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Section E – Written questions lodged on 12 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-10869Δ Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Creative Scotland Bill will be introduced to the Parliament.

S3W-10870 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce a national screening programme for chlamydia.

S3W-10871 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many diagnoses of chlamydia were reported to Health Protection Scotland in the third quarter of 2007-08.

S3W-10872 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to NHS Quality Improvement Scotland regarding improved recording of repeat testing of individuals for chlamydia in order to improve the accuracy of statistics.

S3W-10873 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to NHS boards regarding improved recording of repeat testing of individuals for chlamydia in order to improve the accuracy of statistics.

S3W-10874 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to collect data by NHS board for chlamydia screening in 2008 and how regularly such data is expected to be collected in future years.

S3W-10875 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the success of the Ayrshire and Arran pilot of chlamydia screening through pharmacies.

S3W-10876 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the chlamydia screening targets set out in NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s draft standards are sufficient to meet the aims of its sexual health and relationships strategy on preventing sexually transmitted infections.

S3W-10877 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what barriers exist to increasing chlamydia screening among men to at least the levels of screening among women and what action could be taken to overcome such barriers.

S3W-10880 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accidents and incidents involving the use of hoisting equipment in schools have been reported in each of the last six years for which figures are available.

S3W-10881 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children with special needs are supported in mainstream schools.

S3W-10882 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are required to hold records of accidents in schools.

S3W-10883 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the provision of support for children with special needs in schools.

S3W-10884 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legal requirements are for detailing the level of support and service provision that must be included in co-ordinated support plans for children with special needs.

S3W-10885 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4458 by Fiona Hyslop on 1 October 2007, whether it can now provide details of the scope, timing and related stakeholder engagement for its proposed replacement science strategy.

S3W-10886 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4458 by Fiona Hyslop on 1 October 2007, when it expects its proposed replacement science strategy to be published.

S3W-10887 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8170 by Jim Mather on 17 January 2008, whether the exact nature of the responsibilities to be transferred from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to local authorities as a consequence of its review of the structures and functions of the enterprise networks has now been determined and, if so, what those responsibilities are.

S3W-10888 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available to each local authority in each of the next three financial years to support the responsibilities transferred from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support Business Gateway.

S3W-10889 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) revenue and (b) capital funding will be transferred to each local authority in each of the next three financial years from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support their new responsibilities for local economic regeneration.

S3W-10890 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what definitions have been agreed with COSLA, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding what constitutes (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national economic regeneration projects.

S3W-10891 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive which local regeneration projects will transfer from being the responsibility of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to that of local authorities, broken down by local authority.

S3W-10892 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive which regional regeneration projects will become the responsibility of the Scottish Enterprise regional networks after 1 April 2008.

S3W-10893 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive which regeneration projects have been assessed as being of national importance and will remain the responsibility of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise after 1 April 2008.

S3W-10894 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the proposed local income tax would raise annually.

S3W-10895 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the proposed local income tax would raise directly from taxpayers if in force in the (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 tax years.

S3W-10896 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unincorporated businesses there are in Scotland, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10897 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unincorporated businesses make income tax payments in Scotland, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10898 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to introduce rod licences.

S3W-10899 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £525 million capital funding for NHS facilities and the upgrade of equipment and IT systems, announced on 10 March 2008, will assist in shifting the balance of healthcare from acute to community settings.

S3W-10900 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the £525 million capital funding for NHS facilities and the upgrade of equipment and IT systems, announced on 10 March 2008, it anticipates will be spent on (a) acute and (b) community health services.

S3W-10901 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with NHS boards about their particular infrastructure needs for the delivery of care in their respective communities prior to the announcement of 10 March 2008 of £525 million capital funding.

S3W-10902 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the ambulance fleet currently in service will be (a) modernised or (b) replaced as a result of the £525 million capital funding announced on 10 March 2008.

S3W-10903 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations will receive funding from the £200,000 to tackle gang culture, announced on 14 February 2008.

S3W-10904 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how organisations should bid for funding from the £200,000 to tackle gang culture, announced on 14 February 2008.

S3W-10905 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive when the bidding process for funding from the £200,000 to tackle gang culture, announced on 14 February 2008, will close.

S3W-10906 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive which professionals will receive special training and toolkits as a result of the £200,000 funding to tackle gang culture, announced on 14 February 2008.

S3W-10907 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9499 by Linda Fabiani on 3 March 2008, whether it will provide details of the planning applications referred to and the grounds on which Historic Scotland objected to or recommended call-in in each case.

S3W-10908 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will collate statistics on road accidents involving (a) ambulance and (b) fire and rescue service vehicles, broken down by the number of (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries resulting from such accidents.

S3W-10909 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding it will receive as a result of the announcements in the UK Budget, broken down by year.

S3W-10910 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to raise awareness of the digital switchover in the south of Scotland.

S3W-10911 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks on fire service personnel were recorded in the South of Scotland region in the last two years for which the information is available, broken down by brigade.

S3W-10912 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks on police officers were recorded in the South of Scotland region in the last two years for which the information is available, broken down by force.

S3W-10913 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks on NHS staff were recorded in the South of Scotland region in the last two years for which the information is available, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-10914 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission about the road equivalent tariff pilot scheme.

S3W-10915 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether the European Commission considers that the road equivalent tariff pilot scheme conforms to all the regulations contained in the European state aid and maritime cabotage legislation.

S3W-10916 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional subsidy payments specifically associated with road equivalent tariff discounts are payable to other ferry operators if they operate in competition with CalMac’s routes.

S3W-10917 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the road equivalent tariff (RET) pilot scheme will consider whether RET will have a positive or negative effect on current and potential competition on ferry routes.

S3W-10918 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 22 February 2008 on the implementation of the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) recommendations, which NHS boards presently (a) above the target allocation will receive smaller annual percentage increases and (b) below the target allocation will receive higher percentage increases, in the unified budget over the period until their NRAC target share is reached.

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