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Business Bulletin No. 149/2004

Monday 18 October 2004

Section E : Written questions lodged from 11 to 15 October

  

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-11184 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were incurred as a result of the redrawing of plans for the arts factory in Easterhouse, and any other related work, in order to base the National Theatre there. *R*

S2W-11185 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have applied for the post of chair of the Scottish Arts Council and when the successful candidate will be announced. *R*

S2W-11397 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when Forestry Commission Scotland will bring forward a community purchase scheme; how many houses such a scheme will aim to provide, and when such houses are expected to be available for occupation.

S2W-11398 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to Forestry Commission Scotland’s development of a community purchase scheme, whether forest land will be valued on the basis of its use as forest and, if not, whether valuing the land on some other basis can be justified given its current use as forest.

S2W-11399 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assessment has been made, other than by Forestry Commission Scotland or those working for it or instructed on its behalf, of the areas of land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland which are suitable for development for housing and, if not, whether such an assessment will now be carried out.

S2W-11400Δ Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Brussels on Monday 18 October 2004.

S2W-11401 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA) has been involved in immigration matters; whether its remit has been extended to include immigration, and what the remit of the (a) SDEA and (b) police is in respect of immigration and how these remits relate to the role of immigration officials.

S2W-11402 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the archive of Richard Demarco is retained complete in Scotland and is available for public inspection.

S2W-11403 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Health Improvement Fund still exists in its original form.

S2W-11404 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place for the recruitment of overseas nurses and doctors by the NHS.

S2W-11405 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-8893 by Peter Peacock on 30 June 2004, what progress has been made by the group undertaking the review of social work.

S2W-11406 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing an environmental court or an environmental appeals tribunal.

S2W-11407 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage overseas students to stay in Scotland after graduation.

S2W-11408 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Table 0.01 of Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008, what the Total Managed Expenditure was broken down also into the budgets for (a) Justice, (b) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, (c) Education and Young People, (d) Tourism, Culture and Sport, (e) Health and Community Care, (f) the Food Standards Agency, (g) Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, (h) Communities, (i) Transport, (j) Environment and Rural Development, (k) Finance and Public Services, (l) the capital modernisation fund, (m) administration, (n) the Scottish Parliament and Audit Scotland and (o) the contingency fund in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, (iii) 2001-02, (iv) 2002-03 and (v) 2003-04, expressed also in real terms at 1999-2000 prices.

S2W-11409 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the growth of girls’ and women’s football.

S2W-11410 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of its responsibilities for granting consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, it will place a copy of the "Holford Rules", which govern the transmission of electricity by overhead lines, in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-11411 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether British Airports Authority will be expected to contribute towards the cost of new rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

S2W-11412 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff are involved in the procurement of capital projects.

S2W-11413 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the data used to support the statement by the Minister for Finance and Public Services, that the professionalism of its procurement staff has increased, in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412).

S2W-11414 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to make ministerial involvement a prerequisite in key procurement decisions, as referred to by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10409).

S2W-11415 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which bodies funded by it are not required to involve ministers in key procurement decisions.

S2W-11416 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used to determine whether there should be ministerial involvement in a procurement exercise.

S2W-11417 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any amendment to HM Treasury guidance on the use of construction management since July 1999 and, if so, whether it will place any relevant documents in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-11418 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any supplementary guidance to officials on the use of construction management since July 1999 and, if so, whether it will place such guidance in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-11419 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects currently being procured by it or other relevant bodies are defined as "major projects", as referred to by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412).

S2W-11420 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued on the conduct of gateway reviews in relation to major projects, as referred to by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412).

S2W-11421 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it has introduced in procurement professionalism, capacity and practice since 1999, as referred to by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412).

S2W-11422 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring arrangements are in place to assess the success of any changes it has introduced in procurement professionalism, capacity and practice since 1999, as referred to by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412).

S2W-11423 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments made by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10414), which qualifications are recognised by it as professional qualifications in procurement.

S2W-11424 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, with reference to the comments made by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412), it will place a copy of its construction client pack and any associated materials in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-11425 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments made by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412), what instructions it has issued regarding the submission of reports to the responsible minister if a gateway review finds that a project is in difficulty and, if no such instructions have been issued, what the target date is for their issue.

S2W-11426 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments made by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412), what guidance it has issued in relation to the requirement that advice on procurement options for future capital projects and their associated risks is submitted to the relevant minister for approval and, if no such guidance has been issued, what the target date is for its issue.

S2W-11427 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments made by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412), what criteria it will use to determine whether the use of construction management is appropriate for future capital projects.

S2W-11428 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern languages teachers there have been in secondary schools in each year since 1999, broken down by subject.

