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Section E – Written questions lodged on 5 February 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-20586 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs are likely to be created or secured as a result of Strategic Transport Projects Review projects in 2009.

S3W-20587 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs are likely to be created or secured as a result of its budget spending in 2009.

S3W-20588 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs it estimates will be created or secured through Homecoming Scotland events in 2009.

S3W-20589 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rebuild cost is for each prison in the prison estate.

S3W-20590 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Housing Supply Task Force last met.

S3W-20591 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date the Housing Supply Task Force is next scheduled to meet.

S3W-20592 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the final report of the Housing Supply Task Force will be published.

S3W-20593 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with learning disabilities received direct payments in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008, broken down by local authority.

S3W-20594 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on direct payments for people with learning disabilities in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008, broken down by local authority.

S3W-20595 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households had central heating installed under its central heating programme in each month between April and December 2008.

S3W-20596 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive where a report of the proceedings of the conference of the Community Regeneration and Tackling Poverty learning network held on 27 January 2009 can be accessed.

S3W-20597 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent publication is of the Scottish Centre for Regeneration.

S3W-20598 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the date of publication was of the most recent publication of the Scottish Centre for Regeneration.

S3W-20599 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the events organised by the Scottish Centre for Regeneration since May 2007.

S3W-20600 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed in the Scottish Centre for Regeneration.

S3W-20601 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget is of the Scottish Centre for Regeneration for 2009-10.

S3W-20602 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive where a report of the National Carers’ Conference held on 27 January 2009 can be accessed.

S3W-20603 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the agreed date is for the relaunch of the Scottish Centre for Regeneration’s website.

S3W-20604 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Centre for Regeneration’s existing website was last updated.

S3W-20605 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish the Maternity Services Action Group’s neonatal sub-group’s report on the review of neonatal services.

S3W-20606 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Cruse Bereavement Care has been given to provide a bereavement service to schoolchildren and how many children have used this service, broken down by local authority.

S3W-20607 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to hold a summit similar to the crime prevention summit held by the Home Secretary on 4 February 2009 aimed at reducing acquisitive crime in the current economic downturn.

S3W-20608 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had in relation to reducing acquisitive crime; which organisations it has met, and what action it intends to take on this issue.

S3W-20609 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, given that previous economic downturns have seen an increase in acquisitive crime, whether it plans any new initiatives to increase personal security, particularly for vulnerable people.

S3W-20610 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the Safer Street project launched by Norwich Union and Norfolk Police and whether it plans to run any similar projects.

S3W-20611 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Home Office following the crime prevention summit held by the Home Secretary on 4 February 2009.

S3W-20612 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what good practice it will take from the crime prevention summit held by the Home Secretary on 4 February 2009.

S3W-20613 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what new initiatives it is undertaking to highlight the simple and inexpensive steps that homeowners can take to reduce the risks of acquisitive crime.

S3W-20614 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the announcement of a £20 million fund for local crime prevention initiatives and targeted support to homes and businesses by the Home Office on 4 February 2009, whether it plans to bring forward additional funds for similar initiatives.

S3W-20615 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the publication of Home Office statistics showing that 14% of homes do not have window locks and that 18% do not have adequate doors, whether it intends to take action on this issue.

S3W-20616 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what information and advice it provides on home security and whether it plans to develop or expand this in light of the current economic downturn.

S3W-20617 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to help homeowners assess the safety of their homes.

S3W-20618 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be available for town centre works and regeneration initiatives for towns in the (a) Scottish Borders, (b) Dumfries and Galloway, (c) East Lothian, (d) North Ayrshire, (e) South Lanarkshire and (f) East Ayrshire council areas from the 2009-10 budget.

