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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 March 2006

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-24468 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate has attended any party political meetings in his official capacity since his appointment to the post.

S2W-24469 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was aware of the current Solicitor General for Scotland’s party political affiliation when she was appointed to the post and, if so, what account was taken of it.

S2W-24470 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to the proposed tendering of Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services, it has now developed a scheme in respect of pension provision for Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) staff and, if so, whether the scheme has been approved by the CalMac pension fund trustees, the company and the Pensions Regulator.

S2W-24471 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-23748, S2W-23831, S2W-23835 and S2W-23994 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006 where it states that it "is not aware of any credible and reliable information to support the allegations that Scottish airports are being used" for the purpose of transferring "individuals through Scottish territory or airspace where there are substantial grounds to believe they would face a real risk of torture" by US agencies, whether this indicates that it does not believe that this is happening presently, or has happened in the past.

S2W-24472 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-23748, S2W-23831, S2W-23835 and S2W-23994 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006 where it states that it "is not aware of any credible and reliable information to support the allegations that Scottish airports are being used" for the purpose of transferring "individuals through Scottish territory or airspace where there are substantial grounds to believe they would face a real risk of torture" by US agencies, whether this means that it discounts the evidence presented by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International that there have been instances of such transfers as being either credible or reliable.

S2W-24473 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-23748, S2W-23831, S2W-23835 and S2W-23994 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006 and given that the Executive has stated that it "has not approved and will not approve a policy of facilitating the transfer of individuals through Scottish territory or airspace to places where there are substantial grounds to believe that they would face a real risk of torture", whether it will instigate an inquiry into the allegations that US agencies have facilitated such transfers using the process known as "extraordinary rendition" through Scottish airports, given that these allegations suggest that no approval was given to facilitate these transfers and thereby are in contravention of the Executive’s stated position.

S2W-24474 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23831 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006 where it states that it "has not approved and will not approve a policy of facilitating the transfer of individuals through Scottish territory or airspace to places where there are substantial grounds to believe that they would face a real risk of torture", whether it will now discuss with Her Majesty’s Government the matter of CIA flights landing in Scotland, given that the original question did not pertain to whether it granted permission for such transfers to occur through Scotland but whether it would establish whether they happened at all.

S2W-24475 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23833 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006, whether the Minister for Justice’s statement that she suggested to Angus Robertson MP that "the author of the report take the information in the report to the police" indicates that it believes that there was credibility to this information.

S2W-24476 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23835 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006, how this answer indicates why it does not intend taking a position on the opinions expressed by Lord Steyn.

S2W-24477 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23994 by Cathy Jamieson on 16 March 2006, how this answer indicates whether or not it has discussed with Her Majesty’s Government the briefing paper sent by the Foreign Office to the Prime Minister’s Office stating that people captured by British forces could have been sent illegally to interrogation centres to establish whether there are any links between these reports and the allegations that US agencies have used Scottish airports as refuelling stops for flights engaged in the process of "extraordinary rendition".

S2W-24478 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23750 by Cathy Jamieson on 8 March 2006, why it has not stated what the purpose has been of its internal discussions regarding the matter of US agencies using Scottish airports as refuelling stops for flights allegedly involved in the process of "extraordinary rendition" other than those "in relation to the answering of parliamentary questions and other enquiries".

S2W-24479 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23752 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 March 2006, why it had nothing to add to its previous answer to question S2W-22493, given that question S2W-23752 sought different information.

S2W-24480 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many redundancies in the renewable energy installation sector it estimates may result from the suspension of grants for new applicants.

S2W-24481 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accredited renewable energy installers throughout the United Kingdom have been notified that the grant scheme for installing new systems in Scotland has been suspended to new applicants.

S2W-24482 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive for how long it has been aware of a reported funding crisis in the grant scheme for householders wishing to convert to a renewable energy system.

S2W-24483 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with installers of renewable energy systems following its decision to suspend the grant scheme to new applicants.

S2W-24484 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide compensation to installers of renewable energy systems as a result of the suspension of its grant scheme to new applicants and, if so, what level of compensation it will offer.

S2W-24485 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders who have applied to the Energy Saving Trust Scotland for a grant to install a renewable energy system will not receive any funding as a result of the decision to suspend the grant scheme.

S2W-24486 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what its original estimate was of the number of applicants for a grant to install a renewable energy system and how many applications were received by the end of February 2006.

S2W-24487 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Energy Saving Trust Scotland website is still advertising household grants to install energy systems when such grants have been suspended to new applicants.

S2W-24488 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been required to contribute to any UK submission to the inquiry by Senator Marty into allegations that the CIA has illegally abducted and transported terror suspects across European borders.

S2W-24489 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23834 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 March 2006, whether Her Majesty’s Government has given any indication that the Executive will be required to contribute to any UK response to Senator Marty’s final report once it has been published in full.

