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Section E – Written questions lodged between 2 and 6 July 2007

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

S3W-1797 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will confirm whether abolition of Communities Scotland would require legislation, as discussed during the Local Government and Communities Committee meeting on 27 June 2007 (Official Report c. 20).

S3W-1798 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will commit funding for a new Forth crossing.

S3W-1799 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive why the range of estimates for the cost of a new Forth crossing announced by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 27 June 2007 (Official Report c. 1132) was given at 2016 prices and what element has been built in for inflation in each year from 2007-08 to 2016-17.

S3W-1800 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what options for a new Forth crossing are under consideration.

S3W-1801 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding mechanism will be used to cover the costs of building a new Forth crossing.

S3W-1802 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a new Forth crossing would be part-funded by tolling its users.

S3W-1803 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with finance and construction companies regarding funding options for a new Forth crossing.

S3W-1804 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether options for a new Forth crossing which would involve tolls on the existing crossing continuing as an income stream to part-fund the costs of any new crossing are under active consideration.

S3W-1805 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any discussions about funding methodologies with potential providers of a new Forth crossing.

S3W-1806 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the relative benefit to cost ratios are of building a (a) tunnel and (b) bridge as a new Forth crossing.

S3W-1807 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Ferrovial about transport issues other than airport provision.

S3W-1808 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of public subsidy would be required to provide a ferry service linking Campbeltown to Ballycastle.

S3W-1809 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of interest was recorded when tenders were invited to provide a ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.

S3W-1810 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to providing financial support for ferry travel for people living and working in the Western Isles, similar to that available for air travel.

S3W-1811 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimate is of the cost of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the benefit to cost ratio associated with the project.

S3W-1812 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional cost is associated with the southern loop of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to Stonehaven and what the benefit to cost ratio is of that element of the project.

S3W-1813 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated costs are associated with moving the International School of Aberdeen from the preferred route of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-1814 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what developer contribution has been factored into sharing the costs of delivering the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-1815 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive approval from the European Commission to proceed with the CalMac ferry service tender.

S3W-1816 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the expected form and content of scrutiny by the European Commission of a single bundle tender for Calmac ferry services.

S3W-1817 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration will be given to the study commissioned by the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport concerning a high-speed rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

S3W-1818 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is in place in respect of the closure of the Forth and Tay road bridges to traffic in the event of wind speeds in excess of 50 mph and what guidance on closure during high winds will be issued if the new Forth crossing is a bridge.

S3W-1819 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held between 16 and 31 May 2007 with employees involved in toll collection at the Forth Estuary Transport Authority concerning their employment.

S3W-1820 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held between 16 and 31 May 2007 with employees involved in toll collection at the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board concerning their employment.

S3W-1821 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of charges of sexual offences against women which have come to trial have been referred to the sheriff court in each of the last five years.

S3W-1822 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of charges of sexual offences against men which have come to trial have been referred to the sheriff court in each of the last five years.

S3W-1823 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of charges of sexual offences against children which have come to trial have been referred to the sheriff court in each of the last five years.

S3W-1824 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of individuals found guilty of sexual offences against men have not served custodial sentences for the offences that they committed in each of the last five years.

S3W-1825 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of individuals found guilty of sexual offences against women have not served custodial sentences for the offences that they committed in each of the last five years.

S3W-1826 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of individuals found guilty of sexual offences against children have not served custodial sentences for the offences that they committed in each of the last five years.

S3W-1827 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of individuals found guilty of sexual offences against men in each of the last five years are known to have subsequently committed a sexual offence.

S3W-1828 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of individuals found guilty of sexual offences against women in each of the last five years are known to have subsequently committed a sexual offence.

S3W-1829 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) number and (b) percentage of individuals found guilty of sexual offences against children in each of the last five years are known to have subsequently committed a sexual offence.

S3W-1830 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new mortgages were taken out in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-1831 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the new mortgages taken out in Scotland in each of the last five years were buy-to-let mortgages.

S3W-1832 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what records are held in respect of the (a) age structure and (b) gender of staff employed to care for looked-after children in (i) day units and (ii) residential settings, including secure accommodation.

S3W-1833 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to collate information in respect of the (a) age structure and (b) gender of staff employed to care for looked-after children in (i) day units and (ii) residential settings, including secure accommodation.

S3W-1834 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour notices have been served since April 2006, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-1835 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dispersal orders have been enforced since October 2004, broken down by local authority area and giving details of each order.

S3W-1836 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the success of each dispersal order.

