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Section E – Written questions lodged on 3 May 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-25541 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23974 by Colin Boyd QC on 10 April 2006, whether any material evidence relating to the murder of Marion Ross in Kilmarnock in January 1997 has been misplaced or lost.

S2W-25542 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-20247, S2W-23158, S2W-23156 and S2W-24271 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005, 17 February, 10 March and 4 April 2006 respectively and given that the disputed fingerprint was alleged to be that of Shirley McKie, whether any other disagreement exists within the Scottish Fingerprint Service with regard to the Marion Ross murder case.

S2W-25543 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, given (a) the statement by the Minister for Justice on 22 April 2006 at the launch of the Mulhearn Action Plan for the Scottish Fingerprint Service that, in order to restore public confidence in the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO), "I am determined to ensure that the Scottish Fingerprint Service is recognised - at home and abroad - as truly world class", (b) that the Scottish Ministers have concluded that the identification by SCRO experts of the Shirley McKie print is wrong and that the Mulhearn report confirmed this conclusion, (c) the statements made by the Director and the Deputy Director of SCRO to the Justice 1 Committee on 26 April 2006 that a majority of experts at SCRO disagreed with the Scottish Ministers who said the print was wrong (Official Report, Justice 1 Committee, c. 2878) and (d) that these experts had confirmed these beliefs in a letter, dated 14 November 2005, to Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, whether it would agree that the experts’ behaviour (i) undermines the Minister’s goal of a "truly world class" fingerprint service, (ii) reduces public faith in that service and (iii) constitutes a danger to any persons appearing before Scottish courts on the basis of fingerprint evidence, whether it will revoke with immediate effect the expert status conferred on those SCRO experts under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 to make expert reports and to give expert evidence in the courts and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-25544 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm the accuracy of statements made by the Director and Deputy Director of the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) to the Justice 1 Committee on 26 April 2006 that none of the SCRO experts involved in the identification of fingerprint evidence during investigation into the Shirley McKie case are currently engaged in the processing or identification of fingerprints (Official Report, Justice 1 Committee, c. 2875), and what duties these experts have been undertaking to date.

S2W-25545 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-25367 by Mr Andy Kerr on 28 April 2006, what the incidence was of infants born with congenital heart anomalies, also expressed as a percentage of all births, in each year since 1995.

S2W-25546 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the standard of service provided under the central heating programme administered by Eaga Partnership Ltd.

S2W-25547 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it audits the customer satisfaction of individuals in receipt of installations or renewals under its central heating programme.

S2W-25548 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been infected with blood-borne viruses during or following participation in clinical research, broken down by time and location and specifying the nature of the research, since 1978.

S2W-25549 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14462 by Malcolm Chisholm on 15 March 2005, what improved arrangements are now in place with other public bodies and UK Government departments for the disposal, where appropriate, of surplus public sector land for housing.

S2W-25550 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14462 by Malcolm Chisholm on 15 March 2005, whether it has agreed a land release policy, similar to that agreed with Forestry Commission Scotland, with any other public body, agency or government department.

S2W-25551 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registration of title applications are outstanding and, of these, how many have been outstanding for more than (a) six months, (b) one year, (c) two years, (d) three years, (e) four years and (f) five years.

S2W-25552 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-14490 by Johann Lamont on 14 March 2005, what progress Registers of Scotland has made in meeting its target to eliminate stocks of domestic first registration applications over one year old.

S2W-25553 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14467 by Johann Lamont on 14 March 2005, whether it will provide details of the (a) number and (b) value of indemnity payments made to those who have suffered loss as a result of an inaccuracy in a land certificate in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S2W-25554 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S2W-14465 by Johann Lamont on 14 March 2005, whether Registers of Scotland is on target to begin the roll-out of the Automated Registration of Title to Land (ARTL) from November 2006.

S2W-25555 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Communities Scotland operates a quality assessment system for local housing strategies and, if so, what the assessment criteria are and whether any submitted local housing strategies have failed an assessment.

S2W-25556 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14152 by Malcolm Chisholm on 11 March 2005, whether it is now considering a review of the levels of home loss payment.

S2W-25557 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13891 by Malcolm Chisholm on 8 February 2006, whether new measures to mitigate any effects arising from the withdrawal of section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 are now in place and, if so, what the measures are.

S2W-25558 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available on the number of NHS staff who are unable to have meals or rest breaks during a shift owing to pressure of work or because they are covering for staff shortages.

S2W-25559 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the (a) membership, (b) remit, (c) timescales and (d) targets for the Affordable Housing Working Party, announced by the Minister for Communities at the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland’s annual conference on 7 March 2006.

S2W-25560 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to replace the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Removal of Judges) Order 1999 under an Act of the Scottish Parliament.

S2W-25561 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the operation of the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow, following the removal of tolls from the Erskine Bridge, and consider the removal of the barrier which separates the two western lanes from the rest of the carriageway, thereby forcing northbound M8 traffic to divert into the city centre to access the west of the city.

S2W-25562 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what proportion of, dentists (a) have and (b) have not signed the new NHS contract, broken down by NHS board area.

