Back to the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin No. 107/2008: Thursday 26 June 2008
Archive Home

Business Bulletin 1999-2011

Minutes of Proceedings 1999-2011

Journal of Parliamentary Proceedings Sessions 1 & 2

Committees Sessions 1, 2 & 3

Annual reports

Contents An A B C D E F G H I J

Section E – Written questions lodged on 25 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-14619 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what specialist assistance is available for victims of miscarriages of justice; whether such support extends to relatives of those found to have been wrongly convicted, and whether there are any plans to review the current provisions in the near future.

S3W-14620 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any analysis of the effects that miscarriages of justice have on those wrongfully convicted and, if not, whether it plans to in future.

S3W-14621 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been released from prison following wrongful imprisonment in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-14622 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that victims of miscarriages of justice should receive an official apology following their release from prison.

S3W-14623 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures of redress a wrongfully-convicted person has following a successful court appeal and whether it has plans to review and extend this provision.

S3W-14624 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether wrongfully-convicted persons and their families are entitled to any compensatory payment following release from prison and whether it has plans to review and extend this provision.

S3W-14625 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to preserve the art of drystane dyking.

S3W-14626 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the data collected for the Home Energy Efficiency Database will assist in efforts towards achieving the Scottish Government’s target of abolishing fuel poverty, so far as reasonably practicable, by 2016.

S3W-14627 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether energy performance certificates will give information on (a) the asset rating of a building, (b) the operational rating of a building or (c) both and what the reasons were for its decision on this matter.

S3W-14628 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure compliance with the requirement to display energy performance certificates where the building in question is owned or leased by a local authority.

S3W-14629 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the data from the Scottish House Condition Survey will be compatible with that from the Home Energy Efficiency Database and what steps it is taking to ensure that both data sets will assist in delivery of its targets on abolishing fuel poverty.

S3W-14630 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what quality monitoring it intends to introduce to ensure that energy performance certificates are accurate.

S3W-14631 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people under the age of 21 years in prison for non-violent offences.

S3W-14632 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 10, (b) 10 to 17, (c) 18 to 20 and (d) 21 and over were sentenced to immediate custody for (i) violent and (ii) non-violent crimes in each of the last five years.

S3W-14633 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14 and (d) 15-year-olds since May 2007.

S3W-14634 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional financial support is proposed to assist police forces to deal with testing drivers for drink driving.

S3W-14635 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) set-up costs were and (b) ongoing costs are of (i) www.streetsense.com, (ii) www.crashmagnets.com and (iii) www.A2bsafely.com; how many visitors each site receives per month, and what assessment is carried out of the sites to manage their effectiveness.

S3W-14636 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many SO19 police officers there are in Scotland and how many are currently suspended.

S3W-14637 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers there were on 1 May (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

S3W-14638 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have to issue bonds for the purpose of directly paying for capital expenditure on projects outwith their local authority area, where the sole beneficiaries of any expenditure are not within their local authority area.

S3W-14639 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have to issue bonds for the purpose of directly paying for capital expenditure on projects outwith their local authority area, where the principal beneficiaries of any expenditure are not within their local authority area.

S3W-14640 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have to issue bonds for the purpose of directly paying for capital expenditure wholly or in part outwith their local authority area, where their purpose is to be a principal funder for an activity not within their statutory responsibilities.

S3W-14641 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13675 by John Swinney on 9 June 2008, whether there is any limit to how much finance a local authority can raise in order to lend to another local authority.

S3W-14642 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13675 by John Swinney on 9 June 2008, whether any finance borrowed in order to lend to another local authority counts within the affairs of the initial local authority for the purpose of the operation of their prudential borrowing arrangements.

S3W-14643 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13675 by John Swinney on 9 June 2008, whether any finance borrowed by one local authority from another counts within the affairs of the receiving local authority for the purpose of the operation of their prudential borrowing arrangements.

S3W-14644 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13675 by John Swinney on 9 June 2008, what advantages accrue to a local authority in borrowing from another for the purpose of financing capital expenditure over borrowings from any other lender or by the direct issue of bonds itself.

S3W-14645 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13675 by John Swinney on 9 June 2008, whether a local authority issuing bonds or borrowing for the purpose of lending to another local authority would be required to recover the costs involved in raising the finance from the local authority to which it lent the finance.

S3W-14646 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding has been awarded to the Connected Communities project annually since its inception.

S3W-14647 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding is budgeted for the Connected Communities project for 2008-09.

S3W-14648 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the First Minister has left Scotland on official business since 16 May 2007, also showing the number of people who accompanied him on each occasion and (a) the purpose, (b) total cost and (c) who paid for each visit.

S3W-14649 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to raise public awareness about the requirement for an energy performance certificate at point of rental or sale of a property from January 2009.

