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Section E – Written questions lodged on 25 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-14739 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the existing rules and regulations are in respect of notifying victims of crime of the release of prisoners from custody and whether there are any plans to amend these rules and regulations.

S2W-14740 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded to the Environment Agency’s draft fisheries management plan for the Border Esk and, if so, whether it will publish the response.

S2W-14741 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of revenue has been (a) raised in Scotland and (b) returned to the Scottish Executive from (i) climate change levy, (ii) landfill tax and (iii) fossil fuel levy.

S2W-14742 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the status is of the (a) Clean Up, (b) Autogas+ and (c) Powershift programmes aimed at promoting fuel-efficient cars; what future plans it has for each of the programmes, and what the respective roles of the Scottish and UK governments are in relation to these programmes.

S2W-14743 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members of the Scottish Executive Fuel Poverty Forum are and how (a) the membership is selected and (b) prospective members may apply.

S2W-14744 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of emissions of (a) greenhouse gas and (b) carbon dioxide come from all buildings in Scotland.

S2W-14745 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is proposed to address the continuing reduction in manufactured exports.

S2W-14746 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific steps are being taken to support manufacturing exports.

S2W-14747 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in respect of those NHS boards who, according to the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland report, Diabetes National Overview – March 2004, have not met essential criteria in the clinical management of diabetes.

S2W-14748 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it will issue to NHS boards to ensure that patients in danger of developing diabetes-related complications are timeously referred for appropriate specialist treatment.

S2W-14749 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it will offer to the Scottish Diabetes Group to follow up the recommendation in Diabetes in Scotland: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities to collaborate with renal medicine specialists to clarify best practice in the referral process for patients whose kidney function is starting to deteriorate.

S2W-14750 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13662 by Mr Jim Wallace on 15 February 2005, how many people were registered as self-employed in each year since 1997.

S2W-14751 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public house licences were withdrawn due to the sale of alcohol to (a) individuals below the minimum legal age and (b) inebriated individuals in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14752 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what proportion of, burglars convicted for a third offence received a custodial sentence in the most recent year for which information is available and what the average length of sentence was.

S2W-14753 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of NHS staff was (a) medical, (b) nursing, (c) technical, (d) managerial administrative, (e) clerical administrative and (f) auxiliary and support in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-14754 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) regular, (b) full-time reserve and (c) part-time reserve police officers were medically retired as a result of being injured on duty in each year since 1997.

S2W-14755 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how, in its relationship with the UK Government, it interprets the definition of "national security" in section B8 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998.

S2W-14756 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is regarding any legislation or other action being taken by it, or in conjunction with a UK department, to prevent convicted criminals benefiting from their criminal acts.

S2W-14757 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been (a) created by supermarkets and (b) lost from high streets in each year since 1999.

S2W-14758 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14006 by Peter Peacock on 23 February 2005 regarding the Chartered Teachers Programme, when a breakdown by subject will be available.

S2W-14759 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the performance of First ScotRail.

S2W-14760 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider providing funding to local authorities to run similar projects to the Debates Outreach Project being run in North Lanarkshire by the English-Speaking Union Scotland.

S2W-14761 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor and evaluate Closing the Opportunity Gap’s objectives and targets.

S2W-14762 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor and evaluate Closing the Opportunity Gap’s targets in respect of gender and, if so, how.

S2W-14763 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish annual reports on Closing the Opportunity Gap’s targets and objectives.

S2W-14764 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to involve people with experience of poverty and social exclusion in the monitoring of Closing the Opportunity Gap’s targets and objectives and how it will report on any activity undertaken in this area.

S2W-14765 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its 29 social justice milestones have been met; whether it experienced any difficulties measuring milestones and, if so, which of the milestones were difficult to measure and why.

S2W-14766 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many admissions there have been to accident and emergency departments in the last five years, broken down by hospital within the NHS Greater Glasgow area.

S2W-14767 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded assaults there have been in (a) Glasgow, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland in each of the last five years and how many of these assaults involved a knife or sharp object.

S2W-14768 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated size of the gap is between the number of reported assaults in (a) Glasgow, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland and the actual number that took place in the last five years.

S2W-14769 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to under-12s’ football.

S2W-14770 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is given to students with dyslexia in further and higher education courses.

S2W-14771 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what health monitoring is undertaken at sewage disposal sites and by whom.

S2W-14772 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out into the effects of dumping sewage on land in Scotland.

S2W-14773 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods other than land disposal it is currently considering for the disposal of sewage.

S2W-14774 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to ensure that Scotland benefits from the decommissioning of North Sea oil platforms.

S2W-14775 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value to Scotland is of decommissioning work being carried out in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

S2W-14776 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to ensure that the necessary skills are available to allow Scotland to benefit from decommissioning in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

S2W-14777 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now list the locations of TETRA O2 Airwave transmitters (a) in the Highlands and Islands and (b) within a mile of the Parliament, showing Ordnance Survey co-ordinates.

S2W-14778 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11539 by Nicol Stephen on 16 November 2004, when the business case on the four bridges was requested from Renfrewshire Council and what information was sought.

S2W-14779 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11539 by Nicol Stephen on 16 November 2004, what further correspondence on the need for a business case on the four bridges was exchanged with Renfrewshire Council.

S2W-14780 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a statement on its intended use of the national identification database.

S2W-14781 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the severance payments for councillors recommended in the report of the Councillors’ Remuneration Progress Group would be tax free.

S2W-14782 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets are being set for energy efficiency in the building of new homes.

S2W-14783 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the energy-efficiency targets are for each five-year period from 2005 to 2025.

S2W-14784 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports single-manned ambulances being called out to 999 calls.

S2W-14785 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers 96p per hour to be a sufficient rate of pay for an on-call paramedic.

S2W-14786 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive during what period the Glenbar Clinic, Glenbar Street, Royston, Glasgow provided services to the NHS.

S2W-14787 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive in what capacity the Glenbar Clinic, Glenbar Street, Royston, Glasgow provided services to the NHS.

S2W-14788 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Glenbar Clinic, Glenbar Street, Royston, Glasgow operated as NHS premises.

S2W-14789 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has to the formulation of police policy on stopping and questioning children in the street.

S2W-14790 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the practice of children being asked by police what school they attend before any charge has been made and without an offence having been committed.

S2W-14791 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the potential equal opportunities implications of police asking children what school they attend in (a) Glasgow and (b) the west of Scotland.



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