S3W-20619 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications to install domestic microgeneration equipment have been received in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority. R

S3W-20620 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications for domestic microgeneration were (a) approved and (b) refused in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority. R

S3W-20621 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total generating capacity was of domestic microgeneration equipment that has received planning permission in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority. R

S3W-20622 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proposed total generating capacity was of domestic microgeneration equipment that has been refused planning permission in each of the last five years, broken down by each local authority. R

S3W-20623 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints about the (a) noise, (b) visual impact, (c) reflective glare and (d) smoke emissions of domestic microgeneration equipment have been received in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority. R

S3W-20624 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the responses to its consultation on Permitted Development Rights for Domestic Microgeneration Equipment, which closed on 12 May 2008. R

S3W-20625 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses it received to its consultation on Permitted Development Rights for Domestic Microgeneration Equipment. R

S3W-20626 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what key issues arose from its consultation on Permitted Development Rights for Domestic Microgeneration Equipment. R

S3W-20627 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft proposals for the permitted development rights for domestic microgeneration equipment have changed from those outlined in the consultation paper. R

S3W-20628 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total expenditure by NHS Scotland was on medical research in the field of myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome in each of the last five years and how this compares with the UK Government’s expenditure for the same period.

S3W-20629 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many people suffering from myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome are recorded as unemployed.

S3W-20630 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many people suffering from myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome are in receipt of incapacity benefit.

S3W-20631 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people diagnosed with myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome entered further or higher education in 2007-08, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-20632 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were diagnosed with myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome in the North Lanarkshire council area in each of the last five years.

S3W-20633 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20102 by Shona Robison on 4 February 2009, whether it considers that ending direct payments for new applicants would be consistent with the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002.

S3W-20634 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce legislation to enforce the tagging of all commercially caught salmon carcasses.

S3W-20635 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tests have been conducted for chlamydia, broken down by (a) age group, (b) gender and (c) NHS board, from January to September in each year since 2006.

S3W-20636 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many positive tests for chlamydia have been reported, broken down by (a) age group, (b) gender and (c) NHS board, from January to September in each year since 2006.

S3W-20637 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive to what it attributes any changes in the numbers of diagnoses for chlamydia since 2006.

S3W-20638 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tests have been conducted for chlamydia, broken down by (a) age group and (b) gender and what proportion of the population this represents, from January to September in each year since 2006.

S3W-20639 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made toward meeting targets on chlamydia testing.

S3W-20640 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any research indicating that chlamydia can have an impact on male fertility and, if so, what impact this has on its targets for the testing of men.

S3W-20641 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the known reinfection rate is for chlamydia, broken down by (a) age group, (b) gender and (c) NHS board.

S3W-20642 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise awareness of the importance of testing for chlamydia.

S3W-20643 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken by NHS boards to increase the availability and ease of testing for chlamydia, particularly in relation to young men.

S3W-20644 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will track the impact of the extension of chlamydia testing as part of the new community pharmacy contract.

S3W-20645 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Town Centre Regeneration Fund will be available to local authorities.

S3W-20646 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Town Centre Regeneration Fund will be distributed among local authorities.

S3W-20647 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a cap on the amount of Town Centre Regeneration Fund distributed to each local authority.

S3W-20648 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Town Centre Regeneration Fund will be ring-fenced for local authorities.

S3W-20649 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance will be issued to local authorities as to how the Town Centre Regeneration Fund should be spent.

S3W-20650 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how local traders and trade associations will be able to have an input into how the Town Centre Regeneration Fund is spent.

S3W-20651 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19746 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2009, whether it will provide a breakdown by project of the funding allocated to improve transport links between North Ayrshire and Glasgow in 2011-12.

S3W-20652 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19420 by Stewart Stevenson on 26 January 2009, how much of the £100 to £250 million estimate for the delivery of the package of measures within project 22 of the Strategic Transport Projects Review relates to the delivery of the proposed upgrading of the Dalry bypass.

S3W-20653 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how local communities will be able to access the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20654 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what role local authorities will have in relation to the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20655 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the enterprise networks will have in relation to the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20656 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions will be attached to provision of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20657 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to distribute the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20658 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all cities, towns and villages will be eligible for access to the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20659 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assess the needs of cities, towns and villages in relation to allocations made from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20660 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund will be available in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

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