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Section E – Written questions lodged on 2 September 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-26854 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether provisions in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill enable the modification of the Private Rented Housing Panel to allow it to consider other housing issues, such as tenancy deposits.

S3W-26855 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the effects of single outcome agreements on services for people with mental health problems.

S3W-26856 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been an impact on services for people with mental health problems as a result of the loss of ring-fencing and how it would address the situation if evidence emerged that services had deteriorated.

S3W-26857 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how it works with local authorities in relation to efficiency savings in services for people with mental health problems and (b) whether it is developing a strategic context for such savings.

S3W-26858 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce a timescale in line with its commitment to introduce waiting time guarantees for mental health services.

S3W-26859 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that the NHS meets its mental health HEAT targets.

S3W-26860 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21079 by John Swinney on 11 March 2009, how many community councils are now registered as subscribers to the Directorate for the Built Environment’s e-alert system, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-26861 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how removing the £10 and £20 categories of the Education Maintenance Allowance benefits those families on the lowest incomes.

S3W-26862 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will save by reducing the number of pupils eligible for the Education Maintenance Allowance.

S3W-26863 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how reducing the number of pupils eligible for the Education Maintenance Allowance by over 6,000 per year is consistent with its desire for a better-educated Scotland.

S3W-26864 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much worse off pupils from families in Scotland with a household income of £25,000 will be compared with their English counterparts due to the differences in Education Maintenance Allowance.

S3W-26865 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on introducing a tenancy deposit scheme.

S3W-26866 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the outcome of the working group on safeguarding tenancy deposits.

S3W-26867 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector applied for the preference waiver payment scheme in 2008-09, broken down by local authority.

S3W-26868 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector placed with local authorities received financial assistance under the preference waiver payment scheme in 2008-09, broken down by local authority.

S3W-26869 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recipients of financial assistance under the preference waiver payment scheme were placed in the local authority area from which they made their application for assistance.

S3W-26870 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recipients of financial assistance under the preference waiver payment scheme were placed in a local authority area adjoining the area from which they made their applications for assistance.

S3W-26871 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of European Commission proposals to abolish quotas for certain key fish stocks and to replace them with an annual allowance of days at sea.

S3W-26872 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with the (a) UK Government and (b) European Commission about any proposals to abolish quotas for certain key fish stocks and to replace them with an annual allowance of days at sea.

S3W-26873 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has requested a meeting with the EU fisheries commissioner to discuss his reported proposals to abolish quotas for certain key fish stocks and to replace them with an annual allowance of days at sea.

S3W-26874 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with the Scottish fishing industry regarding any European Commission proposals to abolish quotas for certain key fish stocks and to replace them with an annual allowance of days at sea.

S3W-26875 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to carry out an assessment of the implications for the Scottish fishing fleet of any proposals to replace quotas for certain key fish stocks with an annual allowance of days at sea.

S3W-26876 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that clinicians can continue to prescribe anti-epileptic drugs that currently maintain seizure control for people with epilepsy, in light of the introduction in January 2010 of generic prescribing though the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

S3W-26877 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its proposed timetable for consulting affected parties, such as doctors, pharmacists and patient representative organisations such as Epilepsy Scotland, will ensure that new arrangements for effective prescribing are introduced sensitively to allay patient fears while safeguarding the interests of thousands of people with epilepsy.

S3W-26878 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UHI Millennium Institute management regarding the Institute’s progress towards achieving university status.

S3W-26879 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the UHI Millennium Institute to satisfy the criteria for achieving university status.

S3W-26880 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the principal requirements that remain to be satisfied by the UHI Millennium Institute to achieve university status and what these requirements are.

S3W-26881 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the operation of the low income, low assets (LILA) route to bankruptcy and (a) abolish the £100 application fee and (b) provide access to LILA for homeowners.

S3W-26882 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated for the Energy Assistance Package and how much has been spent to date.

S3W-26883 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) individuals contacted the Energy Saving Trust for the Energy Assistance Package by the end of August 2009.

S3W-26884 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) households and (b) individuals are expected to contact the Energy Saving Trust for the Energy Assistance Package in 2009-10.

S3W-26885 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase the volume of applications to the Energy Saving Trust for the Energy Assistance Package and how it will increase call-handling capacity.

S3W-26886 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legacy Warm Deal applications and legacy central heating programme installations have been carried out following the commencement of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-26887 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating systems were installed, not including legacy central heating programme installations, as part of the Energy Assistance Package by the end of August 2009.

S3W-26888 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual applications to the Energy Saving Trust for the Energy Assistance Package have resulted in work being allocated to contractors and what percentage this represents of all applications.

S3W-26889 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider amending planning legislation to ensure that applicants have authorisation from the relevant landowners before lodging planning applications.

S3W-26890 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what procurement process will be used to appoint contractors for the delivery of the (a) Energy Assistance Package and (b) Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-26891 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether lowest price will determine the appointment of contractors for the delivery of the (a) Energy Assistance Package and (b) Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-26892 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that existing contractors in different communities across Scotland can contribute to the delivery of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-26893 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the use of the energy performance certificate to measure fuel poverty rather than simply recording the energy performance of a home.

S3W-26894 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the threshold for fuel poverty in the Scottish Housing Quality Standard is different to that used in the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-26895 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the threshold for fuel poverty in the Energy Assistance Package should be the same as the measure in the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

S3W-26896 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the threshold is at which a house is considered fuel poor under the terms of the (a) Energy Assistance Package and (b) Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

S3W-26897 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners released on compassionate grounds were foreign nationals and how many of them remained in Scotland on release in each of the last five years

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