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Section E – Written questions lodged on 2 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-12658 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many draft single outcome agreements address the provision of mental health services.

S3W-12659 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will guarantee access to debt advice.

S3W-12660 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9558 by Nicola Sturgeon on 19 February 2008, what its schedule is for consulting statutory and voluntary agencies on reviewing the CHD and Stroke Strategy and how it intends to gather experiences of people who have had strokes, particularly those with aphasia who need long-term support to return to independence, education, work and a social life after leaving acute care.

S3W-12661 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11099 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 April 2008, how it accounts for the rise in clinical negligence payouts between 2005-06 and 2006-07; what impact these payouts had on budgets originally aimed at delivering frontline services; what steps are being taken to ensure that there is accountability for errors made; how many staff have been disciplined and by what methods, and whether it believes that steps can be taken to reduce the incidence of clinical negligence in the NHS in future years.

S3W-12662 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what mileage rate were payable to volunteer drivers who took patients to health-related appointments in each year since 1997 in (a) cash and (b) real terms and when these rates will be reviewed.

S3W-12663 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that its recent campaign to increase the number of registered organ donors was successful.

S3W-12664 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new organ donors were registered in each month since May 2007.

S3W-12665 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people died in each year since 1997 as a result of NHS negligence.

S3W-12666 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10960 by Nicola Sturgeon on 9 April 2008, what form its review on hospital car parking charges will take and from whom submissions will be sought.

S3W-12667 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the announcement on grants to aid sustainable development by the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism on 30 April 2008, whether it will list the 24 companies that received Regional Selective Assistance in the last quarter, also showing how much each company received.

S3W-12668 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11948 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 April 2008, what it understands "blogging convention" to be.

S3W-12669 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive why non-geographical terms such as "The Land of Milk and Honey" have been accepted as a location for responses on the National Conversation website.

S3W-12670 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the National Conversation to be a poll of public opinion.

S3W-12671 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11948 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 April 2008, why it has spent over £140,000 on the work of the National Conversation, given that it is not a formal consultation.

S3W-12672 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 15, (b) 15 to 18, (c) 19 to 21 and (d) over 21 were admitted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to be treated for excessive alcohol consumption in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08.

S3W-12673 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 15, (b) 15 to 18, (c) 19 to 21 and (d) over 21 were admitted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to be treated for drug misuse in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08.

S3W-12674 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children for whom English is not their first language are enrolled in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-12675 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what special services are provided to children for whom English is not their first language enrolled in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-12676 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students did not take out loans to pay for the graduate endowment in each of the last three academic years, broken down by household income.

S3W-12677 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average earnings are of working students (a) exempt and (b) not exempt from council tax.

S3W-12678 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S3F-710 by Alex Salmond on 24 April 2008, whether it will provide details of the 400,000 students liable for council tax, broken down by (a) institution of study and (b) course, also indicating whether their study is (i) full time, (ii) part time, (iii) night class or (iv) long distance learning.

S3W-12679 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be provided for (a) Education and Lifelong Learning, (b) further education, (c) higher education and (d) student support in each of the next three years and how much was provided in each of the last three years.

S3W-12680 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been announced for Education and Lifelong Learning since the spending review.

S3W-12681 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students’ earned income will be assessed for providing support for (a) further and (b) higher education in the 2008-09 academic year and, if so, over what threshold.

S3W-12682 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will benefit from changes to dependents grant eligibility from the 2008-09 academic year and by how much in total.

S3W-12683 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people will be affected by changes to the means test for higher education students from the 2008-09 academic year and how much the Scottish Government will save in total (a) annually and (b) over the next three years.

S3W-12684 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will spend any savings from changes to the means test from the 2008-09 academic year for higher education students.

S3W-12685 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students will benefit from changes to the eligibility for the young students bursary from the 2008-09 academic year, including those under the age of 25 and with a child over three, and by how much in total.

