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Section E – Written questions lodged on 5 December 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-21381 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on proposals to carry out major resurfacing works on the Broxden roundabout in February and March 2006.

S2W-21382 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to address any concerns of local police and others in respect of traffic management proposals in connection with resurfacing the Broxden roundabout.

S2W-21383 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20821 by Tavish Scott on 1 December 2005, what exact contractual conditions it would apply, or other measures it would use, to make a Users’ Charter binding on any potential ferry operator.

S2W-21384 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-21201 by Robert Brown on 1 December 2005, why it has no current plans to introduce the Bookstart Plus scheme for toddlers or the Bookstart Treasure Chest for children aged between 36 and 48 months.

S2W-21385 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that its proposals for a single survey and a purchaser information pack are both compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.

S2W-21386 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate has issued sentencing guidance, similar to the draft guidelines in England and Wales, suggesting that juveniles who use minimal force to commit theft should not be imprisoned.

S2W-21387 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what sentencing guidance the Lord Advocate has issued to sheriffs and judges in the last year.

S2W-21388 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19344 by Peter Peacock on 20 September 2005 and the answer to my supplementary to question S2O-8316 by Peter Peacock on 1 December 2005, what the most recent figures available are in respect of the percentage of S1 and S2 classes in (a) English and (b) mathematics which have more than 20 pupils, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-21389 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set a target for future years in respect of output from marine renewable energy.

S2W-21390 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support has been provided for marine renewable energy in each of the last five years.

S2W-21391 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of members of boards of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) live in Scotland (a) in total and (b) broken down by NDPB.

S2W-21392 Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any discussions took place with Superfast Ferries about its announcement of a 50% curtailment of the timetable for the Rosyth to Zeebrugge service, in light of the freight facilities grant for the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry terminal.

S2W-21393 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide comparative details of emergency admission rates to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary before and after the introduction of NHS 24.

S2W-21394 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide current details of ambulance response times to emergency call-outs in Dumfries and Galloway and what measures are being taken by NHS 24 to ensure that patients in remote locations receive a timeous and trained paramedical or medical response.

S2W-21395 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20246 by Cathy Jamieson on 17 November 2005, whether this indicates that fingerprint identification is ultimately a matter of opinion of the experts examining the specific fingerprint in question.

S2W-21396 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20247 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005, when the annual competency tests and Continuous Professional Development programme were introduced for fingerprint experts.

S2W-21397 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 it is able to comment on the proposition that the ongoing publicity in respect of the case referred to in these answers is causing damage to its own reputation and that of the Scottish Criminal Record Office and the Scottish Fingerprint Service, as well as the wider justice system.

S2W-21398 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the answers to questions S2W-20244 and S2W-20247 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005 and the level of media publicity regarding the case referred to in these answers, whether it is able to release any further information and whether it is able to comment on those matters beyond the fact that the case is active and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-21399 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) installations of boilers, (b) installations of full central heating systems and (c) other items of central heating work have been carried out by Eaga Partnership Ltd in each year since the inception of the central heating programme, broken down by (i) parliamentary region and (ii) local authority area.

S2W-21401 Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications plans to meet representatives of Edinburgh University Students’ Association to discuss Lothian Buses’ treatment of mature students in the pricing structure for its travel passes and, if so, when the meeting will be.

S2W-21402 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what training paramedics are given in administering thrombolysis.

S2W-21403 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of ambulance service divisions are using thrombolysis.

S2W-21404 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when thrombolysis became available for use by paramedics.

S2W-21405 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether training was offered to paramedics on the introduction of thrombolysis for use in ambulances.

S2W-21406 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring takes place in respect of the training of paramedics in the administration of morphine.

S2W-21407 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how often training is undertaken by paramedics in the administration of morphine.

S2W-21408 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to rapid response units in respect of response times to emergency calls.

S2W-21409 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what flexibility is given to ambulance service management to respond to calls other than emergency calls.

S2W-21410 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the dispatch of rapid response teams is co-ordinated with the availability of ambulances in the local area.

S2W-21411 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) managers and (b) clinicians have been paid to commute from their homes on the mainland to posts within NHS Western Isles in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06.

S2W-21412 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the contents of the report compiled by the Institute of Healthcare Management, as referred to in my supplementary to question S2O-8076 to the Minister for Health and Community Care on 17 November 2005, have now been read by the minister.

S2W-21413 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-8076 on 17 November 2005 by the Minister for Health and Community Care, whether the minister will respond to support expressed at public meetings in Stornoway in the week beginning 28 November 2005 by councillors, health workers and other people present for an external review of the financial arrangements and governance of NHS Western Isles by Audit Scotland.

S2W-21414 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that water and sewerage services are not a barrier to the provision of affordable housing to rent or buy.

S2W-21415 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many anti-social behaviour orders have been applied for by housing associations in each local authority area in each year since the orders were introduced.

S2W-21416 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to recommend an increase in the Personal Expense Allowance.

S2W-21417 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many care homes for elderly people met Care Commission standards relating to nutrition in each year since the commission was established.

S2W-21418 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of housing lets are allocated to tenants classified as homeless, broken down by local authority.

S2W-21419 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many former Ministry of Defence houses are now available to rent through local authorities and housing associations.

S2W-21420 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made an agreement with the Ministry of Defence in respect of the further release of properties for affordable housing to rent or buy.

S2W-21421 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in making publicly owned land available for affordable housing to rent or buy.

S2W-21422 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to ensure that people in residential care homes for elderly people receive appropriate nursing care at the point where their condition deteriorates and nursing care is required.

S2W-21423 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been carried out to ascertain the amount of appropriate sheltered housing for elderly people needed to meet (a) current and (b) future demand, broken down by local authority.

S2W-21424 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available for the deployment of first generation bio-energy schemes.

S2W-21425 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are available to develop the necessary infrastructure to establish the required parts of the biomass supply chain, as outlined in the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland’s report.

S2W-21426 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to help set up new biomass plants.

S2W-21427 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to encourage the planting of crops, including new woodland, for renewable energy.

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