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Section E – Written questions lodged from 27 to 31 July 2009

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-26148 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24922 by Richard Lochhead on 9 July 2009, which organisations have been, or will be, consulted on its forthcoming code of practise on the welfare of dogs.

S3W-26149 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24922 by Richard Lochhead on 9 July 2009, whether it is aware that only one greyhound racing track in Scotland stages races under the Greyhound Board of Great Britain’s rules of racing.

S3W-26150 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24922 by Richard Lochhead on 9 July 2009, whether it considers that self-regulation of the greyhound racing industry has been satisfactory.

S3W-26151 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24397 by Roseanna Cunningham on 9 June 2009, when it expects to receive the comments of the wider PAW Scotland partnership on the legislation, regulation and guidance on the use of snares.

S3W-26152 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24397 by Roseanna Cunningham on 9 June 2009, whether the recommendations of PAW Scotland on the legislation, regulation and guidance on the use of snares will be published.

S3W-26153 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24397 by Roseanna Cunningham on 9 June 2009, when the recommendations of PAW Scotland on the legislation, regulation and guidance on the use of snares will be published.

S3W-26154 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners at HMP Edinburgh was assessed as having a substance misuse problem in each of the last three years.

S3W-26155 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners at HMP Edinburgh was assessed as having an alcohol problem in each of the last three years.

S3W-26156 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences on public transport were recorded by Lothian and Borders Police in each of the last three years, broken down by type of offence.

S3W-26157 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24878 by Fergus Ewing on 8 July 2009, what disposals were applied to people caught with (a) heroin in 2006-07, (b) heroin in 2007-08, (c) cocaine in 2006-07 and (d) cocaine in 2007-08.

S3W-26158 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what Transport Scotland estimates projected daily traffic flow levels will be for the various sections of the new M80 from Stepps to Haggs in 2020.

S3W-26159 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the design manual for roads and bridges recommends for opening year economic traffic flow levels for the various sections of the new M80 from Stepps to Haggs.

S3W-26160 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what Transport Scotland’s estimates projected daily traffic flow levels will be for the various sections of the new M80 from Stepps to Haggs in 2011.

S3W-26161 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the designated alternative route(s) is or are for the M80 from Stepps to Haggs.

S3W-26162 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21079 by John Swinney on 11 March 2009, (a) how many and (b) what percentage of community councils had registered for the Directorate for the Built Environment’s e-alert system as at 1 July 2009, broken down by local authority.

S3W-26163 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21079 by John Swinney on 11 March 2009, which community councils in the Clydesdale constituency (a) have and (b) have not registered for the Directorate for the Built Environment’s e-alert system as at 1 July 2009, broken down by local authority.

S3W-26164 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how the needs and rights of children with disabilities are being taken into account in the work of the National Child Protection Guidance Working Group.

S3W-26165 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many buildings in the NHS estate were dated from pre-1948 in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-26166 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the NHS estate is expected to pre-date 1948 in 2011.

S3W-26167 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) doctors, (b) GPs, (c) hospital consultants, (d) junior doctors, (e) nurses, (f) allied health professionals, (g) hospital pharmacists and (h) managers there were in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

S3W-26168 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) doctors, (b) GPs, (c) hospital consultants, (d) junior doctors, (e) nurses, (f) allied health professionals and (g) hospital pharmacists there are expected to be in 2011.

S3W-26169 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new or substantially refurbished hospitals were (a) approved and (b) constructed between 1997 and 2007.

S3W-26170 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new or substantially refurbished hospitals have been (a) planned and (b) constructed since 2007, listed by date of approval and completion.

S3W-26171 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new or substantially refurbished hospitals have been approved since May 2007 and how many of these will be funded by (a) PPP, (b) the Scottish Futures Trust or (c) another non-directly publicly funded mechanism.

S3W-26172 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the (a) attendees at the meeting with the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change at Dumfries House, East Ayrshire, on 23 July 2009, (b) matters discussed and (c) actions to be progressed as a result.

S3W-26173 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-22989 by Roseanna Cunningham on 7 May 2009, whether the trial of flying falcons over Dumfries town centre to deter nesting and breeding gulls has been completed.

S3W-26174 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-22989 by Roseanna Cunningham on 7 May 2009, when the results of the evaluation by the Central Science Laboratory of the trial of flying falcons over Dumfries town centre to deter nesting and breeding gulls will be available

S3W-26175 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the RSPB’s award of red status to herring gulls will affect the methods that local authorities such as Dumfries and Galloway Council are permitted to use to deter herring gulls from breeding and nesting in town centres.

S3W-26176 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the principal differences are between the methods permissible for deterring breeding and nesting by urban gulls such as herring gulls, which have been awarded red status by the RSPB, and those such as lesser black backed gulls, which have been awarded amber status.

S3W-26177 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methods permitted for deterring breeding and nesting by urban gulls will be affected in areas of mixed colonies of gulls awarded red status, such as herring gulls, by the RSPB, and gulls awarded amber status, such as lesser blacked gulls.