S3W-1837 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many restriction of liberty orders have been issued since April 2005, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-1838 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the evaluation of the implementation and impact of community warden schemes.

S3W-1839 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the antisocial behaviour outcome agreements prepared by Glasgow City Council and its community planning partners.

S3W-1840 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the Wester Loch Ewe area has an adequate water supply so that no new developments in the area will be constrained by lack of water.

S3W-1841 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will direct Forth Ports plc, as harbour authority for the Firth of Forth, to send the Scottish Ministers copies of the proposals for ship-to-ship transfers of oil and oil products in the Firth of Forth for consideration under regulation 48A(1) of the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).

S3W-1842 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct Forth Ports plc, as harbour authority for the Firth of Forth, to carry out an appropriate assessment of proposals for ship-to-ship transfers of oil and oil products in the Firth of Forth that complies with the Habitats Directive and the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).

S3W-1843 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) regarding proposals for ship-to-ship transfers of oil and oil products in the Firth of Forth; whether it considers it necessary to further consult SNH in exercising the Scottish Ministers’ functions under paragraphs (1) to (6) of regulation 48A of the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) in relation to Firth of Forth cargo transfers, and whether it plans to consult any other bodies or the general public on the issue.

S3W-1844 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been economic advantages to the Scottish economy as a result of implementation of the Air Route Development Fund and the reduced need for short-haul flights through hub airports.

S3W-1845 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in line with the terms of amendment S2M-3837.2 by Fergus Ewing, it (a) acknowledges the importance of aviation in the prime aim of growing the Scottish economy, (b) will seek to remove barriers to further success in aviation policy, (c) will audit and review the Air Route Development Fund and its efficacy thus far, with a view to refining and widening its terms, (d) will consider its extension to air freight traffic and to less frequent and seasonal services and (e) will work with Scotland’s airports and carriers to deliver a competitive economic environment, which should include the provision of appropriate and sufficient infrastructure for Scottish airports.

S3W-1846 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any reports on the cost of the proposed dualling of the A9 from Perth to Inverness.

S3W-1847 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what calculation has been made of the additional impact of carbon emissions from vehicles if the A9 from Perth to Inverness is dualled and how this is being factored into benefit to cost ratio calculations.

S3W-1848 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to extending improvements to the A82 road southwards of the work being done under the £90 million Tarbet to Fort William Route Action Plan.

S3W-1849 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commit to construction of the North Clyde Development Route.

S3W-1850 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been carried out into the economic and social benefits that would accrue to West Dunbartonshire following construction of the North Clyde Development Route.

S3W-1851 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priority road projects are in the west of Scotland.

S3W-1852 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefit to cost ratios are for the (a) Edinburgh to Gorebridge and (b) Edinburgh to Tweedbank routes of the Waverley railway project.

S3W-1853 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the up-to-date cost estimates are for the (a) Edinburgh to Gorebridge and (b) Edinburgh to Tweedbank routes of the Waverley railway project.

S3W-1854 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the water and sewerage charges exemption scheme for charitable and voluntary organisations.

S3W-1855 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the question from the Chairman of the Water Industry Commission in respect of Scottish Water: "Are ministers prepared to guarantee that some £200 million per year will be forthcoming from the public purse for a long-term capital programme, or are they ready to see direct borrowing from capital markets?".

S3W-1856 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what principles it considers should be applied when charging for water and sewerage services between 2006 and 2010.

S3W-1857 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the Waverley railway project.

S3W-1858 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-1859 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the Glasgow Crossrail project.

S3W-1860 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the electrification of the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line

S3W-1861 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the M80 Stepps to Haggs project.

S3W-1862 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the M8 Baillieston to Newhouse project.

S3W-1863 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-1864 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the transport strategic spending review, it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost of and (b) assessment of risk involved in dualling the A9.

S3W-1865 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL) delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for GARL.

S3W-1866 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that a new Forth crossing delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the crossing.

S3W-1867 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the route.

S3W-1868 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that Glasgow Crossrail delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the project.

S3W-1869 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that electrification of the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the project.

S3W-1870 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that the M80 Stepps to Haggs project delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the project.

S3W-1871 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that the M8 Baillieston to Newhouse project delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the project.

S3W-1872 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to ensure that dualling of the A9 delivers value for money and benefits travellers and the economy, it will invite Audit Scotland to review plans for the project.

S3W-1873 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all ministerial directions given in relation to the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 when the directions are issued.

S3W-1874 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for Scottish Power and Scottish Coal of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 and whether there are any other similar organisations that might be affected.

