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Section E – Written questions lodged from 3 to 7 April 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-24953 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria apply to voluntary groups wishing to apply for funding from the Working for Families Fund.

S2W-24954 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive why Working for Families funding was removed at short notice from two projects in north-west Dumfries being undertaken by the Maxwelltown Umbrella Group, namely the Grow Your Own project and the Building Healthy Communities project.

S2W-24955 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the projects that have attracted Scottish Enterprise support in 2005-06.

S2W-24956 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise’s statement that it will be 15 to 20 years before any material benefit of its current policy will become apparent, on what basis such a long-term delay in the achievement of positive results is justifiable.

S2W-24957 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise’s statement that it will be 15 to 20 years before any material benefit of its current policy will become apparent, what measures the Executive will take to enforce short-term accountability and accelerate the delivery of positive results.

S2W-24958 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to avoid a repetition of the overspend at Scottish Enterprise.

S2W-24959 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to convey its concern about the overspend at Scottish Enterprise to avoid the situation recurring.

S2W-24960 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what objectives were set for Sir John Ward in his role as Chairman of Scottish Enterprise.

S2W-24961 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money will be added to the sum of outstanding loans made by Scottish Enterprise in 2005-06.

S2W-24962 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value of outstanding loans made by Scottish Enterprise was at end of 2005-06, both gross and net of write-offs.

S2W-24963 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was paid to KPMG by Scottish Enterprise in 2005-06.

S2W-24964 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address tooth decay among young children.

S2W-24965 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address tooth decay among primary schoolchildren in Glasgow, in light of recent statistics indicating that Glasgow children have the second highest rate of tooth decay in Scotland.

S2W-24966 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has published research showing the key factors responsible for the high incidence of tooth decay among primary schoolchildren.

S2W-24967 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternatives to fluoride in the water system are being considered to help prevent tooth decay among young children.

S2W-24968 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24169 by Peter Peacock on 14 March 2006, whether the Minister considers that Inverclyde Council’s options appraisal in respect of the secondary education proposals demonstrates best value and sound decision-making.

S2W-24969 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24169 by Peter Peacock on 14 March 2006, what (a) meetings, (b) discussions and (c) correspondence it has undertaken with Inverclyde Council concerning its options appraisal in respect of the secondary education proposals, and whether the concerns expressed by Audit Scotland, in its reports of May and November 2005, about poor use of options appraisal within Inverclyde Council and the impact on decision-making were fully considered during these contacts.

S2W-24970 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23764 by Ross Finnie on 31 March 2006, whether it would expect the diaries of Ministers and Deputy Ministers to record the dates of meetings held by the ministers, with whom meetings were held and the purpose of each meeting.

S2W-24971 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-22292 and S2W-22944 by Nicol Stephen on 13 January and 31 March 2006, whether it will explain the anomaly between these answers and clarify whether the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning or representatives of the Executive have met or had discussions with the Student Loans Company Ltd since 1999 regarding the interest payable on student loans and issues relating to students prevented from taking up employment due to disability, illness or medical conditions.

S2W-24972 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many speech and language therapists there have been in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24973 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many referrals for speech and language therapy there have been in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24974 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19912 by Mr Andy Kerr on 16 November 2005, how many incidences of tuberculosis there were in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-24975 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of tuberculosis have been identified in educational establishments in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24976 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder have been discharged from hospital in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board and deprivation quintile.

S2W-24977 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder in each of the last five years.

S2W-24978 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23334 by Mr Andy Kerr on 6 March 2006 and given that the annual report of the Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections surveillance programme stated that uptake of the programme among acute care divisions had been "challenging", whether Health Protection Scotland’s national survey of healthcare associated infections will be compulsory for acute care divisions.

S2W-24979 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23334 by Mr Andy Kerr on 6 March 2006, whether it will list the types of hospital acquired infections which will be included in Health Protection Scotland’s national survey.

S2W-24980 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths there were in fires in dwellings in each fire and rescue service area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

S2W-24981 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the death rate from fire in the Highlands and Islands which is significantly higher than the rate for Scotland as a whole and the rate for England.

S2W-24982 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths from accidental fires in dwellings there were in each fire and rescue service area in each year since 1997.

S2W-24983 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were rescued by the fire and rescue services in the last five years, broken down by service area.

S2W-24984 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many female uniformed personnel are employed by each fire and rescue authority and what percentage of uniformed personnel are female.

S2W-24985 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets have been set for the recruitment of under-represented groups by each fire and rescue authority and what guidance on such targets has been issued by the Justice Department.

S2W-24986 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive under whose authority the latest comprehensive performance assessment is being undertaken by each fire and rescue authority.

