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Section E – Written questions lodged on 30 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-17329 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the names of NHS consultants in receipt of distinction awards in the most recent year for which information is available, as is done in England and Wales.

S3W-17330 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been advised by NorthLink Ferries of any job restructuring.

S3W-17331 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the NorthLink Ferries contract requires ministerial consent for any changes to how the contract is administered.

S3W-17332 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the current NorthLink Ferries contract is sufficiently open and transparent.

S3W-17333 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether changes to the location of key personnel for the NorthLink Ferries contract has any implications for the openness and transparency of this contract and for any future retendering of the route.

S3W-17334Δ Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the Efficient Government Outturn Report for 2007-08.

S3W-17335 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children was registered with an NHS dentist in June 2008, broken down by community health partnership area, and what the comparable figures were in March 2008.

S3W-17336 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general, hospital and community dentists there were in NHS Tayside in (a) March 2008 and (b) March 2007, expressed as a headcount and by whole-time equivalent.

S3W-17337 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients have been newly registered in NHS Tayside in each of the last 12 months for which information is available.

S3W-17338 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dental patients have been deregistered in NHS Tayside in each of the last 12 months for which information is available.

S3W-17339 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of eligible women was screened for cervical cancer in the NHS Tayside area in each of the last 10 years, also broken down by age group.

S3W-17340 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of eligible women was screened for cervical cancer in each of the last 10 years, also broken down by age group.

S3W-17341 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14068 by Shona Robison on 19 June 2008, how many additional weeks of respite care are being provided in each local authority area.

S3W-17342 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effect of a ban on the discard of elasmobranches and whether it would consider excluding such types of fish from any such ban.

S3W-17343 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there should be a zero-catch quota for elasmobranches, in light of International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) advice on such types of fish.

S3W-17344Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report from the Business Experts and Law Forum will be published.

S3W-17345 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline potential efficiency savings to NHS boards and local authorities arising from greater integration of services such as payroll, finance, management, human resources, procurement, estate and asset management and maintenance.

S3W-17347 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the Saltire-branded products that it has commissioned or produced for the purpose of celebrating St Andrew’s Day 2008.

S3W-17348 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has provided to schools regarding St Andrew’s Day 2008 and at what total expected cost.

S3W-17349 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the agencies, organisations, public bodies and public services that it has provided with Saltire flags for the purpose of celebrating St Andrew’s Day 2008 and what the total cost was.

S3W-17350 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive where all the Saltire flags procured for the purposes of celebrating St Andrew’s Day 2008 were manufactured.

S3W-17351 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Saltire-branded space hoppers it has ordered for the purposes of celebrating St Andrew’s Day 2008; where they were manufactured; what the item price is, and what the overall cost was of production.

S3W-17352 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17090 by John Swinney on 22 October 2008, which Scottish ministers and junior Scottish ministers have signed a declaration of adherence to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act 1989.

S3W-17353 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each official engagement for which the First Minister has (a) received or (b) accepted an invitation in Fife in September and October 2008.

S3W-17354 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each official engagement for which the First Minister has (a) received or (b) accepted an invitation in (i) Edinburgh and (ii) Glasgow in September and October 2008.

S3W-17355 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the First Minister’s daily use of the Government Car Service, including start and end points, in September and October 2008.

S3W-17356 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all occasions when a Government Car Service car has driven the First Minister or any other member of the Cabinet to or from the Glenrothes UK parliamentary constituency.

S3W-17357 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list each occasion when information held by one of its departments or agencies has been lost or illegally accessed as a result of e-crime since May 2007, also indicating the date and name of agency or department.

S3W-17358 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are made for patients requiring specialised medical treatment available only in hospitals in England.

S3W-17359 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people volunteered for organ donation in each month since March 2008.

S3W-17360 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of cross-border transfer of organs for transplantation.

S3W-17361 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what training exists to ensure that employment support workers take account of the needs of people with autism.

S3W-17362 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current establishment and number of staff employed by the Crown Office are and how this compares with May 2007.

S3W-17363 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote to disabled people the sport of clay pigeon shooting.

S3W-17364 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2006 and 2007 were repeat admissions.

S3W-17365 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals have been received from local authorities and bus operators regarding the operation of the concessionary fares scheme and whether any guidance has been issued on how such appeals should be resolved.

S3W-17366 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that written parliamentary questions are answered by the due date.

S3W-17367 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact of the ban on smoking in public places on the (a) prevalence of smoking among and (b) health of (i) pregnant women and (ii) the total population and what assessment has been of similar experiences in other countries.

S3W-17368 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets exist for reducing smoking and what progress has been made toward achieving them.

S3W-17369 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements exist for the monitoring of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women.

S3W-17370 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is giving to (a) charities and (b) local authorities with investments in Icelandic banks.

S3W-17371 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements exist for the simultaneous upgrading of electronic interconnectors between Scotland and England following devolution.

S3W-17372 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) was spent in 2008 and (b) is planned to be spent in 2009 on alcohol test purchasing by (i) it and (ii) police forces.

S3W-17373 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) reported incidents, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under section 105 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in each year since it came into force.

S3W-17374 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to inform young people that a child or young person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol, whether for personal use or for another person, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.

S3W-17375 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on the National Conversation.

S3W-17376 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on alcohol referral services for children and young people since May 2007.

S3W-17377 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to police officers with regard to enforcement of section 105 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-17378 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to licence holders regarding section 105 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-17379 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people have received a fine under section 105 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and what the amount was in each case.

S3W-17380 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many off-licence premises there were in 2008 and, of these, how many received a test-purchase visit as permitted under section 105 (2) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-17381 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12371 by Shona Robison on 9 May 2008, how many of the 1,094 under-18s admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments suffering from alcohol-related problems were referred to alcohol counselling or support services.

S3W-17382 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to accident and emergency departments on whether under-18s admitted suffering from alcohol-related problems should be referred to alcohol counselling or support services.

S3W-17383 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to police forces on whether under-18s admitted suffering from alcohol-related problems should be referred to alcohol counselling or support services.

S3W-17384 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12371 by Shona Robison on 9 May 2008, what targets it has in place and what action it is taking to reduce the number of under-18s admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments suffering from alcohol-related problems.

S3W-17385 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11326 by Kenny MacAskill on 17 April 2008, what (a) targets it has in place and (b) action it is taking to increase the numbers of licence-holders prosecuted for selling alcohol to intoxicated customers.

S3W-17386 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve public awareness of the new Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 regime, which will come into effect on 1 September 2009.

S3W-17387 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the likely impact on off-sales of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-17388 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to licence holders regarding section 113 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-17389 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licence holders have received a fine under section 113 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and what the amount was in each case.

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