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Section E – Written questions lodged on 8 September 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-19060Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 18 to 19 July 2005.

S2W-19061 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations have been carried out in Inverclyde Royal Hospital in each year since 1999, broken down by type of operation.

S2W-19062 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS operations on patients from the Inverclyde Royal Hospital catchment area have taken place in Ross Hall Hospital in each year since 1999, broken down by type of operation.

S2W-19063 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statements about welfare of children in the asylum system, including in immigration removal centres, by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland on BBC Radio’s "Good Morning Scotland" on 1 September 2005 and whether it has made any representations to the UK Government on the issue.

S2W-19064 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee broadband access to the community of Ewes, near Langholm, by the end of 2005.

S2W-19065 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will decide whether to support financially the next stage of the pre-tendering process for a dynamic loop on the Glasgow to Kilmarnock railway line at Stewarton and Dunlop.

S2W-19066Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on performance targets set for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for 2005-06.

S2W-19094 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3027 by Malcolm Chisholm on 27 October 2003, what the fuel costs were for ambulance services in each NHS board area in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

S2W-19095 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30356 by Mr Andy Kerr on 22 October 2002, what the cost has been of the government car service in each month since September 2002, showing the fuel, vehicle purchase or leasing and staff costs and the cost of conversion of any cars to liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or purchase of cars with LPG facilities.

S2W-19096 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15475 by Angus MacKay on 5 June 2001, how much has been spent on fuel for ministerial cars in each month since May 1999.

S2W-19097 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15477 by Mr Jim Wallace on 14 May 2001, what the cost of fuel for police vehicles was in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05, broken down by police force.

S2W-19098 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15476 by Iain Gray on 14 May 2001, what the cost of fuel for fire service vehicles was in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05, broken down by fire board.

S2W-19099 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7661 by Sarah Boyack on 13 September 2000, what fuel costs have been incurred by each water authority in each year since 1999.

S2W-19100 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7664 by Mr Jack McConnell on 18 July 2000, what fuel costs it has incurred in each year since 1999, broken down into (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) liquid fuel.

S2W-19101 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7663 by Angus MacKay on 20 June 2000, what fuel costs have been incurred by the Scottish Prison Service in each year since 1999.

S2W-19102 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7659 by Henry McLeish on 20 June 2000, what fuel costs have been incurred by Scottish Enterprise in each year since 1999.

S2W-19103 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7657 by Henry McLeish on 20 June 2000, what fuel costs have been incurred by VisitScotland and its predecessor and each area tourist board in each year since 1999.

S2W-19104 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce which courts will have television links for witnesses.

S2W-19105 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what requirements have been specified in respect of the provision of television links for witnesses in court.

S2W-19106 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hip fractures there were in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002 and (e) 2003.

S2W-19107 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much NHS Scotland has spent on treating osteoporotic fractures in each year since 1999.

S2W-19108 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many leaflets providing preventive advice and advice on treatment of osteoporosis are produced annually for patients and the public.

S2W-19109 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Quality Improvement Scotland has published guidance on delivering an integrated falls and osteoporosis service.

S2W-19110 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether staff in hospitals are prompted to investigate the likelihood of osteoporosis in patients who present themselves with fractures.

S2W-19111 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether hospitals notify GPs of fracture patients who receive preventive treatment for osteoporosis in hospital of patients’ requirement for ongoing treatment.

S2W-19112 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an audit of the local delivery plans of NHS boards has been undertaken to identify whether an integrated falls service has been established in each board’s area.

S2W-19113 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether osteoporosis has been included in the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the General Medical Services contract.

S2W-19114 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a named individual has been designated in each NHS board to lead the development of an integrated falls service.

S2W-19115 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women suffer from osteoporosis.

S2W-19116 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of treating hip fractures per patient in the (a) first and (b) second year after the fracture has occurred.

S2W-19117 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the combined social care and hospital costs of treating hip fractures have been in each year since 1999.

S2W-19118 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met the EU Osteoporosis Consultation Panel since the publication of Osteoporosis in the European Union: Member States Policy Progress Report in 2004.

S2W-19119 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons can be learned from Osteoporosis in the European Union: Member States Policy Progress Report for people with osteoporosis in Scotland.

S2W-19120 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been undertaken of integrated falls services across Scotland.

S2W-19121 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an assessment has been made of NHS boards across Scotland in respect of what each board’s understanding is of the definition of an integrated falls service.

S2W-19122 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time for a DEXA scan is in each NHS board area.

S2W-19123 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what links it has with the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

S2W-19124 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to organise a conference on osteoporosis, bringing together all stakeholders to discuss future developments on the issue.

