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Section E – Written questions lodged from 18 to 22 October 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-36962 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what NHS capital projects are legally committed, broken down by NHS board and the value of each project.

S3W-36963 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what NHS capital projects have been approved at final business case stage but are not yet legally committed, broken down by NHS board and the value of each project.

S3W-36964 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what NHS capital projects have been approved at outline business case stage, broken down by NHS board and the notional value of each project.

S3W-36965 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS boards have been given an indication of their likely capital allocation for 2011-12 and, if so, what this is for each NHS board.

S3W-36966 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current eligibility criteria are for the provision of assisted conception services.

S3W-36967 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to alter its guidelines on access to assisted conception services and, if so, when.

S3W-36968 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it provides to NHS boards regarding access to assisted conception policies.

S3W-36969 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what considerations NHS boards are required to make when developing a policy on access to assisted conception services.

S3W-36970 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards restrict access to assisted conception services solely to couples with no children resident in their household.

S3W-36971 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the relaxation of non-clinical criteria in guidelines on access to assisted conception services.

S3W-36972 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is consistency of access to assisted conception services across Scotland.

S3W-36973 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that there is a consistency of access to assisted conception services across Scotland.

S3W-36974 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for couples referred to the tertiary fertility services, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-36975 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is an appropriate age limit to restrict access to assisted conception services for women and, if so, what this is.

S3W-36976 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget for assisted conception services has been in each year since 2000, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-36977 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what instructions it gives to NHS boards regarding the funding of assisted conception services.

S3W-36978 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there would be greater equality of access to infertility services if they were centrally funded.

S3W-36979 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much legal aid was paid to lawyers to represent asylum seekers in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-36980 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much legal aid was paid to lawyers to represent clients suing the NHS for negligence in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-36981 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to issue new guidance in relation to the prescribing of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine following the issue of the preliminary recommendations on these by the Appraisal Committee of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

S3W-36982 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Royal College of Psychiatry regarding the National Dementia Strategy.

S3W-36983 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Royal College of Psychiatry regarding prescribing practises in relation to cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine.

S3W-36984 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recruits have been trained at the Scottish Police College in each month since 2000.

S3W-36985 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total capacity for training recruits at the Scottish Police College has been in each month since 2000.

S3W-36986 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much net saving per annum it expects to make through replacement of Learning and Teaching Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Education with the new Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency.

S3W-36987 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the set-up costs of the new Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency will be, broken down by category of expenditure.

S3W-36988 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual running costs of the new Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency will be, broken down by category of expenditure.

S3W-36989 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be any non-voluntary redundancies through the replacement of Learning and Teaching Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Education with the new Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency.

S3W-36990 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its press release of 14 October 2010 on the replacement of Learning and Teaching Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Education with the new Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency, whether it will provide details of the "less bureaucracy, less red tape and [with] more resources freed to go to the frontline" as stated by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

S3W-36991 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes have residual current devices (RCD) and how many homes in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth do not have RCDs.

S3W-36992 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the cost of redundancy payments for the proposed 25% reduction in senior managers in the NHS.

S3W-36993 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the decision by the UK Government that the work of the Security Industry Authority should be subject to a "phased transition to new regulatory regime".

S3W-36994 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it was consulted on the decision by the UK Government that the work of the Security Industry Authority should be subject to a "phased transition to new regulatory regime".

S3W-36995 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with the UK Government on the impact in Scotland as a result of the decision by the UK Government that the work of the Security Industry Authority should be subject to a "phased transition to new regulatory regime".

S3W-36996 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on revenue forecasts for the Scottish tax take for each major tax in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

S3W-36997 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when applications made at the end of 2009 to the European Fisheries Fund, provisionally to be put to a project assessment committee (PAC) in March 2010, were put to a PAC and what the reason for the delay was.

S3W-36998 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the most recent meeting of a project assessment committee to consider applications to the European Fisheries Fund was; when it submitted its recommendations to ministers, and when applicants will be advised of the outcome.

S3W-36999 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £400,000 provided to the NHS for 250 steam cleaners in 2009 has been spent and how many steam cleaners have been purchased.

S3W-37000 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all NHS boards have purchased and used the steam cleaners allocated to them.

