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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-10525 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have been kept informed of discussions that have taken place between NHS Greater Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and other strategic partners regarding the benefits of the proposed Clyde Fastlink scheme in helping improve access to the Southern General Hospital and the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and whether Fastlink has been the subject of discussions involving officials from Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government’s health department.

S3W-10526 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated level of student debt in Scotland was in (a) 1997, (b) 1999 and (c) 2007.

S3W-10527 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Lord Advocate will reply to my letters of 6 December 2007 and subsequent reminder in respect of the issues arising from a trip to Paris organised by Greenfaulds High School in October 2006.

S3W-10528 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will launch its consultation on energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings.

S3W-10529 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what external stakeholders it has met to discuss its forthcoming consultation on energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings; when it met each organisation, and what issues were discussed.

S3W-10530 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive with which external stakeholders it intends to discuss its forthcoming consultation on energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings and what issues it will discuss with each stakeholder.

S3W-10531 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to officials on consulting external stakeholders when drawing up policy and whether this guidance has been followed in the case of the forthcoming consultation on energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings.

S3W-10532 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what training courses are available for officials in better policy making and whether the officials working on the forthcoming consultation on energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings have undertaken this training.

S3W-10533 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be best practice in stakeholder engagement and whether such practice has been followed in the forthcoming introduction of energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings.

S3W-10534 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s statement on Accident and Emergency Units (Ayr and Monklands Hospitals) on 27 February 2008, whether previous proposals for enhanced accident and emergency services at Hairmyres Hospital will still be implemented.

S3W-10535 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event that proposals for enhanced accident and emergency services at Hairmyres Hospital do not proceed, it will consider the provision of full accident and emergency services at the New Victoria Hospital.

S3W-10536 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to meet the SNP manifesto commitment to ensure that all agencies share information and intervene promptly to identify and support children at risk.

S3W-10537 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-505 by Adam Ingram on 18 June 2007, when it will respond to the consultations on Getting it right for every child and whether it intends to introduce legislation to make it a duty for all agencies to co-operate and share information, similar to the situation in England under the Children Act 2004.

S3W-10538 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the publication of Health and Community Care Research Findings No. 60/2008, what practical steps it proposes to take to improve suicide prevention measures.

S3W-10539 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the publication of Health and Community Care Research Findings No. 60/2008, what steps it is taking to train NHS therapists in cognitive behaviour therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy.

S3W-10540 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the publication of Health and Community Care Research Findings No. 60/2008, whether it intends to commission research into the usefulness of "green cards" in the prevention of suicide among individuals who are known to practice self-harm.

S3W-10541 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much finance it has contributed to small business start-up in the last two years, broken down by industry sector.

S3W-10542 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses apply for start-up funding and how many have received funding in the last two years.

S3W-10543 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it has contributed to business growth and development in the last two years, broken down by industry sector.

S3W-10544 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies have applied for business growth and development funding and how many have received funding in the last two years.

S3W-10545 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide specific support to local authorities in response to challenges resulting from language diversity in schools.

S3W-10546 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure adequate provision of specialist teachers in response to challenges resulting from language diversity in schools.

S3W-10547 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that wages and other terms and conditions afforded to workers by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board will not be detrimentally affected by the review which has been brought forward.

S3W-10548 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of any review of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board, it will give consideration to bringing in higher pay to the levels that agricultural workers in England and Wales benefit from.

S3W-10549 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, as the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board was established as a result of the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949 which consolidated the acts of 1937 and 1940, whether it believes that in this context it is essential that the board retains its powers to make orders fixing minimum wage rates, holiday entitlement and other conditions of service for agricultural workers.

S3W-10550 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of the review of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board, it will seek to expand the remit of the board to include workers in all areas of agriculture and horticulture including private and ornamental gardens and all types of fish farming.

S3W-10551 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 67,000 agricultural workers covered by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board remain in the industry longer than 26 weeks, at which point a higher pay threshold currently begins.

S3W-10552 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture on 20 February 2008 (Official Report c. 6092), what the "stronger focus" will be within each of the four strands of the co-operation agreement with Malawi.

S3W-10553 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive when the £3 million capital funding earmarked for the Mining Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Fisheries Museum will be distributed to them.

S3W-10554 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what the new government priorities are under the Creative Scotland heading in the table on page 49 of Volume 2 of the Finance Committee’s 1st Report, 2008 (Session 3): Stage 2 of the 2008-09 Budget Process.

S3W-10555 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are estimated to suffer from incontinence.

S3W-10556 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people suffer from incontinence, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age and (c) geographical location.

S3W-10557 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on making information available to people suffering from incontinence.

S3W-10558 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it issues to medical professionals regarding good practice in the treatment of incontinence.

S3W-10559 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many care homes have achieved the target of at least 50% of staff directly caring for residents being trained to SVQ level 2 or equivalent or are working towards achieving the relevant qualification required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council, as set out in National Care Standards: Care Homes for Older People (Revised November 2007).

S3W-10560 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to National Care Standards: Care Homes for Older People, part 5, section 11, what guidance it has issued to the Care Commission regarding the specific support that should be given to care home residents who have had to be restrained.

S3W-10561 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9634 by Stewart Maxwell on 27 February 2008, whether any changes have been made to the policy of back charging customers with prepayment meters as a result of his meeting with Scottish Power.

S3W-10562 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make recommendations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding an exemption in VAT rates for the renovation of listed buildings.

S3W-10563 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can offer to the 150 workers from Dundee whose jobs are in jeopardy as a result of Texol Technical Solutions plc going into receivership.

S3W-10564 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Health and Wellbeing has had with NHS Ayrshire and Arran regarding the timescale for setting up a new community unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital.

S3W-10565 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that patients will have access to the proposed community unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital.

S3W-10566 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed community unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital will be staffed by a fully qualified doctor.

S3W-10567 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what range of facilities, such as X-ray, laboratories and physiotherapy, will be provided in the proposed community unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital.

S3W-10568 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed community unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital will provide a short-stay ward for patients.

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