S3W-14650 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether information from the energy performance certificates for new buildings will be incorporated into the Home Energy Efficiency Database and what its position is on the matter.

S3W-14651 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether copies of energy performance certificates will be available from the Land Registry and which its position is on the matter.

S3W-14652 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines a "public building" in complying with the EU directive on the energy performance of buildings.

S3W-14653 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13460 by Stewart Stevenson on 9 June 2008, by how much it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the 2011 target date.

S3W-14654 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to achieving an average 3% reduction in greenhouse gases in each year of the current parliamentary session.

S3W-14655 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult on measures to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the existing building stock and whether the results of the consultation will be analysed and published before the commencement of parliamentary scrutiny of the Climate Change Bill.

S3W-14656 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow in October 2007, what steps were taken to prevent a fresh outbreak.

S3W-14657 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive who is being held accountable for the outbreaks of clostridium difficile at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow in October 2007 and June 2008.

S3W-14658 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what caused the outbreaks of clostridium difficile at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow in October 2007 and June 2008 and how many patients contracted the disease in each case.

S3W-14659 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to hospitals to prevent outbreaks of clostridium difficile and other hospital-acquired infections and who is responsible for ensuring that this guidance is rigorously enforced.

S3W-14660 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11764 by Nicola Sturgeon on 22 April 2008, why it does not monitor the scale and severity of hospital-acquired infections on a hospital-by-hospital basis; whether it will start to do so and, if so, when.

S3W-14661 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive who is being held accountable for the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital between December 2007 and June 2008.

S3W-14662 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 54 patients who contracted clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital between December 2007 and June 2008 subsequently died and how many of these deaths were attributed to clostridium difficile.

S3W-14663 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to place a named individual in direct control of enforcing guidelines aimed at preventing the outbreak and spread of hospital-acquired infections in every ward in every hospital.

S3W-14664 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to make it compulsory for hospital visitors to wash their hands with alcohol gel before they are allowed to enter hospital wards.

S3W-14665 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the errors that led to the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital (a) are not repeated at that hospital, (b) are not being made in other hospitals and (c) will not be repeated at any other hospital in future.

S3W-14666 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) prosecuted and (d) convicted in cases involving (i) rape, (ii) attempted rape and (iii) indecent assault in each year from 1998 to 2007, broken down by police force area.

S3W-14667 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13971 by Richard Lochhead on 13 June 2008, how many applications it has received to the Scottish Rural Development Programme, excluding Rural Development Contracts – Rural Priorities, broken down by funding mechanism and showing how many applications under each mechanism have been (a) accepted or (b) rejected.

S3W-14668 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13791 by Richard Lochhead on 13 June 2008, how many applications it has now received during the first stage of the Rural Development Contracts – Rural Priorities application process.

S3W-14669 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what professional expertise inspectors acting for, or employed by, HM Inspectorate of Education are required to have.

S3W-14670 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what continuing professional development is provided for employees of HM Inspectorate of Education.

S3W-14671 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how school leadership and staff of an inspected school have the opportunity to contribute to the final inspection report by HM Inspectorate of Education.

S3W-14672 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers have been removed from the General Teaching Council for Scotland register in each of the last five years.

S3W-14673 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationer teachers who completed their probationary year were subsequently not admitted to the full register of the General Teaching Council for Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-14674 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers who applied for teaching posts through the Fresh Talent initiative have been added to the General Teaching Council for Scotland register since the creation of the Fresh Talent scheme.

S3W-14675 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total spend on the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme has been in each NHS board area in the last three years.

S3W-14676 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce periodic payment orders under the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme.

S3W-14677 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13596 by Nicola Sturgeon on 5 June 2008, what effect the monthly review of mileage rates payable by the Scottish Ambulance Service to volunteer drivers has had to date on rates.

S3W-14678 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many volunteer drivers have been available to the Scottish Ambulance Service in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-14679 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14183 by Stewart Stevenson on 25 June 2008, which indicated that no statutory quality partnerships have been introduced, why the Media Calling Notice of 31 August 2005 stated that during a visit to Dundee City Chambers the then Minister for Transport and Telecommunications would witness the signing of a quality partnership between Dundee City Council and Travel Dundee and that this would be the first statutory quality partnership to be introduced.

S3W-14680 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive which GPs practices on the mainland still provide out-of-hours service cover.

S3W-14681 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13021 by Shona Robison on 2 June 2008, why the answer states that no conditions were placed on the new practice as far as out-of-hours services were concerned, when paragraph 9 of the NHS Tayside medical practice vacancy specification document for the Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice states "OOH (out-of-hours) care will be a core component of the specification".

Contents An A B C D E F G H I J