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Section E – Written questions lodged from 24 to 28 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-26633 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to modify public procurement practices so that smaller contractors in remote areas secure a fair proportion of available business.

S3W-26634 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive on what grounds prisoners have had applications for release on compassionate grounds rejected since 2000 and for what crime each failed applicant had been serving a custodial sentence.

S3W-26635 Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to tackle drug-driving.

S3W-26636 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 require a former police officer in receipt of a police injury pension to make periodic declarations regarding the level of benefits paid by the UK Government as a result of an injury sustained at work.

S3W-26637 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 require a police authority to demand information regarding benefits paid by the UK Government to a former police officer in receipt of a police injury pension.

S3W-26638 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers a police authority has to force a former police officer in receipt of a police injury pension to disclose information regarding benefits paid by the UK Government as a result of an injury sustained at work.

S3W-26639 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the value to local communities of former cottage hospitals.

S3W-26640 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support, retain, improve and expand the facilities at former cottage hospitals.

S3W-26641 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance is available for students over the age of 55 wishing to study Higher National Diploma courses.

S3W-26642 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the telephone exchanges in the Scottish Borders that are at full capacity for broadband.

S3W-26643 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to increase the broadband capacity of telephone exchanges in the Scottish Borders.

S3W-26644 Anne McLaughlin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stop and searches have been carried out in Scotland under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 since 2007, showing those carried out on people under (a) 12, (b) 16 and (c) 25 years old.

S3W-26645 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of providing general medical services in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06, broken down by contract type.

S3W-26646 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support Provision Action Plan Implementation Group has compiled a list of refuges.

S3W-26647 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Libya, as a member state of the Organisation of Islamic Conference countries, has been invited to support or participate in Etisal, the investment and trade conference being organised by the Scottish Islamic Foundation.

S3W-26648 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what incentives are being given to encourage the planting of bog myrtle.

S3W-26649 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what incentives are being given to growers of bog myrtle during the three years from planting to maturing of the crop.

S3W-26650 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive who drew up the terms of the licence under which Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released.

S3W-26651 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, at the time of his release, ministers were aware of the terms of the licence under which Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was released.

S3W-26652 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers approved the terms of the licence under which Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released.

S3W-26653 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternative conditions were considered when deciding on the terms of the licence under which Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released.

S3W-26654 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers agreed that it was appropriate to monitor Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in Libya by video conference once a month on his release.

S3W-26655 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether keeping Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi under house arrest or otherwise detained in Libya was considered as part of the conditions of licence for his release.

S3W-26656 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take if Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi breaks the terms of his licence.

S3W-26657 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take if Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi fails to appear for his monthly video conference with social work authorities in Scotland.

S3W-26658 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Libyan authorities about the terms of licence for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s release.

S3W-26659 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the terms of licence under which Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released were agreed with the authorities in Libya.

S3W-26660 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received regarding his decision to return Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds under section 3 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993.

S3W-26661 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received regarding his decision not to release Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi into care in Scotland on compassionate grounds under section 3 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993.

S3W-26662 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were required to guard Mr Kafeel Ahmed in a Glasgow hospital from 30 June to 2 August 2007.

S3W-26663 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of guarding Mr Kafeel Ahmed in a Glasgow hospital from 30 June to 2 August 2007.

S3W-26664 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will release medical reports on Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

S3W-26665 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive who gave the Cabinet Secretary for Justice advice on the medical condition of Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

S3W-26666 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with the UK Government in relation to releasing Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds under section 3 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993.

S3W-26667 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Justice consulted the Parole Board for Scotland before releasing Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds under section 3 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 and, if so, what advice it issued.

S3W-26668 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage increase has been in category (a) A and (b) B calls in each NHS board area in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-26669 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average response time has been for category (a) A and (b) B calls in each of the last five years.

S3W-26670 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the effect of the European working time directive is on (a) retained firefighters, (b) retained ambulance staff and (c) mountain rescue groups.

S3W-26671 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Ambulance Service is increasing clinical services to patients.

S3W-26672 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in making greater use of the skills, training and experience of Scottish Ambulance Service staff in the NHS.

S3W-26673 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25934 by Jim Mather on 17 August 2009, where the proposed grid infrastructure projects under the EU’s Economic Recovery Programme are located.

S3W-26674 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure delivery of the Scottish Ambulance Service patient transport service, given the loss of time and commitment from volunteer drivers.

S3W-26675 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when hospital electronic prescribing will be in place in each NHS board.

S3W-26676 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place for electronic health records to be made available to patients.

S3W-26677 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost to NHS boards was in providing primary care out-of-hours services in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07, (f) 2007-08 and (g) 2008-09, broken down by board.

