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Section E – Written questions lodged on 31 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-9255 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that diabetic patients on rosiglitazone who suffer from ischemic heart disease or peripheral arterial disease are no longer prescribed this medicine in line with the advice of the European Medicines Agency.

S3W-9256 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been charged with false or non-declaration of assets in relation to legal aid claims since 1999.

S3W-9257 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been prosecuted for false or non-declaration of assets in relation to legal aid claims since 1999.

S3W-9258 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive who is legally responsible for clearing up litter dropped or blown on to private land.

S3W-9259 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many training grade doctors there were in each speciality in NHS Lothian in each year since 1999.

S3W-9260 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many training grade doctors there will be in each speciality in NHS Lothian in August 2009.

S3W-9261 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure that the national care standards adequately protect people with dementia.

S3W-9262 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8140 by Shona Robison on 28 January 2008, on how many occasions the Care Commission has taken action in respect of care homes not meeting the national care standards relating to food and nutrition.

S3W-9263 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8144 by Shona Robison on 28 January 2008, what timescale it intends to set for the proposed national programme board working on pressured ulcers and skin care.

S3W-9264 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been recovered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board for false or non-declaration of assets in relation to legal aid claims since 1999.

S3W-9265 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what average class sizes are in the Fife Council area, broken down by year group.

S3W-9266 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the M74 extension.

S3W-9267 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when construction of the M74 extension will commence.

S3W-9268 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been set aside to meet the cost of completion of the M74 extension.

S3W-9269 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of primary 1 to primary 3 pupils in Fife Council primary schools were in class sizes of (a) 18 and under, (b) 19 to 25, (c) 26 to 30 and (d) over 30 in each school year from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

S3W-9270 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on policing in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) police force area.

S3W-9271 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers there have been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) police force area.

S3W-9272 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) crimes, (b) non-sexual crimes of violence, (c) serious assaults, (d) crimes of rape and attempted rape, (e) crimes of housebreaking, (f) crimes of vandalism, (g) crimes of handling an offensive weapon, (h) drug crimes and (i) murders have occurred in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-9273 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on assessing the potential for microgeneration targets, as referred to in Annex 1, paragraph 5.1 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9274 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the investigation into barriers to the take-up of home energy efficiency and consideration of options to help householders improve the energy efficiency of their homes, as referred to in paragraph 6.13 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9275 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth will make a statement about progress with regard to the effectiveness of the Central Energy Efficiency Fund, in particular its extension to the further and higher education sector, as referred to in paragraph 7.7 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9276 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the commitment to invest in microgeneration and investigate which of the buildings on its own estate are most suitable, as referred to in paragraph 7.9 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9277 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on taking forward the findings of the joint Ofgem and Department of Trade and Industry review of distributed generation, as referred to in paragraph 1.23 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9278 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing a renewable heat strategy, as referred to in paragraph 1.31 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9279 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the review of energy efficiency and microgeneration support, as referred to in paragraph 3.18 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9280 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it intends to set for domestic energy efficiency improvements, as referred to in paragraph 6.4 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9281 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the Scottish Sustainable Procurement Action Plan, as referred to in paragraph 7.25 of Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration: Achieving a Low Carbon Future: A Strategy for Scotland - draft for consultation, March 2007. R

S3W-9282 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations are being made for future structural fund planning, in light of the recent Fourth European Cohesion Forum report.

S3W-9283 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings are planned with organisations representing people with disabilities to discuss the proposal to merge the Mobility Access Committee with the Public Transport Users Committee.

S3W-9284 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response has been to complaints that ministers breached EU directives in relation to the main contract for the M74 extension.

S3W-9285 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigation is being undertaken to determine whether ministers breached EU directives in relation to the main contract for the M74 extension.

S3W-9286 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive whether construction of the M74 extension will be delayed due to the investigation by the European Commission of the procurement process.

S3W-9287 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what each NHS board’s policy is on the provision of a 20-week scan for expectant mothers.

S3W-9288 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its renewable heat strategy.

S3W-9289 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish its conclusions on the West Edinburgh Planning Framework.

S3W-9290 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the consultation by the Department of Transport on proposals to develop Heathrow Airport, in light of the impact of the development on the Scottish economy.

S3W-9291 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have taken place between ministers and members of the Electoral Commission and what matters were discussed.

S3W-9292 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have replied to the letter from the First Minister and what the response has been in each case.

S3W-9293 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Executive on the Glasgow Crossrail project and what its response will be.

S3W-9294 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new houses have been built by each local authority since May 2007.

S3W-9295 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many business start-ups there have been in each Scottish parliamentary constituency since May 2007 and what the comparative figures were for each of the previous five years.

S3W-9296 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports have been received by ministers from the Council of Economic Advisers since May 2007; on what subjects, and what action has been taken as a result.

S3W-9297 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports it has received from the Scottish Broadcasting Council since May 2007; on what subjects, and what action has been taken as a result.

S3W-9298 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many telephone interceptions have been authorised by Scottish ministers since May 2007 and how this compares with the number for the equivalent period in the previous year.

S3W-9299 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full-time-equivalent (a) authorised complement and (b) actual number of police officers in each force was on 31 December (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

S3W-9300 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cars are in the fleet of cars owned by it for use by Scottish ministers and others and which makes and models they are.

S3W-9301 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much use ministers have made of (a) ministerial cars, (b) private hire cars and (c) taxis for official travel since May 2007.

S3W-9302 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received and from whom on the future of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh since May 2007.