S3W-37001 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the announcement of additional funding, whether there are any infection control concerns that have prevented the use of steam cleaners.

S3W-37002 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue its response to the public local inquiry on the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

S3W-37003 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated start date is for work on the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

S3W-37004 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimated costs are for the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway.

S3W-37005 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to maintain the provision of bus services in isolated urban communities reliant on public transport.

S3W-37006 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation process is necessary prior to the alteration of commercial bus services and whether there are plans to enhance this process.

S3W-37007 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many data measures police forces are required to report to it each year as part of compiling the Scottish Policing Performance Framework.

S3W-37008 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of measures that police forces are required to report to it each year as part of compiling the Scottish Policing Performance Framework has increased, decreased or remained the same since its introduction.

S3W-37009 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36530 by Alex Neil on 4 October 2010, what individuals or organisations are members of the working group set up to assess the impact in Scotland of the changes in housing benefit.

S3W-37010 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people qualified for an educational maintenance allowance in the academic year 2009-10 in (a) South Ayrshire and (b) East Ayrshire.

S3W-37011 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were received for an educational maintenance allowance in the academic year 2009-10 in (a) South Ayrshire and (b) East Ayrshire.

S3W-37012 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to private home owners in receipt of benefits to make necessary repairs to their homes.

S3W-37013 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35775 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 September 2010, whether it will specify which clauses of the Railways Act 1993 prevent Transport Scotland from directly and permanently operating ScotRail services once the current franchise expires.

S3W-37014 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-35775 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 September 2010, whether it will specify which European legislation prevents Transport Scotland from directly and permanently operating ScotRail services once the current franchise expires.

S3W-37015 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the data received in response to questions B34 to B39 and C24 to C32 in the survey undertaken on its behalf by George Street Research as part of the interim review of the Home Report.

S3W-37016 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-11646 by John Swinney on 7 October 2010, whether it will provide a breakdown of meetings that have taken place since April 2010 between it and organisations and representatives from the business community, including the dates of the meetings, the organisations represented and the individuals present.

S3W-37017 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-11646 by John Swinney on 7 October 2010, whether it will provide a breakdown of all organisations and representatives from the business community with which it has corresponded since April 2010.

S3W-37018 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the convener of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland will be appointed.

S3W-37019 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the chief executive of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland will be appointed and when they will take up the post.

S3W-37020 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the planned launch of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland in April 2011 is on track.

S3W-37021 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the senior management team of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland will be appointed and when they will take up their posts.

S3W-37022 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what planning it has undertaken with regard to the staffing and budget of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland and when it will provide this information to the Parliament.

S3W-37023 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of job losses it anticipates in the first three years of the operation of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, as outlined in the Draft Transitional Operating Plan.

S3W-37024 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the project team responsible for Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland is working under the assumption of a 12.5% budget cut and, if so, whether part of this reduction will be achieved by voluntary severance.

S3W-37025 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what existing mechanisms there are for restoring the natural environment.

S3W-37026 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms there are to support the restoration of ecosystem function.

S3W-37027 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the ecological coherence of protected areas is improved in the terrestrial environment.

S3W-37028 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available specifically to improve the ecological coherence of areas of importance to nature conservation.

S3W-37029 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it provides to local authorities on improving the ecological coherence of the Natura 2000 network.

S3W-37030 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether support is available to the owners or managers of non-designated land to fund biodiversity improvements that would benefit the ecological coherence and integrity of adjacent or neighbouring designated areas and, if so, what the nature of that support is.

S3W-37031 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36156 by Richard Lochhead on 17 September 2010, what stages of the production process do not require to take place in the designated area and on what this opinion is based.

S3W-37032 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36156 by Richard Lochhead on 17 September 2010, whether it considers the specification of the protected geographical indication regulation for Scottish farmed salmon covers the freshwater phases of salmon production as well as the seawater phases of production.

S3W-37033 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36156 by Richard Lochhead on 17 September 2010, from the harvesting of the eggs up to the distribution stage, whether it considers that all these stages are required to take place in the protected geographical indication regulation designated area.

S3W-37034 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36155 by Richard Lochhead on 17 September 2010, whether Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 as established by the European Commission provides that, where production of fresh fish is the qualifying activity, it must all be in the defined area and what it intends to do to remove discrepancies that it has previously confirmed exist between the single document and the specification.