S2W-24987 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times Audit Scotland has undertaken a review of the fire and rescue authorities in the last three years and what the results were of such reviews.

S2W-24988 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the agreed uniformed establishment is for each fire and rescue authority and who approves the establishment.

S2W-24989 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proposed structure and functions are of the replacement for the Scottish Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council.

S2W-24990 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive from whom it has sought advice on fire and rescue service issues since the abolition of the Scottish Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council.

S2W-24991 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was provided centrally for community fire safety budgets in each of the last five years.

S2W-24992 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many placements were made by local authorities in Struan House School, Alloa (a) including and (b) excluding placements in New Struan in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S2W-24993 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for placement were made by local authorities to (a) Struan House School, Alloa and (b) New Struan in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S2W-24994 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many learning support units there were in mainstream schools suitable for children with autistic spectrum disorder in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24995 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils there were with autistic spectrum disorder in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-24996 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it is undertaking on the effectiveness of the mainstreaming of children with additional support needs.

S2W-24997 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken on the effectiveness of the mainstreaming of children with autistic spectrum disorder.

S2W-24998 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what comparisons it has made of the effectiveness of the education of children with autistic spectrum disorder in mainstream schools and in specialist schools, such as Struan House.

S2W-24999 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Enterprise suggested that the twelve local enterprise companies (LECs) should be abolished and, if so, on what basis the Executive decided that the LECs should be retained.

S2W-25000 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average household water charge is for (a) metered, (b) non-metered and (c) all households for 2006-07 and what information it has about how this compares with England and Wales.

S2W-25001 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23161 by Tavish Scott on 23 March 2006, whether it will provide details of Transport Scotland’s operational responsibilities for rail.

S2W-25002 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to provide a replacement radio system for the fire and rescue service.

S2W-25003 Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of how the £145,000 allocated to Glasgow City Council for community transport under the Urban Community Transport initiative will be spent; whether the original pilot projects in Glasgow will be funded, and what the reasons are for the Executive’s position on this matter.

S2W-25004 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rationale was for transferring the rail powers previously exercised by Strathclyde Passenger Transport, including for the specification of routes, timetables, fares and quality standards, to Transport Scotland and what the benefits of this transfer will be.

S2W-25005 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether rail services and fares within the Strathclyde Passenger Transport area are funded differently from those in the rest of the First ScotRail network and, if so, what the differences are.

S2W-25006 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scottish Enterprise’s reported overspend of £30 million in 2005-06, what economic development projects in the Scottish Borders the Executive would wish to see continued.

S2W-25007 Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the Executive or the Crown Office employed the 100-year closure rule since 1999 and what the legislative basis for such practice is.

S2W-25008 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered recruiting dentists from Canada to work in the National Health Service.

S2W-25009 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether changes to the immigration rules for the recruitment of overseas professionals to the National Health Service will apply in Scotland.

S2W-25010 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Home Office consulted the Health Department in Scotland before introducing new regulations on the recruitment of overseas professionals to the National Health Service.

S2W-25011 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out an assessment of the impact in Scotland of new regulations on the recruitment of overseas professionals to the National Health Service and, if so, whether it will publish the outcome of the assessment.

S2W-25012 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils at schools in Edinburgh took an examination in a foreign language and of these how many passed in each year since 2001, broken down by language, expressed also as a percentage of those who sat such exams.

S2W-25013 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents were (a) recorded and (b) reported to the Procurator Fiscal by each police force in each month since May 2001 and how many such accidents were recorded as being caused by adverse or winter weather conditions.

S2W-25014 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many visitors to Scotland were from (a) the United States of America, (b) Canada, (c) Germany, (d) Italy, (e) France, (f) the Netherlands, (g) Belgium, (h) Australia, (i) New Zealand and (j) EU accession states in each year since 1999.

S2W-25015 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the costs would be of making use of the tax-varying powers of the Parliament to raise income tax by (a) one, (b) two and (c) three pence in the pound, and how costs would be incurred.

S2W-25016 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the costs would be of making use of the tax-varying powers of the Parliament to reduce income tax by (a) one, (b) two and (c) three pence in the pound, and how costs would be incurred.

S2W-25017 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an estimate of the impact on net revenue of using the tax-varying powers of the Parliament to (a) reduce and (b) increase income tax by (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) three pence in the pound.

S2W-25018 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of the costs incurred by each local authority in operating (a) school buses and (b) mobile libraries in each of the last three years.

S2W-25019 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was made available for capital expenditure to each of the airports in Scotland for each financial year since May 2001.

