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Section E – Written questions lodged on 17 April 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-11950Δ Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to protect important seabird populations.

S3W-11951 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive why the moderator of the public submissions to the National Conversation website has not deleted comment numbers 360 and 451 in line with its statement that anything that is abusive will not be displayed.

S3W-11952 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what Aberdeen City Council’s budget estimate was for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99, (e) 1999-2000, (f) 2000-01 and (g) 2001-02.

S3W-11953 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what Aberdeen City Council’s provisional outturn expenditure was for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99, (e) 1999-2000, (f) 2000-01 and (g) 2001-02.

S3W-11954 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what Aberdeen City Council’s final outturn expenditure was for (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99, (e) 1999-2000, (f) 2000-01 and (g) 2001-02.

S3W-11955 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the differences between Aberdeen City Council’s budget estimate and its final outturn expenditure were in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99, (e) 1999-2000, (f) 2000-01 and (g) 2001-02.

S3W-11956 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with COSLA regarding the alternative training route for teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils which was introduced in February 2007.

S3W-11957 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how ministers will monitor the impact on the teachers of the deaf workforce of the alternative training route for teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils, introduced in February 2007.

S3W-11958 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how ministers will monitor the impact on the attainment of deaf pupils of the alternative training route for teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils, introduced in February 2007.

S3W-11959 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans ministers have to encourage more teaching professionals to train as professional teachers of the deaf.

S3W-11960 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers consider British Sign Language level 1 to be a suitable communication standard for teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf children for the purposes of communicating the entire school curriculum.

S3W-11961 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers intend to ensure that teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils who use British Sign Language (BSL) as their main method of communication are qualified to BSL level 3 as a minimum standard.

S3W-11962 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers intend to introduce teaching practice with deaf pupils to the minimum list of competencies that trainee teachers of the deaf have to meet under the new alternative training route which was introduced in February 2007.

S3W-11963 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the number of fully qualified teachers of the deaf currently working in schools.

S3W-11964 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring that teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils are appropriately qualified.

S3W-11965 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines an "appropriate qualification" for teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils as referred to in the Requirements for Teachers (Scotland) Regulations 2005.

S3W-11966 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive prior to February 2007 how many teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils possessed a university accredited professional postgraduate qualification in deaf education.

S3W-11967 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive since February 2007 how many teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils possess a university accredited professional qualification in deaf education.

S3W-11968 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive prior to February 2007 how many teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils were working towards a university accredited professional qualification in deaf education.

S3W-11969 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive since February 2007 how many teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils are working towards a university accredited professional qualification in deaf education.

S3W-11970 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider a wholesale review of all teachers working wholly or mainly with deaf pupils, focusing on the age profile and qualifications obtained.

S3W-11971 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, psychological therapists and nurses will be recruited in order to increase access to talking therapies, whilst reducing prescribing of anti-depressants.

S3W-11972 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to increase the number of cognitive behavioural therapists.

S3W-11973 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mental health nurse training places have been provided in each of the last five years.

S3W-11974 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mental health training places are planned for recruitment in 2008.

S3W-11975 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is shifting resources to community provision to support and treat people with depression as close to home as possible.

S3W-11976 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland, under Priority 4 rural development funding, will be utilised.

S3W-11977 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which communities in (a) East and (b) South Ayrshire will benefit from the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland, under Priority 4 rural development funding.

S3W-11978 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations in (a) East and (b) South Ayrshire will benefit from the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland, under Priority 4 rural development funding.

S3W-11979 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland, under Priority 4 rural development, will be allocated to support rural communities in (a) East and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-11980 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific outcomes are expected to be delivered by the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland, under Priority 4 rural development funding.

S3W-11981Δ Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on plans for an institute of life sciences in Dundee.

S3W-11982 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11190 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 April 2008, how much additional finance NHS Tayside has been given to administer the community health nurse pilot in 2008-09.

S3W-11983 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many users were consulted about changes to workplace lighting in the MSP block prior to the lighting above desk areas being permanently switched off at a cost of £8,000.

S3W-11984 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body who authorised the changes to workplace lighting in the MSP block.

S3W-11985 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what estimates have been made of energy usage in the Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday evenings compared with that on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

S3W-11986 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it intends to publish a new eHealth strategy as stated on page 62 of Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan.

S3W-11987 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing a new eHealth strategy and which (a) organisations and (b) individuals have been consulted.

S3W-11988 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the goals will be of a new eHealth strategy.

S3W-11989 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive who the (a) members of the national eHealth programme board, (b) members of the national eHealth strategy board and (c) NHS board eHealth leads are.

S3W-11990 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing a local NHS24 service in every mainland NHS board area, as stated on page 71 of Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan.

S3W-11991 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its delivery plan for the next stage of its work on long term conditions, as stated on page 58 of Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan.

S3W-11992 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing a national delivery plan for long-term conditions, as stated on page 58 of Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan and which (a) organisations and (b) individuals have been consulted.

S3W-11993 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the development of a (a) national health information helpline and (b) single shared health information online resource, as stated on page 44 of Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan.

S3W-11994 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards achieved a 4% sickness absence rate by March 2008.

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