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Section E – Written questions lodged from 3 to 7 August 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-26251 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to address failures to comply with Part 5 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, as reported in Remember, I’m still me, the joint report by the Care Commission and Mental Welfare Commission, to review these failures as a matter of urgency and to ensure that section 47 certificates are in place before treatment takes place for those who are unable to give or refuse consent to medical treatment.

S3W-26252 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidance on the use of section 47 certificates to authorise covert medication in care homes.

S3W-26253 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to address the use of section 47 certificates for ongoing planned restraint in care homes, as reported in Remember, I’m still me.

S3W-26254 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been recruited to Transport Scotland as (a) engineers, (b) environmental specialists, (c) transport planners, (d) procurement specialists and (e) project managers since May 2007 and how in each category this compares with the previous two years.

S3W-26255 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what process of competitive tendering was undertaken prior to the award to CG Cope of the contract for ongoing recruitment campaigns.

S3W-26256 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any member of the executive board of Transport Scotland (TS) has declared shareholdings in companies that have received contracts from TS in the last two years; if so, which companies were invovled, and whether a conflict of interest arose.

S3W-26257 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25247 by Stewart Stevenson on 29 July 2009, whether it will guarantee that the setting of the reimbursement rate payable to bus operators will not result in any adverse changes in the eligibility criteria for the free bus travel scheme.

S3W-26258 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how staffing numbers have changed in the Scottish Prison Service in each year since 2005, broken down by prison.

S3W-26259 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) crimes and (b) offences were recorded in each year since 1979.

S3W-26260 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were (a) on remand and (b) sentenced for handling offensive weapons in each year since 1997.

S3W-26261 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much land in Scotland is under the control of the Ministry of Defence.

S3W-26262 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome broken down by those aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 24, (c) 25 to 34, (d) 35 to 44, (e) 45 to 54, (f) 55 to 64 and (g) 65 and older.

S3W-26263 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the requirements are for school pupils to be supervised by a member of teaching staff during lessons and whether these differ according to the age of the pupils.

S3W-26264 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for small businesses in relation to public procurement and how these targets are measured.

S3W-26265 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its targets are for small businesses to access contracts it is responsible for issuing and how these targets are measured.

S3W-26266 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all contracts issued by (a) it, (b) its agencies and (c) local authorities are advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland website.

S3W-26267 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it uses the Public Contracts Scotland website to advertise contracts it is responsible for issuing.

S3W-26268 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how it makes small businesses aware of opportunities to apply for procurement opportunities with the Scottish Parliament.

S3W-26269 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many legislative consent motions have been approved by the Parliament in the current parliamentary session, broken down by year.

S3W-26270 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards as to the circumstances in which Clostridium difficile should be recorded as the cause of death of a patient.

S3W-26271 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards as to the circumstances in which Clostridium difficile should be recorded as the contributory factor in the death of a patient.

S3W-26272 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many death certificates issued for patients dying in hospitals in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area in 2008-09 have subsequently been amended to show Clostridium difficile as the cause of death.

S3W-26273 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many death certificates issued for patients dying in hospitals in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area in 2008-09 have subsequently been amended to show Clostridium difficile as a contributory factor in the cause of death.

S3W-26274 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many biomedical science students have applied for and received a bursary of £2,000 to encourage them to work in the NHS after graduation in each academic year since 2007-08, broken down by university.

S3W-26275 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for trafficking for sexual exploitation under section 22 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 there have been since 2003, broken down by police force area.

S3W-26276 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been made available for services to support victims of human trafficking.

S3W-26277 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been made available for services to support women who have suffered sexual exploitation as a result of human trafficking.

S3W-26278 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be made available over the next two years to support victims of human trafficking.

S3W-26279 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the strategic environmental assessment for offshore wind developments in Scottish territorial waters to be complete.

S3W-26280 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how fishing, processing and leisure interests are being consulted during the strategic environmental assessment for offshore wind developments in Scottish territorial waters.

S3W-26281 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S3W-24834 by Richard Lochhead on 25 June 2009, how fishing interests will be consulted during any site-specific environmental impact assessment of potential offshore wind developments in the Solway Firth if an inshore fisheries group has not yet been established.

S3W-26282 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S3W-24834 by Richard Lochhead on 25 June 2009, whether it will ensure that an inshore fisheries group is established for the Solway Firth prior to any site-specific impact assessment being undertaken for offshore wind developments on Crown Estate sites in the Solway Firth.

S3W-26283 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether deer stalkers from outwith Scotland could be included on the register of persons competent to shoot deer proposed in its consultation on the proposed Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill.

S3W-26284 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how deer stalkers from outwith Scotland might demonstrate skills and knowledge in public safety, deer welfare and food safety as proposed in its consultation on the proposed Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill.

S3W-26285 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the further delay in the anticipated completion date for the A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount Improvement scheme.

S3W-26286 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being put in place to ensure that there is ongoing monitoring and reporting on homelessness prevention as recommended in the recent guidance to local authorities on section 11 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-26287 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive which 23 local authorities applied to be included in the Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-26288 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are being put in place to monitor the quality of the insulation measures under the Home Insulation Scheme announced in a press release of 30 July 2009.

