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Section E – Written questions lodged on 25 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-25390 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendation NHS Quality Improvement Scotland has made regarding the use of the chemotherapy drug, Temozolomide.

S2W-25391 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were allowed out on (a) escorted and (b) unescorted leave from the State Hospital, Carstairs, in each month since 1999.

S2W-25392 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is given to (a) patients and (b) nurses and staff regarding policy as to where individuals can go when they are on leave from the State Hospital, Carstairs, and what they can do when on leave.

S2W-25393 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for allowing (a) escorted and (b) unescorted leave for patients at the State Hospital, Carstairs; who is involved in the development of such criteria; how such individuals are appointed, and how often their position is reviewed.

S2W-25394 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how leave from the State Hospital, Carstairs, is monitored and on how many occasions since 1999 guidance in respect of the monitoring of leave has not been followed and the policy on this matter breached.

S2W-25400 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent per child on (a) primary education and (b) secondary education in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-25401 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-9274 by Euan Robson on 26 July 2004, what percentage of children left primary school having failed to attain level D or above of the 5 to 14 attainment levels in (a) arithmetic, (b) reading and (c) writing in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-25402 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16445 by Peter Peacock on 18 May 2005, how many children left school with no qualifications in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25403 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people aged 50 or over suffering a hip fracture receive an assessment in respect of the prevention of falls and the risk of osteoporosis in order to prevent a further fracture.

S2W-25404 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people aged 50 or over presenting at accident and emergency departments having had a fall resulting in injury go on to receive a falls prevention intervention to reduce the risk of further falls.

S2W-25405 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards provide strength and balance exercise training for people aged 80 or over who are deemed to be at high risk of falls.

S2W-25406 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects to meet the 2010 and 2020 household waste recycling targets set out in National Waste Plan 2003.

S2W-25407 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to mitigate the economic consequences of any forthcoming oil shortage.

S2W-25408 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that Scottish Water makes provision for the impact of climate change in its investment programme, Quality and Standards III.

S2W-25409 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it has made available to Scottish Water to ensure that, in its operations, Scottish Water adapts to the impact of climate change and fulfils the actions outlined in Changing Our Ways: Scotland’s Climate Change Programme.

S2W-25410 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what policies it has to ensure that the economic regulators for Scottish Water take into consideration Scottish Water’s duty in respect of sustainability, biodiversity and sustainable flood management when costing Scottish Water’s investment programme, Quality and Standards III.

S2W-25411 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or principles of sustainable development were used by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland when costing Scottish Water’s investment plan, Quality and Standards III.

S2W-25412 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for it not designating the Water Industry Commission for Scotland as a responsible authority under section 2 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2W-25413 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when a framework will be put in place to replace the functions performed by the Advocacy Safeguards Agency.

S2W-25414 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inmates of prisons have been diagnosed with depression in each year since 1999.

S2W-25415 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have been prescribed with anti-depressants in each year since 1999.

S2W-25416 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have been given treatment for depression, other than being prescribed with anti-depressants, in each year since 1999.

S2W-25417 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were diagnosed as having a mental health problem after entering prison in each year since 2000.

S2W-25418 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners had an existing diagnosed mental health problem on entering prison in each year since 2000.

S2W-25419 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with a known drug-misuse problem also had a diagnosed mental health problem, expressed both in real terms and as a percentage of the total population, in each year since 2000.

S2W-25420 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the recruitment of educational and child psychologists.

S2W-25421 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many educational and child psychologists were recruited by local authorities in each year since 2000.

S2W-25422 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the per capita ratio of educational and child psychologists was to children in each local authority area in each year since 2000.

S2W-25423 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental practices have received "golden hello" payments in each year since 2003, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-25424 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times have been for cancer patients from (a) diagnosis and (b) urgent GP referral to the start of treatment in each year since 2002, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-25425 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by each NHS board in each year since 1995 on (a) administration and (b) management, expressed (i) as a percentage of total budget and (ii) per head of population.

S2W-25426 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions for assaults on emergency workers there have been in each year since enactment of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005, broken down by police force area.

S2W-25427 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol-related admissions there were to each NHS hospital in each year since 1990.

S2W-25428 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities require enhanced Disclosure Scotland checks on drivers transporting children to school by (a) bus, (b) minibus, (c) taxi, (d) private hire and (e) parental contacts, as referred to in recommendation 4 of A review of school transport contracts in Scotland by the Scottish Consumer Council.

S2W-25429 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities which require enhanced Disclosure Scotland checks on drivers transporting children to school apply (a) uniform criteria for assessment of suitability and (b) standardised procedures in respect of such checks.

S2W-25430 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities which require enhanced Disclosure Scotland checks on drivers transporting children to school apply standardised appeal procedures in respect of such checks.

S2W-25431 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities require drivers in circumstances other than transporting children to and from school to undergo enhanced Disclosure Scotland checks and what these circumstances are.

S2W-25432 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to parliamentary question S2W-23786 which received a holding reply on 17 March 2006.

S2W-25433 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist Glasgow City Council to make a case for a share of the €50 billion EU "smart money" budget for scientific research and innovation.

S2W-25434 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place a statutory duty on local authorities to provide for children’s play needs to minimum standards.

S2W-25435 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the development of training for existing school staff to enable them to understand the value of play.

S2W-25436 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that recent developments in understanding the benefits of play are included in training courses for all new teachers and nursery staff.

S2W-25437 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct more resources and initiatives to take account of the fundamental significance of play in children’s lives.

S2W-25438 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct all local authorities to take a lead role in developing local play policies.

S2W-25439 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop guidance to facilitate the development of a community-build play area programme.

S2W-25440 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop a new range of playwork training material and courses to meet the needs of the education profession.

S2W-25441 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop guidance on how to encourage children’s play opportunities, whilst managing risk.

S2W-25442 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of research recently published by Wake Forest University, United States of America, confirming the finding of the measles virus, RNA, in the terminal ileum of autistic children, what urgent steps will now be taken to have this clinical research replicated in the United Kingdom by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and what explanations will be sought by the Executive from the MRC and CSO regarding their not investigating the relationship between bowel disease and autism since 2001 when the MRC stated that this was a priority area of research.

S2W-25443 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24753 by Robert Brown on 19 April 2006, how much funding each organisation listed received from the Unified Voluntary Sector Fund in 2004-05 and how much it is proposed that each will receive from this source in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

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