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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 September 2008

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-16115 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment was made of fire risks in bed and breakfast establishments when formulating the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-16116 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fire (a) incidents, (b) injuries and (c) deaths there were in bed and breakfast establishments in each of the 10 years prior to the coming into force of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-16117 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been a review of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and, if not, whether it plans to undertake one.

S3W-16118 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scottish ministers have sought advice from VisitScotland and bed and breakfast providers on the impact of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and what the advice was on each occasion.

S3W-16119 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring it has carried out or commissioned since the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force to establish the impact of its implementation on the bed and breakfast sector.

S3W-16120 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what engagement it and Transport Scotland have had with local businesses and other stakeholders about the location of the proposed railway station at Gogar.

S3W-16121 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of alcohol poisoning there have been in the Lothians in each year since 1997, broken down by hospital.

S3W-16122 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of alcohol poisoning there have been in the Lothians in each year since 1997, broken down by age group and sex.

S3W-16123 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct measures have been issued by procurators fiscal for crimes of indecency in each month since January 2007, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-16124 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct measures have been issued by procurators fiscal for fire-raising in each month since January 2007, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-16125 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct measures have been issued by procurators fiscal for vandalism in each month since January 2007, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-16126 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) crimes and (b) offences were prosecuted in Edinburgh Sheriff Court in each of the last 10 years and what percentage resulted in a conviction.

S3W-16127 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many graffiti removal notices have been issued in the Lothians region in each month since introduction, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-16128 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what success it has had in reducing the levels of vandalism and graffiti in each local authority area in the Lothians region.

S3W-16129 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of graffiti and vandalism have taken place in the Lothians region in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-16130 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of graffiti and vandalism have taken place in the Lothians region in each month since May 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-16131 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the £100 million to be brought forward under the Affordable Housing Investment Programme will be earmarked for new affordable housing in the Lothians region, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-16132 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the awards for the Scotland Rural Development Programme grant will be announced.

S3W-16133 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the accident rates are on the A1 between the Scottish-English border and Dunbar.

S3W-16134 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rates are of accidents involving a fatality on the A1 between the Scottish-English border and Dunbar.

S3W-16135 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the volumes of freight traffic are on the (a) A1 between the Scottish-English border and Dunbar, (b) A68 between the Scottish-English border and Dalkeith and (c) A697 between the Scottish-English border and the A68.

S3W-16136 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used to determine whether roads such as the A1 are in need of major improvement or upgrade.

S3W-16137 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any studies or analyses have been carried out to determine the economic benefit of improving and upgrading the A1 between Dunbar and the Scottish-English border.

S3W-16138 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-school nurseries received unannounced visits from the Care Commission in each of the last five years.

S3W-16139 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of each category of care service was visited (a) once, (b) twice and (c) more than twice by the Care Commission and what percentage of each category of care service was never visited in each of the last five years.

S3W-16140 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is taken by the Care Commission when a care provider has not complied with the national care standards and this has resulted in recommendations being made.

S3W-16141 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many care providers have been closed down as a result of not complying with national care standards following inspection by the Care Commission.

S3W-16142 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what time period is given for care providers in each category to conform to national care standards, following recommendations by the Care Commission.

S3W-16143 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions are taken in all sectors of care provision to address non-compliance of care providers with national care standards.

S3W-16144 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to continuing the self-financing of the Care Commission.

S3W-16145 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that people using care services and their carers, relatives and friends are aware of the national care standards they should expect.

S3W-16146 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the complaints procedure relating to national care standards is known to all.

S3W-16147 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the outcomes of inquiries into complaints are made known to those inquiring about access to specific care services.

S3W-16148 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the system for registering and investigating complaints against care providers.

S3W-16149 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of care providers in each category failed to meet all the regulations in each of the last three years.

S3W-16150 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether compliance with all national care standards are checked at each care inspection.

S3W-16151 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unannounced visits have been carried out by the Care Commission for each category of care provision in the last year.

S3W-16152 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of all international development programmes it (a) is funding in 2008-09 and (b) will fund in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11, and which Scotland-based agencies are or will be involved in delivery.

S3W-16153 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings and discussions Scottish ministers have had since May 2007 with ministers and officials of the Department for International Development regarding the Executive’s work on international development.

S3W-16154 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings Scottish ministers have had with the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) or any of the development agencies based in Scotland regarding its international development programme.

S3W-16155 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for a GP appointment in each NHS board area.

S3W-16156 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to increase GP participation in the extended hours scheme in order that patients can access appointments.

S3W-16157 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish guidance on sustainable food procurement.

S3W-16158 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the conclusions and recommendations of Waterwatch Scotland’s report, Affordability of Scottish Household Water and Sewerage Charges: Historic Trends and Current Position, and whether it will make representations to the UK Government about social security benefit arrangements as they relate to water charges paid by households in the bottom income deciles.

S3W-16159 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets are being achieved for patients in respect of the policy objective of obtaining a GP appointment within 48 hours.

S3W-16160 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role is of NHS Lanarkshire in monitoring whether patients are obtaining a GP appointment within 48 hours.

S3W-16161 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the decision to proceed with a ferry services review has any bearing on the timescales for making a decision about the proposed Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry service.

S3W-16162 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15433 by Stewart Stevenson on 3 September 2008, under what provisions the need for an open and transparent tendering process arises.

S3W-16163 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether CalMac Ferries Ltd could be authorised or has the power to enter into arrangements with others for the provision of services or to assist with the provision of services for which they hold contracts.

S3W-16164 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether CalMac Ferries Ltd can enter leasing arrangements on the open market for vessels or for vessels and vessel operating services in the provision of its services.

S3W-16165 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school buildings were deemed to be in Condition Category D (economic life expired and/or risk of failure) in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 and how it accounts for any difference in the two sets of figures.

S3W-16166 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it plans to issue to local authorities following the launch of its national waste strategy.

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