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Section E – Written questions lodged on 27 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.

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S3W-13455 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people under the age of 18 in the Lothians parliamentary region have had alcohol confiscated from them in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13456 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12895 by Shona Robison on 20 May 2008, why information on dental registrations from 2002 to 2006 is not available.

S3W-13457 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12895 by Shona Robison on 20 May 2008, when information will be available from December 2007 to March 2008 on the percentage of people registered with an NHS dentist in each local authority area in the Lothians, broken down by age group.

S3W-13458 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12895 by Shona Robison on 20 May 2008, what plans it has to increase dental registration for people aged between 18 and 24 in Edinburgh.

S3W-13459Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the names of the members of the task groups taking forward the early years framework.

S3W-13460 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what target it has set for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the period to 2011, and whether it intends to make this or other interim targets statutory as part of the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.

S3W-13461 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the population of the City of Glasgow is registered with an NHS dentist, broken down by age group.

S3W-13462 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have carried out equality impact assessments on their draft single outcome agreements.

S3W-13463 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is written evidence that local authorities have carried out equality impact assessments on their draft single outcome agreements.

S3W-13464 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of there being no written evidence that equality impact assessments have been carried out by local authorities on their draft single outcome agreements, these draft agreements will not be signed off by the Scottish Government.

S3W-13465 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of there being no written evidence that equality impact assessments have been carried out by local authorities on their draft single outcome agreements, these draft agreements will be referred back for this process to take place.

S3W-13466 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all equality impact assessments on draft single outcome agreements will be made publicly available.

S3W-13467 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether community planning partnerships have carried out equality impact assessments on their draft spending plans.

S3W-13468 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is written evidence that community planning partnerships have carried out equality impact assessments on their draft spending plans.

S3W-13469 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of there being no written evidence that equality impact assessments have been carried out by community planning partnerships on their draft spending plans, these plans will not be signed off by the Scottish Government.

S3W-13470 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of there being no written evidence that equality impact assessments have been carried out by community planning partnerships on their draft spending plans, these plans will be referred back for this process to take place.

S3W-13471 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all equality impact assessments on the draft spending plans of community planning partnerships will be made publicly available.

S3W-13472 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners in the (a) Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, (b) Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, (c) Ross, Skye and Inverness West, (d) Argyll and Bute, (e) Western Isles, (f) Moray, (g) Orkney and (h) Shetland parliamentary constituency had a free central heating system installed from April 2007 to April 2008.

S3W-13473 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners in the (a) Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, (b) Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, (c) Ross, Skye and Inverness West, (d) Argyll and Bute, (e) Western Isles, (f) Moray, (g) Orkney and (h) Shetland parliamentary constituency have had free central heating systems installed since April 2008.

S3W-13474 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners in the (a) Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, (b) Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, (c) Ross, Skye and Inverness West, (d) Argyll and Bute, (e) Western Isles, (f) Moray, (g) Orkney and (h) Shetland parliamentary constituency are currently on the waiting list for a free central heating system installation.

S3W-13475 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the change in policy announced by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 22 May 2008 (Official Report, c. 8934-51), how it intends to ensure that vulnerable groups, such as pensioners, continue to benefit from the free central heating installation scheme.

S3W-13476 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it was decided which communities in the Western Isles were to have broadband supplied by British Telecom or Connected Communities.

S3W-13477 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what local consultation occurred prior to any decision being made about which suppliers supplied which communities in the Western Isles with broadband.

S3W-13478 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many customers in the Western Isles are currently connected to broadband.

S3W-13479 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the number of broadband connections in the Western Isles compares with the national average.

S3W-13480 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that broadband customers in the Western Isles should have a choice of broadband providers.

S3W-13481 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage choice of broadband provider in the Western Isles.

S3W-13482 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Connected Communities project is delivering adequate services at a competitive price for broadband customers in the Western Isles.

S3W-13483 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any arrangement was entered into with British Telecom to agree to which areas of the Western Isles it would and would not provide broadband services.

S3W-13484 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Connected Communities is obliged to offer broadband services where British Telecom chooses not to offer such services.

S3W-13485 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the minimum bandwidth rural broadband customers should receive.

S3W-13486 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many broadband relay sites Connected Communities has completed on the Western Isles.

S3W-13487 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many broadband relay sites Connected Communities has yet to complete on the Western Isles.

S3W-13488 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive who has day-to-day responsibility of ensuring that the medicines dictionary available to prescribers through the Gpass Primary Care IT system is kept up-to-date on the systems used in primary care practices.

S3W-13489 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how often it requires the medicines dictionary available to prescribers through the Gpass Primary Care system to be updated.