S2W-19125 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to undertake an educational campaign to highlight and raise public awareness of the steps that each individual can take to prevent the development of osteoporosis.

S2W-19126 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been set aside in each year since 1999 for the purchase of art collections such as the d’Offay collection.

S2W-19127 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent in each year since 1999 on the acquisition of art collections.

S2W-19128 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Crofters Commission will publish advice given by its officials to its board in respect of disputes with the Land Court over Taynuilt in Argyll and Ocraquoy in Shetland and whether it will make copies of such advice available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-19129 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to change current official recommendations on alcohol consumption to expectant mothers, given the scientific evidence of the potential of alcohol consumption during pregnancy to induce foetal alcohol syndrome.

S2W-19130 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider increasing awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy by placing obligations on the alcoholic drinks industry to label its bottles and cans with adequate warnings.

S2W-19131 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will invest in research into foetal alcohol syndrome, given the indications from the World Health Organisation that its incidence could be higher than current estimates.

S2W-19132 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will address the problem of foetal alcohol syndrome by including information on the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy as an essential element of health education in schools.

S2W-19133 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to evidence suggesting that women from poorer backgrounds with poorer nutrition are more likely to consume alcohol during pregnancy with the potential for inducing foetal alcohol syndrome.

S2W-19134 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the take-up of council tax benefit by pensioners and what representations it has made to the UK Government on the matter.

S2W-19135 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the First Minister’s statements to the Parliament on 6 September 2005 in respect of crofting (Official Report c. 1878), when it intends to consult crofters and crofting communities about the draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-19136 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had on osteoporosis with the European Commission.

S2W-19137 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what predictions have been made of the number of osteoporotic fractures in Scotland in the next 50 years and what information it has on such predictions across Europe.

S2W-19138 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16781 by Peter Peacock on 2 June 2005, which schools took part in the OECD’s "PISA 2003" survey, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) sector.

S2W-19139 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been provided in this financial year to each local authority for the development and support of core paths.

S2W-19140 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis funding for the development and support of core paths is shared out between local authorities.

S2W-19141 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will end the diligence power of arresting the whole bank account of an actual or alleged debtor as part of its reform of personal bankruptcy and diligence law and, if so, when such a proposal will be presented.

S2W-19142 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce or support the introduction of an offence of corporate killing.

S2W-19143 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) households and (b) individual citizens live on an annual income of (i) up to £5,000, (ii) £5,001 to £10,000, (iii) £10,001 to £20,000, (iv) £20,001 to £30,000, (v) £30,001 to £40,000, (vi) £40,001 to £50,000, (vii) £50,001 to £60,000, (viii) £60,001 to £80,000, (ix) £80,001 to £100,000, (x) £100,001 to £200,000, (xi) £200,001 to £300,000, (xii) £300,001 to £500,000, (xiii) £500,001 to £1 million and (xiv) more than £1 million.

S2W-19144 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average salary is and what proportion of workers earns less than that amount.

S2W-19145 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) pensioner households and (b) single pensioners live on an annual income of (i) up to £10,000, (ii) £10,001 to £15,000, (iii) £15,001 to £20,000, (ic) £20,001 to £30,000, (v) £30,001 to £50,000 and (vi) more than £50,000.

S2W-19146 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a fully independent police complaints body similar to that now operating in England and, if so, when.

S2W-19147 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the pay protection for station managers in the fire service will be guaranteed until they retire.

S2W-19148 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what dates it considered for the introduction of the smoking restrictions provided for by the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.

S2W-19149 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations it consulted prior to announcing the introduction date of smoking restrictions under the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.

S2W-19150 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it consulted the members of the National Smoke Free Areas Implementation Group about the date for introduction of smoking restrictions under the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 prior to announcing the date and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-19151 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what public relations consultancies it has appointed to advise it on the introduction of smoking restrictions under the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005; what activities have so far been undertaken by these consultancies, and how much they have cost.

S2W-19152 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget it has set aside to publicise the introduction of smoking restrictions under the terms of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.

S2W-19153 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what activities it intends to undertake prior to the introduction of smoking restrictions under the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 to publicise these restrictions and how much the activities are expected to cost.

S2W-19154 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding it will allocate to local authorities to enable them to enforce the smoking restrictions in the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.

S2W-19155 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gave to the "Scotland CAN!" campaign.

S2W-19156 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16434 by Peter Peacock on 18 May 2005, when it will publish its analysis of the responses to the consultation on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill.

S2W-19157 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-16434 and S2W-17402 by Peter Peacock on 10 May and 27 June 2005 respectively, whether the majority of responses to the consultation on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill favoured reform or retention of school boards or whether they recommended their abolition.



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