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Section E – Written questions lodged from 13 to 17 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-17034 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much child care funding was ring fenced under the Working for Families programme in the last year prior to single outcome agreements.

S3W-17035 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding Glasgow City Council will receive as its share from recently announced funding for Gaelic education.

S3W-17036 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Glasgow Gaelic School will benefit from the recent funding announcement about Gaelic education.

S3W-17037 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were charged with offences involving the carrying of knives and, of these, how many (a) pled not guilty to these offences, (b) having been charged were admitted to bail pending trial, (c) who pled guilty to the charges and whose sentences being deferred were admitted to bail, (d) who pled guilty to the charges and whose sentences being deferred were remanded in custody, (e) whose sentences being deferred following conviction were admitted to bail, (f) whose sentences being deferred following conviction were remanded in custody, and (g) were sentenced to imprisonment or detention in the 12 months to 30 June 2008 in (i) Glasgow, (ii) Edinburgh, (iii) Dundee and (iv) Aberdeen.

S3W-17038 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people appeared on a petition alleging homicide involving the use of knives and, of these, how many were (a) remanded in custody pending trial and (b) admitted to bail on being fully committed in the 12 months to 30 June 2008 in (i) Glasgow, (ii) Edinburgh, (iii) Dundee and (iv) Aberdeen.

S3W-17039 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16055 by Fergus Ewing on 2 October 2008, how many of the projects referred to in the answer were funded through the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund, broken down by individual project and amount awarded.

S3W-17040 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16055 by Fergus Ewing on 2 October 2008, how much funding it has awarded in each year between April 2008 and March 2011 to (a) Nil by Mouth, (b) Sense Over Sectarianism, (c) Football for All (specifically for the Kick-out Bigotry campaign) and (d) Youthlink Scotland.

S3W-17041 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16055 by Fergus Ewing on 2 October 2008, whether the £150,000 it awarded to Football for All was provided exclusively for the development of the Kick-out Bigotry campaign.

S3W-17042 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of evidence of (a) a higher proportion of female than male school leavers entering higher and further education and (b) a higher proportion of male than female school leavers being unemployed, what plans it has to improve the quality of careers advice in schools to address this gender disparity.

S3W-17043 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to secure a more balanced gender ratio in the education sector by exposing male pupils to relevant educational role models during their formative years, thus promoting a higher rate of male school leavers entering higher and further education.

S3W-17044 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish a more diverse vocational curriculum for male and female students, with a view to higher rates of male and female school leavers entering higher education, further education, employment, voluntary work or training.

S3W-17045 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle Islamophobia.

S3W-17046 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many abortive journeys were made by patient transport services in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17047 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of journeys made by patient transport services was classed as abortive journeys in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17048 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many abortive journeys were made by patient transport services in each of the last three years, broken down by hospital.

S3W-17049 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost of abortive journeys by patient transport services has been in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17050 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what actionis being taken to reduce the number of abortive journeys by patient transport services in each NHS board area.

S3W-17051 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the population lives within 40 minutes travel time by ambulance to a hospital that providesa primary angioplasty service.

S3W-17052 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on which banks own, or are part of consortia that own, rolling stock operated on Scotland’s railways, broken down by operating company and type of rolling stock.

S3W-17053 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive which banks own, or are part of consortia that own, companies contracted to undertake PFI/PPP projects for the Scottish Government, broken down by PFI/PPP project.

S3W-17054 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive which banks own, or are part of consortia that own, companies that produce or supply electricity in Scotland.

S3W-17055 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to introduce guidance for local authorities on housing renewal areas, as introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-17056 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs of supervised dispensing of methadone by community pharmacists were in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17057 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have fully implemented Agenda for Change.

S3W-17058 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards had fully implemented Agenda for Change by October 2005.

S3W-17059 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards had fully implemented Agenda for Change by May 2007.

S3W-17060 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated completion date is for the Agenda for Change matching and review process for allied health professionals.

S3W-17061 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ongoing appeals on decisions made under Agenda for Change are being considered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

S3W-17062 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive when physiotherapy staff employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde can expect their Agenda for Change review process to be completed.

S3W-17063 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive when nursing staff employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde can expect their Agenda for Change review process to be completed.

S3W-17064 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of staff employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is awaiting salary changes due under Agenda for Change reforms.

S3W-17065 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that its proposals to restrict tobacco displays will lead to an increase in contraband and imitation products.

S3W-17066 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that its proposals to restrict tobacco displays will impact on the future economic viability of some responsible small retailers, including specialist tobacconists.

S3W-17067 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that its proposals to restrict tobacco displays will lead to a loss of business for small shops in favour of supermarkets.

S3W-17068 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that action to tackle the illegal tobacco trade is more important than proposals to restrict tobacco displays in shops.

S3W-17069 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the amount of insecticide used by agricultural enterprises has been rising or falling over the last 10 years and by how much.

S3W-17070 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the overall volume use of insecticides by farm enterprises.

S3W-17071 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is regional variation in the use of insecticides and, if so, what that variation is.

S3W-17072 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to seek to limit the use of insecticides.

S3W-17073 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is any causal link between the decline in honeybee numbers in Scotland and the use of insecticides.

S3W-17074 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its forthcoming bee strategy will address any questions surrounding the use of insecticides.

S3W-17075 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that honeybee numbers are affected in any way by the use of insecticides.

S3W-17076 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any studies have been conducted on the relative rates of honeybee number decline in areas that are free of insecticide use and areas that are not.

S3W-17077 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to conduct research into any relationship between honeybee numbers and the use of insecticides.

