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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 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-10113 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when Skills Development Scotland will be formally established.

S3W-10114 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when Skills Development Scotland will publish its mission statement.

S3W-10115 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when the board of Skills Development Scotland will be appointed.

S3W-10116 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland will be appointed.

S3W-10117 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration was given by it or the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to vaccination against the human papilloma virus for teenage boys as well as girls aged from 13 to 18.

S3W-10118 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any hospital operating theatres which do not have laminar airflow systems installed carry out orthopaedic joint replacements in NHS Lanarkshire.

S3W-10120 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to distribute the £85 million allocated to tackle alcohol problems over the next three years.

S3W-10121 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Joint Futures agenda is to continue and, if so, which (a) local authority areas, (b) NHS boards and (c) local authority services are currently managed under Joint Futures arrangements and in which additional areas it is proposed to implement the agenda and in what timescale.

S3W-10122 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS boards have declined to participate in any supra-regional health board specialist services and, if so, which boards and for which services.

S3W-10123 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the annual Scottish Prison Service’s survey will reinstate the question "How do you rate relationships with your staff?" which was dropped from the 2006-07 survey.

S3W-10124 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken or will take to ensure that female prisoners do not have to wait for up to one hour to have access to a toilet as a result of the electronic locking systems referred to in the 2006-07 annual report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

S3W-10125 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to end the practice of handcuffing female prisoners under escort, particularly in hospital labour suites, and replacing it with a system that is risk assessed.

S3W-10126 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to reach a decision as to whether future primary and other health service provision in the Scottish Prison Service will be within the NHS.

S3W-10127 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what block contracts have been created between NHS boards and private sector providers in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08, broken down by NHS board and service provider.

S3W-10128 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS board has (a) renewed or (b) signed any new block contracts with the private sector since May 2007 and, if so, which boards and for what types of service, also showing the number of patients in respect of each board and service.

S3W-10129 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients of each NHS board have been treated in the private sector in (a) Scotland, (b) the rest of the United Kingdom and (c) abroad, funded by the NHS, in each quarter in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007.

S3W-10130 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards since May 2007 in respect of their funding of patient services in the private sector.

S3W-10131 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is provided to Scotland-domiciled prisoners undertaking a higher education qualification.

S3W-10132 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in discussions between sportscotland and Aberdeen City Council on the construction of a 50-metre swimming pool in the city.

S3W-10133 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service will consider reintroducing the collection of data for incidents of attempted suicide and self-harm in prison, aligning the description of these categories with the data protocols of the NHS Information Service Division.

S3W-10134 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many junior physiotherapists are employed in the NHS; how many junior physiotherapists will be required by the NHS over the next 10 years and how many newly qualified physiotherapists will graduate over the same period; how many physiotherapists currently employed in the NHS are likely to retire over the next 10 years, and what measures it is taking to ensure that there is a sustainable supply of junior physiotherapist posts in the NHS to give the opportunity for newly qualified physiotherapists to gain sufficient NHS experience and seniority to replace staff who will retire over the next 10 years.

S3W-10135 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which bus operators ministers have met since May 2007; when these meetings took place; who was present, and what issues were discussed in each case.

S3W-10136 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it received advice regarding the legal implications of providing a direct operating subsidy to a single operator for the cross-Forth hovercraft service and, if so, what the detail was of that advice.

S3W-10137 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what correspondence it has had with the European Commission regarding the cross-Forth hovercraft service; when that correspondence was exchanged, and who was involved.

S3W-10138 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many telephone eavesdroppings have been authorised by ministers since May 2007 and how this compares with the number for the equivalent period in the previous year

S3W-10139 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS was of using agency nurses in each year since 1999.

S3W-10140 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been to the NHS of using agency nurses since May 2007.

S3W-10141 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any ministers have met representatives of Babcocks and, if so, when the meetings were, who was present and what was discussed in each instance.

S3W-10142 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any ministers have met representatives of British Energy and, if so, when the meetings were, who was present and what was discussed in each instance.

S3W-10143 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women were held on remand in prisons or young offenders institutions on the first day of each month from April 2006 to date.

S3W-10144 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women were serving sentences of imprisonment or detention in prisons or young offenders institutions on the first day of each month from April 2006 to date.

S3W-10145 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many summary custody trials have been held in sheriff courts in each month from April 2006 to date.

S3W-10146 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unconvicted persons have been refused bail at first appearance on complaint or on petition since 10 December 2007 where the procurator fiscal has not opposed the grant of bail.

S3W-10147 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local "mini-centres co-located with out-of-hours services", as promised in the SNP manifesto, have been established in 2007-08 and how many will be established in 2008-09.

S3W-10148 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-151 by Nicola Sturgeon on 31 May 2007, when it will deliver the national action plan to maximise the potential of allied health professionals, in particular physiotherapists, and whether that plan will include the introduction of a job guarantee scheme for newly qualified physiotherapists similar to that already in place for nurses and midwives.

S3W-10149 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to monitor the implementation of the recommendations made in the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland report on services for young physically disabled adults in Glasgow 2003.

