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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 April 2009

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-23177 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations govern the installation and maintenance of domestic fuel oil storage tanks.

S3W-23178 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the annual consumption of domestic fuel oil in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) parliamentary region and (b) local authority area.

S3W-23179 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the evaporation of fuel oil held in storage in Scotland.

S3W-23180 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to bring about a national approach to adverse incident reporting in relation to managing the use of medicines in hospitals so that lessons learned from incidents are shared across NHS boards.

S3W-23181 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been admitted to hospital as a consequence of an allergic reaction to food in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-23182 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children have been admitted to hospital as a consequence of an allergic reaction to food in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-23183 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it and its agencies paid in employers’ national insurance contributions in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-23184Δ Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to respond to the recommendations of the independent working group, Securing Our Future Initiative, which published its report on 27 February 2009.

S3W-23185 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that all appropriate patients have access to a routine post-fracture assessment for osteoporosis and the risk of future fractures.

S3W-23186 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what play facilities and opportunities will be created as part of the new infrastructure for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-23187 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what play facilities and opportunities for children’s play will remain on-site after the end of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-23188 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to use the opportunity provided by the 2014 Commonwealth Games to enable children and young people to engage in informal, active and spontaneous free play.

S3W-23189 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to use the opportunity provided by the 2014 Commonwealth Games to encourage children and young people to become fitter and healthier.

S3W-23190 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that Scottish Water carries out the exercise of its core functions in line with sustainable development principles.

S3W-23191 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures Scottish Water’s compliance with ministerial guidance on sustainable development issued under the terms of section 51(3) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.

S3W-23192 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what sustainability indicators are monitored when assessing progress on sustainable development in the exercise of Scottish Water’s core functions.

S3W-23193 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the sustainability performance of Scottish Water.

S3W-23194 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines lowest reasonable overall costs under section 29G of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 and whether it has provided the Water Industry Commission for Scotland with guidance on how it should interpret this phrase.

S3W-23195 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it has in place to ensure that the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, when exercising its functions regarding charges for goods and services under section 29C(2)(i) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002, takes into consideration the ministerial guidance to Scottish Water on sustainable development.

S3W-23196 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-22130 to S3W-22136 by Stewart Stevenson on 2 April 2009, when it directed Scottish Water’s £43.7 million out-performance balance to be deposited in a bank rather than invested in gilts.

S3W-23197 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-22130 to S3W-22136 by Stewart Stevenson on 2 April 2009, what arrangements are in place to ensure that the financial flows from the current Scottish Water out-performance balance of £43.7 million are distinguished from Scottish Water’s day-to-day income and expenditure flows.

S3W-23198 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-22130 to S3W-22136 by Stewart Stevenson on 2 April 2009, what specific aspects of Scottish Water’s 2009-10 investment delivery the Scottish Government intends to address by the decision to deposit the current £43.7 million out-performance balance in a bank rather than to invest it in gilts as described on page 12 of the Delivery Plan 2006-2010 February 2009 Update.

S3W-23199 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-22130 to S3W-22136 by Stewart Stevenson on 2 April 2009, for what specific investment purposes it has approved Scottish Water’s requests for withdrawing and using funds from its £43.7 million out-performance balance.

S3W-23200 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-22130 to S3W-22136 by Stewart Stevenson on 2 April 2009, for what specific investment purposes it has directed Scottish Water to withdraw and use funds from its £43.7 million out-performance balance.

S3W-23201 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15794 by Bruce Crawford on 17 September 2009, what the final figures relating to the cost of the 2008 summer Cabinet programme were, broken down by (a) staff time, (b) staff travel, (c) staff accommodation, (d) ministerial accommodation, (e) venue hire and set up, (f) publicity and (g) miscellaneous expenses.

S3W-23202 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs have been of the National Conversation, also broken down by (a) staffing, (b) holding and attending events, (c) publicity, (d) publication and design, (e) branding and staging materials and (f) other.

S3W-23203 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff (a) have been and (b) are employed on the National Conversation coordination team and at what cost.

S3W-23204 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs have been of the development of the planned independence referendum legislation, including staffing costs.

S3W-23205 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the occasions on which the First Minister travelled outwith Scotland on official business since May 2007, showing the (a) total cost, (b) breakdown of expenditure and (c) purpose of each visit.

S3W-23206 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ministerial visits outwith Scotland there have been since May 2007, broken down by visit and showing the (a) total cost, (b) breakdown of expenditure and (c) purpose of each visit.

S3W-23207 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies have been declared insolvent in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-23208 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) children and (b) adults were admitted to hospital as a result of malnutrition in each year since 2006, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-23209 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded convictions there have been for drug trafficking in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-23210 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees of NHS Tayside receive pay point 1 or pay point 2 and what percentage of the workforce they comprise.

S3W-23211 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the containment of Clostridium difficile spores to be a priority and, if so, what guidance it offers on containment measures.

S3W-23212 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to implement Rapid Review Panel products in its strategy to reduce healthcare associated infections.

S3W-23213 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of the Guidance on Prevention and Control of Clostridium difficile Associated Disease (CDAD) in Healthcare Settings in Scotland, published in October 2008 by Health Protection Scotland and due for review in March 2009, will be published.

S3W-23214 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ministerial engagements have been held in the Glasgow Anniesland parliamentary constituency since 1 January 2009, broken down by (a) ministerial portfolio, (b) date and (c) location.

S3W-23215 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions its health directorates and health ministers have had with Grampian NHS in light of the reported 34% European working time directive compliance level as at December 2008.

S3W-23216 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21171 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 March 2009, in respect of hand hygiene, when it is correct for NHS staff to use (a) the agent provided and water only, (b) the agent provided and water or alcohol gel and (c) alcohol gel alone.

S3W-23217 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is ensuring that surplus land available for sale that can be used for affordable housing is identified.

S3W-23218 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is ensuring the best use of the planning process in order to ensure that house building permissions are appropriate to the housing needs of each community.

S3W-23219 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of new housing development was reserved for affordable housing in 2008-09.

S3W-23220 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that need is identified in the affordable and community rented sector and that house building and housing improvements are appropriate to the needs of each area.

S3W-23221 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would be possible to transfer the Connected Communities network, established by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to a different broadband service on the island of Barra and whether any other service might provide wider internet coverage.

S3W-23222 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the people on the island of Barra are satisfied with their internet service provided by the Connected Communities initiative.

S3W-23223 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that the Connected Communities initiative offering broadband internet connection to the people on the island of Barra may not be suited to the hilly terrain of the island and that this may have affected the reliability of the service.

S3W-23224 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the people on the island of Barra were consulted about the internet package that they were to receive, as set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and whether the Scottish Government is aware of subsequent concerns that have been expressed about the reliability of this package.

S3W-23225 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to local concerns about whether Concom, which supplies parts of the Western Isles with broadband internet access, is on an equal footing in terms of quality and reliability with BT Broadband, which is used by the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-23226 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many residents of the island of Barra have had access to reliable broadband internet under the Connected Communities initiative.

S3W-23227 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether residents of the Western Isles who are linked to the Connected Communities initiative, such as people on the island of Barra, have access to a choice of broadband service provider.

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