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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-17967 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15009 by Fergus Ewing on Wednesday 3 September 2008, whether it will list the occasions on which each minister has met Mr Osama Saeed of the Scottish Islamic Foundation in that or any other capacity, also showing the location of the meeting and what topics were discussed.

S3W-18004 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority will be given to applicants for funding for Gypsy/Traveller sites in local authority areas that do not have residential or transit sites.

S3W-18005 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the Sheriffmuir battlefield in Stirlingshire (a) is associated with historical events or figures of national significance, (b) has significant physical remains or archaeological potential, (c) has a clear landscape context that allows the events of the battle to be understood or interpreted and (d) is capable of definition on a map.

S3W-18006 Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the consultation on a national trusted trader framework. 

S3W-18007 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with trade unions in respect of the recent Scottish Water pay offer to staff.

S3W-18008 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will convene a meeting between management and trade unions in respect of Scottish Water’s imposition of a wage settlement on its workforce.

S3W-18009 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 33 projects awarded funding from the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund on 28 July 2008 are aimed at tackling sectarianism.

S3W-18010 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17040 by Fergus Ewing on 29 October 2008, whether it will provide funding to Nil by Mouth for 2009-10.

S3W-18011 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the analysis of single outcome agreements (SOAs) by Community Care Providers Scotland, how it will address the finding that SOAs have little to say about the role of the voluntary sector in social care.

S3W-18012 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the analysis of single outcome agreements (SOAs) by Community Care Providers Scotland, how it will address the finding that SOAs have little to say about the importance of the social care workforce.

S3W-18013 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the analysis of single outcome agreements (SOAs) by Community Care Providers Scotland, how it will address the finding that SOAs have little to say about the role of technology in independent living.

S3W-18014 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the analysis of single outcome agreements (SOAs) by Community Care Providers Scotland, how it will address the finding that SOAs have little to say about the importance of personalisation in service design and delivery of community care.

S3W-18015 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the analysis of single outcome agreements (SOAs) by Community Care Providers Scotland, how it will address the finding that SOAs do not reflect many of the aspirations of Changing Lives.

S3W-18016 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the analysis of single outcome agreements (SOAs) by Community Care Providers Scotland, how it will address the finding that SOAs have little to say about the means by which people will be assisted to live independently.

S3W-18017 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16822 by Fergus Ewing on 30 October 2008, whether it can confirm that the application for funding to the Equality Unit referred to was the sole funding application to the unit approved in principle by the First Minister.

S3W-18018 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9955 by John Swinney on 3 March 2008, what the turnover of staff has been in the private office of the (a) First Minister, (b) Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, (c) Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, (d) Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, (e) Cabinet Secretary for Justice and (f) Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment since May 2007.

S3W-18019 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the strategic framework on violence against women will be published.

S3W-18020 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the strategic framework on violence against women will address the needs of women with no recourse to public funds.

S3W-18021 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes of dishonesty were recorded by each police force in each of the last 12 months.

S3W-18022 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of comments by Tom Halpin, Temporary Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, reported in the Edinburgh Evening News on 15 November 2008, whether it is aware of any other police force that has recorded an increased number of crimes of dishonesty in recent months and, if so, what action it will take.

S3W-18023 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15631 by Shona Robison on 3 September 2008, whether it will provide information on the number of respite weeks reported to COSLA since April 2008.

S3W-18024 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of concerns that Laurence Connelly Snr and the authors of the report The ICL/Stockline Disaster: An Independent Report on Working Conditions Prior to the Explosion have not been invited to give evidence in the second phase of the ICL/Stockline inquiry and what action it can take in this regard.

S3W-18025 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what value it places on the work and role of Crofters Commission area assessors.

S3W-18026 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current system for selection and operation of Crofters Commission area assessors is operating effectively and supported by crofters.

S3W-18027 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to concerns that the role of the Crofters Commission area assessors will be diminished in any crofting legislation reform and what action it will take to prevent any such diminution.

S3W-18028 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people who have suffered a stroke are subsequently affected by aphasia.

S3W-18029 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 provides for the covert administration of drugs.

S3W-18030 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances it might be necessary to covertly administer anti-psychotic drugs.