S3W-1875 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to announce its position on the previous administration’s (a) commitment to set up a working group of stakeholders and officials to consider marine national parks and (b) request to local enterprise companies to consider the economic impact of setting up marine parks, in accordance with their remits.

S3W-1876 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will be in a position to give a timescale for secondary legislation under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-1877 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farm animal welfare inspections were undertaken by Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) in 2006 and the first six months of 2007 on pig, sheep, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry (broiler chickens, ducks and turkeys), laying hen and other farmed animal units in Scotland.

S3W-1878 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pig, sheep, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry (broiler chickens, ducks and turkeys), laying hen and other farmed animal units in Scotland received farm animal welfare inspections by Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) in 2006 and the first six months of 2007.

S3W-1879 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farm animal welfare inspections undertaken by Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) in 2006 and the first six months of 2007 on pig, sheep, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry (broiler chickens, ducks and turkeys), laying hen and other farmed animal units in Scotland were for (a) monitoring compliance with EU animal welfare regulations, (b) assessing cross-compliance for single farm payments, (c) investigating complaints about animal welfare and (d) any other purpose.

S3W-1880 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of reported comments by Councillor Ian Chisholm that SNP councillors in Fife favour a tunnel under the Forth and his statement in a letter to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change that "I think the consensus view with the public at large is for a tunnel".

S3W-1881 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its plan for a single point of delivery of services from the range of agencies serving rural Scotland, which the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment has asked to work more effectively together, means that the closure of some existing offices in small rural communities is envisaged.

S3W-1882 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its top priority for fishing is achieving a sustainable fishery or being fair to fishing communities.

S3W-1883 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when detailed cost estimates for dualling the A9 will be completed.

S3W-1884 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when detailed design work for dualling the A9 will be completed.

S3W-1885 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are working on organising detailed cost estimates for dualling the A9.

S3W-1886 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are working on detailed design work for dualling the A9.

S3W-1887 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure is currently being incurred on road improvements on the A9.

S3W-1888 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure will be incurred on road improvements on the A9 in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-1889 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what phasing of expenditure is planned for dualling the A9 in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-1890 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the Highland Council over the adoption of the trunk link road in Inverness as an official trunk road.

S3W-1891 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was first approached by the Highland Council to request the adoption of the trunk link road in Inverness as a trunk road.

S3W-1892 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make a decision on the adoption of the trunk link road in Inverness as a trunk road.

S3W-1893 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make ferry services from the mainland to the Western Isles more affordable.

S3W-1894 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects to introduce a system of road equivalent tariff to ferry services to the Western Isles.

S3W-1895 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places are available for children suffering from autistic spectrum disorder in (a) South Lanarkshire, (b) Glasgow City, (c) East Renfrewshire and (d) North Lanarkshire council areas, showing also the types of facilities available.

S3W-1896 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many formal assessments have been carried out under the terms of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 in (a) South Lanarkshire, (b) Glasgow City, (c) East Renfrewshire and (d) North Lanarkshire council areas, showing also the numbers of children waiting for such assessments on the latest date for which information is available.

S3W-1897 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding increasing security at seaports around the Scottish coast and what action has been taken on the matter.

S3W-1898 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had talks with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on whether the SQA intends to introduce the theory of intelligent design to the Scottish schools science curriculum; if so, what the conclusions of these discussions have been and, if not, whether the SQA will be called on to report its position.

S3W-1899 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to support deer farming through Common Agriculture Policy support schemes.

S3W-1900 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the concerns of Scottish deer farmers who consider that they are disadvantaged by receiving no Common Agricultural Policy support, in comparison with English deer farmers who do receive such support.

S3W-1901 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are legal obstacles to deer farmers receiving support through Common Agriculture Policy schemes in Scotland.

S3W-1902 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission about including deer farmers in Common Agricultural Policy support schemes.

S3W-1903 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received on the conservation of sharks, skates and rays in Scottish waters; whether it believes that spurdog and beagle sharks are under serious threat, and whether it will consider calling for a zero total allowable catch on the resident shoal of spurdog.

S3W-1904 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to review the funding criteria whereby farms are not eligible for loans from Loan Action Scotland to install small to medium-size wind turbines, given that the scheme is not oversubscribed.

S3W-1905 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee submitted its recommendations for improvements to the Arbuthnott Formula in June 2007 and when the Executive plans to make the committee’s recommendations public and announce its response to them.

