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Section E – Written questions lodged on 4 February 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-9431 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8277 by Kenny MacAskill on 21 January 2008, whether any prisoner was charged by Strathclyde Police following the incident in HM Prison Kilmarnock on 4 January 2008.

S3W-9432 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget will be for the national concessionary fare scheme for older people in each of the next three years.

S3W-9433 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget will be for the national concessionary fare scheme for young people in each of the next three years.

S3W-9434 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase the use of the national concessionary fare scheme for young people.

S3W-9435 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits are of the League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers programme.

S3W-9436 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support it provided for the League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers programme in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

S3W-9437 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what sources of funding exist that enable teachers to undertake work exchange programmes abroad.

S3W-9438 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the total cost has been of repairs and alterations to the Holyrood building since its opening in October 2004 and whether it will itemise these costs; whether there have been any snagging costs, and whether it will itemise the estimated costs of all planned repairs and alterations.

S3W-9439 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of elder abuse in a care home or home care setting have (a) been reported, (b) been investigated and (c) resulted in conviction in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-9440 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been found guilty of defrauding the NHS in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9441 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been reimbursed to the NHS as a result of charges of fraud in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-9442 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been paid in financial packages to people investigated, charged or found guilty of fraud in the NHS in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9443 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people found guilty of defrauding the NHS have been given a custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-9444 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 774 persons on supervised bail during 2005-06 breached their conditions.

S3W-9445 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 774 persons on supervised bail during 2005-06 who breached their conditions did so as a result of behaviour that led to criminal convictions.

S3W-9446 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how Gypsy/Traveller communities can expect to benefit from its policy intention of creating sustainable, mixed communities, as set out in Firm Foundations: the Future of Housing in Scotland, and whether a race impact assessment of the report’s potential impact on Scottish Gypsy/Traveller communities has been or will be undertaken.

S3W-9447 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how ministers intend to build on the findings of the October 2007 Gypsy Traveller Site Grant Funding Study and the work of the previous administration’s strategic group on Gypsies/Travellers.

S3W-9448 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve current provision made for suitable pitches for Gypsies/Travellers.

S3W-9449 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to seek a review of the EU blood directives that prevent gay and bisexual men from giving blood in Scotland.

S3W-9450 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that preventing gay and bisexual men from giving blood is necessary to ensure a safe blood supply.

S3W-9451 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the session conditions under which the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service collects blood enable staff to establish insights into the lifestyle of gay and bisexual men in as straightforward a manner as for heterosexual men.

S3W-9452 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the strictness of the rules applicable to heterosexual blood donors.

S3W-9453 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time has been for accessing speech and language therapy in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9454 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time has been for those requiring wheelchairs in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9455 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve the level and quality of information available for young physically disabled adults on the support services available to them.

S3W-9456 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop health promotion initiatives for people with physical disabilities.

S3W-9457 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact Historic Scotland’s listing of buildings at the former Royal Navy base at Port Edgar will have on plans for the new Forth crossing at Queensferry.

S3W-9458 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Historic Scotland’s listing of buildings at the former Royal Navy base at Port Edgar was taken into account during the evaluation of the best option for a further Forth crossing.

S3W-9459 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to hold a public inquiry into its decision to build a further Forth crossing at Queensferry or whether the decision will be fast-tracked.

S3W-9460 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it took account of the disruption caused by bridge closures in bad weather conditions in its decision to build a bridge rather than a tunnel at Queensferry.

S3W-9461 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect windshielding would have had on the numbers of restrictions and closures on the Forth Road Bridge in the last two months.

S3W-9462 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Aberdeenshire Council to discuss its plans to renew its schools estate.

S3W-9463 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings and correspondence it has had with Aberdeenshire Council to discuss its plans to renew its schools estate.

S3W-9464 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will decide whether Aberdeenshire Council’s plans to renew its schools estate will be appropriate for funding through the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-9465 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5301 by Maureen Watt on 8 November 2007, whether it has changed its advice on the interpretation and use of the 60% occupancy figure which was referred to in the Accounts Commission’s 1995 report, Room for Learning – Managing Surplus Capacity in School Buildings.

S3W-9466 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to alleviate the financial impact on older people and those on low incomes of increases in water and sewerage charges.

S3W-9467 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what average (a) annual earnings and (b) house prices have been in each year since 1979.

S3W-9468 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many repossession decrees have been granted by courts in each year since 1997.

S3W-9469 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of tuberculosis have been suspected since 2003, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9470 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unconfirmed cases of tuberculosis have been sent to the National Reference Laboratory for confirmation since 2003, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9471 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many suspected cases of tuberculosis have been confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory since 2003, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9472 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects Scottish guidelines on the management of tuberculosis to be published.

S3W-9473 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the official visits made by ministers to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, since May 2007.

S3W-9474 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister, his private office officials or any of his special advisors have met or had any contact by telephone or email with the Cairngorms National Park Authority regarding any matter referred to in the planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Donald Macdonald had an interest, or the adjudication of that application by the planning authority or matters related to planning applications in the Aviemore area; if so, when such meetings, conversations or exchanges took place, what issues were discussed and what written records have been kept.

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