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Section E – Written questions lodged on 29 January 2010

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-31202 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate is for people with oesophageal cancer and how this compares with other (a) types of cancer and (b) OECD countries.

S3W-31203 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of oesophageal cancer has been in each year since 1960.

S3W-31204 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence of oesophageal cancer in people under 55 has been in each year since 1960.

S3W-31205 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with oesophageal cancer have (a) had and (b) not had surgery as part of their treatment in each year since 1960.

S3W-31206 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ministers could delegate functions relating to section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 under the provisions of section 42 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill.

S3W-31207Δ Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the allocation of ministerial responsibilities is within the First Minister’s portfolio following the recent ministerial changes‬‪.

S3W-31208 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients admitted to hospital in England and Wales, whether there are plans to introduce similar guidelines in Scotland.

S3W-31209 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3F-2170 by Alex Salmond on 28 January 2010, whether existing staff will continue to deliver the Graduates for Business scheme.

S3W-31210 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions complaints have been received about the release of personal details related to deaths from influenza A (H1N1) and who was responsible for the release of such details in each case.

S3W-31211 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29405 by Nicola Sturgeon on 8 December 2009, when the short life group review of membership and terms of reference for the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Task Force and Stakeholder Group will be published.

S3W-31212 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) critical incident reviews were carried out and (b) stillbirths occurred in each NHS board area in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009

S3W-31213 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29577 by Alex Neil on 21 December 2009, when it expects to announce its decision on the reallocation of the £128,000 paid back by the Scottish-Islamic Foundation.

S3W-31214 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it has issued to GP practices regarding their charging policy for letters to social work departments that have requested information on patient medical requirements.

S3W-31215 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that landfill gas has a role in energy generation and, if so, how it plans to support this role.

S3W-31216 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it encouraged Inverclyde and other councils to trial a food collection service for a year but offered no funding for its continuation and carried out no evaluation of the trial.

S3W-31217 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it can achieve the objectives of its zero waste policy without providing financial support to allow local authorities to establish long-term food waste collection services.

S3W-31218 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the value for money in allowing local authorities to invest in the capital equipment necessary to carry out a time-limited food waste collection service without continuing or evaluating the project.

S3W-31219 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to embed community benefit clauses in NHS contracts.

S3W-31220 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all NHS contracts that contain community benefit clauses.

S3W-31221 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to mainstream social prescribing in the NHS.

S3W-31222 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on a right to request to allow NHS staff to establish a social enterprise to deliver primary and community care.

S3W-31223 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students have participated in each of the last three years in two-plus-two degrees in which a university and college co-operate to offer a four-year joint course.

S3W-31224 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult on the proposed amendment to the protected geographical indication status for Scottish farmed salmon; what the timescale for the consultation will be, and who it will consult.

S3W-31225 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those public authorities that will be subject to the duty in section 11(1) of the Marine (Scotland) Bill to take authorisation or enforcement decisions in accordance with the appropriate marine plans unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

S3W-31226 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those public authorities that will be required to comply with the requirements of section 71 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill by virtue of section 71(1) of that Bill.

S3W-31227 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list those public authorities to which section 72 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill will apply.

S3W-31228 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30269 by Richard Lochhead on 27 January 2010, whether the group of public authorities to which the Marine (Scotland) Bill will apply will be most similar to the group of bodies defined as public authorities in (a) section 6(3) of the Human Rights Act 1998, (b) section 3 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, or (c) section 322 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 or defined as public bodies or office-holders in section 58 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-31229 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30269 by Richard Lochhead on 27 January 2010, whether it will give an example of an Act in which the term public authority is undefined that might serve as a precedent to determine the meaning of the expression in the Marine (Scotland) Bill.

S3W-31230 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scotland-based patients have received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment for the influenza A (H1N1) virus or related illness at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; when each patient was treated, and in which NHS board area each patient lived.

