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Section E – Written questions lodged on 26 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-10216 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have the ability to vary the rate of interest payable on student loans in Scotland and, if so, what the mechanism is to do so.

S3W-10322 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors’ surgeries will extend their opening hours by 1 April 2008.

S3W-10323 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many computers were lost or stolen in the NHS in 2007 and what the value was of those items.

S3W-10324 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) management and (b) other consultants have been employed by the NHS since May 2007.

S3W-10325 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that there is an appropriate balance of specialties in the new junior doctor training posts.

S3W-10326 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the capability of the IT infrastructure of the NHS and all NHS boards to deal effectively with the developing demands of the newest technologies.

S3W-10327 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of all the diagnostic equipment in each major hospital and whether any report of such assessment will be published and, if so, when.

S3W-10328 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement to the Parliament indicating what progress has been made in providing training posts for junior doctors under the Modernising Medical Careers recruitment and selection process and indicating any areas where problems remain.

S3W-10329 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to examine all people over the age of 55 for arthritic conditions.

S3W-10330 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on NHS boards’ budgets of new biologic drugs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

S3W-10331 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the use of telecare systems and in-home monitors to help patients with (a) arthritis, (b) asthma, (c) diabetes, (d) heart disease and (e) other long-term conditions.

S3W-10332 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospitals have been placed on red alert over the 2007-08 winter months.

S3W-10333 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that dental treatment is available to all patients under the NHS.

S3W-10334 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage private dental practitioners to return to providing NHS dental treatment.

S3W-10335 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a list of dentists and orthodontists who provided services on both a full-time and a part-time basis to the NHS in each of the last five years.

S3W-10336 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to nationally monitor the incidence of metastatic breast cancer and, if not, whether it plans to pilot a monitoring system of metastatic or secondary breast cancer in a clinical network.

S3W-10337 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many metastatic or secondary breast cancer patients have access to a breast care nurse.

S3W-10338 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will accept the recommendations of the Association of British Insurers and withdraw planning permission for any developments where approval has been given to build on sites designated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as being at high risk of flooding.

S3W-10339 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any outsourcing contracts have been agreed by any of its departments or agencies since ministers took office in May 2007 and, if so, what the nature and value was of each contract and whether any additional work was added and, if so, of what value.

S3W-10340 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates public expenditure will be per capita for each local authority in the next three years.

S3W-10341 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive which (a) daily, (b) weekly and (c) Sunday papers it has used used for advertising purposes since May 2007 and what the total expenditure was in each case.

S3W-10342 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require (a) all departments and agencies to maintain a register listing sporting facilities in receipt of public funds (i) closed since 1 March 2007 and (ii) proposed for future closure, (b) an investigation into each proposed closure and (c) ministers to report the reasons for any closures to the Parliament.

S3W-10343 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made investigating whether there will be European funding available for building the new Forth crossing.

S3W-10344 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6387 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 December 2007, what reply the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth received from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and what further representations the Executive will now make to the UK Government on an area-based derogation in the rate of VAT levied on the sale of motor fuel.

S3W-10345 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many state-funded faith schools there are in Scotland.

S3W-10346 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils attend state-funded faith schools.

S3W-10347 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers are employed by state-funded faith schools.

S3W-10348 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many people have been stopped at Scottish airports under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

S3W-10349 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address specific issues surrounding mental health in the black and minority ethnic community.

S3W-10350 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money ethnic minority enterprise contributes to the economy.

S3W-10351 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults participate in adult literacy programmes.

S3W-10352 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support adult literacy.

S3W-10353 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions on attracting Islamic finance initiatives to Scotland.

S3W-10354 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support the fairtrade industry.

S3W-10355 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will meet the specific needs of ethnic minority carers.

S3W-10356 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are learning English as a second language in schools.

S3W-10357 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will continue to support children learning English as a second language in schools.

S3W-10358 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support amateur rugby clubs.

S3W-10359 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the funding available to amateur rugby clubs.

S3W-10360 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support amateur rugby clubs in encouraging more young people to actively participate in sport.

