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Section E – Written questions lodged on 5 February 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-31525 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30820 by Stewart Stevenson on 4 February 2010, which ministers have visited areas affected by the Forth Replacement Crossing; on what dates; what groups or organisations they met, and what reports they have made of their visits.

S3W-31533 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the regulatory action of the Care Commission is proportionate to the service, taking into account the number of service users, the number of care episodes delivered and the number of complaints received.

S3W-31534 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to establish a framework for regulatory action for social care service providers based on qualitative and quantitative parameters.

S3W-31535 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether voluntary and private sector social care service providers should be accountable for the commissioning practices of local authorities.

S3W-31536 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to support the development and regulation of the social care sector.

S3W-31537 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Care Commission Quality Assessment Framework takes account of the (a) size of a service, (b) number of service users, (c) number of care episodes delivered and (d) number of complaints made and, if not, whether this will be reviewed.

S3W-31538 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available to (a) public, (b) voluntary and (c) private sector care providers to deliver workforce development.

S3W-31539 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is being made available to encourage voluntary and private sector social care providers to develop and take up the use of electronic technologies to improve the delivery of care and support services.

S3W-31540 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to support the development of care providers to ensure that a range of sustainable provision is available in the future.

S3W-31541 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are being developed that will improve social care provision for older people.

S3W-31542 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the (a) enforcement activities and (b) regulating for improvement role of the Care Commission.

S3W-31543 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review Care Commission enforcement activity to ensure that capacity building of the social care provider market is not adversely affected by regulation.

S3W-31544 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) policy directives relating to the development of capacity of social care providers it has undertaken or introduced since 2007.

S3W-31545 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how its policies to improve the commissioning of care services will take into account costs associated with travel, travel time and training.

S3W-31546 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how its policies to improve the commissioning of care services will ensure that care providers are not held to account by the regulator for local authority commissioning practices.

S3W-31547 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on social care workforce development by (a) statutory authorities, (b) voluntary sector providers and (c) private sector providers since 2007.

S3W-31548 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has received for social care workforce development in the last three years.

S3W-31549 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the complaints procedure used by the Care Commission.

S3W-31550 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been set aside for each of the next three years to cover the cost of skills development in social care.

S3W-31551 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to (a) promote the use of modern communication technologies in social care provision and (b) support voluntary and private sector social care providers in the uptake and involvement in the use of modern technologies.

S3W-31552 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it plans to take to ensure that a cultural shift as described in Changing Lives: Report of the 21st Century Social Work Review becomes a reality.

S3W-31553 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that local authority commissioning of social care support in the community operates within a national contract and pricing framework.

S3W-31554 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that social care providers will be available to cope with the increasing demand for services.

S3W-31555 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that regulatory action relating to social care providers is proportionate and has no impact on the future sustainability of these services.

S3W-31556 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to raise awareness of the growing demand for care and support and the future requirement for more trained staff able to provide such support.

S3W-31557 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a critical incident review is undertaken following all stillbirths.

S3W-31558 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all reports (a) of critical incidents and (b) from procurators fiscal on stillbirths are reviewed by a national oversight group as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

S3W-31559 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what national learning points arising from critical incident reports on stillbirths have been issued to NHS boards.

S3W-31560 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what system is in place for the collection and analysis of information on (a) critical incidents and (b) near-misses resulting in (i) stillbirth and (ii) damage to the baby.

S3W-31561 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to (a) ministers and (b) Scottish Water requesting the removal of fences around Milngavie reservoir erected following a direction by the Home Secretary in 2003 under the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Direction in the Interests of National Security) Order 2002.

S3W-31562 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review in conjunction with Home Office ministers the continuing need for security fences at Milngavie reservoir on national security grounds.

S3W-31563 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the commissioning of the new Milngavie water treatment works has rendered unnecessary a number of security measures put in place following a direction by the Home Secretary in 2003 under the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Direction in the Interests of National Security) Order 2002.

S3W-31564 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it has not responded to Scottish Water’s application of April 2009 for authority to remove many of the security measures put in place at Milngavie reservoir on national security grounds.

S3W-31565 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether provision could be made by (a) ministers or (b) a variation in the determination of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland to cover any costs that might be incurred by Scottish Water in the removal of security measures at Milngavie reservoir should such measures prove unnecessary.

S3W-31566 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Direction in the Interests of National Security) Order 2002 provides ministers with express powers to revoke a direction made using that legislation and, if not, what other legal powers could be used to remove unnecessary security measures.

S3W-31567 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how often the Minister for Environment has consulted Crofters Commission commissioners regarding the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill since her appointment.

S3W-31568 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that the Bull Hire Scheme does not contravene state aid rules and, if so, whether it will retain the scheme.

S3W-31569 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the two Crofters Commission-owned farms near Inverness formerly used in connection with the Bull Hire Scheme that remain unsold.

S3W-31570 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total annual value is of additional student support received in grants, bursaries and loans resulting from changes made following the Supporting a Smarter Scotland consultation.

S3W-31571 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total annual value is of government spending in relation to changes made following the Supporting a Smarter Scotland consultation, broken down by (a) annual managed expenditure and (b) departmental expenditure limit.

S3W-31572 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made for domestic wind power microgeneration installations since 2007, broken down by local authority.

S3W-31573 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for domestic wind power microgeneration installations have been (a) approved and (b) rejected, broken down by local authority.

S3W-31574 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what average time is taken from application to decision for domestic wind power microgeneration installations.

S3W-31575 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the electro-shock from a Taser gun could trigger a seizure in an individual with a low seizure threshold.

S3W-31576 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a Taser gun discharge could destabilise an individual with well controlled epilepsy.

S3W-31577 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what epilepsy awareness training will be provided to police officers using Taser guns to ensure recognition of potentially unresponsive, uncommunicative or possibly aggressive behaviour resulting from a complex partial seizure.

S3W-31578 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of concerns expressed by Amnesty International in its report, "Less than lethal?" The use of stun weapons in US law enforcement, regarding the use of Taser guns on individuals suffering from seizures, what training Strathclyde police officers will receive during the three-day training course on Taser gun use on identifying post-seizure behaviour to ensure that these symptoms are not mistaken for non-compliant, combative or intoxicated behaviour.

S3W-31579 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of concerns expressed by Amnesty International in its report, "Less than lethal?" The use of stun weapons in US law enforcement, what consideration it has given to the public safety implications of extending the use of Taser guns beyond authorised firearms officers in the Strathclyde police force area.

S3W-31580 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of concerns expressed by Amnesty International in its report, "Less than lethal?" The use of stun weapons in US law enforcement, regarding the effects of Taser guns on individuals with medical conditions such as epilepsy, what consideration it has given to the public safety implications of extending the use of Taser guns beyond authorised firearms officers in the Strathclyde police force area.

S3W-31581 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what training Strathclyde police officers will receive during the three-day training course on Taser gun use on ensuring that all individuals subject to a Taser gun discharge receive adequate medical evaluation, especially those with epilepsy, diabetes, asthma or heart disease.

S3W-31582 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that the use of Taser guns in Scotland does not emulate that in the United States where there have been reportedly over 300 Taser gun-related fatalities since 2001.

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