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Section E – Written questions lodged from 7 to 11 July 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-14893 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought information from Her Majesty’s Government on the amount and proportion of tax revenues raised in Scotland spent on the (a) military operation in Iraq, (b) Trident nuclear weapons system, (c) Ministry of Defence, (d) Department for International Development and (e) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as part of its research for the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland report.

S3W-14894 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the results of its first stage consultation on banning electric shock training devices in Scotland; when the second stage of the consultation will be issued; whether it will make a ministerial statement on the issue, and when it is likely that the Executive will bring forward regulations under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to ban the sale and use of electric shock collars and similar animal training devices.

S3W-14895 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to issue its determination on the current Uddingston Grammar School planning application.

S3W-14896 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the core allocation to the Dundee Science Centre was in the most recent full financial year for which figures are available and what percentage of the centre’s income this represented.

S3W-14897 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the core allocation to the Dundee Science Centre will be in each financial year to 2011-12, also expressed in real terms.

S3W-14898 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the establishment of a brownfield regeneration forum.

S3W-14899 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the provision of guidance in relation to the assessment of contaminated land.

S3W-14900 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that appropriate standards exist for the assessment of groundwater contamination.

S3W-14901 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes have been committed in the Lothians region by people released from prison under automatic early release in each of the last five years, broken down by type of crime.

S3W-14902 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been released from prison in Edinburgh under automatic early release in each of the last five years.

S3W-14903 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many knives were handed in to police stations in the Lothians parliamentary region in each of the last five years, broken down by police division.

S3W-14904 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 or over have been convicted of carrying knives or possessing an offensive weapon in each local authority area in the Lothians region in each of the last five years.

S3W-14905 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in a Scottish Government press release of 11 June 2007 that "the Scottish Government opposes illegal rendition flights" and his consultation with civil liberties groups on the matter, what progress has been made to ensure that aircraft engaged in a rendition circuit will not be able to make use of facilities at Scottish airports.

S3W-14906 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on average household expenditure on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each year since 1960.

S3W-14907 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on average household expenditure on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each year since 1960 as a proportion of average household incomes.

S3W-14908 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the membership of the Building Standards Advisory Committee energy working party.

S3W-14909 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive on which dates the Building Standards Advisory Committee energy working party has met and on which dates it will meet.

S3W-14910 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Building Standards Advisory Committee energy working party to report.

S3W-14911 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the minutes of meetings of the Building Standards Advisory Committee energy working party.

S3W-14912 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to consult on the next changes to section 6 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-14913 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next changes to section 6 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 will come into force.

S3W-14914 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which external stakeholders have been consulted in preparing changes to section 6 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and when each stakeholder was consulted.

S3W-14915 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive which external stakeholders it intends to consult in preparing changes to section 6 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and when it intends to meet them.

S3W-14916 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to the UK Government to discuss the amendments to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 proposed in Schedule 7 of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill and what representations it plans to make on the matter before it is voted on.

S3W-14917 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Scottish Parliament should have been consulted before proposals to amend the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 were introduced through the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to enable the creation in vitro of human cloned embryos or human admixed embryos for research from cells originating in an adult with incapacity and without his or her express consent.

S3W-14918 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns that Schedule 7 of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which seeks to amend the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 would undermine the protection given to adults with incapacity in Scotland, in particular the requirements relating to ethics committees which include the regulatory powers of a Scottish minister to prescribe particular matters which these ethics committees shall take into account when deciding to approve any research and what representations it has made to the UK Government on the matter.

S3W-14919 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it made to the UK Government to seek a full public consultation in Scotland on the matter of the creation of in vitro human cloned embryos or human admixed embryos for research from cells originating in an adult with incapacity and without his or her express consent, prior to the passage of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill through Westminster.

S3W-14920 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to reverse the decision of the previous administration to remove the casualty unit from Stobhill General Hospital.

S3W-14921 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive in what way retaining a casualty unit at Stobhill General Hospital would impact negatively upon (a) plans to alter the hospital and (b) the wider restructuring of health care across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

S3W-14922 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it (a) has taken and (b) intends to take to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on Scotland’s roads, with particular reference to the A8, M8, A77 and A82.