S2W-11429 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils sat modern languages at (a) standard grade and (b) higher level in each year since 1999, broken down by subject and expressed as a percentage of the year group.

S2W-11430 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it, the Scottish Arts Council or the British Council provide for Scottish artists or performing groups exhibiting or performing abroad.

S2W-11431 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to set a pay structure for visual and applied artists which would provide a minimum hourly rate for work carried out under contract to a public authority.

S2W-11432 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its timetable is for reform of the law of bankruptcy and diligence.

S2W-11433 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS Argyll and Clyde patients were treated by NHS Greater Glasgow in each of the last three years, broken down by local health care co-operative and including (a) all day cases and inpatients, (b) elective inpatients, (c) emergency inpatients, (d) day cases and (e) GP outpatient referrals.

S2W-11434 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were treated at the Helensburgh Victoria Infirmary in each of the last three years, broken down by specialty.

S2W-11435 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were treated at the Dumbarton Joint Hospital in each of the last three years, broken down by specialty.

S2W-11436 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent action has been taken to encourage NHS Argyll and Clyde to work more effectively across boundaries with NHS Greater Glasgow and NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S2W-11437 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments made by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10410), what changes have been made in its relationship with the UK home civil service to indicate its conversion from a government department to a devolved government.

S2W-11438 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been carried out to assess its actions in addressing the issues raised in the reports into the Holyrood project by John Spencely and the Auditor General for Scotland in 2001 and whether it will place any relevant documents in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-11439 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that someone who donates an organ to another human being should, if they take time off from their employment, have annual leave deducted as a consequence.

S2W-11440 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning will reply to my letter of 13 July 2004 regarding the rules concerning payment of the educational maintenance allowance.

S2W-11441 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive which minister has responsibility for European and external affairs following the reshuffle of ministerial responsibilities on 5 October 2004.

S2W-11442 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what distinctive duties will be carried out by the Minister for Finance and Public Services and the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in respect of their responsibilities for external affairs.

S2W-11443 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prevent the spread of scrapie in sheep.

S2W-11444 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage supermarkets to source more products locally.

S2W-11445 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the recommendations of the Council of Scottish Colonels on the future structure of Scotland's regiments.

S2W-11446 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the restructuring of police funding announced by the Minister for Justice on 12 October 2004, what funding will be allocated (a) in total and (b) per capita on a national basis and broken down by police board area for the next three years, and how this compares with the previous three years.

S2W-11447 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Grampian Police receives a share of funding which adequately reflects the extra duties it must carry out to police the offshore industry and the royal estate at Balmoral.

S2W-11448 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to news release SEed237/2003 on 10 June 2003 on its teacher induction scheme, how many of the probationer teachers referred to completed their initial teacher education course in Scotland.

S2W-11449 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish students studying initial teacher education in England and Wales gained employment in Scotland in the year immediately following the completion of their course.

S2W-11450 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to ensure that the planning system complies with the directive implementing the provisions of the Aarhus Convention once this comes into force.

S2W-11451 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide adequate dental care on the Isle of Lewis.

S2W-11452 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made with regard to designating responsible authorities and their functions under sections 2(6) and (8) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-11453 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Renewables Obligation – Ofgem’s first annual report: February 2004, why there is a planned reduction in hydro-electric output of up to 60mw.

S2W-11454 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response was to the consultation which ended on 22 September 2004 on a proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/88/EC concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time and whether it will publish the response.

S2W-11455 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many days wind speeds rose above 39 miles per hour in (a) Lerwick, (b) Kirkwall, (c) Wick, (d) Stornoway, (e) Barra, (f) Islay, (g) Inverness and (h) Glasgow in each of the last four years.

S2W-11456 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many days air ambulances in (a) the Highlands, (b) Orkney, (c) Shetland and (d) the Western Isles were unable to fly as a result of poor weather conditions in each of the last four years.

S2W-11457 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many journeys were undertaken by air ambulances to (a) Inverness and (b) Aberdeen from (i) the Highlands, (ii) Orkney, (iii) Shetland and (iv) the Western Isles in each of the last four years.

S2W-11458 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made for the transportation of medical teams back to their relative areas of departure under the proposed new system for air ambulance transfer.

S2W-11459 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total budget was for air ambulance services covering (a) the Highlands, (b) Orkney, (c) Shetland and (d) the Western Isles in each of the last four years.

S2W-11460 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected budget is for air ambulance services covering (a) the Highlands, (b) Orkney, (c) Shetland and (d) the Western Isles for each of the next four years.

S2W-11461 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the actual costs were for air ambulance services to (a) the Highlands, (b) Orkney, (c) Shetland and (d) the Western Isles in each of the last four years.

