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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 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-19298 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of S1 and S2 classes in (a) English and (b) mathematics have more than 20 pupils, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-19299 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is monitoring the operation of the Debt Arrangement Scheme.

S2W-19300 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that there are sufficient numbers of money advice workers to support the operation of the Debt Arrangement Scheme.

S2W-19301 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that some creditors are not consenting to the use of the Debt Arrangement Scheme and what action it will take to address this issue.

S2W-19302 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body who holds the copyright to the video material available from the www.holyrood.tv website and what restrictions are placed on its use by (a) members of the public, (b) organisations and (c) MSPs.

S2W-19303 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints it has received from individuals in respect of postal voting in local elections in each year since 1999.

S2W-19304 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last five years, broken down by department.

S2W-19305 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds centrally about waiting lists for diagnostic scanning services.

S2W-19306 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) nursing vacancies and (b) employed nurses there have been in each NHS hospital in each of the last five years.

S2W-19307 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) consultants and (d) auxiliary staff have been victims of violence in each NHS hospital in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-19308 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental practitioners are currently working in the NHS in (a) Renfrewshire, (b) Inverclyde and (c) Scotland and what the comparable figures were in 1998.

S2W-19309 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental practitioners are currently working wholly in the private sector in (a) Renfrewshire, (b) Inverclyde and (c) Scotland and what the comparable figures were in 1998.

S2W-19310 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with NHS Argyll and Clyde and dental practitioners in respect of proposals to tackle dental health and hygiene in (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Inverclyde.

S2W-19311 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered deaf or hard-of-hearing staff it has employed, expressed also as a percentage of its total workforce, in each year since 1999.

S2W-19312 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered blind or visually impaired staff it has employed, expressed also as a percentage of its total workforce, in each year since 1999.

S2W-19313 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors educational attainment by ethnic minority pupils and for how long it has done so.

S2W-19314 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of males employed by it have worked part-time, expressed also as a percentage of its total workforce, in each year since 1999.

S2W-19315 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of females employed by it have worked part-time, expressed also as a percentage of its total workforce, in each year since 1999.

S2W-19316 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of women employed part-time by it have been in the top 10% pay bracket in each year since 1999.

S2W-19317 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of men employed part-time by it have been in the top 10% pay bracket in each year since 1999.

S2W-19318 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total relocation costs were to it of employing new staff in each year since 1999.

S2W-19319 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of ethnic minority police officers are in the top 20% pay bracket, broken down by police force area.

S2W-19320 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times it has met the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland this year specifically to discuss the recruitment of ethnic minority people to police forces.

S2W-19321 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional ring-fenced funding has been provided to police forces to enable them to meet recruitment targets for ethnic minority police officers in each year since 1999.

S2W-19322 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers from ethnic minority backgrounds have left the police within (a) one year of joining, (b) two years of joining, (c) three years of joining and (d) four years of joining in each year since 1999.

S2W-19323 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a date has been set for awarding a contract for the construction of a near-water fisheries protection vessel for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.

S2W-19324 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the dates are for handing over the fisheries protection vessels ordered from a Polish shipyard.

S2W-19325 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age profile is of the Caledonian MacBrayne passenger ferry fleet and how many replacement vessels are likely to be ordered between now and 2009.

S2W-19326 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age profile is of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency fleet and how many replacement vessels are likely to be ordered between now and 2009.

S2W-19327 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions its officials have travelled to Poland in connection with the construction of passenger ferry vessels for Caledonian MacBrayne; how many officials have been involved in these visits; what the cost of these visits has been, and whether more such visits are planned.

S2W-19328 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with UK Government ministers and EU officials regarding allegations of hidden subsidies being given to a Polish shipyard.

S2W-19329 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any indication has been received from the European Union concerning an investigation into whether unfair state subsidies are being given to Polish shipyards; when any such investigation will be completed, and whether a report of any such investigation will be sent to the Executive.

S2W-19330 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the staffing level was of (a) police officers and (b) ancillary staff in X division of Strathclyde Police in each of the last six years.

S2W-19331 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of men to women police officers from the rank of constable to chief constable in each police force and how this has changed in the last six years.

S2W-19332 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being implemented to increase the conviction rate of individuals who have committed rape and how the effectiveness of the measures will be assessed.

S2W-19333 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with chief constables concerning the recruitment, selection and employment of female police surgeons.

S2W-19334 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken over the last year to increase the recruitment, selection and employment of female police surgeons.

S2W-19335 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any distinction is made in relevant oral or written answers to parliamentary questions between written and emailed submissions to consultations.

S2W-19336 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the opinion of the Chairman of the National Autistic Society that the Murtle option for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route “would jeopardise the work of Scotland’s centres of excellence for some of the most vulnerable members of our society”.

S2W-19337 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the statement by Dr Lorna Wing, an expert in autistic spectrum disorders, in relation to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route that “the noise made during the construction of a bypass and the continual noise when it is in use would make life intolerable for many Camphill residents”.

S2W-19338 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the (a) suggestion contained in Professor James Hogg’s interim report into the impact of the Murtle option for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route that the special-needs children at Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools be desensitised to the proposed road noise by participating in the creation of a three-metre noise barrier and (b) view of the autism experts who carried out an autism accreditation appraisal on the Camphill school that such a suggestion “at best shows a naivité into the complexity of autistic spectrum disorder and at worst a total misunderstanding or disregard to the effects of the disorder upon individuals”.

S2W-19339 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that (a) many of the special-needs children and adults living in the Aberdeen Camphill communities suffer from hyperacusis (an abnormal sensitivity to noise) and (b) there are currently no acceptable noise levels set for special-needs individuals and how it proposes to adapt the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) methodology for noise measurement and assessment to give a realistic assessment of the noise impact of the proposed Murtle option for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route on these individuals.

S2W-19340 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the possible delay and associated costs if the Murtle option for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is selected and the Camphill communities follow their legal advice which indicates there may be a human rights issue that the community could pursue to European Court level.

S2W-19341 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-18360 by Tavish Scott on 5 September 2005, to what extent the criteria set out in the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) have been applied and whether a full STAG assessment report has been prepared in respect of each of the options for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-19342 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-18361 by Tavish Scott on 5 September 2005, what specific data have been collected on the work of the Camphill communities and from what sources these data have been acquired.

S2W-19343 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is on target to introduce unlimited Scotland-wide free bus travel for elderly and disabled people from April 2006.

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