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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 December 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-38402 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37826 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 December 2010, how many patients were sent to pain management centres outside of Scotland; from which areas, and to which centres.

S3W-38403 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37826 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 December 2010, when chronic pain patients can expect to have a residential pain management centre in Scotland similar to centres in England.

S3W-38404 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs will be added to the Forth Replacement Crossing project when Value Added Tax is raised to 20%.

S3W-38405 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how it determines value for money when considering the costs associated with the Forth Replacement Crossing.

S3W-38406 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the cost of the successful tender for the Forth Replacement Crossing will be less than the upper estimate of £2.3 billion for the project.

S3W-38407 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the capital spend on the Forth Replacement Crossing will have on other capital programmes.

S3W-38408 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed borrowing powers contained in the Scotland Bill will be used to finance the Forth Replacement Crossing project.

S3W-38409 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when the contracts for the Forth Replacement Crossing will be published.

S3W-38410 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Forth Replacement Crossing project will be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union; for how long it will be required to be advertised, and whether this will occur immediately after the Forth Crossing Bill is granted Royal Assent.

S3W-38411 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to maximise jobs for the construction sector and involve smaller firms in the Forth Replacement Crossing project.

S3W-38412 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will use the Adopt an Apprentice Scheme in the Forth Replacement Crossing project.

S3W-38413 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made a further application for EU Trans-European Transport Network funding under priority axis 13.

S3W-38414 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of developing Procurement Scotland’s national multi-supplier ranked framework agreement for insulin pumps and related consumables.

S3W-38415 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what its original estimate was of the savings that would be made had all NHS boards purchased insulin pumps and related consumables from the first ranked preferred supplier identified in Procurement Scotland’s multi-supplier ranked framework agreement in each of the last three years.

S3W-38416 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings were made by those NHS boards that purchased insulin pumps and related consumables from the first ranked preferred supplier identified in Procurement Scotland’s multi-supplier ranked framework agreement in each of the last three years.

S3W-38417 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional savings would have been achieved had all NHS boards purchased insulin pumps and related consumables from the first ranked preferred supplier identified in Procurement Scotland’s multi-supplier ranked framework agreement in each of the last three years.

S3W-38418 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of purchases by NHS boards under Procurement Scotland’s multi-supplier ranked framework agreement, broken down by (a) board and (b) ranked supplier, in each of the last three years.

S3W-38419 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many more insulin pumps would have been provided to eligible patients if the expected savings from Procurement Scotland’s multi-supplier ranked framework agreement had been implemented in full by all NHS boards.

S3W-38420 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers Procurement Scotland has to influence the procurement decisions of NHS boards in purchasing insulin pumps and associated consumables in light of the development of a national multi-supplier ranked framework agreement.

S3W-38421 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning to strengthen the powers of Procurement Scotland to ensure that NHS boards realise the full estimated savings from the development of a national multi-supplier ranked framework agreement.

S3W-38422 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to secure compliance by NHS boards with Procurement Scotland’s guidance on securing the best value in procurement.

S3W-38423 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when the successful bids for funding from the Broadband Challenge Fund will be announced.

S3W-38424 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the statistics for local authority teaching posts and teacher pupil ratios for primary 1 to 3 are collected.

S3W-38425 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the education funding allocation for Argyll and Bute Council will be for 2011-12 if it complies with the conditions of the concordat, also expressed as a percentage of its budget.

S3W-38426 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the education funding allocation will be for Argyll and Bute Council for 2011-12 if it breaches the conditions of the concordat by either decreasing teacher numbers or increasing teacher pupil ratios in primary 1 to 3, also expressed as a percentage of its budget.

S3W-38427 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be an impact on a local authority’s education funding allocation if it decreases teacher numbers or increases teacher pupil ratios in primary 1 to 3 in October 2011 and, if so, what that impact will be.

S3W-38428 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Housing and Communities will accept the leader of Inverclyde Council’s invitation to visit the Clune Park area of Port Glasgow in order to view the challenges faced by the local authority and residents.

S3W-38429 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding for the acquisition, demolition and rebuild of properties in the Clune Park area of Port Glasgow.

S3W-38430 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37982 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 December 2010, whether it will provide a breakdown of the funds already allocated to Malawi for 2011-12 and details of the projects involved.

S3W-38431 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what activity will be funded by the additional expenditure shown for the smartcard programme in Table 7.05 of Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12.

S3W-38432 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to further refine the existing on-bus smartcard system and, if so, what the nature of the refinements will be.

S3W-38433 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be able to provide a Scotland-wide multi-modal smartcard ticket for public transport and, if so, by what date.

S3W-38434Δ Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the British Irish Council Summit.

S3W-38435Δ Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when the announcement will be made of the awards to LEADER local action groups under the Broadband Challenge Fund.

S3W-38436 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest average delayed discharge period is for patients being transferred from hospital to care homes in the NHS Lanarkshire area.

S3W-38437 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for admission to care homes in North Lanarkshire.

S3W-38438 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with North Lanarkshire Council regarding care home provision.

S3W-38439 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with NHS Lanarkshire regarding hospital discharge times for people requiring care home provision.

S3W-38440 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies for (a) consultants and (b) middle grade staff there were in NHS Lanarkshire in each of the last 12 quarters in (i) all specialties and (ii) accident and emergency departments, broken down by hospital.

S3W-38441 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds have been provided to each area data sharing partnership in each year since 2006-07, and will be provided in 2011-12

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