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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-24722 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has in place for teaching professionals to enable them to deal effectively with incidents of deliberate self-harm among pupils.

S2W-24723 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of deliberate self-harm by pupils under 16 were reported by teaching professionals in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) age and (b) local authority area.

S2W-24724 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions resulted from deliberate self-harm by people under 16 in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24725 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to allocate additional resources and support to tackle deliberate self-harm amongst people under 16.

S2W-24726 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drop-in centres are available for young people who deliberately self-harm, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24727 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were given counselling as a result of deliberate self-harming incidents in each year since 2000, broken down by NHS board or local authority area.

S2W-24728 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it will commission to examine the extent of, and growth in, deliberate self-harming incidents over the last 10 years.

S2W-24729 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to draw up a cross-departmental strategy to tackle any increases in deliberate self-harming incidents.

S2W-24730 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what training exists for teaching professionals to enable them to identify pupils at risk of deliberate self-harm.

S2W-24731 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to raise awareness of deliberate self-harm among young people.

S2W-24732 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the prevalence of deliberate self-harming incidents in Scotland.

S2W-24733 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many self-harming incidents there have been involving (a) cutting, (b) burning and (c) banging amongst people under 18 in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24734 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions have been reached regarding the factors that place young people at risk from self-harm and what research it has undertaken to support these conclusions.

S2W-24735 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how it audits and monitors the promotion of positive mental health across Scotland to ensure that the same set of standards is applied in all relevant local health bodies and local authority departments.

S2W-24736 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have a positive mental health strategy in place.

S2W-24737 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards have a positive mental health strategy in place.

S2W-24738 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the robustness of the evaluation criteria used in anti-bullying strategies in schools.

S2W-24739 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to recommend the introduction of counselling and peer support schemes in schools in the next 12 months.

S2W-24740 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it routinely records instances of deliberate self-harm across Scotland and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-24741 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it plans to issue to health and education authorities in respect of the rights of young people who disclose their self-harm to education, health and social care professionals.

S2W-24742 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for robust evaluation of all types of interventions and treatments for young people found to be deliberately self-harming.

S2W-24743 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on when the lead professional concept, developed with the Home Office for use in the treatment of failed asylum seeking families with children, is expected to come into operation.

S2W-24744 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional involvement it will have in the development of the concept of a lead professional for failed asylum seeking families with children and from what profession these lead professionals are expected to come.

S2W-24745 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will have an input into the appointment process of the new Regional Director for Immigration in Scotland.

S2W-24746 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the appointment of the new Regional Director for Immigration in Scotland will hamper or enhance the Fresh Talent initiative.

S2W-24747 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it advocates the concept of a lead professional to help provide services for asylum seeking families with children before their cases are determined, as well as after their cases have fallen.

S2W-24748 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it is having into the review of family removal processes and whether this is the review which was previously referred to by the First Minister.

S2W-24749 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new procedures announced by it and the Home Office in respect of the treatment of asylum seeking families will ensure compliance with the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

S2W-24750 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its agencies will carry out the independent inspection of the immigration service in Scotland.

S2W-24751 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been, or will be, taken to ensure that (a) projects funded under the Children, Young People and Families Unified Voluntary Sector Fund will continue to be funded in 2006-07 and beyond and (b) projects are advised about their funding in good time in order to avoid their closure.

S2W-24752 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made about the budget and activities of the Children, Young People and Families Unified Voluntary Sector Fund for 2006-07 and when that decision will be announced.

S2W-24753 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the projects funded by the Children, Young People and Families Unified Voluntary Sector Fund and, if so, when it will provide this information.

S2W-24754 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what charges will be made for disclosure checks for applicants (a) applying directly to Disclosure Scotland and (b) applying via the Central Registered Body in Scotland; whether these charges have changed and, if so, by how much.

S2W-24755 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has examined the case for providing funding for an early morning direct train service from Carlisle and Lockerbie to Edinburgh.

S2W-24756 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to ensuring that an accessible footbridge is built at Lockerbie Station; whether it accepts that the money it granted to Dumfries and Galloway Council to support the project is now considered to be inadequate and, if so, whether it will either (a) increase funding for the project or (b) lobby the UK Department for Transport for extra funding from the Access for All Fund, and when it expects an accessible footbridge to be in use at Lockerbie Station.

S2W-24757 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to ensure that all local authorities offer an equal standard of meals for those people who are eligible to have meals delivered to their homes.

S2W-24758 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the current guidelines on the nutritional content of meals offered to elderly people within the care of local authorities to ensure that they receive adequate nutritional value from their food.

S2W-24759 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set a minimum amount of £2.10 per meal for local authorities to spend on elderly people within their care.

S2W-24760 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the farms which have been affected by emergency prohibition orders related to the Chernobyl incident in each year since 1995.

S2W-24761 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate why the Care Commission looked at nutritional standards in only 13% of its inspections of care homes.

S2W-24762 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the diet of elderly people within the care of local authorities contains adequate quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables.

S2W-24763 John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that elderly people within the care of local authorities are not socially isolated as a result of a reduction in the number of meals-on-wheels services they receive each week.

S2W-24764 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S2W-22132 by Kenny MacAskill on 18 January 2006 in respect of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, whether it is now in a position to provide details of the Parliament’s energy performance and, if not, when it anticipates that the information will be available.

S2W-24765 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it anticipates that the Route Action Plan for the A82 will be published.

S2W-24766 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the delay in publishing the Route Action Plan for the A82 is having on ongoing maintenance work on the section of the road between Tarbet and Ardlui.

S2W-24767 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that ongoing maintenance work on the section of the A82 between Tarbet and Ardlui is carried out in accordance with the contractual obligations covering such maintenance work.

S2W-24768 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23744 by Cathy Jamieson on 24 March 2006 and given her confirmation of her statement at the Labour Party’s Scottish conference, whether it considers that coverage in the Sunday Mail was misleading as her statement does not explicitly indicate that she pledged to stop Scottish airports being used to facilitate the process of "extraordinary rendition" by US agencies.

S2W-24769 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23744 by Cathy Jamieson on 24 March 2006, what was meant by her, "I understand why people are concerned".

S2W-24770 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24179 by Lewis Macdonald on 24 March 2006, in what way this answer indicates whether the Executive has any plans to implement the Charter of Rights for People with Autism as adopted by the European Parliament.

S2W-24771 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its budget is spend on goods and services originally sourced from the Ireland.

S2W-24772 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding and staffing is provided from Executive sources, including the Forestry Commission and Scottish Enterprise, for the Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor); what proportion of ConFor’s budget this represents, and whether it is satisfied that ConFor has the support or active participation of a sufficient number of Scotland’s forest and timber businesses to justify such support from public funds.

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