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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 November 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-20687 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20320 by Mr Andy Kerr on 14 November 2005, whether the tendering process will be completed and contracts agreed before a pandemic flu virus is identified and a vaccine is possible and whether the award of the contracts will not depend on whether such a pandemic flu virus emerges.

S2W-20688 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20320 by Mr Andy Kerr on 14 November 2005, whether monies paid to successful bidders will be dependent on the emergence of a pandemic flu virus or whether monies will be paid whether or not such a virus emerges.

S2W-20689 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission research into the likely impact on fuel poverty levels and the number of households affected by fuel poverty of the electricity and gas price increases announced by energy providers throughout 2005.

S2W-20690 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has recently been a change of policy in respect of imprisoning offenders under 21 in the adult estate.

S2W-20691 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions Reliance has been unable to carry out requests from the Scottish Prison Service to escort prisoners in the last year.

S2W-20692 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20321 by Mr Andy Kerr on 14 November 2005, whether all contracts being negotiated by the NHS solely relate to H5N1, a virus not transmitted from human to human and not likely to lead to a human flu pandemic.

S2W-20693 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-19948, S2W-19949 and S2W-19950 by Lewis Macdonald on 14 November 2005 and in light of the fact that its Health Department does not hold this information centrally, whether it is satisfied with the performance of the department and whether it considers that its policy on the provision of maternity services is sufficiently informed.

S2W-20694 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-20244 and S2W-20247 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005 and given that experts in the Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices of the Scottish Fingerprint Service (SFS) disagreed with colleagues in the Glasgow office about the identification of a mark in the case of Shirley McKie, what steps it is taking to ensure that (a) miscarriages of justice do not occur and (b) all fingerprint identifications by the SFS given in Scottish courts will be accompanied by information on any different approaches to the scientific basis of fingerprint identification which currently exist within the SFS.

S2W-20695 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20247 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005, what information it is able to provide on whether there have been any other incidents of disagreements involving Lothian and Borders Police fingerprint staff.

S2W-20696 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-20244 and S2W-20247 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005, whether at any time in the last 10 years any experts from outwith the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) have disagreed with any of the SCRO’s fingerprint identifications other than those referred to in the answers.

S2W-20697 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether agreement has been formally reached with the Scottish Police Federation, at both national and local level, in respect of taking finger and palm print impressions from all serving police officers and holding the impressions on an computerised database to enable IDENT1 searches of crime scene marks to be carried out.

S2W-20698 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it is able to provide on the persons tasked with preparing responses to questions in respect of fingerprint issues raised by members of the Parliament; what their positions are; what fingerprint experience they have; whether they have been involved with any cases involving the indentification of fingerprints and, if so, what that involvement was.

S2W-20699 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to issue guidance to fire services in respect of ensuring that smoke alarms meet the British standard for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

S2W-20700 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that smoke alarms meet the British standard for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

S2W-20701 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive which port organisations were allowed to tender or be considered for the northern isles ferry contract; whether private sector port organisations were able to tender, and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-20702 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what up-to-date information it has on the benefit to the economy of cruise line traffic.

S2W-20703 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) representations it has made to, (b) discussions it has had with and (c) meetings it has had with (i) the Equal Opportunities Commission and (ii) other organisations regarding equal pay for women in local authority employment.

S2W-20704 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what cognisance it has taken of representations it has received on equal pay and what action it will take to ensure that all women who work for local authorities receive equal pay for work of equal value retrospectively and prospectively.

S2W-20705 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) proportion and (b) amount of its budget has been allocated to local authorities in each year since 1999 to enable local authorities to implement equal pay.

S2W-20706 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will use contingency funds to enable local authorities to implement equal pay.

S2W-20707 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding it will make available to enable local authorities to implement equal pay.

S2W-20708 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19220 by Mr Andy Kerr on 26 September 2005, how many members of staff, broken down by role, are available before and after midnight at each NHS Greater Glasgow out-of-hours centre to determine whether a patient’s clinical condition has changed between the time the patient contacted NHS 24 and the time the patient arrived at the centre and to decide, as a result, how quickly the patient needs to be seen.

S2W-20709 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres there are in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20710 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres there are in Gartnavel Hospital, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20711 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres there are in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20712 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres there are in the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20713 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres there are in Stobhill Hospital, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20714 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres there are in the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20715 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres are planned for the new Stobhill Hospital, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20716 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres are planned for the new Victoria Hospital in Glasgow, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20717 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres are planned in future for Glasgow Royal Infirmary, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20718 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres are planned in future for the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20719 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operating theatres are planned in future for Gartnavel Hospital, broken down by speciality.

S2W-20720 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatal accident inquiries have been held in each year since 1990.

S2W-20721 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many isolation beds there are in each NHS board area.

S2W-20722 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many isolation units there are in each NHS board area.

S2W-20723 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are trained to work in isolation units.

S2W-20724 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will train more staff to work in isolation units.

S2W-20725 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will train more staff to work with patients who require isolation within the community.

S2W-20726 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder have been diagnosed in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-20727 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder receive the support and treatment they require.

S2W-20728 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to undertake any detailed analysis in assessing the number of people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

S2W-20729 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional support it will give to the NHS to provide therapies to people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

S2W-20730 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action it has taken to address Seasonal Affective Disorder in younger people.

S2W-20731 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action it has taken to address Seasonal Affective Disorder in women.

S2W-20732 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Quality Improvement Scotland has made any recommendations for any particular drugs not to be used for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder on the NHS.

S2W-20733 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people received anti-depressant drugs as treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-20734 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people received psychotherapy, counselling or any complementary treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-20735 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of an EU strategy on mental health.

S2W-20736 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will contribute to the European Commission’s Green Paper, Improving the mental health of the population: Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union.

S2W-20737 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has (a) made to and (b) received from the European Commission regarding the establishment of a strategy on mental health.

S2W-20738 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage (a) local authorities, (b) health professionals, (c) stakeholders in other sectors, (d) civil society, including patient organisations, and (e) the research community to communicate their views on the European Commission’s strategy on mental health.

S2W-20739 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers with a disability, as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, have been employed in each police force in each of the last 10 years and what percentage of the force strength this represents.

S2W-20740 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of discrimination have been brought against police forces under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

S2W-20741 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many cases of discrimination against police forces under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have been presented to industrial tribunals in each year since the Act came into force.

S2W-20742 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines or guidance it has issued to police forces regarding recruitment practices in line with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

S2W-20743 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any police force has been required to pay compensation under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

S2W-20744 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance and support it gives to police forces in meeting their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

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