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Section E – Written questions lodged on 1 May 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-12571 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11208 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 April 2008, whether the establishment of the equality impact assessment took place after the decision to dissolve the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland and, if so, why this was the case.

S3W-12572 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11208 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 April 2008, who is involved in the equality impact assessment.

S3W-12573 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11208 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 April 2008, when the body undertaking the equality impact assessment will report.

S3W-12574 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to implement the recent Improving Enterprise in Education report by HM Inspectorate of Education.

S3W-12575 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what barriers exist to the implementation of the recent Improving Enterprise in Education report by HM Inspectorate of Education.

S3W-12576 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support teachers in continuing professional development to deliver improvements in enterprise education.

S3W-12577 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support local authorities to implement the recent Improving Enterprise in Education report by HM Inspectorate of Education.

S3W-12578 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5517 by Maureen Watt on 15 November 2007, how many schools it considers it will be necessary to (a) build, and (b) refurbish between May 2007 and May 2011 to match the previous administration’s planned school building programme brick for brick.

S3W-12579 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body why it does not operate the Department of Transport’s Cycle to Work Scheme and whether it has any plans to operate the scheme in the future.

S3W-12580 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any legal powers exist to ban or otherwise restrict the consumption of methadone in public places.

S3W-12581 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with the UK Government to ensure that the leaflet on clothing collection charities, produced recently by the Cabinet Office and others, will be printed and distributed to households in Scotland.

S3W-12582 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to hold discussions with the UK Government to ensure that the leaflet on clothing collection charities, produced recently by the Cabinet Office and others, will be printed and distributed to households in Scotland.

S3W-12583 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what subsidy has been provided to (a) Caledonian MacBrayne and (b) NorthLink and its predecessor in each year from 1999-2000 to the latest year for which figures are available.

S3W-12584 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its most up to date estimate is of the total financial support given to (a) Caledonian MacBrayne and (b) NorthLink in 2007-08.

S3W-12585 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what total subsidy has been provided for (a) revenue and (b) capital costs for ferry services in each year from 1999-2000 to the latest year for which figures are available and what the percentage increase is in each year for (i) revenue, (ii) capital and (iii) overall total subsidies.

S3W-12586 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to protect bee colonies from the varroa mite.

S3W-12587 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to prepare a 10-year bee health strategy, similar to that being implemented by the Welsh Assembly Government.

S3W-12588 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to consider licensing additional medical treatments, such as Apivar and Perizin, against the varroa mite across the United Kingdom.

S3W-12589 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made for an effective diagnostic and follow-up service for bee health.

S3W-12590 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration has been given to assist the Scottish fishing industry through a legal subsidy operating under "de minimus" state aid rules which have been increased to provide up to £23,000 per beneficiary per three-year period and which can be used to sustain fragile communities.

S3W-12591 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government or to EU institutions about the possibility of setting a fixed price for marine fuel.

S3W-12592 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in place to ensure a level playing field for island and mainland vessels in Scotland and EU-wide with regard to marine fuel prices.

S3W-12593 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW3-11472 by John Swinney on 30 April 2008, what representations will be made to HM Revenue and Customs in order to ensure that its Wick office remains open.

S3W-12594 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11338 by Jim Mather on 23 April 2008, when a Scottish minister last attended a meeting of the UK Government Coal Forum.

S3W-12595 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11338 by Jim Mather on 23 April 2008, how many meetings of the UK Government Coal Forum have been attended by Scottish ministers since May 2007.

S3W-12596 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Highland Council specifies how and when the council will offer kinship care allowances to a wider range of recipients and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12597 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Moray Council specifies how and when the council will offer kinship care allowances to a wider range of recipients and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12598 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Orkney Islands Council specifies how and when the council will offer kinship care allowances to a wider range of recipients and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12599 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Shetland Islands Council specifies how and when the council will offer kinship care allowances to a wider range of recipients and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12600 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Argyll and Bute Council specifies how and when the council will offer kinship care allowances to a wider range of recipients and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12601 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar specifies how and when the council will offer kinship care allowances to a wider range of recipients and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12602 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are outlined in the draft single outcome agreement with Highland Council in relation to services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

S3W-12603 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are outlined in the draft single outcome agreement with Moray Council in relation to services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

S3W-12604 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are outlined in the draft single outcome agreement with Orkney Islands Council in relation to services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

S3W-12605 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are outlined in the draft single outcome agreement with Shetland Islands Council in relation to services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

S3W-12606 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are outlined in the draft single outcome agreement with Argyll and Bute Council in relation to services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

S3W-12607 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are outlined in the draft single outcome agreement with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in relation to services for women who are victims of domestic violence.

S3W-12608 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposal that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will provide £270 million towards the building of the New Southern General Hospital will have an impact on other aspects of the overall budget of the NHS board.