S2W-24490 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23914 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 March 2006, how this answer indicates whether it, rather than the police, has received any "specific, credible information" supporting any allegation that US agencies have used Scottish airports as refuelling stops for flights engaged in the process of "extraordinary rendition".

S2W-24491 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23743 by Colin Boyd QC on 14 March 2006, whether, without stating what the advice was, it has sought advice as to whether the process known as "extraordinary rendition" is illegal in Scots law or international law.

S2W-24492 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available the report of the public local inquiry into proposals to upgrade the A80 prepared by the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit in advance of it making a decision and, if not, whether it will consider making it available to those who gave evidence to the reporter.

S2W-24493 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23877 by Tavish Scott on 16 March 2006, whether it will now consider commissioning an assessment of the annual cost to the Scottish economy caused by traffic delays as a result of the collection of tolls on the Forth and Tay road bridges.

S2W-24494 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-23924 and S2W-24109 by Tavish Scott on 16 and 20 March 2006 respectively, when it expects an announcement to be made in respect of the feasibility study by Falkirk Council to improve rail services along the A80-M80 corridor, including opening a train station at Allandale.

S2W-24495 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-23873 and S2W-23874 by Tavish Scott on 15 March 2006, whether it considers it to be desirable that new train stations at Abronhill and Mossend are developed.

S2W-24496 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23957 by Allan Wilson on 14 March 2006, whether this answer indicates that Scottish ministers will withhold consent under section 36(1) of the Electricity Act 1989 if construction of a new nuclear power station is proposed and the Executive remains unsatisfied that the waste management issue is resolved.

S2W-24497 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23957 by Allan Wilson on 14 March 2006, whether this answer indicates that, if construction of an electricity-generating station with capacity of less than 50 megawatts is proposed, consent from Scottish ministers is not required for construction to commence.

S2W-24498 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23887 by Allan Wilson on 16 March 2006, if there have been no discussions between it and Her Majesty’s Government on the subject of new nuclear stations in Scotland how it can be sure that there are no proposals to build new nuclear power stations anywhere in Scotland.

S2W-24499 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of recently reported allegations anent plans to undermine the Wilson government in the 1960s, whether it holds any intelligence regarding potential subversive activity to undermine the democracy of Scotland by (a) senior British military officers and (b) the British Security Service and, if so, what that intelligence is.

S2W-24500 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug addicts who have been assessed and prescribed methadone are waiting to be allocated a methadone dispensing pharmacist, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24501 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what general principles it uses to set ferry subsidies and to justify the difference between existing and proposed subsidies.

S2W-24502 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19618 by Mr Andy Kerr on 4 November 2005, what the average waiting times in weeks were, and how many patients were waiting, for a first appointment in the (a) child dental health, (b) conservation, (c) oral medication, (d) oral surgery, (e) orthodontics, (f) periodontology and (g) prosthodontics department in each dental hospital in each quarter since June 1999.

S2W-24503 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases referred to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission have resulted in a convicted person having their conviction overturned.

S2W-24504 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases considered by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission convictions have been overturned because of doubts over the police investigation into the original offence.

S2W-24505 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases considered by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission convictions have been overturned because the police did not inform either the Crown or the court of all material facts relating to their investigation.

S2W-24506 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS boards use uniform evaluation criteria for the Doing Well By People with Depression initiative and, if so, whether it will provide details of the criteria.

S2W-24507 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards submitted bids for projects under the Doing Well By People with Depression initiative and how many were successful.

S2W-24508 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what aspects of the Doing Well By People with Depression initiative ministers can recommend and roll out across Scotland as a means of reducing the number of people prescribed anti-depressants.

S2W-24509 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people presenting with depression were offered self-help options as part of their treatment, broken down by NHS board area, in each year since 2001.

S2W-24510 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people presenting with depression were offered treatments such as psychological interventions, cognitive behaviour therapy and talking therapies as an alternative to the prescribing of anti-depressants, broken down by NHS board area, in each year since 2001.

S2W-24511 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional planned expenditure it has set aside to tackle depression for the next two years.

S2W-24512 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has calculated the financial support required to roll out the Doing Well By People with Depression initiative to all NHS board areas.

S2W-24513 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken into the prescribing of anti-depressants for people who may be suffering from social problems rather than psychological problems.

S2W-24514 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the range of consultees involved in the development of local authority local housing strategies.

S2W-24515 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of NHS Lothian’s External Reference Group for Older People’s Services’ Final Report in March 2006, whether the Executive has any plans to implement the recommendations of the report across Scotland.

S2W-24516 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when NHS Lothian will implement all 40 recommendations of its External Reference Group for Older People’s Services’ Final Report.

S2W-24517 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funds will be made available to NHS Lothian to implement in full the recommendations of its External Reference Group for Older People’s Services’ Final Report.