S3W-18031 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the existence of good practice guidelines sufficiently protects an elderly dementia patient from being inappropriately prescribed an anti-psychotic drug.

S3W-18032 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the existence of good practice guidelines is sufficient to protect a patient from being prescribed medication that could cause a fatal adverse reaction, if prescribed covertly.

S3W-18033 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether powers to provide unwanted but essential treatment for a physical disorder can be obtained under Part 6 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

S3W-18034 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds Highlands and Islands Enterprise made available in the form of grants under the Strengthening Communities budget for distribution to the voluntary sector in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.

S3W-18035 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements it has put in place to ensure that voluntary organisations are aware of where they may seek alternative project funding, in the circumstance where the organisation was previously eligible to apply for funding through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise but is no longer eligible as a result of introduction of the social enterprise criteria.

S3W-18036 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the change to Highlands and Islands Enterprise funding arrangements, what importance it places on providing adequate funding to the voluntary sector in the Highlands and Islands.

S3W-18037 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the change to Highlands and Islands Enterprise funding arrangements, whether it anticipates that it will have an increased role in funding of the voluntary sector in the Highlands and Islands.

S3W-18038 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the change to Highlands and Islands Enterprise funding arrangements, whether it believes that Highlands and Islands councils have an increased role in funding of the voluntary sector.

S3W-18039 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the change to Highlands and Islands Enterprise funding arrangements, whether additional funds have been provided to local authorities in the Highlands and Islands parliamentary region to allow the authorities to offer additional financial support to voluntary sector organisations.

S3W-18040 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S3F-1053 by Alex Salmond on 25 September 2008 (Official Report c. 11225), what evidence there is to suggest that the number of nursery teachers is substantially increasing.

S3W-18041 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures ministers, including the First Minister, would follow to correct themselves were they to have given misleading information to the Parliament.

S3W-18042 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the First Minister’s answer to question S3F-1053 on 25 September 2008 (Official Report c. 11225) was accurate given that the figures published by it, and referred to in the answer to question S3W-16934 by Adam Ingram on 11 November 2008, show a decrease in the number of nursery teachers.

S3W-18043 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to fulfil the SNP manifesto commitment to guarantee access to a nursery teacher and increase nursery provision by 50%, in light of reports that the number of nursery teachers is declining.

S3W-18044 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17443 by Shona Robison on 13 November 2008, how many premature babies were born and what percentage of births this represented in each of the last five years, broken down by community health partnership area.

S3W-18045 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officials were involved in the preparation of the speech on identity cards delivered by Fergus Ewing on 19 November 2008 (Official Report c. 12499) and from which directorate.

S3W-18046 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when (a) ministers and (b) officials have met UK ministers or officials from the Home Office to discuss identity cards and what concerns were expressed at the meetings.

S3W-18047 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes arising from the parliamentary debate on identity cards on 19 November 2008.

S3W-18048 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received on the subject of identity cards since May 2007.

S3W-18049 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the potential use of identity cards to prevent impersonation in voting at elections.

S3W-18050 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers or officials have had with the UK Border Agency regarding identity cards.

S3W-18051 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the use of identity cards as proof-of-age cards for purchasing cigarettes or alcohol.

S3W-18052 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how much support has been given to the crofting sector under the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (CCAGS) in each year since 1999 and what level of support it plans to make available under CCAGS in each year until 2011, broken down by crofting county.

S3W-18053 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are to reform the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme.

S3W-18054 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with crofting stakeholders on its plans to reform the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (CCAGS) and, in particular, its proposal to give support under CCAGS in future only to registered crofters.

S3W-18055 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in the agricultural sector who are not registered crofters have received support under the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme in each year since 1999, broken down by crofting county.

S3W-18056 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns among individuals in the agricultural sector who have crofting interests but are not registered crofters and have received or receive support under the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (CCAGS) that they will be disadvantaged in future if the CCAGS is available only to registered crofters.

S3W-18057 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the Scottish Music Futures Fund.

S3W-18059 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to the music industry.

S3W-18060 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is allocated to support the music industry and under what budget heading.

S3W-18061 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, following Glasgow Fashion Week 2008, by what means Creative Scotland will support the fashion industry.

