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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 March 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-22061 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how much paper for recycling is being stockpiled, broken down by local authority.

S3W-22062 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how much glass for recycling is being stockpiled, broken down by local authority.

S3W-22063 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how much packaging for recycling is being stockpiled, broken down by local authority.

S3W-22064 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21202 by John Swinney on 12 March 2009, for what reason it does not hold information centrally on the number of conferences and other events that it has supported since May 2007 and at what cost; whether this information is held anywhere and, if so, where it is held.

S3W-22065 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has undertaken of the long-term financial needs of industrial museums.

S3W-22066 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to the preservation of industrial heritage, including the Scottish Maritime Museum.

S3W-22067 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all Scottish industrial museums are eligible for grants in order to undertake structural repairs.

S3W-22068 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has put in place for industrial museums for (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

S3W-22069 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is undertaking to assist industrial museums in accessing funds to protect and promote industrial history.

S3W-22070 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has allocated to safer streets projects in North Ayrshire.

S3W-22071 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of funding for safer streets projects in North Ayrshire.

S3W-22072 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to taxi marshals in North Ayrshire.

S3W-22073 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken to assess the effectiveness of taxi marshals.

S3W-22074 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3432 by Stewart Stevenson on 3 September 2007, how many Scottish national entitlement card holders have qualified for a concessionary travel companion card since August 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-22075 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much grant funding has been distributed under the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 Rural Priorities, broken down by priorities, and what proportion has been allocated to chalet and holiday home developments.

S3W-22076 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant posts there are in NHS Lanarkshire and how many are (a) vacant, (b) covered by a locum and (c) held by a permanent post holder, broken down by specialism.

S3W-22077 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each consultant vacancy in NHS Lanarkshire, how long the post has been vacant, broken down by specialism.

S3W-22078 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21797 by Bruce Crawford on 13 March 2009, what its performance was in answering ministerial correspondence in the fourth quarter of 2008, broken down by minister.

S3W-22079 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what form the independent scrutiny of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s healthcare services will take.

S3W-22080 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether members of the public will be involved in the independent scrutiny of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s healthcare services.

S3W-22081 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it anticipates that the independent scrutiny of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s healthcare services will take.

S3W-22082 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how the deliberations of the independent scrutiny of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s healthcare services will be communicated to service users in the region.

S3W-22083 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Broadband Reach Project to bring broadband to people who are unable to secure a reliable service due to distance from a telephone exchange.

S3W-22084 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 4,000 premises connected to broadband as a result of the Broadband Reach Project are in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency.

S3W-22085 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency eligible for the Broadband Reach Project have not registered.

S3W-22086 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is charged for a Blue Badge parking permit, broken down by local authority.

S3W-22087 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist the construction industry to (a) recruit new apprentices and (b) enable apprentices who are being made redundant to finish their training.

S3W-22088 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many affordable homes are due to be completed in the 12 month period to 31 March 2009.

S3W-22089 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what eligibility criteria it uses for the allocation of funds for (a) affordable homes and (b) other housing developments.

S3W-22090 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide support to developers to assist with infrastructure in order to help progress house building during the current economic recession.

S3W-22091 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes will be built by the registered social landlord sector in 2010-11.

S3W-22092 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that money allocated for housing will be used for construction and not land banking.

S3W-22093 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS contracts for (a) new hospitals, (b) refurbished hospitals and (c) new health centres (i) commenced in 2008-09 and (ii) are due to commence in 2009-10, broken down by project cost.

S3W-22094 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has allocated to the construction industry to allow apprentices who have been made redundant to finish their training.

S3W-22095 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will utilise the resources for skills and training in further education colleges to assist with apprenticeship programmes during the current economic recession.

S3W-22096 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it no longer provides level 4 budget detail on request.

S3W-22097 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with HM Treasury about the timing of the next Comprehensive Spending Review at UK level.

S3W-22098 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has recorded the actual measured carbon savings resulting from the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme since 2002 and whether it plans to record actual measured carbon savings in the future.

S3W-22099 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the numbers of Renewable Obligation Certificates issued to renewable energy schemes can be regarded as a proxy for carbon savings and on what basis.

S3W-22100 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the economic downturn may have resulted in more ferries being available worldwide that could have potential use on a Lochboisdale to Mallaig route.

S3W-22101 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd to institute another search for a vessel suitable for the potential Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry route.

S3W-22102 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any progress has been made in securing a Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry route and when ministers expect to make an announcement on this.

S3W-22103 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry route is being considered as part of the Ferries Review and, if so, whether it expects a recommendation regarding this route.

S3W-22104 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discretion local authorities have to waive or reduce planning fees for community organisations and community interest companies.

S3W-22105 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities on issues associated with planning fees.

S3W-22106 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to alter regulations relating to the planning fees charged by local authorities.

S3W-22107 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies and organisations with high growth potential it estimates there are in the Western Isles.

S3W-22108 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20729 by John Swinney on 4 March 2009, what action it plans to take to ensure that an environmental assessment of the National Performance Framework is carried out in accordance with the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-22109 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that it complies with section 17 of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 with respect to the National Performance Framework.

S3W-22110 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to assist local authorities and community planning partnerships to undertake the environmental assessment of single outcome agreements in accordance with the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-22111 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent since 1998 on promoting, publicising and advertising the MMR vaccine as safe.

S3W-22112 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what happens to any surplus in the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme budget at the end of a financial year after all outstanding claims have been processed.

S3W-22113 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths in the NHS Lothian area were (a) alcohol and (b) drug related and, of these, how many were of people aged (i) under 18, (ii) 18 to 29, (iii) 30 to 55 and (iv) over 55, from 1999 to 2008.

