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Section E – Written questions lodged on 2 October 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-16692 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with energy producers operating in Scotland in relation to fuel poverty, in light of recent increases in tariffs charged to domestic customers.

S3W-16693 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working with the UK Government on domestic energy costs.

S3W-16694 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce fuel poverty.

S3W-16695 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working with energy companies to increase energy efficiency in the home.

S3W-16696 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to reduce delays in the Warm Deal programme.

S3W-16697 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12583 by Stewart Stevenson on 14 May 2008, what annual government subsidy was provided to Caledonian MacBrayne in each year from 1995-96 to 1999-2000.

S3W-16698 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average fare rise was on Caledonian MacBrayne/CalMac Ferries Ltd services in each year from 1995 to 2008.

S3W-16699 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what income Caledonian MacBrayne/CalMac Ferries Ltd received from its customers in each year from 1995 to 2008.

S3W-16700 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the operating deficit was on each Caledonian MacBrayne/CalMac Ferries Ltd route in each year from 1995 to 2008.

S3W-16701 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what compliance with National Cleaning Services Specification is audited and reported for hospitals other than those coded as A1 (acute teaching) and A2 (acute non-teaching).

S3W-16702 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report by Health Facilities Scotland’s independent assessor on each NHS board’s audit of its cleaning process will be made available to the Parliament.

S3W-16703 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Ambulance Service will implement a cleaning audit process throughout the service.

S3W-16704 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when a comprehensive report on cleaning status in all health facilities will be available.

S3W-16705 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact assessment has been carried out on the effectiveness of finance allocated for increased education on and awareness of skin cancer and the use of sundbeds and whether there are plans to increase such funding.

S3W-16706 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its proposals for a health education campaign to accompany the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008.

S3W-16707 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase funding to local authorities for the employment of environmental health officers.

S3W-16708 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16372 by Stewart Stevenson on 1 October 2008, why it was unable to provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15925 when it was originally due for answer, given that the question sought confirmation of whether Transport Scotland had delivered to ministers its findings from the strategic transport projects review.

S3W-16709 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances it issues a holding answer to a parliamentary question that seeks a yes or no answer and for which no research or data compilation is required.

S3W-16710 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how Living and Dying Well: A national action plan for palliative and end of life care in Scotland takes account of the needs of children and young people.

S3W-16711 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional funding announced for palliative and end-of-life care will be allocated to support children and young people.

S3W-16712 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority local authorities are expected to give to providing services identified in Living and Dying Well: A national action plan for palliative and end of life care in Scotland.

S3W-16713 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding will be provided to local authorities to enable them to take forward the actions identified in Living and Dying Well: A national action plan for palliative and end of life care in Scotland.

S3W-16714 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have identified services for palliative and end-of-life care as priorities in their single outcome agreements.

S3W-16715 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, if it winds up the Bull Hire Scheme in 2009, it intends to sell Knocknagael stud farm and, if so, whether the money raised will be ring-fenced for the support of crofting.

S3W-16716 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to issues identified at the recent young carers festival.

S3W-16717 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what gaps it has identified in services for young carers.

S3W-16718 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young carers are waiting for support services, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-16719 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when its revised strategy for carers will be completed.

S3W-16720 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make core funding available for young carers’ organisations.

S3W-16721 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Supporters Direct.

S3W-16722 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults living in families with an annual income of less than £16,000 have benefited from the reduction in prescription charges.

S3W-16723 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of school pupils has benefited from the extension of the free school meals scheme.

S3W-16724 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of school pupils has benefited from the extension of the clothing grant scheme.

S3W-16725 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in response to the report of the Administrative Justice Steering Group, chaired by Lord Philip, Options for the Future Administration and Supervision of Tribunals in Scotland.

S3W-16726 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when all P1 to P3 pupils in East Ayrshire will receive free school meals.

S3W-16727 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether East Ayrshire Council will provide free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils before August 2010.

S3W-16728 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when all P1 to P3 pupils in South Ayrshire will receive free school meals.

S3W-16729 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether South Ayrshire Council will provide free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils before August 2010.

S3W-16730 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to provide free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils in East Ayrshire.