S3W-26678 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage increase in same-day care and treatment was in each NHS board in each of the last five years.

S3W-26679 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been treated for (a) drug and (b) alcohol addiction in each NHS board in each of the last five years.

S3W-26680 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage was in each of the last five years of people who had been treated previously receiving further treatment for (a) drug and (b) alcohol addiction.

S3W-26681 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each NHS board and local authority spent on treating (a) drug and (b) alcohol addiction in each of the last five years.

S3W-26682 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on specialist medical drug treatment services for people with a drug addiction problem by each NHS board in each of the last five years.

S3W-26683 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on social care and rehabilitation services for people with a drug addiction problem by each NHS board in each of the last five years.

S3W-26684 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on social care and rehabilitation services for people with a drug addiction problem by each local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-26685 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people received medical services for the treatment of drug addiction for each NHS board in each of the last five years.

S3W-26686 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people received social care and rehabilitation services for those with a drug addiction problem for each NHS board and local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-26687 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the prevalence of drug addiction is in each NHS board and local authority area.

S3W-26688 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many American victims of the Lockerbie bombing the Cabinet Secretary for Justice met during his recent video conference, (b) how many video conferences were held between the Cabinet Secretary and the American victims, (c) what the duration was of each video conference and (d) what contact was made with families that were unable to meet by video call.

S3W-26689 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) on what date, (b) at what time and (c) by what means the Cabinet Secretary for Justice officially notified the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was to be released on compassionate grounds.

S3W-26691 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it did not ask for the Parliament to be recalled prior to the decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds.

S3W-26692 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that under section 27 of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007 the decision on whether to grant compassionate release of a prisoner is a matter for Scottish Ministers acting jointly and severally.

S3W-26693 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the Cabinet Secretary for Justice decided to meet Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in Mr Al Megrahi’s prison cell at HMP Greenock.

S3W-26694 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that under all existing prisoner transfer agreements to which the United Kingdom is a party, once a prisoner is advised of the Government’s intention to transfer, the prisoner should be "invited to make written representations" which should then be taken into account when determining whether or not the transfer should proceed.

S3W-26695 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it considered the prisoner transfer request of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, given that there was an ongoing appeal by the Lord Advocate against the length of the sentence imposed on Mr Al Megrahi.

S3W-26696 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that, given that there was on ongoing appeal against the length of the sentence imposed on Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the prisoner transfer request was, as a result, incompetent.

S3W-26697 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it ruled out the prisoner transfer request of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and for what reasons.

S3W-26698 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that where an appeal is ongoing, a prisoner transfer request cannot be considered.

S3W-26699 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) what information it has on the reasons why Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi had been sending home his personal belongings for up to six weeks prior to the official announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on 20 August 2009 of his decision to release Mr Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds, (b) whether the Cabinet Secretary for Justice was aware of this and (c) by whom it was authorised.

S3W-26700 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive at what time and date the Scottish Prison Service was first notified that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was to be released from HMP Greenock on compassionate grounds.

S3W-26701 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to instigate a full leak inquiry into why the media found out about the Cabinet Secretary for Justice’s decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds before an official announcement was made by the Cabinet Secretary on 20 August 2009.

S3W-26702 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the reasons why the aircraft returning Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi to Libya was airborne before the announcement to release Mr Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds was made by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on 20 August 2009.

S3W-26703 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it decided to announce the decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds to the media first, rather than to (a) the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing or (b) the Parliament.

S3W-26704 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, if a decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds was not made by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice until 19 August 2009, for what reason it states on its website in respect of Mr Al Megrahi that "plans for transfer of care to Libyan health service have been made" in a document signed and dated 10 August 2009.

S3W-26705 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received prior to his personal visit to Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi at HMP Greenock on 5 August 2009; what form that advice took, and whether it plans to release publicly a full copy of the advice.

S3W-26706 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the comments of the First Minister on the BBC programme Good Morning Scotland on 21 August 2009 that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received advice from officials in the Justice and Communities Directorate on the decision to visit Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi at HMP Greenock, whether it intends to release publicly a copy of this advice, and, if so, when.

S3W-26707 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the comments of the First Minister on the BBC programme Good Morning Scotland on 21 August 2009 that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received advice from officials in the Justice and Communities Directorate on the decision to visit Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi at HMP Greenock, whether it agrees that the content of this advice is firmly in the public interest and should be released as a matter of urgency.

S3W-26708 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its officials accompanied the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on his visit to meet Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi at HMP Greenock on 5 August 2009; in what capacity they were attending, and who personally met Mr Al Megrahi.

