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Section E – Written questions lodged on 17 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-13563 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what definition of "computer system" is used in the drafting of its legislation.

S2W-13564 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the definition of "computer system" in the European Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA of 22 December 2003 on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography (Official Journal L 013/45) is more restrictive or less restrictive than its own internal definition or effectively identical to it.

S2W-13565 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is to promote inclusion of children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders in mainstream schools.

S2W-13566 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address unauthorised absence from schools by pupils with a record of needs or individualised education plan, in light of their absence rates from mainstream schools as highlighted in Attendance and Absence in Scottish Schools 2003-2004.

S2W-13567 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers hepatitis C and hepatitis B to be major public health issues and what plans it has to address these issues.

S2W-13568 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to estimate how many people have hepatitis C but have not yet been diagnosed.

S2W-13569 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hepatitis C patients there were in (a) Scotland as a whole and (b) each NHS board area in 2004.

S2W-13570 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all new doctors from other countries are placed in overseen appointments for an appropriate period prior to practising independently to ensure that they are fully aware of all NHS protocols, procedures and administrative requirements.

S2W-13571 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct the Scottish Prison Service to meet its promise and obligations to the people of Upperton village in respect of contributing towards the funding for upgrading roads and lighting.

S2W-13572 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing legislation to extend the powers of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman.

S2W-13573 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of directors in local authorities were women in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority.

S2W-13574 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on promoting gender equality in local authorities in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority.

S2W-13575 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of directors in non-departmental public bodies were women in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by organisation.

S2W-13576 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of directors in local authorities were registered disabled people in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority.

S2W-13577 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on promoting disability equality in local authorities in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002, (e) 2003 and (f) 2004, broken down by local authority.

S2W-13578 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance issued to Scottish Water on sustainable development is made available to the Water Industry Commissioner.

S2W-13579 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers of the Tayside force were assigned to the functions (a) uniformed, (b) mobile support, (c) CID, (d) drugs and (e) headquarters in each year from 1994 to 2004.

S2W-13580 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many assaults were reported against police officers in each year from 1994 to 2004, broken down by police force area.

S2W-13581 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how it interprets section 25 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 and the Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999 in respect of their application to the upper Border Esk.

S2W-13582 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will request that the surplus of approximately £10 million held by Ofgem from the Scottish fossil fuel levy fund be transferred to the Scottish Consolidated Fund for the purpose of promoting renewables and what information it has on why this surplus has not been transferred previously.

S2W-13583 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has made available to Dumfries and Galloway Council for traffic management and transportation infrastructure projects in each of the last five years and what criteria applied to receipt of these funds.

S2W-13584 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it expects to make available to Dumfries and Galloway Council for traffic management and transportation infrastructure projects in each of the next three financial years and what criteria will apply to receipt of these funds.

S2W-13585 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been consulted on the Environment Agency’s proposals to impose rod licenses on the Scottish section of the Border Esk.

S2W-13586 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has agreed to the Environment Agency’s proposals to impose rod licenses on the Scottish section of the Border Esk.

S2W-13587 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost to businesses of retail crime has been in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) local authority area, (b) town/city and c) police force area.

S2W-13588 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of retail crime is drug related.

S2W-13589 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to combat retail crime.

S2W-13590 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) male and (b) female births there were in each of the last five years.

S2W-13591 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage share of (a) male and (b) female births were children registered with (i) a single forename, (ii) two forenames, (iii) three forenames, (iv) four forenames, (v) more than four forenames and (vi) no forename in each of the last five years.

S2W-13592 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum number is of (a) forenames, (b) characters in all forenames combined, (c) characters in surnames, (d) characters in forenames and surnames combined that computer systems can record when births are registered.

S2W-13593 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the eco schools programme continues to expand with the support of the eco schools team within Keep Scotland Beautiful.

S2W-13594Δ Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to meet its Closing the Opportunity Gap financial inclusion target.

S2W-13595 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale it considers acceptable for a person to wait before receiving non-emergency treatment from an NHS dentist; how many people have not received treatment within this timescale in each of the last five years, and what action it is taking to ensure that people can receive such treatment from an NHS dentist within this timescale.

S2W-13596 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the term "public benefit" in the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill can be interpreted more broadly than as a material benefit and whether the benefit can be spiritual or moral.

S2W-13597 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is available for the treatment of brain injuries.

S2W-13598 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many brain injury specialist consultants are employed in Scottish hospitals.

S2W-13599 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what specialist centres are available for the treatment of brain injuries in Scotland.



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