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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 December 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-30640 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of Scotland’s annual income per household.

S2W-30641 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the highest social housing rents in each local authority area.

S2W-30642 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all inspections and audits of local authorities that have to be undertaken or commissioned by it or any of its agencies and how often each requires to be carried out.

S2W-30643 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all inspections and audits of universities and colleges that have to be undertaken or commissioned by it or any of its agencies and how often each requires to be carried out.

S2W-30644 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all performance indicators that it requires local authorities to meet.

S2W-30645 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all inspections and audits of its agencies and public bodies that have to be undertaken or commissioned by it or any of its agencies and how often each requires to be carried out.

S2W-30646 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all performance indicators that it requires its agencies to meet.

S2W-30647 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all performance indicators that it requires each of its departments to meet.

S2W-30648 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive why it started a process of reviewing nursing in the community and committing public funds to it before the recommendations of Nursing for Health: A review of the contribution of nurses, midwives and health visitors to improving the public’s health in Scotland and Nursing For Health: Two Years On had been implemented.

S2W-30649 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, whether it considers that the timescale for the review was sufficient and what the reasons are for the length of time (a) taken for and (b) given to implement the review.

S2W-30650 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, whether feedback from professional bodies, practitioners, higher education institutions and professional organisations informed the final outcome of the review; what the reasons are for its position on the matter, and why evidence from these bodies and organisations was not published.

S2W-30651 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how it envisages that the proposed new generic role of community nurses will address issues such as early intervention and preventative work as part of the public health agenda.

S2W-30652 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30024 by Rhona Brankin on 4 December 2006, whether a target date has been set to announce the Scottish Ministers’ decision on the Water of Leith flood prevention scheme.

S2W-30653 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how practitioners will be supported in their current practice and in implementing the recommendations of the report.

S2W-30654 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, whether community health nurses will be a hybrid of community nurses in the home and public health nurses; if so, to which community nursing specialists they will make referrals and, if referrals will be to the existing community specialist practitioners, what steps will be taken to ensure that such practitioners are fully prepared for referrals.

S2W-30655 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how one generic nurse can be skilled in all aspects of community nursing, given that clinical care always takes precedence over illness prevention and the promotion of health.

S2W-30656 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, whether there is evidence that the current community specialist practitioner qualification is not operating effectively and what evidence underpins the decision to discontinue the qualification.

S2W-30657 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, what appraisal of existing community nursing practice has been undertaken.

S2W-30658 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how the Executive will ensure that generalist community health nurses retain similar caseloads to district nurses and health visitors.

S2W-30659 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how the Executive will ensure that community health nurses adequately prioritise child protection.

S2W-30660 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland and as community health nurses will undertake some aspects of the current district nursing and health visiting roles, who will undertake (a) the remaining elements of these roles and (b) the role of (i) community learning disability nurses, (ii) community mental health nurses, (iii) community children’s nurses, (iv) occupational health nurses, (v) general practice nurses and (vi) school nurses.

S2W-30661 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, whether the Nursing and Midwifery Council has been involved in the development of the new role of community nurse.

S2W-30662 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, why no reference has been made to existing Nursing and Midwifery Council standards or documents.

S2W-30663 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, whether the Minister for Health and Community Care took into account the existing community specialist qualification framework when stating that the review "presents a refreshingly honest analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of current nursing services in the community".

S2W-30664 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, what evidence there is to support the suggestion that the generalist model of practice will be more effective in community nursing.

S2W-30665 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, what educational framework supports the proposed generalist model for community nursing.

S2W-30666 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland and given that the review suggests that clients will become central to the delivery of community nursing, what evidence there is that this has not always been the case.

S2W-30667 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how the public was represented in the review.

S2W-30668 Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the publication of Visible, Accessible and Integrated Care - Report of the Review of Nursing in the Community in Scotland, how the impact of changes to the delivery of community nursing on the existing workforce will be managed.

S2W-30669Δ Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the evaluation of the mandatory supervised attendance order pilots in Glasgow and Ayrshire.

S2W-30670 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking, in addition to work in relation to football and parades, to tackle latent sectarianism in some parts of Scotland.

S2W-30671 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in respect of the Water of Leith flood prevention scheme, there are any additional factors that Scottish Ministers will take into account, given the time that has elapsed since the public local inquiry took place.

S2W-30672 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce accelerated procedures for the approval of flood prevention schemes, in light of concerns expressed by local communities that the proposed plans for the Water of Leith were submitted in 2003 and the public local inquiry was held in November and December 2004.

S2W-30673 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to direct bodies that administer former local authority housing after transfer, such as Glasgow Housing Association, to ensure that tenant members of their boards are elected from all tenants and not only from members of local housing organisations.

S2W-30674 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that transparency and democratic governance in accordance with the Langlands principles are adopted by organisations operating large-scale social housing following transfer from local authority control.

S2W-30675 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) will make use of its bank facility of £700 million to urgently address penetrating damp, poor roofing and guttering, old wiring, asbestos, stored undrinkable water and hard-to-heat housing, given that 80% of GHA’s housing stock does not meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard, mainly in respect of dampness and a lack of thermal efficiency.

S2W-30676Δ Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the appointment of the Appointed Person under section 290 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

S2W-30677 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders are known to have reoffended within (a) 24 hours, (b) 48 hours, (c) one week and (d) one month of release from prison in each year since 1999.

S2W-30678 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners are serving sentences of (a) less than three months and (b) three to six months.

S2W-30679 Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-29029 by Tavish Scott on 9 November 2006, when it expects a decision to be reached on the reopening of the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway to passenger traffic.

S2W-30680 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken to establish whether sufficient numbers of people read expensive public advertisements in the press for the expenditure to deliver best value as a means of conveying information to the public, as opposed to electronic means such as websites.

S2W-30681 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what programmes exist to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing with the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

S2W-30682 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether landlords have any duty to supply carbon monoxide detectors and, if so, whether addressing the special needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing is part of any such duty.

S2W-30683 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what notice the Chief Executive of Glasgow Housing Association gave the Executive of his intention to resign his post.

S2W-30684 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was aware that the Chief Executive of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) was about to resign his post before the Executive’s recent announcement of a significant increase in the cost of GHA’s second stage housing stock transfer.

S2W-30685 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a new Chief Executive of Glasgow Housing Association has been identified and what timescale has been set for the appointment.

S2W-30686 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the salary scale will be for the new Chief Executive of Glasgow Housing Association.

S2W-30687 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for Glasgow Housing Association to make progress under a new Chief Executive to achieve second stage housing stock transfer.

S2W-30688 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what restrictions there are on local authorities making resources available to fire and rescue boards.

S2W-30689 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have the authority to "top up" fire and rescue boards’ funding for functions that are delegated to such boards.

S2W-30690 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30425 by Mr Tom McCabe on 15 December 2006, what the nature has been of the work that the Executive has undertaken closely with HM Treasury and the Office for National Statistics on the Statistics and Registration Service Bill.

S2W-30691 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-27816 by Mr Tom McCabe on 11 September 2006, whether it will provide, for each approved Scottish PFI/PPP project listed on its Financial Partnership Unit’s website, information on (a) the initial cost, (b) the annual payments related, (c) the total payments made and due, (d) the contract period, (e) the ownership of assets created, (f) the additional charges made and, for projects where additional charges have been made, whether it will provide details of why such charges were incurred.

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