S3W-31231 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-9326 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2010, whether it would be willing to discuss the potential for direct Edinburgh to Cardiff rail services with the Welsh Assembly Government with a view to making joint representations to the UK Government if the case for such services appears to be justified.

S3W-31232 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the profile of every infrastructure project of over £10 million.

S3W-31233 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail which capital projects experienced cost overruns of £1 million and more in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

S3W-31234 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how the (a) estimated capital value and (b) timescale of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route compares with the original project cost and timescale estimates.

S3W-31235 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how the (a) estimated capital value and (b) timescale of the Southern General Hospital compares with the original project cost and timescale estimates.

S3W-31236 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how the (a) estimated capital value and (b) timescale of the Borders railway project compares with the original project cost and timescale estimates.

S3W-31237 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how the (a) estimated capital value and (b) timescale of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link compares with the original project cost and timescale estimates.

S3W-31238 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how the (a) estimated capital value and (b) timescale of the Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh compares with the original project cost and timescale estimates.

S3W-31239 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust has established a procurement and contracting strategy for the schools investment programme.

S3W-31240 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has approved a procurement and contracting strategy for the schools investment programme.

S3W-31241 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when a procurement and contracting strategy for the schools investment programme will be implemented.

S3W-31242 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust has developed a schools investment programme.

S3W-31243 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has approved a schools investment programme.

S3W-31244 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when a schools investment programme will be published.

S3W-31245 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the first school to be completed under the Scottish Futures Trust school investment programme.

S3W-31246 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the final school to be completed under the Scottish Futures Trust school investment programme.

S3W-31247 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timeframe is for completion of each school under the Scottish Futures Trust schools investment programme.

S3W-31248 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding mechanisms will be used to build new schools and whether it will list which schools will be built by the different models.

S3W-31249 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when funding will come on stream to fund (a) secondary and (b) primary schools through the schools investment programme.

S3W-31250 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is confident that funding for all schools to be built through the schools investment programme will be secured by April 2011.

S3W-31251 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still the case that local authorities will have to meet a third of the costs of secondary schools and half the cost of primary schools to be built through the schools investment programme.

S3W-31252 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the pilot for the schools investment programme referred to in the Scottish Future’s Trust corporate plan.

S3W-31253 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received the Scottish Future’s Trust plans for a pilot for the schools investment programme and whether they have been approved.

S3W-31254 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Scottish Future’s Trust schools investment pilot to begin.

S3W-31255 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many DNA samples have been retained since 1 January 2007 relating to defendants who have been prosecuted but not convicted.

S3W-31256 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rheumatologists are working in Scotland and where they are based.

S3W-31257 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dermatologists are working in Scotland and where they are based.

S3W-31258 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rheumatology specialist nurses are working in Scotland and where they are based.

S3W-31259 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dermatology specialist nurses are working in Scotland and where they are based.

S3W-31260 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered holders of entitlement cards under the free bus travel scheme there were in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-31261 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30253 by Shona Robison on 26 January 2010, what steps it is taking to identify the prevalence of haemochromatosis, broken down by (a) age group and (b) gender.

S3W-31262 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many NHS boards haemochromatosis patients are treated with (a) venesection therapy and (b) phlebotomy in (i) hospital outpatient or community-based clinics and (ii) hospital wards.

S3W-31263 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30253 by Shona Robison on 26 January 2010 by what methods it is assessing the (a) positive and (b) negative impacts of the introduction of a Scotland-only screening programme for haemochromatosis.

S3W-31264 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the introduction of (a) age and (b) gender-specific screening programmes for haemochromatosis.

S3W-31265 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients being treated for haemochromatosis have been infected with (a) Clostridium difficile and (b) MRSA in each year since the introduction of monitoring for these infections.

S3W-31266 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being made available for the Family Nurse Partnership pilot in Lothian.

S3W-31267 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost per client per year will be of delivering the Family Nurse Partnership.

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