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Section E – Written questions lodged from 15 to 19 October 2007

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

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S3W-5433 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to regulate the private car hire industry.

S3W-5434 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans for private car hire to be regulated in a similar way to the taxi trade.

S3W-5435 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to seek a general renegotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government or of the bilateral concordats between the Scottish Executive and UK departments.

S3W-5436 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its agencies have powers of compulsory purchase and, of these, which have used such powers in each of the last four years, also showing the general purpose in each case for using the powers.

S3W-5437 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to gather comprehensive data and qualitative evidence about fathers’ and children’s experiences of parental involvement.

S3W-5438 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the implementation of the Gender Equality Duty at national and local levels includes fathers.

S3W-5439 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will promote the importance of involving fathers in health, education and social work services.

S3W-5440 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to identify and address barriers to fathers’ involvement in children’s lives and accessing family services.

S3W-5441 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes it is making to its employment practices to support and encourage a better work/life balance for fathers.

S3W-5442 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is shaping the views, expectations and skills of young and future fathers.

S3W-5443 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to provide funding for the Intensive Support and Monitoring Service in the Highlands after March 2008, in light of the reduction in the number of persistent offenders in the region over the last two years.

S3W-5444 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any plans to extend the national concessionary fares scheme more widely to other forms of public transport, particularly ferries.

S3W-5445 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4664 by Kenny MacAskill on 17 October 2007, how many police officers there have been in each division of Strathclyde Police in each year since 1979, shown on a (a) head count and (b) whole-time equivalent basis over the entire period.

S3W-5446 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what rate of emergency alcohol-related hospital admissions there have been in NHS Tayside in each of the last three years.

S3W-5447 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency alcohol-related hospital admissions there have been in each relevant hospital in NHS Tayside in each of the last three years.

S3W-5448 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3424 by Shona Robison on 6 September 2007, whether it will ensure that the provision of fresh drinking water is included in all future nutritional standards and guidance and adopt the policy of considering such provision as part of any future health strategy.

S3W-5449 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-3424 and S3W-3425 by Shona Robison on 6 September and 27 August 2007 respectively, whether it will make it explicit in the national minimum care standards for care homes that service users must have access to fresh drinking water throughout the day and that it should be offered regularly to them.

S3W-5450 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many litres of bottled water, including water from water coolers, were purchased by its office at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, in 2006 and at what cost.

S3W-5451 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what delegated authority the restructured Scottish Enterprise network will give to the six new regional operations.

S3W-5452 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is confident that it is meeting the needs of children who have been identified as living with drug-abusing parents.

S3W-5453 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that core child protection services receive adequate funding.

S3W-5454 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2152 by Adam Ingram on 9 August 2007, whether it is confident that effective systems are now in place to identify children affected by drug misuse.

S3W-5455 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2152 by Adam Ingram on 9 August 2007, whether it is confident that communication procedures between police, NHS boards and local authorities are now in place to enable them to share information on children at risk through exposure to drug misuse.

S3W-5456 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2152 by Adam Ingram on 9 August 2007, whether it is confident that effective procedures are in place to ensure that information relating to at-risk children is shared between agencies.

S3W-5457 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether retraining of social workers and other front-line staff in the voluntary sector has taken place to ensure the effective sharing of information relating to at-risk children.

S3W-5458 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is confident that all drug abusers with children undergo multi-agency assessments to enable decisions to be taken on their parental capacity.

S3W-5459 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug-related deaths have been recorded in Dundee in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5460 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug-related deaths have been recorded in Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5461 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol-related deaths have been recorded in Dundee in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5462 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many alcohol-related deaths have been recorded in Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5463 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have used dedicated alcohol services in Dundee in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5464 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have used dedicated alcohol services in Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5465 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have used combined drug and alcohol services in Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5466 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have used combined drug and alcohol services in Dundee in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-5467 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the resource use figures were in respect of alcohol misuse, broken down into the number of (a) GP consultations, (b) laboratory tests, (c) hospitalisation tests, (d) outpatient visits, (e) day hospital attendances and (f) ambulance responses in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-5468 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the total cost to society of alcohol misuse in the most recent year for which figures are available, also broken down into the cost to (a) NHS Scotland, (b) social work services and (c) criminal justice and emergency services, (d) wider economic costs and (e) human costs.

