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Section E – Written questions lodged on 27 January 2011

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-39068 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds a list of people suspected of having their mobile phone calls illegally intercepted and, if so, what steps it has taken to notify them.

S3W-39069 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38496 by Michael Russell on 20 January 2011, whether it will provide a response that addresses the specific issues raised in the question.

S3W-39070 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37254 by John Swinney on 22 November 2010, whether it will publish in its staff directory the specific functions of each director and deputy director on the Infrastructure Investment Group.

S3W-39071 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish on its website (a) detailed job descriptions of each member of the Infrastructure Investment Group, (b) details of what each member has done in relation to their role on the group, (c) the number of hours that each member spends on infrastructure investment business in each month and (d) an update every three months of what each has done in relation to their role.

S3W-39072 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Public Health and Sport will commission research into the impact of negative role models in football on young people who play football.

S3W-39073 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides for employment programmes in the city of Edinburgh.

S3W-39074 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided through the Fairer Scotland Fund for employability programmes in each local authority area in 2009-10 and is provided in 2010-11.

S3W-39075 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it decided to withdraw Fairer Scotland Funding from the Capital City Partnership.

S3W-39076 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with the service providers involved in delivering training to people eligible for assistance before the decision was taken to withdraw Fairer Scotland Funding from the Capital City Partnership.

S3W-39077 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the decision was made to withdraw Fairer Scotland Funding from the Capital City Partnership.

S3W-39078 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Capital City Partnership was first informed that Fairer Scotland Funding would cease.

S3W-39079 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact on client groups of the withdrawal of Fairer Scotland funding from the Capital City Partnership.

S3W-39080 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support alternative training programmes to replace those that will be lost as a result of the reduction in the Fairer Scotland Fund.

S3W-39081 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the impact on Edinburgh’s Joined Up for Jobs Strategy of the withdrawal of Fairer Scotland funding from the Capital City Partnership.

S3W-39082 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its decision to withdraw Fairer Scotland funding from the Capital City Partnership.

S3W-39083 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39084 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of male employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39085 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of female employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39086 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39087 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time public sector employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39088 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time private sector employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39089 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time, male, public sector employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39090 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time, female, public sector employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39091 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time, male, private sector employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39092 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the median gross weekly pay has been of full-time, female, private sector employees in each city in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39093 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local planning applications have been referred to it in each year since 2006.

S3W-39094 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning application appeals have been upheld by it in each year since 2006.

S3W-39095 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on drug testing of prisoners on reception to prison in each of the last five years, broken down by prison.

S3W-39096 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have been tested for drugs on reception to prison in each of the last five years, broken down by prison.

S3W-39097 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38733 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, what information ScotRail is contractually obliged to provide regarding the Motherwell/Coatbridge Central/Cumbernauld route and whether the Scottish Government will provide this.

S3W-39098 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the (a) valuation of and (b) annual amounts collected in non-domestic rates on fibre optic network operators since May 2007.

S3W-39099 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a difference in the non-domestic rates valuation between like lengths of fibre optic networks between BT and other operators and, if so, for what reasons.

S3W-39100 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the valuation principles relating to fibre optic networks and what its assessment is of the implications of those principles for extending such networks to remote communities.

S3W-39101 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered encouraging a review of the role of non-domestic rating policy regarding fibre optic networks in order to better support expansion of such networks.

S3W-39102 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for wind farm approvals have been sent to a public local inquiry since May 2007.

S3W-39103 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what applications for wind farm developments it has approved when there has been an outstanding objection from Scottish Natural Heritage since May 2007.

S3W-39104 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of applications for wind farm developments has been approved when there has been an outstanding objection from Scottish Natural Heritage since May 2007.

S3W-39105 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discretion it has to approve applications for wind farm developments when there is an outstanding objection from Scottish Natural Heritage and what factors it must take into account in making such a determination.

S3W-39106 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in referring a wind farm application to a public local inquiry, it may specify the grounds (a) on which it is referring the matter and (b) to be considered by the inquiry.

S3W-39107 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the "taking into account wider public interest" procedure is an integral part of Scottish Natural Heritage’s consideration of applications for wind farm developments or is aimed at refining its initial considerations in light of any wider public interest considerations brought to its attention.

S3W-39108 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage is (a) expected or (b) required to engage with applicants and other relevant interests in conducting its "taking into account wider public interests" procedure.

S3W-39109 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions Scottish Natural Heritage has revised its advice to ministers on wind farm applications after taking into account wider public interests since May 2007.

S3W-39110 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis the Dunbeath wind farm application was referred to a public local inquiry.

S3W-39111 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale it has set for consideration of the Dunbeath wind farm public local inquiry.

S3W-39112 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38385 by Alex Neil on 17 January 2011, whether it has considered giving the relevant local authority the right to instigate the sale of the houses.

S3W-39113 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38384 by Alex Neil on 17 January 2011, how much funding it will guarantee under the first tranche of National Housing Trust houses.

S3W-39114 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38385 by Alex Neil on 17 January 2011, whether the receipts from the sale of the houses will go to the relevant local authority, the developer or the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-39115 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what collaboration work in health technology assessment is being undertaken by the Scottish Medicines Consortium and what costs will accrue from such collaborations.

S3W-39116 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidelines to accident and emergency departments on the sharing of full and non-anonymised data on knife crime with police.

S3W-39117 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38295 by Kenny MacAskill on 13 January 2011, on what dates the Scottish Resilience Development Service has coordinated training events or exercises for responders specifically on managing severe adverse weather conditions since 1 February 2010.

