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Section E – Written questions lodged from 14 to 18 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-39607 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what 10 cancers were most commonly diagnosed in men in NHS Tayside in the last year for which information is available, broken down by the number of men affected and expressed as a percentage of people diagnosed with cancer in NHS Tayside, and what the corresponding figures were for 1998.

S3W-39608 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what 10 cancers were most commonly diagnosed in women in NHS Tayside in the last year for which information is available, broken down by the number of women affected and expressed as a percentage of people diagnosed with cancer in NHS Tayside, and what the corresponding figures were for 1998.

S3W-39609 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children was exclusively breastfed at six to eight weeks in each community health partnership (CHP) area in the last year for which information is available and what the2010-11 HEATtarget is for such percentage for the NHS board in which the CHP is located.

S3W-39610 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on (a) how many people claimed jobseeker’s allowance and (b) unemployment rates in Dundee in December 2010, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) census area statistics ward.

S3W-39611 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent claimant count is in Dundee, broken down by age group.

S3W-39612 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest claimant count is in Dundeefor people claiming for up to six months.

S3W-39613 Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stop and search procedures have been carried out in each financial year since 1999, broken down by police board.

S3W-39614 Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been committed to tackling knife crime in each financial year since 1999.

S3W-39615 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many business properties currently receive support from the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

S3W-39616 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of demand there is for modern apprenticeship places for 2011-12, also broken down by category.

S3W-39617 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been allocated for the 25,000 modern apprenticeship places for 2011-12.

S3W-39618 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for modern apprenticeship places there have been for 2011-12 for people aged (a) 16 to 19 and (b) 20 and over.

S3W-39619 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many flexible training opportunities have been funded through the European Social Fund in 2010-11; how many were applied for, and how many people have completed their training.

S3W-39620 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been applied for from the European Social Fund to pay for flexible training places for 2011-12.

S3W-39621 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of demand is for flexible training opportunities for 2011-12.

S3W-39622 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that NHS boards are implementing the clinical standards for neurological health services.

S3W-39623 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can give assurances that MS specialist nurse posts will be protected under the NHS budget settlement for 2010-11.

S3W-39624 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will update the Local Alcohol Profiles produced in 2004-05 in order to assist public health specialists on licensing boards in determining the case for reduced availability of alcohol on the grounds of public health interest.

S3W-39625 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any licensing board has refused (a) a licence, (b) a renewal of a licence or (c) an extension of floor space sought as part of extending a licence since the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force.

S3W-39626 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support councillors facing the threat of legal action when proposing to curtail availability of alcohol on the grounds of public health interest.

S3W-39627 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met stakeholders to discuss the social responsibility levy on alcohol; which stakeholders attended, and what the outcome was.

S3W-39628 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each police board has spent on fuel in each financial year since 2001 and how much it expects to spend in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

S3W-39629 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used for awarding funding from the Broadband Challenge Fund.

S3W-39630 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of potential end users was considered when awarding funding from the Broadband Challenge Fund.

S3W-39631 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether cost-per-user was a factor in deciding to award funding from the Broadband Challenge Fund.

S3W-39632 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to hold a public inquiry into the proposed incinerator at Invergordon and, if so, when it will be held.

S3W-39633 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive who will make the final decision on the application for an incinerator at Invergordon if a public inquiry is held.

S3W-39634 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a reporter other than the one who presided over the last inquiry will be appointed if a public inquiry is held into the proposed incinerator at Invergordon.

S3W-39635 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has concerns regarding any implications for (a) jobs and (b) the continuation of college campuses in the Highlands and Islands arising from the budget for 2011-12.

S3W-39636 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the review of continuing care beds in the west of Glasgow announced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 10 February 2011.

S3W-39637 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the review of continuing care beds in the west of Glasgow announced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 10 February 2011 will be conducted.

S3W-39638 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be invited to participate in the review of continuing care beds in the west of Glasgow announced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 10 February 2011.

S3W-39639 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the chairperson or chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde last met representatives of St Margaret’s of Scotland Hospice.

S3W-39640 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the review of continuing care beds in the west of Glasgow announced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 10 February 2011.

S3W-39641 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address the uncertainty regarding the future of continuing care beds at St Margaret’s of Scotland Hospice before the dissolution of the Parliament.

