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Section E – Written questions lodged on 5 December 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-18573 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Transport Scotland website states that the motorway and trunk road preparation programme is updated quarterly but the version shown at 4 December 2008 has not been updated since June 2007.

S3W-18574 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been changes to the motorway and trunk road preparation programme in the last 12 months and, if so, for what reason this has not been publicly reported by Transport Scotland.

S3W-18575 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to make childcare funding a legal right for college and university students rather than it being provided on a discretionary basis.

S3W-18576 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was distributed through the Higher Education Childcare Fund in each of the last three years, broken down by institution.

S3W-18577 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many lone parents it estimates have been studying for higher education qualifications in 2008 and how many did so in each of the last three years.

S3W-18578 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people (a) applied for and (b) received a Lone Parent’s Grant in each of the last three years.

S3W-18579 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students (a) applied for and (b) received funding through the Higher Education Childcare Fund in each of the last five years and what (i) average and (ii) total amount was received.

S3W-18580 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what gross value added it estimates to be associated with timber in the public forest estate.

S3W-18581 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates to be the gross value added from direct visitor spend attributable to woodland visits in the public forest estate.

S3W-18582 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are employed in the public forest estate.

S3W-18583 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to enable adults from the most deprived areas to visit woodlands in the public forest estate.

S3W-18584 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to enable adults over the age of 55 to visit woodlands in the public forest estate.

S3W-18585 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the biodiversity duty under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 would apply to land in the public forest estate that was leased to private interests.

S3W-18586 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether land in the public forest estate that had been leased to private interests would be eligible for grant payments under the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

S3W-18587 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors (a) the financial interests of senior civil servants and (b) companies whose work relates to the work of the division in which they are employed and, if so, by what mechanism.

S3W-18588 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it ensures that the registered interests of members, including chairs, of recently established government commissions or bodies are available to the public and, if so, by what means.

S3W-18589 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive which prisons (a) have and (b) do not have (i) mental health inreach services provided by their NHS board and (ii) speech and language therapy services.

S3W-18590 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Prison Service nurses and social workers have specialist qualifications, or have completed learning modules, in learning difficulties.

S3W-18591 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that information on offenders’ learning difficulties is provided (a) to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) on admission to and (b) by the SPS to community services on discharge from custody.

S3W-18592 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what protocols are in place to ensure that every prisoner is assessed for learning difficulties on admission to custody.

S3W-18593 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that the new State Hospital will be commissioned.

S3W-18594 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients are in the State Hospital and how many the new hospital will be able to accommodate.

S3W-18595 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of renewed concerns in England regarding an increase in cases of measles and failure to meet MMR vaccination uptake targets, whether it will (a) carry out a further campaign to increase uptake and (b) promote and undertake further catch-up work for people previously not immunised.

S3W-18596 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next carry out simulation exercises for the management of a pandemic (a) as part of a UK-wide exercise, (b) as a Scottish national exercise and (c) at individual NHS board level.

S3W-18597 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it, or the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, is undertaking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to prepare for a pandemic.

S3W-18598 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the publication of the Health Protection Scotland report, NHS Scotland National HAI Prevalence Survey, in July 2007, what steps have been taken to carry out targeted incidence surveillance for Clostridium difficile, as set out under Objective 6 in page 157 of the report.

S3W-18599 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many isolates of Clostridium difficile ribotype 027 and 078 have been found in each of the last four quarters, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) hospital.

S3W-18600 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that the Protocol for the Scottish Surveillance Programme for Clostridium difficile Associated Disease, established by Health Protection Scotland prior to the opening of the national laboratory service at Stobhill hospital on 20 November 2007, has been followed, particularly in relation to the first criteria, severe cases.

S3W-18601 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that any case where Clostridium difficile is a direct or contributory factor is linked to the hospital, ward and bed in which the patient was present, for the purposes of future infection control.

