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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 February 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-14675 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether decisions taken by HABIA apply to Scotland and are binding on companies and businesses based in Scotland.

S2W-14676 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many directors of HABIA are from Scotland or represent Scottish-based companies or businesses, which companies such directors represent and how they are appointed.

S2W-14677 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13123 by Mr Andy Kerr on 25 January 2005, who carried out the consultation referred to; who was consulted, and when it expects to bring into effect a Scotland-wide licensing regime monitored by local authority environmental health officers and supported by appropriate non-compliance penalties.

S2W-14678 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospitals have been inspected since the winding-up of the Scottish Health Advisory Service.

S2W-14679 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what system of hospital inspection has been used to replace the Scottish Health Advisory Service.

S2W-14680 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when stakeholders will be consulted on the next 10-year transport plan, with particular reference to investment in rail and ferry services.

S2W-14681 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what average time has been taken to respond to freedom of information requests by each public authority within its responsibility.

S2W-14682 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests have been received by each public authority within its responsibility.

S2W-14683 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a breakdown by category of the sources of freedom of information requests to each public authority within its responsibility and what percentage of the total number of requests to each authority each category represents.

S2W-14684 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter of 11 January 2004 regarding flooding at Stirling Village, Peterhead.

S2W-14685 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter of 18 January 2005 regarding the A90 trunk road south of Fraserburgh.

S2W-14686 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is collected on incidents of violence and aggression against NHS staff and what systems are in place for ensuring that all such incidents are recorded.

S2W-14687Δ Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are planned regarding investigating and regulating lap dancing and associated activities.

S2W-14688 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on loss of individual retailers from high streets and elsewhere in Scotland as a result of supermarket developments and what plans it has to develop high streets affected by such losses.

S2W-14689 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated number of cases arising out of the judgement of Lord Bonomy in the Napier case concerning slopping out in prisons is and what the estimated costs are in respect of damages or payments to be made.

S2W-14690 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on rates paid by new out-of-town developments and on congestion caused by such developments.

S2W-14691 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of speeding and road traffic offences committed by drivers of foreign-registered vehicles; how many speeding offences were not proceeded with or prosecuted due to the vehicle being registered outwith the United Kingdom in each year since 1999, and what action it is taking as a result.

S2W-14692 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many assaults by inmates on other inmates occurred in each prison in each year since 1999.

S2W-14693 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides have taken place in each year since 1999, broken down by prison.

S2W-14694 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has in respect of the amount of local produce purchased by supermarkets and, if it does not have such information, whether it will obtain it in future.

S2W-14695 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations and planning guidelines govern supermarkets and whether there are any plans to limit the size of floor space of future supermarket developments.

S2W-14696 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any proposals to regulate the location and size of supermarkets.

S2W-14697 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is in respect of the publication of the 2003 Fisheries Research Service survey of fish farms.

S2W-14698 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13712 by Mr Andy Kerr on 7 February 2005, when the trial of a prototype electronic prescribing system in a South Ayrshire hospital will conclude.

S2W-14699 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13712 by Mr Andy Kerr on 7 February 2005, what the level of funding is for further development of the Prescribing Information System for Scotland.

S2W-14700 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13712 by Mr Andy Kerr on 7 February 2005, what the remit of the medicines utilisation unit will be in addition to exploring the creation of a combined community and hospital medicines utilisation database.

S2W-14701 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to conduct research into the combined purchasing of drugs for hospital and primary care services on a national basis to ensure cost effectiveness.

S2W-14702 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that the five-year moratorium between the Government and the Association of British Insurers on the use of genetic test results by insurers will be extended beyond 2006.

S2W-14703 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in respect of measures to ensure that people with hereditary or latent genetic predisposition are not discriminated against by insurance companies after the moratorium between the Government and the Association of British Insurers on the use of genetic test results by insurers ends in 2006.

S2W-14704 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in respect of a long-term policy to replace the moratorium between the Government and the Association of British Insurers on the use of genetic test results by insurers when it ends in 2006.

S2W-14705 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that gene mutation searching and predictive test results received during the five-year moratorium between the Government and the Association of British Insurers on the use of genetic test results by insurers will not be used by insurance companies to set premiums after the moratorium ends in 2006.

S2W-14706 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it can take to ensure that hospital prescriptions are dispensed more rapidly to avoid delays in the discharge of patients.

S2W-14707 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what research is currently ongoing in relation to existing triage arrangements in accident and emergency departments, in particular regarding the safety of patients and the clinical cost effectiveness of such arrangements.

S2W-14708 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to Evidence Note 4, Accident and Emergency (A&E) department streaming system, issued by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland in October 2003, what further study in clinical practice will be undertaken to establish the safety and clinical cost effectiveness of an accident and emergency streaming system in supplementing existing triage arrangements.

S2W-14709 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to introduce streaming in accident and emergency departments.

S2W-14710 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospitals are participating in research trials of streaming systems in accident and emergency departments to supplement existing triage arrangements.

S2W-14711 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods, other than a streaming system, are planned to supplement existing triage arrangements in accident and emergency departments.



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