S3W-12686 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding has been provided to ensure that continuing students do not face reduced financial support following changes to the means test for higher education students from the 2008-09 academic year; when such funding will be provided, and how it will be distributed.

S3W-12687 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what publicity it has provided for its changes to the means test for higher education students from the 2008-09 academic year.

S3W-12688 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline further details of the £38 million package of grants for part-time learners in higher education, referred to by the First Minister on 24 April 2008 (Official Report, c. 7933), showing (a) over how many years the funding will be provided, (b) the eligibility criteria for the funding, (c) the distribution mechanism used for the funding and (d) how many students will be eligible for the funding.

S3W-12689 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline further details of its increasing the threshold for the non-medical personal helpers element of the disabled students allowance by 60%, referred to by the First Minister on 24 April 2008 (Official Report, c. 7933), showing how much additional funding will be provided to students through this change and how many students will benefit.

S3W-12690 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided to institutions to alleviate student hardship in each of the last three years and how much it will provide in each of the next three years.

S3W-12691 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £12 million per annum to alleviate student hardship referred, to by the First Minister on 24 April 2008 (Official Report, c. 7933), is (a) additional funding and (b) time-limited.

S3W-12692 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide further details of the (a) £30 million available for 2010-11 to support students further and (b) consultation that is taking place, referred to by the First Minister on 24 April 2008 (Official Report, c. 7933).

S3W-12693 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time students are in higher and further education and, of these, how many are not exempt from paying the council tax and what the reasons are for their not being exempt.

S3W-12694 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide calculations for the basis of the First Minister’s statements on 24 April 2008 that around 160,000 students are not liable for the council tax and that the vast majority of these students do not earn enough to pay the local income tax (Official Report, c. 7934).

S3W-12695 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new schools ministers have opened or officially visited since May 2007.

S3W-12696 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings ministers have had with the Institute of Asian Professionals; when those meetings were, and who attended.

S3W-12697 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialists dealing with food allergies and intolerances are employed in each NHS board.

S3W-12698 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what specialist treatment is available in the NHS for people suffering from food allergies or intolerances.

S3W-12699 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total operating costs of Scotrail have been in each year since 1999, also showing the amounts provided in public subsidy in each year.

S3W-12700 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much profit has been made by rail franchise operators in each year since 1999, also showing the amounts provided in public subsidy to each operator in each year.

S3W-12701 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to include sheltered housing complexes with the regulatory responsibilities of the Care Commission.

S3W-12702 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to access additional rolling stock potentially available elsewhere on the UK rail network to meet short-term capacity issues on the Scotrail network.

S3W-12703 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the infrastructure on the Aberdeen to Edinburgh rail line.

S3W-12704 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for improving (a) end-to-end journey times and (b) capacity on the Aberdeen to Edinburgh rail line.

S3W-12705 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current tender contract with Caledonian MacBrayne allows for the increased cost of fuel.

S3W-12706 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what policy advice it has provided to Caledonian MacBrayne in respect of the use of low emission fuel, in light of the forthcoming climate change bill.

S3W-12707 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Climate Challenge Fund will open to applications.

S3W-12708 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the eligibility criteria are for communities applying to the Climate Challenge Fund.

S3W-12709 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being provided by the Scottish Funding Council for the redevelopment of Jewel and Esk College.

S3W-12710 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions apply to funding provided by the Scottish Funding Council for the redevelopment of Jewel and Esk College and whether any new conditions have been applied retrospectively since grant support was agreed.

S3W-12711 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many volunteer drivers are utilised by the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), broken down by (a) NHS board, (b) local authority and (c) SAS division area.

S3W-12712 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what training the Scottish Ambulance Service provides to volunteer ambulance drivers.

S3W-12713 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances volunteer ambulance drivers are used by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

S3W-12714 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many single-staffed rapid response vehicles have been in use in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area in each of the last five years.

S3W-12715 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many double-crewed ambulances have been in service in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area in each of the last five years.

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