S3W-10361 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it is making available to amateur rugby clubs to support greater participation in sport.

S3W-10362 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to follow the advice of the Association of British Insurers about housing developments in areas designated as being at a high risk of flooding and, if so, whether it will withdraw all planning approvals for such developments agreed since it came to office.

S3W-10363 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it arrived at a view on the first appeal against planning permission at St David’s Bay Harbour that planning permission be declined on the basis of a high risk of flooding and why, following the developer’s appeal, the Scottish Government’s reporter approved planning permission.

S3W-10364 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive, if it allows development on areas designated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as being at high risk of coastal flooding, whether it will require developers to build sea defences.

S3W-10365 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive, if the Association of British Insurers refuses to insure homes which are to be built on land designated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as being areas at high risk of flooding, whether it will underwrite all subsequent purchasers of these homes and businesses.

S3W-10366 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to meet the Association of British Insurers to discuss coastal developments in Scotland and, in particular, those designated as being at a high risk of flooding.

S3W-10367 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many housing developments designated as being at high risk of flooding by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have been granted planning permission since May 2007 in (a) coastal areas and (b) inland flood plain areas.

S3W-10368 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that all universities provide language teaching in every EU member state language.

S3W-10369 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund all grant maintained schools at current levels.

S3W-10370 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on outside consultancy firms by each NHS board in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S3W-10371 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has provided on the issuing of steroid warning cards to patients on steroid treatment.

S3W-10372 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many new homes building work has been started by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations since May 2007.

S3W-10373 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of houses are fitted with water meters.

S3W-10374 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the eligibility criteria for charities, churches and voluntary organisations for reductions in water rates.

S3W-10375 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are waiting for improvement grants for their homes and how many disabled people are awaiting grants for modifications to their homes.

S3W-10376 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider an alternative policy of making available central heating grants to enable all eligible pensioners to be able to engage local contractors who meet the criteria and standards set by it to install the required central heating systems and ensure that all pensioners have their needs addressed immediately.

S3W-10377 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bottles of water have been purchased by each of its departments and agencies in each of the last five years and what the cost was in each case.

S3W-10378 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of expenditure was on the treatment of (a) cancer, (b) coronary heart disease, (c) diabetes, (d) arthritis and (e) cerebrovascular disease in each year from 2003 to 2007.

S3W-10379 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to  introduce legislation to provide protection in the missives for individuals purchasing newly built homes so as to introduce a more equal balance of rights between developer and purchaser.

S3W-10380 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8570 by Fiona Hyslop on 24 January 2008, when it expects to be able to provide the detailed cost calculations for the Kerelaw Independent Inquiry.

S3W-10381 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences there have been, since the passing of the appropriate legislation, in which counsel have been appointed to act in cases of sexual assault where the accused sought to defend themselves.

S3W-10382Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made with the review of the National Antisocial Behaviour Strategy.

S3W-10383 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as was reported in The Herald on 26 February 2008, it was involved fully in the drafting of the Counter-Terrorism Bill provisions and was completely content with them.

S3W-10384 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the extent of the involvement of Scottish ministers was in the drafting of the UK Counter-Terrorism Bill.

S3W-10385 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how Highland Council’s plans to reduce teacher numbers fit with the Executive’s commitment to reduce class sizes.

S3W-10386 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers it expects Highland Council to employ to meet class size reduction pledges.

S3W-10387 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that support for the services provided by the voluntary sector in the Highlands should be rising or falling at present.

S3W-10388 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether meeting the provisions contained in the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 is likely to be enhanced in the Highlands by Highland Council’s reductions in additional support for learning spending.

S3W-10389 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the terms of the agreement for teaching in the 21st century will be met in the Highlands as a result of the recent budget decisions by Highland Council.

S3W-10390 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether councils are under any statutory duty to hold financial reserves of any particular scale.

S3W-10391 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is a matter for the discretion of a council alone how much it holds in financial reserves, having considered any guidance or advice from the Accounts Commission for Scotland.

S3W-10392 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it puts cutting taxes for business ahead of improving education and care services in its priorities.

