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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 January 2005

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

S2W-13298 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how (a) mental health problems, (b) physical health problems, (c) homelessness, (d) unemployment and (e) social and financial problems are addressed, where appropriate, during treatment and rehabilitation interventions for drug misuse.

S2W-13299 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people live an alcohol-free lifestyle (a) eight and (b) 16 months following alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation programmes.

S2W-13300 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for drug treatment in each NHS board area.

S2W-13301 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the new GP contract will have if GPs choose not to offer an enhanced service for drug users.

S2W-13302 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the growth in cocaine and crack use.

S2W-13303 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are sufficient crisis and respite beds for drug users to access treatment programmes.

S2W-13304 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it can ensure that current and future investment for drug treatment gets to frontline services and leads to successful outcomes.

S2W-13305 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the quality and consistency of treatment intervention for drug addiction.

S2W-13306 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Naloxone is now being offered to heroin addicts as an alternative to methadone.

S2W-13307 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what planning applications have been received in connection with the nuclear industry in each of the last five years.

S2W-13308 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether the UK Department of Trade and Industry has taken a decision not to locate additional energy-related posts to its Aberdeen office and whether it intends to raise the matter with that department.

S2W-13309 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the option of reopening the Airdrie to Bathgate route as a light rail line has been investigated and, if so, what the results of the investigation were and, if no such investigation has been undertaken, what the reasons are for its position on the matter, given that Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance requires relevant alternative solutions to be developed for all schemes.

S2W-13310 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been conducted on the appropriateness of railway or tram options (a) as part of the Edinburgh  tram proposals, (b) as part of the Airdrie to Bathgate reopening plans or (c) in any other capacity.

S2W-13311 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has now been paid out in ex gratia payments to the former members of the Scottish Transport Group Pension funds.

S2W-13312 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2O-4557 by Nicol Stephen on 16 December 2004 regarding the Scottish Transport Group Pension funds, how much of the £250,000 set aside has now been paid out in late claims; how long it intends to retain the remainder of the set aside sum, and whether it intends paying out the remainder to those who have already submitted valid claims.

S2W-13313 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will not make a ministerial statement or lodge a motion for debate on the future of the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services and, in particular, the issue of tendering and whether tendering is necessary, until such time as there has been a reasonable opportunity for those MSPs who wish to hold a meeting with the European Commission officials to do so and whether the Minister for Transport will discuss the timing of any such statement or debate with MSPs from opposition parties.

S2W-13314 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to alleviate the financial hardship experienced by many cancer patients.

S2W-13315 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still able to fund all its transport commitments and, if not, which commitments will not be met.

S2W-13316 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement regarding the future viability, without further public funding, of eTourism Limited.

S2W-13317 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement in respect of how many redundancies it expects there to be as a result of the restructuring of Area Tourist Boards and, if not, which positions will be made redundant and whether there will be compulsory redundancies.

S2W-13318 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any part of the funding spent on quality assurance schemes within VisitScotland would be more effectively deployed in marketing, in particular through increasing funding for Events Scotland.

S2W-13319 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support will be provided for the Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William in 2007, and from which sources, and whether there will be one person or group who will be taking charge of co-ordinating the public sector role in maximising the benefits of this event for Scotland and the local economy of Lochaber.

S2W-13320 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports Lochaber’s bid to become the outdoor capital of the United Kingdom.

S2W-13321 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of children who have the opportunity, through school-organised trips, to participate in outdoor activity and whether it considers that National Park boards should play a role in facilitating such activity.

S2W-13322 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its international development budget for non-governmental agencies or organisations has been allocated to support the relief work being undertaken in areas of South Asia affected by the tsunami and which agencies and organisations have received such funds.

S2W-13323 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special initiatives will be undertaken by Lothian and Borders Police in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; how many are being undertaken in 2004-05, and how many are planned for 2005-06, broken down by divisional area.

S2W-13324 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which divisions within Lothian and Borders Police have implemented an overtime ban in the last 12 months and what plans there are for extending, or implementing, a ban on overtime for the next 12 months.

S2W-13325 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the unanticipated use of the reallotment provisions within the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. ( Scotland) Act 2000 regarding the transfer of feudal superiority over certain domestic properties.

