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Section E – Written questions lodged on 18 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-26016 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences of a child being taken into care have been linked to a parent of that child fabricating or inducing illness in the child, a process commonly referred to as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, in each year since 1990.

S2W-26017 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the guidance issued to schools in respect of holding prescription drugs was last updated.

S2W-26018 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individual social workers must declare and register if they have any links to adoption agencies operating in Scotland.

S2W-26019 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent to support parental involvement and representation in schools in each of the last two years, broken down by type of support and local authority and excluding expenditure to support the school board system.

S2W-26020 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14285 by Patricia Ferguson on 17 March 2005, what percentage of children aged 13 to 17 now take part in sport outside the school curriculum and how this figure is measured.

S2W-26021 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people aged 45 to 64 took part in sport at least twice a week in each of the last three years and how this was measured.

S2W-26022 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people aged 17 to 24 took part in sport at least twice a week in each of the last three years and how this was measured.

S2W-26023 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive when members of the public and interested organisations will receive a direct response from the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications to their individual written representations and requests for information on how his decision was made about the route for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-26024 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications will meet members of the public and interested organisations who have written to him in order that he might directly address their concerns about how he reached his decision on the route for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-26025 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will abandon plans to build the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route if it is demonstrated that the project will cost considerably more than the £400 million that has been estimated.

S2W-26026 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Aberdeen City Council will be required to assume full financial responsibility for the maintenance of North Anderson Drive when its current trunk road status transfers to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-26027 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the top five causes of road traffic accidents were where drivers have been at fault during the last 10 years; how many such accidents there have been, and what percentage of the total number of road traffic accidents this represents.

S2W-26028 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic accidents have been caused by drivers smoking cigarettes at the time of the accident in the last 10 years and what percentage of the total number of road traffic accidents this represents.

S2W-26029 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will direct all colleges to undertake disclosure checks for all staff who have contact with under 18-year-olds and vulnerable adult learners.

S2W-26030 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the First Minister has had with the Advocate General on the continuing independence of judges appointed to the Scottish courts and, in particular, the appointment of clerks to serve them.

S2W-26031 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated absolute and percentage loss of water has been from each reservoir and its associated water delivery system owned by Scottish Water in each of the last three years.

S2W-26032 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of policing the visit of Bill Clinton to Scotland in May 2006 and who is meeting those costs.

S2W-26033 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost to it and its agencies was of any ministers or officials attending the lecture given by Bill Clinton on 10 May 2006 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.

S2W-26034 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what communications it has had with the US Government or officials of the state of Arkansas to establish (a) how HIV and hepatitis C-infected blood extracted from prisoners in Arkansas came to be used in medical procedures in Scottish hospitals and (b) whether the governor of the state at the time when blood, subsequently discovered to have been infected with HIV and hepatitis C, was extracted from prisoners in that state was aware that this blood was infected.

S2W-26035 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought compensation from the state of Arkansas for providing HIV and hepatitis C-infected blood from prisoners for use in medical procedures in Scottish hospitals.

S2W-26036 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive who has the responsibility for inspecting the State Hospital, Carstairs.

S2W-26037 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce light rail systems in any location other than the planned Edinburgh tram network.

S2W-26038 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Strathclyde Partnership for Transport or its predecessor organisation has made any representations about expansion of the Glasgow subway network.

S2W-26039 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of railways in Scotland are electrified and what information it has on comparable figures in (a) the United Kingdom as a whole and (b) each European Union member state.

S2W-26040 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are being made to allow young offenders to transfer to the open estate when it is deemed that a young offender is suitable for such transfer.

S2W-26041 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the population of each of Scotland’s six cities was in each census year since 1951; what it is in each city now, and what it projects the population will be in each city in each census year up to 2051.

S2W-26042 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the population was of each of Scotland’s designated new towns in each census year since 1961; what it is in each new town now, and what it projects the population will be in each town in each census year up to 2051.

S2W-26043 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what official co-ordination there is of the programmes and projects proposed by voluntary, church and other groups from Scotland to provide help to communities in Malawi.

S2W-26044 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people participated in recreational sea angling in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S2W-26045 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of recreational sea angling is to the Scottish economy.

S2W-26046 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of visitors to Scotland participated in recreational sea angling in each of the last five years.

S2W-26047 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken any studies to determine the economic potential of recreational sea angling and, if not, what plans it has to do so.

S2W-26048 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned any surveys into the public perception of standards of public services and, if not, what plans it has to do so.

S2W-26049 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it measures the level of satisfaction with the provision of public services.