S3W-12609 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery, what contingency plans it has in place to ensure the continued operation of emergency services.

S3W-12610 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery, whether all NHS services have contingency plans in place.

S3W-12611 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of all private sector housing developments with planning consents in the period from 2005 to 2007 included affordable housing agreements in some form.

S3W-12612 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of private sector housing developments with planning consents in the period from 2005 to 2007 included affordable housing agreements in some form, broken down by local authority.

S3W-12613 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of private sector housing developments of below 10 units with planning consents in the period from 2005 to 2007 included affordable housing agreements in some form and how many new affordable housing units these identified for each local authority.

S3W-12614 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of private sector housing developments of 10 to 19 units with planning consents in the period from 2005 to 2007 included affordable housing agreements in some form and how many new affordable housing units these identified for each local authority.

S3W-12615 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of private sector housing developments of 20 to 49 units with planning consents in the period from 2005 to 2007 included affordable housing agreements in some form and how many new affordable housing units these identified for each local authority.

S3W-12616 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of private sector housing developments of 50 units and above with planning consents in the period from 2005 to 2007 included affordable housing agreements in some form and how many new affordable housing units these identified for each local authority.

S3W-12617 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are in place to develop chronic disease management in GP surgeries.

S3W-12618 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Highland Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in the Highlands will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12619 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Moray Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in Moray will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12620 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Orkney Islands Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in Orkney will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12621 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Shetland Islands Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in Shetland will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12622 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Argyll and Bute Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in Arygll and Bute will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12623 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in the Western Isles will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12624 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11140 and S3W-11142 by Michael Russell on 15 April 2008, whether these answers indicate that it has no plans to make a ministerial statement about the proposed pay and grading scheme within the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

S3W-12625 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11140 by Michael Russell on 15 April 2008, whether it will make available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the response from the Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

S3W-12626 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to NHS Tayside for smoking cessation services in each year since 2006-07, also expressed in real terms.

S3W-12627 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in pharmacist prescribing.

S3W-12628 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Keep Well project, piloted by NHS Lanarkshire, will be extended to the rest of Scotland.

S3W-12629 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it audits which persons have access to patients’ medical records.

S3W-12630 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when all hospital records will be retained electronically.

S3W-12631 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to provide GPs with e-access to their patients’ hospital medical records.

S3W-12632 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to carry out alcohol screening in accident and emergency departments to increase access to intervention and treatment.

S3W-12633 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to develop action plans for and the implementation of Healthy Working Lives in the NHS and wider public sector.

S3W-12634 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to develop osteoporosis care in GPs’ surgeries.

S3W-12635 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has made available to local authorities to pay for kinship carers.

S3W-12636 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to take any action to allow kinship carers looking after children who have a residence order to access funding equivalent to that available to foster carers.

S3W-12637 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all kinship carers will receive the same allowance regardless of which local authority area in which they live.

S3W-12638 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide central grant funding to advice agencies other than citizens advice bureaux to deliver a specialist advice and information service to kinship carers.

S3W-12639 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances local authorities are able to make discretionary allowances to families who are struggling financially.

S3W-12640 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities made discretionary allowances to families who were struggling in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-12641 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapid response vehicles staffed by a single paramedic have been in use in the Ayrshire and Arran NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S3W-12642 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many double-crewed ambulances have been in service in the Ayrshire and Arran NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S3W-12643 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met the Scottish Ambulance Service to discuss the provision of ambulance services in Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-12644 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on any proposals by the Scottish Ambulance Service to withdraw double-crewed ambulances from service and replace them with rapid response vehicles staffed by a single paramedic.

S3W-12645 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what cost savings would be gained by replacing a double-crewed ambulance with a single-crewed rapid response vehicle.

S3W-12646 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11585 by Nicola Sturgeon on 16 April 2008, to which years the figures for Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland refer.

S3W-12647 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations it is making to address the impact of peak oil in Scotland.

S3W-12648 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how its Government Economic Strategy will take into account the impact of peak oil.

S3W-12649 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the National Planning Framework 2: Discussion Draft will help Scotland to address the impact of peak oil.

S3W-12650 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how Scotland’s first national food policy will address the impact of peak oil.

S3W-12651 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in the transport sector to address the impact of peak oil.

S3W-12652 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken, or plans to undertake, into the impact of peak oil in Scotland.

S3W-12653 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessments it has made of (a) Scotland’s and (b) global oil supplies.

S3W-12654 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in the agricultural sector to address the impact of peak oil.

S3W-12655 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions its Council of Economic Advisers has had on the challenge of the peak in oil production.

S3W-12656 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has asked its Council of Economic Advisers to consider the impact of peak oil on Scotland’s economy.

S3W-12657 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government on the impact of peak oil.

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