S2W-13326 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the recent economic analysis produced by Marie Curie Cancer Care of the potential cost benefits arising from a larger number of terminally-ill patients spending their last days in their own homes and what implications this has for acute and palliative care services.

S2W-13327 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with local authorities and voluntary sector providers regarding the development of better support for carers when the person being cared for is terminally ill and spending their last days in their own home.

S2W-13328 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce national eligibility criteria for access to palliative care to prevent any anomalies arising due to different criteria being applied by different NHS boards and local authorities.

S2W-13329 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish hospices will benefit in the same way as hospices in England and Wales from additional central government funding for palliative care and, if so, whether the transition arrangements will be similar north and south of the border.

S2W-13330 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the shortfall in palliative care consultants is and what steps are being taken to address this issue.

S2W-13331 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources have been made available for specialist palliative care services in (a) NHS Greater Glasgow, (b) NHS Argyll and Clyde and (c) Scotland as a whole.

S2W-13332 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to replicate Operation Youth Advantage, operated by the army in conjunction with the Northern Constabulary and Grampian Police; whether it considers that schemes which provide diversionary experience for younger people, with a residential course including physical exercise and classes on drugs, alcohol and good citizenship, are the most effective way of turning younger people away from a life of crime, and what action it has taken, or will take, on these matters.

S2W-13333 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote shinty; in particular, whether it has any plans to support the establishment of shinty as an internationally-recognised sport with its own federation and, if not, how the sport can achieve such recognition.

S2W-13334 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to dual the A9.

S2W-13335 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will expedite the publication of the route action plan for the A82 .

S2W-13336 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Project Atlas has been a successful use of public funding and, if so, whether it will identify the benefits which have been derived from it.

S2W-13337 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the creation of a new building for Lochaber High School.

S2W-13338 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide recognition for rural general hospitals; how it will ensure that there are hospitals located outwith Scotland’s cities that provide 24-hour acute services in the long term, and what measures it will take in respect of recruitment training practice to meet these objectives.

S2W-13339 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the performance of BEAR Scotland Ltd in relation to road maintenance of trunk roads has been satisfactory and whether the working practices of BEAR Scotland Ltd, including drivers hours and conditions, are sufficient, and acceptable, for the carrying out of their functions in respect of gritting routes.

S2W-13340 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement following completion of the consultation process in respect of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S2W-13341 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement following completion of the consultation process in respect of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link.

S2W-13342 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the provision of a new sports centre for Grantown-on-Spey; whether it will provide assistance to sports centres in rural parts of Scotland; what arrangements it makes regarding access for children to sports centres, and whether there is a national policy on access for children to sports centres to ensure that as many children as possible participate in outdoor activities.

S2W-13343 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that hospices that provide services for NHS patients receive funding that reflects the different needs of such patients.

S2W-13344 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether opportunities are provided in the school curriculum to deal with issues surrounding death and bereavement and whether such issues are included in teacher training.

S2W-13345 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration is being given to introducing an NHS code of practice on the recruitment of health workers that explicitly prevents the targeting of developing countries for active recruitment.

S2W-13346 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many health workers from developing countries are currently employed by the NHS.

S2W-13347 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions since 1999 departmental special advisers have travelled (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited, and how much each visit cost.

S2W-13348 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the First Minister’s official engagements were in the last year; who was present at each engagement; what the (a) date and (b) location was of each engagement, and what issues were discussed.

S2W-13349 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding bingo.

S2W-13350 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding levels of fuel tax in the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-13351 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding payment to the Executive of income from the Crown Estate Commission in respect of salmon farming.

S2W-13352 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding provision of access in all parts of Scotland to 3G telecoms services.

S2W-13353 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive who the First Minister has entertained with (a) refreshments and (b) dinner in (i) Bute House and (ii) Edinburgh Castle in (1) 2003-04 and (2) 2004-05; what the total cost was of such events, and what the budget is for these purposes for 2004-05 and 2005-06.

S2W-13354 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to comment directly, or via the Department of Trade and Industry, on plans for the future management of the internet as set out in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Strategic Plan released on 16 November 2004.



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