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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 December 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-18781 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make public its proposals arising from the Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland consultation, which was launched in May and closed in August 2008.

S3W-18782 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been further research into the potential health risks posed by mobile phone masts since publication of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones report in 2000.

S3W-18783 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have commissioned research into the potential health risks posed by mobile phone masts.

S3W-18784 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have plans to review planning guidance on the location of mobile phone masts.

S3W-18785 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18165 by Nicola Sturgeon on 3 December 2008, how many members of staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital have now received training on Clostridium difficile; what the nature of that training was, and when it was received.

S3W-18786 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many members of staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital received specific training on Clostridium difficile prior to December 2007; what the nature of that training was, and when it was received.

S3W-18787 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16443 by Nicola Sturgeon on 26 September 2008, how many of the remaining 50 staff members at the Vale of Leven Hospital who registered for cleanliness champion training have now completed it.

S3W-18788 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned by the reduction in the number of grey and common seals that inhabit Scottish waters.

S3W-18789 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 to ascertain whether repeal or amendment is desirable.

S3W-18790 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce measures to prevent the shooting of lactating seals.

S3W-18791 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimates of the annual numbers of farmed salmon predated by seals.

S3W-18792 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers have been without a permanent position for 12 months or more and how and by whom that information is recorded.

S3W-18793 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places were available on teacher training courses in each of the last five years, broken down by institution.

S3W-18794 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has had with representatives of teaching unions regarding the availability of jobs for probationary teachers.

S3W-18795 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities since May 2007 regarding the employment of probationary teachers.

S3W-18796Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what effects the establishment of a UK Supreme Court will have on the final appellate and devolution jurisdiction under the Scottish legal system.

S3W-18797 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7367 by John Swinney on 11 December 2007, what the most recent figures are for long-term unemployment in the Lothians region, broken down by local authority (a) area and (b) ward.

S3W-18798 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were unemployed in the Lothians region at the end of each of the last 12 months, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-18799 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the absense in the Scottish Planning Policy document of targets or timescales for the determination of planning applications by planning authorities.

S3W-18800 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when phase 1 of project 23 of the Strategic Transport Projects Review is to be completed.

S3W-18801 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when phase 2 of project 23 of the Strategic Transport Projects Review is to be completed.

S3W-18802 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Aberdeen Crossrail project does not feature in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18803 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive why measures to tackle congestion at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen do not feature in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18804 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce legislative measures to record the numbers of grey and common seals shot annually.

S3W-18805 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farmers and crofters have submitted statements of intent to make applications for funding under the Scotland Rural Development Programme in the last year and how many of the applications have received (a) red, (b) amber and (c) green light responses, broken down into (i) SGRPID office area and (ii) month.

S3W-18806 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made under the competitive elements of the Scotland Rural Development Programme in the last year, broken down by (a) SGRPID office area, (b) type of scheme and (c) month.

S3W-18807 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated under the competitive elements of the Scotland Rural Development Programme in the last year, broken down by (a) SGRPID office area, (b) type of scheme, (c) amount awarded and (d) month.

S3W-18808 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is assisting farmers and crofters with the online application only process for gaining approval for Rural Priorities projects.

S3W-18809 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated overspend or underspend is on the Rural Priorities element of the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

S3W-18810 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the statement of intent process under the Scotland Rural Development Programme to be working effectively.

S3W-18811 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the recommendations of the independent review into the agricultural subsidy appeals procedure.

S3W-18812 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will bring forward plans to reform the agricultural subsidy appeals procedure and, if so, when.

S3W-18813Δ Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to lay a proposed National Planning Framework before the Parliament in accordance with the requirements of the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-18814 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism will speak in debates on the Scottish economy.

S3W-18815 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Strategic Transport Projects Review is predicated on the Scottish Government receiving an increased capital budget from HM Treasury.

S3W-18816 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it made a request to HM Treasury for a £2 billion increased capital budget to build the Forth Replacement Crossing and whether the details of its dialogue with HM Treasury on this issue are publicly available.

S3W-18817 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with HM Treasury on increasing Scotland’s capital budget to fund infrastructure investment other than the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-18818 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects an answer from HM Treasury on whether the Scottish Government will receive a £2 billion increased capital budget to build the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-18819 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Forth Replacement Crossing will be open by 2016 if the Scottish Government does not receive a £2 billion increased capital budget from HM Treasury.

S3W-18820 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial arrangements it has put in place to fund the projects listed in the Scottish Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18821 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis the cost of the Forth Replacement Crossing was previously estimated by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to be £4 billion and on what basis this was later reduced to £2 billion.

S3W-18822 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Forth Replacement Crossing is the number one priority of the Scottish Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18823 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list of Strategic Transport Projects Review projects ordered by priority.

S3W-18824 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive which Strategic Transport Projects Review projects will not be taken forward if the Scottish Government does not receive a £2 billion increased capital budget from HM Treasury.

S3W-18825 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what kind of contract will be awarded for the building of the new Forth Replacement Crossing; whether the costs of the new crossing will be capped and, if so, at what level.

S3W-18826 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change concluded that the Forth Replacement Crossing is ahead of schedule, as indicated by him on the BBC Good Morning Scotland programme on 11 December 2008.

S3W-18827 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive who will bear the risk of any cost overruns on the construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-18828 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Forth Replacement Crossing is estimated to cost on completion, including VAT.

S3W-18829 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Scottish Futures Trust will play in the construction of (a) the new Forth bridge and (b) other projects in the Scottish Transport Project Review, broken down by project.

S3W-18830 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reasons the Scottish Futures Trust was rejected, in favour of public procurement in design and build, as a funding mechanism for the construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-18831 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when an announcement will be made on the appointment of the convener and members of the new Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.