S3W-39642 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds it has made available for a Gaelic-medium school in Edinburgh and whether those funds are time-limited.

S3W-39643 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to establish a Gaelic-medium school in Edinburgh.

S3W-39644 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority it has attached to training teachers able to teach in Gaelic.

S3W-39645 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since September 2010 on final design work for the reopening of Conon Bridge railway station.

S3W-39646 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what further steps are needed for the reopening of Conon Bridge railway station; how the reopening process will be managed, and what the timescale is.

S3W-39647 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contracts it has agreed under Article 19 of the EU procurement directive.

S3W-39648 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contracts local authorities have agreed under Article 19 of the EU procurement directive.

S3W-39649 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contracts public bodies other than local authorities have agreed under Article 19 of the EU procurement directive.

S3W-39650 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage the use of community benefit clauses.

S3W-39651 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has used community benefit clauses to gain contracts for supported employment.

S3W-39652 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage public bodies to use Article 19 of the EU procurement directive.

S3W-39653 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school playing fields have been sold in each year since 2007, broken down by local authority

S3W-39654 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has raised by selling playing fields in each year since 2007

S3W-39655 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the environmental effect of retaining, amending or revoking legal agreements associated with planning consents will be taken into account under the new provisions introduced on 1 February 2011.

S3W-39656 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that interested parties, including statutory bodies, local communities and interest groups, will be (a) made aware of and (b) given an opportunity to comment on applications to amend or revoke legal agreements associated with planning consents.

S3W-39657 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances (a) environmental impact and (b) habitats regulations assessments will be required before legal agreements associated with planning consents can be amended or revoked under the new provisions introduced on 1 February 2011.

S3W-39658 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of concerns raised regarding staffing, training and planning issues for paediatric services in the West of Scotland.

S3W-39659 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address staffing pressures facing paediatric services in the West of Scotland.

S3W-39660 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the national screening programme for cervical cancer over the next five years.

S3W-39661 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the benefits of (a) image assisted screening and (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer.

S3W-39662 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to consider introducing (a) image assisted screening or (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer and, if so, over what timescale.

S3W-39663 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a pilot exercise is taking place, or is planned, for (a) image assisted screening or (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer and, if so, over what timescale.

S3W-39664 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a decision on the introduction of (a) image assisted screening or (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer would be taken on a comparative or individual basis.

S3W-39665 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the liquid-based cytology equipment used in primary screening for cervical cancer to come to the end of its working life.

S3W-39666 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria would be applied in considering the introduction of (a) image assisted screening and (b) human papilloma virus (HPV) testing in screening for cervical cancer.

S3W-39667 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much oil from Scottish territorial waters has been landed at each terminal in Scotland in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-39668 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much gas from Scottish territorial waters has been landed at each terminal in Scotland in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-39669 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the number of older people who died in hospital while deemed medically fit for discharge and awaiting a care package in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 and have died in 2011.

S3W-39670 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the outcome of the review by the medical director of NHS Fife of the 93 patients who died in hospital after being deemed medically fit for discharge in 2010.

S3W-39671 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all medical directors of NHS boards will review the circumstances of all older patients who died in their hospitals after being deemed medically fit for discharge in 2010.

S3W-39672 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the social care budget has been spent on (a) children’s, (b) older people’s and (c) disability services in each year since 2007-08, also broken down by local authority

S3W-39673 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring arrangements are in place in respect of the £70 million Change Fund.

S3W-39674 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the voluntary sector is involved in determining the use of the £70 million Change Fund at a local level.

S3W-39675 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of medication made up in pharmacies but not collected in each year since 2007.

S3W-39676 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been proceeded against for rape in Tayside in each of the last 10 years and in how many cases the charge was proved.

S3W-39677 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of rape have been recorded by police in Tayside in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-39678 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the attrition rate has been for each of the last three cohorts of (a) adult, (b) mental health and (c) child nursing courses (i) at the University of Dundee and (ii) in Scotland.

S3W-39679 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the attrition rate for midwifery students has been in each of the last three cohorts for which information is available (a) at the University of Dundee and (b) in Scotland.

S3W-39680 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37562 by Fergus Ewing on 26 November 2010, how many people were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) given a custodial sentence in cases involving domestic abuse in 2009-10, broken down by police force area.

