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Section E – Written questions lodged on 10 March 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-10828Δ Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to consult on its proposals to abolish the council tax.

S3W-10829 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce ferry fares on CalMac’s Clyde routes from Ardrossan to Brodick and Largs to Cumbrae for (a) foot passenger, (b) vehicle and driver and (c) freight transport.

S3W-10830 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when road equivalent tariff will be introduced on CalMac’s Clyde routes from Ardrossan to Brodick and Largs to Cumbrae.

S3W-10831 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the subsidisation of other CalMac routes by revenues from the fares charged on the CalMac ferry routes from Ardrossan to Brodick and Largs to Cumbrae.

S3W-10832 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the fares charged by CalMac for travel between Brodick to Ardrossan and between Cumbrae to Largs are fair.

S3W-10833 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it discriminatory that ferry fares on the Largs to Cumbrae route and Ardrossan to Brodick routes remain at current levels when the Scottish Government proposes to reduce fares and increase the public subsidy paid to CalMac to operate certain routes to the Western Isles via a pilot road equivalent tariff scheme.

S3W-10834 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what equivalent fares are charged by CalMac per mile, or part thereof, on each of its routes, for (a) foot passenger, (b) vehicle and driver and (c) freight transport.

S3W-10835 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider a 40% reduction in ferry fares for residents of the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae on the Clyde and what the reasons are for its position.

S3W-10836 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions were issued for benzodiazepines in each of the last 10 years and what the total cost was to the NHS in each year, broken down by all available drugs.

S3W-10837 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions were issued for Prozac in each of the last 10 years and what the total cost was to the NHS in each year.

S3W-10838 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether drug companies are required to provide all drug research information, published and unpublished, to the Scottish Medicines Consortium prior to obtaining a licence to have the drug distributed.

S3W-10839 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether drug companies have provided drug research to the Scottish Medicines Consortium at the time of licensing and, if not, how this affects the licensing process.

S3W-10840 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions have been issued for opiates, such as OxyContin and Percocet, since the drugs were made available through the NHS and what the total cost has been to the NHS each year, broken down by drug.

S3W-10841 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for antidepressants have been issued through the NHS since these drugs were made available and what the total cost has been to the NHS each year, broken down by drug.

S3W-10842 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for nervous system depressants, such as Valium and Xanax, have been issued through the NHS since these drugs were made available and what the total cost to the NHS has been each year, broken down by drug.

S3W-10843 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for Adderall and Ritalin have been issued through the NHS since these drugs were made available and what the total cost has been to the NHS in each year.

S3W-10844 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are prescribed antidepressants for mild depression and what procedures there are for prescribing these drugs.

S3W-10845 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted or commissioned a study comparing the cost-effectiveness of generic psychological therapy against routinely prescribed antidepressant drugs.

S3W-10846 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted or commissioned a study in to whether people would prefer NHS counselling instead of being prescribed antidepressants for the treatment of mild to moderate depression.

S3W-10847 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what follow-up requirements there are for NHS patients who have been prescribed antidepressants.

S3W-10848 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessments are made of NHS patients (a) prior to being prescribed antidepressants and (b) while they are receiving antidepressant treatment and what follow-up there is for patients who have completed their course of antidepressant treatment.

S3W-10849 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that antidepressants are overprescribed and, if so, what steps it is taking to address this issue.

S3W-10850 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning’s announcement on 9 March 2008 of additional investment in colleges and universities, what the breakdown will be of the £10 million being allocated to colleges to allow for further strategic investment in key priority areas.

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