S2W-25020 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to the use of e-counting for the 2007 local government elections, in particular to the number and locations of e-counting centres should this method be adopted.

S2W-25021 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government in respect of the use of e-counting for the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.

S2W-25022 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected percentage increase is for the population aged 65 and over in (a) Scotland and (b) each local authority area between (i) 2004 and 2010 and (ii) 2004 and 2014.

S2W-25023 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have died as a result of fire in the last five years; what the death rate per million population has been in the same period, and what information it has on how this rate compares with the UK average.

S2W-25024 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended crew level and the minimum (a) response time and (b) weight of response are in respect of a dwelling fire in each fire and rescue service area.

S2W-25025 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of the costs associated with the loss of buildings used for educational purposes which have been subjected to wilful fire-raising in each year since 1996.

S2W-25026 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wilful fire-raising attacks on schools have resulted in building losses in excess of £100,000 in each year since 1996.

S2W-25027 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of, and casualties from, accidental dwelling fires started by under-10-year-olds.

S2W-25028 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hoax calls were made to the emergency and fire and rescue services in each of the last three years, broken down by service area.

S2W-25029 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many malicious vehicles fires there have been in each year since 1997.

S2W-25031 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made in respect of the future of the emergency fire service control rooms.

S2W-25032 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact a reduction in the number of emergency fire service control rooms will have on the number of fire and rescue authorities.

S2W-25033 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the number of fire and rescue authorities.

S2W-25034 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected cost is of the Firelink radio programme.

S2W-25035 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average pay for firefighters has been in each of the last 25 years.

S2W-25036 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to the firefighters’ pension scheme in each year since 1997.

S2W-25037 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many firefighters have been retired before their retirement age as a result of ill health or injury in each of the last five financial years.

S2W-25038 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many firefighters were injured in operational incidents within the fire and rescue service in each of the last 10 years, broken down by service area.

S2W-25039 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) incidents and (b) fires were attended by each fire and rescue service in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-25040 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many calls were made to each fire and rescue service in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

S2W-25041 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the delivery of the Gourock interchange; when the work will commence, and whether it will make a ministerial statement on the matter.

S2W-25042 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community bus permits, as specified in section 22 of the Transport Act 1985, were issued in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25043 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community transport permits were issued under section 19 of the Transport Act 1985 in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25044 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive who is entitled to a "companion card" allowing a companion to travel free with them under the national concessionary fare scheme.

S2W-25045 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been entitled to local authority "companion cards" allowing a companion to travel free with them in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25046 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that local authorities may cut bus services to fund the national concessionary fare scheme.

S2W-25047 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor any impact on bus service levels arising as a consequence of local authority obligations to fund the national concessionary fare scheme.

S2W-25048 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23411 by Tavish Scott on 6 March 2006, whether it will now hold discussions with NHS boards regarding extending the nationwide concessionary fare scheme to community transport schemes utilised by hospitals.

S2W-25049 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S20-5408 by Nicol Stephen on 10 February 2005, what number of community transport projects it will support in (a) 2005-06 and (b) subsequent financial years and how much funding it has allocated for such projects.

S2W-25050 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12708 by Nicol Stephen on 20 December 2004, what funding has been allocated to each community transport scheme in the current year, broken down by source; which of these schemes can be utilised by pass holders of the national concessionary fare scheme, and when the funding will run out for each.

S2W-25051 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils have left schools in Edinburgh with no qualifications in a foreign language in each year since 2001.

S2W-25052 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many custodial sentences were imposed by Edinburgh Sheriff Court in each year from 1998 to 2005.

S2W-25053 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees of the Scottish Prison Service are currently absent from work having been medically diagnosed as suffering from (a) stress, (b) work-related stress or (c) a stress-related condition.

S2W-25054 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees of the Scottish Prison Service are currently absent from work on a long-term basis, broken down by grade and region.

S2W-25055 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many high-profile or VIP visits to Edinburgh since January 2003 have required the use of Lothian and Borders Police resources.

S2W-25056 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses owned by housing associations have been demolished in the City of Edinburgh Council area in each year since 2001.

S2W-25057 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses owned by the City of Edinburgh Council have been demolished in each year since 2001.

S2W-25058 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical steps it will take to promote investment in, and the creation of, high value and highly skilled jobs in aquaculture.

S2W-25059 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical steps it will take to maximise the opportunities for employees in the aquaculture industry to have rewarding careers.

S2W-25060 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what methods it applies, and will apply in future, to measure the progress of the aquaculture industry.

S2W-25061 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many area tourism partnerships are in operation; what areas they cover, and what their responsibilities are.