S3W-5469 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the final regulations required by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-5470 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the gross number of jobs (a) lost and (b) created in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-5471 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many housing associations and housing co-operatives have received inspection visits since 2002.

S3W-5472 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many housing associations and housing co-operatives have never been inspected by Communities Scotland in its capacity as regulator.

S3W-5473 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have been inspected since 2002 by Communities Scotland in its capacity as regulator.

S3W-5474 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many housing associations and housing co-operatives have received a C Rating under the inspection regime since 2002.

S3W-5475 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to announce what action it will take in respect of snaring, in light of responses to the consultation having closed eight months ago.

S3W-5476 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Executive has requested a review of the concordat between HM Treasury and the Executive, and if so, on what date.

S3W-5477 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on what dates since 1999 formal liaison meetings have taken place between officials of the Executive and HM Treasury.

S3W-5478 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has utilised the dispute resolution procedure outlined in the concordat between HM Treasury and the Executive.

S3W-5479 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next edition of Government Expenditure and Revenues in Scotland will be published.

S3W-5480 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the press release of 30 August 2007 from the Minister for Environment, what discussions have taken place with regard to stopping the Single Farm Payment and other government subsidies or grants being paid to landowners or estates that allow the killing of birds of prey to be carried out on their land.

S3W-5481 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the press release of 30 August 2007 from the Minister for Environment, what burden of proof will be required when making the decision to stop the Single Farm Payment being paid to landowners or estates that allow the killing of birds of prey to be carried out on their land.

S3W-5482 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide local authorities with guidance on the issuing of abatement notices in relation to high hedges disputes.

S3W-5483 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest position is on the timescale for its review of the national antisocial behaviour strategy.

S3W-5484 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether problems caused by high hedges will be part of its review of the antisocial behaviour strategy.

S3W-5485 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4416 by Adam Ingram on 1 October 2007, what the basis is for its estimate of between 80,000 and 100,000 children in Scotland affected by parental alcohol misuse.

S3W-5486 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4416 by Adam Ingram on 1 October 2007, how many children it estimates live with parents affected by alcohol misuse, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-5487 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4416 by Adam Ingram on 1 October 2007, what funds are directly targeted to provide services for the estimated 10,000 to 20,000 children in Scotland living with parental drug abuse.

S3W-5488 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4416 by Adam Ingram on 1 October 2007, what funds are directly targeted to provide services for the estimated 80,000 to 100,000 children affected by parental alcohol misuse.

S3W-5489 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average age was of (a) the population of Dundee and (b) people who have migrated to Dundee in the last year for which information is available.

S3W-5490 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many money advisers funded through Executive sources there have been in each local authority area in north-east Scotland in each of the last three years.

S3W-5491 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what routes are provided to teachers to enhance their continuing professional development with regard to dyslexia.

S3W-5492 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3459 by Adam Ingram on 6 September 2007, what four other areas have been added to the professional recognition framework in addition to dyslexia.

S3W-5493 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the General Teaching Council for Scotland or local authorities will be responsible for ensuring that teachers are able to maintain and enhance their continuing professional development with regard to dyslexia.

S3W-5494 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any specific body will be required to keep a central record of the number of teachers who are seeking to enhance their continuing professional development by focusing on dyslexia.

S3W-5495 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an individual teacher, the school to which an individual teacher is employed, or local authorities are responsible for determining the emphasis of an individual teacher’s continuing professional development.

S3W-5496 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether learning support teachers will be expected to undertake continuing professional development in dyslexia.

S3W-5497 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any courses provided for teachers to enhance their continuing professional development with regard to dyslexia will be regulated and, if so, by whom.

S3W-5498 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any courses, provided to teachers to enhance their continuing professional development focusing on dyslexia, will include the involvement of the voluntary sector.

S3W-5499 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions police officers have used stop and search powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 since the granting of these powers.

