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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 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-13202 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation establishes the authority of the courts to restrict the identity of a child under prosecution being revealed to the media.

S3W-13318 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide separate single-purpose entitlement cards for those individuals who do not wish to have a multi-purpose entitlement card.

S3W-13319 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is possible to identify the user of a Scottish national entitlement card by its unique 19 digit reference number.

S3W-13320 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any local authorities or individual schools have made it compulsory for students to use a Scottish national entitlement card to access school meals.

S3W-13321 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to make Scottish national entitlement cards compulsory for young people to verify proof of age.

S3W-13322 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce an alternative to the Scottish national entitlement card that does not carry a unique reference number.

S3W-13323 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific functions a multi-purpose Scottish national entitlement card can serve.

S3W-13324 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all data obtained through application of a Scottish national entitlement card is shared across its directorates.

S3W-13325 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to include an individual’s CHI number or other information on their Scottish national entitlement card in the future, and if so, for what purpose, and whether individuals will be able to opt out.

S3W-13326 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide users of a Scottish national entitlement card with legally binding terms and conditions about its purpose and functions.

S3W-13327 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of applicants, when applying for a Scottish national entitlement card, specified that they did not want their personal data to be used for any purpose other than processing their application for free national bus travel.

S3W-13328 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any difference in the information held on a Scottish national entitlement card where an individual did not want their personal data to be used for any purpose other than processing their application for free national bus travel, compared with where they consented to the sharing of data.

S3W-13329 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an individual is able to access public services if they do not have a Scottish national entitlement card.

S3W-13330 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a cap has been placed on the legal aid budget.

S3W-13331 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what secondary legislation is required to achieve the efficiency savings identified in paragraph 13.1 in the Justice section of Efficiency Delivery Plans 2008-11.

S3W-13332 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what primary legislation will be necessary in relation to paragraph 13.1 in the Justice section of Efficiency Delivery Plans 2008-11.

S3W-13333 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the saving anticipated from the reform of summary justice.

S3W-13334 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether new guidelines have been issued to procurators fiscal in relation to the Criminal Proceedings (Reform) Act 2007.

S3W-13335 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what training has taken place with procurators fiscal in relation to the Criminal Proceedings (Reform) Act 2007.

S3W-13336 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3M-12925 by John Swinney on 21 May 2008, what security classification has been given to the First Minister, in relation to what threat assessment and from whom.

S3W-13337 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure compliance by councils with its policy on the nutritional value of school meals.

S3W-13338 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring it undertakes of the provision of school meals to ensure that they comply with national nutritional standards.

S3W-13339 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives to councils regarding the provision of fish in school meals on Fridays.

S3W-13340 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12806 by John Swinney on 16 May 2008, whether it will list the 10 PPP projects that have received approval by the Scottish Government since May 2007.

S3W-13341 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12806 by John Swinney on 16 May 2008, what capital projects have been advanced since May 2007 using the preferred non-profit distribution model.

S3W-13342 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12806 by John Swinney on 16 May 2008, what capital projects have been advanced since May 2007 using several delivery options other than PPP or the non-profit distribution model.

S3W-13343 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12556 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 May 2008, what steps are being taken through the concordat with local authorities to increase prosecution of retailers who sell drink to persons under 18 to meet the standard of enforcement being set in Fife.

S3W-13344 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been allocated to the Scottish Police Services Authority from 2007 for the Scottish Police College.

S3W-13345 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost is of the renovation work being undertaken at Dumbarton Sheriff Court, including all associated fees and the cost of relocation to alternative premises.

S3W-13346 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the renovation work at Dumbarton Sheriff Court will be completed.

S3W-13347 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12806 by John Swinney on 16 May 2008, how many projects funded under the non profit distributing model have (a) been submitted to the Scottish Government for approval, and (b) received approval since 3 May 2007.

S3W-13348 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new homes have been built by registered social landlords in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13349 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-12753 by Alex Fergusson, whether the process used was consistent with both the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body’s procedures for advertising posts which state that "The SPCB is committed to fairness of treatment in relation to the processes used for filling posts whether it is through open recruitment or by internal means" and the SPCB’s equalities framework which states that the senior management team is fully committed to "equality of opportunity and treatment".

S3W-13350 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-12753 by Alex Fergusson, whether the processes used to staff the Calman Commission were fully consistent with paragraph 5 of the procedures for the advertising of posts, and if so, what was deemed "exceptional".

S3W-13351 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-12753 by Alex Fergusson, on how many other occasions the Chief Executive has used his powers under paragraph 5 of the procedures for the advertising of posts and for what posts.

