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Section E – Written questions lodged from 17 to 21 October 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-19873 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people responded to (a) its and (b) the Scottish Law Commission’s consultation paper on family law.

S2W-19874 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the report by the Social Work Inspection Agency and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary into the management of Colyn Evans has been delivered to ministers and, if so, when it will be published.

S2W-19875 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any financial benefit, associated with the opening up of land to new development, has been factored into the evaluation and comparison of route options for the southern leg of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and, if so, how.

S2W-19876 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the explanation is for variations in the projected costs of the route options for the southern leg of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, particularly the Milltimber, Murtle and Pitfodels routes which are of similar length but have different cost ranges.

S2W-19877 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route website still shows only the Murtle route through the Camphill communities on the front page, seven months after the consultation on five possible routes, and whether this gives website visitors the impression that Murtle is the chosen route.

S2W-19878 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what current vaccines contain thiomersal or similar heavy metal based preservatives.

S2W-19879 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any future vaccines will contain thiomersal or similar heavy metal based preservatives.

S2W-19880 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children aged up to 18 have received no vaccinations in their lifetime.

S2W-19881 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of autism is in the non-vaccinated population.

S2W-19882 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19593 by Mr Andy Kerr on 14 October 2005, whether it will provide a list of all hospitals which are not linked to the Community Health Index number system, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-19883 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-17475 by Mr Andy Kerr on 28 July 2005, what the average call back time for NHS 24 has been in each month since May 2005.

S2W-19884 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the methods of surveying nephrops stocks provide an accurate measurement of stocks; if so, whether it will seek to agree a higher nephrops total allowable catch (TAC) for the west coast and secure such a TAC ahead of the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council, and whether it will continue to involve representatives of the Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association and the West of Scotland Fish Producers’ Organisation in all stages prior to any negotiation being concluded.

S2W-19885 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek an increase in the west coast monkfish total allowable catch.

S2W-19886Δ Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 19 to 20 September 2005.

S2W-19887 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it anticipates that it will follow the guidance set out in its letter of 20 March 2001 to the Procedures Committee, or any updated guidance, in respect of Executive amendments to bills by lodging any amendments it proposes to be made during Stage 3 consideration of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill by 3.00 pm at least five sitting days before the expiry of the deadline for lodging amendments or whether it expects to depart from its guidance, and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-19888 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council in planning to make a meaningful contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

S2W-19889 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water has paid any compensation to businesses for loss of earnings resulting from delayed completion of works.

S2W-19890 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water has made any ex gratia payments to businesses for loss of earnings and inconvenience as a result of delayed completion of works.

S2W-19891 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what preliminary work has been carried out in respect of how EU Directive 2004/35/CE on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage will be transposed into Scottish legislation or regulation; what consultation is planned, and when it anticipates undertaking the legislative or administrative action to ensure that the provisions of the directive are implemented by 30 April 2007.

S2W-19892 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the concept of the Scottish Citizens Account Smartcard differs from that of an entitlement card.

S2W-19893 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still its position, as set out in the answer to question S2W-16503 by Mr Tom McCabe on 23 May 2005, that the entitlement card will not be linked to any national identity register or similar database.

S2W-19894 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a citizen’s account number could be stored on the UK National Identity Register under clause 4(1)(b) of Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Bill.

S2W-19895 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still its position, as set out in the answer to question S2W-16501 by Mr Tom McCabe on 23 May 2005, that no-one will be denied access to the services that they are entitled to because they do not have an entitlement card and whether the same position would apply to any citizen’s account card.

S2W-19896 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether citizen’s accounts will exist only for those individuals who have chosen to apply for an entitlement card or for all citizens in Scotland.

S2W-19897 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive from which European nations it has made efforts to attract dentists.

S2W-19898 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has identified any areas of Scotland as being priority areas for placing dentists recruited from overseas.

S2W-19899 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what it views as the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long-term solutions to the current shortages of NHS dentists.

S2W-19900 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to improve waiting times for bowel cancer treatment.

S2W-19901 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19691 by Malcolm Chisholm on 18 October 2005, why it is the responsibility of the Crown Estate to answer questions on the content of the Annat Bay fish farm report if that report was produced by the Scottish Executive.

S2W-19902 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the Interim Scheme for the Authorisation of Marine Fish Farms in Scottish Waters, the Crown Estate, as the relevant authority under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Fish Farming in Marine Waters) Regulations 1999, and competent authority under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, is legally bound to approve planning recommendations made by (a) the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit or (b) the relevant local authority.

S2W-19903 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects the Crown Estate or Crown Estate Commissioners under the Interim Scheme for the Authorisation of Marine Fish Farms in Scottish Waters to implement recommendations made by (a) the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit or (b) the relevant local authority.

S2W-19904 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive in which ways it has encouraged the development of bilingual English and Gaelic signs where appropriate throughout Scotland, as recommended in the report on first impressions of Scotland and endorsed by the Executive in its review of that report.