S3W-39681 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the UK Government proposal to allow civil partnerships to take place in consenting religious places, whether the law would have to be amended in Scotland to allow this and, if so, what plans the Scottish Government has to make any such amendment.

S3W-39682 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings or discussions ministers had in 2010 with (a) UK Government ministers, (b) faith leaders, (c) religious organisations and (d) other groups or organisations regarding civil partnerships in religious premises.

S3W-39683 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed with COSLA possible implications for charges for non-residential care arising from the UK Government’s proposed changes Disability Living Allowance.

S3W-39684 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of committed grid investment there is and planned grid investment it envisages over the next 10 years, broken down by (a) year, (b) project and (c) investor.

S3W-39685 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how the wheelchair and seating services modernisation programme will use goal attainment scaling to identify unmet need, particularly for those people who would benefit from attendant-controlled powered wheelchairs but do not meet the criteria for the pilot.

S3W-39686 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitment there is to fund the wheelchair and seating services modernisation programme after the current funding commitment expires.

S3W-39687 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether growing concerns have been brought to its attention regarding internet begging.

S3W-39688 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a role in (a) monitoring or (b) regulatingthe use of internet sites that provide advice to people with mental health problems.

S3W-39689 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers outdoor learning to be an effective means of delivering the outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-39690 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the need to develop teachers’ confidence and competence through training and guidance to increase the use of outdoor learning for the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence outcomes.

S3W-39691 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning is helping to build the confidence and competence of teachers to make effective use of the outdoors to achieve Curriculum for Excellence outcomes.

S3W-39692 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that any momentum generated by implementing Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning in building the confidence and competence of teachers to make effective use of the outdoors to achieve Curriculum for Excellence outcomes should not be lost.

S3W-39693 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how (a) Learning and Teaching Scotland, (b) HM Inspectorate of Education and (c) teacher education institutes support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning and whethersuch support will continue when the Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency comes into operation.

S3W-39694 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the environmental factors identified in the strategic environmental assessment will be integrated into the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan.

S3W-39695 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental survey work is carried out before a decision is made on granting consent for an offshore renewable energy development.

S3W-39696 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides for environmental survey work to identify the most appropriate sites for offshore renewable energy developments.

S3W-39697 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages research into the environmental effects of offshore renewable energy developments.

S3W-39698 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it provides for research into the environmental effects of offshore renewable energy developments.

S3W-39699 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Research Councils UK to encourage funding for research on the environmental effects of offshore renewable energy development.

S3W-39700 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it (a) identifies and (b) delivers mitigation for adverse environmental effects of offshore renewable energy development.

S3W-39701 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timeframe is for the Nairn bypass.

S3W-39702 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will maintain any momentum generated by implementing Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning in building the confidence and competence of teachers to make effective use of the outdoors to achieve Curriculum for Excellence outcomes.

S3W-39703 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the impact has been of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999.

S3W-39704 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the North Sea sector boundary between Scotland and England as defined in the Scottish Adjacent Water Boundaries Order 1999.

S3W-39705 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the initial revenue resource allocation to NHS Tayside (a) was in 2010-11 and (b) is for 2011-12 and what the percentage increase is.

S3W-39706 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much NHS Tayside has been allocated from the Change Fund in its initial revenue resource allocation for 2011-12.

S3W-39707 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much NHS Tayside has been allocated for loss of prescription charge income in its initial revenue resource allocation for 2011-12.

S3W-39708 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) actual initial revenue allocation and (b) NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee target allocation was to NHS Tayside in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11 and is for 2011-12.

S3W-39709 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the efficiency savings that NHS Tayside will be required to make in 2011-12, expressed as a percentage of its revenue allocation.

S3W-39710 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure on hospital drugs in NHS Tayside (a) was in 2009-10 and (b) is anticipated to be in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

S3W-39711 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many prescriptions and (b) what average number of prescriptions per person per GP list were dispensed in NHS Tayside in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-39712 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of petrol being stolen from cars have been reported in each of the last three years, broken down by police force area.

S3W-39713 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been charged with stealing petrol from cars in each of the last three years, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-39714 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will call in the planning application for a waste-to-energy plant at Dovesdale Farm in South Lanarkshire.

S3W-39715 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what training arrangements there are for (a) dentists and (b) anaesthetists who might require to sign certificates authorising treatment under general anaesthetic on behalf of adults with incapacity.

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