S3W-13352 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the introduction of a nationally-determined level of local income tax will diminish the status of local government.

S3W-13353 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the numbers were of those prosecuted for being found in possession of drugs and in possession of drugs with intent to supply in (a) Dundee and (b) Tayside in each of the last three years.

S3W-13354 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the provision in the English legal system for the state to repay costs to defendants who had privately funded their defence because they did not qualify for legal aid and were subsequently found not guilty would have any merit if introduced in Scotland and whether there are any plans to do so.

S3W-13355 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drugs officers there were in Tayside in each of the last three years and of these, how many were seconded to the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

S3W-13356 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug search warrants were issued in Tayside in each of the last three years and in how many instances drugs were found.

S3W-13357 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what properties it has (a) acquired and (b) disposed of since May 2007, showing the cost in each case.

S3W-13358 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what vehicles it has (a) acquired and (b) disposed of since May 2007, broken down by (i) number and (ii) type of vehicle, including buses, lorries, vans, cars and bicycles.

S3W-13359 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many commercial businesses, including farms, it owns and what plans it has for the disposal of such businesses.

S3W-13360 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the implementation of revisions to international standards on auditing.

S3W-13361 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the public bodies abolished since May 2007 have been incorporated into its central establishment and how many staff have been transferred as a consequence.

S3W-13362 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special advisers it has; what the comparative figure was in May 2007; to whom each adviser is responsible, and and what its total cost is for special advisers.

S3W-13363 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive who invited the First Minister to the UEFA Cup final in Manchester in May 2008; what his travel arrangements were, and what the total costs were of his attendance.

S3W-13364 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the arrangements will be for a St Andrew’s Day holiday for (a) its, (b) UK Government and (c) private sector staff in 2008 and how this compares with 2007.

S3W-13365 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on end-year flexibility for the budgets of (a) central government, (b) local authorities and (c) NHS boards.

S3W-13366 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications it considered in 2007-08 and how many were dealt with after a public inquiry, broken down by those recommended for (a) approval and (b) refusal and showing in each case whether ministers (i) accepted or (ii) rejected the recommendations of the reporter.

S3W-13367 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which trunk road projects have been approved since May 2007; what the total capital cost is, and what the comparative figure was for the previous year.

S3W-13368 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which public transport projects have been approved since May 2007; what the total capital cost is, and what the comparative figure was for the previous year.

S3W-13369 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time-equivalent staff were employed in each of its directorates at 1 May 2008 and what the comparative figures were for 1 May 2007.

S3W-13370 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consideration has been given to the Glasgow crossrail proposal since the Members’ Business debate on 17 April 2008; what the Executive’s current position is, and when it expects to make a decision on the project.

S3W-13371 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the latest information on its consideration of the Borders rail reconstruction project; what cost/budget analysis has been made, and whether it proposes to re-examine the plans in light of cost increases.

S3W-13372 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to report to the Parliament on the outcome of the Crerar review of scrutiny of public bodies.

S3W-13373 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor the Criminal Proceedings (Reform) Act 2007 in relation to the new fiscal fine powers contained in the Act.

S3W-13374 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been achieved through efficiency savings in its central expenditure for each directorate in the financial year 2007-08.

S3W-13375 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much extra it will cost the relevant NHS boards for keeping open the accident and emergency units at (a) Ayr and (b) Monklands hospitals and what adjustments have been made to NHS board services as a result.

S3W-13376 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days have been lost through sickness in each directorate of the Scottish Executive in each month of 2007-08.

S3W-13377 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive where each (a) Cabinet Secretary and (b) Minister has their principal office base; how many staff there are in each private office, and how many are based in the (i) Parliament and (ii) ministerial office.

S3W-13378 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offices are allocated to the First Minister; where they are located, and how many private office staff are based in each location.

S3W-13379 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are made for transport for Scottish ministers when travelling in other parts of the United Kingdom; on which occasion each minister, including the First Minister, made use of these arrangements since May 2007 and what cost has been incurred.

S3W-13380 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what underspend or overspend is projected for each directorate for the financial year 2007-08.

S3W-13381 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected underspend or overspend is for each health authority for 2007-08.

S3W-13382 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected (a) revenue and (b) capital underspend or overspend is for each local authority for the financial year 2007-08.

S3W-13383 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers are expected to graduate in 2008 and how this compares with (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

S3W-13384 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies for (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers are expected for the new academic year 2008-09.

S3W-13385 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers are expected to retire in 2008 and how this compares with (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

S3W-13386 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools it expects to have agreed contracts for construction for each local authority during the financial year 2008-09 and how this compares with 2007-08.

