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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 March 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-15576 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of prisoners entering each prison in each of the last three years were deemed to be either drug or alcohol-dependent and what criteria are used for categorising prisoners in this way.

S2W-15577 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) average number of prisoners, (b) prisoner capacity, (c) average number of full-time prison officers and (d) incidence of (i) self harm and (ii) suicides was in each prison in each of the last six years.

S2W-15578 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the only investigation into the procedures for suicide watches in HM Prison Kilmarnock is the one being carried out internally by Premier Prison Services and, if so, why the Executive has not ordered an independent inquiry.

S2W-15579 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the findings by the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002, there will be a police investigation to determine whether criminal charges should now be brought against (a) either of the prison officers identified as having failed in their duty or (b) Premier Prison Services for any failures found to be a factor contributing to the death of Mr Barclay.

S2W-15580 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the findings by the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Kilmarnock in January 2002, it is the opinion of the Lord Advocate that a criminal offence has taken place and, if so, what action he is taking to bring the perpetrators to justice.

S2W-15582 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive which part of its budget funds fatal accident inquiries.

S2W-15583 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of legal aid provided to participants in fatal accident inquiries has been in each of the last six years.

S2W-15584 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what penalties have been, or will be, imposed on Premier Prison Services by the Scottish Prison Service in light of the findings by the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S2W-15585 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what compensation has been, or will be, paid to the family of James Barclay by (a) Premier Prison Services and (b) the Scottish Prison Service in light of the findings of the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002.

S2W-15586 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice has offered condolences to the family of James Barclay who died whilst in the custody of HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002.

S2W-15587 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service has offered condolences to the family of James Barclay who died whilst in the custody of HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002.

S2W-15588 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breaches of its contract with the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to run HM Prison Kilmarnock there have been in each of the last six years by Premier Prison Services (PPS); what the nature of such breaches was; what disciplinary action was taken as a result, and what penalties were imposed on PPS by the SPS.

S2W-15589 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the findings of the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002 represent a breach of contract by Premier Prison Services and, if so, what penalties will be imposed as a result of such a breach or breaches.

S2W-15590 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is provided for officers in HM Prison Kilmarnock on completing a reception risk assessment form and whether any officer who has not had such training has been responsible for the completion of such a form at any time during the last three years.

S2W-15591 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether every prisoner entering HM Prison Kilmarnock since January 2002 has been examined by a nurse; what examinations are undertaken by the nurse, and what role the nurse plays in assessing whether a prisoner may be at risk of self-harm or suicide.

S2W-15592 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes there have been to admission procedures within HM Prison Kilmarnock since January 2002.

S2W-15593 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether procedures have been introduced at HM Prison Kilmarnock to ensure that, where a “red card” has been issued by the police to indicate that a prisoner is at risk, the prisoner will be placed on the appropriate watch.

S2W-15594 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether procedures have been introduced in HM Prison Kilmarnock to ensure that any “red cards” issued by the police to indicate that a prisoner is at risk are passed to both the officer completing the reception risk assessment form and the nurse responsible for examining the prisoner on admission.

S2W-15595 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of legal aid is available to individuals and communities wishing to bring cases against polluters.

S2W-15596 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have been brought against polluters since 1999 by individuals and communities in receipt of legal aid.

S2W-15597 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how many potential prosecutions against polluters brought by individuals and communities have been refused legal aid since 1999.

S2W-15598 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to monitor the effectiveness of its guidelines on home education.

S2W-15599 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently diagnosed with depression, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

S2W-15600 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the status is of plans to introduce a rail service from Stirling to Motherwell.

S2W-15601 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the establishment of a rail service from Stirling to Motherwell.

S2W-15602 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13857 by Malcolm Chisholm on 9 February 2005, what information it has on how the payments received from central government for asylum support were distributed in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99, broken down by local authority.

S2W-15603 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) remit and (b) duration will be of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s inquiry into the increase in the number of prescriptions for methylphenidate and who will participate.

S2W-15604 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the public will have the opportunity to contribute to NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s inquiry into the increase in the number of prescriptions for methylphenidate.

S2W-15605 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have made proposals to build new schools under the Prudential Code as an alternative to PPP.

S2W-15606 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have approved proposals to build new schools under the Prudential Code, broken down by school and giving the cost of each proposal.

S2W-15607 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate will pursue criminal action against those who allegedly falsified the information relating to suicide watches in HM Prison Kilmarnock, as reported in the BBC documentary broadcast on 9 March 2005 and in the findings of the fatal accident inquiry into the death of James Barclay in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002 when it was stated in evidence that such watch logs were falsified regularly.

