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Section E – Written questions lodged on 3

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-16965 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16376 by Euan Robson on 19 May 2005, whether it plans to carry out any studies on the effects on children of exposure to advertising and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-16966 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what formulae it will use when calculating tariffs for NHS treatments and procedures.

S2W-16967 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of all meetings and consultations about the future of the NHS that it has had with the private healthcare sector, including the names of organisations and individuals involved.

S2W-16968 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what input private sector organisations and individuals had into the Kerr report.

S2W-16969 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the cost of storm damage to public and private property in the January 2005 hurricane in the (a) Western Isles, (b) Highland, (c) Orkney Islands and (d) Shetland Islands local authority areas and in the rest of Scotland.

S2W-16970 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the financial package to repair and replace public property damaged in the January 2005 hurricane in the (a) Western Isles, (b) Highland, (c) Orkney Islands and (d) Shetland Islands local authority areas and in the rest of Scotland.

S2W-16971 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what signage will be provided to direct traffic from the A1 to the Concorde Experience at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune; what the cost to the museum will be, and when the signs will be erected.

S2W-16972 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what costs it has incurred in providing information in response to freedom of information requests.

S2W-16973 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scottish graduates who graduated in each year since 1999 are still resident in Scotland.

S2W-16974 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scottish graduates who graduated in each year since 1999 are still resident and working in Scotland.

S2W-16975 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scottish graduates who graduated in each year since 1999 are still resident and working in the United Kingdom.

S2W-16976 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many graduates who graduated in Scotland in each year since 1999 had their senior school education in the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-16977 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total number of graduates who graduated in Scotland in each year since 1999 had their senior school education in the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-16978 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the movement and location of Scottish graduates.

S2W-16979 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve its ability to monitor the movement and location of Scottish graduates.

S2W-16980 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants under the Fresh Talent initiative have had their visa applications turned down.

S2W-16981 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the successful pilot study and publication in November 2001 of Report on Nutrition in the Elderly Study, it intends to collect and publish statistics on the nutritional status of the patients in continuing and long-term care using the renamed Scottish Health Resource Utilisation Groups’ (SHRUGS) data, particularly in relation to the effect of feeding difficulties on body mass index.

S2W-16982 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people the Fresh Talent Initiative has brought to Scotland.

S2W-16983 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what projections it has made in respect of the percentage of the NHS budget to be allocated to the private healthcare sector in the next five years.

S2W-16984 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value is of all student loans to Scottish-domiciled students that have been written off.

S2W-16985 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio has been of the value of student loans paid out to Scottish-domiciled students to the value of student loans repayments from Scottish-domiciled graduates in each year since student loans were introduced.

S2W-16986 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has carried out of the effects on the economy of a reduction in average disposable income.

S2W-16987 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out, or intends to carry out, into the destinations of Scottish graduates more than one year after graduation.

S2W-16988 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken following Professor James McEwen’s review of the provision of chronic pain services.

S2W-16989 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the plans of NHS boards to implement the recommendations of Professor James McEwen’s review of the provision of chronic pain services.

S2W-16990 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to review the delivery across Scotland of the recommendations of Professor James McEwen’s review of the provision of chronic pain services.

S2W-16991 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Bt10 maize or other illegal genetically modified organisms have been imported into Scotland.

S2W-16992 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Bt10 maize or other illegal genetically modified organisms have entered the food chain in Scotland.

S2W-16993 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to detect the presence of illegal genetically modified organisms in grain imported into Scotland and how successful any such measures have been.

S2W-16994 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crofters have received loans and grants towards (a) building and (b) improving their dwellings under the crofting house grant and loan schemes in each year since 1999.

S2W-16995 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether visitscotland.com has experienced any recent online booking problems and, if so, what they were, when they will be rectified and what the estimated cost of such problems has been to the tourist industry.

S2W-16996 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its financial incentives provide adequate support to the marine renewable energy industry, given a reported decision by Scottish Power and Amec to scale back or abandon plans to build a wave farm in Orkney, citing lack of government support as the reason for this decision.

S2W-16997 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) speech and language therapist and (b) physiotherapist vacancies there have been in each NHS board area in each of the last three years, expressed also as a percentage of established posts in each area and nationally.

S2W-16998 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many training places for (a) speech and language therapists and (b) physiotherapists there are currently and have been in each of the last three years.

S2W-16999 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times for speech and language therapy for (a) children and (b) adults are currently in each NHS board area and have been in each of the last three years.

S2W-17000 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of applicants is for each place available on (a) speech and language therapy, (b) orthotics and (c) physiotherapy courses.

S2W-17001 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients it expects will be treated by the private sector at the Stracathro Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Centre.

S2W-17002 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for its decision to expand healthcare facilities at Stracathro Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Centre through the private sector and not the NHS.

S2W-17003 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what surplus capacity at Stracathro Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Centre will be utilised by the private sector.

S2W-17004 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to issue a tender specification for the provision of healthcare services by the private sector at Stracathro Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Centre.

S2W-17005 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what tendering procedures it is required to observe in relation to commissioning the private sector to deliver healthcare services at Stracathro Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Centre.

S2W-17006 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial contribution will be required by NHS Tayside to facilitate delivery of healthcare services by the private sector at Stracathro Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Centre.

S2W-17007 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of the Education (Publication and Consultation etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 1981, what the (a) definition and (b) interpretation is of (i) a change of site for a school, (ii) a new school and (iii) delineation of an area and which of the regulations in Schedule 1 relate to modernisation of a school where the site of that school is being relocated to grounds owned by it or the local authority but which are separated by a main road.

S2W-17008 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people of ethnic minority origin are currently employed in the delivery of the Business Gateway programme.

S2W-17009 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of modern apprenticeship trainees have completed a skills test in each of the last three years.

S2W-17010 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current throughput of modern apprenticeships is (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) area and (ii) subject.

S2W-17011 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16378 by Mr Andy Kerr on 18 May 2005, whether the proposed facilities for acute psychiatric patients will be of the same standard as those previously proposed by the management of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

S2W-17012 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16378 by Mr Andy Kerr on 18 May 2005, when the building of the new facilities for acute psychiatric patients will be completed.

S2W-17013 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the Friends of Scotland initiative has had on immigration to Scotland.

S2W-17014 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the Friends of Scotland initiative has had on the understanding of Scotland around the world.

S2W-17015 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Friends of Scotland initiative has encouraged friends of Scotland around the world to become actively involved with modern Scotland.

S2W-17016 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect globalscot has had on the global connectivity of Scottish business



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