S3W-13387 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers met members of City of Edinburgh Council education committee to discuss the school hospital building programme; who was present, and which schools were discussed.

S3W-13388 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the consultation, Better Value from Housing Association Grant - Changes to Grant in 2008-09.

S3W-13389 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for rent increases in the registered social landlord sector and over what period.

S3W-13390 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Better Value from Housing Association Grant - Changes to Grant in 2008-09, on what evidence it based the statement "new stock being funded by HAG ought to be less expensive to manage and maintain".

S3W-13391 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that increasing the level of private finance is the most effective way to increase the number of high quality sustainable homes built by housing associations.

S3W-13392 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to Better Value from Housing Association Grant - Changes to Grant in 2008-09, whether it has any concerns that increasing the levels of private finance could lead to registered social landlords being viewed as higher risk borrowers by lenders.

S3W-13393 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps is it taking to encourage housing associations to pursue a social enterprise agenda.

S3W-13394 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the legal advice received by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment in relation to implementing a moratorium on the permanent transfer of quotas by Scottish fishermen.

S3W-13395 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6214 by Linda Fabiani on 27 November 2007, how the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment considers it possible for Scotland to withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy.

S3W-13396 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer S3W 6214 by Linda Fabiani on 27 November 2007, what legal advice the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment received which indicated that it was competent for Scotland to seek withdrawal from the common fisheries policy.

S3W-13397 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been screened for thrombophilia since May 2007.

S3W-13398 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the availability is of thrombophilia screening for individuals considered to be at high risk.

S3W-13399 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that women taking hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill are forewarned of the possible risk of thrombosis associated with such medication.

S3W-13400 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, how the interface with the European Union in respect of quota swaps with other member states, end-year flexibility, deductions for overfishing and response to infractions would be handled under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland.

S3W-13401 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether there would be an opportunity in the run-up to a separate fish quota management system for Scotland for vessels registered and licensed in Scotland to re-register and re-license in another part of the United Kingdom and take their fixed quota allowances with them.

S3W-13402 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, what the outcome would be under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland if Scotland were to overfish its quotas and the rest of the United Kingdom to underfish or be prevented from fishing so that the United Kingdom collectively remained within quota, and whether a system of penalties and compensation would operate at a territorial level.

S3W-13403 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, what the repercussions for economic links would be under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland.

S3W-13404 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether the territorial quota allocations for the under 10-metre fleet would be based on the collective track records of the 1994 underpinning arrangements under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland.

S3W-13405 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether, under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland, a further round of reconciliation would be permitted to take account of the various quota transactions that have been agreed but not reflected in adjustments to the fixed quota allowance units assigned to licences.

S3W-13406 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether, under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland, the quota allocations for Scotland and the remainder of the United Kingdom would be based on fixed quota allowance units assigned to the fishing licences and entitlements currently issued by the four fisheries departments.

S3W-13407 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, if there is to be complete separation with no provision for the free movement of licences within the United Kingdom under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland, whether the holders of licences, licence entitlements and dummy licences will be given a once-only opportunity to transfer their licences, entitlements and assigned fixed quota allowance units from the jurisdiction of one UK fisheries department to another.

S3W-13408 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, what the implications would be for the operation of stock recovery measures for cod, hake, sole and plaice under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland and whether these would change if the European Union moves from a gear-based days-at-sea regime to a kilowatts regime.

S3W-13409 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, if separate licences were required to be issued by it to enable English vessels to fish in Scottish waters under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland, whether it would be able to restrict the issue of such licences to English vessels with a track record of fishing in Scottish waters and whether other fisheries departments could apply the same arrangements to Scottish vessels.

S3W-13410 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether, under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland, licences issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to English vessels would enable those vessels to fish in Scottish waters, subject to the same restrictions as those applying to Scottish vessels, or whether separate licences would require to be issued by the Scottish Government.

S3W-13411 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether, under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to English vessels could discontinue licensing for English vessels or convert all category B and C licences to category A without the agreement of Scotland.

S3W-13412 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether a separate fish quota management system would enable Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom to allow the unlimited aggregation of whitefish licences onto additional pelagic vessels or licences for under 10-metre vessels to be aggregated onto over 10-metre vessels without reference to other fisheries departments.

S3W-13413 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether it would be possible to continue to transfer or aggregate licences between English and Scottish fishing vessels under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland.

S3W-13414 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, what the read across to the operation of western waters and deep sea species effort restrictions would be under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland and whether separate limits and arrangements currently apply to the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish fleets.