S3W-1906 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) 65 and over and (b) under 65 and categorised as high risk have received the flu vaccine in 2007, broken down by NHS board area and expressed also as a percentage of eligible people.

S3W-1907 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the temporary staffing costs were in respect of (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other healthcare professionals, (d) managers and (e) administrative staff in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-1908 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients had their operations cancelled (a) twice, (b) three times, (c) four times and (d) more than four times in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-1909 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide comparative details of emergency admission rates to Borders General Hospital for the five-year period prior to the introduction of NHS 24 and in the years since its introduction.

S3W-1910 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cyclist casualties have been treated by the NHS in each of the last five years in each NHS board area.

S3W-1911 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average body mass index was in each NHS board area in each year since 2004.

S3W-1912 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rates of (a) overweight and (b) obesity have been among (i) children under 11 years, (ii) children aged from 11 to 18 and (iii) adults in each year since 2003.

S3W-1913 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) average and (b) longest wait for urgent breast cancer referrals were in each year since 2003, broken down by NHS hospital.

S3W-1914 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital funding has been given to (a) NHS National Services Scotland, (b) the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, (c) the Protein Fractionation Centre and (d) Alba Bioscience in each of the last four years.

S3W-1915 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women (a) were diagnosed with and (b) died from breast cancer in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) NHS board and (ii) parliamentary constituency.

S3W-1916 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people stayed in hospital overnight on Christmas Day in each year since 2000, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-1917 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost increase to the NHS was between 1999-2000 and 2006-07 in respect of (a) medical secretaries, (b) record keepers, (c) health educators, (d) IT technicians, (e) financial managers, (f) caterers, (g) launderers, (h) cleaners and (i) all other staff and what proportion of the total NHS budget was spent on administrative staff in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2006-07, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-1918 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how mortality rates per 100,000 population from (a) coronary heart disease, (b) strokes, (c) diabetes, (d) cancer, (e) smoking-related illnesses and (f) alcohol-related illnesses in the Scottish Borders compared with the Scottish average in each year since 1997.

S3W-1919 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many isolation beds there have been in each NHS board area in each year since 1999.

S3W-1920 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times have been for cancer patients from (a) diagnosis and (b) urgent GP referral to start of treatment in each of the last 12 quarters.

S3W-1921 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of tuberculosis there were in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-1922 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual NHS staff costs were in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board, expressed also as a percentage of each board’s total budget and showing year-on-year changes.

S3W-1923 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by each NHS board in each of the last five years on (a) administration and (b) management, expressed (i) as a percentage of its total budget and (ii) per head of population.

S3W-1924 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any state aid issues have been raised as a result of the relationship between VisitScotland and the firms operating visitscotland.com.

S3W-1925 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue supporting rural diversification through a system of government grants.

S3W-1926 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase rural diversification grants.

S3W-1927 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to ease access to rural diversification grants.

S3W-1928 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions it is making to expedite the application process for the Warm Deal programme.

S3W-1929 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research into the reasons for the reduction in enrolments in further education from 450,000 in 2001-02 to fewer than 400,000 in 2004-05.

S3W-1930 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has in respect of the prevention of flooding from private land into residential properties.

S3W-1931 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have in respect of the prevention of flooding from private land into residential properties.

S3W-1932 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers Scottish Water has in respect of the prevention of flooding from private land into residential properties.

S3W-1933 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist disabled people and families affected by disability in Dumfries and Galloway to become home owners.

S3W-1934 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether registered social landlords can purchase existing properties on the open market for rent or shared equity ownership and what procedures require to be followed.

S3W-1935 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive why Scottish Enterprise business grants are not available for people aged 31 and over.

S3W-1936 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that a wide range of effective treatments are available to people diagnosed with osteoporosis.

S3W-1937 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that effective preventative treatment is available to all those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis but have not experienced fractures.

S3W-1938 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what mandatory treatment options will be available to patients with osteoporosis who cannot take alendronate or do not respond to it.

S3W-1939 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that preventative drug treatments are available to high-risk groups, such as those aged over 50 or diagnosed with osteoporosis, to stop them from suffering fractures.

S3W-1940 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will increase the early diagnosis of osteoporosis.

S3W-1941 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that all of those with, or at risk of, osteoporosis are diagnosed and prescribed appropriate medication to prevent fractures.

S3W-1942 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 or over have been convicted of carrying knives or possessing an offensive weapon in Argyll and Bute in each of the last five years.

S3W-1943 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 or over have been convicted of carrying knives or possessing an offensive weapon in the Northern Constabulary area in each of the last five years, broken down by local area command.

