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Section E – Written questions lodged from 26 to 30 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-35475 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted of motoring offences in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-35476 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted of not having motor insurance when driving in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-35477 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted more than once of not having motor insurance when driving in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-35478 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £500,000 Scottish Housing Options funding will be allocated.

S3W-35479 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to local authorities regarding the use of the Scottish Housing Options funding.

S3W-35480 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive in what ways the use of the Scottish Housing Options funding will be monitored.

S3W-35481 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) hospital microbiologists are employed and (b) vacancies there are for such posts in NHS Tayside, expressed as (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent.

S3W-35482 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-34957 by John Swinney on 23 July 2010, what steps are being taken to establish whether a requirement to have a living wage clause in procurement contracts would breach article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

S3W-35483 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-34944 by Alex Neil on 23 July 2010, whether it will publish the reviews by its officials of the annual reports on single outcome agreements on the extent to which they are tackling multiple disadvantage.

S3W-35484 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations it is consulting in preparing the child poverty strategy.

S3W-35485 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what instructions it has given to the Crofters Commission regarding applications to install a wind turbine on land held under crofting tenure where the proposed installation has been granted planning permission by the local authority.

S3W-35486 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been received in speed camera fines in each year since 1997, expressed in (a) cash and (b) real terms, also broken down by local authority.

S3W-35487 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) speed cameras and (b) road accidents there have been in each year since 1997, also broken down by local authority.

S3W-35488 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how much VisitScotland spent on (a) administration and (b) marketing in 2009-10.

S3W-35489 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35366 by John Swinney on 28 July 2010, what it considers to be a sustainable level of UK public sector net borrowing, expressed as a percentage of GDP.

S3W-35490 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35366 by John Swinney on 28 July 2010, what timeframe it considers to be the earliest opportunity for UK public sector net borrowing to be returned to a sustainable level.

S3W-35491 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35366 by John Swinney on 28 July 2010, how it defines a sustainable level of UK public sector net borrowing.

S3W-35492 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-32727 by Alex Neil on 24 March 2010, whether a local authority is not considered to be a relevant Scottish authority under the powers invested in the Scottish Ministers by section 49D(3) of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

S3W-35493 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what are considered to be relevant Scottish authorities as referred to in section 49D(3) of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005

S3W-35494 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it uses the requirement to pay the living wage as a community benefit clause in its procurement processes.

S3W-35495 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the future of the pilot Road Equivalent Tariff scheme.

S3W-35496 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make an early announcement on the future of the pilot Road Equivalent Tariff scheme to ensure that CalMac and local island communities are able to prepare effectively for summer 2011.

S3W-35497 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, when assessing fish stocks and preparing advice for future stock management, the Fisheries Research Services Marine Laboratory takes into account the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership’s research, which shows that climate change is causing the distribution of some fish species to move north, which suggests that all stock reductions cannot be attributed to fishing effort alone.

S3W-35498 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership’s research, which shows that climate change is causing the distribution of some fish species to move north and which may make the collection of thorough comparative fish stock data more difficult, whether the Fisheries Research Services Marine Laboratory will increase its use of data collected by fishing boats so that it makes use of all available fish stock data.

S3W-35499 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it ensures that the European Commission (EC) is kept fully aware of the results of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership’s research, which shows that climate change is causing the distribution of some fish species to move north, so that, when the EC makes recommendations for fish quotas, quotas in the northern parts of a fish species’ distribution are not cut because of climate change-induced reductions in its southern parts.

S3W-35500 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is tackling homelessness in Roxburgh and Berwickshire and when it expects everyone in the Scottish Borders to be adequately housed.

S3W-35501 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the World Health Organization’s Night Noise Guidelines for Europe to come into effect.

S3W-35502 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to help probationer teachers obtain a probationary post in a local authority area of their choice and what role it or any of its agencies play in the setting up and supervision of any such procedures.

S3W-35503 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding Shetland Islands Council bid for or has bid for to fund probationer teaching posts in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 and how many posts this would have fully funded in each of those years.

S3W-35504 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provided or has provided to Shetland Islands Council for probationer teaching posts in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 and how many posts this allocation has fully funded or will fully fund.

S3W-35505 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on the outcome and process measures of the Enhanced Tobacco Sales Enforcement Programme.

S3W-35506 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have reached the agreed minimum target of carrying out test purchasing exercises in 10% of tobacco retailers in their area per annum.

S3W-35507 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have reached the agreed minimum target of carrying out visits providing advice and support to 20% of tobacco retailers in their area per annum.

S3W-35508 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the noise levels on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail line comply with the World Health Organization’s Night Noise Guidelines for Europe and, if not, how the costs will be met to achieve compliance.

S3W-35509 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of cryptosporidiosis have been identified in each NHS board area in each year since 2005.

S3W-35510 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it is aware of on measures that should be taken to reduce the incidence of cryptosporidiosis in public facilities such as swimming pools.

S3W-35511 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the cost of an MRI scan increased by approximately 54%, from £150 in 2006 to £232 in 2009, as shown in the Scottish Health Service Costs, year ended 31st March 2009.

S3W-35512 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards transfer laboratory results electronically.

S3W-35513 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to NHS boards that wish to upgrade their systems to allow for electronic transfer of laboratory results.

S3W-35514 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Scottish Ambulance Service response times are for each ambulance station and how many of these were first attended by (a) a British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) GP, (b) a single-crewed ambulance, (c) an ambulance crewed by two technicians and (d) an ambulance crewed by a paramedic and a technician.

S3W-35515 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with the UK Government regarding the provision of financial support to people affected by contaminated blood and blood products.

S3W-35516 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the employment of two locums to fill vacancies for consultant acute care physicians at the Vale of Leven Hospital is sustainable and, if so, for how long.

S3W-35517 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it considers that substantive appointments will be made to the posts of consultant acute care physicians at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-35518 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde regarding the Christie ward at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-35519 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people from the (a) G81, (b) G82, (c) G83 and (d) G84 postcode areas have been admitted as mental health inpatients to (i) the Christie ward at the Vale of Leven Hospital and (ii) any other inpatient mental health facility in each year since April 2006.

S3W-35520 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) timetable and (b) process is for considering the future of the Christie ward at the Vale of Leven Hospital by (i) NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (ii) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

S3W-35521 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will involve the Vale of Leven Monitoring Group in the consideration of the future of the Christie ward at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-35522 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote intermediate models of care, such as at the Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, in rural areas.

S3W-35523 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to include intermediate care in the General Medical Services curriculum.

S3W-35524 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what health services can be expected to be delivered from intermediate care centres.

S3W-35525 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget has been for employing locums in Fife hospitals in each of the last five years.

S3W-35526 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that Fife receives a fair allocation of junior doctors to alleviate any problems with staffing in hospitals.

S3W-35527 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that there are sufficient ambulances on duty to respond to emergencies while accident and emergency services in Kirkcaldy are closed and NHS Fife is implementing its contingency plan to transport patients to other hospitals.

S3W-35528 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will publish its Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Scotland.

S3W-35529 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the publication of its Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Scotland has been delayed and what the reasons were for each delay.

S3W-35530 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the delay in the publication of its Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Scotland has adversely affected the take-up of energy efficiency measures across Scotland.

S3W-35531 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to prepare and inform relevant stakeholders ahead of the publication of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Scotland.

S3W-35532 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times its proposed Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Scotland has been mentioned in its (a) press releases, (b) consultations and (c) public documents since May 2007.

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