S3W-26178 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20016 by Richard Lochhead on 5 February 2009, when it expects its economic report into the value of sea angling to be published.

S3W-26179 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what employment levels in the 15% most deprived areas were in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

S3W-26180 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent figures are for employment levels in the 15% most deprived areas.

S3W-26181 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to create employment opportunities in the 15% most deprived areas.

S3W-26182 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25932 by John Swinney on 28 July 2009, whether it regards it as desirable that local authorities publish real terms data for their major spending programmes.

S3W-26183 Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the population of each deprivation quintile is in each NHS board area, expressed also as a percentage of the total board area population.

S3W-26184 Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether homicide figures are split into deprivation quintiles.

S3W-26185 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment has been made of progress towards meeting the target of making the Scottish Government estate carbon neutral by 2012.

S3W-26186 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment has been made of progress towards meeting the target of reducing CO2 emissions caused by energy use in Scottish Government buildings by 12.6% from 1999-2000 levels by March 2011.

S3W-26187 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment has been made of progress towards meeting the target of reducing CO2 emissions caused by energy use in Scottish Government buildings by 30% from 1999-2000 levels by March 2020.

S3W-26188 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment has been made of progress towards meeting the target of reducing carbon emissions from travel necessary for the Scottish Government’s administrative operations by 20% from 2005-06 levels by 2011.

S3W-26189 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent assessment has been made of progress towards meeting the target of reducing carbon emissions from travel necessary for the Scottish Government’s administrative operations by 40% from 2005-06 levels by 2020.

S3W-26190 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to publish details of the energy ratings of all its buildings.

S3W-26191 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the concerns of west coast nephrops fishermen that it is relying on selective fishing gear, which does not guarantee exemption, rather than deploying adequate observers on their vessels that might allow them to gain exemption from effort restrictions.

S3W-26192 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the continuing concerns of west coast nephrops fishermen about the impact of effort restrictions on their business and the possibility that they face larger cuts via effort restrictions than vessels that target cod as their main catch, whether it plans to seek a renegotiation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1342/2008.

S3W-26193 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that efficiencies in the housing association sector might be achieved from the joint procurement of cyclical maintenance activities as well as the joint procurement of new build and how it will encourage such joint procurement.

S3W-26194 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether developing housing associations will be able to form alliances with private developers that could attract Housing Association Grant, as was envisaged in Firm Foundations, The Future Housing of Scotland.

S3W-26195 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to any concerns that collaboration with private developers in the social housing sector is not a high priority for the Scottish Government.

S3W-26196 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that more support for registered social landlords (RSLs) might be available under the model whereby local authorities lend money to RSLs if those local authorities that have not pursued housing stock transfer did so.

S3W-26197 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest figures are for the percentage of 16 to 19 year olds who are not in employment, education or training in (a) the 15% most deprived areas and (b) Scotland.

S3W-26198 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available to assist businesses with the costs of achieving certification to ISO standards.

S3W-26199 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the (a) support previously provided to businesses under the Highlands and Islands Enterprise business improvement tools programme and (b) current schemes that provide that support.

S3W-26200 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the (a) bodies providing local management for the Business Gateway programme and (b) funding allocated to each body for the current year and future years.

S3W-26201 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a formal response to allegations reported in Scottish newspapers regarding the Crown Agent’s handling of evidence at the Lockerbie trial.

S3W-26202 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the statement given to the media in response to allegations reported in Scottish newspapers on the conduct of the Crown Agent in handling evidence at the Lockerbie trial.

S3W-26203 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the financial and other support available to businesses under the Business Gateway programme that could assist them in undertaking the work necessary to achieve certification to ISO standards.

S3W-26204 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it requires or encourages construction companies undertaking publicly funded contracts to achieve certification to ISO standards and, if so, whether it will detail the levels of certification required or sought.

S3W-26205 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the total financial value of the (a) support previously provided to businesses under the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) business improvement tools programme during its last two years of operation and (b) equivalent support available to business in the HIE area in the current year under each of the support schemes that provide the support previously provided by the programme.

S3W-26206 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been (a) injured and (b) killed in road traffic accidents involving police response vehicles that were (i) in pursuit of another vehicle, (ii) responding to an emergency call and (iii) responding to a non-emergency call in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S3W-26207 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made to a surveillance commissioner for approval of a chief constable’s grant of authorisation to carry out intrusive surveillance and of these how many have been successful in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S3W-26208 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police applications to intercept communications sent by post or via telephone have been (a) made and (b) authorised in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S3W-26209 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders are incarcerated in each young offenders’ institution and adult prison for carrying an offensive weapon and how many have a previous history of incarceration

S3W-26210 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders are incarcerated in each young offenders’ institution and adult prison for carrying an offensive weapon and how many have a previous history of incarceration for the same offence.

S3W-26211 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the the prison officer to prisoner ratio has been for each prison in each year since 2000.

S3W-26212 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25252 by Alex Neil on 21 July 2009, how it is promoting the finance available from the European Investment Bank to housing associations.