S3W-9303 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have specialist staff dealing with the treatment of epilepsy and what experience staff have in each case.

S3W-9304 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what help it is giving to keep rural post offices open.

S3W-9305 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contracts for the building of new schools have been signed in each local authority since May 2007.

S3W-9306 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have submitted funding proposals for their school building programmes since May 2007 and which of these were successful.

S3W-9307 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consideration has been given since May 2007 to making use of the power to raise income tax by up to 3p in the pound.

S3W-9308 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of a recent Blood Pressure Association report which found that 39% of adults in Scotland have high blood pressure, what action it intends to take to tackle the issue and whether it will consider introducing a more extensive screening programme as promised in Better Health, Better Care.

S3W-9309 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which stakeholders are being consulted on the design of health checks.

S3W-9310 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for examining the design of health checks.

S3W-9311 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing a development management scheme in line with that proposed during the passage of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-9312 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the introduction of a development management scheme under the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-9313 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the UK Government has given a timescale for the introduction of a development management scheme under the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-9314 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits it believes would be gained through the introduction of a development management scheme under the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-9315 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients on waiting lists are unavailable for treatment and therefore have had their waiting time clocks stopped.

S3W-9316 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been removed from waiting lists with one NHS board and referred to a new NHS board since September 2007.

S3W-9317 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients held an availability status code on 1 December 2007.

S3W-9318 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have had their availability status codes removed without having received any treatment since the introduction of the 18-week target for patient treatment, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9319 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients who are unavailable for treatment remain on hospital waiting lists.

S3W-9320 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been informed that their waiting time clocks have been stopped since September 2007, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9321 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines "regular reviews" for patients who have had their waiting time clocks stopped.

S3W-9322 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has provided to hospitals and GPs on how to review the position of patients who have had their waiting time clocks stopped.

S3W-9323 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been removed from hospital waiting lists and referred back to the care of their GPs since September 2007.

S3W-9324 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average patients removed from hospital waiting lists and referred back to the care of their GPs have to wait before receiving treatment.

S3W-9325 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median time spent waiting to receive treatment is for patients removed from hospital waiting lists and referred back to the care of their GPs.

S3W-9326 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been excluded from a waiting time guarantee since September 2007 because treatment is deemed to be a low clinical priority.

S3W-9327 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been excluded from a waiting time guarantee since September 2007 because treatment is too highly specialised.

S3W-9328 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been removed from waiting lists for specialist services since the introduction of the 18-week target for treatment, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9329 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been removed from waiting lists and denied treatment in order not to jeopardise the 18-week target for treatment since its introduction, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9330 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been removed from hospital waiting lists since September 2007.

S3W-9331 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been informed by consultants that they have been removed from waiting lists since September 2007, also broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-9332 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have waited longer than 18 weeks for inpatient or day-case treatment since September 2007, also broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-9333 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have waited longer than 18 weeks for a first outpatient consultation after a referral since September 2007, also broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-9334 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is collecting statistics on class sizes from local authorities, in addition to the annual census of class sizes, as part of its funding for 300 additional teachers announced on 20 June 2007 (Official Report, c. 880) and, if so, when these statistics will be made available.

S3W-9335 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6664 by John Swinney on 17 December 2007, how members of the public and others can hold local authorities to account for the provision of services not directly linked to national outcomes yet still of vital importance to many people, such as social care services for adults.

S3W-9336 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local government continues to deliver "the full range of quality services that can be reasonably expected by our citizens", as set out in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, when these services, such as social care services for adults, do not directly relate to the outcomes and indicators set out in its concordat with COSLA.

S3W-9337 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor the progress of national strategies such as The Same As You? and Changing Lives, to which it has made an ongoing commitment but which are not directly related to the outcomes and indicators set out in its concordat with COSLA.

S3W-9338 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or local authorities will be held accountable should the move to single outcome agreements and the removal of ring-fencing from the Supporting People programme result in a reduction in the quality or availability of social care services for adults.

S3W-9339 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legal requirements are for the provision of toilet facilities on trains.

S3W-9340 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the legal requirements for the provision of toilet facilities on trains.

S3W-9341 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors compliance with the legal requirements for the provision of toilet facilities on trains.

S3W-9342 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 classes in each local authority area now have 18 pupils or fewer.

S3W-9343 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it will make available to NHS Lanarkshire following the NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee’s recommendations and when such resources will be available.

S3W-9344 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports a shift in the balance of care from the acute to the primary care sector in the NHS.

S3W-9345 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that NHS Lanarkshire spreads its investments across its area from 2008 to 2011.

S3W-9346 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that cottage hospitals play a valuable role in the delivery of health services and, if so, how it will support the further development of such hospitals.

S3W-9347 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide additional resources to NHS Lanarkshire to enable a community hospital to be built in Clydesdale.

S3W-9348 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide additional resources to NHS Lanarkshire to enable a new health centre to be built in Carluke.

S3W-9349 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide additional resources to NHS Lanarkshire to enable a minor injuries unit to be built in Lanark.

S3W-9350 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle human trafficking.

S3W-9351 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to local authorities to combat human trafficking.

S3W-9352 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legal actions have been brought against human traffickers since March 2004, broken down by procurator fiscal district.

S3W-9353 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness of Barrett’s oesophagus among the general public.

S3W-9354 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it is making for further medical research into Barrett’s oesophagus.

S3W-9355 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness of Barrett’s oesophagus among the health professionals and GPs.

S3W-9356 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are diagnosed as suffering from Barrett’s oesophagus in each NHS board area.

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