S3W-5500 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have taken place as a result of evidence gathered by police searches using stop and search powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 since the granting of these powers.

S3W-5501 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals stopped and searched by police using the powers granted under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are under any obligation to provide their details to the officers undertaking such searches.

S3W-5502 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue the Bus Route Development Grant scheme and, if so, whether it will maintain the current levels of funding allocated to the scheme.

S3W-5503 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to consider proposals to expand and develop Glasgow’s subway system.

S3W-5504 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to link the existing Glasgow subway network to the site of the new national indoor arena, near the planned Commonwealth Games village in the east end of the city. 

S3W-5505 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it will provide to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to investigate improvements to the Glasgow subway system.

S3W-5506 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change will next meet the Chair and Chief Executive of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to discuss improvements to the Glasgow subway network.

S3W-5507 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support proposals to expand the Glasgow subway network to the east end of the city to support regeneration and boost economic development.

S3W-5508 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce a presumption against school closures in towns and cities.

S3W-5509 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the dates of telephone calls made by the Minister for Children and Early Years to the five local authorities involved in the free school meals pilot as referred to at the meeting of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee on 26 September 2007 (Official Report c. 112).

S3W-5510 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Schools Fund capital allocation will continue.

S3W-5511 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Schools Fund capital allocation will be increased.

S3W-5512 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the proposed school closures since May 2007 that have come before ministers, showing the (a) recommendation by HM Inspectorate of Education and (b) decision subsequently taken on each one.

S3W-5513 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is evidence of a link between obesity and deprivation.

S3W-5514 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the projected costs of the school estate management plans for each local authority area.

S3W-5515 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Lasswade High School is still one of six category D schools in line for urgent funding for a new school.

S3W-5516 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools it plans to build from 2007 to 2011.

S3W-5517 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will match brick for brick the 2007 Labour manifesto commitment to build 250 new schools from 2007 to 2011.

S3W-5518 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was allocated under the Bus Route Development Grant scheme in the last financial year; which local authorities requested assistance under the scheme, and how much was allocated in each case.

S3W-5519 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to fund the Bus Route Development Grant scheme and, if so, for how long and how much it will allocate.

S3W-5520 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in West Lothian in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-5521 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS salaried dentists worked in West Lothian in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-5522 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in the Livingston parliamentary constituency in each year from 1999 to 2007.

S3W-5523 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS salaried dentists worked in the Livingston parliamentary constituency in each year from 1999 to 2007.

S3W-5524 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when families in receipt of working families tax credit in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire will receive free school meals.

S3W-5525 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet COSLA to discuss extending the free school meals entitlement to families in receipt of maximum child tax credit and maximum working tax credit.

S3W-5526 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the future development of clean coal technologies.

S3W-5527 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4426 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 October 2007, whether the franchisee will be provided with any additional government funding to lease additional rolling stock required to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-5528 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4426 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 October 2007, who will meet the financial cost of leasing the additional rolling stock required to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-5529 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4423 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 October 2007, what the annual cost will be of leasing the two additional trains required to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-5530 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4425 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 October 2007, why it has no plans to purchase the rolling stock required to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-5531 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give consideration to purchasing the additional rolling stock required to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-5532 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4698 by Jim Mather on 12 October 2007, whether it will ensure that trade unions are invited to become members of the regional business advisory boards.

S3W-5533 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4686 by Jim Mather on 12 October 2007, whether it will list precisely which organisations, individuals and businesses were consulted during the process to develop the enterprise networks reform proposals.

S3W-5534 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4687 by Jim Mather on 15 October 2007, whether it will list precisely which national trade union representatives it consulted prior to announcing its reforms to the enterprise networks.

S3W-5535 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will determine the additional funding to be provided to (a) East Ayrshire Council and (b) South Ayrshire Council for local regeneration following the reorganisation of Scottish Enterprise.

S3W-5536 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that all patients who are suspected of suffering from cancer are subject to the maximum waiting time guarantee.

S3W-5537 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a comprehensive list of all its waiting time guarantees for the health service and the latest figures for the number of patients who have been treated (a) within and (b) outwith guaranteed waiting times.

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