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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 November 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-17665 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many professional staff allied to medicine have been employed in the NHS in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17666 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to renew and regenerate the schools estate.

S3W-17720 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-4712 by Jim Mather on 6 November 2008, whether it will list the (a) 13 consented renewable energy projects in the north of Scotland awaiting connection to the grid and (b) dates on which consents were granted.

S3W-17721 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by the UK case control study to estimate the risk of tail injury to dogs, to which the Scottish Government has contributed funding.

S3W-17722 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with relevant stakeholders about any concerns about the impact of the ban on tail docking on tail injuries in undocked dogs.

S3W-17723 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the paper entitled "A survey of gundog lameness and injuries in Great Britain in the shooting seasons 2005-06 and 2006-07", which was published in issue 3, 2008 of Veterinary and Comparative Orthapaedics and Traumatology.

S3W-17724 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much the remuneration of the (a) chair, (b) asset management director and (c) commercial director of Scottish Water has increased in the last two years.

S3W-17725 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive by what percentage the remuneration of the chief executive of Scottish Water has increased relative to that received by his predecessor in 2006-07.

S3W-17726 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive in what way its rules regarding pay prevent Scottish Water from using efficiency savings to top up its pay offer to employees in the same way as local government.

S3W-17727 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to the board of Scottish Water to the effect that all employees in the water industry should be rewarded in the same way for achieving efficiency savings over the last two years and in future years.

S3W-17728 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to Scottish Water over the level of pay increases for staff and whether that advice indicates that it is acceptable for senior executives in Scottish Water to have large percentage increases compared to the majority of those employed in the industry.

S3W-17729 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has contingency plans in case of disruption resulting from industrial action by employees of Scottish Water and, if so, what those plans involve.

S3W-17730 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many firearms-related offences involved (a) shotguns, (b) handguns, (c) rifles and (d) airguns in each local authority area in the Lothians region in each of the last five years.

S3W-17731 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils have been suspended for alcohol-related issues in each local authority area in the Lothians region in each of the last five years.

S3W-17732 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol-related offences there were in the Lothians region in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area and type of crime or offence.

S3W-17733 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its press release of 9 November 2008 on pupils moving into new classrooms, how many of the 20 schools referred to had funding approved after May 2007.

S3W-17734 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address the findings of the report, Scottish Women’s Aid analysis of local authority Single Outcome Agreements 2008, in relation to domestic abuse and violence against women.

S3W-17735 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address the finding of the report, Scottish Women’s Aid analysis of local authority Single Outcome Agreements 2008, that nine local authorities had no reference to domestic abuse in their single outcome agreements.

S3W-17736 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address the finding of the report, Scottish Women’s Aid analysis of local authority Single Outcome Agreements 2008, that only seven local authorities made a specific reference to reducing domestic abuse or violence against women as a local outcome.

S3W-17737 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address the conclusion of the report, Scottish Women’s Aid analysis of local authority Single Outcome Agreements 2008, that most of the single outcome agreements had no outcome against which to measure performance.

S3W-17738 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address the conclusions of the report, Scottish Women’s Aid analysis of local authority Single Outcome Agreements 2008, including that 21 local authorities made no specific commitment to addressing domestic abuse with their local partnerships.

S3W-17739 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S3W-14714 by Shona Robison on 22 July 2008, which NHS boards have at any time used funds from the better blood transfusion programme to acquire intra-operative cell salvage equipment.

S3W-17740 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14713 by Shona Robison on 22 July 2008, whether the supply of lightweight oxygen cylinders for domiciliary use has been fully restored and, if not, when it will be.

S3W-17741 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14712 by Shona Robison on 22 July 2008, when its review of the domiciliary oxygen therapy service will be completed and published and when any resulting decisions will be announced.

S3W-17742 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14745 by Nicola Sturgeon on 24 July 2008, what changes are proposed in surveillance systems and reporting following the NHS boards’ six-month review of Clostridium difficile cases by hospital.

S3W-17743 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15591 by Nicola Sturgeon on 8 September 2008, whether further analysis of the death rate, referred to on page 12 of Independent Review of Clostridium difficile Associated Disease at the Vale of Leven Hospital from December 2007 to June 2008, has been completed and, if so, whether it has been presented to the area procurator fiscal and when it will be published.

S3W-17744 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-15695 and S3W-15696 by Nicola Sturgeon on 9 September 2008, when the Scottish Health Technologies Group will complete its consultation and when the results will be published.

S3W-17745 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual employers in each NHS board are awaiting resolution of Agenda for Change pay rates.

S3W-17746 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15574 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 September 2008, what constitutes an outbreak in terms of infection control.

S3W-17747 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what decisions have been taken in relation to screening for haemoglobinopathies in the first 10 days of life.

S3W-17748 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether personal child health records will be made available to all members of primary health care teams in all circumstances.

S3W-17749 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning last met Midlothian Council to discuss its school building programme; what the outcome was of these discussions, and when it is estimated that work will start on building the new Lasswade High School.

S3W-17750 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16720 by Shona Robison on 28 October 2008, whether the additional £4 million referred to was allocated from the £34 million that the UK Government made available for respite care for disabled children and, if so, whether the remaining £30 million will be used for respite care for disabled children.

S3W-17751 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer to question S3W-16720 by Shona Robison on 28 October 2008, whether the additional £4 million referred to will be used solely for the needs of disabled children.

S3W-17752 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attendances there were at the accident and emergency department of Dundee Dental Hospital in each month since January 2008.

S3W-17753 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental patients have been waiting for a first out-patient appointment with a consultant in NHS Tayside, in each quarter since October 2007, broken down by consultant speciality.

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