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Section E – Written questions lodged from 29 March to 1 April 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-32887 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hectares of trees have been (a) planted and (b) cleared in each of the last five years, broken down by Forestry Commission conservancy area.

S3W-32888 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trees have been (a) planted and (b) felled in each of the last five years, broken down by Forestry Commission conservancy area.

S3W-32889 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hectares of trees it expects will be (a) planted and (b) cleared in each of the next five years, broken down by Forestry Commission conservancy area.

S3W-32890 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trees it expects will be (a) planted and (b) felled in each of the next five years, broken down by Forestry Commission conservancy area.

S3W-32891 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS boards to ensure that free hospital car parks are used only by those with business at the hospital.

S3W-32892 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made as to whether free hospital car parks are used by those who do not have business at the hospital and, if so, to what extent.

S3W-32893 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it defines as a properly constituted organisation in relation to applications for assistance from public funds.

S3W-32894 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a crofting community trust is regarded as a properly constituted organisation in relation to applications for assistance from public funds.

S3W-32895 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether applications for assistance from public funds from crofting community trusts are subject to the same scrutiny as those from other organisations.

S3W-32896 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were registered with dentists as at 1 March 2010, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32897 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were registered with dentists as NHS patients as at 1 March 2010, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32898 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were on dental waiting lists as at 1 March 2010, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32899 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Enterprise regarding the use of tax increment financing for city centre regeneration projects in Aberdeen.

S3W-32900 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding the potential use of tax increment financing for city centre regeneration projects in Aberdeen.

S3W-32901 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scottish Enterprise’s feasibility study into the use of tax increment financing in Aberdeen will be completed.

S3W-32902 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whom Scottish Enterprise will consult as part of its feasibility study into tax increment financing in Aberdeen.

S3W-32903 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of proposed policy from the Department of Communities and Local Government for local authorities in England to carry out assessments for the potential deployment of combined heat and power or district heating systems, as set out in its Consultation on a Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate, whether a similar requirement may be placed on Scottish local authorities.

S3W-32904 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the National Planning Framework for Scotland regarding the funding and development of combined heat and power or district heating systems in urban areas.

S3W-32905 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to promote energy from waste by means of the integration of waste management with combined heat and power or district heating systems.

S3W-32906 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that patients with long-term conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, are receiving adequate levels of care and whether a ministerial statement will be made on this issue.

S3W-32907 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a ministerial statement on the consistency of access to NHS rheumatology services across Scotland.

S3W-32908 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the cost to the economy from lost working days as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.

S3W-32909 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact minimum pricing would have on the Scotch whisky industry.

S3W-32910 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what weight it has given to statements made by the Scotch Whisky Association that minimum pricing would damage Scotch whisky exports by £600 million a year.

S3W-32911 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted research on the economic impact of minimum pricing on Scotch whisky exports.

S3W-32912 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all research it has conducted on the economic impact of minimum pricing on Scotch whisky exports.

S3W-32913 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings regarding minimum pricing for alcohol have involved the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism.

S3W-32914 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism regarding minimum pricing for alcohol.

S3W-32915 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it has asked Scottish Enterprise to carry out regarding the economic impact of minimum pricing on Scotch whisky exports.

S3W-32916 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what work it has asked Scottish Development International to carry out regarding the economic impact of minimum pricing on Scotch whisky exports.

S3W-32917 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive from which foreign governments it has received correspondence regarding minimum pricing for alcohol.

S3W-32918 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the nature and content was of the correspondence received from foreign governments regarding minimum pricing for alcohol.

S3W-32919 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it played a role in the freeze on teacher and health service pensions and, if so, what.

S3W-32920 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it expects the Scottish Intelligence Co-ordination Unit (SICU) to relocate to the Scottish Crime Campus and how much it will cost to house the SICU in Livingston in the interim.

S3W-32921 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits will be of locating the Scottish Intelligence Co-ordination Unit with other key crime-fighting agencies at the Scottish Crime Campus.

S3W-32922 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the detention of children at Dungavel Detention Centre and where and when such discussions took place.

