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Section E – Written questions lodged on 8 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-16906 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the acceptable operational occupancy limit is for each prison.

S3W-16907 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the highest number of prisoners was in each prison in each of the last three months.

S3W-16908 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans there are to deal with a sudden loss of prison capacity.

S3W-16909 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of prison population would have to be reached before it became necessary to use the emergency release power.

S3W-16910 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the significance is of a safe operating limit in the Scottish Prison Service.

S3W-16911 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects to offer funding for the Inverness trunk link route as part of its transport plans.

S3W-16912 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement on which strategic transport projects it will fund.

S3W-16913 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Inverness trunk link route requires upgrading and has strategic significance.

S3W-16914 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether projects that did not appear on the recently published list of 52 candidate national developments are unlikely to be included in spending priorities to be announced.

S3W-16915 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Inverness trunk link route was considered in the process of selecting the 52 candidate national developments that were assessed for their environmental effect.

S3W-16916 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it anticipates the implementation of free school meals provision for pupils whose parents or carers are in receipt of both maximum child and working tax credits will cost the (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Shetland, (e) Western Isles and (f) Orkney councils for a financial year.

S3W-16917 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the costs of implementing free school meals for pupils whose parents or carers are in receipt of both maximum child and working tax credits is contained in its concordat with local authorities.

S3W-16918 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has made available to (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Shetland, (e) Western Isles and (f) Orkney councils to enable pupils whose parents or carers are in receipt of maximum child and working tax credits to receive free school meals from August 2009.

S3W-16919 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund local authorities separately for the costs of providing free school meals for pupils whose parents or carers are in receipt of both maximum child and working tax credits if it has not funded them via its concordat.

S3W-16920 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give about the future role of Portree Hospital and whether it will make a ministerial statement on this issue.

S3W-16921 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurance it can give about the continuation of accident and emergency cover at Portree Hospital from 8 am until 11 pm.

S3W-16922 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether care home staff qualify for free flu vaccinations in 2008.

S3W-16923 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health workers qualified for free flu vaccinations prior to 2008.

S3W-16924 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake was of the flu vaccination by care home staff in 2007.

S3W-16925 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake was of the flu vaccination by health workers in 2007.

S3W-16926 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued in 2008 in relation to flu vaccinations for care home staff.

S3W-16927 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued in 2008 in relation to flu vaccinations for health care workers.

S3W-16928 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when flu vaccinations will be made available in 2008.

S3W-16929 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether supplies of flu vaccine are sufficient to meet demand from at-risk groups.

S3W-16930 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the uptake of the flu vaccination by those groups most at risk.

S3W-16931 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the uptake of the flu vaccination by elderly people.

S3W-16932 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage those who care for elderly people to enter the flu vaccination programme.

S3W-16933 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether male and female prisoners are tested and offered treatment for chlamydia.

S3W-16934 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many whole-time equivalent nursery teachers there have been in each of the last three years, also broken down by local authority.

S3W-16935 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the provision of residential units for ex-offenders.

S3W-16936 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the residential unit at St Fitticks House in Aberdeen provides a useful model for assisting in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

S3W-16937 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed or plans to assess the effectiveness of residential units in assisting in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

S3W-16938 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what housing support measures are available specifically to assist veterans.

S3W-16939 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many indicators in single outcome agreements specifically refer to the needs of homeless applicants requiring support because of a mental health issue, broken down by local authority.

S3W-16940 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many indicators in single outcome agreements specifically refer to the needs of homeless applicants requiring support because of an alcohol dependency, broken down by local authority.

S3W-16941 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available for small slaughterhouses, including those on islands, that are experiencing challenging economic conditions.

S3W-16942 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available for the establishment of new slaughterhouses.

S3W-16943 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the concerns of residents of the Isle of Kerrera that their ferry service will not be considered as part of the Scottish Government’s review of ferry services.

S3W-16944 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration will be given to a cold case review, conducted by a Scottish police force other than Northern Constabulary, into the police investigation that followed the death of Kevin McLeod in Wick on 8 February 1997.

S3W-16945 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce testing for insulin levels that would identify a pre-diabetic state in patients.

S3W-16946 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that testing for insulin levels has the potential to identify early those patients at the highest risk of developing diabetes, allowing interventions that would help prevent the onset of diabetes.

S3W-16947 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the early identification of patients at the highest risk of developing diabetes and treatment to prevent diabetes in these patients have the potential to save the NHS money.

S3W-16948 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the infant mortality rate has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-16949 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance to whisky distilleries that offer guided tours of their distillery that the proposals in the Scottish Government’s forthcoming alcohol strategy will not include the barring of distilleries from offering a free dram with the tour and promotion of their goods at the visitor centre.

S3W-16950 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15294 by Nicola Sturgeon on 22 August 2008, whether the NHS boards that are not using the nationally procured EDIS system for accident and emergency information have systems that are compatible with it for recording injuries in children.

S3W-16951 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether data recording systems in NHS24, out-of-hours services and GP practices are fit for purpose in auditing child injuries as part of the European Commission Child Safety Action Plan project.

S3W-16952 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what surveillance of pupil injuries is carried out by schools.

S3W-16953 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage sports clubs to record injuries.

S3W-16954 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its total expenditure was on medical research in each of the last five years and what information it has on how this compares with the UK Government’s expenditure in the same period.

S3W-16955 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its total expenditure was on medical research in the field of neurosciences and mental health in each of the last five years and what information it has on how this compares with the UK Government’s expenditure in the same period.

S3W-16956 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total expenditure was on medical research into the causes and methods of diagnosis or treatment of (a) autism or Asperger’s syndrome, (b) dyspraxia or developmental co-ordination disorder, (c) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (d) Tourette’s syndrome, (e) dyslexia, (f) deficit in attention, motor control and perception and (g) any other recognised learning difficulties or learning disabilities in each of the last five years.

S3W-16957 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in school are identified as having (a) autism or Asperger’s syndrome, (b) dyspraxia or developmental co-ordination disorder, (c) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (d) Tourette’s syndrome, (e) dyslexia, (f) deficit in attention, motor control and perception and (g) any other recognised learning difficulties or learning disabilities, broken down in each case into the number attending (i) mainstream schools and (ii) special schools.

S3W-16958 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual cost is of educating a pupil in a mainstream school.

S3W-16959 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual cost is of educating a pupil with additional support needs in a mainstream school.

S3W-16960 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual cost is of educating a pupil with additional support needs in a special school.

S3W-16961 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-25639 by Cathy Jamieson on 17 May 2006, whether more up-to-date figures exist concerning the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued to people with diagnosed emotional or behavioural problems and learning difficulties, expressed as a percentage of the total number of ASBOs issued each year.

S3W-16962 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people identified as having (a) autism or Asperger’s syndrome, (b) dyspraxia or developmental co-ordination disorder, (c) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (d) Tourette’s syndrome, (e) dyslexia, (f) deficit in attention, motor control and perception and (g) any other recognised learning difficulties or learning disabilities are recorded as not in education, employment or training.

S3W-16963 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people identified as having (a) autism or Asperger’s syndrome, (b) dyspraxia or developmental co-ordination disorder, (c) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (d) Tourette’s syndrome, (e) dyslexia, (f) deficit in attention, motor control and perception and (g) any other recognised learning difficulties or learning disabilities are recorded as unemployed.

S3W-16964 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people identified as having learning difficulties are recorded as not in education, employment or training.

S3W-16965 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people identified as having learning difficulties are recorded as being unemployed.

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