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Section E – Written questions lodged from 20 to 24 October 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-17117 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to ensuring that education authorities provide adult playground supervision for primary schools, regardless of the size of school roles.

S3W-17124 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it appropriate for local authorities to combine the role of community warden with that of traffic warden.

S3W-17125 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities combine the role of community warden with that of traffic warden.

S3W-17126 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community wardens there have been in each local authority in each year since their introduction.

S3W-17127 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been invested in community warden schemes in each year since their introduction, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17128 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the design and construction procurement process for the new prison at Low Moss has reached.

S3W-17129 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive by what date it expects the new prison at Low Moss to be opened.

S3W-17130 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16356 by Shona Robison on 30 September 2008, what the difference is between dental bodies corporate, general dental practitioners (with partners or a sole trader) and commercial companies in terms of the provision of NHS general dental services.

S3W-17131 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16358 by Shona Robison on 30 September 2008, when dental bodies corporate will be able to be listed with NHS boards for the provision of general dental services.

S3W-17132 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16358 by Shona Robison on 30 September 2008, why dental bodies corporate will be listed with NHS boards for the provision of general dental services while similar bodies will be barred from providing GP services.

S3W-17133 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS hospitals are cleaned by private contractors.

S3W-17134 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS hospitals are engaged in a private catering contract.

S3W-17135 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an equality audit was carried out on the decision to advance up to £100 million under the Affordable Housing Investment Programme and, if so, what action was taken to ensure the needs of disabled people were considered.

S3W-17136 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that housing built with the advance of up to £100 million under the Affordable Housing Investment Programme will be accessible.

S3W-17137 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that housing built with the advance of up to £100 million under the Affordable Housing Investment Programme will meet Housing for Varying Needs standards and how this will be monitored.

S3W-17138 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many more accessible properties are required across Scotland according to the Scottish House Condition Survey.

S3W-17139 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since May 2007 in providing accessible housing, broken down by the number of units built in each local authority area.

S3W-17140 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in relation to consultation on the issue of forced marriage.

S3W-17141 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it has incurred in each directorate since June 2007 by using external consultants.

S3W-17142 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what data it has on the number of children with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

S3W-17143 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive at what age young people can be given free contraception, including emergency contraception, without the knowledge of their parents.

S3W-17144 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether girls aged 12 and 13 years can be given the vaccine for protection against the human papilloma virus without the knowledge and permission of their parents.

S3W-17145 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the vaccine to protect against the human papilloma virus is safe in the presence of other medical conditions, including diabetes.

S3W-17146 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information and advice is given to girls prior to receiving the human papilloma virus vaccine.

S3W-17147 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all girls are given the opportunity to discuss any issues relating to the vaccine to protect them against the human papilloma virus prior to vaccination.

S3W-17148 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why the vaccine to protect women against the human papilloma virus is given in schools as opposed to GP surgeries.

S3W-17149 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been treated for depression in the NHS Lothian area in each year since 1999.

S3W-17150 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children under the age of 16 have been treated for depression in the NHS Lothian area in each year since 1999.

S3W-17151 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the cost to the economy in the Lothians region in each of the last five years of working days lost due to ill-health as a result of (a) depression and (b) other mental health problems.

S3W-17152 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many working days were lost in the Lothians region due to ill-health as a result of (a) depression and (b) other mental health problems in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S3W-17153 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on tackling depression in the Lothians region in each year since 1999, also showing the year-on-year change.

S3W-17154 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money recovered from convicted criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has been spent in the Lothians region, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) project.

S3W-17155 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fine defaulters are currently held at HMP Edinburgh.

S3W-17156 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been declared bankrupt in each quarter of 2008, also broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-17157 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital or revenue support Scottish Enterprise provided to the (a) Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), (b) Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and (c) Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in 2007-08 and whether any such financial support will be provided within the current spending review period.

S3W-17158 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring the best outcomes for deaf babies following diagnosis of hearing loss as a result of newborn hearing screening tests.

S3W-17159 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that deaf children require specialist support from the moment of diagnosis of hearing loss to facilitate access to language and communication.

S3W-17160 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive which multi-agency professionals it believes should deliver interventions in the early years of a deaf child’s life to ensure the acquisition of age-appropriate language and communication skills.

S3W-17161 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it acknowledges that there is an attainment gap between deaf pupils and their hearing peers.

S3W-17162 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing minimum professional standards for the delivery of early interventions and support to deaf children and their families following diagnosis of hearing loss.

S3W-17163 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, following introduction of universal newborn hearing screening in 2005, what measures have been taken to ensure that education professionals working with deaf babies and their families in the home environment have the training necessary to deliver this support effectively.

S3W-17164 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the thematic inspection report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland on medical services for people in police custody.

S3W-17165 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it is undertaking with (a) the NHS, (b) the Scottish Prison Service, (c) individual police forces, (d) the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and (e) local authorities to improve access to suitable medical services for people in police custody.

S3W-17166 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the Tayside Psychiatric Assessment Protocol is used as a model of good practice by other police forces across Scotland.

S3W-17167 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging police forces to work in partnership with local authorities, health and other agencies to establish best practice in dealing with drunk and incapable people.

S3W-17168 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been admitted to hospital from a care home for elderly people with MRSA or Clostridium difficile in each of the last five years.

S3W-17169 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people registered as homeless are housed in private rented accommodation paid for by local authorities and what the average cost of such accommodation is, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17170 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many air weapon offences have been recorded in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

S3W-17171 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the A83 between Tarbert and Ardrishaig.

