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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 February 2008

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-9586 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive why the amount of Rape Crisis Specific Fund paid to Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre is being reduced by £50,000 per annum.

S3W-9587 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it considers that the decision to reduce the amount of Rape Crisis Specific Fund paid to Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre by £50,000 per annum will have on service delivery in Clydesdale.

S3W-9588 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the administration costs for (a) St John’s Hospital at Howden, (b) the Western General Hospital and (c) the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh were in each year since 1997.

S3W-9589 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what grading for each profession and discipline has been awarded under Agenda for Change in (a) St John’s Hospital at Howden, (b) the Western General Hospital and (c) the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

S3W-9590 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to replace Communities Scotland’s local offices with a Scottish Government presence at a local level to address housing investment issues.

S3W-9591 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the local public inquiry into the proposed Kyle wind farm to report.

S3W-9592 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when negotiations will be completed with the Scottish General Practitioners Committee in respect of extended hours for GPs.

S3W-9593 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what GP services will be reduced as a result of the policy to extend GPs’ opening hours.

S3W-9594 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been done in Scotland to provide the evidence base for extending GPs’ opening hours.

S3W-9595 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional money will be made available to GPs to ensure that surgeries open for extended hours have appropriate numbers of staff.

S3W-9596 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that the bandings of psychologists under Agenda for Change are consistently applied across different NHS boards.

S3W-9597 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set a target date for completion of job matching and assimilation to new payscales under Agenda for Change and, if so, what that target is.

S3W-9598 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that there is capacity in the NHS to complete reviews under Agenda for Change in a timely manner and whether there is a target date for completion of the process.

S3W-9599 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of psychologists working in the NHS are on protected pay following banding under Agenda for Change and, if this percentage is significant, what steps it is taking to ensure there is no loss of expertise at a senior clinical and managerial level to the delivery of health care should these individuals choose to apply for positions elsewhere.

S3W-9600 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of psychologists employed in the NHS who have received a banding under Agenda for Change have appealed for that banding to be reviewed, according to the most recently available returns.

S3W-9601 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8923 by Kenny MacAskill on 4 February 2008, what the terms of reference are for the review of HM Prison Castle Huntly commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

S3W-9602 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when negotiations with the Scottish General Practitioners Committee will be completed in relation to extended hours for GPs.

S3W-9603 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any GPs’ services will be reduced as a result of the policy to extend GPs’ opening hours and, if so, which ones.

S3W-9604 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been done in Scotland to provide the evidence base for extending GPs’ opening hours.

S3W-9605 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional money will be made available to GPs to ensure that surgeries open for extended hours have the appropriate staff.

S3W-9606 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of Orkney residents aged 18 and over have visited an NHS dentist in the most recent period for which figures are available and what the comparative figures are for Scotland as a whole.

S3W-9607 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will spend in the next financial year on publicity to make people aware that they may be entitled to dental treatment that is free or at a reduced cost.

S3W-9608 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the net expenditure was on NHS dental care per head in Orkney in the most recent year for which figures are available and how this compared with the net expenditure per head in Scotland.

S3W-9609 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dentists there are in Orkney per head of population and how this compares with the number of dentists per head of population in Scotland as a whole.

S3W-9610 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the percentage of people in Orkney who visit a private dentist and what the comparative percentage is for Scotland as a whole.

S3W-9611Δ Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds are being made available to NHS boards and special health boards for 2008-09 with special reference to NHS Lothian.

S3W-9612 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage schools to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

S3W-9613 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help pupils learn about the events of the Holocaust as part of lessons on citizenship and anti-racist education.

S3W-9614 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in Scotland teach their pupils about the Holocaust.

S3W-9615 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in Scotland do not have lessons about the Holocaust.

S3W-9616 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Holocaust teaching packs prepared by Learning and Teaching Scotland in 2000 and 2002 have been updated.

S3W-9617 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to update the Holocaust teaching packs circulated to schools in 2000 and 2002.

S3W-9618 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to record the testimony of Holocaust survivors to add to the teaching packs circulated to schools.

S3W-9619 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make Holocaust education material available on the web.

S3W-9620 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the UK Government’s aim to encourage two pupils from every school to visit Auschwitz.

S3W-9621 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it could involve the young people who have participated in the visits to Auschwitz in updating Holocaust education materials.

S3W-9622 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it sees lessons on the Holocaust fitting into the new Curriculum for Excellence framework.

S3W-9623 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many mental health patients have been reported missing to the police, broken down by psychiatric hospital and unit, in each of the last five years.

S3W-9624 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why the average cost of a patient stay in an intensive care unit in 2006 was £4,000 in NHS Borders and over £12,000 in NHS Fife.

S3W-9625 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents have involved blue light vehicles from the (a) police, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the last five years and how many (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries resulted from accidents in each category.

S3W-9626 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has anent the number of (a) ex-servicemen and (b) ex-servicewomen who joined the Scottish Prison Service in each of the last seven years.

S3W-9627 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive where Scottish Fisheries Protection vessels undergo their annual surveys; how long such surveys last, and where any resultant repairs are carried out.

S3W-9628 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has anent the number of (a) ex-servicemen and (b) ex-servicewomen who joined Scottish police forces in each of the last seven years.