S3W-26213 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25256 by Alex Neil on 22 July 2009, what the outcome of the meeting between the Minister for Housing and Communities and the UK Government Housing Minister was with regard to whether or not and how the historic housing debt can be erased.

S3W-26214 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding it has provided to the Scottish Agricultural College to undertake research into the suitability of agricultural crops for Scottish environments in each of the last four years.

S3W-26215 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding it estimates it will provide to the Scottish Agricultural College to undertake research into the suitability of agricultural crops for Scottish environments in 2010-11.

S3W-26216 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reduce the level of funding for the Scottish Agricultural College to undertake research into the suitability of agricultural crops for Scottish environments in the next two years and, if so, for what reasons.

S3W-26217 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many test purchases were carried out in off-sales between January 2009 and June 2009 and how many resulted in alcohol being sold to an (a) underage person and (b) underage person for the second time, broken down by police force.

S3W-26218 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many test purchases were carried out in on-sales between January 2009 and June 2009 and how many resulted in alcohol being sold to an (a) underage person and (b) underage person for the second time, broken down by police force.

S3W-26219 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences of selling alcohol to under-18s have been detected in the last 6 months, broken down by police force; how many have resulted in a (a) prosecution and (b) conviction of licensees operating (i) on-sales and (ii) off-sales premises, and how many prosecutions for these offences are still pending.

S3W-26220 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further communication it has had with Hong Kong Electric International regarding investment opportunities in Scotland following the First Minister’s recent trip to China.

S3W-26221 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further communication it has had with the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine Science following the First Minister’s recent trip to China.

S3W-26222 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further communication it has had with ASIApharm following the First Minister’s recent trip to China.

S3W-26223 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it undertakes to monitor the work of valuation boards with regard to council tax bandings.

S3W-26224 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the present six-month time limit on appeals with regard to council tax bandings to be appropriate.

S3W-26225 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to valuation boards with regard to the appeals process for council tax bandings.

S3W-26226 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has information on which companies in North Ayrshire have made bids to the Future Jobs Fund.

S3W-26227 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people it expects will benefit from the Future Jobs Fund in North Ayrshire.

S3W-26228 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many apprenticeship placements have been secured in North Ayrshire as a result of the Adopt an Apprentice scheme.

S3W-26229 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of primary school children receive free fruit, broken down by local authority and school year.

S3W-26230 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to meet the SNP manifesto pledge to ensure that all primary school children receive free fruit and to provide free fruit for pregnant women and pre-school children using the model of market-led pregnancy cards from the major supermarkets.

S3W-26231 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is confident that it will meet the SNP manifesto pledge to ensure that all primary school children receive free fruit and to provide free fruit for pregnant women and pre-school children using the model of market-led pregnancy cards from the major supermarkets.

S3W-26232 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to make use of the EU School Fruit Scheme allocation for 2009-10.

S3W-26233 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16605 by Stewart Maxwell on 9 October 2008, what the reasons were for placing a 12-week limit on home reports and what objections were raised to this limit during consultation or during the parliamentary committee investigations.

S3W-26234 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Renfrewshire benefited from the Energy Assistance Package between 1 April and 30 July 2009 and to which specific aspect(s) of the package can each be attributed.

S3W-26235 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the alcoholic beverages that it currently stores and how many bottles of (a) wine, (b) beer, (c) spirits and (d) other alcoholic beverages.

S3W-26236 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on hospitality since May 2007, broken down by directorate.

S3W-26237 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its hospitality budget has been spent on alcoholic beverages since May 2007, broken down by directorate.

S3W-26238 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its hospitality budget has been spent on food since May 2007, broken down by directorate.

S3W-26239 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each of its directorates has spent on travel costs for Cabinet members and staff since May 2007, broken down by journey and mode of transport.

S3W-26240 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the composition and operation of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

S3W-26241 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is lay representation on the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

S3W-26242 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who monitors the work of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

S3W-26243Δ Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the names of the special advisers currently in post; what their responsibilities are; what their pay bands are for 2009-10; how many special advisers are in each pay band, and what the total salary cost of employing special advisers was in 2008-09.

S3W-26244 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the sites designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 that were not renotified under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

S3W-26245 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Planning Policy relating to Sites of Special Scientific Interest applies to sites notified under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 but not subsequently renotified.

S3W-26246 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds are available for female patients requiring medium secure unit facilities in each unit in Scotland and the planned unit at Murray Royal Hospital.

S3W-26247 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many microgenerators are registered under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) generator capacity size.

S3W-26248 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered NHS dentists there have been in each year since 2006, broken down by community health partnership

S3W-26249 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage was of three to five-year olds registered with an NHS dentist in each community health partnership in (a) December 2007, (b) March 2008, (c) June 2008, (d) September 2008, (e) December 2008 and (f) March 2009.

S3W-26250 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the change was in the number of three to five-year olds registered with an NHS dentist in each community health partnership between December 2007 and March 2009.

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