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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 September 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-27650 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimates are for the (a) total cost and (b) completion date of the (i) Edinburgh to Glasgow Rail Improvement Programme, (ii) Airdrie Bathgate Rail Link Project, (iii) Waverley Railway Project, (iv) planned Edinburgh Airport rail station, (v) Edinburgh Trams project, (vi) Forth Replacement Crossing, (vii) M74 extension, (viii) M8 Completion, (ix) M80 completion, (x) Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, (xi) upgrade to the A9 and (xii) upgrade to the A96.

S3W-27651 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Renfrewshire Council’s teacher access model for pre-school children, which has halved the number of teachers working in the pre-five sector in one year, is in line with new guidance published by the Scottish Government.

S3W-27652 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when its review of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s accommodation in Dalkeith will be concluded.

S3W-27653 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many interviews on the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi the Cabinet Secretary for Justice gave between the announcement of release and 3 September 2009.

S3W-27654 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it made prior to 22 September 2009 to the (a) European Commission and (b) UK Government regarding the EU probe into competition in British banking services; whether these submissions are in writing, and, if so, whether it will publish them.

S3W-27655 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out investigations to establish the degree of competitiveness in the Scottish banking market in the last 12 months and, if so, whether it will publish the data.

S3W-27656 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to establish whether there is sufficient competition in small business banking in Scotland and whether it will publish any relevant evidence.

S3W-27657 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is no evidence to suggest that Scotland’s reputation has suffered greatly through the global economic crisis.

S3W-27658 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the First Minister’s previously stated view that spivs and speculators caused the demise of HBOS.

S3W-27659 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what written representations it made to the UK Government on (a) financial services regulations and (b) bankers’ bonuses between 15 September 2008 and 20 September 2009 and whether it will publish any such representations.

S3W-27660 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what written representations it made to the European Commission on (a) financial services regulations and (b) bankers’ bonuses between 15 September 2008 and 20 September 2009 and whether it will publish any such representations.

S3W-27661 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25590 by Alex Neil on 23 July 2009, whether it is now in a position to provide a breakdown of how the funding under the Home Insulation Scheme will be spent.

S3W-27662 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive by what process the Energy Saving Trust was given the Energy Assistance Package contract and what the (a) duration and (b) value is of that contract.

S3W-27663 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive by what process the Energy Saving Trust was given the Home Insulation Scheme contract and what the (a) duration and (b) value is of that contract

S3W-27664 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the administrative costs agreed with the Energy Saving Trust for the Home Insulation Scheme, also expressed as (a) a percentage and (b) per beneficiary.

S3W-27665 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive, in addition to submitting a response to the Free-to-air Events Review consultation, what correspondence it has had with the UK Government regarding consideration of adding Scotland’s competitive international football matches to the list of so-called crown jewels.

S3W-27666 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what management fee is being paid to the Energy Saving Trust for the Energy Assistance Package and the Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-27667 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the contract for managing the Energy Assistance Package and the Home Insulation Scheme was awarded following EU procurement and tendering rules.

S3W-27668 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Housing and Communities last met the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum and what matters were discussed.

S3W-27669 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26883 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, whether the number of callers and those receiving assistance from the Energy Assistance Package are in line with the original targets.

S3W-27670 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26883 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, what the previously agreed targets are for the number of callers and those receiving assistance at each stage of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-27671 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26884 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, whether the figure of 75,000 individual contacts is based on the actual number of different people calling rather than the number of separate calls.

S3W-27672 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26885 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, what the call rate was immediately before and immediately after the recent direct mail activity.

S3W-27673 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26887 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, what target was set for the installation of central heating systems as part of the Energy Assistance Package, excluding legacy installations.

S3W-27674 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26887 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, whether the installation of 173 central heating systems by the end of August 2009 is lower than expected.

S3W-27675 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26888 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, for what reason less than half of those surveyed for Stage Four of the Energy Assistance Package resulted in successful applications.

S3W-27676 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26892 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, how many contractors are involved in the delivery of the Energy Assistance Package and where they are headquartered.

S3W-27677 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26892 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, how many small businesses based in Scotland are contractors in the delivery of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-27678 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26893 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, for what reason the Energy Assistance Package takes households only to the level of an Energy Performance Certificate (Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) level of 41) rather than the higher level set out in the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SAP level of 50).

S3W-27679 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26890 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, whether the Energy Saving Trust appoints and has direct responsibility for contractors on the Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-27680 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26890 by Alex Neil MSP on 10 September 2009, whether the Energy Saving Trust appoints and has direct responsibility for contractors at Stage 1, 2 and 3 of the Energy Assistance Package or whether this is done by fuel suppliers.

S3W-27681 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26890 by Alex Neil on 10 September 2009, whether it considers that the Energy Saving Trust should have complete ownership and responsibility for all the Energy Assistance Package and Home Insulation Scheme delivery targets.

