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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 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-18693 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive on what grounds Annan District Court is considered to be unsuitable for summary criminal court business, as stated in the Scottish Court Service’s consultation document Delivering a Unified Courts Administration in the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde Dumfries and Galloway.

S3W-18694 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how the figure of £0.8 million quoted in the Scottish Court Service’s consultation document Delivering a Unified Courts Administration in the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde Dumfries and Galloway as the cost for alternative accommodation for the continued provision of a court service in Annan was calculated.

S3W-18695 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that the Accountant in Bankruptcy will publish data on the impact of protected trust deeds for the period of April to September 2008 referred to in its publication Credit Union Debts in Protected Trust Deeds: Report on Public Consultation.

S3W-18696 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards hold stocks of a patient information leaflet, dated November 2007, covering the potential signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

S3W-18697 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards hold stocks of a patient information leaflet, dated May 2008, covering the potential signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

S3W-18698 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards hold stocks of a patient information leaflet, dated November 2008, covering the potential signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

S3W-18699 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been killed by (a) knives, (b) guns or (c) other weapons in each year since 1990.

S3W-18700 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many under 18-year-olds have been convicted of illegally carrying (a) knives or (b) other weapons in each year since 1990.

S3W-18701Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will launch its Early Years Framework.

S3W-18702 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18285 by Stewart Maxwell on 8 December 2008, why a combined housing allocation for Edinburgh and Glasgow has been announced for 2009-10 and 2010-11 while there are no projections for other local authorities.

S3W-18703 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18285 by Stewart Maxwell on 8 December 2008, how the announcement of a combined housing allocation for Edinburgh and Glasgow for 2009-10 and 2010-11 will be affected by the re-profiling of housing expenditure.

S3W-18705 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a new weighted system has been established for the distribution of housing resources and, if so, on what basis.

S3W-18706 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent achievement of the 2012 homelessness target is taken into account when making decisions about the distribution of housing resources.

S3W-18707 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the shortage of affordable housing is taken into account when considering distribution of housing resources.

S3W-18708 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14893 by John Swinney on 23 July 2008, what information it has on the proportion of Scotland’s GDP that has been spent on international development, taking into account (a) Scottish Government and (b) Department for International Development funds and how this compares to the proportion of UK GDP spent on international development, in each year since 1999.

S3W-18709 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the 2007-08 real-terms equivalent combined baseline budget is for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland in the Highlands and Islands and the Business Gateway scheme in all local authorities in the Highlands and Islands for each year of the current spending review period.

S3W-18710 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to progress the Scottish Strategy for Victims.

S3W-18711 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that Scotland is fully compliant with the European Union framework directive on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings.

S3W-18712 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consideration has been given to the establishment of a commissioner for victims and witnesses similar to those appointed in England and Wales.

S3W-18713 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government and the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland regarding best practice throughout the United Kingdom for support services for victims of crime.

S3W-18714 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answers to questions S3W-17981 and S3W-17978 by Alex Fergusson on 4 December 2008, whether it will clarify how it ensures best value from the resources it allows to the Calman Commission.

S3W-18715 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-17978 by Alex Fergusson on 4 December 2008, what involvement the Broadcasting Office has had in the Calman Commission.

S3W-18716 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-17978 by Alex Fergusson on 4 December 2008, who owns the reports created by the Official Report.

S3W-18717 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement in a press release by the Minister for Communities and Sport on 8 December 2008, when it expects to complete discussions with key partners in respect of how best to spend the approximately £1 million of Barnett consequential money to provide free financial advice to the public.

S3W-18718 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement in a press release by the Minister for Communities and Sport on 8 December 2008, when individual money and welfare advice agencies will be able to apply for funding from the approximately £1 million of Barnett consequential money to provide free financial advice to the public.

S3W-18719 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to promote fishing co-operatives.

S3W-18720 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fishing co-operatives operate in Scotland.

S3W-18721 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness among GPs of oesophageal cancer.

S3W-18722 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to improve early detection rates of oesophageal cancer.

S3W-18723 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is pursuing to curb the practice of pavement parking and what guidelines are in place for local authorities.

S3W-18724 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive which independent and impartial complaints body is authorised to investigate complaints against local authorities from foster carers contracted by them on a self-employed basis.

S3W-18725 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were interviewed by the Parole Board for Scotland in each of the last two years, broken down by month.

S3W-18726 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Parole Board for Scotland members there were in each of the last two years, broken down by month.

S3W-18727 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for parole were refused in each of the last five years, broken down by length of sentence.

S3W-18728 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it is satisfied that the level of illumination in the public part of the parliamentary building is sufficient to comply with health and safety legislation.

S3W-18729 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it believes have contributed to a 14% decrease in the number of drug treatment and testing orders applied in 2007-08.

S3W-18730 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of drug treatment and testing orders.

S3W-18731 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, given that 37% of drug treatment and testing order terminations in 2007-08 were completed successfully, what action it is taking to increase this proportion.

S3W-18732 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it believes have contributed to the 14% increase in the number of breaches to community service orders in 2007-08.

S3W-18733 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of breaches to community service orders.

S3W-18734 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it believes have contributed to the fact that almost one in three community service orders are breached.

S3W-18735 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of breaches to supervised attendance orders.

S3W-18736 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people breaching (a) community sentence, (b) probation, (c) supervised attendance and (d) drug treatment and testing orders in 2007-08 served a prison sentence as a result.

S3W-18737 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) average and (b) overall cost was of breach applications made in respect of (i) community sentence, (ii) probation, (iii) supervised attendance and (iv) drug treatment and testing orders in 2007-08.

S3W-18738 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time was following sentencing before offenders commenced (a) community sentence, (b) probation, (c) supervised attendance and (d) drug treatment and testing orders in 2007-08, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-18739 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the reasons why the number of diversions from prosecution decreased by 16% from 2006-07 to 2007-08 and what action it intends to take as a result.

S3W-18741 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the £18 million brought forward under the accelerated housing programme, what the average amount paid per site has been.

S3W-18742 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the £18 million brought forward under the accelerated housing programme, how the average amount paid per site compares with the projected cost of sites set out in Firm Foundations, The Future Housing of Scotland, A discussion document.

S3W-18743 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors explain an increase in the number of referrals to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration in the Lothians.

S3W-18744 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the number of attacks on staff at hospitals in the Lothians.

S3W-18745 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings it will make as a result of its reforms to Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-18746 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive when construction of the Inverness trunk link route will commence and how much it will cost, broken down by source of funding.

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