S3W-18062 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps Creative Scotland will take to give young people, especially from deprived areas, the chance to learn about Scotland’s cultural heritage and to participate in projects or programmes that will help to develop their artistic skills and understanding.

S3W-18063 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners there are with diabetes and what percentage this represents of the total prisoner population.

S3W-18064 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have (a) type 1 diabetes and (b) type 2 diabetes.

S3W-18065 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners inject insulin to control their diabetes.

S3W-18066 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what incidents of (a) hypoglycaemia, (b) hyperglycaemia and (c) diabetic ketoacidosis were recorded in prisons in the last 10 years.

S3W-18067 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were admitted to hospital as a result of their diabetes in the last 10 years.

S3W-18068 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision there is of diabetes specialist nurse-led services and clinics in prisons.

S3W-18069 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many practitioner nurses working in the Scottish Prison Service are diabetes specialists.

S3W-18070 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to credit unions.

S3W-18071 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it considers that credit unions have to play in times of economic downturn.

S3W-18072 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to the redevelopment of (a) HM Prison Edinburgh, (b) HM Prison Glenochil, (c) HM Prison Perth and (d) HM Young Offenders Institute Polmont how much funding has been allocated; what work has been planned; what progress has been made, and what the expected completion date is.

S3W-18073 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that HM Prison Grampian will be completed and what the overall cost of building it will be.

S3W-18074 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that HM Prison Bishopbriggs will be completed and what the overall cost of building it will be.

S3W-18075 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its budget for the current spending review period will be spent on the construction of HM Prison Bishopbriggs and HM Prison Grampian.

S3W-18076 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the development of the Scottish Crime Campus and when it expects the new facility to be operational.

S3W-18077 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the issues that will be considered at the public local inquiry regarding the proposed Baillie windfarm in Caithness.

S3W-18078 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the omission of ornithology, construction, transport and local public opinion from consideration at the Baillie windfarm public local inquiry is consistent with a balanced inquiry.

S3W-18079 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd regarding the installation of an instrument landing system at Wick Airport.

S3W-18080 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of instrument landing systems in the Highlands and Islands airport network area in terms of the (a) reduction in postponed and delayed outward flights, (b) fall in diverted inward flights and (c) effects on regional economic development.

S3W-18081 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources are planned for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 in order for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd to provide instrument landing systems where they are required across its network area.

S3W-18082 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of the cost of reducing all Caledonian MacBrayne fares by 40% for (a) passenger, (b) vehicle and (c) cargo services.

S3W-18084 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with (a) Caledonian MacBrayne, (b) Western Ferries, (c) Argyll and Bute Council and (d) Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding the future use of the Dunoon linkspan.

S3W-18085 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children receive free school meals in (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (e) Orkney Islands and (f) Shetland Islands council areas.

S3W-18086 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children receive free breakfasts in (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (e) Orkney Islands and (f) Shetland Islands local authority areas.

S3W-18087 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what cost would fall to (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (e) Orkney Islands and (f) Shetland Islands councils if school meals were provided free to all school children in these local authority areas.

S3W-18088 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that all substance misuse services staff are trained in suicide risk assessment and prevention.

S3W-18089 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether substance misuse services and mental health agencies will use an agreed assessment tool to identify co-morbidity systematically and help to match care appropriate to level and type of need.

S3W-18090 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether staff in substance misuse services will be trained to develop knowledge, skills and capacity in psychological treatments to meet the mental health needs of their client group.

S3W-18091 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether whisky displays at exhibitions and trade fairs will be exempt from forthcoming licensing legislation.

S3W-18092 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proposals for the prevention of the display of promotional materials in licensed premises will include window displays by specialist whisky shops.

S3W-18093 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether small retailers whose main, but not sole, product is alcohol will be exempt from proposals to operate separate checkouts for alcohol in forthcoming licensing legislation.

S3W-18094 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the development functions of the Crofters Commission have been transferred to Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-18095 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to supporting roof insulation measures, such as insulation in loft spaces with less than 1.2 metres headroom or insulation where both roof and ceiling slope, beyond the traditional loft insulation already supported by the Warm Deal grant.

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