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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 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-10119 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the option of purchasing added years as part of the NHSiS Superannuation Scheme is to be withdrawn on 1 April 2008, as has been announced for England and Wales. R

S3W-10200 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement the Association of Scottish Colleges has had with the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities.

S3W-10201 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement the National Union of Students has had with the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities.

S3W-10202 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive why no representatives of either the Association of Scottish Colleges or the National Union of Students are members of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities.

S3W-10203 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all papers considered and produced by the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities in addition to the notes of its meetings and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-10204 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its Student funding revamp press release of 15 February 2008, what additional resources it will make available to fund its proposals.

S3W-10205 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of students who will see a reduction in the grant or bursary or student support that they currently receive due to changes to the means-testing arrangements announced on 15 February 2008.

S3W-10206 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students under the age of 25 are married or have a partner and have a dependent child or children.

S3W-10207 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students under the age of 25 have a dependent child or children over three years old.

S3W-10208 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of students who will benefit from the extension of the dependants’ grant to students who have a partner on a low income.

S3W-10209 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that no existing student will see a reduction in the grant or bursary that they receive due to the changes to the means-testing system announced on 15 February 2008.

S3W-10210 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it expects to save from the changes to means-testing of student support announced on 15 February 2008 and how it will allocate this money.

S3W-10211 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students in Scotland are assessed as coming from a single parent family but have a parent who lives with a partner.

S3W-10212 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students in Scotland who are assessed as coming from a single parent family, but have a parent who lives with a partner, it expects will see a reduction in the grant or bursary or student support available to them as a result of changes to means-testing announced on 15 February 2008.

S3W-10213 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its Student funding revamp press release of 15 February 2008, whether a student in Scotland who has two unmarried parents, each with an unmarried partner, will have the income of both parents and both partners assessed and how many students it estimates will be affected by such a change.

S3W-10214 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional money it will allocate to the fees, grants and bursaries budget line in table 22.04 of the draft budget for 2008-09 for (a) extending the dependants’ grant to allow students who have a partner on a low income to claim extra support, (b) extending eligibility for the young students’ bursary to include students who are under 25 and have a dependent child or children over three, (c) extending eligibility for the young students’ bursary to students under 25 who are married or have a partner and have a dependent child or children and (d) changing eligibility to student support for students whose parent lives with a partner.

S3W-10215 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with the NUS and other student representative groups (a) before and (b) after the announcement of changes to means-testing for student support on 15 February 2008.

S3W-10217 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legislative basis is for the current rate of interest applied to student loans in Scotland.

S3W-10218 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what access the UK Identity and Passport Service has to registers held by the General Register Office for Scotland.

S3W-10219 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it is undertaking, or has undertaken, to provide online access to the registers of births, marriages and deaths for Scotland for the UK Identity and Passport Service.

S3W-10220 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to any work being undertaken to provide access to registers held by the General Register Office for Scotland to the UK Identity and Passport Service (IPS), who in the IPS will have access to these data; what information will be provided, and for what purposes.

S3W-10221 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legal basis is for any transfer of data from the General Register Office for Scotland to the Home Office.

S3W-10222 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scotland’s commitment to the European Child Safety Action Plan project, how many childhood accidental (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal injuries there have been in each year since 2000, broken down by (i) cause of injury, (ii) category of injury and (iii) NHS board.

S3W-10223 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scotland’s commitment to the European Child Safety Action Plan project, what plans there are to develop an inter-agency collaboration to enable the creation and implementation of a common dataset for injury data collection in children.

S3W-10224 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scotland’s commitment to the European Child Safety Action Plan project, what plans there are to develop a child injury surveillance system.

S3W-10225 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scotland’s commitment to the European Child Safety Action Plan project, what the annual frequency was, by (a) type and (b) cause, of unintentional sporting injuries among children since 2000; how many such injuries resulted in hospital admission, and what the main causes were of those that resulted in admission.

S3W-10226 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scotland’s commitment to the European Child Safety Action Plan project, what proportion of all rugby related injuries since 2000 resulted in (a) quadriplegia, (b) concussion, (c) ligament damage and (d) bone fractures, among males aged (i) 12 to 15 inclusive and (ii) 16 and over, all broken down by (A) rugby club, (B) area of residence and (C) local authority.

S3W-10227 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken in response to the report of the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Education Working Group set up to take forward the recommendations in Education for Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders, published by HM Inspectorate of Education in October 2006.

S3W-10228 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to meet the support needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and their parents, including the provision of funding to other agencies to undertake such work, and by what means information on such services is made available to affected families.

S3W-10229 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers have undertaken professional development in each of the five cross-curricular areas of additional support needs, following the launch of the Framework for Professional Recognition for teachers in 2006.

S3W-10230 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what core competences are required of teachers applying for professional recognition as teachers of pupils with (a) autism or (b) dyslexia.

S3W-10231 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers with relevant professional recognition are required to meet the needs of pupils with each of the five identified areas of additional support needs outlined in the Framework for Professional Recognition for teachers.

