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Section E – Written questions lodged on 1 March 2007

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-32126Δ Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its performance in answering ministerial correspondence was in the third and fourth quarters of 2006.

S2W-32127 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Network Rail regarding the maintenance programme for points on the west and east coast main lines.

S2W-32128 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many sets of railway points in Scotland have been re-inspected since the Cumbria rail crash.

S2W-32129 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding railway maintenance following the Cumbria rail crash.

S2W-32130 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all ministerial engagements that have taken place since 1 September 2006, broken down by (a) ministerial portfolio, (b) name of minister and (c) Scottish parliamentary constituency.

S2W-32131 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether discussions have taken place with ministers and officials at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) anent the construction of a lightly-armed fisheries protection vessel under the aegis of the MoD which, when in service, would be operationally managed by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.

S2W-32132 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many police operations in each of the last 10 years firearms were issued to officers, broken down by police force.

S2W-32133 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many guns it estimates were illegally held in the last year for which figures are available.

S2W-32134 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31673 by Robert Brown on 19 February 2007, whether it will provide the annual local financial returns for social work expenditure and income in respect of services for older people in Argyll and Bute from 1999-2000.

S2W-32135 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31669 by Lewis Macdonald on 20 February 2007, whether it will provide information on the powers of direction in relation to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, in respect of the circumstances that would trigger their use and what measures may be taken.

S2W-32136 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31669 by Lewis Macdonald on 20 February 2007, when, and in what circumstances, the powers of direction under to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 were last used.

S2W-32137 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it has in place for monitoring and inspecting Glasgow Housing Association and its activities.

S2W-32138 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any inspections of Glasgow Housing Association have taken place or are in the process of taking place and, if so, when and under what remit and terms of reference they commenced, what the outcomes have been, and whether their reports have been or will be made public.

S2W-32139 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to issue a final report of the ministerial task force on second stage housing stock transfer in Glasgow.

S2W-32140 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol-related deaths there were in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

S2W-32141 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vulnerable households were living in non-decent homes in (a) 1996, (b) 2001, (c) 2004 and (d) the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by tenure.

S2W-32142 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children’s centres there were in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-32143 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many youth centres were (a) sold, (b) closed or (c) opened in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-32144 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school playgrounds were sold in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.

S2W-32145 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 16-year-olds were recorded as homeless in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-32146 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what total number of home help hours was delivered in each year since 1997-98, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-32147 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure by unweighted head of population and (a) in-year and (b) accumulated financial positions were of each NHS board for (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06.

S2W-32148 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) accumulated and (b) in-year financial positions of the NHS were in each year since 1996-97.

S2W-32149 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many knives were handed in to police stations in each of the last five years, broken down by police force.

S2W-32150 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were convicted for (a) failing to give particulars or to report a traffic accident within 24 hours, (b) undefined accident offences and (c) failing to stop after an accident in each of the last 10 years.

S2W-32151 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many gun-related crimes there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-32152 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of credit card fraud were committed in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-32153 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions related to cases of domestic abuse there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-32154 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) violent assaults and (b) arrests took place in hospitals in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-32155 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions there were for offences committed in hospitals in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

S2W-32156 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reorganise Careers Scotland offices.

S2W-32157 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to relocate Careers Scotland local offices.

S2W-32158 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to centralise Careers Scotland services.

S2W-32159 Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce Careers Scotland outreach services.

S2W-32160Δ Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase prescription and other National Health Service charges.

S2W-32161 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatal accident inquiries have been reopened since 1999 and, of these, how many upheld the objections to the original findings.

S2W-32162 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 951 drug-related deaths involving methadone recorded since 1990 were the subject of a fatal accident inquiry.

S2W-32163 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-29476 by George Lyon on 15 November 2006, from where the figures on methadone-related deaths for the years since 1990 were derived.

S2W-32164 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 951 methadone-related deaths since 1990 were recorded as accidental.

S2W-32165 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations have been carried out into methadone-related deaths in each year since 1990.

S2W-32166 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it records the number of methadone prescriptions that are issued.

S2W-32167 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people whose deaths were methadone-related in 2003 received treatment in line with the approach in Drug Misuse and Dependence - Guidelines on Clinical Management.

S2W-32168 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis or data the level of provision of neonatal transport is decided.

S2W-32169 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve standards in care homes following the publication of the Care Commission’s recent study of services.

S2W-32170 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Commission for Human Rights will be subject to the (a) general duty, (b) specific duty to publish a race equality scheme or (c) specific duty on employment under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

S2W-32171 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission will be subject to the (a) general duty, (b) specific duty to publish a race equality scheme or (c) specific duty on employment under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

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