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Section E – Written questions lodged from 12 to 16 July 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-35264 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish guidance on disturbance of marine European protected species, as the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment committed to do on 2 December 2009 during Stage 2 consideration of the Marine (Scotland) Bill (Official Report c. 2244).

S3W-35265 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult stakeholders on the guidance relating to disturbance of marine European protected species, as the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment committed to do on 2 December 2009 during Stage 2 consideration of the Marine (Scotland) Bill (Official Report c. 2244), and whether this will be a full public consultation.

S3W-35266 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive on what legal basis it will authorise seismic surveys in Scottish territorial waters

S3W-35267 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what average monthly number of prisoners engaged with learning centres in prison in 2009-10.

S3W-35268 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what work programmes are available to offenders serving custodial sentences, broken down by prison.

S3W-35269 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of prisoners serving sentences of (a) less than six months, (b) six months to two years and (c) over two years has taken part in prison work programmes in each of the last three years.

S3W-35270 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of prisoners serving sentences of (a) less than six months, (b) six months to two years and (c) over two years has taken part in prison education programmes in each of the last three years.

S3W-35271 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have taken part in work programmes in prison in each of the last three years.

S3W-35272 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) work and (b) education opportunities are available to offenders in prison on remand, broken down by prison.

S3W-35273 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget is allocated to the Court of the Lord Lyon and who the accountable officer is.

S3W-35274 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive in which of its directorates responsibility for the Court of the Lord Lyon lies.

S3W-35275 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what annual budget has been set for the Court of the Lord Lyon and what the final outturn for that budget line has been in each year since 1999.

S3W-35276 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cleaning staff have been directly employed by the NHS in each year since 1999, broken down by board.

S3W-35277 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the potential increase in greenhouse gas emissions due to the cancellation of the Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme and what the outcome was.

S3W-35278 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the provisions in the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill for a presumption against custodial sentences of three months or less will come into force.

S3W-35279 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the 28-day hospital readmission rate has been from a (a) surgical and (b) medical speciality in each year since 2005, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-35280 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the 28-day hospital readmission rate has been for people aged 65 and over from a (a) surgical and (b) medical speciality in each year since 2005, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-35281 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency inpatient bed days there have been for people aged 65 and over in each year since 2004-05.

S3W-35282 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the vacancy (a) rates and (b) numbers for ambulance staff in the Scottish Ambulance Service, broken down by grade and Regional Operational Division in each of the last six years.

S3W-35283 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulance staff have been employed by the Scottish Ambulance Service, broken down by grade and Regional Operational Division in each of the last six years.

S3W-35284 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 999 calls were made between 20 December 2007 and 1 January 2010 where it was decided that an ambulance was not necessary; and what proportion of calls over this period these represented, broken down by Regional Operational Division.

S3W-35285 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hoax calls the Scottish Ambulance Service received in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by Regional Operational Division.

S3W-35286 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated maximum number of casualties the East Central Regional Operational Division of the Scottish Ambulance Service could cope with in one incident is; what assessment it has made of additional resources that might be required to meet any major incident, and where those resources would come from.

S3W-35287 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average number of attendances was per year in district general hospital accident and emergency departments in (a) Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline (b) Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy and (c) St. Andrews Hospital in each of the last six years.

S3W-35288 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost per head of (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency ambulance services in the East Central Regional Operational Division of the Scottish Ambulance Service was in the last year.

S3W-35289 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time taken for the East Central Regional Operational Division of the Scottish Ambulance Service to respond to calls was for the latest year for which figures are available, and what the equivalent figures were for the previous three years.

S3W-35290 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether responsibility to provide ambulances to return patients from hospital to their homes lies with the ambulance service nearest to where the hospital is located or where the patient lives.

S3W-35291 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects local authorities to find support services for disabled people who (a) reside in the local authority area or (b) come from the local authority area but reside in another.

S3W-35292 Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many domestic fires have been caused by faults in electrical installations and products since the introduction of a minimum standard for electrical installations was included in the tolerable standard in 2006.

S3W-35293 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Public Sector Climate Action Group was established.

S3W-35294 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the Public Sector Climate Action Group has met since its creation.

S3W-35295 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit of the Public Sector Climate Action Group is.

S3W-35296 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive who is represented on the Public Sector Climate Action Group.

S3W-35297 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many members the Public Sector Climate Action Group has.

S3W-35298 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what areas have been selected for the £10 million universal access scheme under the Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-35299 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what areas will be covered by the second phase of the Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-35300 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households will be targeted during the second phase of the Home Insulation Scheme.

S3W-35301 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30350 by Alex Neil on 15 January 2010, how many of the households that requested insulation measures through the Home Insulation Scheme have had these measures installed, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-35302 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any changes to the rules governing public sector food procurement since the national food and drink policy workstream, Walking the Talk, was established in August 2008 and, if so, what changes.

S3W-35303 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its procurement contracts include a community benefit clause.

S3W-35304 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to change the rules governing public sector food procurement before May 2011.

S3W-35305 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its procurement policy follows the guidelines set out in the EU handbook on green public procurement.

S3W-35306 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the competitiveness of the Scottish ferry industry.

S3W-35307 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve and develop ferry links between Scotland and Ireland.

S3W-35308 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the BMA Junior Doctors Committee’s BMA survey of junior doctors’ working arrangements 2010, which reported respondents’ concerns that the increased frequency of shift handovers and an associated increase in the number of doctors involved in a patient’s treatment was sometimes detrimental to the patient’s quality of care and overall experience.

S3W-35309 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that shift working,particularly shifts arising from the implementation of the European working time directive, and the implementation of hospital at night schemes are not deleterious to patient safety and junior doctors’ health.