S3W-39118 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to invest in more NHS fast-track diagnostic and treatment centres since 2007.

S3W-39119 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to (a) increase the number of NHS physiotherapists and (b) examine the potential to expand other allied health professions since 2007.

S3W-39120 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to deliver more flexible service hours for healthcare services since 2007.

S3W-39121 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to NHS boards regarding reducing excessive charges for (a) car parking and (b) other services.

S3W-39122 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken since 2007 to review public transport links to hospitals and with what outcomes.

S3W-39123 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken since 2007 to support access to alternative therapies and with what outcomes.

S3W-39124 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken since 2007 to support (a) measures to improve access to independent sexual health information and advice services in rural and urban areas and (b) the role of secondary school nurses in delivering a sexual health strategy and what the outcomes have been.

S3W-39125 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision there is for (a) annual health checks and (b) individual health plans for school pupils and how many receive them.

S3W-39126 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to reintroduce school-based dental services since 2007 and how many (a) schools and (b) pupils are covered.

S3W-39127 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to solve dental service recruitment and retention problems since 2007.

S3W-39128 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school nurses there are; how this compares with the number in May 2007, and whether it expects the number to have doubled during the current parliamentary session.

S3W-39129 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils receive annual fitness checks in school.

S3W-39130 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps in has taken to introduce a presumption against centralisation of core hospital services.

S3W-39131 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many generalist doctors have been trained in each year since 1999.

S3W-39132 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps in has taken to support the model of rural general hospitals since 2007.

S3W-39133 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps in has taken to incentivise NHS staff to (a) train and (b) commit to working in rural areas since 2007.

S3W-39134 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many more local mini-centres co-located with out-of-hours services there are in each NHS board area since May 2007.

S3W-39135 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost to the NHS will be when prescription charges are reduced to zero in April 2011.

S3W-39136 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the abolition of prescription charges will have on the NHS budget.

S3W-39137 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it did not take part in the study by the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, published in December 2010, into gaps in cancer survival rates between the United Kingdom and other developed countries.

S3W-39138 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate was for lung cancer in the periods (a) 1995 to 1999, (b) 2000 to 2002 and (c) 2005 to 2007, broken down by NHS board, and how this compared with the rates in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

S3W-39139 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate was for breast cancer in the periods (a) 1995 to 1999, (b) 2000 to 2002 and (c) 2005 to 2007, broken down by NHS board, and how this compared with the rates in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

S3W-39140 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate was for colon cancer in the periods (a) 1995 to 1999, (b) 2000 to 2002 and (c) 2005 to 2007, broken down by NHS board, and how this compared with the rates in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

S3W-39141 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate was for rectal cancer in the periods (a) 1995 to 1999, (b) 2000 to 2002 and (c) 2005 to 2007, broken down by NHS board, and how this compared with the rates in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

S3W-39142 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate was for ovarian cancer in the periods (a) 1995 to 1999, (b) 2000 to 2002 and (c) 2005 to 2007, broken down by NHS board, and how this compared with the rates in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

S3W-39143 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the survival rate was for bowel cancer in the periods (a) 1995 to 1999, (b) 2000 to 2002 and (c) 2005 to 2007, broken down by NHS board, and how this compared with the rates in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

S3W-39144 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are in place to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of (a) lung, (b) breast, (c) colon, (d) rectal, (e) ovarian and (f) bowel cancer.

S3W-39145 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the three pilot programmes in three NHS board areas focussing on patient experiences of cancer services has reported and, if so, whether the results have been published.

S3W-39146 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the target to reduce non-attendance at a first outpatient appointment has been achieved.

S3W-39147 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in achieving the same-day surgery target.

S3W-39148 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing a referral-to-treatment target to drive faster access to psychological therapies and reduce antidepressant prescribing.

S3W-39149 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how it considers the NHS is sharing good practice.

S3W-39150 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been an increase in the number of patients registering with an NHS dentist since 1 April 2010.

S3W-39151 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are in place to encourage people to give blood.

S3W-39152 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities last met and what issues were discussed.

S3W-39153 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist those businesses that would have applied for the Freight Facilities Grant, which is due to close on 31 March 2011, and are unable to take advantage of the (a) Mode Shift Revenue Support and (b) Waterborne Freight Grant scheme.

S3W-39154 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many unpaid fixed penalty notices have been written off in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) sheriff court and (b) offence committed.

S3W-39155 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when construction work will begin on the A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount improvement scheme and when this work will be completed.

S3W-39156 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its (a) director generals, (b) directors and (c) deputy directors have received non-consolidated performance payments and what the total amount was in each of the last four years.

S3W-39157 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many senior civil servants received non-consolidated performance payments and a pay increase in the same year and what the total amount was in each of the last four years.

S3W-39158 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider permanently reducing the ceiling for (a) starting salaries and (b) performance payments for senior civil servants.

S3W-39159 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38673 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, when it expects to have completed its considerations of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s proposals for the modernisation of the Glasgow subway.

S3W-39160 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37769 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, how much has been set aside in its 2011-12 budget as a funding contribution toward Fastlink.

S3W-39161 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37769 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, whether the funding contribution set aside in its 2011-12 budget represents the total contribution it expects to make toward Fastlink and, if not, whether it will provide details of funding contributions in future financial years.

S3W-39162 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37769 by Keith Brown on 20 January 2011, whether it has advised Strathclyde Partnership for Transport how much it will contribute to Fastlink in (a) total, (b) 2011-12 and (c) future years and, if so, when this advice was given.

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