S3W-18832 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are being made for the first meeting of the new Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.

S3W-18833 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how the convener and members of the new Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland will be inducted and assisted to take over from the previous committee.

S3W-18834 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the convener and members of the new Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland will be given freedom to set their own agenda and work programme and, if so, what experienced staff they will have to support this.

S3W-18835 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland will be given to allow it to carry out its work programme and undertake research.

S3W-18836 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provided to the Scottish Islamic Foundation for its national conference in Glasgow on 6 December 2008 and whether this was additional to the funding it provided for Islamfest.

S3W-18837 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the position is of each bus operator in relation to compliance with statutory provisions for wheelchair users.

S3W-18838 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of employees are women in the (a) Crown Office and (b) Scottish Executive senior civil service grades.

S3W-18839 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) male and (b) female (i) prisoners and (ii) prison places it anticipates there will be in each of the next five years.

S3W-18840 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will initiate discussion with Camelot regarding the production and sale of scratchcards to raise funds for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-18841 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has to direct the police in relation to the investigation of alleged criminality.

S3W-18842 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Consumer Credit Counselling Service regarding the extension of its services to help people in debt.

S3W-18843 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Edinburgh University Students’ Association regarding higher education and student funding and what action it is taking as a result.

S3W-18844 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the policy of the Scottish Government and its agencies is in relation to dealing with allegations of bullying.

S3W-18845 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many formal complaints or allegations of bullying the Scottish Government and its agencies have received since May 2007 and what action has been taken.

S3W-18846 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to implement cognitive psychotherapy in the NHS.

S3W-18847 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion or contact it has had with the (a) UK Government and (b) Office of Communications regarding public service broadcasting.

S3W-18848 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18386 by Stewart Maxwell on 9 December 2008, whether during its discussions with COSLA it will propose that the £7.5 million to support the poverty framework is targeted at delivering services in the 5% most deprived areas, as identified by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

S3W-18849 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allow community pharmacists to access patients’ healthcare records.

S3W-18850Δ Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to respond to the 2008 report by the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee.

S3W-18851 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin phase 1 work on the A9 Upgrade from Dunblane to Inverness as outlined in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18852 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it will take to complete phase 1 work on the A9 Upgrade from Dunblane to Inverness as outlined in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18853 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline a timetable for phase 1 work on the A9 Upgrade from Dunblane to Inverness as outlined in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18854 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is to dual the A9 between Perth and Blair Atholl.

S3W-18855 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is to provide grade separated junctions on the A9 between Keir Roundabout and south of Broxden Roundabout.

S3W-18856 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of grade separation at the Broxden and Inveralmond roundabouts.

S3W-18857 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of (a) climbing lanes, (b) overtaking sections and (c) junction improvements between Blair Atholl and Inverness.

S3W-18858 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what next steps it will take to ensure the beginning of phase 1 work on the A9 Upgrade from Dunblane to Inverness as outlined in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18859 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to complete the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Blair Atholl by 2020.

S3W-18860 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin the phase 1 work of the Highland Mainline Rail Improvements project as outlined in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18861 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it will take to complete the phase 1 work of the Highland Mainline Rail Improvements project as outlined in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-18862 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider extending the national concessionary travel scheme to provide parity between buses and trains.

S3W-18863 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will end any fare discrimination against single rail journeys and rail passengers who do not return the same day.

S3W-18864 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to establish good practice in consulting service users with learning disabilities prior to tendering of their existing services taking place.

S3W-18865 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities on establishing common practice in consulting service users with learning disabilities prior to tendering their existing services.

S3W-18866 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to issue new procurement guidance on (a) the options available to local authorities and (b) best practice in consulting service users.

S3W-18867 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to involve people with learning disabilities, other vulnerable adults and, where appropriate, their carers or advocates in the establishment of good practice in consulting service users in the procurement process.

S3W-18868 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to local authorities and voluntary organisations to establish good practice in consulting service users with learning disabilities before any decision is taken to tender or retender or during the tender specification process itself.

S3W-18869 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to develop the skills of service users with learning disabilities to assist them to participate more effectively in consultation processes.

S3W-18872 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive who, other than civil servants, is involved in considering applications to the Climate Challenge Fund and what the locus or role is of each person involved.

S3W-18873 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it takes to monitor the incidence of stress-related disorders.

S3W-18874 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how much stress-related disorders have cost the (a) NHS and (b) Scottish economy in each of the last three years.

S3W-18875 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides to self-help and voluntary groups dealing with stress-related disorders.

S3W-18876 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the study of breast cancer screening that compared double reading of mammograms with a single reading and a computer assisted programme, as set out in page 38 of Better Cancer Care, An Action Plan, when a decision will be reached on which approach should be used in the Scottish Breast Screening Programme.

S3W-18877 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Chief Scientist Office funded study into ethnic variation in health, health service utilisation and health outcomes in Scotland will be completed.

S3W-18878 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to add ethnicity information to death certificates.

S3W-18879 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive which areas of Scotland (a) make and (b) do not make sentinel node biopsy available to breast cancer patients.

S3W-18880 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to conclude a feasibility study of extending breast cancer sentinel node biopsy to the whole of Scotland.

S3W-18881 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will set new targets for recruitment to cancer research trials.

S3W-18882 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that patients receive a routine vision assessment following a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

S3W-18883 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review SIGN guidelines to include the need for a routine vision assessment covering visual acuity, field and perception following a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

S3W-18884 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is in place for visual rehabilitation by trained rehabilitation specialists for patients following a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

S3W-18885 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what it expects total installed generating capacity to be by 2012, broken down by type of capacity.

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