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Section E – Written questions lodged on 29 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-10569 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether fares for cars, passengers and 10-metre long commercial vehicles on each of the ferry services operated by Calmac Ferries Ltd and not included in the road equivalent tariff pilot would increase or decrease and, if so, by how much, if the fares were set using the road equivalent tariff fares proposed for ferries to the Western Isles from 18 October 2008.

S3W-10570 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether fares for cars, passengers and 10-metre long commercial vehicles on each of the ferry services running to or within Orkney would increase or decrease and, if so, by how much if the fares were set using the road equivalent tariff fares proposed for ferries to the Western Isles from 18 October 2008.

S3W-10571 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of its proposed road equivalent tariff fares on (a) ferries to the Western Isles and (b) the economies of each of the Scottish Islands served by ferries which will not to see a cut in their fares from October 2008 to spring 2011, and what the result of any such assessment is in respect of each island or island group.

S3W-10572 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for its proposed charging system for pedestrians on ferries to the Western Isles, which is to be based on the road equivalent tariff and which involves basing ferry fares on the cost of travelling an equivalent distance by road, but which would charge passengers £2.10 to travel one mile and £2.20 to travel two miles.

S3W-10573 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for its proposed charging system for commercial vehicles on ferries to the Western Isles, which is to be based on the road equivalent tariff and which involves basing ferry fares on the cost of travelling an equivalent distance by road, but which would charge 10-metre long commercial vehicles £201.80 to travel one mile and £203.60 to travel two miles.

S3W-10574 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for its proposed charging system for cars on ferries to the Western Isles, which is to be based on the road equivalent tariff and which involves basing ferry fares on the cost of travelling an equivalent distance by road, but which would charge cars £5.60 to travel one mile and £6.20 to travel two miles.

S3W-10575 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to record figures on deep vein thrombosis.

S3W-10576 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to review and change assessment guidelines for deep vein thrombosis.

S3W-10577 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of estimations that 1 in 20 people carry the thrombophilia gene and that around 3,000 people die of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in Scotland each year, there are any plans to increase the level of information available to doctors and patients on the risks of DVT.

S3W-10578 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of recent fuel prices increases, it believes that current mileage allowances and lump sums payable to NHS staff who use their own cars while on duty should be reviewed.

S3W-10579 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were admitted to hospital because of an adverse reaction to drugs in (a) NHS Borders and (b) NHS Lothian in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2004-05 and (v) 2003-04.

S3W-10580 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people were admitted to the Borders General Hospital for treatment for alcohol misuse in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2003-04.

S3W-10581 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions were made for antidepressant medicine in the (a) NHS Borders and (b) NHS Lothian areas in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-10582 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times were for young people to access the first consultation for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-10583 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many looked-after children used Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-10584 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will provide for increasing attainment for looked-after children in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-10585 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether per capita costs for healthcare rise the longer a person lives.

S3W-10586 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether longer life expectancy will result in increased costs for the NHS.

S3W-10587 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dentistry students at the University of Dundee applied for and received a dental bursary in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

S3W-10588 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on dental bursaries in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

S3W-10589 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental students at (a) the University of Dundee and (b) the University of Glasgow are currently in receipt of dental bursaries for up to (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three and (iv) four years.

S3W-10590 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the STAG appraisal on ferry services for Lismore in Argyll.

S3W-10591 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to conduct research to review the performance achieved in use and any issues found for buildings designed to be low energy, low carbon, zero energy or zero carbon, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

S3W-10592 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to publish the results of research to review the performance achieved in use and any issues found for buildings designed to be low energy, low carbon, zero energy or zero carbon, as outlined in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

S3W-10593 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what body will carry out monitoring of recent private and public sector low carbon domestic and non-domestic buildings in Scotland, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland, and what the timescale is for this.

S3W-10594 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is considering the role that building regulations can play in terms of smart meters, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

S3W-10595 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support training in new technologies, new products and new standards for low and zero carbon buildings, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

S3W-10596 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce legislation to require all owners of non-domestic buildings to conduct a carbon and energy assessment and produce a programme for upgrading, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland, and how it will empower local authorities or public bodies to check such assessments.

S3W-10597 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to set up a working group to look at reducing carbon emissions in existing domestic buildings, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

S3W-10598 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish the 2010 revised building standards.

S3W-10599 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce primary legislation to allow Scottish ministers the opportunity to extend the provision and type of energy performance certificates, as recommended in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

S3W-10600 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents have been recorded by Scottish Ambulance Service of falsifying records which have reduced ambulance response times in each year since 2001.

S3W-10601 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were diagnosed with prostate cancer in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-10602 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what the five-year survival rate is for prostate cancer patients in each NHS board.

S3W-10603 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current screening arrangements are for the detection of prostate cancer.

S3W-10604 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve screening for prostate cancer across Scotland.

S3W-10605 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9305 by Maureen Watt on 29 February 2008, how many of these contracts were not already under negotiation prior to 4 May 2007.

S3W-10606 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9305 by Maureen Watt on 29 February 2008, how many of the 45 school building contracts referred to were initiated prior to 3 May 2007.

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