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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 January 2009

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-20075 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it took in the accountability review of NHS Dumfries and Galloway to ensure that it achieved the recommended minimum ratio of supervisors of midwives to midwives of one to 15.

S3W-20076 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it wrote to community councils regarding the launch of its Householder Permitted Development Rights: Consultation Paper.

S3W-20077 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Medicines Consortium will follow the risk-share process in appraising new medicines, as accepted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in England.

S3W-20078 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners represents those assessed as having an alcohol problem at point of admission in 2007-08, broken down by prison.

S3W-20079 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners it estimates to (a) have or (b) have had an alcohol problem.

S3W-20080 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of offences was committed when the offender was under the influence of alcohol in 2007-08, broken down by category of offence.

S3W-20081 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of offences was linked to alcohol misuse in 2007-08, broken down by category of offence.

S3W-20082 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, how many prisoners benefited from the Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme in 2007-08, broken down by prison.

S3W-20083 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, how many prisoners were assessed as suitable for the Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme in 2007-08, broken down by prison.

S3W-20084 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19592 by Kenny MacAskill on 19 January 2009, how many prisoners were assessed as suitable for approved activity Alcohol Awareness in 2007-08.

S3W-20085 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19588 by Kenny MacAskill on 19 January 2009, how many offenders were (a) assessed as suitable for and (b) completed each of the prisoner programmes and approved activities that address substance misuse in 2007-08, broken down by prison.

S3W-20086 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners represents those assessed as having a substance misuse problem at point of admission in 2007-08, broken down by prison.

S3W-20087 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of prisoners it estimates to (a) have or (b) have had a substance misuse problem.

S3W-20088 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the event of an employee of Forestry Commission Scotland not taking up an offer of job transfer under the transfer of undertakings (protection of employment) regulations (TUPE) under the proposed plans to lease up to one quarter of the most commercially-viable, publicly-owned forests, whether that employee will be deemed to have resigned from their post.

S3W-20089 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the event of an employee of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) not taking up an offer of job transfer under the transfer of undertakings (protection of employment) regulations (TUPE) under the proposed plans to lease up to one quarter of the most commercially-viable, publicly-owned forests and wishing to remain an FCS employee, whether that employee would be offered an alternative position in FCS or offered voluntary redundancy.

S3W-20090 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19457 by Frank Mulholland on 20 January 2008, how many direct measures have been issued by procurators fiscal in relation to alleged offences under section 5(2) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 since April 2008, broken down by (a) type of drug, (b) class of drug and (c) sheriff court district.

S3W-20091 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, if the bull hire farms are to remain in its ownership, whether their use will be for the sole benefit of crofting and, if they are to be sold, whether the money obtained will be retained for the benefit of crofting.

S3W-20092 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of awarding the contract for the National Sexual Health (NaSH) system to AxSys Technology Ltd and the cost of any ongoing related data services provided.

S3W-20093 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the NHS boards in which the National Sexual Health (NaSH) system is in operation and when it expects the remaining boards to begin operating the system.

S3W-20094 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18514 by Nicola Sturgeon on 11 December 2008, how many of the prescribed items for antibiotics were for hospitals only, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) hospital in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.

S3W-20095 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is normal practice for an individual who is subject to an extradition order to be held on remand during consideration of their extradition.

S3W-20096 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any differences in the way in which courts in Scotland handle extradition matters compared with courts in England and Wales and, if so, what the differences are.

S3W-20097 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women were made redundant in 2008.

S3W-20098 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is in terms of its budget of the council tax freeze and the reduction in business rates in the current spending review period.

S3W-20099 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legislative consent motions, formerly Sewel motions, have been approved by the Parliament in each year since 1999.

S3W-20100 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any difference of approach to legislative consent motions compared with previous administrations.

S3W-20101 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when a national deaf mental health service will be in place.

S3W-20102 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the decision of Orkney Islands Council not to approve new applications for direct payments due to budgetary constraints.

S3W-20103 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16463 by Michael Russell on 30 September 2008, which body is responsible for clearing debris below the high-water mark on beaches.

S3W-20104 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how tax cuts can be made within its fixed budget.

S3W-20105 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive from where the proposal to lease parts of the national forest estate originated.

S3W-20106 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive who proposed that it enter into discussions with representatives of Rothschild regarding the national forest estate.

S3W-20107 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive who agreed to its discussions with representatives of Rothschild regarding the national forest estate.

