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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-13887 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) lowest, (b) highest and (c) average discount is that has been granted to tenants who purchased their home through right to buy *in each local authority area*, expressed in monetary terms.

S2W-13892 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been made available for the enforcement of EU environmental law.

S2W-13909 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage and promote the animation industry.

S2W-13910 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy it has to promote the Scottish games animation industry internationally.

S2W-13911 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met BBC Scotland to discuss what action is being taken to promote a greater uptake of BBC Radio Scotland’s programmes and to ensure the sustainability of jobs within the station.

S2W-13912 Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S2O-5043 by Nicol Stephen on 27 January 2005 (Official Report, c 14016-17), what financial penalties have been imposed on the operators of the ScotRail franchise in Fife in the last five years as a result of poor performance.

S2W-13913 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is consulting local authorities directly about the cumulative impact of wind farm developments and whether improvements can be made to planning guidance to improve the selection process for wind farms in any given area.

S2W-13914 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is conducting any research into how to improve planning guidance on wind farms in order to minimise the cumulative impact of wind farm developments.

S2W-13915 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for rural home ownership grants have been made in each local authority area in each of the last seven years, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-13916 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authority-owned residential properties there are in each local authority area and, of these, how many properties are (a) considered difficult to let, (b) vacant and not scheduled for reletting and (c) scheduled for demolition.

S2W-13917 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive which recommendations identified in Potential Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in Scotland (a) have and (b) have not been acted upon, giving details in relation to each recommendation, and when a Scottish adaptation strategy will be published.

S2W-13918 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13361 by Mr Andy Kerr on 25 January 2005, whether it will set out the full detail and text of any conditions which are to be imposed in respect of the provision of extra allocations to the NHS prior to the end of the financial year; what "milestones" and "targets" will be used as the basis for the allocation of such funds, and whether the conditions attached to the funds contain any references that interfere with the professional judgement and opinion of clinicians in respect of the way in which patients should be treated and the place where such treatment should be carried out.

S2W-13919 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for promoting Scotland at a UK and international level as a venue for interactive screen programming.

S2W-13920 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been earmarked to promote Scotland as a venue for (a) television and (b) radio commercial production.

S2W-13921 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of funding currently allocated for smoking cessation services is ring-fenced for cessation services tailored specifically for pregnant women.

S2W-13922 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the additional £4 million allocated for the provision of smoking cessation services in 2005-06 will be ring-fenced specifically for tailored cessation services for pregnant women.

S2W-13923 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents there have been on the A90 north of Aberdeen on the single carriageway stretch between Tipperty and Balmedie in each year since 1999, broken down into fatalities and non-fatalities.

S2W-13924 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-4935 by Patricia Ferguson on 20 January 2005, where the artificial pitches are being developed; what size these pitches will be; what the manufacturing details are of the turf to be used, and what the timescale is for the completion of each pitch.

S2W-13925 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is making its procurement processes and policies more accessible to small and medium-sized suppliers.

S2W-13926 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reverse its decision to allow the Chief Dental Officer to undertake his post on a part-time basis at a time of pressures on dental services and what steps have been taken to ensure that the duties previously covered by this full-time post continue to be carried out.

S2W-13927 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the new beef cattle scheme and when the first payments will be issued.

S2W-13928 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategic plan is for development of the walking and cycling infrastructure in the next five years.

S2W-13929 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to revising its signage strategy on motorways and trunk roads; whether a revised strategy will be issued and, if so, what the likely timescale is for its introduction.

S2W-13930 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated for investment in the cycling and walking infrastructure in each of the last five years, broken down by organisation.

S2W-13931 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what value it places on the role of regional broadcasting in maintaining local culture and identity and what steps it has taken to protect this service.

S2W-13932 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it plans to invest in programmes to reskill and retrain refugees, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-13933 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it plans to allocate in each of the next five years for investment in cycling and walking infrastructure, broken down by organisation receiving the funding.

S2W-13934 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13368 by Malcolm Chisholm on 21 January 2005, what percentage of children in Scotland lived in non-working families, broken down by local authority area, in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02, (d) 2002-03 and (e) 2003-04.

S2W-13935 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what partner organisations it expects to work with in developing the walking and cycling infrastructure in the next five years.

S2W-13936 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13508 by Ross Finnie on 24 January 2005, in which month it expects to introduce a revised code of practice for the safe use of plant protection products.

S2W-13937 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been charged with soliciting or other prostitution related offences in Edinburgh in each year since 1999, showing the number who were (a) resident outwith Edinburgh and (b) non-UK nationals.

S2W-13938 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths were due to cancer in 2004, broken down by (a) region and (b) cancer type in each region.

S2W-13939 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists there were per head of population in each (a) NHS board area and (b) local authority area at 31 December 2004.

S2W-13940 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken following the decisions of the Transport and the Environment Committee and the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee to call for the closure of the cattle incinerator in Carntyne, Glasgow.

S2W-13941 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13942 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13943 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with alcohol-induced pancreatitis in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13944 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with alcohol-induced pancreatitis in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13945 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with alcoholic gastritis in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13946 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with alcoholic gastritis in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13947 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with alcoholic cardiomyopathy in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13948 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with alcoholic cardiomyopathy in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13949 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with alcoholic polyneuropathy in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13950 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with alcoholic polyneuropathy in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13951 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with degeneration of the nervous system due to alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13952 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with degeneration of the nervous system due to alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13953 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-13954 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of treating people diagnosed with mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-13955 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of applications per place has been at each dental school in each of the last three years.

S2W-13956 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-85 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, how many, and what value of, fines were written off in each sheriff court district in 2003-04.

S2W-13957 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-86 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, how many, and what value of, district court fines were remitted (a) fully or (b) in part in each year since 1999, broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-13958 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-88 by Cathy Jamieson on 5 June 2003, what the value of fines, forfeitures and fixed penalties sent to HM Treasury was in each year since 1999.

S2W-13959 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-89 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, how many, and what value of, sheriff court fines were outstanding on 31 March (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, in total and broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-13960 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-90 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, how many, and what value of, district court fines were outstanding on 31 March (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004, in total and broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-13961 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-91 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, how many fines were recovered by civil diligence following the procedure under section 221 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 and what proportion this represents of the total number of all fines imposed in 2004, in total and broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-13962 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-92 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, what value of fiscal fines accepted as an alternative to prosecution under section 302 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 was outstanding on 31 March (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, in total and broken down by sheriff court district.

S2W-13964 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-93 by Mrs Elish Angiolini on 2 June 2003, how many (a) reports have been sent to the procurator fiscal and (b) convictions have been obtained under section (i) 68(1), (ii) 68(2), (iii) 68(3), (iv) 68(5), (v) 69(1), (vi) 69(2) and (vii) 70(1) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 in 2003-04 in each sheriff court district.

S2W-13965 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-94 by Cathy Jamieson on 3 June 2003, how many recorded offences there were under section (a) 68(1), (b) 68(2), (c) 68(3) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004, broken down by local authority area.



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