S2W-19905 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why 12 months has been selected as a prospective time limit for delivery of first infertility treatment for couples joining an NHS board waiting list, as stated in paragraph 6.5 of Review of Access Criteria for Infertility Services in Scotland.

S2W-19906 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require individuals to hold an identity card in order to have a criminal record check and, if so, when this requirement will be introduced.

S2W-19907 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed with the UK Government whether teachers, childcare workers and convicted criminals will be required to hold an identity card in Scotland before it becomes compulsory for all other Scottish citizens.

S2W-19908 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) graduates and (b) junior posts there were in (i) medicine, (ii) nursing, (iii) midwifery and (iv) physiotherapy in each year since 1999.

S2W-19909 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people worked in the (a) public and (b) private sector in each local authority area in each of the last six years, broken down by industry.

S2W-19910 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been (a) refused NHS treatment because of residential status and (b) declined such treatment because they were told that there would be a charge under the regulations relating to overseas visitors.

S2W-19911 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many neurologists were practising in the NHS in each of the last five years.

S2W-19912 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences of tuberculosis there were in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-19913 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners released with electronic tags have reoffended.

S2W-19914 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were stopped for not wearing their seat belts in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area, and what type of fine was imposed upon each individual.

S2W-19915 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) recorded cases of, (b) prosecutions for and (c) convictions for (i) rape, (ii) assault with intent to rape and (iii) indecent assault took place in each of the last five years.

S2W-19916 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average funding was per pupil in special schools in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-19917 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered (a) day nurseries, (b) childminders, (c) playgroups and (d) out-of-school clubs there were in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S2W-19918 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were fined for offences directly relating to the improper use of (a) disabled vehicle stickers and (b) disabled parking spaces in each of the last five years.

S2W-19919 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hip replacement operations were carried out in each of the last five years.

S2W-19920 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many assaults there were on hospital staff on hospital premises in each of the last five years, broken down by hospital.

S2W-19921 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on transport provided for children travelling to and from school in each of the last five years, broken down by school.

S2W-19922 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) press releases and (b) consultation documents it has issued in each year since 1999.

S2W-19923 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on testing wave and tidal technology projects in each of the last five years.

S2W-19924 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) fined in connection with an offence directly relating to the illegal use of petrol or diesel in a motor vehicle in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-19925 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will give to Architecture and Design Scotland for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-19926 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will give to the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-19927 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will give to the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-19928 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will give to the Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-19929 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will give to the Scottish Social Services Council for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-19930 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will give to the Scottish University for Industry for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 and from which level 3 budget this will come.

S2W-19931 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the results of its annual assessment of the level of problem posed by ragwort have been for each of the last five years for which this information is available.

S2W-19932 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive why the Dalkeith northern bypass is now regarded as urgent and what evidence the Executive has that the current estimate of £40 million represents best value for taxpayers in terms of transport options for the area, given that the multi-modal appraisal promised by it following the strategic roads review in 1999 has never been carried out.

S2W-19933 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to adopt the Race for Opportunity scheme, currently in place in England, which promotes ethnic diversity in the labour market.

S2W-19934 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive which prisons (a) undertake and (b) do not undertake body searches of visitors and what protocols or criteria are applied in respect of such searches.

S2W-19935 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-17769 and S2W-17771 by George Lyon on 1 August 2005, when it will publish a summary of responses to the consultation on local tax liability of residents in housing support accommodation.

S2W-19936 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-17769 and S2W-17771 by George Lyon on 1 August 2005, whether it will announce its conclusions on the council tax liability of individual rooms in housing support accommodation in sufficient time for these conclusions to be implemented by local authorities for (a) the remainder of 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

S2W-19937 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to ensure that there is equal access to prenatal diagnostic ultrasound scanning beyond routine dating ultrasound for all pregnant women.

S2W-19938 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small and medium-sized enterprises won public procurement contracts in each year since 1999, expressed also as a percentage of total contracts awarded.

S2W-19939 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria have been applied to the allocation of Polish dentists to NHS boards.

S2W-19940 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive why Polish dentists have not been allocated to NHS Dumfries and Galloway in the first tranche of placements.

S2W-19941 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when Polish dentists will be allocated to NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

S2W-19942 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authorities have an up-to-date development plan, as outlined in the White Paper, Modernising the Planning System.

S2W-19943 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken against local authorities who fail to produce an up-to-date development plan, as outlined in the White Paper, Modernising the Planning System.

S2W-19944 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how its planning proposals will ensure the development of mixed communities where people are able to work and live and reduce the emphasis on zoning land for single usage.

S2W-19945 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it can ensure that adequate land supply is allocated for development, including housing.

S2W-19946 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the design of new housing will be more pedestrian-friendly.

S2W-19947 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why no subsidy is paid to Pentland Ferries for the transportation of people and livestock across the Pentland Firth, when £23 million has been paid to Northlink for its service.

S2W-19948 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant-led maternity units there are and how many there have been in each of the last five years.