S3W-32923 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for (a) children and (b) adults to be assessed for speech and language therapy services, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32924 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for (a) children and (b) adults for speech and language therapy interventions from first presentation, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32925 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many speech and language therapists were employed in each NHS board area in each of the last five years.

S3W-32926 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average price paid per house by local authorities was for off-the-shelf purchases from private developers in 2009, broken down by local authority.

S3W-32927 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by each local authority in 2009 in purchasing off-the-shelf housing.

S3W-32928 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it anticipates will be the average price per house paid by local authorities for the purchase of properties from private developers under the national housing trust scheme.

S3W-32929 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of proposals for the new national housing trust that would allow local authorities to borrow 65% of a house purchase price from the Public Works Loan Board, what will happen to this debt when the house is sold 10 years later.

S3W-32930 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what is meant by the term affordable mid-market rent in the context of the new national housing trust.

S3W-32931 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding per house, on average, will local authorities receive for the purchase of housing from private developers under the national housing trust scheme.

S3W-32932 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26317 by Shona Robison on 31 August 2009, what funding it provided to the Scottish Football Association from 1999 to 2006.

S3W-32933 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the national procurement plan for interpreting services will be ready to put out to tender.

S3W-32934 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in response to the deficiencies identified with regard to the management of serious violent offenders in the Social Work Inspection Agency report, Improving Social Work in Scotland.

S3W-32935 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides guidance to local authorities with regard to the management of serious violent offenders.

S3W-32936 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to improve the quality of analysis of offending and the risk of reoffending in social enquiry reports identified in the Social Work Inspection Agency report, Improving Social Work in Scotland.

S3W-32937 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have waiting lists for offenders placed on community service.

S3W-32938 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been spent on the investigations into the four Scottish Criminal Record Office fingerprint officers following the Shirley McKie case.

S3W-32939 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of the Mackay investigation into the four Scottish Criminal Record Office fingerprint officers.

S3W-32940 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of James Black’s investigation into the four Scottish Criminal Record Office fingerprint officers.

S3W-32941 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on the Fingerprint Inquiry.

S3W-32942 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected total costs are of the Fingerprint Inquiry.

S3W-32943 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) legal fees and (b) management time costs were incurred by the Scottish Police Services Authority in defending the unfair dismissal case brought by Fiona McBride.

S3W-32944 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) legal fees and (b) management time costs were incurred by the Scottish Police Services Authority in appealing the decision of the employment tribunal regarding reinstatement in the unfair dismissal case brought by Fiona McBride.

S3W-32945 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is reviewing its capital programme for 2010-11 and beyond and whether this includes the rebuilding of the Southern General Hospital.

S3W-32946 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital projects are currently planned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for 2010-11 and beyond, broken down by (a) project cost and (b) timescale for delivery.

S3W-32947 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-31318 by Nicola Sturgeon on 22 February 2010, whether the (a) timescale and (b) capital cost for the new Alexandria Medical Centre has now changed.

S3W-32948 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-31317 by Nicola Sturgeon on 22 February 2010, when the concerns about dental provision in Dumbarton were raised with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

S3W-32949 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Dental Officer was consulted on all the dental aspects of the Vision of the Vale in advance of the bid for the capital allocation for the Alexandria Medical Centre.

S3W-32950 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Alexandria Medical Centre will be rebuilt and, if so, when.

S3W-32951 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-31317 by Nicola Sturgeon on 22 February 2010, what expedited procedures are in place to determine the outcome of the Alexandria Medical Centre.

S3W-32952 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of violence have been reported in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the last five years.

S3W-32953 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of verbal abuse have been reported in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the last five years.

S3W-32954 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of incidents of violence in schools in the last five years was targeted at (a) another pupil, (b) a teacher and (c) another member of staff.

S3W-32955 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of incidents of verbal abuse in schools in the last five years was targeted at (a) another pupil, (b) a teacher and (c) another member of staff.

S3W-32956 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils have been excluded from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools for violence in the last five years.

S3W-32957 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils have been excluded from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools for verbal abuse in the last five years.

S3W-32958 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to tackle violence in schools.

S3W-32959 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of current restructuring in preparation for the formation of Creative Scotland, what discussions it has had with the Scottish Arts Council on the continuing concerns of small organisations regarding their funding for the forthcoming year.