S3W-17172 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16758 by Stewart  Maxwell on 20 October 2008, whether it will list the specific projects being taken forward to research the experience of poverty in urban and rural areas; how much each specific project will cost, and when the findings will be published.

S3W-17173 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16758 by Stewart  Maxwell on 20 October 2008, when it expects to publish a new set of indicators that can better measure rural disadvantage.

S3W-17174 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its policy on armed protection for VIPs, either British or foreign nationals. 

S3W-17175 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to release the £45 million relating to General Medical Services for NHS Ayrshire and Arran for 2008-09 and also the carry forward allocation of £9.96 million from 2007-08.

S3W-17176 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11852 by Jim Mather on 24 April 2008, how many signature events have been confirmed for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

S3W-17177 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11852 by Jim Mather on 24 April 2008, how many signature events have been confirmed for Ayrshire for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

S3W-17178 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11852 by Jim Mather on 24 April 2008, how many themed events have been confirmed for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

S3W-17179 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11852 by Jim Mather on 24 April 2008, how many themed events have been confirmed for Ayrshire for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

S3W-17180 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11852 by Jim Mather on 24 April 2008, how much funding has been allocated to signature events for Homecoming Scotland 2009 in Ayrshire.

S3W-17181 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11852 by Jim Mather on 24 April 2008, how much funding has been allocated to themed events for Homecoming Scotland 2009 in Ayrshire.

S3W-17182 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11980 by Jim Mather on 1 May 2008, when it will be possible to identify how much of the funding from the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming Scotland 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland under Priority 4 rural development funding will be allocated to communities, organisations or rural communities.

S3W-17183 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11978 by Jim Mather on 1 May 2008, when it will be possible to identify how much of the funding from the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming Scotland 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland under Priority 4 rural development funding will be allocated to organisations in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-17184 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11977 by Jim Mather on 1 May 2008, when it will be possible to identify how much of the funding from the grant of £1,335,338 awarded to VisitScotland for Homecoming Scotland 2009 through the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland under Priority 4 rural development funding will be allocated to communities in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-17185 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount of funding it has allocated to support events organised by communities and other organisations that will feature as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009 in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-17186 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, following publication of the report of the recent investigation by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Wrong place, Wrong time, whether it will urgently review the operation of adolescent mental health services across Scotland to ensure a consistent approach to the care and treatment of 16 and 17-year-olds.

S3W-17187 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Migration Advisory Committee regarding the minimum threshold for low-skilled workers, such as Indian curry chefs, coming from outside the European Union.

S3W-17188 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the minimum threshold for low-skilled workers, such as Indian curry chefs, coming from outside the European Union.

S3W-17189 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with restaurateurs regarding the effect of the UK Government’s new points-based immigration system

S3W-17190 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of how it has spent its overseas aid budget since 2007.

S3W-17191 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many racially aggravated crimes have been reported in the last three years, broken down by police force.

S3W-17192 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the UK Counter-Terrorism Bill.

S3W-17193 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with UK ministers on lowering the cost of fuel.

S3W-17194 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with fuel companies on lowering the cost of petrol.

S3W-17195 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with energy companies operating in Scotland on lowering domestic energy bills.

S3W-17196 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new homes have been built in the last three years.

S3W-17197 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the financial details for the construction of the on-line upgrade of the A80 to full motorway status have been agreed and, if so, what the details are.

S3W-17198 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister will next meet the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

S3W-17199 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms it will implement within the context of its national food policy to make land available to local authorities for use as allotment space where there is a proven need and desire for such provision.

S3W-17200 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how much land could be made available to local authorities in the South of Scotland for use as allotment space where there is a proven need and desire for such provision.

S3W-17201 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance and other general support will be offered to local authorities looking to increase provision of allotment space.

S3W-17202 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken in conjunction with local authorities and other bodies to increase provision of allotment space in the South of Scotland.

S3W-17203 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available for multi-use games areas where there is a need and desire for such a community facility and there is no local authority funding.

S3W-17204 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17027 by Richard Lochhead on 23 October 2008, whether it considers that, by including only deer farmers producing deer for the farmed market, it would be possible to devise a mechanism to support deer farmers through the single farm payment scheme that is affordable, fair, sustainable and legally sound.

S3W-17205 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns among deer farmers at the delay in achieving a mechanism that would allow them to access support under the single farm payment scheme.

S3W-17206 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has been given on the extent and health of Scotland’s ancient woodland and what steps it is taking and intends to take to protect this environmental resource and the biodiversity it contains.

S3W-17207 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been in hospital awaiting a care home bed in the (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Shetland, (e) Western Isles and (f) Orkney council areas in each of the last eight quarters.

S3W-17208 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowance is made in NHS board and local government grant allocations to compensate for higher fuel costs on Scottish islands.

S3W-17209 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to allow housing associations to access the £100 million to be brought forward under the Affordable Housing Investment Programme if their local authority is unable to match fund by 40%.

S3W-17210 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what it calculates to be the cost of supply and installation of an oil-fired central heating system in a three-bedroomed house in the Western Isles.

S3W-17211 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners’ central heating systems were installed in the (a) Highland, (b) Moray, (c) Argyll and Bute, (d) Shetland, (e) Western Isles and (f) Orkney council areas in each of the last eight quarters.

S3W-17212 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive which costs it covers to install an oil-fired central heating system under the central heating programme.

S3W-17213 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a cap, based on geographical area, on the number of central heating installations under the central heating programme.

S3W-17214 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness of the central heating programme.

S3W-17215 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding sources are available to elderly people who are required to make a contribution to their central heating installation under the central heating programme.

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