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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 February 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-39483 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowances it makes for (a) natural and (b) other anthropogenic causes of seal mortality when deciding the number of grey and common seals that may be shot under licence under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

S3W-39484 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowance it makes for misidentification of species when deciding the number of grey and common seals that may be shot under licence under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

S3W-39485 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason Marine Scotland selected the highest number in the potential biological removal range calculated by the Sea Mammal Research Unit when deciding how many common seals could be killed under licence in the Moray Firth Seal Management Area.

S3W-39486 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reduce the numbers of seals killed in Scottish waters.

S3W-39487 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to kill common seals in the East Coast Seal Management Area under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been granted for the (a) Firth of Tay Seal Conservation Area and (b) the rest of the East Coast Seal Management Area and for how many seals in each.

S3W-39488 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to kill common seals in the Moray Firth Seal Management Area under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been granted for the (a) Moray Firth Seal Conservation Area and (b) the rest of the Moray Firth Seal Management Area and for how many seals in each.

S3W-39489 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to kill common seals in the Orkney and North Coast Seal Management Area under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been granted for the (a) Orkney and North Coast Seal Conservation Area and (b) the rest of the Orkney and North Coast Seal Management Area, and for how many seals in each.

S3W-39490 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to kill common seals in the Shetland Seal Management Area under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been granted for the (a) Shetland Seal Conservation Area and (b) the rest of the Shetland Seal Management Area and for how many seals in each.

S3W-39491 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to kill common seals in the Western Isles Seal Management Area under section 110(1)(f) and (g) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 have been granted for the (a) Western Isles Seal Conservation Area and (b) the rest of the Western Isles Seal Management Area and for how many seals in each

S3W-39492 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive which elements of the National Marine Plan will ensure that the development of aquaculture sites does not lead to the harassment of grey seals and common seals at haul-out sites.

S3W-39493 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the impact of new fish farm developments on local seal populations is assessed during the screening process for new site designations and, if so, what reasons have been given by operators of new fish farms for applying for seal licences.

S3W-39494 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the level of consultation carried out by Highland Council regarding the possible effect on pupils’ education arising from the loss of classroom assistants.

S3W-39495 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria since 1999.

S3W-39496 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how the supply of eculizumab for treating paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria is funded.

S3W-39497Δ Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation papers on the reform of police and fire and rescue services will be published

S3W-39498 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal advice it provided to NHS Shetland regarding the handling of the two applications to open community pharmacies in Scalloway and when the advice was provided.

S3W-39499 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason treatment with eculizumab for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haeamoglobinuria is not funded in Scotland.

S3W-39500 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Audit Scotland report that notes a £400 million reduction in social care spending from 2007-08 to 2009-10.

S3W-39501 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the social care spend has been in each year from 2007-08, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) NHS board

S3W-39502 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the amount announced for the reshaping care Change Fund was reduced from the planned £140 million to £70 million.

S3W-39503 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were cancelled by the NHS in 2009-10 and have been cancelled in 2010-11, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-39504 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many readmissions to hospital there were in the NHS in 2009-10 and have been in 2010-11, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-39505 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS hospital beds there were in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and have been in 2010-11, broken down by NHS board

S3W-39506 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will provide health services in the Scottish Prison Service and where the funding will come from.

S3W-39507 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether territorial health boards will be responsible for the funding of the minor ailments scheme.

S3W-39508 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of the minor ailments scheme has been in each year since its inception, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-39509 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have accessed the minor ailments scheme in each year since its inception, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-39510 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to suspend pay increments for NHS staff.

S3W-39511 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require NHS boards to use nationally agreed nursing workforce and workload planning tools and produce detailed clinical assessment plans before plans are agreed and implemented.

S3W-39512 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS boards are negotiating compromise agreements with staff.

S3W-39513 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry will be concluded.

S3W-39514 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of people affected by Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven hospital has changed since originally reported.

S3W-39515 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the view of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry that 60 people were affected during the outbreak and that 38 people subsequently died.

S3W-39516 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was told by the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry that there would be a further delay in reporting.

S3W-39517 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is legal to charge VAT on the cost of social care services.