S3W-14923 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to implement the recommendations in the Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Conversion of Long Leases, published in 2006.

S3W-14924 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that implementing the recommendations in the Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Conversion of Long Leases could result in common good assets that are let on a long lease being transferred into private ownership.

S3W-14925 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that existing common good assets should remain held in the common good in perpetuity.

S3W-14926 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure common good assets are protected and retained for community ownership in any future legislation regarding the conversion of long leases.

S3W-14927 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing legislation to protect the status of existing common good assets in perpetuity.

S3W-14928 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the Fresh Talent initiative and what costs have been incurred since its inception, broken down by month.

S3W-14929 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have returned to their country of origin in each of the last five years, having failed to meet the financial threshold which allows them to extend their stay under the Fresh Talent initiative.

S3W-14930 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reviews, (b) consultations, (c) inquiries, (d) taskforces, (e) expert groups and panels and (f) discussion documents have been initiated in each cabinet secretary’s portfolio area since May 2007 and what the costs of each category have been.

S3W-14931 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new public sector (a) directorates, (b) advisory units, (c) inspectorates, (d) agencies, (e) bodies, (f) groups, (g) committees, (h) commissions, (i) forums and (j) other quangos have been established since May 2007, including the name, purpose and set up and running costs of each.

S3W-14932 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spent on (a) public opinion polling and (b) market research in 2007-08.

S3W-14933 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications it has received to the Scottish Rural Development Programme, excluding Rural Development Contracts – Rural Priorities, broken down by constituency.

S3W-14934 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to introduce first-time sewerage schemes in rural areas.

S3W-14935 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment it has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of welfare standards for pigs.

S3W-14936 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12010 by Richard Lochhead on 2 May 2008, what progress is being made with measures to support pig farmers.

S3W-14937 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Scottish produced beef has been exported by (a) weight and (b) value in each of the last five years for which figures are available and how much of these exports comprised beef of (i) Scottish and (ii) foreign origin.

S3W-14938 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it has received from Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel on the reinstatement of (a) the animal health and welfare scheme, (b) farm assurance membership schemes and (c) the farm visits programme to the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

S3W-14939 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police response vehicles are available in each local authority area.

S3W-14940 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been issued with fines for vandalism in each year since 1997 and how many, and what proportion of, such fines have been paid, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-14941 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there were at each (a) prison and (b) young offenders’ institution on 1 June 2008.

S3W-14942 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to allow it to monitor, regulate and ensure the security of the transport of dual-use pathogens.

S3W-14943 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates have been made of the number of (a) regular cyclists and (b) cycle miles travelled in each year since 2001.

S3W-14944 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries have been incurred as a result of railway incidents in each year since 1998.

S3W-14945 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategies it has in place to ensure that there is no age discrimination in its recruitment and retention processes.

S3W-14946 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent in recruiting its staff in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Scotland in each year since 2000.

S3W-14947 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many single homeless (a) women and (b) men were in bed and breakfast accommodation in May (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.

S3W-14948 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to the First Minister and the Cabinet issued by MSPs in the current parliamentary session remain unanswered, broken down into those which are (i) one month overdue, (ii) two months overdue, (iii) three months overdue, (iv) four months overdue and (v) over six months overdue and by recipient.

S3W-14949 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average ambulance crews spent on emergency call-outs in each NHS board in the last year for which information is available.

S3W-14950 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many current vacancies there are for audiologists in each NHS board.

S3W-14951 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency calls were received by each emergency medical dispatch centre in each year since 1998 and what the staff numbers were at each centre in each such year.

S3W-14952 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance is reflected in the (a) advice given by NHS24 and (b) content of NHS24 online.

S3W-14953 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many potential (a) student nurses and (b) midwives dropped out before completing their training in each of the last five years for which information is available.

S3W-14954 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister was told about the outbreak of clostridium difficile in the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14955 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers work as dedicated rape and sexual offences specialists, broken down by police force.

S3W-14956 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fiscal staff work for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as dedicated rape and sexual offences specialists, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14957 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive which railway stations it or its agencies have recommended for upgrade since 17 May 2007, under the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme.

S3W-14958 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of alcohol poisoning there have been in each year since 1950.

