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Section E – Written questions lodged on 12 November 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-17754 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review and monitor whether the refurbishing of hydroelectric stations eligible for accreditation under the renewables obligation Scotland scheme offers best value for consumers, given that the full costs of refurbishment have been recouped.

S3W-17755 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP practices in the Monklands area do not participate in the extended hours scheme.

S3W-17756 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP practices in the Monklands area participate in the extended hours scheme and what the associated costs are.

S3W-17757 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16814 by Kenny MacAskill on 21 October 2008, whether it intends to take action to increase the number of test purchases of alcohol in on-sales premises.

S3W-17758 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16814 by Kenny MacAskill on 21 October 2008, whether it intends to take action to increase the overall number of test purchases of alcohol.

S3W-17759 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16814 by Kenny MacAskill on 21 October 2008, whether it intends to take action to increase the number of test purchases of alcohol conducted in police force areas where the number conducted is comparatively and disproportionately low.

S3W-17760 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16680 by Kenny MacAskill on 27 October 2008, whether it intends to take action to increase the proportion of sex offenders able to access treatment under the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

S3W-17761 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16845 by Maureen Watt on 4 November 2008, whether it intends to take action to address the number of pupils temporarily excluded from school for substance misuse.

S3W-17762 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16679 by Kenny MacAskill on 24 October 2008, whether it has plans to collate information on reoffending rates for sex offenders who have and have not attended the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

S3W-17763 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S3W-16676, S3W-16677 and S3W-16678 by Kenny MacAskill on 24 October 2008, whether it intends to run the Sex Offender Treatment Programme at any other prisons or young offenders’ institutions where sex offenders are currently held.

S3W-17764 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to the Aberdeen Crossrail project, to deliver a service between Stonehaven and Inverurie with a 15-minute frequency.

S3W-17765 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a regular rail service to be in place between Stonehaven and Inverurie with a 15-minute frequency.

S3W-17766 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided for the Aberdeen Crossrail project in the current financial year.

S3W-17767 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Transport Scotland on the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-17768 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change last met representatives of NESTRANS and whether the Aberdeen Crossrail project was discussed on that occasion.

S3W-17769 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when representatives of Transport Scotland last met representatives of NESTRANS and whether the Aberdeen Crossrail project was discussed on that occasion.

S3W-17770 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change has held with the chair of NESTRANS on the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-17771 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Network Rail on the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-17772 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the reopening of Kintore and Newtonhill railway stations as part of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-17773 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it envisages new stations being opened between Inverurie, Aberdeen and Stonehaven as part of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-17774 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the aim of the Aberdeen Crossrail project that commuter trains will leave Inverurie and Stonehaven for Aberdeen every 15 minutes.

S3W-17775 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16763 by Nicola Sturgeon on 27 October 2008, whether it will outline the proposals for the roll-out of the counterweight programme in each NHS board.

S3W-17776 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the decision to transfer the delivery of business advice to local authorities, what measures it put in place to protect private contractors that had secured contracts to deliver that business advice under the Business Gateway scheme.

S3W-17777 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what advantages it considers there are in transferring some business advice services to local authority staff rather than the current arrangement where private sector contractors deliver that advice.

S3W-17778 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether best value has been secured in the arrangements put in place to transfer business advice services under the Business Gateway transfer to local authorities.

S3W-17779 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what compensation will be offered to companies losing extant contracts to deliver business advice under the arrangements to transfer Business Gateway to local authorities.

S3W-17780 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that local authorities have all the necessary expertise to deliver business advice services in situations where they have just become responsible for Business Gateway.

S3W-17781 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance was given to local authorities, in taking responsibility for Business Gateway, to ensure best value is secured in the delivery of the Business Gateway services.

S3W-17782 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was suggested to local authorities taking over Business Gateway services that they should consider continuation of existing contracts for the delivery or part delivery of those services.

S3W-17783 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many written submissions to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route public local inquiry were rejected because they were deemed outwith the scope of the inquiry; how many of these were from (a) individuals and (b) organisations, and whether it will list these organisations.

S3W-17784 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial savings it expects the Scottish Ambulance Service to make as a consequence of the proposal to utilise routinely only one paramedic on air ambulance night-time flights.

S3W-17785 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that safety, both in-flight and on the ground, is not compromised as a consequence of the proposal to utilise routinely only one paramedic on air ambulance night-time flights.

S3W-17786 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that patients’ clinical needs are not comprised as a consequence of the proposal to utilise routinely only one paramedic on air ambulance night-time flights, particularly on long flights required in some parts of the Highlands and Islands.

S3W-17787 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what clinical factors were taken into account when considering the proposal to utilise routinely only one paramedic on air ambulance night-time flights.

S3W-17788 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial factors were taken into account when considering the proposal to utilise routinely only one paramedic on air ambulance night-time flights.

S3W-17789 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average weekly cost is of maintaining a patient in a high-dependency hospital bed.

S3W-17790 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-14772 and S3W-14773 by Shona Robison on 15 July 2008, whether it accepts the Parkinson’s Disease Society’s estimate of around 10,000 people with Parkinson’s disease in Scotland, based on estimates derived from the results of published prevalence studies undertaken in the United Kingdom.

S3W-17791 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital projects are being undertaken in the university and college sector.

S3W-17792 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital projects are planned for the university and college sector in the next three years.

S3W-17793 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the transfer of £20 million out of the university and college budget will have on capital projects in the sector.

S3W-17794 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would need to spend in 2009-10 to ensure that Scotland would be in the top decile internationally in terms of the percentage of GDP invested in its universities.

S3W-17795 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would need to spend in 2009-10 to ensure that Scotland would be in the top quartile of OECD countries for national investment in research, development and innovation.

S3W-17796 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has an updated estimate of the SAAS Eligibility efficiency saving outlined in the Efficiency Delivery Plans - May 2008, for the 2008-11 Efficiency Programme document, in light of any changes to estimated cost of living and inflation.

S3W-17797 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retired teachers are (a) on supply lists and (b) working as supply teachers, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17798 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether distillery visitor centres and whisky shops will be exempt from the forthcoming Licensing Act legislation.

S3W-17799 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and which pilot dermatology services established in the period 2004-06 were (a) continued, (b) abandoned and (c) proposed for mainstreaming.

S3W-17800 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of a substantial reduction in undergraduate medical teaching in dermatology, what steps it is taking to ensure that GPs are adequately trained to diagnose and manage dermatological conditions.

S3W-17801 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of a substantial reduction in nursing teaching in dermatology, what steps it is taking to ensure that nurses are adequately trained to manage dermatological conditions.

S3W-17802 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15976 by Adam Ingram on 10 September 2008, what progress has been made in bringing forward legislation to allow same-sex couples to apply to foster children.

S3W-17803 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the Public Services Reform Bill’s Financial Memorandum incorporating the costs of setting up Creative Scotland.

S3W-17804 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive when Skills Development Scotland will be in a position to confirm further details of its commitment to dispersing work to its centre on the Isle of Benbecula and to ensure that this operation grows and develops.

S3W-17805 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the additional costs would be of devolving the functions of NHS 24 to territorial NHS boards.

S3W-17806 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration will be given to transferring medical and nursing services supporting those in police custody to the NHS, in light of the decision to transfer medical and nursing services in the Scottish Prison Service to the NHS.

S3W-17807 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations received funding under the previous administration’s Sexual Abuse Service Development fund and when the funding for each organisation ends.

S3W-17808 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses will have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme in 2008-09, broken down by (a) discount band and (b) local authority.

S3W-17809 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses it estimates will have their business rates reduced to zero from April 2009, broken down by local authority.

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