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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 October 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-28414 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in the last two years to address the causes and effects of external flooding.

S3W-28415 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when the ministerial objectives for Scottish Water for 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2014 will be finalised.

S3W-28416 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation process was undertaken regarding the ministerial objectives for Scottish Water for 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2014.

S3W-28417 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2014, Scottish Water will have a responsibility under a Priority 1 objective to address external flooding and, if not, whether it will take action to address its causes and effects.

S3W-28418 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is assessed that work done on a work placement as part of a community service order is not depriving others of paid employment, as set out in paragraph 13 of chapter 3 of National Objectives for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System: Standards - Community Service.

S3W-28419 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what restrictions there are on people on a work placement as part of a community service order working with a commercial entity as part of that placement.

S3W-28420 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are restrictions on people on a work placement as part of a community service order working on the maintenance or improvement of private property and, if so, whether communal property not used for commercial gain would be considered to be private property in these circumstances.

S3W-28421 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the standards are that are referred to in paragraph 17 of chapter 3 of National Objectives for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System: Standards - Community Service and where they are set out.

S3W-28422 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are restrictions on how a community service scheme can meet the requirements set out in each subsection of paragraph 22 of chapter 3 of National Objectives for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System: Standards - Community Service.

S3W-28423 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have fully implemented the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-28424 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children and young people have a (a) speech, (b) language and (c) communication impairment.

S3W-28425 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children and young people have a speech, language or communication impairment associated with (a) dyspraxia, (b) dyslexia, (c) stammer, (d) learning disabilities, (e) cerebral palsy, (f) autistic spectrum disorder and (g) mental illness.

S3W-28426 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop a national plan for services for children and young people with communication support needs.

S3W-28427 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults are assessed as functionally illiterate and what this figure was (a) 10 and (b) 20 years ago.

S3W-28428 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is to the economy of adults with a speech, language or communication impairment.

S3W-28429 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) adult male prisoners, (b) adult female prisoners and (c) young offenders has been assessed as having (i) clinically significant communication impairment or (ii) difficulties with literacy and numeracy.

S3W-28430 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made for speech and language therapy in each prison establishment.

S3W-28431 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure on speech and language therapy has been in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-28432 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure has been on speech and language therapy by the Scottish Prison Service in each year since 1999.

S3W-28433 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farm inspections were conducted by each inspection body in each of the last five years.

S3W-28434 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it takes to protect honey bees; what recent assessment it has made of the level of threat to their health, and whether it will make a statement on this matter.

S3W-28435 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the spread of varroa mite in bees and what action it is taking in response to any such assessment.

S3W-28436 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have received direct payments for community care in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-28437 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have received home care in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-28438 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many single rooms have been created for NHS patients due to hospital refurbishment since May 2007, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-28439 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of stay in residential care for elderly people has been in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-28440 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given guidance to Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure that reductions in its budget will not result in job losses in the voluntary sector and other grant-funded bodies.

S3W-28441 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given guidance to Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure that reductions in its budget will not adversely affect the scope of environmental projects carried out by the voluntary sector.

S3W-28442 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to ensure the continuation of publicly funded countryside ranger services and, if so, what steps.

S3W-28443 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to figures for charges proved for handling an offensive weapon in Tables 6(a) and 6(b) of Criminal Proceedings In Scottish Courts, 2007/08, how many relate to (a) males and (b) females aged under 16.

S3W-28444 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to figures for charges proved for handling an offensive weapon in Tables 6(a) and 6(b) of Criminal Proceedings In Scottish Courts, 2007/08, what the age of the offender was at the time of the offence, broken down by sex.

S3W-28445 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people convicted of handling an offensive weapon in each of the last 10 years were aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 21, (c) 21 to 30 and (d) over 30 at the time of the offence.

S3W-28446 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects have received funding from the Scottish Veterans’ Fund.

S3W-28447 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to local authorities regarding salary levels of chief officers; what action it proposes regarding any excessive increases in such salaries; whether it will make a statement on the matter, and, if so, when.

S3W-28448 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to non-departmental public bodies regarding salary levels in 2010-11.

S3W-28449 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what contractual responsibilities the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Executive has apart from his work for the Scottish Government.

S3W-28450 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have taken place between ministers and the Presiding Officers regarding procedures of the Scottish Parliament.

S3W-28451 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders at HMP Edinburgh were (a) assessed as suitable for and (b) completed each of the prisoner programmes and approved activities that address substance misuse in each of the last three years.

S3W-28452 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to run and how many prisoners took part in the Alcohol Awareness Programme at HMP Edinburgh in each of the last three years.

S3W-28453 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many human rights cases are pending against the Scottish Prison Service from prisoners at HMP Edinburgh, broken down by type of claim.

S3W-28454 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what correspondence it has had with the Organising Committee of the 2014 Commonwealth Games regarding the decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-28455 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider capital support for investment in biomass energy generation plant that is compliant with the EU Waste Incineration Directive.

S3W-28456 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider banning all waste wood from landfill.

S3W-28457 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that disaggregating the waste wood stream into recyclable and contaminated material would increase recycling and decrease landfill.

S3W-28458 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider withholding planning permission for large-scale biomass power stations that cannot demonstrate the sustainability of their intended feedstock.

S3W-28459 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget was for eco-schools in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and what it proposes to spend in 2010-11.

S3W-28460 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many redundant apprentices have achieved employment through the ScotAction programme since its launch in May 2009.

S3W-28461 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the names of refuge centres for abused women in each local authority.

S3W-28462 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will name the research projects on equality issues undertaken jointly by it and the Economic and Social Research Council during the period 2007 to 2009.

S3W-28463 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consideration has been given to the provision of temperature-controlled, sensor-operated, flow-regulated taps in hospital wards and departments.

S3W-28464 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by NHS boards in developing planned preventative maintenance programmes reflecting the requirements of prevention and control of infection.

S3W-28465 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether every NHS board now has in place a programme of planned preventative maintenance reflecting the requirements of prevention and control of infection.

S3W-28466 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the development of an estates monitoring system in conjunction with NHS Scotland.

S3W-28467 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether academic medical microbiology capacity has been reviewed by universities, as recommended by the Heathcare Associated Infection Task Force, and what recommendations have been made as a result.

S3W-28468 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to progress a full analysis of the role of microbiologists and what the outcome has been of the Chief Nursing Officer’s raising this matter with the Chief Medical Officer.

S3W-28469 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by Health Facilities Scotland to undertake an audit of facilities for storing excess soiled bedding and clothing.

S3W-28470 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on examining whether there is a case for establishing a norovirus reference laboratory.

S3W-28471 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place for the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate to undertake announced and unannounced visits beyond the acute sector.

S3W-28472 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to increase single room accommodation in hospitals.

S3W-28473 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many single rooms were created in hospitals as part of refurbishment and improvement programmes in 2007 and 2008 and have been created in 2009.

S3W-28474 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to increase the availability of isolation facilities in hospitals.

S3W-28475 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of beds in acute hospitals is in single rooms, broken down by health board.

S3W-28476 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have established dedicated isolation units in hospitals.

S3W-28477 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued guidance to NHS boards on the use of disposable curtains in hospitals as part of a programme to prevent healthcare associated infection.

S3W-28478 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve broadband access in Ayrshire.

S3W-28479 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with broadband providers regarding improving broadband access in rural areas.

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