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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 September 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-16209 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned by the analysis of the Fairer Scotland Fund in Third Force News on 29 August 2008, which stated that the process of budget allocations is "being driven, led and dominated by local authorities."

S3W-16210 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned by the analysis of the Fairer Scotland Fund in Third Force News on 29 August 2008, which stated that "most of the money is going to programmes delivered – or, at the very least, led by – public sector agencies."

S3W-16211 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned by the analysis of the Fairer Scotland Fund in Third Force News on 29 August 2008, which stated that over 10% of the fund is going directly to public sector posts.

S3W-16212 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned by the analysis of the Fairer Scotland Fund in Third Force News on 29 August 2008, which stated that "the voluntary sector is being squeezed out of the social inclusion process."

S3W-16213 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils with English as an additional language there were in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08, broken down by local authority.

S3W-16214 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to promote fair trade in schools.

S3W-16215 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive which fair trade products are used by its catering services.

S3W-16216 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list premises sold by the NHS since 2004, also showing whether they have been demolished, fully cleared or developed and their current status.

S3W-16217 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was achieved in the (a) energy, (b) transport, (c) housing, (d) agriculture and (e) public sector between May 2007 and May 2008.

S3W-16218 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether advice contained in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) multiple technology appraisals always supersedes advice from the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

S3W-16219 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive which treatments have been withdrawn in Scotland based on advice in a multiple technology appraisal by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

S3W-16220 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how and when it will eliminate paper prescriptions following universal introduction of Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions.

S3W-16221 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings it expects to make in replacing paper prescriptions by Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions and where any such savings will be made. 

S3W-16222 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many days Wishaw, Hairmyres and Monklands hospitals were closed to emergencies in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

S3W-16223 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what detailed guidelines it has provided since May 2007 in order to achieve the objectives, stated in Better Health Better Care: Action Plan, of planning and commissioning the majority of health care services as an integral part ofthe community planning programme.

S3W-16224 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Joint Futures agenda will play in achieving its objectives in Better Health Better Care: Action Plan.

S3W-16225 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current and future programmes are for Joint Futures; how many people are employed in this unit, and for what role they are employed.

S3W-16226 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual expenditure for pandemic preparedness was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; what it will be for 2008-09, and under which budget heading this funding occurs.

S3W-16227 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reach a decision on the Minor Ailments Service in advance of the abolition of prescription charges.

S3W-16228 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much income will be lost to each NHS board from abolition of prescription and appliance charges.

S3W-16229 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional costs are predicted on the basis of an increase in demand for prescriptions.

S3W-16230 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued on the medical management in standard police cells and legalised cells of prisoners who (a) have an untreated drug dependency and (b) are enrolled in a drug treatment programme.

S3W-16231 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the contract with Medacs Healthcare for the provision of non-specialist medical services will end and when NHS boards will take over these services.

S3W-16232 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what annual funding will be available to each NHS board in areas where there are one or more prisons, or legalised police cells, on the assumption that responsibility for non-specialist medical services will be transferred from the Scottish Prison Service.

S3W-16233 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available to each NHS board in areas where there are one or more prisons, or legalised police cells, to fund specialist medical services provided by that board both as outreach and on the board’s premises in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.

S3W-16234 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to close or resite the South Gyle railway station as part of the proposals for a railway station at Gogar.

S3W-16237 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sex crimes have been reported in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-16238 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted for sex crimes in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-16239 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will start collecting data for reoffending rates in respect of individual prisons.

S3W-16240 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15405 by John Swinney on 2 September 2008, which body will conduct the review of policy directions informing the priorities for distribution of funding in Scotland by the Big Lottery Fund.

S3W-16241 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15405 by John Swinney on 2 September 2008, whether the review of policy directions informing the priorities for distribution of funding in Scotland by the Big Lottery Fund will be the subject of public consultation.

S3W-16242 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what national guidance is currently provided to NHS boards for the provision of neurological services.

S3W-16243 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the provision of neurological services by NHS boards.

S3W-16244 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support the improvement of social care services for people with multiple sclerosis and other disabling neurological conditions.

S3W-16245 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what national guidance it provides to local authorities on the standards of care that should be provided for people living with multiple sclerosis and their carers.

S3W-16246 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of investigation time is to process an antisocial behaviour order complaint, broken down by local authority.

S3W-16247 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what average length of time it takes to serve an antisocial behaviour order after the original complaint is made against the offender.

S3W-16248 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16026 by John Swinney on 11 September 2008, whether it will detail all funding applications from voluntary organisations since May 2007 that were agreed in principle by the First Minister and subsequently agreed by officials.

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