S3W-26289 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how Scottish Water’s implementation of sustainable development guidance is monitored and reported.

S3W-26290 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that Scottish Water has regard to its statutory duties under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, as set out in the Ministerial Guidance To Scottish Water on Sustainable Development issued in April 2006.

S3W-26291 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Scottish Water is adequately reporting on progress made in embedding sustainable development in its day-to-day operations, as set out in the Ministerial Guidance To Scottish Water on Sustainable Development issued in April 2006.

S3W-26292 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that Scottish Water is meeting the requirement to further the conservation of biodiversity under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, as set out in the Ministerial Guidance To Scottish Water on Sustainable Development issued in April 2006.

S3W-26293 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of Skills Development Scotland regarding the apprenticeship guarantee for displaced apprentices continuing with training.

S3W-26294 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Skills Development Scotland has any role in liaising with businesses, employability agencies, training agencies, colleges and Jobcentre Plus.

S3W-26295 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the honeybee-keeping industry as a result of American foulbrood disease and European foulbrood disease being found in Scotland.

S3W-26296 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to stop the spread of American foulbrood disease and European foulbrood disease.

S3W-26297 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to promote the Scottish honey industry.

S3W-26298 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding to the Scottish Agricultural College for additional inspectors of bees.

S3W-26299 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many visitors it expects will attend the Rural Gathering, which will take place in Perth on 25 September 2009.

S3W-26300 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its plans for the Rural Gathering, which will take place in Perth on 25 September 2009.

S3W-26301 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote better awareness among women of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

S3W-26302 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage women to check their breasts regularly for signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

S3W-26303 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase awareness among women of the risk factors associated with breast cancer.

S3W-26304 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting time is for radiotherapy treatment in each NHS board area.

S3W-26305 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of successful outcomes as a result of radiotherapy treatment is in each NHS board area.

S3W-26306 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies exist for radiographers in each NHS board area

S3W-26307 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to give cancer patients access to intensity modulated radiotherapy and proton therapy.

S3W-26308 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the official engagements in July of each Cabinet Secretary and the means of travel to each engagement.

S3W-26309 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual cost is of renting rooms at Dover House in London and on how many occasions Dover House has been so used by (a) the Permanent Secretary, (b) the First Minister and (c) other ministers since May 2007.

S3W-26310 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister was first informed of the job losses planned by Diageo at Kilmarnock and when he first met with Paul Walsh, Group Chief Executive of Diageo.

S3W-26311 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has met (a) officers of NHS Lothian, (b) councillors from West Lothian Council and (c) the St John’s Hospital stakeholders group since May 2007.

S3W-26312 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consideration it has given since April 2009 to alternatives to the council tax for funding local government.

S3W-26313 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has responded to the letter of 2 June 2009 from a member of the public regarding the accuracy of his parliamentary answer on bullying.

S3W-26314 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make a decision regarding the proposed M876 slip road at Glenbervie.

S3W-26315 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were admitted to a hospital in the Lothians region as a result of an injury from a bladed object in each of the last three years, broken down by people aged (a) under 15, (b) 15 to 18, (c) 19 to 21, (d) 22 to 24 and (e) 25 to 28 and by local authority.

S3W-26316 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of deaths in the Lothians region were attributable to (a) alcohol and (b) other substance misuse in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-26317 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the funding it has provided to the Scottish Football Association in each of the last three years.

S3W-26318 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the funding it has provided for youth football in each of the last three years.

S3W-26319 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was for a hearing aid in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-26320 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was for a hearing aid in each year since 1999, broken down by Scottish Parliament constituency.

S3W-26321 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any consideration to the recent statement by Professor Terence Stephenson, new President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, in which he called for the United Kingdom to follow New Brunswick, California, South Australia and Cyprus in extending the ban on smoking to include smoking in a car containing children under the age of 16.

S3W-26322 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) which broadband relay sites in the Western Isles have lost service within the last 24 months; (b) how many times each of these has lost the service, and (c) how quickly the service was restored on each occasion.

S3W-26323 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the false positive and false negative rates are for toxin testing for Clostridium difficile.

S3W-26324 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dosage errors for children occurred in each NHS board area in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008.

S3W-26325 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of recent judgements in Holland, whether it is reviewing requirements for doctors practising complementary medicine to refer patients with life-threatening illnesses to mainstream care.

S3W-26326 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to S3W-25087 by Kenny MacAskill on 15 July 2009, whether the Cabinet Secretary for Justice will ask Mr Mike Ewart, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to answer the question as lodged.

S3W-26327 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it has not updated the list of ministerial engagements on its website for six months.

S3W-26328 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Islamic Federation will be required to repay all or part of the grant awarded to it over a year ago for a festival that has not yet taken place.

