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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 November 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-29224 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licensed HGVs there are, broken down by weight category.

S3W-29225 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of kilometres travelled by UK-licensed HGVs on Scottish roads in the last year, broken down by (a) weight category and (b) type of road.

S3W-29226 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many kilometres UK-licensed HGVs travelled on (a) non-trunk A roads and (b) minor roads in Scotland in the last year.

S3W-29227 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is held on the number of (a) kilometres travelled, (b) journeys made and (c) days spent on the road in Scotland by HGVs from outwith the United Kingdom.

S3W-29228 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of journeys made by (a) UK-based and (b) non-UK-based HGVs in Scotland in the last year and their weight category.

S3W-29229 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of kilometres travelled by HGVs in Scotland in the last year, broken down by (a) UK-based and (b) non-UK-based HGVs and showing their weight category.

S3W-29230 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of days (a) UK-based and (b) non-UK-based HGVs were on the road in Scotland in the last year and their weight category.

S3W-29231 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of kilometres travelled by HGVs over 3.5 tonnes on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in the last year.

S3W-29232 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of kilometres travelled by UK-based HGVs over 3.5 tonnes on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in the last year.

S3W-29233 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of kilometres travelled by non-UK-based HGVs over 3.5 tonnes on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in the last year.

S3W-29234 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to improve survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer.

S3W-29235 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to improve early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

S3W-29236 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research and clinical trials are being carried out in Scotland to improve the lives of people with pancreatic cancer.

S3W-29237Δ Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the Efficient Government Outturn Report for 2008-09.

S3W-29238 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the implementation of digital mammography screening across Scotland.

S3W-29239 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards use digital mammography screening.

S3W-29240 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when digital mammography screening will be available in each NHS board area.

S3W-29241 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that all NHS boards will be ready to implement digital mammography screening in 2011.

S3W-29242 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) obstetric and (b) community maternity units there are, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-29243 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women gave birth (a) in an obstetric unit, (b) in a community maternity unit and (c) at home in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

S3W-29244 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of low-risk women giving birth in an obstetric unit had a medical intervention during childbirth in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-29245 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of low-risk women giving birth in a community maternity unit had a medical intervention during childbirth in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-29246 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of low-risk women giving birth at home had a medical intervention during childbirth in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-29247 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of first-time mothers had 10 antenatal checks, as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-29248 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pregnant women who had previous uncomplicated pregnancies had seven antenatal checks, as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09

S3W-29249 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that every woman is given a birthing place choice, including a minimum of one midwife-led care option, as recommended by the National Childbirth Trust.

S3W-29250 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it collects data about birthing place choice.

S3W-29251 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwives the NHS employs and employed in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-29252 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwives secured employment as midwives following return-to-practice courses in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-29253 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many midwives graduated in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 and whether all obtained positions as midwives.

S3W-29254 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people convicted of handling an offensive weapon in the Lothian and Borders police force area were aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 21, (c) 22 to 30 and (d) over 30 at the time of the offence in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-29255 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prescriptions for (a) sibutramine and (b) orlisat have been dispensed to individuals aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 21, (c) 22 to 30 and (d) over 30 in the NHS Lothian area in each of the last five years.

S3W-29256 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of kilometres that will be travelled by UK-based HGVs over 3.5 tonnes on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in each of the next five years.

S3W-29257 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of kilometres that will be travelled by non-UK-based HGVs over 3.5 tonnes on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in each of the next five years.

S3W-29258 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of kilometres that will be travelled by UK-based HGVs on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in each of the next five years.

S3W-29259 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of kilometres that will be travelled by non-UK-based HGVs on (a) all and (b) rural roads in Scotland in each of the next five years.

S3W-29260 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether claimant numbers for unemployment-related benefit were analysed at ward level 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-29261 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that some rural local authorities have pockets of high unemployment.

S3W-29262 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that some rural local authorities have pockets of high unemployment that are not reflected in the overall unemployment rate for that area.

S3W-29263 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instruct the Scottish Funding Council to consider claimant numbers for unemployment-related benefit at ward level in deciding which colleges should receive funding from the additional £8.4 million for extra college places yet to be allocated.

