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Section E – Written questions lodged on 3 February 2010

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-31391 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what payments have been made to consultants by the Scottish Futures Trust since 1 September 2009, broken down by (a) consultant, (b) amount and (d) date of payment.

S3W-31427 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employers have successfully applied for the £1,000 incentive offered by the Invest in an Apprentice scheme running until 26 March 2010.

S3W-31428 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the £2,000 incentives have been awarded to employers for creating modern apprenticeships in the manufacturing, food and drink, textiles or energy sectors for 16 to 19-year-olds.

S3W-31429 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement by the UK National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) that 16 to 17-year-olds not in full-time education have seen the largest absolute fall in their employment rate since the start of the recession, whether it plans to create a non-sector-specific apprenticeship grant scheme targeting unemployed people aged 16 to 17, similar to that provided by the NAS.

S3W-31430 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30167 by Alex Neil on 14 January 2010, what the timetable is for reviewing each local housing strategy to assess whether equalities issues have been addressed.

S3W-31431 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it reviewed the local housing strategies for 2004 to 2009 produced by local authorities for evidence that equalities issues had been addressed and, if so, what information was obtained regarding the specific housing needs of Gypsies/Travellers.

S3W-31432Δ Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, as outlined in the Scottish Ministerial Code, whether it will publish (a) details of all overseas travel undertaken by ministers in 2008-09 and (b) the total costs of such travel in (i) cash and (ii) real terms for the last 10 years.‬‪

S3W-31433 Jack McConnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many gritters were in operation each day on the (a) A721, (b) A722 and (c) A723 in the Motherwell and Wishaw parliamentary constituency between 17 December 2009 and 8 January 2010.

S3W-31434 Jack McConnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much grit and salt North Lanarkshire Council has bought and stockpiled in each of the last five years.

S3W-31435 Jack McConnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much grit and salt has been bought and stockpiled in each of the last five years.

S3W-31436 Jack McConnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities about filling grit bins and how it monitors the implementation of such guidance.

S3W-31437 Jack McConnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities had a policy of not filling grit bins as of November 2009.

S3W-31438 Jack McConnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how ministers will identify lessons learned from the recent adverse weather conditions at the end of December 2009 and beginning of January 2010 and how any recommendations will be taken forward.

S3W-31439 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to replicate the Armed Forces Home Ownership Scheme that is being piloted in England.

S3W-31440 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the paper on the analysis of capital projects issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 2 February 2010, what the implications are of the reduction of £3 million in the 2010-11 capital budget allocated to the Glasgow School of Art rebuilding project.

S3W-31441 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-8010 by Shona Robison on 1 October 2009, what the timescale is for school children in the South of Scotland having access to free swimming, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-31442 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-8010 by Shona Robison on 1 October 2009, what work is being undertaken between Scottish Swimming and local authorities in the South of Scotland to deliver the provision of free swimming for school children, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-31443 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-8010 by Shona Robison on 1 October 2009, how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age attending full-time education in the Scottish Borders have access to free swimming.

S3W-31444 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average rent levied by each local authority was in 2009.

S3W-31445 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average rent levied by each housing association was in 2009.

S3W-31446 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people rescued from fires by the fire service in the last three years were (a) injured and (b) uninjured in each (i) region and (ii) fire brigade area.

S3W-31447 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30205 by Richard Lochhead on 15 January 2010, what the term normal circumstances covers and what abnormal or other circumstances might require use of lethal measures.

S3W-31448 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of operators of aquaculture and fisheries equipment has shot seals in the last five years without having (a) antipredator nets, (b) properly tensioned antipredator nets and (c) acoustic deterrent devices in place.

S3W-31449 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30205 by Richard Lochhead on 15 January 2010, whether the new seal licence system will ensure that all non-lethal measures are used by operators of aquaculture and fisheries equipment and whether a record will be kept of those non-lethal measures that prove to be ineffective and the reasons for their ineffectiveness.

S3W-31450 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30205 by Richard Lochhead on 15 January 2010, when the cetacean-friendly seal scarer will be field tested and whether its use, if found to be effective, will be made mandatory for operators of aquaculture and fisheries equipment.

S3W-31451 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seals have been culled under the Moray Firth Seal Management Plan; whether there are plans to extend the scheme across Scotland and, if so, how many seals might be culled in each year; how the plan relates to the new seal licence system, and whether culling will be used in cases where licences to shoot seals are not granted.