S3W-26709 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the (a) Lord Advocate or (b) First Minister were consulted prior to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice visiting Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in HMP Greenock on 5 August 2009 and what the nature was of any advice or opinion given by them.

S3W-26710 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive for what purpose the Cabinet Secretary for Justice met Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in HMP Greenock on 5 August 2009 and whether he intends to visit any other convicted murderers in custody with appeals pending.

S3W-26711 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what remorse it considers Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has shown for the crimes he committed.

S3W-26712 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister stands by his comments made on 7 June 2007 that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, should serve out his sentence in Scotland.

S3W-26713 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister stands by his comments made on 7 June 2007 in relation to Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, that "at the time, the Scottish law officers and others, including the secretary-general of the United Nations, gave assurances that any sentence that was imposed would be served in Scotland."

S3W-26714 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the conditions of the licence for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s release are and how they were decided.

S3W-26715 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many health officials submitted evidence on Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s health to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice for consideration and how many of those submissions were considered in making the final decision to release Mr Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds.

S3W-26716 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the evidence submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in relation to Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s health, what the (a) shortest and (b) longest estimate was of how long Mr Al Megrahi would survive.

S3W-26717 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) emails and (b) letters the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has received disagreeing with his decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds, broken down by country of origin.

S3W-26718 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations the (a) First Minster or (b) Cabinet Secretary for Justice made to the Libyan Government regarding the return of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi to Libya on 20 August 2009.

S3W-26719 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was to it of the return of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi from HMP Greenock to Libya, broken down by nature of expense.

S3W-26720 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date or dates the Cabinet Secretary for Justice met with the Parole Board to discuss the case of prisoner Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and what was discussed.

S3W-26721 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive at what date and time the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received the recommendation from the Parole Board to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds.

S3W-26722 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive at what date and time the Cabinet Secretary for Justice received each representation and piece of information which he considered in reaching his decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi from HMP Greenock on compassionate grounds.

S3W-26723 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Renfrewshire Council’s policy of removing all full-time teachers and headteachers from nurseries and pre-5 establishments is in line with Scottish Government guidance.

S3W-26724 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Renfrewshire Council’s policy of removing all full-time teachers and headteachers from nurseries and pre-5 establishments is in line with Scottish Government policy.

S3W-26725 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Renfrewshire Council’s policy of removing all full-time teachers and headteachers from nurseries and pre-5 establishments is in line with the Scottish National Party’s manifesto commitments.

S3W-26726 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance has been offered to local authorities about the employment of supply teachers and, if so, what guidance.

S3W-26727 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that priority should be given to either ex-probationers or recent graduates in the allocation of teaching supply work.

S3W-26728 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the prioritisation by local authorities of ex-probationers or recent graduates when allocating teaching supply work would comply with the provisions of employment law.

S3W-26729 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities can choose to ignore past work experience when allocating teaching supply work.

S3W-26730 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the equal opportunities requirements are in relation to the allocation of teaching supply work.

S3W-26731 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations the Equality Unit has funded since 2003, showing the amount and date of each award.

S3W-26732 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given East Renfrewshire Council on monitoring the terms of the licence under which Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released.

S3W-26733 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given East Renfrewshire Council on enforcing the terms of the licence under which Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released.

S3W-26734 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has told East Renfrewshire Council to take if Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi fails to meet the terms of the licence under which he has been released.

S3W-26735 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with East Renfrewshire Council on the local authority’s role and duties with regard to the licence under which Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been released.

S3W-26736 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what scientific medical research, at national and global level, has been carried out in relation to the safety of the influenza A(H1N1) vaccine and what the potential side effects or health risks of the vaccine are, particularly for young children.

S3W-26737 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the quality assurance process it carried out as part of Stage Four of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-26738 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount of financial resource has been made available to each local authority for draught proofing and insulation work for domestic premises in each of the last four financial years.

S3W-26739 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors the rate of spend by local authorities on draught proofing and insulation work for domestic premises in any given financial year to determine whether authorities are able to meet all reasonable demands for such work.

S3W-26740 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received representations from local authorities about any shortfall between the resources that it allocates for draught proofing and insulation work for domestic premises and the needs identified by local authorities for such work.

S3W-26741 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of waiting lists for draught proofing and insulation work for domestic premises and, if so, in which local authorities such waiting lists currently exist.

S3W-26742 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received representations from the City of Edinburgh Council about a shortfall in, or lack of resources for, draught proofing and insulation work for domestic premises.

S3W-26743 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider distributing additional resources to local authorities to enable them to carry out draught proofing and insulation work in more homes before the advent of the next heating season.

S3W-26744 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with utility companies about access by social enterprises to lists of approved suppliers for insulation work in owner-occupied properties.

