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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 December 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-38104 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37633 by Stewart Stevenson on 6 December 2010, what level of funding has been allocated in the draft budget for 2011-12 to support the implementation of the climate change public engagement strategy.

S3W-38105 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women over 70 have self-referred to the breast-screening programme in each of the last 10 years for which information is available.

S3W-38106 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the number of women over 70 who self-refer to the breast-screening programme.

S3W-38107 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that women over 70 are aware that they can self-refer to the breast-screening programme.

S3W-38108 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to women over 70 explaining the process for self-referral to the breast-screening programme.

S3W-38109 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to people who are blind or partially sighted regarding self-referral to the breast-screening programme.

S3W-38110 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what education is provided to GPs regarding the treatment of thyroid conditions.

S3W-38111 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what information NHSScotland provides to the general public regarding thyroid conditions.

S3W-38112 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of patients diagnosed with myalgic encephalopathy (ME) have existing thyroid conditions.

S3W-38113 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has on links between thyroid disorders and breast cancer.

S3W-38114 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is given to thyroid patients to help them manage their condition.

S3W-38115 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many generic prescriptions the NHS has issued in each year since 2000.

S3W-38116 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many generic prescriptions the NHS has issued to people with a thyroid condition in each year since 2000.

S3W-38117 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of any complications arising from the use of generic rather than branded forms of thyroxine.

S3W-38118 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it provides to pharmacies regarding prescriptions for generic drugs for thyroid patients.

S3W-38119 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives pharmacies and GPs to ensure that the same strength of drugs is provided to thyroid patients.

S3W-38120 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure stability in the strength of drugs for thyroid patients.

S3W-38121 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients on branded forms of thyroxine have a more positive outcome than those on generic forms.

S3W-38122 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the British Thyroid Association.

S3W-38123 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides to charities that aim to assist people with thyroid conditions.

S3W-38124 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has guidelines on the combined use of triiodothyronine and levothyroxine in patients with hypothyroidism.

S3W-38125 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people diagnosed with thyroid conditions is prescribed a combined course of triiodothyronine and thyroxine and what information it has on how this compares with the situation worldwide.

S3W-38126 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of the benefits of the combined use of triiodothyronine and thyroxine compared with patients receiving only thyroxine.

S3W-38127 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it provides to GPs in relation to considering a potential thyroid patient’s blood test results.

S3W-38128 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the NHS spends annually on drugs to treat a thyroid condition.

S3W-38129 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultants specialising in thyroid conditions there are in each NHS board.

S3W-38130 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what remuneration the chair of the National Performance Management Committee received from the Scottish Government in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 and on what basis the remuneration was calculated.

S3W-38131 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) snow ploughs and (b) gritting vehicles are under the control of Transport Scotland.

S3W-38132 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources were allocated for cold weather conditions following the winter of 2009-10

S3W-38133 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources were given to local authorities for cold weather conditions following the winter of 2009-10.

S3W-38134 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidelines were issued to police forces concerning how to assist members of the public caught up in cold weather conditions following the winter of 2009-10.

S3W-38135 Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether future Scotland Rural Development Programme mechanisms under the Common Agricultural Programme after 2013 will provide incentives for food producers who produce food for the local market, use native breeds and integrated farming systems.

S3W-38136 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many subjects it expects pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38137 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that pupils can be examined for eight subjects in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38138 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it considers that pupils can be examined in fewer than eight subjects in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38139 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding the number of subjects that it expects pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38140 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice the Scottish Qualifications Authority has given schools and local authorities regarding the number of subjects that it expects pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38141 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with schools and local authorities regarding the number of subjects that it expects pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38142 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what feedback it has received from schools and local authorities regarding the number of subjects that they will allow pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38143 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to gather feedback from schools and local authorities regarding the number of subjects that they will allow pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system and, if so, when it will make this feedback public.

S3W-38144 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given schools and local authorities regarding the number of subjects that it expects pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38145 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give advice to schools and local authorities regarding the number of subjects that it expects pupils to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system and, if so, what advice.

S3W-38146 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with COSLA regarding the number of subjects that pupils (a) can and (b) should be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38147 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the teaching unions regarding the number of subjects that pupils (a) can and (b) should be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38148 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many subjects the Curriculum for Excellence Management Board considers pupils should expect to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38149 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many subjects the Curriculum for Excellence Stakeholder Group considers pupils should expect to be examined for in S4 under the new national qualifications system.

S3W-38150 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many UCAS points will be attributed to National 4 qualifications and how this will differ from the points attributed to standard grade qualifications.

S3W-38151 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many UCAS points will be attributed to National 5 qualifications and how this will differ from the points attributed to standard grade qualifications.

S3W-38152 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether students in Scotland could be put at a competitive disadvantage compared with students in England when applying for UK universities if the number of subjects that they can study at S4 is limited.

S3W-38153 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fish farm inspections the Fish Health Inspectorate has carried out in each of the last five years.

S3W-38154 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fish farms the Fish Health Inspectorate has inspected in each of the last five years.

S3W-38155 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breaches of regulations at fish farms the Fish Health Inspectorate has detected in each of the last five years.

S3W-38156 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulatory action has been taken as a result of inspections by the Fish Health Inspectorate in each of the last five years.

S3W-38157 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37686 by Nicola Sturgeon on 25 November 2010, when it will notify the Scottish Funding Council of the number of new entrants to trainee nursing programmes for 2011-12 and what the number of new entrants will be.

S3W-38158 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37687 by Nicola Sturgeon on 25 November 2010, on what date it will decide on the number of new entrants to the foundation training programmes for trainee doctors for 2011-12 and what the number of new entrants will be.

S3W-38159 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the premises currently occupied by Marine ScotlandScience in Almondbank following the expected closure of the facility in March 2011.

S3W-38160 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Fish Health Inspectorate has commenced unannounced visits to fish farms, as recommended by the Healthier Fish Working Group to the Ministerial Group on Aquaculture at its meeting of 22 June 2010.

S3W-38161 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on making it a requirement for all operators in the marine environment to enter into Farm Management Agreements, as recommended by the Healthier Fish Working Group to the Ministerial Group on Aquaculture at its meeting of 22 June 2010.

S3W-38162 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on making it a requirement for non-efficacious treatments of sea lice and the mortality of farmed fish due to sea louse infection to be reported to Marine Scotland, as recommended by the Healthier Fish Working Group to the Ministerial Group on Aquaculture at its meeting of 22 June 2010.

S3W-38163 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inspections of fish farms by Marine Scotland relating to sea louse infections and fish escapes were made in 2009-10.

S3W-38164 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inspections of fish farms by Marine Scotland relating to sea louse infections and fish escapes have been made since 1 April 2010.

S3W-38165 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the results of inspections of individual fish farms by Marine Scotland relating to sea louse infections and fish escapes are publicly available.

S3W-38166 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since May 2007 in supporting grandparents providing childcare for grandchildren aged under three.

S3W-38167 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving national support for foster carers.

S3W-38168 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, if numbers on foundation training programme for trainee doctors reduce, what contingency arrangements are in place for those medical graduates who do not obtain a place.

S3W-38169 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has given approval for more homes to be built on new housing developments than originally applied for in each of the last five years.

S3W-38170 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances women under 50 can obtain screening for breast cancer

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