S3W-32960 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued for assessing planning applications for renewable energy schemes in peatlands.

S3W-32961 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-32224 by Keith Brown on 18 March 2010, when the meetings with the Scottish Funding Council took place and what was discussed.

S3W-32962 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a business case has been submitted by the New Campus Glasgow project.

S3W-32963 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on concerns of the Educational Institute of Scotland regarding possible redundancies resulting from the New Campus Glasgow project.

S3W-32964 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether discussions are ongoing with Stow College regarding its position on the New Campus Glasgow project.

S3W-32965 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what process the New Campus Glasgow project will follow once it comes before ministers.

S3W-32966 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will satisfy itself that the New Campus Glasgow project is fit for purpose in terms of students and courses.

S3W-32967 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assess the suitability of the New Campus Glasgow project, given that it is a unique merger in Glasgow.

S3W-32968 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reassess plans to change the governance arrangements of further education colleges.

S3W-32969 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students at a higher education institute had their course funded by the Scottish Government in each of the last 10 years, broken down by students from (a) Scotland or (b) elsewhere in the European Union.

S3W-32970 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students at a further education institute had their course funded by the Scottish Government in each of the last 10 years, broken down by students from (a) Scotland or (b) elsewhere in the European Union.

S3W-32971 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much further education colleges have been awarded by the Scottish Funding Council or its predecessor body in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-32972 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much higher education colleges have been awarded by the Scottish Funding Council or its predecessor body in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-32973 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has had with the European Commission about notification of the minimum pricing proposal and, if none, whether it plans to make contact and, if so, when.

S3W-32974 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the funding allocated to NHS Borders for 2010-11 will be used to provide additional NHS dentists.

S3W-32975 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the funding allocated to NHS Borders for 2010-11 will be sufficient for NHS Borders to deliver its planned capital projects.

S3W-32976 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) adults and (b) children were receiving home dialysis in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32977 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) children and (b) adults were receiving hospital dialysis in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-32978 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many renal dialysis satellite units there are in each NHS board.

S3W-32979 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients who receive renal replacement therapy have access to a dialysis unit within 30 minutes of their home, considered as desirable by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland standards, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-32980 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating systems were installed from (a) May 2007 to April 2008 and (b) May 2008 to April 2009 and have been installed from May 2009 to date, broken down by (i) local authority area and (ii) parliamentary constituency.

S3W-32981 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it ensured that Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL) formally consulted ZetTrans regarding HIAL’s proposal to introduce car parking charges at Sumburgh Airport and, if not, what the reason is for its approach on this matter.

S3W-32982 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it took to ensure that Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL)’s proposal to introduce car parking charges at Sumburgh Airport was subject to a wide and easily accessible consultation involving all Shetland businesses and residents.

S3W-32983 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been in communication with the UK Department of Health regarding the recent consultation on the regulation of herbalists and, if so, whether it is knows the number of responses received.

S3W-32984 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to assess the response to the consultation on the regulation of herbalists to ensure that action taken reflects the interests of Scottish people regarding access to traditional medicines.

S3W-32985 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers there to be sufficient statutory safeguards in place to ensure that those companies that apply for security work associated with public contracts are run by fit and proper persons.

S3W-32986 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether private-hire taxi firms are required to have enhanced disclosure certification for contract work with schools.

S3W-32987 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether private-hire taxi firms engaged to undertake contract work with schools are exempt in respect of enhanced disclosure requirements.

S3W-32988 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether private-hire taxi firms are required to have enhanced disclosure certification for contract work withNHSboards.

S3W-32989 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", which contracts it has reviewed.

S3W-32990 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", when these contracts were reviewed.

S3W-32991 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", what form these reviews took.

S3W-32992 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", which bonus arrangements have been changed as a result of these reviews and what these changes comprise.

S3W-32993 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", for what reason it did not review the contracts of all senior appointments.

S3W-32994 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", for what reason it reviewed the contracts that it did.

S3W-32995 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25132) that "We have reviewed a number of the contracts that are in front of us, and some bonus arrangements have been changed", for what reason these changes were not considered a breach of contract or in contravention of employment law.

S3W-32996 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its public sector pay policy for senior appointments allows it to stipulate that no bonuses should be paid.