S3W-1944 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 or over have been convicted of carrying knives or possessing an offensive weapon in Moray in each of the last five years.

S3W-1945 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in the Borders do not have access to a dentist.

S3W-1946 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adults in the Borders do not have access to a dentist.

S3W-1947 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it will provide to local authorities, particularly Scottish Borders Council, to assist with recycling.

S3W-1948 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the fitting of controlled emission toilets on trains running north from Inverness.

S3W-1949 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration will be given to assisting with the cost of building a pedestrian river bridge in Thurso to replace the bridge that suffered severe storm damage in October 2006.

S3W-1950 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider offering grant assistance to individuals or communities unable to access broadband to help them establish and maintain satellite broadband connections.

S3W-1951 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed in audiology services, broken down by grade and discipline.

S3W-1952 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ask Glasgow Housing Association to make the stock condition report by FPD Savills available to the Parliament and the wider public.

S3W-1953 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to direct Communities Scotland to undertake a detailed investigation into the activities of the social housing repairs firm, Mears Group, and its Scottish subsidiary, Laidlaw Scott Ltd, given that the Housing Corporation has launched an investigation into Mears Group in England.

S3W-1954 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of affordable housing will take into account the remuneration levels currently earned by the directors and senior management of registered social landlords.

S3W-1955 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many foreign nationals were allocated housing from registered social landlords in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006, shown as a percentage of the Scottish population.

S3W-1956 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is given to children living with parents who are prescribed methadone.

S3W-1957 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors children living with parents who are (a) prescribed methadone, (b) drug addicts and (c) addicted to alcohol.

S3W-1958 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms and timescale will be of its review of antisocial behaviour legislation and whether the outcome of the review will be reported to the Parliament.

S3W-1959 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the introduction of positive behaviour orders.

S3W-1960 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what reviews of policy are under way in the portfolio of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

S3W-1961 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what definition of frontline it uses in respect of the deployment of police officers.

S3W-1962 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions and meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Justice had with relevant parties prior to his decision to lift the ban on alcohol at Murrayfield.

S3W-1963 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners are veterans, broken down by those from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army, expressed also as a proportion of the total prison population.

S3W-1964 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Executive of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (a) is solely responsible for the agency’s operation and performance, (b) has been delegated full managerial authority for it and its day-to-day operation and (c) as its accounting officer is responsible for the propriety and regularity of its finances.

S3W-1965 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, whether it will provide a table showing a comparison of the utilisation of effective patrol days between FPV Vigilent, FPV Norna and FPV Jura for the year to 31 March 2007.

S3W-1966 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, whether it will provide a table showing a comparison of the cost of effective patrol days between FPV Vigilent, FPV Norna and FPV Jura for the year to 31 March 2007.

S3W-1967 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, what evidence was presented by the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) in calling for a review of the Fleet Renewal Programme and in what way did it differ from the evidence that supported the SFPA’s Corporate Plan 2002-03 that made the case for the replacement of all three Sulisker Class vessels.

S3W-1968 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, what material changes have taken place in the operational requirements of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) since 3 May 2007 to contradict the statement by the Chief Executive of the SFPA in its Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02, when commenting on the placing of the order for the first Minna Class vessel, that "This marks the first stage of a planned reconfiguration of the SFPA’s marine fleet which is due to span the next ten years".

S3W-1969 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, what material changes have taken place in the operational requirements of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) since 3 May 2007 to contradict the statement made by the Chief Executive of the SFPA in its Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04 in referring to the signing of the contract "for the first of the replacement vessels for the three ageing Sulisker Class ships" as a highlight of the year.

S3W-1970 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, whether the statement, attributed to a spokesman for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) in the Mail on Sunday of 10 June 2007 regarding the possible replacement of the FPV Norna, that, "This replacement is unnecessary", implies that in providing previous advice to the contrary the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the SFPA had acted in breach of his fiduciary responsibilities, with particular reference to the obligations set out in the Statement of Agency and Chief Executive’s Responsibilities and the Scottish Public Finance Manual.

S3W-1971 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, whether the statement in the Mail on Sunday on 10 June 2007 regarding placing a tender for a new Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) vessel that "the new ship was a waste of public money" implies that in providing previous advice to the contrary the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the SFPA had acted in breach of his fiduciary responsibilities, with particular reference to the obligations set out in the Statement of Agency and Chief Executive’s Responsibilities and Scottish Public Finance Manual.