S3W-35310 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking steps to ensure that other NHS boards follow the practice undertaken by NHS Lothian of discussing complaints quarterly at a clinical governance steering group, which the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman has commended and recommended should be followed by other public bodies.

S3W-35311 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to providing (a) compensation and (b) noise mitigation measures, it has taken the World Health Organization’s Night Noise Guidelines for Europe, published in 2009, into account when assessing the impact of noise onhouseholds along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway lineand, if so, what assumptions it made in interpreting the guidelines.

S3W-35312 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to reduce the number of accidental fires caused in domestic properties each year from faults in electrical installations and products in the Glasgow parliamentary region.

S3W-35313 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-34671 by Richard Lochhead on 30 June 2010, what new systems are being introduced to speed up the processing of annual recurrent payments for the Rural Priorities scheme.

S3W-35314 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances can be given to claimants that future annual recurrent payments under the Rural Priorities scheme will be paid on time.

S3W-35315 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30561 by Kenny MacAskill on 19 January 2010, how many interpretation assignments have been undertaken by the Scottish Court Service in each month of 2010, broken down by interpreters (a) with and (b) without a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting.

S3W-35316 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-30559 by Alex Neil on 22 January 2010, what further consideration it has given to how best to improve the quality and standards of interpretation services.

S3W-35317 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Translating, Interpreting and Communication Support Group has taken to improve the standards of translation and interpreting services and how it will evaluate progress.

S3W-35318 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, since the implementation of the framework contract for the provision of interpreting, translation and transcription services, on how many occasions courts have advised the Scottish Court Service about a case in which an aspect of the performance of the interpretation service has had an effect on proceedings, broken down by month, and how this compares with the situation prior to the introduction of the framework contract.

S3W-35319 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken tests regarding the potential links between herbicide spraying and bee deaths and, if so, what the results were.

S3W-35320 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on its Designing Streets initiative, broken down by item of expenditure.

S3W-35321 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to take forward its Designing Streets initiative.

S3W-35322 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust is generating its predicted savings of £100-150 million per annum.

S3W-35323 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is prioritising the projects in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-35324 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) progress has been made and (b) work is underway on each project in the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-35325 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the planning system in respect of (a) facilitating economic growth and employment, (b) giving greater weight to the needs of the economy or (c) the impact on the economy.

S3W-35326 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to give greater incentives for local authorities to improve economic growth in their area.

S3W-35327 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is undertaking work to develop an asset disposal strategy.

S3W-35328 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the absence rates of public sector employees have been in each of the last three years.

S3W-35329 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the absence rates of public sector employees.

S3W-35330 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to adopt the UK Government’s five-day target for settling public sector supplier invoices.

S3W-35331 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the first school of the first tranche of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme to open.

S3W-35332 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3M-33983 by Keith Brown on 2 June 2010, whether the role of the Scottish Futures Trust in the Scottish Government’s school building programme has involved more than informing local authorities of their funding allocations and, if so, what work it has carried out.

S3W-35334 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the raw data on the 2010 non-domestic rates revaluation, including information on the proportion of businesses that have seen their rates increase or decrease and by how much.

S3W-35335 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review rates relief schemes.

S3W-35336 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to harmonise the various methods of valuing biomass energy plants.

S3W-35337 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve businesses’ awareness and understanding of the grant schemes available.

S3W-35338 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what formal analysis or evaluation it has carried out of the impact of its economic recovery plan on the rate of unemployment.

S3W-35339 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on (a) NHS distinction awards and (b) pension contributions under this scheme since May 2007.

S3W-35340 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds information on how much corporation tax is generated in Scotland, broken down by local authority area or region.

S3W-35341 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community trusts are in operation, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-35342 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its projects and initiatives have experienced budget overruns in the last three years, broken down by the (a) name and purpose of each project and (b) planned and outturn budget costs.

S3W-35343 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to develop town and city-wide wi-fi networks.

S3W-35344 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the reason to be that unemployment in Scotland is now at a higher rate than in the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-35345 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the reason to be that Scotland has a business start-up rate lower than in the United Kingdom as a whole and other comparable countries

S3W-35346 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the University of Strathclyde’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2009 report into business start-up rates.

S3W-35347 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to reinstate external audits of local authority planning departments.

S3W-35348 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to incentivise young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

S3W-35349 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent supporting renewable energy research and development in each of the last three years.

S3W-35350 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review and streamline publicly funded energy efficiency and environment performance advisory bodies.

S3W-35351 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many publicly funded energy efficiency and environment performance advisory bodies exist, and whom each supports.

S3W-35352 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is improving the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools.

S3W-35353 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-registration student nurse and midwifery intake training places there are at each higher education institution in 2010-11, also broken down by (a) adult nursing, (b) mental health nursing, (c) learning disability nursing, (d) children’s nursing and (e) midwifery.

S3W-35354 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what schools in Renfrewshire have a suitability rating of C and D.

S3W-35355 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of bovine neonatal pancytopaenia (bleeding calf syndrome) were reported in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010, broken down by Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Service area.

S3W-35356 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what research the Scottish Agricultural College is undertaking to identify the potential factors that cause bovine neonatal pancytopaenia (bleeding calf syndrome).

S3W-35357 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made of the results of the Monitor Farms programme.

S3W-35358 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support (a) it and (b) its agencies have given to offshore wind technologies and their deployment in each year since 2006-07.

S3W-35359 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support (a) it and (b) its agencies have given to wave and tidal technologies and their deployment in each year since 2006-07.

S3W-35360 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how many combined heat and power plants have been established in Scotland in each year since 2003-04.

S3W-35361 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is aguaranteed training place for under-18s.

S3W-35362 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a guaranteed (a) training place or (b) job for 18 to 24-year-olds out of work for more than 6 months.

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