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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-11162 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10696 by Stewart Stevenson on 19 March 2008, whether it made use of the significant legal advice at its disposal when considering the legality of its decision to favour a select group of islands when introducing road equivalent tariff fares on ferry routes.

S3W-11163 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the specific schemes recommended in the A82 Tarbet to Fort William Route Action Plan should be considered as the first phase of a strategic programme of works to steadily improve the A82 towards a standard appropriate for the 21st century.

S3W-11164 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list its 10 top priority road improvement initiatives and what action is being taken to implement them.

S3W-11165 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-18096 by Tavish Scott on 10 August 2005, which roads have had the highest number of (a) accidents and (b) fatalities in each of the last five years.

S3W-11166 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the feasibility reports into the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Pitlochry to be (a) completed and (b) published.

S3W-11167 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the figures for council tax benefit, as shown in its paper on revenue projections from a local income tax, assume a council tax freeze.

S3W-11168 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1876 by Richard Lochhead on 18 July 2007, what its timetable is for the publication of its first tranche of secondary legislation dealing with pet dealers, animal sanctuaries, travelling circuses, electric shock collars, pet vending (including internet sales) and livery yards.

S3W-11169 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10758 by Stewart Stevenson on 20 March 2008, from what date the proposal to dissolve the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland in order for it to be amalgamated with the Public Transport Users’ Committee will take effect.

S3W-11170 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area were injured in cycling accidents in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many resulted in (a) head injuries and (b) fatalities, and how many in each category were children.

S3W-11171 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to each local authority for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 to promote safer routes to school and cycling, walking and safer streets projects.

S3W-11172 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to protect disabled groups in Aberdeen whose funding will be reduced or lost as a result of local authority proposals.

S3W-11173 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been set aside in the current spending review to fund nursery teachers.

S3W-11174 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints against the police were made in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, broken down by force.

S3W-11175 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints against the police resulted in compensation being claimed in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, broken down by force and also showing the amounts of compensation paid.

S3W-11176 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints against the NHS were made in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-11177 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints against the NHS resulted in compensation being claimed in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, broken down by NHS board and also showing the amounts of compensation paid.

S3W-11178 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking with police forces to deal with the conduct of parents whose children are caught underage drinking.

S3W-11179 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet representatives of Network Rail to discuss its timetable of engineering works, in light of plans revealed for works to take place on Scottish routes over the Easter holiday weekend.

S3W-11180 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many underage drivers were prosecuted in each police force area in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007.

S3W-11181 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority received from parking fines in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2006-07.

S3W-11182 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) doctors were working in the NHS in Scotland three years after they qualified in Scotland, broken down by NHS board in each of the last five years and what information it has on how these figures compare with those for each category who qualified across the United Kingdom.

S3W-11183 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental students at the University of Glasgow applied for and received a dental bursary in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

S3W-11184 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental students at the University of Glasgow who received a dental bursary in their final year of study in 2006-07 are now in vocational training in Scotland, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-11185 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school leavers in 2006-07 who did not go into education, employment or training had (a) physical and (b) learning disabilities.

S3W-11186 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of school leavers in 2006-07 who did not go into education, employment or training had (a) physical and (b) learning disabilities.

S3W-11187 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) district nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) school nurses and (d) family health nurses will participate in the community health nurse pilot in NHS Tayside.

S3W-11188 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how the commitment in Principles and Priorities: The Government’s Programme for Scotland to "increase the number of school nurses" is compatible with the introduction of the community health nurse pilot in NHS Tayside and three other board areas which will amalgamate the posts of school nurse, district nurse, health visitor and family health nurse into the post of generic community health nurse.

S3W-11189 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how the NHS Tayside community health nurse pilot intends to demonstrate that a generalist nurse can be skilled in the respective separate disciplines of school nurse, district nurse, health visitor and family health nurse.

S3W-11190 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional finance NHS Tayside has been given to administer the community health nurse pilot.

S3W-11191 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the evaluation of the community health nurse pilot in NHS Tayside will cost.

S3W-11192 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional time and resources staff in NHS Tayside will be given for training during the community health nurse pilot.

S3W-11193 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what interim arrangements have been put in place to regulate registered social landlords.

S3W-11194 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation document on a new regulatory body for registered social landlords will be circulated.

S3W-11195 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the design and construction procurement process for the new prison at Low Moss has reached.

S3W-11196 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, following recent comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that "our prisons are going to burst", what steps it has taken to ensure the security of HM Prison Shotts.

S3W-11197 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, following recent comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that "our prisons are going to burst", what steps it has taken to ensure that there is sufficient capacity within the Scottish Prison Service.

S3W-11198 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, following recent comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that "our prisons are going to burst", what steps it has taken to ensure the safety of prison officers within HM Prison Shotts.

S3W-11199 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, following recent comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that "our prisons are going to burst", what steps it has taken to ensure that prisoners are not kept in overcrowded conditions.

S3W-11200 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have submitted local agreements by 31 March 2008.

S3W-11201 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how MSPs will be able to access local agreements.

S3W-11202 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-10709 and S3W-10710 by Stewart Maxwell on 12 March 2008, when the information on savings to be achieved by abolishing Communities Scotland will become available.

S3W-11203 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce which individual projects will receive support under the first round of European Structural Funds.

S3W-11204 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in setting up the short life working group to develop information on women with no recourse to public funds who have experienced domestic abuse.

S3W-11205 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report will be published of the short-life working group to develop information on women with no recourse to public funds who have experienced domestic abuse.

S3W-11206 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the report of the short-life working group to develop information on women with no recourse to public funds who have experienced domestic abuse will be included in the code of guidance on homelessness.

S3W-11207 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the report of the short-life working group to develop information on women with no recourse to public funds who have experienced domestic abuse will be included in guidance to local authorities on providing accommodation and funding to women experiencing domestic abuse.

S3W-11208 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how a disability equality impact assessment, as required by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, was applied in arriving at the decision to abolish the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.

S3W-11209 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposal to have only three disabled people on the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland is in compliance with the Scottish Government’s disability equality duty.

S3W-11210 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive why there was no consultation on the proposal to abolish the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.

S3W-11211 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive why the proposal to have closer working between the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland and the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland was not pursued.

S3W-11212 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8000 by Kenny MacAskill on 21 January 2008, when it will publish its consultation paper regarding juror issues.

S3W-11213 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what action can be taken to ensure that court orders are adhered to with regard to family contact centres.

S3W-11214 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to review the work carried out by family contact centres.

S3W-11215 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Children and Early Years last visited a family contact centre in Glasgow.

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