S3W-10393 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children and young people require moving and handling assistance.

S3W-10394 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to encourage and support good moving and handling practice for children and young people with disabilities.

S3W-10395 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that children and young people with disabilities and their parents are involved in decisions about their care.

S3W-10396 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that children and young people with disabilities have access to leisure and recreational opportunities.

S3W-10397 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students who, in each of the last five years, attended a course of no more than one year’s duration also attended a further education course in the previous year of an equivalent or higher academic level.

S3W-10398 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for introducing Scottish charitable incorporated organisations under the Charities and Trustee Investments (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-10399 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when section 49 of the Charities and Trustee Investments (Scotland) Act 2005 will come into force.

S3W-10400 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many oral questions the Minister for Public Health has answered since May 2007.

S3W-10401 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many oral questions the Minister for Communities and Sport has answered since May 2007.

S3W-10402 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many oral questions the Minister for Schools and Skills has answered since May 2007.

S3W-10403 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many oral questions the Minister for Children and Early Years has answered since May 2007.

S3W-10404 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10405 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10406 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10407 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10408 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the First Minister since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10409 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Minister for Parliamentary Business since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10410 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10411 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10412 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10413 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice since May 2007 and what the total cost of those stays was.

S3W-10414 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by special advisers since May 2007.

S3W-10415 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all expenses claims made by special advisers since May 2007.

S3W-10416 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by Government Car Service drivers since may 2007.

S3W-10417 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to renew the Government Car Service fleet.

S3W-10418 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs of travel by official car were for each minister from May 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10419 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trips by (a) official ministerial car, (b) private hire car, (c) taxi and (d) train the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing took from May 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10420 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trips by (a) official ministerial car, (b) private hire car, (c) taxi and (d) train the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing took from October 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10421 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trips by (a) official ministerial car, (b) private hire car, (c) taxi and (d) train the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth took from May 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10422 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trips by (a) official ministerial car, (b) private hire car, (c) taxi and (d) train the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth took from October 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10423 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trips by (a) official ministerial car, (b) private hire car, (c) taxi and (d) train the First Minister took from May 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10424 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trips by (a) official ministerial car, (b) private hire car, (c) taxi and (d) train the First Minister took from October 2007 to January 2008.

S3W-10425 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drivers it currently employs for the Government Car Service.

S3W-10426 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the turnover has been of Government Car Service drivers since May 2007.

S3W-10427 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of petrol for the Government Car Service has been since May 2007.

S3W-10428 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the hospitality budget has been for the First Minister’s private office in each year since 1999.

S3W-10429 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the First Minister’s private office has spent on hospitality since May 2007.

S3W-10430 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been set aside to extend the opening hours of GPs’ surgeries for 2008-09.

S3W-10431 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GPs’ surgeries it expects to extend opening hours based on the budget it has allocated for 2008-09.

S3W-10432 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its commitment to bring the number of secure places for young people to 125, what revenue it has allocated to maintain these places for 2007-08.

S3W-10433 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its commitment to bring the number of secure places for young people to 125, what revenue it has allocated to maintain these places for 2008-09.

S3W-10434 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees it can give that 125 secure places for young people will be available for 2008-09 and 2009-10.

S3W-10435 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue allocation to NHS Highland (a) has been in each year since 2004 and (b) will be until 2009, shown also in real terms.

S3W-10436 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue allocation to NHS Western Isles (a) has been in each year since 2004 and (b) will be until 2009, shown also in real terms.

S3W-10437 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue allocation to NHS Shetland (a) has been in each year since 2004 and (b) will be until 2009, shown also in real terms.

S3W-10438 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue allocation to NHS Orkney (a) has been in each year since 2004 and (b) will be until 2009, shown also in real terms.

S3W-10439 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue allocation to NHS Grampian (a) has been in each year since 2004 and (b) will be until 2009, shown also in real terms.

S3W-10440 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8413 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, whether CalMac Ferries Ltd was explicitly advised at any time during the extensive dialogue that any part of its bid was non-compliant.

S3W-10441 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8421 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, what the further options are for a ferry service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig.

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