S3W-13490 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates an update was sent by Gpass to prescribers to allow the medicines dictionary on their Gpass Primary Care IT systems to be updated in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

S3W-13491 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available for people who live in tenement accommodation in connection with people smoking on tenement landings.

S3W-13492 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors there were in each year since 2002.

S3W-13493 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inspections were carried out by HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors in each year since 2002, broken down by local authority.

S3W-13494 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what courses were attended by HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors in each of the last three years as part of their continuous professional development.

S3W-13495 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the guidance issued to HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors to mitigate unnecessary pressure on teaching staff as a result of the inspection process.

S3W-13496 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors in each year since 2001 were formerly qualified teachers, shown also as a percentage of the total number of inspectors.

S3W-13497 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many HM Inspectorate of Education assistant inspectors were appointed in each year since 2001.

S3W-13498 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many HM Inspectorate of Education assistant inspectors in each year since 2001 were formerly qualified teachers, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of assistant inspectors.

S3W-13499 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many HM Inspectorate of Education inspection reports have been subject to a complaint in each year since 2001, broken down by local authority.

S3W-13500 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the implementation of the report, Natural Justice: A Joint Thematic Inspection of the Arrangements in Scotland for Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Wildlife Crime, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland and the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland.

S3W-13501 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the implementation of the recommendations of the report, Natural Justice: A Joint Thematic Inspection of the Arrangements in Scotland for Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Wildlife Crime, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland and the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, will be funded centrally or from the core police budget.

S3W-13502 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how quickly each police force in Scotland can appoint a wildlife crime co-ordinator.

S3W-13503 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an early goal of implementing the recommendations of the report, Natural Justice: A Joint Thematic Inspection of the Arrangements in Scotland for Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Wildlife Crime, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland and the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, will be to train all police officers in the general awareness of wildlife crime.

S3W-13504 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Environment has taken any advice to determine whether Scotland breaches the EU habitats directive by indiscriminate use of snaring of European protected species, such as otters.

S3W-13505 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on snaring since the Minister for Environment’s statement to the Parliament on 20 February 2008 (Official Report, c.6079-91).

S3W-13506 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ruled out a ban on snaring.

S3W-13507 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8571 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, when Scottish ministers will make a decision on the Fife Structure Plan.

S3W-13508 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many postgraduate students from Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency have been asked to repay the graduate endowment following the removal of the right to defer payment until the completion of study.

S3W-13509 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11956 and S3W-11965 by Adam Ingram on 30 April 2008, whether the current guidance as to what shall constitute appropriate qualifications for teachers of children with a hearing impairment has been approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland as part of its Framework for Professional Recognition for teachers in Scotland and, if so, when this approval was granted.

S3W-13510 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12348 by John Swinney on 22 May 2008, how many of the 388,560 students potentially liable to pay council tax would qualify to receive a (a) 100% discount or (b) lesser discount on their council tax.

S3W-13511 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many copies of Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation have been purchased at a cost of £10 from Blackwell’s bookshops.

S3W-13512 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11294 by Nicola Sturgeon on 23 April 2008, whether it will publish the 41 pre-moderated comments removed after publication on the website.

S3W-13513 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that there has been any breach of the Race Relations Act 1976 in connection with any of the comments removed from the National Conversation website.

S3W-13514 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal advice it has sought in relation to the prospective publication of racist comments on the National Conversation website.

S3W-13515 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the criteria adopted for moderating the National Conversation website take into account the provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976.

S3W-13516 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive why, in the context of the National Conversation website, the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing considers "Spiderman" to be a reliable source of advice in relation to Scotland’s constitutional future.

S3W-13517 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing confirmed the authenticity of "Spiderman’s" contribution to the National Conversation in advance of quoting his comments.

S3W-13518 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which MEPs attended the First Minister’s National Conversation event in Brussels on 23 April 2008.

S3W-13519 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations attended the First Minister’s National Conversation event in Brussels on 23 April 2008.

S3W-13520 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities are placed on landowners under sites of special scientific interest and special protected area designations.

S3W-13521 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sites of special scientific interest designation apply to landowners around Cape Wrath.

S3W-13522 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a special protected area designation applies to landowners around Cape Wrath.

S3W-13523 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what restrictions have been placed by Scottish Natural Heritage on landowners around Cape Wrath in the nesting season.

S3W-13524 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent Scottish Natural Heritage was consulted by the Ministry of Defence before it conducted live firing exercises during the bird nesting season.

S3W-13525 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice was given by Scottish Natural Heritage to the Ministry of Defence about live firing exercises during the bird nesting season.

S3W-13526 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence is available from Scottish Natural Heritage with regard to the extent to which the Ministry of Defence followed guidelines or rules laid down for live firing exercises during the nesting season.

