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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 May 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-23551 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Funding Council will save from the 2.5% reduction in the standard rate of VAT and where savings will be spent.

S3W-23552 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much universities have saved from the 2.5% reduction in the standard rate of VAT, broken down by institution.

S3W-23553 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much colleges have saved from the 2.5% reduction in the standard rate of VAT, broken down by institution.

S3W-23554 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to establish a graduate talent pool, similar to the scheme run by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

S3W-23555 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund and direct the Scottish Funding Council to support graduate opportunities in a similar way to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Economic Challenge Investment Fund.

S3W-23556 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make a decision on the proposed Calliacher wind farm development.

S3W-23557 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the individuals and organisations invited to the planning reform progress and e-planning launch event on 29 April 2009.

S3W-23558 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it took into account in identifying invitees to the planning reform progress and e-planning launch event on 29 April 2009.

S3W-23559 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how the planning reform progress and e-planning launch event on 29 April 2009 contributed to the inclusive and sustainable aims of the modernised planning system as set out in the 2005 white paper, Modernising the Planning System.

S3W-23560 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how the interests of local communities and other third parties involved in the planning system were represented at the planning reform progress and e-planning launch event on 29 April 2009.

S3W-23561 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the e-planning programme has been and what the estimated final cost is.

S3W-23562 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits of the e-planning system will be for third parties to the planning process, including neighbours, local communities and NGOs.

S3W-23563 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial and other assistance it has provided or plans to provide to assist third parties, including neighbours, local communities and NGOs, to access e-planning services.

S3W-23564 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged, (c) prosecuted, (d) found guilty and (e) given a custodial sentence in cases involving (i) domestic violence, (ii) rape, (iii) violence against the person and (iv) burglary in the Lothian and Borders police force area in each year since 1999.

S3W-23565 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug treatment and testing orders were (a) issued to and (b) breached by offenders aged 18 and under in the Lothians region in each year since 2005, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-23566 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have broken the terms of their bail conditions in the Lothian and Borders police force area in each of the last five years.

S3W-23567 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many gun-related crimes there were in the Lothian and Borders police force area in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-23568 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the electronic health record has been defined and, if not, when it will be.

S3W-23569 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures normally apply to vessels and owners that do not comply with fisheries management rules.

S3W-23570 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the working of trust ports given that they affect the wellbeing of the communities they serve.

S3W-23571 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the methodology for calculating business rates is being reviewed.

S3W-23572 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is possible to calculate business rates on the basis of land rents.

S3W-23573 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanism it has in place in each directorate to ensure that parliamentary questions are answered within the time limit. 

S3W-23574 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications for it are if the UK Government is unable to obtain a long-term derogation from the EU working time directive. 

S3W-23575 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the impact on the Scottish economy of the UK Government’s defence facilities in the Clyde area and at Rosyth.

S3W-23576 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers or officials have had with the UK Government regarding the implications for Scotland of the draft Constitutional Renewal Bill.

S3W-23577 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the change has been in the number of (a) prison places and (b) community service order placements since May 2007.

S3W-23578 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effectiveness of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in relation to access to toilets and what action it intends to take.

S3W-23579 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to encourage the development of credit unions.

S3W-23580 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total payment made to the First Minister was in 2008-09, broken down by (a) salary, (b) expenses and (c) other payments.

S3W-23581 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost of the First Minister’s office was in 2008-09.

S3W-23582 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the visits by the First Minister to (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) prisons in 2008-09.

S3W-23583 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent correspondence the First Minister has had with the governments of signatory countries of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

S3W-23584 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to direct the chair of the Scottish Futures Trust to respond to inquiries from MSPs regarding interests declared by members of the trust.

S3W-23585 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to change the travel arrangements of ministers and officials to and from official engagements to take account of the effect on climate change. 

S3W-23586 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the rail journeys to and from official engagements that each cabinet secretary and minister undertook in 2008-09.

S3W-23587 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has had with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding the identification of efficiency initiatives. 

S3W-23588 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many specialist nurses dealing with Parkinson’s disease there have been in each NHS board area in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-23589 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many physiotherapists were employed by NHS Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available, expressed both as whole-time equivalent and in headcount figures, also broken down by (a) junior and (b) senior grades.

S3W-23590 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many physiotherapists employed by NHS Tayside are 55 or over and what percentage of physiotherapists employed by NHS Tayside this represents.

S3W-23591 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive after how many failed payments a warning letter is issued for non-payment of a fiscal fine.

S3W-23592 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is in (a) staff time and (b) other costs of issuing a warning letter for the non-payment of a fiscal fine.

S3W-23593 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive after how many failed payments an enforcement order is issued for non-payment of a fiscal fine.