S2W-19949 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwife-led maternity units there are and how many there have been in each of the last five years.

S2W-19950 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant-led maternity units are the subject of consultation for closure or conversion to non-consultant-led services.

S2W-19951 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were living in poverty in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in each of the last 30 years.

S2W-19952 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19656 by Mr Andy Kerr on 20 October 2005, whether it will provide figures for the country of qualification in each year since 1999, broken down by country.

S2W-19953 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fines for littering were issued in each local authority area in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005.

S2W-19954 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fines for dog fouling were issued in each local authority area in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005.

S2W-19955 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what communications it has had with COSLA and individual local authorities about the implementation of single status agreements.

S2W-19956 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many deaths malnutrition was recorded as a cause in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) NHS board.

S2W-19957 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of children have lived in households with two adults, neither of whom were in work, in each year since 1990.

S2W-19958 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders in breach of anti-social behaviour orders have (a) been returned to court and (b) received sentences in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-19959 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were reported missing in each year since 1990, broken down by police force area.

S2W-19960 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many secondary school teachers have taught (a) the subject in which they undertook a degree or (b) a subject different from their degree qualification in each year since 1999, broken down by degree subject.

S2W-19961 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded incidents of school bullying there were in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-19962 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a list of health establishments abroad which (a) have treated NHS patients in the last five years and (b) it plans to use in future.

S2W-19963 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many surgeons have (a) left and (b) started work in each NHS board in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

S2W-19964 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times have been for cancer patients from (a) diagnosis and (b) urgent GP referral to start of treatment in each of the last 12 quarters.

S2W-19965 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people under the age of 30 have been treated for alcohol-related illnesses in (a) the last 12 months and (b) each year since 1997, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-19966 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were convicted of (a) drunkenness, (b) driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs and (c) causing death by dangerous driving when under the influence of drink or drugs in each year since 1995, broken down by police force area.

S2W-19967 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the progress of the implementation by local authorities of their obligations under the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

S2W-19968 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it or the Scottish Building Standards Agency can enforce the obligations on local authorities to comply with the provisions of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

S2W-19969 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all NHS boards have joint emergency plans in place with local authorities to deal with any serious outbreak of avian flu among humans.

S2W-19970 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a list has been compiled of recently retired medical, paramedical and nursing staff who might be able to assist in the event of a serious outbreak of avian flu among humans, as recommended in the Health and Community Care Committee’s 13th Report 2000 (Session 1), Report on Influenza Vaccination (SP Paper 192), and whether any training has been planned for such auxiliary staff.

S2W-19971 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any provision for commandeering sufficient eggs for the production of any new vaccine that might be required to deal with a serious outbreak of avian flu among humans.

S2W-19972 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all NHS boards have sufficient stocks of respirators for use in the event of a serious outbreak of avian flu among humans.

S2W-19973 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive when details of the tariff system for the NHS will be announced and what decisions have so far been taken on the matter.

S2W-19974 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the invitation from the National Coordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration to enter the new scheme for the training of clinical academics.

S2W-19975 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response will be to the reduction of 6% in the number of clinical academic staff in 2004.

S2W-19976 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what protocol has been agreed with the Home Office in respect of the treatment of the children of refugees and asylum seekers resident in Scotland.

S2W-19977 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences for the control of cormorants have been issued since 1999.

S2W-19978 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cormorants have been killed by licensed culls since 1999.

S2W-19979 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences for the control of (a) badgers, (b) otters, (c) pine martens, (d) wildcats, (e) herons and (f) bats have been issued since 1999.

S2W-19980 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service regarding the future of the Protein Fractionation Centre and Alba Bioscience at its Liberton site in south Edinburgh.

S2W-19981 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it made to Her Majesty’s Government prior to the agreement reached at the Public Services Forum in relation to public sector pensions, announced by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 18 October 2005.

S2W-19982 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was consulted by Her Majesty’s Government prior to the agreement reached at the Public Services Forum in relation to public sector pensions, announced by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 18 October 2005.

S2W-19983 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the financial implications for the Executive of the agreement reached at the Public Services Forum in relation to public sector pensions, announced by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 18 October 2005.

S2W-19984 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the crowning of Robert the Bruce as King of Scots.

S2W-19985 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider supporting the Robert the Bruce Commemoration Trust.

S2W-19986 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed the prospect of creating a Users Charter with any current or potential ferry operators and, if so, which operators were involved and when the discussions took place.

S2W-19987 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications and/or any previous Ministers for Transport have ever expressed a view that a Users Charter, signed by Western Ferries guaranteeing fares and levels of services on the Gourock-Dunoon route, would be a legally binding document and, if so, when, to whom, and in what context such a view was expressed.

S2W-19988 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine all options for the future of the services provided by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre in Edinburgh, including the potential for growth of those services within NHS Scotland.

S2W-19989 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an assurance that all employees and management staff at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s Protein Fractionation Centre will be fully consulted before any decision is taken over the future of its services.

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