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Section E – Written questions lodged on 18 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-9940 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for any continuation of the free school meals pilots beyond March 2008 will come from existing local authority funding allocations or whether it will provide additional funding.

S3W-9941 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for the extension of free school meals to children in families in receipt of maximum working tax credit and maximum child tax credit in August 2009 will come from existing local authority funding allocations or whether it will provide additional funding.

S3W-9942 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities can reject potential tenders for council contracts on ethical grounds.

S3W-9943 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed the provision of bottled water supplied by Eden Springs (UK) Ltd.

S3W-9944 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change section 23 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2006/1) to include a provision for rejecting tenders on ethical grounds.

S3W-9945 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to make representations to the European Commission in respect of changing EU procurement regulations to include a provision for rejecting tenders on ethical grounds.

S3W-9946 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing legislation to allow local authorities to take into account non-commercial considerations when awarding and managing contracts.

S3W-9947 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are able to stipulate, without breaking UK and EU procurement laws, that procured services must be locally sourced.

S3W-9948 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are able to stipulate under environmental legislation that procured services must be locally sourced in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

S3W-9949 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8652 by Fiona Hyslop on 24 January 2008, how it differentiates between reimbursing those involved in children’s panels for loss of earnings and not reimbursing lay members of school inspection teams.

S3W-9950 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8652 by Fiona Hyslop on 24 January 2008, why it considers that reimbursing lay members of school inspection teams would jeopardise their integrity and independence.

S3W-9951 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures diversity and a balance of demographics in its selection and recruitment processes for lay members of school inspection teams.

S3W-9952 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the recruitment process of lay members of school inspection teams.

S3W-9953 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which authority has the power to decide whether lay members of school inspection teams should be reimbursed for their loss of earnings.

S3W-9954 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many members of staff are employed in each cabinet secretary’s and minister’s private office.

S3W-9955 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the turnover of staff has been in each cabinet secretary’s and minister’s private office since May 2007.

S3W-9956 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated rate of health inflation was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-9957 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue allocations to NHS Tayside (a) have been in each financial year since 2004-05 and (b) will be in 2008-09, expressed also at constant prices.

S3W-9958 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S3W-8587 and S3W-8588 by Shona Robison on 28 January 2008, when it will publish details of the scheme to increase the percentage of all three to five-year-olds who are registered with a dentist to 80% by 2010-11, promised by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 12 December 2007 (Official Report c. 4291).

S3W-9959 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-8587 and S3W-8588 by Shona Robison on 28 January 2008, in which financial year it will publish details of the scheme to increase the percentage of all three to five-year-olds who are registered with a dentist to 80% by 2010-11, promised by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 12 December 2007 (Official Report c. 4291).

S3W-9960 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients were deregistered in NHS Tayside in each month from April 2006 to March 2007.

S3W-9961 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients were newly registered in NHS Tayside in each month from April 2006 to March 2007.

S3W-9962 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients have been deregistered in NHS Tayside since April 2007 up to the latest date for which information is available.

S3W-9963 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients have been newly registered in NHS Tayside since April 2007 up to the latest date for which information is available.

S3W-9964 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that charities that help homeless people in Aberdeen and Grampian are adequately funded.

S3W-9965 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks were recorded on (a) firemen, (b) police officers and (c) hospital staff in Grampian in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.

S3W-9966 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks were recorded on (a) firemen, (b) police officers and (c) hospital staff in Tayside in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.

S3W-9967 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 999 calls (a) Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, (b) Grampian Police and (c) NHS Grampian responded to in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.

S3W-9968 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 999 calls (a) Tayside Fire and Rescue Service, (b) Tayside Police and (c) NHS Tayside responded to in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.

S3W-9969 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the public purse has been of the police investigation leading to charges of perjury against Tommy Sheridan, Rosemary Byrne and Graeme McIver.

S3W-9970 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to respond to the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s consultation on its appropriate assessment of the 24th Oil and Gas Licensing Round Block 17/3 (Inner Moray Firth) in relation to European wildlife sites in the surrounding area.