S2W-11462 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has written off the annual debt of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

S2W-11463 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many air ambulance journeys were carried out from within the Highland Council area in each of the last five years, detailing where such journeys originated.

S2W-11464 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed by Learning and Teaching Scotland in its Dundee office.

S2W-11465 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to centralise Learning and Teaching Scotland to its Glasgow office.

S2W-11466 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultants are suspended across Scotland and for how long they have been suspended.

S2W-11467 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant vacancies there are within district general hospitals, broken down by hospital.

S2W-11468 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general surgeons are employed in the NHS.

S2W-11469 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for general surgeons in the NHS.

S2W-11470 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general surgeons were trained in each of the last five years.

S2W-11471 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant obstetricians are employed within the NHS.

S2W-11472 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for consultant obstetricians within the NHS.

S2W-11473 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many obstetricians were trained in each of the last five years

S2W-11474 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10810 by Malcolm Chisholm on 30 September 2004, for which NHS boards is such information available and how many children in each such board were classified as clinically obese in each of the last five years, expressed also as a percentage of the child population in each board and showing the percentage change on a year-on-year basis.

S2W-11475 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10810 by Malcolm Chisholm on 30 September 2004, how it will obtain such information from NHS boards that have not submitted data.

S2W-11476 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to revise the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park.

S2W-11477 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average population size is that is served by a district general hospital.

S2W-11478 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the average population size served by a district general hospital has changed since 1999.

S2W-11479 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its response to the consultation on children’s oral health Towards Better Oral Health in Children and whether it will indicate its position on compulsory water fluoridation.

S2W-11480 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response was to the European Commission’s consultation which ended on 31 March 2004 on the working time regulations in relation to the opt-out for doctors' on-call time, and whether it will publish the response.

S2W-11481 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the review of police grant aided expenditure will have on Glasgow.

S2W-11482 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new formula for police funding will provide additional resources for policing in Glasgow city centre.

S2W-11483 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-8282 by Malcolm Chisholm on 26 May 2004, when it will publish the conclusions of Towards Better Oral Health in Children; what the reasons are for the delay in publication, and whether there have been any longer delays in the publication of other reports on consultations and, if so, which consultations.

S2W-11484 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to Scottish Enterprise in respect of any pay negotiations with representatives of staff employed in Careers Scotland.

S2W-11485 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of any performance bonus scheme operated by Scottish Enterprise in respect of employees in Careers Scotland.

S2W-11486 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what bonus payments were made to Careers Scotland management and staff in each of the last three years broken down by grade.

S2W-11487 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a national pay structure for all management and staff employed by Careers Scotland.

S2W-11488 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9606 by Euan Robson on 3 August 2004, what the cost is per child to attend as a (a) day and (b) residential pupil at each specialist school.

S2W-11489 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any restrictions exist for newly-qualified teachers gaining a probationer position in Scotland who completed their initial teacher education in England and Wales, as compared to those who completed their initial teacher education in Scotland.

S2W-11490 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9905 by Malcolm Chisholm on 9 September 2004, whether it will provide the table, hospital beds by specialty, in electronic form.

S2W-11491 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10679 by Mr Andy Kerr on 11 October 2004, how many staffed NHS beds there were in the five years prior to 1998, broken down by NHS (a) board and (b) trust.

S2W-11492 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its role is, and what its future role will be, as a public member of Network Rail.

S2W-11493 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what Network Rail’s permitted development rights are in respect of conservation areas and sites of special scientific interest.

S2W-11494 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to include Network Rail within the statutory responsibilities of the Scottish Information Commissioner.

S2W-11495 Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of the status of Network Rail with regard to environmental assessments and public consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage and interested parties on plans with a significant environmental impact.

S2W-11496 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days (a) Sumburgh, (b) Kirkwall, (c) Wick, (d) Stornoway, (e) Benbecula, (f) Barra, (g) Inverness, (h) Aberdeen and (i) Glasgow airport has been closed due to fog in each year since 2000.

S2W-11497 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct payments have been made for children’s services, broken down by local authority area in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.

S2W-11498 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average value is of a direct payment made (a) to parents of children with disabilities and (b) generally.

S2W-11499 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct payments have been made by each local authority in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.

S2W-11500 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to open or reopen rural railway stations in the north east.

S2W-11501 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to assure patients that all podiatrists are trained, qualified and fit to practice.

S2W-11502 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-10225 by Mr Tom McCabe on 29 September 2004, where each person with learning disabilities currently resides, broken down by hospital.

S2W-11503 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has requested from educators or educational institutions in respect of development work being carried out on the creation of a postgraduate qualification and Scottish Vocational Qualification for those working with people with autistic spectrum disorder.