S3W-23594 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is in (a) staff time and (b) other costs of issuing an enforcement order for non-payment of a fiscal fine.

S3W-23595 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive after how many failed payments a case of non-payment of a fiscal fine is referred to court.

S3W-23596 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is in (a) staff time and (b) other costs of issuing a referral to court for non-payment of a fiscal fine.

S3W-23597 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when guidance will be issued on the Disposal of Land by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

S3W-23598 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to evaluate consultation with voluntary groups and local communities in the community planning partnership process.

S3W-23599 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of phasing out incandescent bulbs on people affected by lupus and other conditions inducing light sensitivity.

S3W-23600 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the calculation used in determining eligibility for Educational Maintenance Allowance takes account of the number of dependent children in the household.

S3W-23601 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next review the calculation used in determining eligibility for Educational Maintenance Allowance.

S3W-23602 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it or its agencies is undertaking with the retail and banking sectors to promote acceptance of the euro in everyday transactions.

S3W-23603 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the weekly impact on single person and family households of the reduction in VAT announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 November 2008, broken down by (a) National Statistics Socio-economic Classification and (b) Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation categories.

S3W-23604 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the weekly impact on single person and family households of the reduction in VAT announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 November 2008, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

S3W-23605 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the first review of the performance of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission to be (a) initiated and (b) concluded.

S3W-23606 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission has established an appropriate programme of consultations about how it should conduct its inquiries.

S3W-23607 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the impact of the anticipated reduction in the Scottish block grant for 2010-11 and 2011-12 announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his recent budget statement, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

S3W-23608 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been asked to take to develop its role in crofting development and what progress has been made.

S3W-23609 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all crofting areas in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) area will be eligible to apply for support from HIE for crofting development.

S3W-23610 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Highlands and Islands Enterprise has set aside for the purpose of crofting development.

S3W-23611 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Highlands and Islands Enterprise will assist with crofting skills development and encouraging new entrants to crofting.

S3W-23612 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the crofting development function of Highlands and Islands Enterprise will be administered as part of the Scottish Government’s community account management approach and whether it will outline what community account management is and what benefits this approach will bring to crofting.

S3W-23613 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Highlands and Islands Enterprise board members are crofters.

S3W-23614 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether democratic control from crofters will influence Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s crofting development function.

S3W-23615 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive to whom crofters should apply in Highlands and Islands Enterprise for assistance with crofting development.

S3W-23616 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individual crofters will be able to apply for crofting development support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-23617 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in seeking suggestions of potential candidates for the relocation of civil service jobs under the Small Units Initiative.

S3W-23618 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which recommendations in the 2005 Audit Scotland report, A Scottish prescription - Managing the use of medicines in hospitals, have been implemented and when it expects that all the recommendations will be in place.

S3W-23619 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is it taking to reduce the amount of branded drugs used in the NHS and to increase the use of generic medicine.

S3W-23620 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to extend NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration system to other NHS boards.

S3W-23621 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Scottish Medicines Consortium has done to develop its work on estimating the anticipated budget impact of new medicines.

S3W-23622 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that NHS boards review the way in which hospitals provide pharmacy services.

S3W-23623 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to achieve national standards for training technicians in extended roles in the NHS.

S3W-23624 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to develop workforce planning in pharmacy services in the NHS.

S3W-23625 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which recommendations in Audit Scotland’s report, Review of major capital projects in Scotland - How government works, have been implemented.

S3W-23626 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people from (a) overseas and (b) other parts of the United Kingdom visited Scotland in the first quarter of 2009 and how this compares with the same period in 2008.

S3W-23627 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each of its directorates has granted to the National Trust for Scotland in each year since 2006-07.

S3W-23628 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the protocol is for visits to prisons by MSPs.

S3W-23629 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths from influenza occurred in each month from January 2008 to January 2009.

S3W-23630 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools offer classes in (a) German, (b) Spanish, (c) Russian, (d) Chinese and (e) Arabic.

S3W-23631 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases were dealt with in the Justice of the Peace courts in (a) Cumnock, (b) Girvan, (c) Banff and (d) Elgin in 2008.

S3W-23632 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it paid for visits by the First Minister to London in 2008-09.

S3W-23633 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its employees or employees of its agencies are paid less than the national minimum wage.

S3W-23634 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister has travelled by train to or from any official engagements since August 2008.

S3W-23635 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have absconded from custody since May 2007 and how many of these have not been caught.

S3W-23636 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has a sinking fund in place in relation to the Parliament estate.

S3W-23637 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has an asset management plan in place in relation to the Parliament estate and, if so, whether the plan has been examined and approved by relevant bodies, such as Audit Scotland.

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