S3W-1972 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, why, if the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency believed that its performance aims could be achieved effectively through the refurbishment of one or both of the two existing older vessels, the agency advertised in February 2007 for marine consultancy services in respect of forthcoming vessel procurement.

S3W-1973 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, what further evidence is required to demonstrate the need for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) fleet to be increased from four to five vessels other than the evidence provided by SFPA management in 2005, prior to inviting expressions of interest in tendering for a second Minna Class vessel, showing the need for a second Minna Class vessel in addition to the replacement of all three Sulisker Class vessels.

S3W-1974 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-12 and S3W-889 by Richard Lochhead on 7 and 27 June 2007, why the terms of reference for the review of the Fleet Renewal Programme do not include consideration of the operational requirements that would require to be met following the passage of a Scottish Marine Bill and the creation of a Scottish marine management organisation.

S3W-1975 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any crimes or offences were omitted from the records of the Scottish Crime Survey or the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey, similar to those against repeat victims omitted from the British Crime Survey, as identified by CIVITAS: the Institute for the Study of Civil Society.

S3W-1976 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has participated in discussion, either through the UK Government or directly at EU level, on the development of the economic partnership agreements currently being negotiated between the European Commission and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, or whether it expects to take part in such discussions in the future.

S3W-1977 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimate is of the number of people earning the national minimum wage or below in the (a) Orkney Islands, (b) Shetland Islands, (c) Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, (d) Ross, Skye and Inverness West, (e) Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, (f) Argyll and Bute, (g) Western Isles and (h) Moray parliamentary constituencies.

S3W-1978 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support the development and improvement of public library services.

S3W-1979 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to the priorities in Building on success: a public library quality improvement matrix for Scotland, published with the support of the previous administration.

S3W-1980 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to the recommendations for the framework for delivery of library services in Building on success: a public library quality improvement matrix for Scotland, published with the support of the previous administration.

S3W-1981 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the entitlements for the public outlined in Building on success: a public library quality improvement matrix for Scotland, published with the support of the previous administration.

S3W-1982 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of all vehicular accidents which have occurred at, or in the vicinity of, the Tomich junction on the A9 north of Invergordon in the last 10 years.

S3W-1983 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive why there has been a delay of a year to the projected completion date of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route; when any causes of the delay occurred; what contribution each made to the delay, and when ministers were informed of each of the reasons for delay.

S3W-1984 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it expects the Forth Road Bridge to have to close to HGVs.

S3W-1985 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to complete construction of a new road crossing for the Firth of Forth.

S3W-1986 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans it has in place to ensure that HGV vehicles are able to cross the Firth of Forth in the event that the current Forth Road Bridge has to close to HGVs before a new crossing is built.

S3W-1987 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimates are of the financial costs per year to (a) Fife, (b) the Lothians and (c) Scotland of closing the Forth Road Bridge to HGVs before a new crossing is complete.

S3W-1988 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many journeys were made by HGVs across the Forth Road Bridge in each of the last three years.

S3W-1989 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new Forth road crossing will be additional to the current Forth Road Bridge or a replacement.

S3W-1990 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to include a rail crossing, or other public transport provision, with the new Forth road crossing.

S3W-1991 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to consult the people, communities, businesses and voluntary organisations of Fife regarding (a) the location of the new Forth road crossing, (b) whether the new crossing takes the form of a tunnel or bridge, (c) the timetable for starting and completing the construction of the new crossing, (d) the lifespan of the new crossing and (e) whether the new crossing will include provision for rail and other public transport provision.

S3W-1992 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive where and when the public information exhibitions on the new Forth road crossing announced by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Official Report c. 1132) will take place.

S3W-1993 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to consult the people, communities, businesses and voluntary organisations of Fife on the new Forth road crossing other than through the public information exhibitions announced by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Official Report c.1132).

S3W-1994 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ruled out charging tolls on the new Forth road crossing once it has been completed.

S3W-1995 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be a tolerable minimum lifespan for the proposed new Forth road crossing.

S3W-1996 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-98 by Bruce Crawford on 21 June 2007, whether it intends to use the title "the Scottish Government" on buildings, publications and other documents instead of "the Scottish Executive".

S3W-1997 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-98 by Bruce Crawford on 21 June 2007, whether it has estimated the costs of rebranding itself as "the Scottish Government" and, if so, what these costs are estimated to be.

S3W-1998 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-98 by Bruce Crawford on 21 June 2007 and if it has estimated the costs of rebranding itself as "the Scottish Government", whether these costs would be borne centrally or by individual directorates.

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