S3W-39518 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding (a) it and (b) its agencies have given to the Scottish Football Association and other football governing bodies in each of the last 10 years for which information is available and on what contractual basis.

S3W-39519 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will launch its consultation on the reform of (a) policing and (b) fire and rescue services.

S3W-39520 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is the appropriateness of an individual who has committed 160 previous offences receiving a community payback order.

S3W-39521 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders breached the terms of their community service order in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-39522 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders breached the terms of their probation order in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-39523 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers knitting, embroidering and making candles to be (a) appropriate activities to be completed as part of community payback orders and (b) examples of tough manual labour as noted by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the news release, Greater say on community service, on 1 February 2011.

S3W-39524 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the appropriateness of an offender’s time spent on tea breaks being counted toward the number of hours served under a community payback order.

S3W-39525 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have applied to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2011, broken down by prison, in light of the possible impact on the Scottish Prison Service.

S3W-39526 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39172 by Kenny MacAskill on 7 February 2011, what it anticipates the reductions in police staff numbers will be in each of the next four years.

S3W-39527 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39172 by Kenny MacAskill on 7 February 2011, how it will ensure that any reductions in police staff numbers do not impact on frontline policing.

S3W-39528 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will publish Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2010.

S3W-39529 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will publish Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2005/06 to 2009/10.

S3W-39530 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will publish Drug Seizures by Scottish Police Forces, 2007/2008 and 2008/09.

S3W-39531 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it will publish Firearm Certificates Statistics, Scotland, 2010.

S3W-39532 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government on the issue of prisoners’ rights to vote since the European Court of Human Rights ruling, in light of the possible impact on Scottish prisons.

S3W-39533 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-39060 by Fergus Ewing on 8 February 2011, how much of the funding detailed in the table was provided via the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund, broken down by (a) organisation and (b) year of award.

S3W-39534 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37941 by Adam Ingram on 14 December 2010, whether it is aware of communications from Barnardo’s to ISEA Scotland stating that it is "firmly of the belief that the provision of Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) do not apply to the award of the new contract".

S3W-39535 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37941 by Adam Ingram on 14 December 2010, where the provision of Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply, what the implications on the award of grant made by it are.

S3W-39536 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37945 by Adam Ingram on 14 December 2010, which officials attended the meeting on 21 October 2010 and what the key actions were.

S3W-39537 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37308 by Adam Ingram on 5 November 2010, whether the £100,000 funding made available is new funding.

S3W-39538 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether parents and young people can expect to receive legal representation as a result of calling the Scottish Child Law Centre.

S3W-39539 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce the time between onset of symptoms and a definitive diagnosis for endometriosis.

S3W-39540 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been offered to NHS boards for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

S3W-39541 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to support employees who are diagnosed with endometriosis.

S3W-39542 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to raise public awareness of the symptoms and long-term effects of endometriosis.

S3W-39543 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to raise awareness among GPs of the symptoms of endometriosis in order to reduce waiting times for diagnosis.

S3W-39544 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to establish a coordinated central strategy to deal with endometriosis.

S3W-39545 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met members of the Scottish Section of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.

S3W-39546 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has regarding any recent communications to EU fisheries ministers by the International Commission for the Conservation of the Atlantic Tunas and other such bodies anent the likelihood of the extinction of the Atlantic bluefin tuna.

S3W-39547 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with UK and other EU fisheries ministers concerning the curtailment of the harvesting of bluefin tuna by fishing vessels registered in EU ports.

S3W-39548 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with UK transport ministers and officials anent the introduction of financial penalties in respect of train operators failing to deal with (a) overcrowding and (b) dirty trains.

S3W-39549 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether information is held centrally anent the number of properties built or adapted to rehouse disabled veterans in the last three years.

S3W-39550 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are employed in dismantling offshore structures and installations and whether it has projections of the number of people likely to be so employed in the next five years.

S3W-39551 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are of reductions in public expenditure for those voluntary organisations and charities that deal with the care and rehabilitation of veterans.

S3W-39552 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed proposals for the fisheries research vessel, Scotia, to take on fisheries protection surveillance operations.

S3W-39553 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what services NHSScotland provides for patients with paroxysmal nocturnal haeamoglobinuria and whether the Scottish Government will make a statement on this matter.

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