S3W-27682 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the £7.2 million balance of the £15 million for the Home Insulation Scheme will fund, in light of the Official Journal of the European Union advert inviting tenders for the Home Insulation Scheme at £7.8 million.

S3W-27683 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been housed in temporary accommodation in the Lothians parliamentary region in each year since 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-27684 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses have properties in Scotland with a combined rateable value of (a) up to £8,000, (b) from £8,001 to £10,000 and (c) from £10,001 to £15,000, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-27685 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 15, (b) 15 to 18, (c) 19 to 21 and (d) over 21 were admitted to hospitals in the Lothians to receive treatment for excess alcohol consumption in 2008-09.

S3W-27686 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the recommendations made by Professor Mike Richards in his report for the Department of Health, Improving access to medicines for NHS patients, published on 4 November 2008.

S3W-27687 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the use of exceptional case requests by NHS boards and how many exceptional funding requests for treatment were (a) approved and (b) declined by each NHS board in each year since 2002-03.

S3W-27688 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the levels of use of (a) erlotinib, (b) rituximab, (c) capecitabine, (d) lenalidomide and (e) cisplatin in each NHS board in each year since 2003-04.

S3W-27689 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints by patients relating to the refusal by an NHS board to fund a (a) cancer and (b) non-cancer treatment have been made in each year since 2000-01.

S3W-27690 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the findings and recommendations made in the report by the Rarer Cancers Forum, Exceptional Scotland?, published on 16 March 2009.

S3W-27691 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the independent assessment of the energy options open to Scotland, as recommended by the Council of Economic Advisers, was commissioned.

S3W-27692 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the independent assessment of the energy options open to Scotland, as recommended by the Council of Economic Advisers, was completed.

S3W-27693 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the independent assessment of the energy options open to Scotland, as recommended by the Council of Economic Advisers, was delivered to the Council of Economic Advisers.

S3W-27694 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive who carried out the independent assessment of the energy options open to Scotland, as recommended by the Council of Economic Advisers.

S3W-27695 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what parameters were given to the organisation carrying out the independent assessment of the energy options open to Scotland, as recommended by the Council of Economic Advisers.

S3W-27696 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that anti-nausea treatments used to support patients receiving chemotherapy are made routinely available.

S3W-27697 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS boards to support them in determining funding requests for off-label treatments.

S3W-27698 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 25 March 2009, when it expects to issue (a) guidance to NHS boards to support decision-making processes on the introduction of new medicines and (b) the information for patients on the new arrangements commissioned from Health Rights Information Scotland.

S3W-27699 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to conduct an evaluation of the effect of the Scottish Medicines Consortium’s modifiers on access to medicines for NHS patients. 

S3W-27700 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive for which specific conditions off-label medicines are most commonly used in the NHS and what assessment it has made of the number of treatments that are frequently used off-label.

S3W-27701 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Tripartite Advisory Group on universities will look at university funding comparisons across the United Kingdom and when those comparisons will be made.

S3W-27702 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for universities is broadly comparable with funding for universities elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

S3W-27703 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include student organisations and other stakeholders not on the Tripartite Advisory Group on universities in its work to compare university sector funding levels across the United Kingdom.

S3W-27704 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Tripartite Advisory Group on universities will look at comparing funding for student support, including discretionary funds, across the United Kingdom.

S3W-27705 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link was evaluated against any proposal for the cancellation of any other major transport project.

S3W-27706 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive which major transport projects it considered cancelling before its decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-27707 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders benefited from Stage Two of the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27708 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders benefited from Stage Three of the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27709 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders benefited from Stage Four of the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27710 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders aged 75 or over benefited from the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27711 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders aged 60 or over and receiving a qualifying benefit benefited from the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27712 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders with a child under five and receiving a qualifying benefit benefited from the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27713 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders with a disabled child under 16 and receiving a qualifying benefit benefited from the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27714 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders who are pregnant and receiving a qualifying benefit benefited from the Energy Assistance Package in each local authority area during April to July 2009.

S3W-27715 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the spend was on the Energy Assistance Package during April to July 2009.

S3W-27716 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many householders who benefited from Stage Three of the Energy Assistance Package (EAP) have then had applications for EAP refused.

S3W-27717 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on cancer services in each NHS board in each of the last five years, also expressed per head of population.

S3W-27718 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on drugs for the treatment of cancer in each of the last five financial years.

S3W-27719 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients funded by the NHS in each of the last five years were treated in (a) England and (b) outside the United Kingdom, broken down by procedure.

S3W-27720 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the number of patients in each of the last five years who have (a) paid privately for top-up cancer treatments and (b) had the costs of privately paying for a treatment reimbursed by NHS boards following appeal.

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