S3W-26329 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether every loss of data by the NHS is reported to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

S3W-26330 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many incidents of data loss have occurred from the NHS in each NHS board area in the last two 12-month periods; (b) in how many instances were the data unencrypted, and (c) whether all of these incidents were reported to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

S3W-26331Δ Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Registrar General will publish his annual report for 2008.

S3W-26332 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest cost estimate is for the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-26334 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the difference is between the latest cost estimate for the Forth Replacement Crossing and the cost estimate for the previous design of the crossing.

S3W-26335 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors have resulted in the difference between the latest cost estimate for the Forth Replacement Crossing and the cost estimate for the previous design of the crossing.

S3W-26336 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what cost difference resulted from the change of design of the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-26337 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what cost difference resulted from the changed roads layout on the design of the Forth Replacement Crossing, broken down by road, junction or other item of road infrastructure.

S3W-26338 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £61 million costs attributed in the Audit Scotland report Improving public sector purchasing to achieving £327 million savings have been deducted from its efficiency savings plans.

S3W-26339 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the up-to-date projected commencement date for construction of the Waverley line, is based on the latest information available to Transport Scotland and Scottish Ministers.

S3W-26340 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs relating to the issues identified in the European Commission report, Dairy market situation 2009, published in July 2009.

S3W-26341 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the dairy sector relating to the issues identified in the European Commission report, Dairy market situation 2009, published in July 2009.

S3W-26342 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to resolve the issues relating to the dairy sector identified in the European Commission report, Dairy market situation 2009, published in July 2009.

S3W-26343 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has undertaken to determine the volume and proportion of food from (a) supermarkets, (b) households, (c) restaurants and other eating establishments and (d) other sources that will become food waste in any given year.

S3W-26344 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it plans to undertake to determine the volume and proportion of food from (a) supermarkets, (b) households, (c) restaurants and other eating establishments and (d) other sources that will become food waste in any given year.

S3W-26345 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the volume and proportion of food waste from (a) supermarkets, (b) households, (c) restaurants and other eating establishments and (d) other sources.

S3W-26346 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set with regard to reducing the volume and proportion of food waste from (a) supermarkets, (b) households, (c) restaurants and other eating establishments and (d) other sources.

S3W-26347 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what progress has been made toward achieving its targets with regard to reducing the volume and proportion of food waste from (i) supermarkets, (ii) households, (iii) restaurants and other eating establishments and (iv) other sources and (b) whether it is on track to meet these targets.

S3W-26348 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make an estimate of the volume and proportion of food from (a) supermarkets, (b) households, (c) restaurants and other eating establishments and (d) other sources that became food waste in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

S3W-26349 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has undertaken to determine the volume and proportion of commercial waste discarded in Scotland.

S3W-26350 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it plans to undertake to determine the volume and proportion of commercial waste discarded in any given year.

S3W-26351 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the volume and proportion of commercial waste discarded in any given year.

S3W-26352 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set regarding reducing the volume and proportion of commercial waste.

S3W-26353 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made toward achieving its targets with regard to reducing the volume and proportion of commercial waste discarded and whether it is on track to meet these targets.

S3W-26354 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make an estimate of the volume and proportion of commercial waste discarded in each of the last three years for which figures are available

S3W-26355 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund the shortfall that has arisen in relation to the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme due to delays outwith the City of Edinburgh Council’s control subsequent to the original funding agreement.

S3W-26356 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason communities in the Scottish Borders did not get a larger share of the first round of funding from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-26357 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason funding applications from the Scottish Borders to the Town Centre Regeneration Fund were not more successful.

S3W-26358 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the most recent meeting of the Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support Provision Working Group took place.

S3W-26359 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next meeting of the Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support Provision Working Group will take place

S3W-26360 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to meet with Asthma UK Scotland to discuss the impact that the influenza A(H1N1) virus could have on people with asthma.

S3W-26361 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to ensure that children with asthma are given priority in the first tranche of the programme of vaccination against the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

S3W-26362 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the most recent meeting of the Fuel Poverty Forum took place.

S3W-26363 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the minutes of the most recent meeting of the Fuel Poverty Forum will be made publicly available.

S3W-26364 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next meeting of the Fuel Poverty Forum will take place.

S3W-26365 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, codes (a) Y60.0, (b) Y61.0, (c) Y62.0, (d) Y65.2, (e) T81.2 and (f) T81.5 have occurred in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-26366 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it has awarded to food co-operatives since 1 April 2008, broken down by individual award and co-operative involved.

S3W-26367 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to write to directors of education to ask how local authorities plan to encourage the promotion of fair trade during school year 2009-10.

S3W-26368 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many agricultural co-operatives currently operate in Scotland.

S3W-26369 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have held with the UK Government with regard to local authorities outwith Glasgow entering into contracts with the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) since 17 May 2007, broken down by date and minister.

S3W-26370 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have held with local authorities outwith Glasgow to encourage them to enter into contracts with the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) since 17 May 2007, broken down by (a) date and (b) minister and local authority.

S3W-26371 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25679 by Kenny MacAskill on 5 August 2009, what is being done to recall offenders not yet returned to custody from (a)1999, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006, (f) 2008 and (g) 2009.

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