S2W-15608 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers in HM Prison Kilmarnock have been disciplined since January 2002 for falsifying watch logs.

S2W-15609 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers in HM Prison Kilmarnock have been disciplined since January 2002 for failing to carry out watches.

S2W-15610 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has checked, as part of his most recent inspection of the prison, whether the watch logs in HM Prison Kilmarnock are being falsified.

S2W-15611 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has checked whether the watches in HM Prison Kilmarnock are now properly carried out.

S2W-15612 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of those who held senior management positions in HM Prison Kilmarnock in January 2002 and who, according to the fatal accident report on the death of James Barclay in January 2002, “showed a careless or even negligent disregard for securing compliance with the Director’s Rules” are still in post.

S2W-15613 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken in HM Prison Kilmarnock since January 2002 to introduce procedures to ensure compliance with the Director’s Rules, including those referred to specifically in the fatal accident inquiry report on the death of James Barclay.

S2W-15614 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the turnover of staff employed at health centres in prisons has been in each of the last six years, broken down by prison.

S2W-15615 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners admitted to HM Prison Kilmarnock since January 2002 have not been examined by a registered mental health nurse.

S2W-15616 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered mental health nurses are currently employed in HM Prison Kilmarnock.

S2W-15617 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a registered mental health nurse was employed in HM Prison Kilmarnock between 1 and 11 January 2002.

S2W-15618 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Premier Prison Services has at all times met its contractual commitments in respect of employing one or more registered mental health nurses.

S2W-15619 Δ Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in considering the acceptability of a proposed new motorway junction to serve the redevelopment of the Royal Ordnance site at Bishopton.

S2W-15620 Δ Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport will issue a decision following the outcome of the public local inquiry into the M74 completion scheme.

S2W-15621 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial provision it has made in 2005-06 in respect of the promotion of a “yes” vote in the referendum on the EU Constitution in light of REGLEG’s Declaration of Edinburgh.

S2W-15622 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will play in complying with REGLEG’s Declaration of Edinburgh in respect of promoting a “yes” vote in the forthcoming referendum on the EU Constitution.

S2W-15623 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits will come to Scotland under its devolved responsibilities from the EU constitution.

S2W-15624 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many green transport plans are in place in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport area.

S2W-15625 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, of the total number of young people considered to be persistent young offenders in each of the last four years, how many (a) first came into the Children’s Hearing system on care and protection grounds, (b) had serious drug and alcohol issues and (c) started their offending behaviour whilst they were in the care of a local authority, giving the definition of persistent young offender used in the answer.

S2W-15626 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have been released under the electronic monitoring scheme since May 2002; what the categories of offences were for which such prisoners had been sentenced; how many such prisoners were electronically tagged in each category, and what the average length of sentence received was in each category.

S2W-15627 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent figures available are on what percentage of (a) male and (b) female prisoners were reconvicted within (i) two and (ii) four years of discharge, broken down by category of offence in each police force area.

S2W-15628 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15095 by Peter Peacock on 18 March 2005, how many enquiries to Enquire were from (a) parents and (b) other parties in each year since 2002-03 .

S2W-15629 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-15095 by Peter Peacock on 18 March 2005, how many enquiries were received by Enquire in each year since 2002-03, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-15630 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment will be made, and what follow-up will be carried out, in respect of the service provided by Enquire.

S2W-15631 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9619 by Euan Robson on 10 August 2004, how many primary schools and special schools have now implemented recommendation 3 of Hungry for Success - A Whole School Approach to School Meals in Scotland.

S2W-15632 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9620 by Euan Robson on 10 August 2004, how many primary and special schools have now implemented recommendation 4 of Hungry for Success - A Whole School Approach to School Meals in Scotland.

S2W-15633 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9621 by Euan Robson on 10 August 2004, how many primary schools have now reviewed their ticket allocation practices in line with recommendation 9 of Hungry for Success - A Whole School Approach to School Meals in Scotland and what the results have been, following the conclusion of this programme for primary schools in December 2004.

S2W-15634 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9623 by Euan Robson on 10 August 2004, how many education authorities have now introduced incentive schemes to promote healthier choices and increase the take-up of school meals in primary and special schools in line with recommendation 19 of Hungry for Success - A Whole School Approach to School Meals in Scotland and what effect such schemes have had on the take-up of the healthy options.

S2W-15635 Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer to question S2W-9624 by Euan Robson on 10 August 2004, how many primary and special schools have now introduced fresh drinking water dispensers in line with the response by the Expert Panel on School Meals to the European Council Drinking Water Directive contained in its report, Hungry for Success - A Whole School Approach to School Meals in Scotland.



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