S2W-25062 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VisitScotland regional offices are in operation; where they are located; what areas they cover, and what their responsibilities are.

S2W-25063 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-23179 by Tavish Scott on 10 March 2006, whether it anticipates that Network Rail’s new infrastructure investment plans will impact on the completion date for the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S2W-25064 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent announcement by the Department of Trade and Industry of funding for the rural post office network to 2008, whether the Executive anticipates that it will have any powers to fund Scottish post offices after 2008.

S2W-25065 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the funding of Scottish post offices after 2008.

S2W-25066 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding any increase in funds provided under the Barnett formula in the event of it having powers, either in whole or part, for funding Scottish post offices after 2008.

S2W-25067 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many call centres there were in each year since 2001.

S2W-25068 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23934 by Nicol Stephen on 31 March 2006, whether file SEP 10/556 was reviewed by Executive officials prior to its opening for public view on 8 September 2005 or subsequent to its opening.

S2W-25069 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23915 by Nicol Stephen on 31 March 2006, on what basis it considers that file SEP 10/556 is of historical interest.

S2W-25070 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23902 by Nicol Stephen on 31 March 2006, whether its statement that it was "not aware specifically" of the contents of file SEP 10/556 prior to its being opened to public view on 8 September 2005 indicates that it was aware of the file’s contents prior to this date.

S2W-25071 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a local authority is required under the provisions of Part 6 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 to take into account the financial circumstances of applicants for improvement and repair grants and whether an authority is committing an offence if it fails to do so.

S2W-25072 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the stakeholder groups which currently have interests falling within the remit of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department.

S2W-25073 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people from each EU state, excluding the UK, are resident in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Scotland.

S2W-25074 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive why the transition period for the charge regime under the Controlled Activities Regulations has been extended.

S2W-25075 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions have been issued for (a) Ritalin, (b) Concerta and (c) Strattera in the last 12 months.

S2W-25076 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs have been issued for under-18-year-olds in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) Prozac and (b) other anti-depressants.

S2W-25077 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Lothian and Borders police officers in the city of Edinburgh area have had less than (a) one year’s and (b) two years’ service in each year since 2001, broken down by division.

S2W-25078 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences involving the (a) use, (b) presentation or (c) possession of imitation firearms there were in the city of Edinburgh in each year since 2001.

S2W-25079 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Lothian and Borders police officers were on secondment in 2005 and which organisation or post each officer was seconded to.

S2W-25080 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers have (a) retired, (b) taken early retirement, and (c) resigned from Lothian and Borders Police in each year since 2001, broken down by (i) gender, (ii) age profile and (iii) length of service.

S2W-25081 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Lothian and Borders police officers have been the subject of a complaint in each year since 2003.

S2W-25082 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers have left Lothian and Borders Police as a result of work-related ill health in each year since 2003.

S2W-25083 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Lothian and Borders police officers will be eligible to retire in each year to 2016.

S2W-25084 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Lothian and Borders police officers have been (a) recruited, (b) on secondment and (c) on long-term sick leave in each year since 2001.

S2W-25085 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are expected to move residence to Edinburgh in the next five years.

S2W-25086 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people currently serve on more than one non-departmental public body (NDPB) and what NDPBs these are; what remuneration each of these persons receive from each NDPB; whether any of these persons are politically affiliated, and how long each person has served on each NDPB.

S2W-25087 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS board has still to appoint an executive director to be responsible for sexual health and wellbeing, as set out in Respect and Responsibility: Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health.

S2W-25088 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS board has still to appoint a lead clinician to integrate sexual health services across its area, as set out in Respect and Responsibility: Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health.

S2W-25089 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland in developing appropriate clinical standards for dealing with sexually transmitted infections, as set out in Respect and Responsibility: Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health.

S2W-25090 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in considering the possible extension of the chlamydia postal testing kit in the light of the evaluation of the Healthy Respect initiative, as set out in Respect and Responsibility: Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health.

S2W-25091 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in considering the potential of development and testing of STI diagnostic kits in rural and urban settings, as set out in Respect and Responsibility: Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health.

S2W-25092 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its draft energy efficiency strategy.

S2W-25093 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a microgeneration strategy analogous to that recently published by the Department of Trade and Industry.

S2W-25094 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available for householders wishing to install home micro-renewables.

S2W-25095 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking encourage the widespread adoption of micro-renewables, particularly in relation to addressing administrative and financial issues.

S2W-25096 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been prosecuted for offences aggravated by religious prejudice in terms of section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 and in how many cases a conviction was secured for the aggravated offence.