S3W-22114 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of days served in HMP Edinburgh was for people convicted of handling an offensive weapon in each of the last five years.

S3W-22115 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were declared bankrupt in the last quarter of 2008, also broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-22116 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government on reforming missives for housing.

S3W-22117 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the law on missives for housing.

S3W-22118 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how it has supported plans to introduce a voluntary standard for missives in the housing industry.

S3W-22119 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the housing industry on reforming the system of missives.

S3W-22120 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection is available to purchasers once they have signed missives to buy a new-build home.

S3W-22121 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to support people who signed missives before the current economic difficulties and now find it difficult to get a mortgage.

S3W-22122 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made in prisons for voluntary participation by prisoners in educational courses and what the nature is of such courses.

S3W-22123 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many television channels are available to prisoners in prison and how many of these channels are directly related to educational provision.

S3W-22124 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with HM Government and the Welsh Assembly Government on plans to improve the health of honey bees.

S3W-22125 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any discussions with HM Government and the Welsh Assembly Government on the health of honey bees included the prospect of Scotland joining in the 10-year plan being rolled out in England and Wales to improve the health of honey bees.

S3W-22126 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address the decline of honey bee numbers.

S3W-22127 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what regular liaison takes place with the Scottish Beekeepers Association and professional beekeepers on issues surrounding the decline of honey bee numbers.

S3W-22128 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to secure effectively the biosecurity of honey bees in the long term.

S3W-22129 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any initiatives in UK plans to halt the decline of honey bee numbers that are not included in its own strategies.

S3W-22130 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions there are for Scottish Water to hold a reserve financed by out-performance of targets and expectations set for it.

S3W-22131 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is held by Scottish Water in any reserve financed by out-performance of targets and expectations set for it or for any other reason.

S3W-22132 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water has applied to ministers for approval to utilise any part of a financial reserve and, if so, when such an application was made and for what purposes.

S3W-22133 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has used powers of direction to require Scottish Water to utilise any part of a financial reserve held by it.

S3W-22134 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that utilising part or all of any financial reserve held by Scottish Water for the purpose of advancing works would be an appropriate response to current economic circumstances and a way of maintaining employment and protecting apprentices employed by approved contractors to Scottish Water.

S3W-22135 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider directing Scottish Water to utilise any financial reserves for the purpose of advancing works in order to maintain employment and protect apprentices employed by approved contractors to Scottish Water.

S3W-22136 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discretion ministers have to vary the purposes and uses for which Scottish Water may hold financial reserves.

S3W-22137 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it uses research findings from universities that have experimented on live animals.

S3W-22138 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its response to the consultation on the draft Dog Welfare Code of Practice that closed on 1 May 2008.

S3W-22139 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Dog Welfare Code of Practice will contain advice against the use of electric shock collars on dogs.

S3W-22140 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recorded crimes have been committed by people during a period of early release in each year since 1999.

S3W-22141 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were given early release in each year since 1999, broken down by type of crime.

S3W-22142 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints were (a) made against police officers and (b) upheld in each year since 2003.

S3W-22143 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, of police officers who have been suspended since 2003, how many have been suspended for (a) less than one month, (b) one to two months, (c) three to six months and (d) more than six months.

S3W-22144 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers have been suspended with pay in each year since 2003.

S3W-22145 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attacks there have been on emergency workers while on call out, broken down by type of (a) emergency worker and (b) offence, in each year since 2005.

S3W-22146 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average a police officer is taken off the beat to process an arrest.

S3W-22147 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average a police officer is taken off the beat to process an incident.

S3W-22148 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisons have links to drug rehabilitation services for prisoners post-release.

S3W-22149 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have been referred to drug rehabilitation services in the community post-release in the last 12 months, broken down by prison.

S3W-22150 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug-free wings there are in each prison.

S3W-22151 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many random drug tests have been carried out on prisoners in the last 12 months, broken down by prison.

S3W-22152 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners were randomly tested for drugs tested in the last 12 months, broken down by prison, number of positive tests and substances identified.

S3W-22153 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive on average how many offenders who have participated in drug rehabilitation in prison subsequently reoffend.

S3W-22154 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many adverse reactions have been reported as a result of administering the human papilloma virus vaccine to girls.

S3W-22155 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations govern the letting of property on a short-term or holiday accommodation basis.

S3W-22156 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour incidents have been recorded by Lothian and Borders Police as occurring in flats let on a short-term or holiday basis in each of the last five years.

S3W-22157 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce incidences of antisocial behaviour among tenants in short-term or holiday lets.

S3W-22158 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to include short-term and holiday lets within the definition of houses in multiple occupation that require HMO licensing under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-22159 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cumulative total number of subjects offered by publicly funded schools was at (a) higher and (b) advanced higher level in 2008-09 and the previous five years, broken down by local authority area and school.

S3W-22160 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken by way of advertising in magazines and newspapers and provision of leaflets to patients to reduce the level of inappropriate requests for antibiotics when visiting GPs for the treatment of colds.

S3W-22161 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is or will be issued to ensure regular testing for bacterial infection of bottled water dispensers and mains-fed point-of-use water dispensers.

S3W-22162 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is or will be issued to ensure regular testing for bacterial infection of bottled water dispensers and mains-fed point-of-use water dispensers where such dispensers are in an NHS setting as part of measures to prevent healthcare associated infections.

S3W-22163 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the European drinking water directive, as enacted in the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2001 and the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Scotland) No.2 Regulations 2007, is extended to cover both bottle-fed dispensers and mains-fed point-of-use water dispensers to ensure freedom from coliformis, Enterococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus aureus.

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