S3W-37035 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities fund an in-house money advice service.

S3W-37036 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities give grant funding to Citizens Advice Bureaux in their areas.

S3W-37037 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many regulated tenancies determined by the private rented housing panel in 2009-10 had a rent fixed lower than that established by the local rent officer.

S3W-37038 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many regulated tenancies determined by the private rented housing panel in 2009-10 had a rent fixed higher than that established by the local rent officer.

S3W-37039 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tenants submitted appeals for lower rents to the private rented housing panel in 2009-10, broken down by local authority.

S3W-37040 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive by what means tenants in private rented housing are made aware of their rights in terms of the private rented housing panel.

S3W-37041Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will act and what it will need to do to address the issues raised in the judgement of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom that found that requiring sex offenders to register indefinitely on the sex offender register without the opportunity for review was incompatible with Article 8 the European Convention on Human Rights.

S3W-37042 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tree preservation orders have been (a) enacted and (b) revoked in each local authority in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-37043 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many trees subject to tree preservation orders have (a) been illegally felled or damaged, (b) had prosecutions for their illegal felling or damage brought to court and (c) been replaced with a new tree after being felled or lost due to damage in each local authority in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-37044 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tree preservation orders have been revoked for the purpose of granting planning permission in each local authority in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-37045 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the draft framework produced by the Scottish Human Rights Commission setting out shared responsibilities for the use of taser guns.

S3W-37046 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that use of taser guns by Scottish police forces is consistent with human rights law and standards as is its duty under the Scotland Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

S3W-37047 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to fulfil its responsibilities, as identified by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, which include "a duty to ensure that the system of law and administration in Scotland operates effectively to regulate the use of taser in a manner which respects Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights."

S3W-37048 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to fulfil its responsibilities, as identified by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, which include "the duty to continue to monitor how the use of taser guns is operating in practice; whether the continued use of taser is justified and appropriate and whether adequate safeguards are in place."

S3W-37049 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the assertion by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, as set out in its draft framework on shared responsibilities for the use of taser guns, that the Scottish Government bears distinct policy and strategic decision-making responsibility for the Strathclyde taser guns pilot and further roll-out of taser guns.

S3W-37050 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the assertion by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, as set out in its draft framework on shared responsibilities for the use of taser guns, that Scottish Ministers must authorise taser gun use at a policy and strategic decision making level.

S3W-37051 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the publication by the Scottish Human Rights Commission of the draft framework setting out shared responsibilities for the use of taser guns, it maintains that issuing taser guns to frontline police officers is an operational decision requiring no authorisation from Scottish ministers.

S3W-37052 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the assertion by the Scottish Human Rights Commission that the use of taser guns on children is likely to breach international human rights standards, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

S3W-37053 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current annual revenue and capital budget is for the (a) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and (b) Cairngorms National Park.

S3W-37054 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether senior managers in the (a) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and (b) Cairngorms National Park receive bonus payments and, if so, how much has been paid in each year since the parks’ establishment.

S3W-37055 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the travel concession schemes that reduce the cost of travel for Scottish students aged 19 and over, showing the (a) details of the concession offered, (b) annual cost and (c) funding source.

S3W-37056 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered, is considering or will consider introducing a travel concession scheme offering reduced ferry fares for Scottish students aged 19 and over.

S3W-37057 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase and standardise the school clothing grant available across Scotland to parents on low incomes, given that a qualifying child currently receives £47 in Glasgow, £50 in Edinburgh, £55 in Aberdeen and £65 elsewhere in Scotland.

S3W-37058 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since it agreed to undertake a review of the school clothing grant system in 2007.

S3W-37059 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds in residential care homes have been commissioned by each local authority in each month of the last three years.

S3W-37060 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients are awaiting a placement in a care home in each NHS board area and what the (a) average and (b) maximum length of wait is, also broken down by local authority area.

S3W-37061 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes on average to obtain guardianship orders under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 for dementia patients in hospital beds, broken down by local authority.

S3W-37062 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum length of time it has taken to obtain guardianship orders under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 for dementia patients in hospital beds in the last year, broken down by local authority.

S3W-37063 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the tradition of harvesting young gannets.

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