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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 June 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-24705 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to review membership of the management group of the Scottish Centre for Financial Education.

S3W-24706 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to invite representatives from the mutual and cooperative sector into the Scottish Centre for Financial Education.

S3W-24707 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcome was of the pilot study of the online British Sign Language interpreting service.

S3W-24708 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the use of a multimedia platform for the provision of a British Sign Language interpreting service.

S3W-24709 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will develop and improve access to British Sign Language interpreting services.

S3W-24710 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue with the subsidy to farmers available through the National Fallen Stock Company for disposal of fallen cattle aged over 48 months.

S3W-24711 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications for individual rights and for market and competition distortion have arisen from the operation of a ring fence for milk quota management in Kintyre.

S3W-24712 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rationale was and is for the operation of a milk quota system and a ring fence to manage the system for Kintyre.

S3W-24713 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, prior to it making a decision on the existing milk quota system and ring fence management arrangements in Kintyre, what consultation took place and with whom.

S3W-24714 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive in whose interest the milk quota system and ring fence management arrangements in Kintyre operate; how the public interest is determined in such arrangements, and what obligations the Scottish Executive has toward producers in determining public interest.

S3W-24715 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have (a) applied for and (b) received support to purchase a home in (i) Dunbartonshire and (ii) Argyll and Bute under the Low-cost Initiative for First-Time Buyers and what the value of that support is.

S3W-24716 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage has been reached in its discussions with COSLA regarding revisions to the local government funding formula and when it expects the conclusions to be announced.

S3W-24717 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the mortgage to rent scheme were received in the three months from March to May 2008 and how many were successful.

S3W-24718 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the mortgage to rent scheme in the three months from March to May 2008 were rejected and for what reasons.

S3W-24719 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the mortgage to rent scheme were received in the three months from March to May 2009 and how many were successful.

S3W-24720 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the mortgage to rent scheme in the three months from March to May 2009 were rejected and for what reasons.

S3W-24721 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the mortgage to shared equity scheme were received in the three months from March to May 2009 and how many were successful.

S3W-24722 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any changes have been made to the rules governing the new Home Owners’ Support Fund since its launch in March 2009.

S3W-24723 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many seals it anticipates will be killed each year under the new licensing scheme proposed in the Marine (Scotland) Bill and how this compares with the number killed under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970.

S3W-24724 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is liaising with the UK Government with regard to improving seal protection under the Marine (Scotland) Bill and the Marine and Coastal Access Bill and following the repeal of the Conservation of Seals Act 1970.

S3W-24725 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed by the Accountant in Bankruptcy and how this compares with the staffing in each of the last five years.

S3W-24726 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual (a) staffing and (b) operational costs are of the office of the Accountant in Bankruptcy.

S3W-24727 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have applied for bankruptcy through low income, low assets (LILA).

S3W-24728 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people it anticipated would apply for bankruptcy through low income, low assets (LILA).

S3W-24729 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average debts are for people who have applied for bankruptcy through low income, low assets (LILA).

S3W-24730 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will remove the £100 fee required for access to bankruptcy through low income, low assets (LILA).

S3W-24731 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs the Accountant in Bankruptcy to administer the low income, low assets (LILA) scheme.

S3W-24732 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost the Accountant in Bankruptcy to administer the Debt Arrangement Scheme.

S3W-24733 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans for trust deeds to be administered by the Accountant in Bankruptcy and, if so, how much this will cost.

S3W-24734 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it consulted on the Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SS1 2009/234).

S3W-24735 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who the members of the Debt Action Forum are.

S3W-24736 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24359 by Stewart Stevenson on 10 June 2009, what the capacity is of the line west of Airdrie to Edinburgh Waverley in terms of (a) seating and (b) number of coaches.

S3W-24737 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24358 by Stewart Stevenson on 10 June 2009, which peak services will operate as 2 x 3 coach units and how this compares with the current capacity of trains at peak times.

S3W-24738 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24356 by Stewart Stevenson on 10 June 2009, what percentage growth in patronage was assumed when planning the procurement of rolling stock.

S3W-24739 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24356 by Stewart Stevenson on 10 June 2009, how the revised additional passenger boardings of 13,878 between 7 am and 7 pm compare with the (a) original passenger boarding assumption set out in the business case and (b) actual passenger boarding numbers for the existing lines.

S3W-24740 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24353 by Stewart Stevenson on 10 June 2009, what type of rolling stock will be deployed for services west of Airdrie to Helensburgh Central station.

S3W-24741 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards it is considering for the piloting of direct elections.

S3W-24742 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce which NHS boards have been selected for the piloting of direct elections.

S3W-24743 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the individuals convicted of religiously aggravated offences under section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 in 2007-08 have undertaken rehabilitation programmes related to their offences.

S3W-24744 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the individuals convicted of religiously aggravated offences under section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 in 2006-07 have undertaken rehabilitation programmes related to their offences.

S3W-24745 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any correspondence between it and faith communities sent since 18 May 2009 in respect of encouraging the twinning of denominational and non-denominational schools.