S3W-14959 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for cleaning Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-14960 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board has played in preserving the conditions of service and minimum pay rates of agricultural workers.

S3W-14961 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive why its consultation, Agricultural Wages in Scotland: The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board, was launched, given the role of the board in protecting wages and conditions of service for agricultural workers.

S3W-14962 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is proposing to restructure the Bus Service Operators Grant and when it envisages that this restructuring will take place.

S3W-14963 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is planning to make the Bus Service Operators Grant more environmentally focused.

S3W-14964 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that community transport organisations are not disadvantaged by changes to the structure of the Bus Service Operators Grant.

S3W-14965 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it will give community transport organisations to make their services more environmentally friendly.

S3W-14966 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that any change to the structure of the Bus Service Operators Grant does not lead to the curtailment or limiting of bus services or community transport services.

S3W-14967 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that its concordat with local government provides for full delivery of Scotland’s responsibilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

S3W-14968 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce children’s rights impact assessments.

S3W-14969 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that it delivers on its responsibilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

S3W-14970 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value is of backlogged road repairs in each local authority, also broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-14971 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14103 by Stewart Maxwell on 19 June 2008, what funding and resources will be (a) provided by it and (b) transferred from Scottish Enterprise to local government to support town centre regeneration in each of the next three years.

S3W-14972 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14103 by Stewart Maxwell on 19 June 2008, what steps it is taking to meet the challenges faced by town centres.

S3W-14973 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals have been considered for reconfiguring ambulance services in the (a) Grampian and (b) Highlands and Islands areas.

S3W-14974 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the (a) Grampian and (b) Highlands and Islands areas have been subject to consultation with staff or with trade unions representing staff in the relevant Scottish Ambulance Service divisions.

S3W-14975 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the (a) Grampian and (b) Highlands and Islands areas have been subject to consultation with NHS boards, local authorities, police or fire services or any external stakeholders in the relevant areas.

S3W-14976 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the (a) Grampian and (b) Highlands and Islands areas have been subject to consultation with or a report by the independent scrutiny panel set up by ministers to report on proposals for reconfiguration of NHS services.

S3W-14977 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consultation carried out in relation to any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the (a) Grampian and (b) Highlands and Islands areas is in line with the Partnership Information Network guidelines issued to NHS boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service and whether it will make a ministerial statement on the matter.

S3W-14978 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals have been considered for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) East Central and (b) South East divisional areas.

S3W-14979 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) East Central and (b) South East divisional areas have been subject to consultation with staff or with trade unions representing staff in the relevant divisions.

S3W-14980 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) East Central and (b) South East divisional areas have been subject to consultation with NHS boards, local authorities, police or fire services or any external stakeholders in the relevant areas.

S3W-14981 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) East Central and (b) South East divisional areas have been subject to consultation with or a report by the independent scrutiny panel set up by ministers to report on proposals for reconfiguration of NHS services.

S3W-14982 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consultation carried out in relation to any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) East Central and (b) South East divisional areas is in line with the Partnership Information Network guidelines issued to NHS boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service and whether it will make a ministerial statement on the matter.

S3W-14983 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals have been considered for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) West Central and (b) South West divisional areas.

S3W-14984 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) West Central and (b) South West divisional areas have been subject to consultation with staff or with trade unions representing staff in the relevant divisions.

S3W-14985 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) West Central and (b) South West divisional areas have been subject to consultation with NHS boards, local authorities, police or fire services or any external stakeholders in the relevant areas.

S3W-14986 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) West Central and (b) South West divisional areas have been subject to consultation with or a report by the independent scrutiny panel set up by ministers to report on proposals for reconfiguration of NHS services.

S3W-14987 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consultation carried out in relation to any proposals for reconfiguring ambulance services in the Scottish Ambulance Service’s (a) West Central and (b) South West divisional areas is in line with the Partnership Information Network guidelines issued to NHS boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service and whether it will make a ministerial statement on the matter.

S3W-14988 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the ministerial statement by Nicola Sturgeon on 4 June 2008 regarding the internal investigation of the Scottish Ambulance Service (Official Report c. 9259), whether it still expects to receive a report by the end of July 2008.

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