S3W-26745 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that social enterprises ought to be included on lists of approved suppliers for insulation work in owner-occupied properties.

S3W-26746 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether the procurement model for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, whereby 10% of contract value has to be carried out by social enterprises, should be adopted for suppliers approved by utility companies for insulation work in owner-occupied properties.

S3W-26747 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate was briefed with details of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s current medical condition prior to court proceedings in the High Court to have Mr Al Megrahi’s second appeal against his conviction dropped.

S3W-26748 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the lowest hourly pay rate is for staff covered by its public sector pay policy and how many staff are employed at that rate, broken down by public body.

S3W-26749 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it would cost per annum to implement a minimum pay rate of £7 per hour for all staff covered by its public sector pay policy.

S3W-26750 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff covered by its public sector pay policy have a pay rate of under £7 per hour, broken down by public body.

S3W-26751 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of women between 50 and 70 attending breast screening.

S3W-26752 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of women over 70 requesting breast screening.

S3W-26753 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the information given to women about the Scottish Breast Screening Programme.

S3W-26754 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Scotland Transerv report regarding congestion on the Kessock Bridge to be published.

S3W-26755 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve conditions for prisoners at Oban Sheriff Court following publication of the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report, Report on HMP Greenock: Full Inspection, 6-13 May 2009.

S3W-26756 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to consolidate planning policy guidance into a single document.

S3W-26757 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from environmental NGOs and business groups regarding its intention to consolidate planning policy guidance into a single document.

S3W-26758 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has received for its proposals to consolidate planning policy guidance into a single document.

S3W-26759 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is a consensus of support for proposals to consolidate planning policy guidance into a single document.

S3W-26760 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings ministers have had with interested parties about concerns regarding a lack of detail contained in the proposed single planning policy guidance document.

S3W-26761 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a commitment to sustainable development remains an explicit component of the proposed single planning policy guidance.

S3W-26762 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the absence of an explicit commitment to sustainable development in the proposed consolidated planning policy guidance.

S3W-26763 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek to make a statement to the Parliament on its intentions regarding the consolidation of planning policy guidance and, if so, when it plans to bring this to the Parliamentary Bureau for discussion.

S3W-26764 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of concerns among a cross-section of interested parties that a lack of detail in a future, single planning policy guidance document could introduce greater uncertainty, delay and cost into the planning process.

S3W-26765 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what responses it has received to its consultation on the consolidation of planning policy guidance and whether it will make these responses public.

S3W-26766 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the responses to its consultation on the consolidation of planning policy guidance.

S3W-26767 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its response to the representations it has received during its consultation on the proposed consolidation of planning policy guidance.

S3W-26768 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional support will be made available to those colleges that did not receive a share of the £7.7 million to tackle the rise in student applications due to the recession.

S3W-26769 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gave the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) on which colleges should receive funding from the additional £7.7 million for college places announced by the SFC on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26770 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used when deciding which colleges would receive funding from the additional £7.7 million for college places announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26771 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used when deciding which local authorities would receive funding from the additional £7.7 million for college places announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26772 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information was used as the basis for the decisions made about the distribution of £7.7 million of additional funding for college places announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009 and whether this information is publicly available.

S3W-26773 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what reasons have been given to the colleges that will not receive any of the additional £7.7 million of funding for college places that was announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26774 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional action is being taken to reduce the rate and impact of unemployment in the areas that have not been selected to receive any of the additional £7.7 million of funding for college places announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26775 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been carried out into the contribution that colleges make to reducing unemployment and whether the conclusions of any such studies were used in deciding which colleges would receive funding from the additional £7.7 million for college places announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26776 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will be announced which colleges will receive funding from the additional £12 million for college buildings and facilities announced in its new release of 4 June 2009.

S3W-26777 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to decide which colleges will receive funding from the £12 million for college buildings and facilities announced in its news release of 4 June 2009.

S3W-26778 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to decide which colleges will receive funding in 2010-11 from the additional £8.4 million for extra college places announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009.

S3W-26779 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether colleges that have not received any of the additional £7.7 million of funding announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009 will be given priority access to the £8.4 million funding for 2010-11.

S3W-26780 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring there will be to ensure that the £7.7 million of additional funding for colleges for 2009-10 provides more college places in 2009-10.

S3W-26781 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, if all of the £7.7 million of additional funding announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 9 July 2009 is not spent in 2009-10, the remaining funding will be reallocated to colleges that were not initially allocated funding.

S3W-26782 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what pay banding each NHS board gives to staff working as recruitment assistants in human resources departments.

S3W-26783 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will request that Network Rail improves the fencing between the railway line and the A835 near Loch Garve.

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