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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-27764Δ Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the plenary meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on 16 September 2009.

S3W-27765 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been collected in fiscal fines imposed since December 2008 and in how many cases (a) no payment has been made and (b) payments are overdue, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-27766 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25381 by Nicola Sturgeon on 20 July 2009, whether it can now advise what proportion of NHS Lothian patients experiencing strokes was admitted to a specialist unit within 24 hours in 2008.

S3W-27767 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27018 by Roseanna Cunningham on 24 September 2009, when the ring-fencing for the (a) Crofting Counties Agricultural and (b) Croft House Grant Scheme was removed.

S3W-27768 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive in what way crofting will benefit from the £5.4 million paid by Highlands and Islands Enterprise for Beechwood Farm, formerly used as a bull stud.

S3W-27769 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the powers contained in the Traffic Management Act 2004 apply to Scottish local authorities.

S3W-27770 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the powers contained in the Traffic Management Act 2004 could not be introduced by the Scottish Executive.

S3W-27771 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to reduce the number of drug addicts.

S3W-27772 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many government-funded needle-exchange programmes operate in pharmacies compared with September 2008.

S3W-27773 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many government-funded needle-exchange programmes operate in pharmacies in the east end of Glasgow compared with September 2008.

S3W-27774 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on needle-exchange programmes in pharmacies since 2007.

S3W-27775 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on needle-exchange programmes in pharmacies in the east end of Glasgow since 2007.

S3W-27776 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities on the maintenance and clearing of drains.

S3W-27778 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people do not have access to an NHS dentist, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-27779 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people do not have access to an NHS dentist, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-27780 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions interpreters without specific interpreting qualifications have been provided by (a) the Scottish Prison Service or (b) its contractors.

S3W-27781 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service has stipulated the need for interpreting qualifications for those it employs to provide such services.

S3W-27782 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Scotland has the authority and resources to test for GM flax contamination independently of the UK FSA.

S3W-27783 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of news of GM flax contamination, all imports of grain from Canada are monitored for GM presence and, if so, with what results.

S3W-27784 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the origins are known of grain imported from other EU member states.

S3W-27785 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether EU-grown crops are produced using seed from Canada.

S3W-27786 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether grain imports from other EU countries are monitored for GM presence.

S3W-27787 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether seed imports into the European Union are monitored for GM presence.

S3W-27789 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether flax is grown in the United Kingdom and, if it is, what its main uses are.

S3W-27790 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has put in place to bring about the substantial reinforcements of the electricity transmission system needed to realise the potential of renewable energy sources, as identified in the National Planning Framework for Scotland 2.

S3W-27791 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to bring forward electricity grid reinforcements in the Pentland Firth strategic growth area for marine renewables.

S3W-27792 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has considered to enable Scottish Hydro-Electric Transmission Ltd to commence building a new 132 kv line from the (a) north Caithness coast to Dounreay and (b) Orkney islands to Dounreay.

S3W-27793 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to National Grid Plc on its policy on transmission charging considered to place generators in the north of Scotland at a competitive disadvantage.

S3W-27794 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the European Union regarding transmission charges, given that the Renewables Directive states that "Member States shall ensure that the charging of transmission and distribution tariffs does not discriminate against electricity from renewable energy sources, including in particular electricity from renewable energy sources produced in peripheral regions, such as island regions, and in regions of low population density."

S3W-27795 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what its implementation plan is for section 68 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-27796 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue guidance to local authorities and others on the application of section 68 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-27797 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties it has disposed of in the last two years to which section 68 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-27798 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) vacant and (b) underused buildings it and its agencies own.

S3W-27799 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether section 68 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 would be applied to the disposal of property in Scotland owned by the UK Government.

S3W-27800 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the powers contained in the Traffic Management Act 2004 are reserved to the UK Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998.

S3W-27801 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that blood donors can access donation sessions in remote and rural areas.

S3W-27802 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports blood donors being paid time off work to give blood.

S3W-27803 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are in place to encourage people to give blood.

S3W-27804 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) skillseekers and (b) modern apprentices were allocated to Dumfries and Galloway in the last three years.

S3W-27805 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the breakdown is for (a) skillseekers’ and (b) modern apprenticeship posts allocated to Dumfries and Galloway in the last three years by (i) sector and (ii) age band.

S3W-27806 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) skillseekers and (b) modern apprentices, (i) across Scotland and (ii) allocated to Dumfries and Galloway were allocated to (A) local training providers and (B) local employers in the last three years.

S3W-27807 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial value of contracts was for (a) skillseekers and (b) modern apprentices allocated to Dumfries and Galloway in the last three years.

S3W-27808 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 7,800 modern apprenticeships announced in the 2009-10 budget were allocated to Dumfries and Galloway.

S3W-27809 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the breakdown is for the 7,800 modern apprenticeships announced in the 2009-10 budget allocated to Dumfries and Galloway by (a) sector and (b) age band.

S3W-27810 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the breakdown is for all modern apprenticeship posts allocated to Dumfries and Galloway for 2009-10 by (a) sector and (b) age band.

S3W-27811 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial value of all contracts is for (a) skillseekers and (b) modern apprentices allocated to Dumfries and Galloway for 2009-10.

S3W-27812 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licenses have been issued to providers in Dumfries and Galloway for (a) skillseekers and (b) modern apprentices for 2009-10.

S3W-27813 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial contract value of licenses issued to providers in Dumfries and Galloway is for (a) skillseekers and (b) modern apprentices for 2009-10.

S3W-27814 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target times are for referrals, by GPs to consultants, of people with psychiatric or psychological problems.

S3W-27815 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will produce a national strategy for autism.

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