S3W-9629 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recent discussions have taken place with representatives of police authorities, chief constables and the armed services anent the recruitment of ex-service personnel to Scottish police forces.

S3W-9630 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recent discussions have taken place with representatives of the Scottish Prison Service, job centres and the armed services anent the recruitment of ex-service personnel to the Scottish Prison Service.

S3W-9631 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what communities in South Ayrshire will benefit from the Midnight Leagues football project for young people.

S3W-9632 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what communities in East Ayrshire will benefit from the Midnight Leagues football project for young people.

S3W-9633 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what coalfield communities will benefit from the Midnight Leagues football project for young people.

S3W-9634 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Communities and Sport last met Scottish Power and what issues were discussed.

S3W-9635 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Communities and Sport has specifically discussed prepayment meters with Scottish Power.

S3W-9636 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of its discussions with Scottish Power, backcharging for prepayment meter customers has been stopped.

S3W-9637 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase opportunities for employment in Ayrshire, given that recent information from Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire forecasts that the rate of growth in employment in Ayrshire will be 1% between 2007 and 2017 while in Scotland as a whole it will be 4%.

S3W-9638 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address the 4% drop in male employment in Ayrshire between 2007 and 2017 as forecast in recent figures from Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire.

S3W-9639 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in light of figures from Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire that, while part-time jobs are projected to rise by 12%, full-time jobs are projected to drop by 5% between 2007 and 2017.

S3W-9640 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve opportunities for lifelong learning in Ayrshire given projections by Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire that, while 23% of all job opportunities to be filled in Ayrshire over the next decade will require degree level qualifications, only 13% will be suitable for those with no qualifications

S3W-9641 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in Ayrshire participated in occupational training programmes funded by Scottish Enterprise in each of the last five years.

S3W-9642 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency participated in occupational training programmes funded by Scottish Enterprise in each of the last five years.

S3W-9643 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in Ayrshire it expects to participate in occupational training programmes funded by Scottish Enterprise in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

S3W-9644 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency it expects to participate in occupational training programmes funded by Scottish Enterprise in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

S3W-9645 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much students domiciled in Scotland who apply for the four-year graduate course at the new Aberdeen dental school will be required to pay for their tuition.

S3W-9646 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has been decided that students domiciled in Scotland who apply for the four-year graduate course at the new Aberdeen dental school will be required to pay for their tuition.

S3W-9647 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will add the four-year graduate course at the new Aberdeen dental school to the list of courses that are eligible for free tuition for students domiciled in Scotland taking the course as a second degree.

S3W-9648 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students domiciled in Scotland who apply for the four-year graduate course at the new Aberdeen dental school have been advised that they will not be eligible to have their tuition fees paid by the government.

S3W-9649 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice is given to applicants inquiring about entry to the four-year graduate BDS course at the new Aberdeen dental school on the financial support available to them in respect of (a) tuition fees, (b) dental bursaries, (c) health department bursaries, (d) student loans and (e) other support.

S3W-9650 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive why students domiciled in Scotland studying for the five-year BDS course at Glasgow and Dundee dental schools do not pay tuition fees but similar students studying for the four-year BDS course at the new Aberdeen dental school will be required to pay their own tuition fees.

S3W-9651 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice the Student Awards Agency for Scotland has given or intends to give to applicants domiciled in Scotland inquiring about support for the four-year graduate course at the new Aberdeen dental school.

S3W-9652 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been awarded in capital allocations under the Primary and Community Care Premises Modernisation Programme to projects within the NHS Tayside area in each year since 1999.

S3W-9653 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to educate people about the causes and symptoms of diabetes.

S3W-9654 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of diabetes were diagnosed in NHS Grampian during (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007.

S3W-9655 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many occupational therapists are registered in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus.

S3W-9656 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many occupational therapists were registered in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus in each year from 2002 to 2007.

S3W-9657 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social care workers are registered in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus.

S3W-9658 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social care workers were registered in (a) Aberdeen City, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus in each year from 2002 to 2007.

S3W-9659 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors and nurses were employed in NHS Grampian in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007.

S3W-9660 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses in Grampian received a start-up grant from Scottish Enterprise in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2006-07.

S3W-9661 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of MRSA were recorded in NHS Grampian in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007.

S3W-9662 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address health inequalities in Grampian.

S3W-9663 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage all individuals registered with a GP to undergo annual mental health check-ups.

S3W-9664 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers of classes for English for speakers of other languages are in local authority employment in the Highlands and Islands parliamentary region.

S3W-9665 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is planned to deliver classes for English for speakers of other languages to the rural areas of the Highlands and Islands parliamentary region.

S3W-9666 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding in the spending review will be allocated to the delivery of classes for English for speakers of other languages in the Highlands and Islands parliamentary region.

S3W-9668 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the life expenctancy was for (a) men and (b) women in (i) Orkney and (ii) Scotland in the last year for which figures are available.

S3W-9669 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the common agricultural policy "health check" will (a) increase the amount of funds available to farmers through national envelopes and (b) allow payments of national envelopes to be targeted geographically, and what its position is on these issues.

S3W-9670 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider an early ban on conventional battery farming ahead of the proposed EU ban in 2012.

S3W-9671 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the conditions in which broiler chickens are reared with a view to improving animal welfare standards.

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