S3W-29264 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether claimant numbers for unemployment-related benefit were analysed at ward level in deciding which colleges would receive funding from the extra £12 million allocated for college buildings announced by the Scottish Funding Council on 4 September 2009.

S3W-29265 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-26158, S3W-26159 and S3W-26160 by Stewart Stevenson on 31 August and 2 September 2009 respectively, for what reason various sections of the new M80 from Stepps to Haggs are being constructed to a capacity less than technically required by Transport Scotland’s own traffic projections as set out in the Congestion Reference Flow.

S3W-29266 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the consultation on extending the public sector duty on socio-economic inequalities in the UK Equality Bill to cover public bodies in Scotland.

S3W-29268 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28950 by Fiona Hyslop on 23 November 2009, whether the representatives from the financial sector referred to include representatives from the Royal Bank of Scotland or Lloyds Banking Group.

S3W-29269 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the criteria for the use of funds allocated to the LEADER programme for rural broadband.

S3W-29270 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the LEADER programme to seek the first applications for rural broadband improvements and when the first grant awards are likely to be made.

S3W-29271 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects rural communities with a broadband service of less than the Digital Britain Report universal service target of 2 megabits per second to be able to apply to upgrade their services under the LEADER programme.

S3W-29272 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the LEADER broadband programme will actively target communities with no terrestrial broadband service first and whether communities with significant broadband reliability issues will receive equal consideration.

S3W-29273 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether rural communities will be able to publicly procure exchange upgrades using LEADER broadband programme funds in areas where public access broadband infrastructure may already have received some public investment.

S3W-29274 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether communities will be able to publicly procure fibre connections to, or closer to, their communities using LEADER broadband programme funds.

S3W-29275 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a common approach to the use of LEADER broadband programme funds.

S3W-29276 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and expertise will be available to local communities in the processes of publicly procuring first time or improved broadband access to their area under the LEADER broadband programme.

S3W-29277 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons are to be learned from the Cybermoor project in Cumberland as a means of improving rural broadband coverage.

S3W-29278 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it is undertaking to assess the potential for Scotland of the latest generation of wireless broadband technologies.

S3W-29279 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that wireless broadband connections are likely to form part of its future strategy for broadband in rural Scotland.

S3W-29280 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the conclusions of the Digital Britain Report on a universal service target for broadband of 2 megabits per second for every broadband customer, or whether it has a different target for Scotland.

S3W-29281 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that every Scottish broadband consumer benefits from a minimum of 2 megabits per second of broadband connectivity.

S3W-29282 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the backhaul infrastructure in Scotland is sufficient to allow every broadband customer to benefit from a minimum of 2 megabits per second broadband connectivity.

S3W-29283 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that Scotland’s particular needs are met in the delivery of improved broadband to meet the Digital Britain Report universal service target.

S3W-29284 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that Scotland’s distinct needs are understood and given priority by the Network Design and Procurement Group, which will develop key work flowing from the Digital Britain Report.

S3W-29285 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to secure an appropriate share of the UK funds available for the broadband universal service target flowing from the Digital Britain Report in order to meet Scotland’s distinct needs and whether it has plans to add to those funds.

S3W-29286 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its relationship is with the Network Design and Procurement Group flowing from the Digital Britain Report.

S3W-29287 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it is doing to help project demand for broadband services as a basis for helping to encourage improved investment in broadband infrastructure.

S3W-29288 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consumers it considers do not have access to a minimum 2 megabits per second broadband connection from current suppliers, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-29289 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it is aware of, or has commissioned, to identify key bottlenecks in backhaul capacity that might constrain future upgrading of broadband provision.

S3W-29290 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has to secure higher speed and more reliable and affordable broadband for rural areas, following publication of the Digital Britain Report.

S3W-29291 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patient discharges were delayed in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-29292 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to reduce the number of delayed patient discharges.

S3W-29293 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patient discharges in each of the last three years were delayed for a period of more than six weeks due to complications with community care arrangements, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-29294 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce patient discharge delays due to unavailability of funding for care home places.

S3W-29295 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce patient discharge delays due to unavailability of funding for community care support.

S3W-29296 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reason is for the increase in the number of delayed discharges.

S3W-29297 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average duration of delay is for delayed patient discharges, broken down by NHS board.

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