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Section E – Written questions lodged on 1 June 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-26442 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address delayed discharge from hospitals in Argyll and Bute.

S2W-26443 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve the delivery of care services for elderly people in Argyll and Bute.

S2W-26444 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has allocated for social work services in Argyll and Bute for each year since 1999.

S2W-26445 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings it has had with the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the Corporate Homicide Expert Group report; what the dates were of the meetings; whether a note was taken of each meeting, and, if so, whether such notes will be made available to the Parliament.

S2W-26446 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider making the recently purchased second-level domains "scotland.eu" or "alba.eu" available to the Scottish public in the form of a number of third-level domains (e.g. www.thirdleveldomains.scotland.eu or www.thirdleveldomains.alba.eu) or whether it intends to use "scotland.eu" for a single site redirect as has been outlined for the domains registered by it during Phase II of the European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EUrid) domain application process.

S2W-26449 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the factors which led to the reported increase in cost of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail line could recur in the construction of the Waverley line and, if so, what these factors are and what the financial impact might be.

S2W-26450 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19286 by Tavish Scott on 28 September 2005, what stage the lessons learned report has reached and when it will be published.

S2W-26451 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19287 by Tavish Scott on 28 September 2005, what emerging conclusions from the lessons learned report have been communicated to either the promoters of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill or to the Parliament and on what dates.

S2W-26452 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any instances where two separate discount cards for the discount air fares scheme have been issued to individuals and, if so, how this situation could have arisen.

S2W-26453 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the progress of Scottish Prison Service nurses’ salary negotiations, including on the reasons for any delay in concluding negotiations, on currently arranged negotiating meetings and on the anticipated timescale for conclusion of negotiations.

S2W-26454 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the reasons for any delay in payment of Scottish Prison Service performance-related pay for 2004-05 and when it anticipates that such payment will be made.

S2W-26455 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of concerns expressed by senior members of the Scottish Ambulance Service in respect of the introduction of undisturbed meal breaks under Agenda for Change and, in particular, concerns that lives may be lost as a result.

S2W-26456 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Active Schools co-ordinators are employed in each local authority area.

S2W-26457 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much investment there has been in the Active Schools project in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

S2W-26458 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what average annual budget that was allocated to individual Active Schools co-ordinators in each of the last three years and what proportion of this funding was provided by (a) sportscotland and (b) local authorities.

S2W-26459 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what premises and land it leased in each year since 1999 and at what annual cost.

S2W-26460 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many incidences of violence against passengers in Scotland have been recorded by British Transport Police in each year since 1999.

S2W-26461 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24478 by Cathy Jamieson on 13 April 2006, what the nature has been of "other enquiries", rather than parliamentary questions, in respect of "extraordinary rendition".

S2W-26462 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24473 by Cathy Jamieson on 13 April 2006, how it reconciles the statement that no credible or reliable information exists regarding the facilitation of "extraordinary rendition" flights through Scottish airports by US agencies with its statement, in answer to question S2W-24475 by Cathy Jamieson on 13 April 2006, that it would not comment on the credibility of a report handed to it by Angus Robertson MP regarding the existence of such flights, on the grounds that "it is not for ministers to judge the credibility, or otherwise, of the information in the report".

S2W-26463 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24647 by Cathy Jamieson on 4 April 2006, why it has not passed to the police any allegations brought to its attention regarding the possibility that US agencies have used Scottish airports as refuelling stops for flights engaged in the process of "extraordinary rendition".

S2W-26464 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24680 by Cathy Jamieson on 20 April 2006, how many communications, other than those in the form of written parliamentary questions, it has received on the subject of "extraordinary rendition"; who initiated each communication, and what the Executive’s response has been in each case.

S2W-26465 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24680 by Cathy Jamieson on 20 April 2006, whether it received all its communications in relation to "extraordinary rendition" subsequent to 21 November 2005.

S2W-26466 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24679 by Cathy Jamieson on 24 April 2006, why it has not stated whether or not it believes it to be in the public interest that a definitive view should be established in respect of the legality of the process of "extraordinary rendition" in both Scots law and international law.

S2W-26467 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24768 by Cathy Jamieson on 20 April 2006 and given that the way in which statements by politicians are reported is a matter for the media, whether it considers that the Sunday Mail coverage on 26 February 2006 of the Minister for Justice’s statement to the Labour Party’s Scottish conference regarding "extraordinary rendition" was misleading.

S2W-26468 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26022 by Patricia Ferguson on 1 June 2006, when sportscotland will publish statistics on participation for the period up to 2005.

S2W-26469 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for assessment of dentists’ continued commitment to NHS dentistry in respect of gross income and patient numbers and what would constitute a negative assessment of continued commitment to NHS dentistry.

S2W-26470 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to NHS boards or the NHS Dental Practice Board about the criteria for assessing dentists’ continued commitment to NHS dentistry in respect of gross income and patient numbers and when such guidance was given.

S2W-26471 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have been undertaken in relation to sex trafficking offences and how many have resulted in conviction since 1999.

S2W-26472 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has about how many women who have been rescued from trafficking in Scotland have subsequently been deported since 1999.

S2W-26473 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions exist within legislation in relation to the victims of trafficking.

S2W-26474 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26111 by Hugh Henry on 1 June 2006, whether the Executive intends to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government concerning it not signing up to the International Convention on Trafficking.

S2W-26475 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has about how many victims of trafficking have claimed asylum in Scotland since 1999.

S2W-26476 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has in procedures for dealing with the cases of victims of trafficking in Scotland who claim asylum.

S2W-26477 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any role in determining the asylum status of victims of trafficking in Scotland.

S2W-26478 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has about how many women who were deported after being rescued from trafficking in Scotland have been re-trafficked since 1999.

S2W-26480 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26148 by Cathy Jamieson on 1 June 2006, how many criminal justice social workers there have been in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-26481 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a progress report on the activities of the Working Group on Hate Crime since October 2004.

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