S3W-32997 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it is able to stipulate under its public sector pay policy a limitation on bonuses but not that bonuses should not be paid.

S3W-32998 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the chamber on 25 March 2010 that amendment 78 to the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill would "single out NDPB chief executives…That is discrimination" (Official Report c. 25131), for what reason its public sector pay policy for senior appointments is not similarly discriminatory, given that it applies only to senior appointments.

S3W-32999 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it stipulated in the terms and conditions of the contract for the chief executive of Creative Scotland that no bonuses would be payable.

S3W-33000 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it stipulated in the terms and conditions for the contracts of the chief executives of Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Water, when these were renegotiated, that no bonuses would be payable.

S3W-33001 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs in Scotland were saved by the banking bailout.

S3W-33002 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30161 by John Swinney on 21 January 2010,how many of these jobs were (a) accounted by the accelerated capital programme and (b) new jobs.

S3W-33003 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the jobs that it suggests have been supported by the Economic Recovery Plan.

S3W-33004 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects have benefited or will benefit from the accelerated capital programme spend.

S3W-33005 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the status is of the Royal Veterinary College and University of Bristol study to evaluate whether docking of tails reduces the risk of tail injury and to identify other major risk factors for tail injury and when it will be published.

S3W-33006 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the cabinet had on the identification of a coal-fired power station at Hunterston as a national development prior to the National Planning Framework 2 being laid before the Parliament.

S3W-33007 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers had with developers and other interested parties on the identification of a coal-fired power station at Hunterston as a national development prior to the National Planning Framework 2 being laid before the Parliament.

S3W-33008 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how its decision to specify a coal-fired power station at Hunterston as a national development in the National Planning Framework 2 now relates to the duty of the Scottish Ministers to consider the proposal for such a power station submitted by Ayrshire Power Ltd and whether it will make a statement on this matter.

S3W-33009 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the PFI revenue costs as a share of gross local authority education expenditure for 2008-09, comparable to the figures given up to that year in Education Revenue Costs of PFI School Estate Schemes.

S3W-33010 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an independent check is carried out in respect of the information supplied to Health Facilities Scotland regarding the National Catering and Nutritional Services Specification.

S3W-33011 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it will supply to NHS boards whose hospitals have not achieved green status in respect of the National Catering and Nutritional Services Specification.

S3W-33012 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action it will take with regard to NHS boards that have not achieved green status in respect of Therapeutic Diet Provision.

S3W-33013 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that inpatient hospital food is palatable as well as nutritional.

S3W-33014 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes have been made to rapid response procedures for ambulances since May 2007.

S3W-33015 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last discussed the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds and what actions were taken.

S3W-33016 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Ambulance Service last reviewed the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds and what its findings were.

S3W-33017 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any circumstances when an ambulance can be dispatched without a paramedic on board.

S3W-33018 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any circumstances when an ambulance returning to hospital can be dispatched without a paramedic on board.

S3W-33019 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-9994 by Roseanna Cunningham on 25 March 2010, where the five claimants are based whose single farm payments have been reduced due to a connection with poisoned birds, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-33020 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the commitment given on page 1 of the Land Reform Action Plan of August 2003, whether it will publish a report on the diversity of land ownership in Scotland and what it is doing to address the concentrated pattern of private land ownership.

S3W-33021 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has published legal advice it issued to Disclosure Scotland in 2006 indicating that supervision orders in relation to which an offence had been committed should be disclosed on certificates.

S3W-33022 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether legal advice it issued to Disclosure Scotland in 2006 indicating that supervision orders in relation to which an offence had been committed should be disclosed on certificates has been challenged in court.

S3W-33023 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive which police force originally requested the legal advice that indicated that supervision orders in relation to which an offence had been committed should be disclosed on certificates.

S3W-33024 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many individuals has a supervision order been disclosed on their disclosure certificate.

S3W-33025 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been subject to a supervision order in which the grounds of referral were that they had committed an offence.

S3W-33026 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide further details about the new national qualifications.

S3W-33027 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Curriculum for Excellence excellence group will work with local authorities and schools.

S3W-33028 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Curriculum for Excellence excellence group will be established.