S3W-31452 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many roads were closed by local authorities following damage sustained during the recent severe weather conditions, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-31453 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many roads are closed following damage sustained during the recent severe weather conditions, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-31454 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many roads are closed, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-31455 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what roads are closed, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-31456 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued guidance to local authorities on the timescale within which local roads closed following damage sustained during the recent severe weather conditions must be repaired.

S3W-31457 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities to ensure that local businesses do not suffer because of the closure of local roads damaged during the recent severe weather conditions.

S3W-31458 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to ensure that a greater focus is placed on female prisoners at Scottish Prison Service Board level.

S3W-31459 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to issues raised in the recent HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on HMP Cornton Vale, what steps it will take to ensure that any prisoner in Bruce or Younger houses will be allowed to use the toilet promptly, ending delays of up to two hours.

S3W-31460 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish a Scottish Prison Service plan to improve the conditions at HMP Cornton Vale, particularly in Peebles, Bruce and Younger houses.

S3W-31461 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will end the use of the back cells in HMP Cornton Vale and adopt a new approach to the management of vulnerable and disturbed women in the prison.

S3W-31462 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland was requested to give advice on issues affecting vulnerable or mentally ill prisoners in HMP Cornton Vale.

S3W-31463 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the use of video links between HMP Cornton Vale and courts.

S3W-31464 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times video links were used in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009 between HMP Cornton Vale and courts.

S3W-31465 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what establishments Scottish Prison Service listener schemes exist and how many listeners there are in each establishment.

S3W-31466 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether schemes equivalent to the Scottish Prison Service Listener Scheme exist in HMP Kilmarnock and HMP Addiewell and, if so, how many listeners are involved in each.

S3W-31467 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the issue of advertising the Scottish Prison Service Listener Scheme, which was identified in the recent HM Inspecorate of Prisons report on HMP Cornton Vale, is being addressed in all prisons.

S3W-31468 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the Suicide Risk Management Group of HMP Cornton Vale did not meet in the two quarters after March 2009.

S3W-31469 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all prisoners held under Rule 37 of the Prison Rules applying to the Scottish Prison Service estate have care plans and whether those plans always include input from a qualified psychiatrist.

S3W-31470 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the agreed policy of the Scottish Prison Service to develop visitor centres will lead to the conversion of the old staff restaurant at HMP Cornton Vale and the development of a centre manned by volunteers.

S3W-31471 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether methadone will be given to all prisoners who have been prescribed the medicine on the day of release from prison, provided that contact has been made with the appropriate community prescriber.

S3W-31472 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements exist for vulnerable female prisoners to be transported home from HMP Cornton Vale on discharge and connected immediately to the relevant community services.

S3W-31473 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many female prisoners were designated as having no fixed abode on their admission to HMP Cornton Vale in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

S3W-31474 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many female prisoners were designated as having no fixed abode on their discharge from HMP Cornton Vale in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

S3W-31475 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current timeline is for re-integration of Scottish Prison Service primary medical and nursing services into the NHS and who the new chair of the relevant working group will be when the current chair retires.

S3W-31476 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what hourly direct payments rates are paid by each local authority.

S3W-31477 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the figure for the approximate current energy use per m2 of floor area in the Parliament’s energy performance certificate is based on theoretical models of the potential performance of the building.

S3W-31478 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of the figure for the energy usage of the Parliament in 2007-08 being approximately 300kWh/m2 as derived from figures appearing in its environmental annual report and energy performance certificate, when it plans to have its energy performance certificate reassessed.

S3W-31479 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the reason is for the assessment of the energy usage of the Parliament building for 2007-08 being twice the figure on its energy performance certificate.

S3W-31480 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what percentage of its future maintenance costs will need to be used to upgrade the building to reduce overall energy consumption.

S3W-31481 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, given the potential additional energy costs associated with wrongly rated energy performance certificates, what its position is on the ability of commercial organisations to rely on the accuracy of information in building energy performance certificates when making decisions regarding locating or relocating their businesses.

S3W-31482 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the environmental features are in the Parliament building and what percentage reduction of energy usage they contribute.

S3W-31483 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, given the statements in the BREEAM reports that domestic hot water in the Parliament building would be provided by solar panels backed up by gas-fired water heaters, what the percentage split of provision has been in each of the last five years.

S3W-31484 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage increase in demand for ambulance services has been in the last eight years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-31485 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish prisons were eligible to participate in the Naloxone Investigation (N-ALIVE) Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial; if so, whether any prisons requested to participate, and how many trials in participating prisons were deemed a success.

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