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Section E – Written questions lodged on 18 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-14309 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available under the Business Improvement Districts project and what level of funding is still available.

S3W-14310 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available for modern apprenticeship training in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

S3W-14311 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of modern apprenticeship funding by industry sector for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

S3W-14312 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote modern apprenticeships for adults.

S3W-14313 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what range of measures and what budgets it has in place to support the range of needs of disabled children and young people.

S3W-14314 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to promote modern apprenticeships in the construction industry to women.

S3W-14315 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils with additional support needs have a co-ordinated support plan, broken down by local authority.

S3W-14316 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils with additional support needs who previously had a record of needs do not have a co-ordinated support plan, broken down by local authority.

S3W-14317 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils who have been identified as having additional support needs do not have a co-ordinated support plan, broken down by local authority.

S3W-14318 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to complete the national evaluation of the role of the "campus cop" scheme.

S3W-14319 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the increase in cases of diabetes.

S3W-14320 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote positive perceptions of children and young people in our communities.

S3W-14321 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pages of instruction, guidance, regulation and any other sort of direction it has issued to head teachers in each of the last five years.

S3W-14322 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many documents containing  instructions, guidance, regulation and any other sort of direction it has issued to head teachers in each of the last five years.

S3W-14323 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pages of instruction, guidance, regulation and any other sort of direction it has issued to hospital managers in each of the last five years.

S3W-14324 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many documents containing instructions, guidance, regulation and any other sort of direction it has issued to hospital managers in each of the last five years.

S3W-14325 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pages of instruction, guidance, regulation and any other sort of direction it has issued to chief constables in each of the last five years.

S3W-14326 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many documents containing instructions, guidance, regulation and any other sort of direction it has issued to Chief Constables in each of the last five years.

S3W-14327 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it will initiate with Her Majesty’s Government following the Republic of Ireland’s decision to reject the EU Reform Treaty.

S3W-14328 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farmers and crofters have submitted statements of intent to make applications for funding under the Scottish Rural Development Programme in the last year, broken down by SGRPID office area, and how many of the applications have so far received red light and amber light responses.

S3W-14329 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether farmers and crofters who have submitted statements of intent to make applications for funding under the Scottish Rural Development Programme in the last year, and received a red light response, are provided with (a) detailed reasons for such a response, (b) guidelines that they can follow to submit amended statements and (c) encouragement to submit amended statements.

S3W-14330 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter first contacted the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, her private office or her press office about the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14331 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing signed off her quote for the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter on clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14332 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing sent her quote on clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital to the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter.

S3W-14333 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action (a) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and (b) NHS Scotland took to deal with the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital following the public announcement on 22 May 2008 of a review by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

S3W-14334 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultant microbiologist left the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14335 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the vacancy for a consultant microbiologist at the Vale of Leven Hospital was filled.

S3W-14336 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescales were for the detection and reporting of clostridium difficile at (a) Stobhill Hospital, (b) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and (c) the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14337 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on the BBC’s Politics Show on 15 June 2008 that she was told on Tuesday 10 June 2008 about the clostridium difficile issue at the Vale of Leven Hospital, and, in light of evidence to the contrary, whether she will withdraw her statement.

S3W-14338 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths occurred in Scotland as a result of clostridium difficile (a) in 2006, (b) in 2007 and (c) up to June 2008, broken down by (i) NHS board and (ii) hospital.

S3W-14339 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Vale of Leven Hospital was last deep cleaned.

S3W-14340 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any changes to the prescribing of antibiotics at the Vale of Leven Hospital since the outbreak of clostridium difficile.

S3W-14341 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards to ensure equity and efficiency of primary care and community provision for primary care practices with patients resident in more than one board area and particularly, but not exclusively, with respect to (a) nursing care, (b) equipment and (c) transport to day hospital, where the nearest or most appropriate provision is not in the area covered by the board where the patient is resident.

S3W-14342 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds have been provided to each area data sharing partnership (a) in 2006-07, (b) in 2007-08 and (c) will be provided in 2008-09.

S3W-14343 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with the Norwegian and Icelandic governments to determine fisheries management in the North Atlantic.

S3W-14344 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the rising cost of fertiliser on the farming industry and food production.

S3W-14345 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the European Commission’s CAP Health Check proposals will have on the budget for the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme.

S3W-14346 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much extra money will be available for livestock producers through coupled payments under the European Commission’s CAP Health Check proposals.

S3W-14347 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new regulations have come into force since May 2007, broken down by ministerial portfolio.