S3W-20108 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings or discussions it has had with representatives of Rothschild to discuss the national forest estate and who was present.

S3W-20109 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the minutes or records of its meetings or discussions with representatives of Rothschild about the national forest estate.

S3W-20110 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any reports and advice received from representatives of Rothschild on the national forest estate.

S3W-20111 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the documentation that it holds regarding the possibility of leasing the national forest estate in relation to the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill and discussions it has had with representatives of Rothschild.

S3W-20112 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of its meetings with representatives of Rothschild and of the reports and advice received regarding the national forest estate.

S3W-20113 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made in the 2009-10 budget for supporting community sentences in light of the proposals in Protecting Scotland’s Communities: Fair, Fast and Flexible Justice.

S3W-20114 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional community sentences are planned for as a result of its proposals on short-term prison sentences as outlined in Protecting Scotland’s Communities: Fair, Fast and Flexible Justice.

S3W-20115 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the unemployment figures were in each quarter since 1999, broken down by (a) local authority area, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) parliamentary region.

S3W-20116 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the unemployment figures were for (a) North Lanarkshire, (b) South Lanarkshire and (c) Falkirk council area in each quarter since 1999, broken down by local authority ward.

S3W-20117 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest patronage predictions are for the Borders railway project and on what these predictions are based.

S3W-20118 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the design capacity of the Borders railway project is sufficient to meet the peak-period patronage projections.

S3W-20119 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to secure the appropriate possessions to allow the connection of the Borders line with the main network and what steps are still needed.

S3W-20120 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it is appropriate for a patient who has diarrhoea to be discharged to (a) home or (b) a household where there is a vulnerable person.

S3W-20121 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional remuneration and dedicated resources it would recommend as incentives for midwives to become supervisors.

S3W-20122 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many supervisors of midwives will reach retiring age in each of the next five years.

S3W-20123 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the rising birth rate and the increased workload resulting from a renewed focus on pregnant women with substance misuse problems is matched by increased numbers of midwives.

S3W-20124 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the breastfeeding rates were in maternity wards or units dedicated to women suffering from substance misuse in the last year during which such wards or units existed.

S3W-20125 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome was of each of the 19 investigations undertaken by supervisors of midwives or the local midwives supervising authority in 2007-08 and what the method was for reporting each of the outcomes.

S3W-20126 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time-equivalent midwives there are and what the ratio of midwives is to the number of births, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) community health partnership.

S3W-20127 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS boards are failing to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council minimum standard ratio of one supervisor to 15 midwives and, if so, which ones.

S3W-20128 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans for the winter at Monklands Hospital took into account the closure of 23 orthopaedic beds and 16 surge beds. 

S3W-20129 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the clinical decision unit at Monklands Hospital is included in calculations relating to the accident and emergency four-hour target.

S3W-20130 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring arrangements are available to patients moved from the Monklands Hospital accident and emergency unit to its clinical decision unit.

S3W-20131 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were moved from the Monklands Hospital accident and emergency unit to its clinical decision unit to ensure that the accident and emergency four-hour target was being met in each of the last two years.

S3W-20132 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the practice of removing patient information from monitoring screens in order to meet four-hour targets ceased at Moonklands Hospital.

S3W-20133 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what quality assurance measures are in place to ensure that no patient information is deleted from accident and emergency unit monitoring screens prior to being seen and treated.

S3W-20134 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what decisions have been made following the Agricultural Wages in Scotland: The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board consultation.

S3W-20135 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the retention and expansion of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.

S3W-20136 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated completion date is for improvements to the A96 at the (a) Inveramsay Bridge and (b) Haudagain roundabout.

S3W-20137 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated costs are for improvements to the A96 at the (a) Inveramsay Bridge and (b) Haudagain roundabout.

S3W-20138 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparatory work has been commissioned for improvement works on the A96 at the (a) Inveramsay Bridge and (b) Haudagain roundabout.

S3W-20139 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated costs are for land purchases that will be required for the improvements to the A96 at the Inveramsay Bridge.

S3W-20140 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost breakdowns are for improvements to the A96 at the (a) Inveramsay Bridge and (b) Haudagain roundabout.

S3W-20141 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated start date is for work on the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

S3W-20142 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated costs are for the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

S3W-20143 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding mechanism will be used for work on the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

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