S3W-24746 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-23683 by Fergus Ewing on 26 May 2009, how much money (a) Nil by Mouth, (b) Sense over Sectarianism and (c) Kick-out Bigotry have received from the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund.

S3W-24747 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of reimbursing volunteer ambulance drivers was in each year since 1997, expressed in both real and cash terms, also broken down by regional ambulance division.

S3W-24748 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual mileage of volunteer ambulance drivers was in each year since 1997, also broken down by regional ambulance division.

S3W-24749 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many and (b) what proportion of volunteer ambulance drivers have exceeded a total of 10,000 miles per annum in each year since 1997, also broken down by regional ambulance division.

S3W-24750 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total annual cost of the Scottish Ambulance Service using taxis to transport patients to appointments was in each year since 1997, expressed in (a) real terms, (b) cash terms and (c) as a proportion of total expenditure on reimbursing volunteer drivers, also broken down by regional ambulance division.

S3W-24751 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patient journeys to health-related appointments by (a) volunteer driver and (b) taxi the Scottish Ambulance Service funded in each year since 1997.

S3W-24752 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) longest and (b) average return journey undertaken was by (i) a volunteer ambulance driver and (ii) an ambulance service funded taxi in each regional ambulance division in each year since 1997.

S3W-24753 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost per journey to the Scottish Ambulance Service of transporting a patient to a health appointment was by (a) volunteer driver and (b) taxi in each year since 1997, also broken down by regional ambulance division.

S3W-24754 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of reports produced by TES Scotland showing only 39.5% of probationers finding permanent posts in the current academic year compared with 51.3% in the previous year, whether it plans to introduce different measures to avoid unemployment amongst teachers.

S3W-24755 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for the Town Centre Regeneration Fund were received after the first deadline of 5 June 2009.

S3W-24756 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what stakeholders applied to the Town Centre Regeneration Fund before the 5 June 2009 deadline.

S3W-24757 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to raise awareness of the second round of applications for the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-24758 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP patient access survey forms were issued, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) community health partnership.

S3W-24759 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the initial response rate was for the GP patient access survey, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) community health partnership.

S3W-24760 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reminders were sent out with regard to the GP patient access survey, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) community health partnership.

S3W-24761 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many replies were received to the GP patient access survey, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) community health partnership.

S3W-24762 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many replies to the GP patient access survey contained yes/no answers.

S3W-24763 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for services at the intermediate care unit at Kirklandside Hospital.

S3W-24764 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation has been carried out with the general public, patients and staff regarding the future of services at the intermediate care unit at Kirklandside Hospital.

S3W-24765 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with NHS Ayrshire and Arran regarding the intermediate care unit at Kirklandside Hospital.

S3W-24766 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people using nicotine replacement therapy has successfully quit smoking after (a) six months and (b) a year.

S3W-24767 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional hours of respite care there have been since April 2008, broken down by local authority. 

S3W-24768 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional disabled people have been supported into independent living since April 2008, broken down by local authority. 

S3W-24769 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional places in refuges for women have been introduced since April 2008, broken down by local authority. 

S3W-24770 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on consulting on adding illegal money lending to the list of specific offences that are deemed as criminal lifestyle offences.

S3W-24771 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to create a duty on community planning partnerships to consult the voluntary sector. 

S3W-24772 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will commission research into the involvement of the third sector in community planning. 

S3W-24773 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24343 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 June 2009, how it will ensure contact with community agencies for prisoners with mental health needs on release from prison.

S3W-24774 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24343 by Kenny MacAskill on 8 June 2009, whether it considers that contact with community agencies within eight weeks of release from prison is appropriate for ex-prisoners with mental health needs.

S3W-24775 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken since publication of the school census figures for 2008-09 staffing levels to address the decrease in teacher numbers.

S3W-24776 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to set up a voluntary accreditation scheme for land maintenance companies and, if so, when the scheme will be set up and what indications it has that it would be successful.

S3W-24777 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Planning Advice Note 65 (PAN 65) promotes the land management company ownership model of land management.

S3W-24778 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review Planning Advice Note 65 (PAN 65).

S3W-24779 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the provision of diagnostic and mental health services provided by the Scottish Prison Service meets the needs of all prisoners.

S3W-24780 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the evaluation of the Review of Nursing in the Community pilot will be carried out and published.

S3W-24781 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance to meet childcare costs is available to parents studying in further and higher education.

S3W-24782 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage uptake of the seasonal flu vaccination for at-risk groups was over winter 2008-09.

S3W-24783 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage uptake of the seasonal flu vaccination for health and social care staff was over winter 2008-09.

S3W-24784 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements are planned for a faster and more frequent rail service from Inverness to (a) the far north, (b) Aberdeen, (c) Perth and (d) Kyle of Lochalsh and what the expected completion dates are.

S3W-24785 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been referred to NHS obesity services in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-24786 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the energy performance certificate methodology in light of the potential impact on the values of rural properties of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) users.

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