S3W-13527 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what damage was done to the designated land around Cape Wrath by the heath fire in May 2008.

S3W-13528 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether estimates have been made by Scottish Natural Heritage of the likely time needed for the habitats around Cape Wrath to recover from the heath fire in May 2008.

S3W-13529 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any commitment was given by ministers in the previous or current administrations to carrying out a full review of the costs of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route prior to the issue of Draft Road orders.

S3W-13530 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial contribution from Aberdeen City Council to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project is expected to be.

S3W-13531 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether in view of the current financial situation of Aberdeen City Council, ministers consider that the council is still in a position to make its expected contribution to the cost of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-13532 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the up-to-date cost-benefit ratio would be for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route as a stand-alone project.

S3W-13533 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rapid response vehicles the Scottish Ambulance Service have introduced over the last 12 months, broken down by NHS board area and ambulance station.

S3W-13534 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many two-man vehicles have been removed or reduced to one-man by the Scottish Ambulance Service over the last 12 months, broken down by NHS board area and ambulance station.

S3W-13535 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulance crew positions are currently vacant due to secondment, maternity leave or sickness, broken down by NHS board area and ambulance station.

S3W-13536 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations have been cancelled in Lanarkshire in the last 12 months due to lack of beds, broken down by hospital.

S3W-13537 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much organisations in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency received in lottery funding last year, expressed also on a per capita basis.

S3W-13538 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much organisations across Scotland received in lottery funding last year, expressed also on a per capita basis.

S3W-13539 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it made a submission to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) prior to the OFT issuing Information note to Local Authorities and other procuring entities regarding OFT Statement of Objections concerning alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the construction industry.

S3W-13540 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to take any action within its responsibilities against companies named in Information note to Local Authorities and other procuring entities regarding OFT Statement of Objections concerning alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the construction industry.

S3W-13541 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the investigation announced by the Office of Fair Trading on 17 April 2008 into allegations of price fixing in tenders by Interserve PLC, whether or not the tender for HM Prison Addiewell is among those under investigation.

S3W-13542 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the investigation announced by the Office of Fair Trading on 17 April 2008 into allegations of price fixing in tenders by Interserve PLC, what action it is taking to ascertain whether there has been any price fixing by Interserve or any other company involved in tendering for the contract for HM Prison Addiewell.

S3W-13543 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for the contract for HM Prison Addiewell of the investigation announced by the Office of Fair Trading on 17 April 2008 into allegations of price fixing in tenders by Interserve PLC.

S3W-13544 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to mitigate the impact of fuel cost increases on medical and nursing staff in the NHS for whom car use is essential.

S3W-13545 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS boards to minimise the negative impact of medical and nursing staff having to use their cars for work purposes.

S3W-13546 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support medical and nursing staff in the NHS whose car use is essential for work, in light of rising fuel costs.

S3W-13547 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on efforts to re-establish a Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry service.

S3W-13548 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry service to be re-established.

S3W-13549 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what view it takes on the removal from the Medical Act 1983 of the requirement for pre-registration doctors to be resident at the hospital where they are working.

S3W-13550 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government on the issue of the removal from the Medical Act 1983 of the requirement for pre-registration doctors to be resident at the hospital where they are working.

S3W-13551 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with doctors’ representatives, such as the BMA in Scotland, on the removal from the Medical Act 1983 of the requirement for pre-registration doctors to be resident at the hospital where they are working.

S3W-13552 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commit to holding discussions with doctors’ representatives on the issue of the removal from the Medical Act 1983 of the requirement for pre-registration doctors to be resident at the hospital where they are working.

S3W-13553 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances are available on each shift pattern in the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Arrochar stations.

S3W-13554 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many paramedics are rostered on each ambulance across each shift pattern in the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Arrochar stations.

S3W-13555 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances have been unable to be deployed on shifts at the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Arrochar stations due to staff sickness during the last six months, also broken down by month.

S3W-13556 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the response times were for ambulances attending patients in (a) Dumbarton, (b) the Vale of Leven, (c) Helensburgh and (d) the Rosneath Peninsula set against national targets, in each of the last six months.

S3W-13557 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the overtime budget was for the Scottish Ambulance Service for 2007-08 and what it is for 2008-09.

S3W-13558 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of temporary and agency staff in the Scottish Ambulance Service for 2007-08 and what it is for 2008-09.

S3W-13559 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all ambulances are double-crewed, and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S3W-13560 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all ambulances from the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Arrochar are double-crewed.

S3W-13561 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned that a claim of bullying and harassment has been submitted to NHSScotland against senior management of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

S3W-13562 Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officer hours were used transporting crime scene samples to forensic labs in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S3W-13563 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of building various types of council houses by the number of bedrooms.

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