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Section E – Written questions lodged on 8 January 2008

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-8249 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to ensure that all individuals in receipt of medical care, particularly those with visual impairments, are fully informed about such care in a suitable and timely manner.

S3W-8250 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider establishing a working party to investigate how best to ensure that individuals with severe vision impairment who are in receipt of medical care are provided with essential information relating to such care in a timely manner and suitably accessible format.

S3W-8251 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how often the Chief Scientific Adviser has visited the Rothamsted Research centre and when she last visited the centre.

S3W-8252 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence has been provided by the Chief Scientific Adviser to ministers to justify the view that "the public doesn’t get good-quality information and decisions are being made based on prejudice about GM crops".

S3W-8253 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that wheelchairs are provided to meet the medical, postural and social needs of users in as short a time as possible.

S3W-8254 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to help prevent aneurysms.

S3W-8255 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what screening is offered to detect signs of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

S3W-8256 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its use of low copy number DNA, in light of recent developments in other judiciaries in the United Kingdom.

S3W-8257 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to replace the strategic waste fund.

S3W-8258 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that the strategic waste fund is appropriately distributed by local authorities and not retained by them for their own use.

S3W-8259 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation will be responsible for the oversight and distribution of any scheme introduced as a replacement of the strategic waste fund.

S3W-8260 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money from the strategic waste fund was distributed by each local authority, and to which organisations, in each of the last five years.

S3W-8261 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in implementing each of the seven key points for action in HM Inspectorate of Education’s October 2007 report on the implementation of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-8262 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive by what dates each of the key points for action in HM Inspectorate of Education’s October 2007 report on the implementation of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 will be achieved.

S3W-8263 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held with women’s organisations to discuss the funding for places in refuges for women suffering from domestic abuse.

S3W-8264 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings are planned with women’s organisations to discuss the funding of places in refuges for women suffering from domestic abuse.

S3W-8265 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will postpone for two or three years the removal of ring-fencing from funds for violence against women to local authorities until agreements are in place to guarantee that sufficient places will be available in refuges for women suffering from domestic abuse.

S3W-8266 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will postpone for two or three years the removal of ring-fencing from funds to local authorities until agreements are in place to guarantee that domestic abuse services will be enhanced rather than diminished.

S3W-8267 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Minister for Community Safety, in respect of the provision of £34 million for disabled children, that the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning was "considering the matter carefully" (Official Report, c.3846-7), whether it will provide an update on the progress made by the Cabinet Secretary on the matter. 

S3W-8268 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held with the Prince’s Trust to discuss its concerns regarding changes in funding arrangements.

S3W-8269 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings are planned with the Prince’s Trust to discuss its concerns regarding changes in funding arrangements.

S3W-8270 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to a request from the Prince’s Trust to maintain ring-fencing of the Youth Crime Prevention Fund for two to three years.

S3W-8271 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total production costs were of the First Minister’s (a) Christmas message and (b) New Year message.

S3W-8272 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what outreach public services, such as advice on student finance and concessionary rail and bus travel, it is considering providing through Scotland’s network of urban and rural post offices.

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