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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 May 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-16547 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual cost incurred by the NHS was for people aged (a) under one, (b) one to four, (c) five to 15, (d) 16 to 24, (e) 25 to 44, (f) 45 to 64, (g) 65 to 74, (h) 75 to 84 and (i) over 85 in the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-16562 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many claims have been made to employment tribunals on the grounds of sex discrimination against each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999, broken down by agency and public body.

S2W-16563 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many claims have been made to employment tribunals on the grounds of equal pay against each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999, broken down by agency and public body.

S2W-16564 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many claims have been made to employment tribunals on the grounds of sexual harassment against each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999, broken down by agency and public body.

S2W-16565 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many claims have been made to employment tribunals in relation to recruitment and selection against each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999, broken down by agency and public body.

S2W-16566 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many claims have been made to employment tribunals in relation to (a) maternity and parental rights and (b) family-friendly working hours against each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999, broken down by agency and public body.

S2W-16567 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of “hits” the discrimination section of the Equal Opportunities Commission Scotland website has had in the last year.

S2W-16568 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace in each year since 1999.

S2W-16569 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials in the highest 20% salary bracket work on a part-time basis.

S2W-16570 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials in the lowest 20% salary bracket work on a part-time basis.

S2W-16571 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials in the highest 20% salary bracket work more than an average of 40 hours per week.

S2W-16572 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials in the lowest 20% salary bracket work more than an average of 40 hours per week.

S2W-16573 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on career development and training for its staff in each year since 1999.

S2W-16574 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides to local authorities and/or the voluntary sector to deliver community care services for children and their carers who have been adversely affected by substance abuse by the children’s parents.

S2W-16575 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on what community equipment should be available free of charge to all registered blind and partially-sighted people in all areas of Scotland.

S2W-16576 Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult on proposals for a scheme to replace the Bull Hire Scheme.

S2W-16577 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-15336 by Patricia Ferguson on 15 April 2005, in light of its news release on 30 March 2004 pledging £12.2 million of Executive funding for the Action Plan for Youth Football project and further to the answer to question S2W-13631 by Patricia Ferguson on 31 January 2005 indicating that the Executive would provide only £1.2 million towards the project with the remaining balance of £11 million coming from various lottery sources, whether lottery funding was announced as Executive funding in the news release and, if so, whether it will investigate (a) on how many occasions, (b) when, (c) to what monetary value and (d) for what purpose lottery funding has been announced as “Scottish Executive” or “Scottish Government” funding.

S2W-16578 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to ensure that the Enforcement Concordat is implemented throughout its departments and agencies.

S2W-16579 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce the number of Care Commission inspections of care homes.

S2W-16580 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-11751 by Rhona Brankin on 9 November 2004, how many cases of assault have been reported to the Care Commission and how many complaints the commission has received since April 2004, broken down by Care Commission region.

S2W-16581 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1579 by Cathy Jamieson on 10 May 2005, how the figure of 125 recorded incidents of racism in 2003-04 was calculated when figures produced by Grampian Police for 2004, and available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, show that there were 472 recorded incidents of racism.

S2W-16582 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimates have been of the total deer population on the island of Rum in each year since Scottish Natural Heritage has had ownership of the island.

S2W-16583 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its funding streams are able to support schemes to provide or improve local play facilities for children and young people.

S2W-16584 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has made available to provide or improve local play facilities for children and young people and what proportion of this was actually spent on providing and improving play space in each year since 1999.

S2W-16585 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to develop a national strategy for play.

S2W-16586 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to implement the recommendations of Getting Serious About Play - A Review of Children’s Play .

S2W-16587 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has proposed a date for the next SPCB Question Time and, if so, what that date is.

S2W-16588 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Construction Manager has complied in full with the obligation under paragraph 2.3 of Memorandum of Agreement between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (acting through the Project Director and Sponsor, Holyrood Project Team) and Bovis Construction (Scotland) Limited in connection with the construction of the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood Edinburgh, that “all written communications from the Construction Manager to the design team or with any of them shall contemporaneously be copied to the remainder of the Design Team and to the Client.”

S2W-16589 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Construction Manager has undertaken and performed its duties and functions as construction manager as specified in the trade contracts, referred to in paragraph 2.6 of Memorandum of Agreement between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (acting through the Project Director and Sponsor, Holyrood Project Team) and Bovis Construction (Scotland) Limited in connection with the construction of the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood, Edinburgh.

