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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 November 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-6076 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will abolish prescription charges for people suffering from chronic illnesses such as cancer.

S3W-6077 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive which diseases will be defined as chronic conditions for the purpose of allowing patients access to free prescriptions.

S3W-6078 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine whether a condition is chronic for the purpose of determining which patients are eligible for free prescriptions.

S3W-6079 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase the grant it gives to the Association of Scottish Community Councils and, if so, when it will do so.

S3W-6080 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to expand the role of community councils.

S3W-6081 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will proceed with the SNP manifesto commitments on community councils and, if so, which commitments and when these will be implemented.

S3W-6082 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make additional revenue available to local authorities to enable them to increase the funding available to community councils.

S3W-6083 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to conduct an audit of common good fund assets across Scotland.

S3W-6084 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS hospital admissions had a primary diagnosis of a mental or behavioural disorder related to the use of cannabis in each of the last five years.

S3W-6085 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect a significant outbreak of bluetongue in Great Britain would have on sales of lamb from Scotland to (a) home and (b) export markets. R

S3W-6086 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the export market would still be available to Scottish livestock producers in the event of a significant outbreak of bluetongue in Great Britain. R

S3W-6087 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to address the implications for Scotland of the UK Government signing the Council of Europe convention on action against trafficking in human beings.

S3W-6088 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to provide funding for a Scottish task force on human trafficking.

S3W-6089 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish ministers have commissioned since 31 October 2007 any external legal advice that is likely to incur public expense in respect of their personal liability for costs incurred in discharge of their responsibilities.

S3W-6090 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-3778 to S3W-3781 by Stewart Maxwell on 11 September 2007 and the commitment by the First Minister on 1 November 2007 to a full consultation on the future of sportscotland (Official Report, c. 2984), whether it will confirm that the internal review being conducted by the Executive will not determine sportscotland’s future prior to that full consultation being completed.

S3W-6091 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the First Minister’s statement in respect of the future of sportscotland that "a full consultation is being carried out" (Official Report, c. 2984), whether it will outline the (a) timescale for the consultation, (b) external consultees who have been or will be consulted, (c) parliamentary committees that have been or will be consulted and (d) deadline for responses to the consultation.

S3W-6092 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will distribute the consultation document on which it is seeking responses in relation to the future of sportscotland.

S3W-6093 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will release all responses received in relation to the consultation on the future of sportscotland.

S3W-6094 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will release all correspondence relating to the full consultation on sportscotland’s future.

S3W-6095 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the needs of sport will be central to any decision on the future of sportscotland.

S3W-6096 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when a draft code of practice will be published on sharing information where there are concerns about the welfare of children.

S3W-6097 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional resources will be made available to support the implementation of the strengthened Scottish Vetting and Barring Scheme that is due to go live in summer 2009.

S3W-6098 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive for how long each of the 32 people provisionally listed on the Disqualified from Working with Children List have been so listed.

S3W-6099 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive for how long 10 former employees from Kerelaw school have been on the provisional Disqualified from Working with Children List and how long it will be before their case is considered.

S3W-6100 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view is of operatiing a provisional Disqualified from Working with Children List.

S3W-6101 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the use of the provisional element of the Disqualified from Working with Children List, given that people who are provisionally listed are still able to work with children.

S3W-6102 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to streamline the disclosure process to ensure that multiple applications no longer occur.

S3W-6103 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to make the public sector a better partner in modern apprenticeships under its new skills strategy.

S3W-6104 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public sector modern apprenticeships have been created in (a) the Executive, (b) local authorities and (c) Executive agencies in each of the last five years.

S3W-6105 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers will be added to the 1,141 officers working in Tayside Police force as at March 2007 as a result of Tayside Police receiving its proportionate share of "the equivalent of 1,000 additional police officers", as outlined in Principles and Priorities: The Government’s Programme for Scotland.

S3W-6106 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the 43 police officers recruited by Tayside Police from April to September 2007 are to be included in Tayside Police’s proportionate share of "the equivalent of 1,000 additional police officers", as outlined in Principles and Priorities: The Government’s Programme for Scotland.

S3W-6107 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for any of the 297 police officers who retired or left Tayside Police from April 2002 to September 2007 so that the force can receive its proportionate share of "the equivalent of 1,000 additional police officers", as outlined in Principles and Priorities: The Government’s Programme for Scotland.

S3W-6108 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for any of the 137 police officers who are projected to retire from Tayside Police from January 2008 to December 2011 so that Tayside Police can receive its proportionate share of "the equivalent of 1,000 additional police officers", as outlined in Principles and Priorities: The Government’s Programme for Scotland.

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