S2W-24518 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funds will be made available to all NHS boards to implement in full the recommendations of NHS Lothian’s External Reference Group for Older People’s Services’ Final Report.

S2W-24519 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact NHS Lothian’s External Reference Group for Older People’s Services’ Final Report will have on local authorities across Scotland.

S2W-24520 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be any additional financial implications for local authority budgets following the recommendations of NHS Lothian’s External Reference Group for Older People’s Services’ Final Report.

S2W-24521 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was made available through Communities Scotland for local authority private sector housing grants in 2005-06, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24522 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be made available through Communities Scotland for local authority private sector housing grants in 2006-07, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24523 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to exempt people diagnosed with cancer from prescription charges.

S2W-24524 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it will make to improve the tourist industry in light of claims in the latest Lonely Planet Scotland that Scotland needs to work harder at attracting tourists.

S2W-24525 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it and VisitScotland will take to promote Dundee as a first-class holiday destination.

S2W-24526 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in respect of the installation of disabled access in local authority buildings, broken down by local authority.

S2W-24527 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider a moratorium on the construction of TETRA masts until the health implications are fully understood.

S2W-24528 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds were available for residential drug rehabilitation in each of the last five years, broken down into rehabilitation provided by the (a) NHS, (b) voluntary sector and (c) private sector.

S2W-24529 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual places were available for drug rehabilitation in each of the last five years, broken down into (a) residential and (b) non-residential care.

S2W-24530 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual places were available for drug rehabilitation in each of the last five years, broken down into rehabilitation provided by the (a) NHS, (b) voluntary sector and (c) private sector.

S2W-24531 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many referrals each NHS board has made for drug rehabilitation treatment to be carried out in the (a) voluntary and (b) private sector in each of the last five years.

S2W-24532 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14019 by Hugh Henry on 25 February 2005, how many times the provisions for (a) anti-social behaviour orders for under-16s, (b) dispersal orders, (c) closure notices, (d) fixed penalty notices for noise nuisance, (e) anti-social behaviour notices, (f) parenting orders, (g) restriction of liberty orders for under-16s and (h) charges of people selling spray paint to under-16s have been used since the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 received Royal Assent.

S2W-24533 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide comparative data on total managed expenditure in cash terms for each year from 1996-97 to 2007-08, broken down by department.

S2W-24534 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide comparative data on total managed expenditure in real terms for each year from 1996-97 to 2007-08, broken down by department.

S2W-24535 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-22875 by Mr Tom McCabe on 17 March 2006, how many times each First Minister has met the Prime Minister since 1999.

S2W-24536 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-22876 by Mr Tom McCabe on 17 March 2006, how many times each First Minister has met the Secretary of State for Scotland since 1999.

S2W-24537 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times each First Minister has met the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 1999.

S2W-24538 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will bring forward proposals for legislation as a result of the recommendations contained in Being Outside: Constructing A Response To Street Prostitution.

S2W-24539 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish draft guidance on the implementation of new legislation resulting from the recommendations contained in Being Outside: Constructing A Response To Street Prostitution.

S2W-24540 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish proposed new legislation resulting from the recommendations contained in Being Outside: Constructing A Response To Street Prostitution.

S2W-24541 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that new legislation resulting from recommendations contained in Being Outside: Constructing A Response To Street Prostitution will address the harm caused to women through prostitution as well as the harm to communities.

S2W-24542 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Supporting People fund spent in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 and how much has been budgeted to be spent in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.

S2W-24543 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Supporting People funding has been allocated to each local authority for (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08, showing any year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-24544 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30754 by Mr Andy Kerr of 7 February 2003, what the cost was of each of its public information campaigns in each year since 2002-03, broken down into (a) press, (b) radio (by network), (c) TV (by region), (d) production, (e) ambient and (f) cinema advertising.

S2W-24545 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed candidate number database system will conform with the requirements for data subject access under the Data Protection Act 1998, particularly as the data subjects are not supposed to know their Scottish candidate numbers.

S2W-24546 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is intended that biometric data will be recorded in the candidate number database and, if not, what alternative methods will be implemented to prevent records being confused or identities being stolen from the proposed candidate number database system.

S2W-24547 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be able to read the information on the candidate number database; who will have access to update it; what measures will be taken to prevent authorised or unauthorised access by individuals who might specifically wish to identify vulnerable young people, and whether there will be cross-matching of individuals who have, or could have, access to the data with information in other databases, such as the sex offenders’ list.

S2W-24548 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how parents’ rights will be protected by keeping Scottish candidate numbers secret from them and how parents will be able to gain access to the data stored on their children.

S2W-24549 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected (a) set-up and (b) annual running costs will be of the proposed candidate number database system and what the timescale is for effective implementation of the system.

S2W-24550 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that the identification of Shirley McKie’s fingerprint in 1997 has been disputed within the Scottish Criminal Record Office from the outset.

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