S3W-17078 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive who advises it on issues relating to honeybees.

S3W-17079 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any international studies on the relationship between honeybee numbers and the use of insecticides.

S3W-17080 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any EU member state initiatives to limit the use of insecticides as a measure to combat the reduction in honeybee numbers.

S3W-17081 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to, or interactions it has had with, the European Union or other governments on the question of the decline in honeybee numbers.

S3W-17082 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10724 by Michael Russell on 13 March 2008, which issues were identified as requiring attention and what steps have been taken in the normal course of government business or are planned in the near future; in particular, what steps have been taken in relation to (a) a specialist environmental court, (b) dispute resolution, (c) public participation and access to justice and (d) the EU environmental liability directive and, if no steps have been taken or are planned, why these matters are no longer considered to require attention.

S3W-17083 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the introduction of a single non-emergency telephone number.

S3W-17084 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to reduce the number of police officers on suspension in the last six months.

S3W-17085 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when appointments of further members of the board of the Scottish Futures Trust are expected to be made.

S3W-17086 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what schools are under construction in Edinburgh and the Lothians; when (a) expenditure was approved and (b) construction began on each, and when each is expected to be completed.

S3W-17087 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary schools classes in Edinburgh and the Lothians had more than (a) 30, (b) 25 and (c) 20 pupils at any date since the start of the school year.

S3W-17088 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the First Minister has met the (a) Prime Minister and (b) Secretary of State for Scotland in each month since May 2007.

S3W-17089 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether members of the First Minister’s Council of Economic Advisors are required to complete a declaration of financial and business interests; where any such declarations are published, and whether such declarations will be required in the future.

S3W-17090 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which Scottish ministers and junior Scottish ministers have received security clearance.

S3W-17091 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its officials have received security clearance.

S3W-17092 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive who initiated the contact between it and the Qatar Government; what meetings have taken place, and what was discussed.

S3W-17093 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to celebrate St Andrews Day 2008.

S3W-17094 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will give details of the commissioners for which it is responsible, also indicating their terms of office and when they are scheduled to be renewed or replaced; what consideration is being given to rationalising the system of commissioners, and whether it will make a statement to the Parliament on this issue.

S3W-17095 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations the First Minister has made to BBC Scotland in the last year and which of these related to contributors to radio and television programmes, including Mr Iain Macwhirter.

S3W-17096 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on which occasions since May 2007 Scottish police forces have pursued suspects or carried out investigations beyond their areas of operation and under what authority such action was taken.

S3W-17097 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in widening the basis of judicial appointments to include more women and people from ethnic minority groups since May 2007.

S3W-17098 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what contracts have been let for highways and related projects since May 2007; what the procedure was, and who the successful contractor was in each case.

S3W-17099 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of the First Minister’s office in 2007-08, also broken down by different components, including staff, travel and entertainment costs.

S3W-17100 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been of changing the public title of the Scottish Executive to Scottish Government.

S3W-17101 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with officers of the British Transport Police Authority and the British Transport Police; who was in attendance at such meetings; what topics were discussed, and what the outcomes were.

S3W-17102 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which MSPs who do not hold ministerial positions are authorised to speak for the Scottish Government and on what authority this has been agreed.

S3W-17103 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any appointments equivalent to parliamentary private secretaries in the UK Parliament have been made in the Scottish Parliament.

S3W-17104 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is undertaken for it, its agencies and bodies for which its is responsible by private security companies.

S3W-17105 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to prevent private security companies from obtaining information about citizens without their knowledge or approval.

S3W-17106 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the most recent level of achievement in admitting patients with strokes to specialist units within 24 hours, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17107 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the progress from 50% to 56% in admitting patients with strokes to specialist units, when it expects the target figure of 70% to be reached.

S3W-17108 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring and surveillance arrangements are in place for Stenotrophomonas maltophilia infections.

S3W-17109 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, as part of its approach to reducing knife crime, whether it has ensured that where victims attending accident and emergency units are not prepared to involve the police that anonymous data on the location and time of offence is collected, collated and passed to the relevant police force or community safety partnership.

S3W-17110 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what posts of inspector general exist in Scotland; what consideration has been given to extending such posts, and when any announcement is expected to be made.

S3W-17111 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers who retired in 2008 have still to receive the result of their applications for a pension and lump sum under the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) scheme.

S3W-17112 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for teachers who retired in 2008 to receive the result of their applications for a pension and lump sum under the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) scheme.

S3W-17113 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the central heating scheme were made by residents in the South Ayrshire Council area between May 2007 and 30 August 2008.

S3W-17114 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the central heating scheme were made by residents in the East Ayrshire Council area between May 2007 and 30 August 2008.

S3W-17115 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many successful applications to the central heating scheme were made by residents in the South Ayrshire Council area between May 2007 and 30 August 2008.

S3W-17116 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many successful applications to the central heating scheme were made by residents in the East Ayrshire Council area between May 2007 and 30 August 2008.

S3W-17118 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date Scottish ministers first made an official request to HM Treasury for funding linked to (a) the fossil fuels levy, (b) council tax benefit, (c) London Olympics regeneration spending, (d) prisons spending and (e) police and firefighter spending.

S3W-17119 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes there have been to the membership of the expert group on privacy since it was announced on 9 September 2008.

S3W-17120 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how often the expert group on privacy has met since it was announced on 9 September 2008 and what issues were discussed at each meeting.

S3W-17121 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the expert group on privacy will next meet and what issues will be included on its agenda.

S3W-17122 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the expert group on privacy has examined the operation of Scottish citizen accounts.

S3W-17123 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the expert group on privacy will report on its work and whether such reports will be published.

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