S3W-14348 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many regulations have been repealed since May 2007, broken down by ministerial portfolio.

S3W-14349 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to lighten the regulatory burden on the agricultural industry.

S3W-14350 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still committed to the SNP’s manifesto commitment to introduce a policy of "one in, one out" for new regulations.

S3W-14351 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to underwrite the costs for the trial re-introduction of beavers should sufficient funds not be raised for the project by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

S3W-14352 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive why it is not fully funding the costs for the trial re-introduction of beavers, with the Scottish Wildlife Trust being responsible for the management and fundraising for the project.

S3W-14353 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to ensure that the re-introduction of beavers does not adversely affect the Atlantic Oakwoods special areas of conservation.

S3W-14354 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what communication and discussion has taken place with the European Commission about the possible effects of the re-introduction of beavers on the Atlantic Oakwoods special areas of conservation and what the view of the commission is.

S3W-14355 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive, in view of the fact that the beaver is protected and cannot therefore be culled, how beavers would be removed if serious problems emerge during their trial re-introduction.

S3W-14356 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the risks of beavers carrying diseases which may affect the wild salmon population and what specific measures are in place to minimise the risks.

S3W-14357 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the best estimates are of the (a) direct, (b) staff and (c) ancillary costs to Scottish Natural Heritage for each year of the beaver re-introduction trial.

S3W-14358 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people make up the infection control team for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what their positions are.

S3W-14359 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is only one nurse based at the Vale of Leven Hospital who is solely responsible for infection control.

S3W-14360 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has in place for the times when the one infection control nurse at the Vale of Leven Hospital is (a) off-duty, (b) absent from work due to illness or (c) on annual leave.

S3W-14361 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive why no specialised infection control team was immediately set up at the Vale of Leven Hospital as soon as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde learned that there had been deaths at the hospital caused by clostridium difficile.

S3W-14362 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the employment of one infection control nurse covering all infection monitoring at the Vale of Leven Hospital to be sufficient and whether it considers that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde should increase the number of people in the infection control team based at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14363 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all members of staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital have received training on the causes of clostridium difficile and how it should be dealt with.

S3W-14364 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that lack of knowledge on the causes, and control measures to prevent the spread, of clostridium difficile among staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital were a contributory factor to its outbreak.

S3W-14365 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had been reviewing the staffing of the infection control team at the Vale of Leven Hospital prior to the news of the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital being released to the local media.

S3W-14366 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people now make up the infection control team based at the Vale of Leven Hospital and what positions they hold.

S3W-14367 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any changes of staffing in the infection control team at the Vale of Leven Hospital have been made since the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the hospital, and, if so, when these were made.

S3W-14368 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many extra nurses, auxiliaries and cleaners were drafted into the Vale of Leven Hospital to deal specifically with the outbreak of clostridium difficile; how long they remained at the Vale of Leven Hospital to assist, and from which hospitals they were drafted in.

S3W-14369 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many examples of "leapfrogging" there have been since the introduction of the Agenda for Change pay system, broken down by type of NHS employee.

S3W-14370 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has had in relation to "leapfrogging" resulting from the introduction of the Agenda for Change pay system, and from whom.

S3W-14371 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-13149 and S3W-13150 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 May 2008, what differences there are between Welsh implementation issues and Scottish implementation issues.

S3W-14372 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13147 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 May 2008, whether it intends to discuss the Welsh response to Agenda for Change with the Welsh Assembly Government with a view to learning lessons that could be applicable to Scotland, and what its position is on the matter.

S3W-14373 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-244 by Hugh Henry on 4 June 2003, how many (a) births, (b) births outside marriage, (c) births to teenagers, (d) marriages, (e) civil marriages, (f) divorces and (g) deaths broken down by gender there were in each year since 2000 and what the average (i) age at first marriage and (ii) length of marriage at divorce was in each year.

S3W-14374 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trading standards officers there have been in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S3W-14375 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with (a) Vion and (b) the Grampian Country Food Group regarding Vion’s takeover of the group and when these discussions were held.

S3W-14376 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has held with Vion to discuss the company’s future plans for Scotland.

S3W-14377 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect the jobs of those working in Scotland’s meat industry following Vion’s takeover of the Grampian Country Food Group.

S3W-14378 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support Scotland’s meat processing sector.

S3W-14379 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to develop the beef, lamb, pig and poultry sectors.

S3W-14380 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many further education colleges are able to provide blind students with Braille support.

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