S2W-11504 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, regarding funding opportunities for social care providers in Scotland.

S2W-11505 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected budget allocation is for the Voluntary Sector Development Fund for each of the next five years.

S2W-11506 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected budgetary allocations are for the six centres of social work excellence for each of the next five years.

S2W-11507 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected budgetary allocations are for the Social Work Services Inspectorate’s disbursement under section 9(1) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 in respect of social care employee training for each of the next five years.

S2W-11508 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority will receive through the specific training grant for each of the next five years.

S2W-11509 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the benefit to private and voluntary sector partners of the specific training grant scheme.

S2W-11510 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget the Social Work Services Inspectorate will be allocated to support training programmes and initiatives for each of the next five years, expressed numerically and as a year-on-year percentage increase.

S2W-11511 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund the social work incentive scheme.

S2W-11512 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure on training for social workers was in each local authority in each of the last five years and what information it has on how these figures compare with equivalent expenditure in English and Welsh local authorities.

S2W-11513 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the treatment fee per patient is for private podiatry practitioners who undertake work on behalf of the NHS.

S2W-11514 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the waiting time is for fertility treatment, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-11515 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether excluding women from fertility treatment at the age of 38 is in accordance with Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

S2W-11516 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the waiting times for fertility treatment are in accordance with Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights in light of the fact that this can exclude many women due to the age barrier of 38.

S2W-11517 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether families with an adopted child have access to infertility treatment.

S2W-11518 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to National Progress Report - September 2004, Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI); Infection Control in NHSScotland, which NHS boards need to clarify responsibility and accountability relating to healthcare associated infections.

S2W-11519 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to National Progress Report - September 2004, Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI); Infection Control in NHSScotland, what information on infection rates in hospitals will be made available to the public.

S2W-11520 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to National Progress Report - September 2004, Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI); Infection Control in NHSScotland, when the work and outcomes of the Scottish Ministerial Healthcare Associated Infection Task Force will be published.

S2W-11521 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to National Progress Report - September 2004, Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI); Infection Control in NHSScotland, which NHS boards and operating divisions do not demonstrate compliance with hand hygiene policy.

S2W-11522 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed by the Scottish procurement directorate, broken down also by (a) gender and (b) ethnic origin and what proportion of such staff have a professional qualification in procurement, broken down by (i) grade and (ii) pay scale.

S2W-11523 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appointments were made following the recruitment campaign for policy analysts referred to in news release SENWO46/2002 on 18 June 2002 broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnic origin and what proportion of such appointees have professional qualifications in (i) information technology, (ii) finance, (iii) human resource management and (iv) procurement, broken down by (1) grade and (2) pay scale.

S2W-11524 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10412), how many staff are employed by its centre of expertise for programme policy and project delivery broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnic origin and what proportion of such staff have a relevant professional qualification as recognised by the Executive, broken down by (i) grade and (ii) pay scale.

S2W-11525 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the comments by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in the debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report on 22 September 2004 (Official Report col. 10413), how many of its staff are defined as "new internal sources of expertise and guidance on the interpretation and application of European Union procurement rules" broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnic origin and what professional qualifications are held by such officers, broken down by (i) grade and (ii) pay scale.

S2W-11526 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will measure the effectiveness of community wardens as referred to in Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008.

S2W-11527 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hours on average each adult prisoner spent on (a) education, broken down by (i) literacy, (ii) numeracy and (iii) other education-related activities, (b) exercise, (c) vocational work and (d) community work in each year since 1999.

S2W-11528 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in recording allegations and incidents of threatening and intimidating behaviour of staff towards prisoners; how such incidents are broken down for statistical analysis, and how many such incidents there were in the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-11529 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average public sector salary was in each year since 1999.

S2W-11530 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of those convicted of crimes involving graffiti in 2003 were repeat offenders and whether common profiles for repeat offenders have been created.

S2W-11531 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of police officers in each police force is (a) female and (b) from an ethnic minority, broken down by rank.

S2W-11532 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths in custody there were in each of the last 10 years broken down by prison and indicating where these were challenged at the inquest and how many such challenges were successful.

S2W-11533 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are for probation officers, broken down by grade and how many probation officers have left the Scottish Prison Service in each financial year.

S2W-11534 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1085 by Hugh Henry on 22 July 2003, how many offences have been committed under sections 47 as amended and 49 of the Criminal law (Consolidation ) (Scotland) Act 1995, and sections 139 and 141 as amended of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in each year since 2003, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-11535 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to amend fire safety regulations in respect of sub-surface railway stations.

S2W-11536 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultations it has carried out since July 1999 and what action it has taken in light of any responses received.

S2W-11537 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any legislation or other action it has abandoned as a result of a consultation.

 

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