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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 May 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-12818 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), when the consultation document on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen will be published.

S3W-12819 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), when the consultation document on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen will be made available on the Scottish Government’s website.

S3W-12820 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report, c. 8447), how members of the public will be able to respond to the consultation process on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen.

S3W-12821 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), when the consultation document on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen will be sent to all interested parties, including staff, unions, police authorities, chief constables and regional procurators fiscal.

S3W-12822 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), when the consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen will end.

S3W-12823 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), whether forensic service staff will be able to respond to the consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen anonymously, if they so wish.

S3W-12824 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447) regarding the consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen, how it will consult the general public in areas affected by the closure proposals.

S3W-12825 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447) regarding the consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen, how it will consult MSPs and other elected representatives on closure proposals.

S3W-12826 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), to whom responses to the consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen should be addressed.

S3W-12827 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), when it plans to announce the outcome of the consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen.

S3W-12828 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S3O-3214 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8447), why the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has now decided to carry out a full, frank and transparent consultation on the future of the forensic science laboratory in Aberdeen and whether it will make a ministerial statement on the matter.

S3W-12829Δ Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the Committee of Inquiry on Crofting will be published and whether the Scottish Ministers will make a statement.

S3W-12830 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12333 by Kenny MacAskill on 7 May 2008, how many staff in each prison have been given permission to undertake (a) other employment, (b) self-employment and (c) voluntary work.

S3W-12831 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had since May 2007 with the National Trust for Scotland regarding Bute House.

S3W-12832 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned any architects since May 2007 to examine the long-term future of Bute House and, if so, what the costs to date have been of such commissions.

S3W-12833 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish plans for any major redevelopment or refurbishment of Bute House.

S3W-12834 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what thought and priority it has given to the conservation of Bute House.

S3W-12835 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital beds were available in each NHS board in each year since 1997, also broken down by hospital in (a) NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (b) NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-12836 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time hospital doctors were employed by each NHS board in each year since 1997, also broken down by hospital in (i) NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (ii) NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-12837 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time nurses were employed by each NHS board in each year since 1997, also broken down by hospital in (i) NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (ii) NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-12838 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time GPs there were in each NHS board area in each year since 1997.

S3W-12839 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils received free school meals at each local authority secondary school in Glasgow in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-12840 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils achieved at least five standard grades at SQA level 4, including English and maths, at each local authority secondary school in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-12841 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils left each local authority secondary school in Glasgow with at least five standard grades at SQA level 4, including English and maths, in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-12842 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils left each local authority secondary school in Glasgow with at least one higher in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-12843 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils leaving each local authority secondary school in Glasgow did not enter employment, training or further or higher education in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-12844 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to promote in planning guidance a presumption against planning approvals where the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has designated an area as being at high risk of flooding.

S3W-12845 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the North Sea Commission on the prevention of flooding and developing policy to manage coastal erosion.

S3W-12846 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what new developments it has initiated in the last year to protect Scotland against flood risks.

S3W-12847 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure from its budget will directly support research aimed at preventing flood risk.

S3W-12848 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure from its budget will directly support research aimed at preventing coastal erosion.

S3W-12849 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to ensure that it is fully equipped to deal with any flood emergency in the event of any major flood event.

S3W-12850 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met emergency planning officers to review and ensure co-ordination for emergency planning provision in the event of a major flooding event.

S3W-12851 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available to citizens where a decision to grant planning approval by a Scottish Government reporter results in a major flooding event and consequential damage to homes.

S3W-12852 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what coastal sites have been designated as being at a high risk of flooding.

S3W-12853 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescales and cost have been of repairing sites where coastal erosion has taken place in each of the last five years.

S3W-12854 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the flood risk status of areas in Scotland.

S3W-12855 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place with the voluntary sector to cope with any major flood emergency.

S3W-12856 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive who would co-ordinate voluntary sector and community assistance in the event of a major flood incident.

S3W-12857 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place for the establishment of local recovery co-ordinating groups to ensure that health and wellbeing support is readily available to those affected by flooding and whether there are specific recommendations for people with disabilities.

S3W-12858 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what communication strategies are in place to co-ordinate local recovery groups and focus on appropriate advice and support in the event of a major flood incident.

S3W-12859 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce and distribute a flood guide booklet to homes and businesses in those areas at high risk of flooding.

S3W-12860 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will produce and publish a flood guide online.

S3W-12861 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out research to estimate the impact of climate change in relation to coastal inundation and erosion to the year 2050.

S3W-12862 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of revenue support grant it has provided for the Aberdeen 3Rs school project.

S3W-12863 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of revenue support grant it has provided for the Falkirk PPP/NPDO schools project.

S3W-12864 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what elements of the revenue support grants approach for the Aberdeen and Falkirk PPP/NPDO schools projects will be made available for other PPP/NPDO projects.

S3W-12865 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail for each of the four local authorities concerned the expenditure which gives rise to the aggregate figure of £148.4 million referred to as the sum "wasted in trying to get people to vote for stock transfer" by the Minister for Communities and Sport on 8 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8411) and what sources of information were used as the basis for that statement.

S3W-12866 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new homes were built by local authorities and registered social landlords in each year from (a) 1979 to 1997 and (b) 1998 to the latest year for which the information is available.

S3W-12867 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools were federated, with a headteacher having joint responsibility for more than one school, in each of the last five years.

S3W-12868 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive which consultants were used during the Scotrail franchise extension negotiation process and how much they were paid.

S3W-12869 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10528 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 March 2008, when it will launch its consultation on energy performance and carbon impact measures for existing domestic and non-domestic buildings.

S3W-12870 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10528 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 March 2008, which external stakeholders it has consulted specifically on measures to reduce emissions from existing buildings; when it met each organisation, and what issues were discussed.

S3W-12871 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what questions relating to drug use are asked of new prisoners when they arive at prison and whether this information is retained.

S3W-12872 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Gaelic language plans Bòrd na Gàidhlig has approved for public bodies since its inception, broken down by year and organisation.

S3W-12873 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether thrombosis kills more people each year in Scotland than the combined totals of breast cancer, HIV/Aids and traffic accidents.

S3W-12874 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm that thrombosis kills five times the number of people who die from MRSA and clostridium difficile combined.

S3W-12875 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money (a) has already been made available for and (b) it plans to invest in preventative screening of thrombophilia.

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