S2W-25097 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the salmon farming industry will be able to utilise its physical and human resources, in light of the anti-dumping measures introduced by the European Commission in January 2006 and the announcements of the closure of 24 of Marine Harvest’s seawater sites and the redundancies of experienced and skilled personnel.

S2W-25098 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to investigate and address the impact of Norwegian market dominance and trading practices on the independent sector of the Scottish aquaculture industry.

S2W-25099 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the impact on the Scottish aquaculture industry of Norwegian farmed salmon dumped illegally on the European market.

S2W-25100 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it estimates that illegally dumped Norwegian farmed salmon has had on the economy and community of the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-25101 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that banks and investors have confidence that the UK Government and European Commission are able to prevent illegal trading in farmed salmon and on what basis it has reached that conclusion.

S2W-25102 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether banks and investors support Scottish-owned salmon farming and, if not, what action it will take to ensure such support, in light of the sector’s ability to achieve economic prices underpinned by the EU minimum import price.

S2W-25103 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the findings of the EC Safeguarding Committee’s investigation that the Scottish aquaculture industry is more cost effective than that of Norway, despite higher environmental and health standards in Scotland.

S2W-25104 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive by what percentage Scottish farmed salmon output has been reduced as a result of the increase in Norwegian produce on the EU market.

S2W-25105 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the percentage of salmon production in Norway that can be controlled by one group and how this figure compares with that in Scotland.

S2W-25106 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of salmon production in Scotland is controlled by businesses or individuals based in Norway.

S2W-25107 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the percentage of Norwegian-owned fish farms in Scotland which were originally set up by Scottish or UK companies.

S2W-25108 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of salmon production was deemed by the European Commission in its investigation into illegal dumping to be outwith the European Community Industry as defined in the basic Regulation.

S2W-25109 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of farmed salmon in Scotland is produced by Pan Fish, Marine Harvest and Fjord.

S2W-25110 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has noted the announcements relating to progress in the grouping of Marine Harvest and Fjord with Pan Fish and whether it considers that such an amalgamation is in the public interest.

S2W-25111 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has noted the Pan Fish announcement regarding site enlargements and closures in Scotland and what its views are on these matters.

S2W-25112 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of senior positions in the Scottish farmed salmon industry have been transferred to Norway in the last five years.

S2W-25113 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many experienced and qualified people have left the Scottish farmed salmon industry in the last five years and how many have sought employment abroad.

S2W-25114 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact Norwegian takeovers of the Scottish farmed salmon industry have had on career opportunities and whether it considers these to have impacted on the "brain drain" from Scotland, in particular from the Highlands and Islands.

S2W-25115 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Scotland’s leading position in aquacultural intellectual property, science and technology can be maintained in the absence of a strong indigenous production industry.

S2W-25116 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the level of Norwegian ownership of the farmed salmon industry in Scotland is having on Scottish exports, aquaculture operations and services overseas.

S2W-25117 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the United Kingdom has become a net importer of salmon.

S2W-25118 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether aquaculture remains one of the world’s fastest growing industries and how growth in Scotland’s aquaculture industry compares to (a) the global average, (b) growth in Norway and (c) growth in Chile in the past 5 years.

S2W-25119 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences have been issued for the killing of red-breasted mergansers and goosanders in each of the last three years and to whom were the licences issued.

S2W-25120 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for licences to control red-breasted mergansers and goosanders have been made in each of the last three years.

S2W-25121 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to control red-breasted mergansers and goosanders were granted in each of the last three years against the advice of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and whether SNH is consulted on all applications for such licences.

S2W-25122 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inspections were carried out to ascertain the facts prior to the granting of licences to control saw-billed ducks in each of the last three years and whether the individuals authorised to kill the birds fully complied with the licence conditions and, if not, whether such licences will be revoked.

S2W-25123 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated breeding population is of (a) red-breasted mergansers and (b) goosanders and what information it can provide on how the numbers and distribution of these birds have changed in the last 10 years.

S2W-25124 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it issues licences for the killing of red-breasted mergansers and goosanders during the period from the beginning of April to the end of July when the birds may have dependent young.

S2W-25125 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-9171 by Ross Finnie on 2 March 2006, what action it has taken to prepare for the use of vaccination as a disease control tool in an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu.

S2W-25126 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many shots of H5N1 vaccine it has in stock and whether this number would be sufficient to carry out a ring vaccination programme against an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu.

S2W-25127 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is keeping poultry farmers informed of the actions they should take following the identification of a case of avian flu.

S2W-25128 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration has been given to designating as "wild bird risk areas" the south bank of the Firth of Forth and the eastern part of Lothian and Borders, including the Bass Rock and Inchcape islands.

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