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Section E – Written questions lodged on 29 October 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-17296 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £54 million to be allocated over the next three years to tackle healthcare-acquired infection can be specifically identified for programmes within NHS Tayside.

S3W-17297 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the target set for NHS boards of a 30% reduction in the rate of Clostridium difficile in people over 65 by 2011 will be accompanied by additional allocations to NHS boards outwith the £54 million already to be allocated over the next three years to tackle healthcare-acquired infection.

S3W-17298 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish details of the care and repair scheme to be in place from April 2009.

S3W-17299 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when grant payments will be available under the care and repair scheme to be in place from April 2009.

S3W-17300 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether grant payments under the care and repair scheme to be in place from April 2009 will be capped.

S3W-17301 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning to change the care and repair scheme into an equity release scheme.

S3W-17302 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to ask householders to raise capital privately under the care and repair scheme to be in place from April 2009.

S3W-17303 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards will be built in to protect people who cannot raise funding privately or through equity release under the care and repair scheme to be in place from April 2009.

S3W-17304 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide substantive answers to questions S3W-16307 and S3W-15878, which received holding replies on 29 September 2008.

S3W-17305 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide substantive answers to questions S3W-16307 and S3W-15878, which received holding replies on 29 September 2008.

S3W-17306 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide substantive answers to questions S3W-15898 to S3W-15851, which received holding replies on 12 September 2008.

S3W-17307 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-13109, which received a holding reply on 3 June 2008.

S3W-17308 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-12149, which received a holding reply on 6 May 2008.

S3W-17309 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people did not proceed with a central heating installation after being informed of their personal contribution under the new capped regime.

S3W-17310 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £70 million of reinvestment in the railways to be delivered by ScotRail under the terms of the franchise extension will include a new local service from Edinburgh Waverley to Reston and East Linton.

S3W-17311 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what attendance levels were at accident and emergency departments at (a) Monklands and (b) Ayr hospitals in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08, broken down into quarters.

S3W-17312 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it took before and has taken since May 2007 to "review the evidence on the options for additional and improved ways of measuring progress, and report by the end of 2006", as set out in paragraph 14.18 of Choosing our future: Scotland’s sustainable development strategy, and whether it is undertaking any work to improve the means by which it measures sustainable economic growth.

S3W-17313 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines sustainable economic growth and, in particular, what attention it accords to matters outwith the measurement of GDP.

S3W-17314 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it estimates what proportion of GDP is attributable to spending on unnecessary health care, accident repairs, underage drinking and smoking, or the drug culture and, if so, what its estimate is and how such economic activity is excluded from its measures of sustainable economic growth.

S3W-17315 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive for what projects it has drawn up approved lists of contractors and what the criteria are for deciding whom to include.

S3W-17316 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings the First Minister has had with (a) Sir George Mathewson, (b) Sir Tom Farmer, (c) Brian Souter and (d) Crawford Beveridge since May 2007; what subjects were discussed, and who else was present in each case.

S3W-17317 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is given for stem cell research in Scottish colleges or universities.

S3W-17318 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is provided by it, its agencies or bodies for which it is responsible, to Brook Advisory Centres or any other body providing advice on abortion.

S3W-17319 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives to NHS boards regarding health service staff with moral or religious objections who wish to opt out of abortion procedures.

S3W-17320 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received representations on any aspect of the provision of public or privately-funded academies or schools based on a particular faith or religion and, if so, what the nature of those representations was and from whom they were received.

S3W-17321 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what bonuses were paid to the Permanent Secretary in each of the last three financial years.

S3W-17322 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what overseas visits were undertaken by the Permanent Secretary in each of the last three financial years; what class of travel was used, and what the total cost was.

S3W-17323 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the use of fixed-term contracts for its senior officials.

S3W-17324 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its commitment to tackling poverty and in order to facilitate maximum uptake of benefits, what measures it has taken, is taking and plans to take to encourage the provision by housing associations of dedicated welfare benefit advice for tenants.

S3W-17325 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its commitment to tackling poverty and in order to facilitate maximum uptake of benefits, what measures it has taken, is taking and plans to take to encourage the provision by local authorities of dedicated welfare benefit advice for citizens.

S3W-17326 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS consultants received distinction awards in the most recent year for which information is available, broken down by (a) speciality and (b) level of award.

S3W-17328 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the additional cost to the NHS was of the element of NHS consultants’ retirement pensions arising from distinction awards in the most recent year for which information is available.

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