S3W-10232 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers have relevant professional recognition in each of the five identified areas of additional support needs outlined in the Framework for Professional Recognition.

S3W-10233 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any powers to direct procurators fiscal to provide victims of crime with a written explanation of their decisions in respect of cases referred to them.

S3W-10234 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 30 January 2008 that "we want to ensure that Scottish history is taught in our schools, but it is not just history teachers who can teach it" (Official Report, c. 5622), whether her remarks refer only to primary schools.

S3W-10235 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 30 January 2008 that "we want to ensure that Scottish history is taught in our schools, but it is not just history teachers who can teach it" (Official Report, c. 5622), whether she believes that only qualified teachers of history should teach history in high schools.

S3W-10236 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the new Curriculum for Excellence and with the publication of the draft experiences and outcomes in social studies, only qualified teachers of history will be able to teach history.

S3W-10237 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning is taking to ensure that the new draft experiences and outcomes in social studies is not used to allow more teachers with no qualifications or expertise in history to teach history.

S3W-10238 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Kilmarnock College in respect of its development plans.

S3W-10239 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that young people and potential athletes in Kilmarnock and Loudoun have the opportunity to compete for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

S3W-10240 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what MMR vaccines are approved for use by the NHS in Scotland; what changes there have been in approved vaccines since 2002, and what the reasons were for the withdrawal of any previously approved vaccines.

S3W-10241 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rented properties are operated by registered private landlords and, of these, how many meet the (a) Tolerable Standard and (b) Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

S3W-10242 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the quality of housing in the private rented sector.

S3W-10243 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) cost was and (b) number of beneficiaries have been of the Individual Learning Account scheme in each year of its operation.

S3W-10244 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage the development of family friendly licensed premises.

S3W-10245 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8840 by Nicola Sturgeon on 31 January 2008, what provisions and contingencies have been set aside by the NHS for meeting claims of clinical negligence, including through NHS boards, special health boards and the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme, in each year since 1 April 2000.

S3W-10246 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8840 by Nicola Sturgeon on 31 January 2008, how many claims for clinical negligence against the NHS have been (a) received, (b) noted as abandoned and (c) settled in each quarter since 1 April 2000, broken down into (i) obstetrics and gynaecology, (ii) surgery, (iii) accident and emergency and (iv) others.

S3W-10247 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8840 by Nicola Sturgeon on 31 January 2008, what guidance it has issued to NHS boards, special health boards or the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme in respect of the publication of aggregate data on claims for medical negligence made, settled and outstanding.

S3W-10248 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks were recorded on (a) firemen, (b) police officers and (c) hospital staff in the Lothians region, broken down by parliamentary constituency, in each year for which the information is available.

S3W-10249 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics it has for the number of people carrying knives in the Lothians region, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-10250 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to effectively promote the Community Benefits in Public Procurement report and accompanying guidance to contracting bodies and stakeholders.

S3W-10251 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage local authorities to adopt a progressive procurement policy.

S3W-10252 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on the outcomes of the National Economic Forum and what format this report will take.

S3W-10253 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the second meeting of the National Economic Forum to take place and whether this meeting will follow a similar format to the inaugural meeting.

S3W-10254 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that the Council of Economic Advisers will consider the issues generated at the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-10255 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has formalised the establishment of a link between the National Economic Forum and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s annual forum.

S3W-10256 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it expects the membership of the National Economic Forum to change according to the themes considered.

S3W-10257 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive which representative organisations, businesses, non-departmental public bodies, individuals and other groups will make up the core membership of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-10258 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were considered when inviting delegates to participate in the National Economic Forum.

S3W-10259 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was made available to support tourism activities in Fife in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

S3W-10260 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available to support tourism activities in Fife in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-10261 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget will be for VisitScotland’s operations in (a) Grampian, (b) Tayside, (c) east central Scotland, (d) the south of Scotland, (e) west central Scotland and (f) the highlands and islands in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.

S3W-10262 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the concordat between VisitScotland, COSLA and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group on the approach to funding agreements and reporting on activities on tourism.

S3W-10263 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that there is a condition known as dyslexia and what impact it may have on the learning of young people.

S3W-10264 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures HM Inspectorate of Education takes to assess whether schools make adequate provision to support young people with dyslexia.

S3W-10265 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what working definition of dyslexia HM Inspectorate of Education currently uses.

S3W-10266 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools have a kiln in their art departments.

S3W-10267 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students presented in ceramics at standard, higher and advanced higher grades in each year from 1999 to 2007.

S3W-10268 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students qualified from art schools in Scotland with a degree majoring in ceramics in each year from 1999 to 2007.

S3W-10269 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what years the ceramics departments in the art schools in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Edinburgh and (c) Dundee ceased to take undergraduate students.

S3W-10270 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools completed under PPP contracts contain art departments with kilns.

S3W-10271 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to send a delegation to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and which ministers, civil servants and other representatives are expected to attend.

S3W-10272 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of abolishing the tolls on the Forth Road Bridge.

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