S3W-16731 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to provide free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils in South Ayrshire.

S3W-16732 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of additional funding will be provided to East Ayrshire Council for the provision of free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils.

S3W-16733 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of additional funding will be provided to South Ayrshire Council for the provision of free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils.

S3W-16734 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when additional funding will be provided to East Ayrshire Council for the provision of free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils.

S3W-16735 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when additional funding will be provided to South Ayrshire Council for the provision of free school meals to all P1 to P3 pupils.

S3W-16736 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Highland Council and other stakeholders about the wish of the local community that Uig pier be upgraded.

S3W-16737 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can provide towards the upgrading of Uig pier.

S3W-16738 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Uig pier is a lifeline transport link for the Uist community.

S3W-16739 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what the process is for piers to be removed from local authority control and to consider other ownership options, such as community ownership, and what support is available for taking such options forward.

S3W-16740 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation is being undertaken on programmes to tackle obesity.

S3W-16741 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that people suffering a stroke have access to a diagnosis and thrombolytic therapy within the recommended three hours.

S3W-16742 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how GPs will ensure (a) consistent referral criteria and (b) equality of access for patients with an obesity problem.

S3W-16743 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what annual funding is provided to the Crofters Commission to enable it to undertake its role of developing crofting.

S3W-16744 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects responsibility for development of crofting to transfer from the Crofters Commission to Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-16745 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what sanctions can be taken against managers of licensed premises and their employees who sell alcohol to individuals who are inebriated.

S3W-16746 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what sanctions can be taken against managers of off-sales premises and their employees who sell alcohol to individuals who are inebriated.

S3W-16747 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that all sex offenders in prison who have been convicted of serious offences such as rape are involved in programmes that address their offending behaviour.

S3W-16748 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to ensure that sex offenders in prison who have been convicted of serious offences such as rape and have failed to participate in programmes that address their offending behaviour are not released into the community without completing their sentence.

S3W-16749 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether mixed sex wards still exist in the NHS in Scotland.

S3W-16750 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated loss of local income tax revenue would be if full-time students were exempted from the tax.

S3W-16751 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time students live in chargeable dwellings as defined in section 72(6) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

S3W-16752 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when reports will be published on progress of the local authority single outcome agreements.

S3W-16753 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions can be caused by untreated chlamydia.

S3W-16754 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all pregnant women are given a chlamydia test as part of their ante-natal care.

S3W-16755 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a mother’s untreated chlamydia can have any effect on a newborn child.

S3W-16756 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients are given advice on and tests for chlamydia when presenting for travel vaccinations.

S3W-16757 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether women being fitted with a contraceptive coil are screened for chlamydia.

S3W-16758 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies poverty and deprivation in remote and rural areas.

S3W-16759 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to utilise more fully telehealth facilities in order to reduce patient journeys to hospital.

S3W-16760 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being allocated to develop medicines.

S3W-16761 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how people with depression and anxiety are being assisted in early diagnosis and early intervention for treatment and support.

S3W-16762 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what weight management programmes and support are available for GPs to refer people to in each NHS board area.

S3W-16763 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what incentives are available to GPs to provide weight management programmes with ongoing support and advice.

S3W-16764 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to prevent obesity.

S3W-16765 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which age group has the highest prevalence of obesity.

S3W-16766 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS complaints were (a) responded to within target timescales, (b) upheld and (c) regarded as being dealt with satisfactorily by the original complainant each year since 1997, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-16767 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the prescribing budget was (a) nationally and (b) for each NHS board in each year since 1997, both in real and cash terms.

S3W-16768 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted for sex crimes in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-16769 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether telehealth solutions with a direct link to a GP practice are being used for patients living in remote and rural areas and islands to allow them to perform their own tests and monitor some long-term conditions.

S3W-16770 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Scotland supports a recovery approach across the spectrum of care for mental health patients.

S3W-16771 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to increase access to supported employment for people who have had mental health problems.

S3W-16772 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what outcomes are used to measure improvements in patients’ mental health.

S3W-16773 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been done to determine the availability of advocacy services for mental health patients.

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