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Section E – Written questions lodged on 17 March 2006

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-24389 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23221 by Tavish Scott on 13 March 2006, whether the regulatory parts of the Invergarry-Kyle of Lochalsh Trunk Road (A87) Extension (Skye Bridge Crossing) Special Road Scheme Order 1992 (SI 1992/1499), prescribing both the route and use by all classes of traffic on that route, still apply.

S2W-24390 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many care homes for older people have failed to achieve the national care standards for nutrition and food since the standards were introduced.

S2W-24391 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23390 by Lewis Macdonald on 8 March 2006, whether the Minister for Health and Community Care will issue guidance to the Care Commission to ensure that all the information it has gathered on allegations of abuse, neglect and malnutrition is disseminated to all appropriate authorities.

S2W-24392 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12526 by Nicol Stephen on 20 December 2005, whether the new West of Scotland Regional Transport Partnership "will continue to manage, develop and monitor rail services in its area" and, if so, what specific functions it will have.

S2W-24393 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12526 by Nicol Stephen on 20 December 2005, whether a written agreement has been reached with the new West of Scotland Regional Transport Partnership as to which rail functions the partnership will manage, develop and monitor and, if so, what the terms of the agreement are.

S2W-24394 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive which rail functions previously carried out by Strathclyde Passenger Transport will now be carried out by (a) the West of Scotland Regional Transport Partnership, (b) Transport Scotland, (c) the Scottish Executive Transport Group and (d) any other body.

S2W-24395 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homeless people there are in the West of Scotland parliamentary region, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24396 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds for homeless people are currently unoccupied in the West of Scotland parliamentary region, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24397 Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what services are entirely devoted to providing health care to homeless people in the West of Scotland parliamentary region, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24398 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any Senior House Officers (SHOs) expressing concerns in respect of obtaining employment due to the phasing-out of the training grade and introduction of the Modernising Medical Careers initiative; if so, whether it will provide an assurance that, if jobs under the initiative are open to competitive recruitment, current SHOs would be eligible to apply and what measures it is taking to ensure that these doctors do not find employment elsewhere.

S2W-24399 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many fair trade products are supplied by the Parliament’s catering services.

S2W-24400 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what plans it has to increase the number of fair trade products supplied by the Parliament’s catering services.

S2W-24401 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what emphasis the Parliament’s procurement strategy places on purchasing fair trade products.

S2W-24402 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that money allocated for providing support staff in schools has been used for that purpose.

S2W-24403 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what HM Treasury discount rate has been applied to student loans subsidies in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-24404 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support small high street businesses facing loss of business as a result of supermarket developments.

S2W-24405 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support local authorities in the regeneration of high streets.

S2W-24406 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Grampian provides a comprehensive service for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rehabilitation, as recommended in national guidelines, as compared with other NHS boards and what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

S2W-24407 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the waiting times are for accessing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rehabilitation in each NHS board, by location.

S2W-24408 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people require access to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rehabilitation, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-24409 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding has been allocated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rehabilitation, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-24410 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments made by the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications on 15 March 2006 in respect of my national concessionary travel pass application (Official Report c. 24045), whether his assurance on timescales applies to all individuals whose applications have been received.

S2W-24411 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been received for the national concessionary travel scheme, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24412 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals are eligible for the national concessionary travel scheme, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24413 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the national concessionary travel scheme to carers whose assistance is necessary to enable those entitled to a pass to use it and, if so, whether a GP’s certification would be sufficient to determine eligibility or what other evidence would be required.

S2W-24414 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of extending the national concessionary fare scheme to the carers of those entitled to a pass.

S2W-24415 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress (a) has been made and (b) remains to be made to reduce light pollution and save energy by specifying appropriate lighting standards, as referred to in the Partnership Agreement.

S2W-24416 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding will be made available to roads authorities to upgrade road lighting with a view to reducing light pollution and saving energy.

S2W-24417 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any surveys have been undertaken to assess the condition of street lighting equipment and what the findings have been of any such surveys.

S2W-24418 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the grant aided expenditure (GAE) allocated to local authorities includes an allowance for the (a) running costs of street lighting, (b) maintenance cost of street lighting equipment and (c) costs of replacing and upgrading street lighting equipment and, if so, how much was paid via GAE to each local authority to cover such costs in each of the last five financial years.

S2W-24419 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities provide a frozen-meals delivery service as standard to vulnerable, frail and elderly people.

S2W-24420 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken into the social and medical impact on vulnerable, frail and elderly people of the replacement of a meals-on-wheels service with a frozen-meals service.

S2W-24421 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek views on the impact of replacing daily hot meals with frozen meals during its Strategy for an Ageing Population consultation.

S2W-24422 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14222 by Cathy Jamieson on 15 February 2005, how many prosecutions there have been for the supply of alcohol to underage customers in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) police board area, (b) local authority area and (c) parliamentary constituency, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S2W-24423 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what children’s social work services are funded by Grant Aided Expenditure.

S2W-24424 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how Grant Aided Expenditure has grown to accommodate the (a) rise in demand, (b) rise in costs and (c) addition of new responsibilities in children’s social work services.

S2W-24425 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the purpose is of Sure Start funding and what sort of social work services it (a) funds and (b) does not fund.

S2W-24426 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the purpose is of the Changing Children’s Services Fund and what sort of social work services it (a) funds and (b) does not fund.

S2W-24427 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to evaluate Sure Start Scotland.

S2W-24428 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost, including the preparation, illustrating, drafting, printing and distribution, was of People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement, published in February 2006.

S2W-24429 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many copies of People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement were produced.

S2W-24430 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive who received posted copies of People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement.

S2W-24431 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the postage costs were in respect of People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement.

S2W-24432 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many copies of People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement remain uncollected.

S2W-24433 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what it plans to do with unused copies of People and Place: Regeneration Policy Statement.

S2W-24434 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all documents published on behalf of the Minister for Communities in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) date of issue, (b) print run, (c) production costs, (d) postage costs and (e) unused copies.

S2W-24435 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used in setting up the Ageing Population Strategy Advisory Group.

S2W-24436 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Dumfries & Galloway Elderly Forum is represented on the Ageing Population Strategy Advisory Group and, if not, why it is not so represented.

S2W-24437 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will endorse the nine-point plan by Professor Tom Devine to improve understanding among students of Scotland’s history and the nation’s place in the world.

S2W-24438 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been detained by the police under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 since the Act came into force, broken down by police force; with what offences they were charged; what average length of time they were held under the Act, and how many were held in (a) prison, (b) hospital and (c) other secure accommodation.

S2W-24439 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to public bodies in respect of the recruitment of people with mental health problems.

S2W-24440 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive how it and public bodies monitor the recruitment of people with mental health problems.

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