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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 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-20144 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children received a dental check-up (a) on entry to primary school, (b) in primary seven and (c) at secondary school in line with the National Dental Inspection Programme, broken down by local authority.

S3W-20145 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children received an eye test on entry to primary school, broken down by local authority.

S3W-20146 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it undertook with stakeholders prior to announcing the proposal to merge the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the Care Commission, listing (a) who was consulted, (b) the method of consultation and (c) when it took place.

S3W-20147 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish details of any consultations it has had with stakeholders in respect of the proposed merger of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the Care Commission.

S3W-20148 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial savings it would expect to make by merging the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the Care Commission.

S3W-20149 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits and enhancements, other than financial savings, it envisages achieving in merging the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the Care Commission that could not be achieved by closer joint working.

S3W-20150 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what functions of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS) are to be subsumed within any new organisation resulting from the proposed merger of MWCS with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the Care Commission, rather than retained within an independent section, unit, directorate or division of that organisation.

S3W-20151 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the independence of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland will be retained in any new structure arising from its proposed merger with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the Care Commission.

S3W-20152 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will keep the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland independent of the NHS while keeping NHS Quality Improvement Scotland within the NHS, if the two organisations are merged.

S3W-20153 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the effect will be of the withdrawal of direct payments in the Orkney and Argyll and Bute council areas.

S3W-20154 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent report in the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press, what support, training and advice will be offered to Stena Line employees in Stranraer facing redundancy.

S3W-20155 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent report in the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press, whether it will form a task force to assist Stena Line employees in Stranraer facing redundancy.

S3W-20156 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the conclusions of the research carried out by NHS Scotland into the reasons for non-uptake of cervical cancer screening.

S3W-20157 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the comments regarding the reassessed cost of the Forth Replacement Crossing by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the Parliament on 15 January 2009 (Official Report c. 14088), on what basis the cost of the crossing was previously estimated to be £4 billion and was reduced to £2 billion.

S3W-20158 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many opinion polls on issues other than voting intentions it has commissioned since May 2007 and at what cost.

S3W-20159 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18821 by Stewart Stevenson on 14 January 2009, why no reference was made to cost savings claimed as a result of the funding mechanism.

S3W-20160 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action can be taken to redress a report that has been laid by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman that contains factual errors that affected the final decision.

S3W-20161 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to go ahead with the proposal to merge the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

S3W-20162 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the merging of an independent protective body such as the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS) with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland would create a conflict of interest in relation to the MWCS’s independence from government.

S3W-20163 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with key stakeholders about the proposed merger of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

S3W-20164 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has produced timescales for any merger of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

S3W-20165 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has undertaken and what further consultation it intends to undertake on the proposed merger of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

S3W-20166 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used by the NHS when issuing taxi contracts.

S3W-20167 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the NHS is required to ensure that the vehicles used under its taxi contracts are accessible to disabled people.

S3W-20168 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vehicles covered by the patient transport contract are equipped to transport disabled people for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

S3W-20169 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18821 by Stewart Stevenson on 14 January 2009 and in light of the comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the Parliament on 15 January 2009 (Official Report c. 14088), for what reasons no reference was made in the answer to the reduced costs associated with the funding mechanism.

S3W-20170 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the renewable energy industry in each of the last five years, also broken down by sector.

S3W-20171 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what it predicts the growth in (a) direct and (b) indirect employment in the renewable energy sector will be in each of the next five years, also broken down by sector.

S3W-20172 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in the waste management and recycling sector in each of the last five years.

S3W-20173 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what it predicts the growth in employment in the waste management and recycling sector will be in each of the next five years.

S3W-20174 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a formal definition of green jobs and, if so, what it is.

S3W-20175 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in green jobs excluding renewable energy and waste management but including biofuels, construction and sustainable design, organic farming, eco-tourism and outdoor recreation, cleaner technologies and carbon sequestration, and consultancy and energy audits in each of the last five years.

S3W-20176 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what it predicts that the growth in green jobs will be in each of the next five years.

S3W-20177 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much the renewable energy sector has grown in each of the last five years, also broken down by sector.

S3W-20178 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what it predicts the growth of the renewable energy sector will be in each of the next five years, also broken down by sector.

S3W-20179 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the green jobs strategy introduced by the previous administration and what targets the Scottish Government aspires to for growth in the green job sector, including renewable energy.

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