S3W-33029 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how members of the Curriculum for Excellence excellence group will be selected and when.

S3W-33030 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Curriculum for Excellence excellence group will produce materials or guidance for local authorities, schools, teachers or parents.

S3W-33031 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will continue to address the concerns of teaching unions that have called for a delayed implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-33032 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will meet the gap in funding for universities due to the real terms reduction that they face in 2010-11.

S3W-33033 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had with (a) individuals and (b) organisations to inform its decision to withdraw the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme for electricity generating technologies and for new build properties.

S3W-33034 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many grants it issued under the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme in each of the last three years and how much this amounts to in carbon savings.

S3W-33035 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it reduced the maximum payable under the Energy Saving Scotland home loan scheme from £10,000 to £4,000 for electricity generating technologies and what evidence it collected to inform this decision.

S3W-33036 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crime scene examinations were carried out by the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau.

S3W-33037 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive in what proportion of crime scenes was an examination carried out by the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau.

S3W-33038 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many cases involving the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies was the crime scene examined for DNA evidence in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau.

S3W-33039 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many cases involving the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies was the crime scene examined for fingerprint evidence in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau.

S3W-33040 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many cases involving the Scottish Police Services Authority and its predecessor bodies was DNA but not fingerprint evidence collected in each of the last five years, broken down by regional bureau.

S3W-33041 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been a policy decision to collect from crime scenes DNA instead of fingerprint evidence.

S3W-33042 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Water Industry Commission for Scotland paid to meet the subsistence costs of its chairman in each of the last three financial years.

S3W-33043 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Water Industry Commission for Scotland paid to meet the subsistence costs of its chief executive in each of the last three financial years.

S3W-33044 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Water Industry Commission for Scotland spent on entertainment in each of the last three financial years.

S3W-33045 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-10000 by Kenny MacAskill on 25 March 2010, what proposals it is working on to further enhance the rights of victims.

S3W-33046 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-10000 by Kenny MacAskill on 25 March 2010, when its comprehensive review of support for witnesses will (a) begin and (b) conclude; what its scope is, and who will undertake it.

S3W-33047 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25109) that "there are significant problems [with knife crime] in some areas of Edinburgh", where those areas are.

S3W-33048 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25109) that "there are significant problems [with knife crime] in some areas of Edinburgh", how many offences of handling an offensive weapon were recorded in each police beat in the Lothian and Borders police force area in the last year.

S3W-33049 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the chamber on 25 March 2010 (Official Report c. 25109) that "those who are a danger to our communities, who carry knives and who have a propensity to use them should be dealt with firmly and severely", what its position is on the expectation of such offenders to receive a custodial sentence.

S3W-33050 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many of those imprisoned for handling an offensive weapon in the last year would proposals in the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to create a legal presumption against custodial sentences of six months or less apply.

S3W-33051 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to how many of those imprisoned for handling an offensive weapon in the last year would proposals in the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to create a legal presumption against custodial sentences of three months or less apply.

S3W-33052 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences of wasting police time were committed in the Grampian police force area in each of the last three years.

S3W-33053 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-32124 by Nicola Sturgeon on 15 March 2010, whether it will provide the same information also broken down by hospital.

S3W-33054 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued under section 4 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 since 1 April 2008, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-33055 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds centrally on the use of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 and how this has changed since it came into force.

S3W-33056 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what aspects of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 it considers have been most effective in tackling antisocial behaviour.

S3W-33057 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has used its powers under section 2(3)(a) or (b) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 since May 2007 and, if so, when and for what reason.

S3W-33058 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports under section 2(1) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 have been produced since it came into force and when they were published.

S3W-33059 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27310 by Kenny MacAskill on 23 September 2009, whether it will provide the information sought between 1993 and 1999.

S3W-33060 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27310 by Kenny MacAskill on 23 September 2009, how many prisoners released from custody on compassionate grounds under section 3 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 and on licence before their death had their licence revoked and for what reasons, since the coming into force of the Act.

S3W-33061 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28352 by Fergus Ewing on 12 November 2009, what consideration it has given to the collection of information on the test purchasing of knives as it does in relation to alcohol and whether a decision to do so has been made.

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