S3W-18602 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current target of nine weeks for diagnostic tests will be subsumed within the new referral-to-treatment target of 18 weeks by 2011.

S3W-18603 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that access to CT and MRI scans by direct referral from GPs is increased from 29% of hospitals for CT and 7% for MRI scans to levels matching those in England for 2005-06 of 49% for CT and 34% for MRI.

S3W-18604 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers Forestry Commission Scotland has to sell or otherwise dispose of land that it owns.

S3W-18605 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Forestry Commission Scotland has powers to reinvest the proceeds of sales of land in new land purchases.

S3W-18606 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Forestry Commission Scotland has powers to lease land from others.

S3W-18607 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Forestry Commission Scotland has powers to lease land in its ownership to others.

S3W-18608 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland is held and owned on behalf of Scottish ministers.

S3W-18609 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers have powers to own land.

S3W-18610 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers have the powers to lease any land that they own.

S3W-18611 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements Forestry Commission Scotland has entered into with community organisations to manage forest land.

S3W-18612 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive under what powers Forestry Commission Scotland has entered into arrangements with community groups on leasing or otherwise arranging the management of part of the forest estate.

S3W-18613 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers have powers to transfer assets owned by the Forestry Commission Scotland to others.

S3W-18614 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Forestry Commission Scotland has powers to offer grant assistance to voluntary organisations.

S3W-18615 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of funds raised by Forestry Commission Scotland from the sale or lease of land is regulated.

S3W-18616 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of funds raised by Forestry Commission Scotland from the sale or lease of land has to be agreed by Scottish ministers.

S3W-18617 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policy is that the proceeds of the sale of land or its leasing by Forestry Commission Scotland form part of the forward financial planning of the Scottish Government during each spending review period and impacts on the net contribution of funds from it to Forestry Commission Scotland for defined periods of time.

S3W-18618 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, within its powers, it can bind future Scottish Governments as to the treatment and use of funds raised through the sale or lease of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-18619 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers are in any way constrained by regulation as to how they apply funds raised by the sale or lease of assets owned by Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-18620 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how receipts from the sale or lease of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland are treated in public accounting terms.

S3W-18621 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether income from the lease of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland is required to be treated as capital.

S3W-18622 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what spending authority or powers will be generated by it through the lease of Forestry Commission Scotland land and whether any such spending authority or powers would be negated by any lease period below a defined minimum period.

S3W-18623 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the lease of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland can form an annual revenue stream for it for each year of the lease period, payable in each said year.

S3W-18624 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the lease of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland can take the form a single payment at the commencement of the lease to cover the entire lease period.

S3W-18625 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the population of Inverclyde is registered with an NHS dentist, broken down by age group.

S3W-18626 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is obliged to apply receipts from the sale or lease of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland to forestry expenditure.

S3W-18627 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much it plans to increase expenditure on climate change, as envisaged in the consultation on the future of the national forest estate.

S3W-18628 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive over how many years it plans to spend the potential assets derived from the lease of Forestry Commission land as envisaged in the consultation on the future of the national forest estate.

S3W-18629 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that income to it and its agencies and commissions from any source should be hypothecated to a specific purpose for any specific period of between two and 75 years.

S3W-18630 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that funding for specific purposes should be ring-fenced over prolonged periods of years.

S3W-18631 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the entering of joint ventures envisaged in the document Climate Change and the National Forest Estate - Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill could include leasing arrangements with third parties.

S3W-18632 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what rights currently held by Forestry Commission Scotland it envisages will transfer to any lease holders under the plans postulated in the document Climate Change and the National Forest Estate - Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill.

S3W-18633 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the powers included in the document Climate Change and the National Forest Estate - Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill, it is envisaged that Scottish ministers of the current or any future administration would be constrained over the proportion of the national forest estate they proposed to lease or the proposed lease period.

S3W-18634 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to use the UK Woodland Assurance Standard or the UK Forestry Standard in any leasing arrangements for the national forest estate.