S2W-25563 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the overall budget for schools was spent on (a) departmental administration, including contractors and consultants, and (b) local authority administration in each year since 1999.

S2W-25564 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils have been taught in temporary classrooms in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S2W-25565 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the Children and Young People Delivery Group has met since 2001, showing the dates of each meeting.

S2W-25566 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how it measures the performance of the Children and Young People Delivery Group.

S2W-25567 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it is currently considering for the Changing Children’s Services Fund.

S2W-25568 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that a framework will be in operation to enable agencies and professionals to share information about individual children and to assess their needs in a consistent way, as identified by the Children and Young People Delivery Group as one of its five priorities.

S2W-25569 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the outstanding deficiencies in children’s services, highlighted by the Children and Young People Delivery Group’s Action Team in For Scotland’s children.

S2W-25570 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers have left employment in children’s services in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25571 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers have been recruited to children’s services in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25572 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to the training of social work staff in children’s services in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25573 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated for the retention of social work staff in children’s services in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-25574 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the National Workforce Group on social work recruitment and retention has met since 2002.

S2W-25575 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the voluntary sector in respect of a lack of ring-fenced funding for voluntary organisations in the Changing Children’s Services Fund.

S2W-25576 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has had from the NHS raising concerns in respect of accessing funding under the Changing Children’s Services Fund.

S2W-25577 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how the membership of the Children and Young People Delivery Group was determined.

S2W-25578 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the Changing Children’s Services Fund has gone to the voluntary sector in each year since October 2001.

S2W-25579 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the Changing Children’s Services Fund has gone to the NHS in each year since October 2001.

S2W-25580 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive when the guidance on children’s services plans will be updated.

S2W-25581 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many units of blood were transfused in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25582 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were transfused with blood in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25583 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many blood donors contributed to the donor pool in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25584 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people contracted hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25585 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many units of donated blood were identified as containing the hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis virus (a) prospectively and (b) retrospectively, in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25586 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients received blood or blood products identified, either prospectively or retrospectively, as containing the hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis virus in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25587 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients who have been identified as having received blood contaminated by hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis virus, in each year from 1978 to 1992, have been contacted by health services following look-back execises.

S2W-25588 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis virus infectivity rate was in donated blood in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25589 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available any documentation which explains the estimated number of patients who may have received blood infected with hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis virus.

S2W-25590 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time was between infection and diagnosis for those with (a) hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis or (b) HIV among the (i) drug-injecting and (ii) non-drug-injecting population in each year from 1978 to 1992.

S2W-25591 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to initiate a recall of patients who received blood during the period when the hepatitis C or non-A, non-B hepatitis virus was likely to have been present in the donor pool to offer screening and appropriate counselling and care to those who have not already been offered such services.

S2W-25592 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has of the number of people who may have contracted hepatitis C but have not yet received a diagnosis and whether it will provide any or all documentation in relation to this matter.

S2W-25593 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have become infected with blood-borne viruses following clinical trials, broken down by time and location of the trial since 1978.

S2W-25594 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff have left employment in pre-school and childcare centres in each year since 2000.

S2W-25595 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the current number of vacancies for staff within pre-school and childcare centres are for part-time posts.

S2W-25596 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the current number of vacancies for staff within pre-school and childcare centres are for temporary posts.

S2W-25597 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of staff who have worked directly with children in each year since 2000 did not hold a qualification in childcare at SVQ level 2 or above.

S2W-25598 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff who do not hold a qualification at any level have worked directly with children in pre-school and childcare centres in each year since 2000.

S2W-25599 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff in total have worked in pre-school and childcare centres in each year since 2000.

S2W-25600 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average hourly pay rate has been for childcare staff compared with the average hourly rate for all employees in each year since 2000.

S2W-25601 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for the recruitment and retention of staff working in pre-school and childcare centres.

S2W-25602 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for the number of staff holding a relevant qualification to work in pre-school and childcare centres.

S2W-25603 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff working in pre-school and childcare centres have applied for workforce development funding since its introduction and, of these, how many applications have (a) been rejected and (b) taken more than two months to process.

S2W-25605 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the underlying reasons are for the level of long-term vacancies for staff in the childcare sector.

S2W-25606 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the 58% of childcare staff who leave the sector for jobs which do not involve childcare.

S2W-25607 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total childcare and pre-school staff in each year since 2000 were male.

S2W-25608 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of childcare staff in each year since 2000 had a registered disability.

S2W-25609 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total number of registered disabled people working in the childcare sector left the sector in each year since 2000.

S2W-25610 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average hourly pay rate is for staff working in the childcare sector who do not directly work with children.

S2W-25611 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rationale was for its decision to exempt some long-term conditions from prescription charges but not to exempt Parkinson’s disease.

S2W-25612 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost would be of removing the requirement for individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease to pay prescription charges.

S2W-25613 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with patient groups representing those with long-term conditions in respect of the review of the prescription charging system.

S2W-25614Δ Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward its commitment to publishing a renewed policy statement on architecture, which it announced earlier this year in Scotland’s Culture, its response to the Cultural Commission report on its review of culture in Scotland.

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