S3W-9971 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to resolve concerns over appropriate asessments by competent authorities that cannot be directed by Scottish Ministers under Regulation 48A of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 as amended.

S3W-9972 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the Minister for Children and Early Years met parents’ representatives from St. Xavier’s Primary School to discuss proposals by East Ayrshire Council to close the school.

S3W-9973 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the Minister for Children and Early Years met parents’ representatives from Sorn Primary School to discuss proposals by East Ayrshire Council to close the school.

S3W-9974 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the Minister for Children and Early Years met parents’ representatives from Crossroads Primary School to discuss proposals by East Ayrshire Council to close the school.

S3W-9975 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates the Minister for Children and Early Years met parents’ representatives from Littlemill Primary School to discuss proposals by East Ayrshire Council to close the school.

S3W-9976 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be provided to communities in the Carrick, Cumnock, and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency as part of the Cashback for Communities programme.

S3W-9977 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which communities in East Ayrshire have the highest numbers of 10 to 19-year-olds living in the 15% most deprived areas.

S3W-9978 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which communities in South Ayrshire have the highest numbers of 10 to 19-year-olds living in the 15% most deprived areas.

S3W-9979 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost of Bus Service Operators Grant claims for mileage is in 2008-09.

S3W-9980 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects the budget of £57.2 million for Support for Bus Services in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 in 2008-09 to be sufficient to cover Bus Service Operators Grant claims for mileage.

S3W-9981 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional funding allocated to the budget line for the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) in 2008-09 will have to be used to cover the shortfall between the original budget for Support for Bus Services in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 and the estimated cost of BSOG claims for mileage.

S3W-9982 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it expects the additional funding allocated to the budget line for the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) in 2008-09 to have on the current BSOG rate of reimbursement of 39.21 pence per litre.

S3W-9983 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners are held in prisons, broken down by postcode area.

S3W-9984 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the religious backgrounds are of prisoners held in prisons, broken down by postcode area.

S3W-9985 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase the mileage rate paid to volunteer drivers working with the Scottish Ambulance Service in 2008-09.

S3W-9986 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for children to be assessed prior to receiving speech therapy.

S3W-9987 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde concerning the possible outsourcing of its occupational health services.

S3W-9988 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would consider the outsourcing of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s occupational health services to be privatisation.

S3W-9989 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion has taken place with staff representatives regarding the possible outsourcing of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s occupational health services.

S3W-9990 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider fast track facilities for military personnel in the NHS, similar to those in England.

S3W-9991 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it plans to give to the recommendations affecting Scotland contained in the House of Commons Defence Committee’s seventh report of 2007-08 on military care for the armed forces.

S3W-9992 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement the recommendations of the House of Commons Defence Committee’s seventh report of 2007-08 on military care for the armed forces relating to the registration of GPs and dentists in Scotland.

S3W-9993 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider increasing the frequency of meetings with the Ministry of Defence to improve the way in which the NHS in Scotland provides facilities for military personnel.

S3W-9994 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recorded outcomes were of Phase 1 of the New Futures Fund.

S3W-9995 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recorded outcomes were of Phase 2 of the New Futures Fund.

S3W-9996 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recorded outcomes were of the New Futures Fund from 2006 to 2008 when it was administered by community planning partnerships.

S3W-9997 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to continue the New Futures Fund beyond March 2008.

S3W-9998 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that adequate funding is spent on delivering effective drug treatment services in Grampian.

S3W-9999 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that adequate funding is being provided to deliver alcohol support services in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus.

S3W-10000 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to deliver alcohol support services in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus from 2003 to 2007.

S3W-10001 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to deliver drugs support and treatment services in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus from 2003 to 2007.

S3W-10002 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be provided to deliver alcohol support services in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus during the spending review period.

S3W-10003 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be provided to deliver drugs support and treatment services in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus during the spending review period.

S3W-10004 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to raise awareness of drug treatment services in the north east of Scotland.

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