S3W-10150 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the meetings between the First Minister and Donald Trump or his representatives since taking office, showing dates, locations and who was present.

S3W-10151 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth plans to take the decision about the Trump development in Aberdeenshire by himself, in private or by appointing a reporter to hear all the arguments in public.

S3W-10152 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated under the heading "Tackling and Preventing Homelessness" or previous equivalents in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08, showing the amount assumed to be allocated for (i) addressing rough sleeping, (ii) provision of housing information and advice, (iii) provision of temporary accommodation, (iv) hostel decommissioning and (v) any other major identified expenditure items.

S3W-10153 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of water treated by Scottish Water was lost as leakage in the most recent year for which figures are available and what information it has on the comparative percentages for English water companies.

S3W-10154 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8986 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 February 2008, whether all information will be put into the public domain when the review into HM Prison Castle Huntly reports.

S3W-10155 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8986 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 February 2008, what the timescale is for the review into HM Prison Castle Huntly.

S3W-10156 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8986 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 February 2008, how the interests of the victims will be considered during the review into HM Prison Castle Huntly.

S3W-10157 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8986 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 February 2008, whether the victim notification scheme will be altered in light of the Robert Foye case.

S3W-10158 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8987 by Kenny MacAskill on 4 February 2008, whether there are any circumstances in which prisoners in the open estate would be escorted to events outside prison.

S3W-10159 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8990 by Kenny MacAskill on 5 February 2008, when he was informed that Robert Foye had absconded.

S3W-10160 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8991 by Kenny MacAskill on 5 February 2008, what the exact dates and times of notifications were to other police forces.

S3W-10161 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8992 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 February 2008, under what circumstances ministers are advised of absconds.

S3W-10162 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8995 by Kenny MacAskill on 7 February 2008, in what timescale decisions to release information to the public are taken.

S3W-10163 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8995 by Kenny MacAskill on 7 February 2008, whether victims are contacted by the Scottish Prison Service or police forces prior to the media being advised.

S3W-10164 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what average waiting times were for the provision of assistive technology services, including wheelchairs, seating, prosthetics, orthotics, augmentative communication and environmental controls, in each NHS board in each of the last three years, broken down by type of equipment.

S3W-10165 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what average waiting times were for the provision of assistive technology services for people under the age of 18, including wheelchairs, seating, prosthetics, orthotics, augmentative communication and environmental controls, in each NHS board in each of the last three years, broken down by type of equipment.

S3W-10166 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were waiting for the provision of assistive technology services, including wheelchairs, seating, prosthetics, orthotics, augmentative communication and environmental controls in each NHS board in each of the last three years, broken down by type of equipment.

S3W-10167 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to maximise social inclusion in regard to NHS wheelchair and seating services, particularly around the provision of lightweight wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs for use by (a) children and young people in school and at home and (b) all those that cannot travel long distances or pursue hobbies using standard wheelchairs.

S3W-10168 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what eligibility criteria are in use for NHS wheelchair and seating services and whether there are plans to change them.

S3W-10169 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to ensure that wheelchair services meet the specific needs of children and young people.

S3W-10170 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations in the review of NHS wheelchair and seating services in Scotland which apply to children and young people.

S3W-10171 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association’s submission to the consultation on licensing fees related to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 that the fee structure should be reviewed in 2010.

S3W-10172 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the current levels of licensing fees, in light of submissions to the consultation on licensing fees related to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 from the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation arguing for greater progressivity, especially at the higher end of the rateable values’ scale.

S3W-10173 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed alcohol licensing fees at meetings with the Federation of Small Businesses or the Scottish Grocers’ Federation.

S3W-10174 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to raise awareness of suicide prevention in (a) schools and (b) the workplace.

S3W-10175 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many motorists in (a) Grampian and (b) Tayside were caught speeding in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007.

S3W-10176 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the provision of ice-skating facilities in Aberdeen while the Linx Ice Arena is being refurbished.

S3W-10177 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were made to the Scottish Legal Aid Board for the employment of counsel in jury trials in sheriff courts in each month since April 2006.

S3W-10178 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of applications were granted by the Scottish Legal Aid Board for the employment of counsel in jury trials in sheriff courts in each month since April 2006.

S3W-10179 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it used the Bramley model when developing its housebuilding projections for the housing discussion document, Firm Foundations.

S3W-10180 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances managers of residential care homes may refuse entry to visitors who have been invited by individual residents.

S3W-10181 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances managers of residential care homes may refuse entry to visitors who have been invited by the families of individual residents who are incapable of making the request themselves.

S3W-10182 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken by the First Minister within Scotland since 16 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10183 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10184 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Parliamentary Business since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10185 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10186 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10187 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10188 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10189 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Children and Early Years since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10190 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Schools and Skills since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10191 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10192 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Public Health since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10193 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Communities and Sport since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10194 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10195 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Community Safety since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10196 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10197 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official ministerial engagements have been undertaken within Scotland by the Minister for Environment since 17 May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10198 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to send ministerial or civil servant delegations to any part of China during 2008.

S3W-10199 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to receive any delegations from any part of China during 2008.

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