S2W-26050 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will treat debt owed to credit unions as a priority debt in a protected trust deed following enactment of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-26051 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether debt owed to a credit union will be treated in the same way as debt owed to the Student Loans Company following enactment of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

S2W-26052 Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive when the recommendations from the NHS Review of Wheelchair and Special Seating Services in Scotland will be published.

S2W-26053 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the names and places of residence of the members of the NHS appeals panel that considered the case for the Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice to opt out of providing 24-hour medical cover.

S2W-26054 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private water supplies there are in Scotland.

S2W-26055 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) recorded cases of, (b) prosecutions for and (c) convictions for (i) rape and (ii) attempted rape took place in each year since 1996, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-26056 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-19915 by Cathy Jamieson on 9 November 2005, how many offenders convicted of (a) rape and (b) assault with intent to rape have been given a caution in each year since 1996, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-26057 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) adult intensive care beds, (b) adult high dependency care beds, (c) paediatric intensive care beds, (d) paediatric high dependency care beds, (e) neonatal intensive care cots and (f) neonatal high dependency care cots there were in the most recent year for which figures are available and what the average daily cost per bed was for each type of bed.

S2W-26058 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) in-utero and (b) ex-utero transfers from Scotland to locations outside Scotland have taken place in each year since 1997.

S2W-26059 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialist neonatal ambulances there are in Scotland.

S2W-26060 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average level of occupancy has been in each neonatal unit in each year since 1997.

S2W-26061 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacant commercial and industrial properties there were at the end of financial year 2005-06, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-26062 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioner households in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) Scotland have benefited from its free central heating programme since it was introduced in 2001.

S2W-26063 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners in Dumfries and Galloway were in receipt of free personal care in 2005-06.

S2W-26064 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction in (a) Scotland and (b) Dumfries and Galloway in each year since 2000-01.

S2W-26065 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding is available in the current financial year through Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway to enable learners to set up individual learning accounts.

S2W-26066 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been made available to Dumfries and Galloway Council through end-year flexibility for private sector housing grants in each year since 2000-01.

S2W-26067 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-25071 by Johann Lamont on 27 April 2006, what action could be taken in respect of a local authority which has acted outwith its powers in failing to take the financial circumstances of applicants for improvement and repair grants into account, as required by Part 13 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 amended by Part 6 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.

S2W-26068 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Aberdeen City Council about the council’s investigation into the possible construction of a community stadium.

S2W-26069 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions it places on local authorities regarding the allocation of support for learning resources.

S2W-26070 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has allocated for the creation of (a) all-weather pitches and (b) other outdoor sports facilities in each year since 1999.

S2W-26071 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the installation of speed cameras has had on the number of casualties in areas within the range of such cameras.

S2W-26072 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what sleep aids are recommended for use by babies with postural plagiocephaly.

S2W-26073 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what sleep aids for use by babies with postural plagiocephaly are fully funded by the NHS.

S2W-26074 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the ruling by the European Commission that British citizens who travel elsewhere in the European Union for health treatment should be recompensed, the same ruling would apply to citizens who travel from Scotland to England.

S2W-26075 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies were involved in the pilot programme of using helmets to treat benign positional plagiocephaly in Yorkhill Hospital’s orthotic department.

S2W-26076 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the results of the pilot programme of using helmets to treat benign positional plagiocephaly in Yorkhill Hospital’s orthotic department will be available.

S2W-26077 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many departmental directors and deputy directors there are in each local authority, also showing the salary for each post.

S2W-26078 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value was of Scottish exports to each other country within the European Union in the last year for which figures are available, also expressed as a percentage of the total value of Scottish exports to EU countries.

S2W-26079 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it offers to businesses to develop European language skills among their employees.

S2W-26080 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the employment rate after graduation was for students of (a) French, (b) German, (c) Spanish, (d) Italian and (e) other European languages in the last three years for which information is available.

S2W-26081 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the employment rate after graduation was for students of (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) science and (d) psychology in the last three years for which information is available.

S2W-26082 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive for how many European language graduates the (a) business services, (b) wholesale and retail, (c) manufacturing, (d) banking and finance and (e) transport and communications sector was the first employment destination in the last three years for which information is available.

S2W-26083 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are employed by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) in Dundee; how many of these jobs have resulted from civil service dispersal, and how many new posts have been created as a result of locating OSCR in Dundee.

S2W-26084 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average density of consented wind generation kilowatts per square kilometre is in each planning authority area.

S2W-26085 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to limit the amount of wind development to the capacity limit of a maximum average density of wind-generation of 150 kilowatts per square kilometre in any planning authority, as set out in Scotland’s Renewable Resource 2001.

S2W-26086 Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its departments and agencies have (a) overspent or (b) underspent their budgets in each year since 1999, broken down by department, agency and amount of overspend or underspend.

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