

S3W-7866 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s Ministerial Statement on Health Strategy on 12 December 2007, whether it will include Lanark in the pilot scheme for a nurse-led minor injuries clinic.

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