S3W-18635 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers balance commercial interests with silvicultural, recreational and environmental interests in determining its policies on Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-18636 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that private firms investing in forestry in Scotland are bound to put the interests of their shareholders first.

S3W-18637 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what public benefits it considers are delivered by Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-18638 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it quantifies the public benefits delivered by Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-18639 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people Forestry Commission Scotland directly employs.

S3W-18640 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has powers to direct Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-18641 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has powers to direct private forestry owners or interests in Scotland.

S3W-18642 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it is able to anticipate all environmental and other events that may have implications for the management of Scotland’s forests for periods of up to 75 years.

S3W-18643 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can require private contractors to employ forestry staff transferred to them under transfer of undertakings (protection of employment) (TUPE) regulations for any specified periods into the future beyond those that TUPE may guarantee.

S3W-18644 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can require private forestry interests to employ harvesting staff directly for forest management purposes where such private forest interests do not currently employ such staff.

S3W-18645 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the cost implications for the remaining Forestry Commission estate of the lease and transfer of felling rights to private interests and whether it will publish any such assessment.

S3W-18646 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of leasing a proportion of the national forest estate on the training of apprentices in forestry and whether it will publish any such assessment.

S3W-18647 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of any reduction of Forestry Commission Scotland harvesting fleets on the viability of the mechanical engineering service and its potential earnings and contribution to the internal business financing of the commission.

S3W-18648 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on the costs of Forestry Commission Scotland of the leasing of up to 25% of the existing commercial national forest estate.

S3W-18649 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any cross subsidy within Forestry Commission Scotland from commercial income to delivering environmental benefits.

S3W-18650 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assessment has been made of the impact on any cross subsidy within Forestry Commission Scotland from its commercial income to delivering greater environmental benefits if 25% of the commercial national forest estate were to be leased to private interests and whether it will publish any such assessment.

S3W-18651 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether reported cases of bird poisoning or persecution are proportionately greater in the national forest estate or in privately-owned or managed forests.

S3W-18652 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of leasing parts of the national forest estate on the restoration of native woodlands and whether it will publish any such assessment.

S3W-18653 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the implications of leasing significant parts of the national forest estate on the community right to buy under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and whether it will publish any such assessment.

S3W-18654 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18139 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 December 2008, how many and which local authorities attended the seminars about Energy Performance Certificates.

S3W-18655 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18139 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 December 2008, whether it will list the housing associations that (a) attended and (b) did not attend the seminars about Energy Performance Certificates.

S3W-18656 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18138 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 December 2008, whether it will list the key property industry representatives and private landlords who attended the seminars about Energy Performance Certificates.

S3W-18657 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with US company the Timberland Fund and when.

S3W-18658 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9313 by Fergus Ewing on 19 February 2008, when it expects UK ministers to lay the s104 Order in relation to the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-18659 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the rolling out of Keep Yer Shirt On, the pilot programme run in Tayside and Fife to heighten awareness of the dangers of sunlight.

S3W-18660 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s statements on 11 September 2008 that a buy-out of the PFI contract for car parking at Ninewells Hospital "would cost tens of millions of pounds" (Official Report c. 10734 and 10736) and subsequent notification in a letter dated 12 November 2008 to Marlyn Glen MSP that this estimated cost emerged in a telephone conversation between her officials and representatives of NHS Tayside, for what reason the cabinet secretary is unable to provide a copy of the written record of the telephone conversation, as stated in a letter to Marlyn Glen dated 18 November 2008.

S3W-18661 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of legal representation and consultants fees will be to Transport Scotland in connection with the public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-18662 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Jacobs Babtie is involved in both environmental evaluation of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and in preliminary design work connected to the project.

S3W-18663 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether agreement has been reached regarding the financial contribution to the cost of the planned replacement of the main expansion joints of the Forth Road Bridge; whether a preferred bidder has been appointed; when the works will be carried out; what the Scottish Government’s contribution will be, and what the projected cost is.

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