S3W-13415 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its consultation, Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland, whether fishermen in Scotland and elsewhere would be allowed to have in-membership vessels that were licensed by more than one fisheries department under a separate fish quota management system for Scotland.

S3W-13416 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the standardised mortality rates were per 1,000 population in (a) NHS Highland, (b) NHS Grampian, (c) NHS Western Isles, (d) NHS Orkney and (e) NHS Shetland in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by deprivation quintile, and how these figures compare with Scotland as a whole.

S3W-13417 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the locations of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s three emergency medical dispatch centres.

S3W-13418 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the locations of the five emergency medical dispatch centres which were closed following the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Operations Room Review.

S3W-13419 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many calls were received in each of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s eight emergency medical dispatch centres in the year prior to the reconfiguration of centres.

S3W-13420 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many calls were received in each of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s three emergency medical dispatch centres in 2007-08.

S3W-13421 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what issues have been identified as a result of the reduction in Scottish Ambulance Service’s emergency medical dispatch centres from eight to three.

S3W-13422 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to provide financial assistance to support rural post offices.

S3W-13423 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to provide financial assistance to support urban post offices.

S3W-13424 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote traditional music, song and dance.

S3W-13425 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to groups who have had their Scottish Arts Council funding cut.

S3W-13426 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the occasions where the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has asked an NHS board to review a funding decision taken by the board.

S3W-13427 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many credit unions have applied for compensation for defaulted loans under its scheme to underwrite the loans of those affected by the collapse of Farepak.

S3W-13428 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much finance has been given to credit unions who have applied for compensation for defaulted loans under its scheme to underwrite the loans of those affected by the collapse of Farepak.

S3W-13429 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people were registered with an NHS dentist in the East Dunbartonshire local authority area in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.

S3W-13430 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has submitted evidence to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s independent review of the postal services sector.

S3W-13431 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will submit evidence to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s independent review of the postal services sector.

S3W-13432 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what communication it has had with the UK Government and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with regard to the independent review of the postal services sector.

S3W-13433 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what comments it has made in respect of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s independent review of the postal services sector.

S3W-13434 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it has consulted in respect of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s independent review of the postal services sector.

S3W-13435 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it plans to carry out in respect of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s independent review of the postal services sector.

S3W-13436 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not consulted MSPs on the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s independent review of the postal services sector, nor raised the issue in the Parliament.

S3W-13437 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when universities can expect to receive new guidelines regarding the manner in which discretionary funds can be used to assist students in hardship as a result of changes to student income.

S3W-13438 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people were registered with an NHS dentist in each NHS board area in the South of Scotland region in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.

S3W-13439 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for the transporting of children and young people resident in secure units to and from (a) courts, (b) children’s hearings, (c) home visits and (d) hospital and medical appointments.

S3W-13440 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of any services which were provided by the public sector prior to May 2007 but have subsequently been transferred to the private sector.

S3W-13441 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12894 by Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2008, which directorate is giving consideration to national implementation of collection of injury data at accident and emergency departments using EDIS.

S3W-13442 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12894 by Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2008, what the timescale is for national implementation of the collection of injury data at accident and emergency departments using EDIS.

S3W-13443 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12894 by Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2008, whether any inconsistencies between the EDIS injury data collection facility and the National Clinical Dataset Development Programme in respect of the recording of data on sporting injuries have been resolved and, if not, whether there are any plans to resolve this matter.

S3W-13444 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when people in Straiton, South Ayrshire, will be able to access broadband connections in their homes and businesses.

S3W-13445 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are on the waiting list for access to broadband in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency, broken down by postcode area.

S3W-13446 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to further increase access to broadband in rural communities.

S3W-13447 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when all rural communities in Scotland will have access to broadband.

S3W-13448 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether population screening for thrombophilia could reduce the concerns of users of contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy about the risks of deep vein thrombosis.

S3W-13449 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether women contemplating pregnancy could be offered testing for thrombophilia as a means of reducing concerns about the risks of deep vein thrombosis and miscarriage.

S3W-13450 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of screening people deemed to be at risk of thrombophilia.

S3W-13451 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how the cost of screening for thrombophilia compares with the cost of treatment for venous thromboembolism-related disease.

S3W-13452 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to campaign or carry out advertising to raise awareness of thrombophilia.

S3W-13453 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to the UK Government on behalf of shipyards on the Lower Clyde in respect of awarding the contract for construction of one or more of the Royal Navy MARS (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability) vessels.

S3W-13454 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place since May 2007 with higher and further education institutions regarding changes to the school curriculum.

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