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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 June 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-14233Δ Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its options for tackling alcohol misuse.

S3W-14234 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance and allocations for discretionary funds in the 2008-09 academic year were sent to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland on 6 June 2008 for distribution to all institutions.

S3W-14235 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will prioritise transport projects with higher cost-benefit ratios over those with lower ratios as part of its strategic transport projects review.

S3W-14236 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be a sufficiently high cost-benefit ratio to enable a transport project to receive central government funding.

S3W-14237 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be a sufficiently high cost-benefit ratio to enable a transport project to be prioritised as part of its strategic transport projects review.

S3W-14238 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost-benefit ratios were of the transport projects approved since May 2007.

S3W-14239 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the upgrade of the Redhouse Roundabout on the A92 is being considered as part of the strategic transport projects review.

S3W-14240 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what transport projects are being considered by Transport Scotland for recommendation to be prioritised as part of its strategic transport projects review.

S3W-14241 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13700 by Stewart Stevenson on 11 June 2008, in what month in the summer it expects Transport Scotland to deliver its initial findings from the strategic transport projects review to ministers and whether these findings will be made public.

S3W-14242 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much student support it (a) provided in each of the last three years and (b) will provide over each of the next three years to (i) full-time undergraduate, (ii) part-time undergraduate, (ii) full-time postgraduate, (iii) part-time postgraduate and (iv) all students, also broken down by average amount per student.

S3W-14243 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it (a) provided in each of the last three years and (b) will provide over each of the next three years through the Scottish Funding Council for (i) full-time undergraduate, (ii) part-time undergraduate, (ii) full-time postgraduate, (iii) part-time postgraduate and (iv) all students, also broken down by average amount per student.

S3W-14244 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much on average per student (a) further, (b) higher and (c) all tertiary education institutions (i) spent in each of the last three years and (ii) will spend in each of the next three years, also broken down by institution.

S3W-14245 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the start-up costs were of Scotland Performs.

S3W-14246 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual running costs will be for Scotland Performs.

S3W-14247 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with Audit Scotland prior to the establishment of Scotland Performs.

S3W-14248 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive who will conduct the analysis of Scotland’s performance against the Scottish Government’s Purpose Targets, for use on the Scotland Performs website.

S3W-14249 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any external involvement in the analysis of Scotland’s performance against the Scottish Government’s Purpose Targets, for use on the Scotland Performs website.

S3W-14250 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scotland Performs will be independently monitored and, if so, by whom.

S3W-14251 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed with Audit Scotland the possibility of the Auditor General for Scotland conducting independent monitoring of Scotland Performs.

S3W-14252 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the need for external involvement in the group chaired by the Director of Corporate Analytical Services which makes the final decisions on the direction of the arrows in Scotland Performs.

S3W-14253 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that annual GDP growth rates calculated on a rolling four quarters on four quarters basis is a reliable method of assessing Scotland’s economic performance.

S3W-14254 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to change the GDP methodology used to assess economic performance for Scotland Performs and the Scottish Government’s economic strategy.

S3W-14255 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its developed proposals on methodology for the national indicators on Scotland Performs, as referred to on the Scotland Performs website.

S3W-14256 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the baseline against which data will be measured for Scotland Performs is set at May 2007 and, if not, at what date the baseline is.

S3W-14257 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the time period for reporting on data changes in respect of Scotland Performs is the same for all national indicators.

S3W-14258 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken any independent advice on the (a) time period of reporting, (b) data used, (c) setting of thresholds and (d) methodological approach taken for the evaluation arrows shown on the Scotland Performs website for the assessment of Scotland’s performance against the Scottish Government’s Purpose Targets.

S3W-14259 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rail stations it will ensure are wheelchair accessible by 2011 and how these compare with the present figure.

S3W-14260 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the data reported at NHS board level in the 2007 National Dental Inspection Programme are also available at community health partnership level.

S3W-14261 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress NHS24 made towards achieving the Efficient Government sickness absence target of 4% by end of March 2008.

S3W-14262 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff who have worked for NHS24 since inception and what percentage are (a) male and (b) female.

S3W-14263 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff employed by NHS24 are on a salary of (a) under £20,000, (b) £20,000 to £30,000, (c) £30,001 to £40,000 and (d) over £40,000 and what percentage of each category are female.

S3W-14264 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to review the service and contract provided by the telephone company operating the NHS24 telephone lines.

S3W-14265 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the user is of telephoning NHS24.

S3W-14266 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the monthly running costs are of NHS24.

S3W-14267 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish a system of recording the performance of NHS24.

S3W-14268 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many members of staff are employed by NHS24 and, of those, how many have direct caller contact.

S3W-14269 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its employees who regularly use computers have taken up the offer of a free eye test and how this service is advertised to (a) current and (b) new staff.

S3W-14270 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent research it has commissioned into the effect of aircraft noise on young children.

S3W-14271 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues on the number of nurses per child designated to care for (a) sick and (b) premature babies in intensive care.

S3W-14272 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days per week on average GP surgeries have a practice nurse onsite; how many GP surgeries which formerly had practice nurses onsite have ceased to have them in the last two years, and what proportion of the NHS budget for GP surgeries is ring-fenced for employing practice nurses.

S3W-14273 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards provide maternity services.

S3W-14274 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwife-led postnatal units there were in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) each parliamentary region.

S3W-14275 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement on cervical cancer screening in Scotland.

S3W-14276 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accident and emergency ambulances/units are available in Scotland, broken down by (a) parliamentary region and (b) NHS board.

S3W-14277 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of deaths from cervical cancer occurred in women aged (a) 60 and over, (b) from 30 to 59 and (c) under 30 in each year since 2001.

S3W-14278 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of work-related stress have been reported by its employees; how much compensation has been paid to employees; how many work days have been lost due to work-related stress and at what cost, and what procedures have been put in place to reduce work-related stress and at what cost.

S3W-14279 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the inherited unsustainable commitments referred to in the Minister for Communities’ announcement of Housing Association Grant allocation on 30 May 2008.

S3W-14280 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have used its languages funding to support the teaching of British Sign Language.

S3W-14281 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools currently offer British Sign Language classes to pupils.

S3W-14282 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools offer classes in foreign languages but not British Sign Language to pupils.

S3W-14283 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote British Sign Language among children and young people outwith the deaf community.

S3W-14284 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to identify and assist young runaways.

S3W-14285 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have included action to identify and assist young runaways in their draft single outcome agreements.

S3W-14286 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) expenditure and (b) unit approvals in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme were for (i) each local authority area and (ii) Scotland for 2007-08, also showing the distribution of investment for (A) registered social landlords for rented accommodation, (B) registered social landlords for low cost home ownership, (C) other suppliers, (D) new council housing, (E) Glasgow Housing Association’s costs, (F) mortgage-to-rent schemes, (G) Open Market Shared Equity and (H) other programmes.

S3W-14287 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) expenditure and (b) unit approvals in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme are for (i) each local authority area and (ii) Scotland for 2008-09, also showing the distribution of investment for (A) registered social landlords for rented accommodation, (B) registered social landlords for low cost home ownership, (C) other suppliers, (D) new council housing, (E) Glasgow Housing Association’s costs, (F) mortgage-to-rent schemes, (G) Open Market Shared Equity and (H) other programmes.

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