S2W-16590 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Construction Manager has complied in full with the provisions of paragraph 2.12 of Memorandum of Agreement between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (acting through the Project Director and Sponsor, Holyrood Project Team) and Bovis Construction (Scotland) Limited in connection with the construction of the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood, Edinburgh in respect of immediately notifying the client of any instance of non-compliance with any applicable requirements; if not, whether it will give details, and whether the Construction Manager has ever notified the client of any non-compliance with applicable requirements on the part of other consultants involved in the Holyrood Project.

S2W-16591 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the Commission for Racial Equality’s annual report for 2004.

S2W-16592 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has read and considered the report adopted on 10 May 2005 by the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on Policy Challenges and Budgetary Means of the Enlarged Union 2007-2013.

S2W-16593 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view is on the report adopted on May 2005 by the European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on Policy Challenges and Budgetary Means of the Enlarged Union 2007-2013 and whether it considers that the Committee’s call for 0.41% of the European Unions’s gross national income to be spent on cohesion policy within an overall budget expenditure limit of 1.07% will provide the necessary financial means to ensure the continuation of EU regional economic development funding in Scotland and, in particular, in the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-16594 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned about the increase in many childhood cancers, as recorded in Childhood Cancer in Scotland 1975-1999, published by the Information and Statistics Division of NHS Scotland.

S2W-16595 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what research is ongoing into childhood cancer incidence in Scotland.

S2W-16596 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it funds into possible environmental causes of childhood cancer.

S2W-16597 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all telephone information lines and helplines that it funded in each of the last three years, giving information on the relevant organisations and showing the number of calls made each year and staff numbers and costs in each case.

S2W-16598 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of Communities Scotland’s funding has been allocated in each of the last three years for the purpose of (a) building and (b) conducting research and development into innovative and sustainable housing, shown also as a percentage of total Communities Scotland funding in each year.

S2W-16599 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all studies into (a) housing design, (b) sustainable building techniques and (c) innovative housing that it funded in each of the last five years, showing the cost of each study.

S2W-16600 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent conditions are attached to public housing subsidy to help encourage sustainability and innovative design.

S2W-16601 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number and percentage of households with a domestic connection to the internet.

S2W-16602 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number and percentage of households with a domestic connection to the internet, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) electoral region.

S2W-16603 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the percentage of households with a domestic connection to the internet, broken down by socio-economic group.

S2W-16604 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is supporting to increase access to home computers and internet usage and what the extent of the take-up has been to date.

S2W-16605 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answers to question S2W-15297 by Lewis Macdonald on 15 April and S2W-16232 on Patricia Ferguson on 5 May 2005 and given that the report of the Country Sports Tourism Group considered the value of country sports in general but not the specific value of shooting sports, whether it will reconsider its position and agree to measure the direct and indirect economic, environmental and social impact of shooting sports, in a similar way that the value of freshwater angling was measured in the 2004 research report, The Economic Impact of Game and Coarse Angling in Scotland.

S2W-16606 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many snagging faults have been reported in Holyrood and, of these, how many remain unresolved.

S2W-16607 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the time limits are for remedying snagging faults in Holyrood.

S2W-16608 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how snagging faults in Holyrood are prioritised to ensure that potentially hazardous snagging is dealt with speedily.

S2W-16609 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how reports of snagging issues in Holyrood are logged and prioritised.

S2W-16610 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider appointing a specialist team or official to manage and resolve outstanding snagging issues around Holyrood.

S2W-16611 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what arrangements are in place to allow security staff who are instructed to take their lunch at 11.30 am to eat at Holyrood, given that the garden level restaurant does not serve meals until 12.00 noon.

S2W-16612 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether additional security personnel will be required to ensure that there is sufficient cover available to enable staff to take lunch between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm each day.

S2W-16613 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16051 by Ms Margaret Curran on 29 April 2005, what the maximum length of time was to give substantive answers after holding answers were given in each year since 1999.

S2W-16614 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farmers are claiming their Single Farm Payment entitlement based on land outwith Scotland.

S2W-16615 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will study the research published in The Lancet on 16 May 2005 on the relative effectiveness of MRI scanners compared with X-rays in detecting breast cancer in women under 50.

S2W-16616 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it will make to the research published in The Lancet on 16 May 2005 on the relative effectiveness of MRI scanners compared with X-rays in detecting breast cancer in women under 50.

S2W-16617 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring procedures are required for the safe implementation of electrical work as a consequence of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-16618 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all local authorities are in a position to assess that electrical work carried out under building warrant has been done by qualified personnel.

S2W-16619 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what qualifications persons carrying out electrical work require to comply with the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-16620 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered establishing a domestic installers’ scheme for persons carrying out domestic electrical work in compliance with the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-16621 Δ Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what Sewel motions it will lodge in the Parliament in connection with the legislative programme of the UK Government announced on 17 May 2005 in the Queen’s Speech.



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