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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-39982 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions due to assault by sharp object there were between 1 April 2010 and 31 January 2011, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-39983 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many acute occupied bed days were directly connected to a diagnosis of assault by sharp object between 1 April 2010 and 31 January 2011, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-39984 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its contract with Sodexo for dairy products meets the criteria in the guidance, Catering for Change.

S3W-39985 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage has been of adults in NHS Tayside who smoke in each year since 2006, broken down by gender.

S3W-39986 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage has been of adults in NHS Tayside who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day in each year since 2006, broken down by gender.

S3W-39987 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths there have been from cervical cancer in the NHS Tayside area in each of the last five years.

S3W-39988 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new cases of cervical cancer have been diagnosed in the NHS Tayside area in each of the last three years.

S3W-39989 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in response to the recommendations made in Report of a study to identify and explore attitudes leading to low uptake of cervical screening in Scotland with a particular focus on how to improve uptake and address inequalities, published by NHS Health Scotland in August 2009.

S3W-39990 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses specialising in Parkinson’s disease there have been in each NHS board area in the last three years for which information is available, expressed as (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent.

S3W-39991 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many men in Dundee aged (a) 50 to 54, (b) 55 to 59 and (c) 60 to 64 are unemployed and what percentage of unemployed men in Dundee the groups represent in total.

S3W-39992 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women in Dundee aged (a) 50 to 54 and (b) 55 to 59 are unemployed and what percentage of unemployed women in Dundee the groups represent in total.

S3W-39993Δ Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what it expects police officer numbers to be in the first two quarters of 2011.

S3W-39994 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the draft clinical standards in NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation do not refer to recommendation 3 of Moving Forward: Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland.

S3W-39995 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation does not include a mobility plan for users or carers who are to be assessed for the optimum equipment.

S3W-39996 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation does not refer to the right to a second opinion arising from an appeal.

S3W-39997 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation does not refer to complaints procedures.

S3W-39998 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation does not refer to a mobility plan forming part of the agreement with the user or carer.

S3W-39999 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the NHS Scotland Wheelchair and Seating Services - Clinical Standards Consultation will invite responses from those users, carers and voluntary sector representatives who were represented by the Wheelchair and Seating Services Project Board.

S3W-40000 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on preparations for the proposals for the improvements to the A75 from Hardgrove to Kinmount.

S3W-40001 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether individuals whose land has been devalued as a result of planning decisions are eligible to apply for compensation.

S3W-40002 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when the condition of the A75 between Hardgrove and Kinmount was last examined and what the findings were.

S3W-40003 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what trunk road improvement schemes (a) have been completed since May 2007 and are (b) ongoing.

S3W-40004 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available for farm diversification for equine activities.

S3W-40005 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what companies were involved in the proposed development of a continuing care facility at Blawarthill Hospital.

S3W-40006 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether meetings have taken place between ministers or officials and representatives of Forth Energy, Scottish and Southern Energy plc and Forth Ports plc regarding proposals for large-scale biomass plants and, if so, (a) on what dates, (b) who attended and (c) what matters were discussed.

S3W-40007 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will receive Barnett consequentials resulting from the Big Society Transition Fund.

S3W-40008 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will receive future Barnett consequentials arising from UK Government spending on the Big Society.

S3W-40009 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive in which sheriffdoms the domestic abuse toolkit is in use.

S3W-40010 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive in which sheriffdoms there is ongoing training in the use of the domestic abuse toolkit.

S3W-40011 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it receives regular reports on the use of the domestic abuse toolkit.

S3W-40012 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation there has been of the use of the domestic abuse toolkit.

S3W-40013 Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners in each prison have been granted home leave in each year since December 2006, broken down by number of days granted.

S3W-40014 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish an action plan for low-carbon vehicles as referred to on page one of its 2009 Consultation on Low Carbon Vehicles.

S3W-40015 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the MRSA Screening Pathfinder Programme Final Report Volume 1: An Investigation of the Clinical Effectiveness of Universal MRSA Screening was delivered in December 2009 but published in February 2011 and, if this was an error on the published document, what the actual date of delivery was.

S3W-40016 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) sensitivity and (b) specificity was of the laboratory method used in the MRSA pilot screening project.

S3W-40017 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further research of staff screening will be undertaken following the MRSA pilot screening project.

S3W-40018 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what risk factors were found in those patients with MRSA infections who screened negative in the MRSA pilot screening project.

S3W-40019 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will (a) conclude and (b) report on the further special study in the MRSA pilot screening project on the risk of colonisation and how it will judge the possibility of a substitute or partial substitute for screening.

S3W-40020 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assumptions were made in the health technology assessment (HTA) model used in the MRSA screening study that were not observed in practice.

S3W-40021 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the risks of increased mupirocin consumption and resistance that might result from a Scotland-wide MRSA screening programme on admission to hospital and of staff.

S3W-40022 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the report on the MRSA Screening Pathfinder Programme has been or will be subject to peer review.

S3W-40023 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the estimates of the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland health technology assessment economic model assumptions in the report on the MRSA Screening Pathfinder Programme have been or will be subject to peer review.

S3W-40024 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what independent evaluation of the findings in the report on the MRSA Screening Pathfinder Programme will be undertaken before proceeding to any roll-out of the programme.

S3W-40025 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the confidence intervals are for the predicted reductions in MRSA colonisation prevalence and infection incidence associated with MRSA laboratory test-based screening.

S3W-40026 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the likely (a) costs and (b) savings are in rolling out a Scotland-wide MRSA screening programme for hospital admissions.

S3W-40027 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) risks and (b) benefits are of rolling out a Scotland-wide MRSA screening programme for hospital admissions.

S3W-40028 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what modelling it has done as to (a) whether and (b) when a full MRSA screening programme for hospital admissions could result in low endemic proportions of MRSA so that a search and destroy strategy could be employed and what cost savings could be made by such a change in approach.

S3W-40029 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes of handling an offensive weapon were reported between 1 April 2010 and 31 January 2011, broken down by (a) type of crime and (b) police board area.

S3W-40030 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its directorates or agencies employ staff on fixed-term contacts.

S3W-40031 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its directorates or agencies employ staff on fixed-term contracts to avoid compulsory redundancies.

S3W-40032 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its directorates or agencies employ staff on fixed-term contracts as an alternative to permanent contracts to carry out the same work.

S3W-40033 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether staff employed in its directorates or agencies on renewed fixed-term contracts have the same rights as permanent staff when these contracts end.

S3W-40034 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many government staff are employed on a fixed-term contract, broken down by (a) directorate, (b) agency and (c) job title.

S3W-40035 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) individuals and (b) organisations are represented on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group.

S3W-40036 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive on what criteria members of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group are selected and who (a) sets the criteria and (b) selects the membership.

S3W-40037 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group and who decided on that remit.

S3W-40038 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been allocated to the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group; for what it has been specified; how it will be monitored, and by whom.

S3W-40039 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage co-operative business participation in the UN International Year of Cooperatives 2012.

S3W-40040 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions Co-operative Development Scotland has had with co-operative businesses regarding their participation in the UN International Year of Cooperatives 2012.

S3W-40041 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will broaden the eligibility criteria for funding from the National Renewables Infrastructure Fund to allow applications from ports that are not involved in the manufacture of offshore renewable energy installations but wish to be involved in their servicing, maintenance and supply.

S3W-40042 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency calls were made to the Scottish Ambulance Service between 00.01 am on 31 December 2010 and 11.59 pm on 1 January 2011, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-40043 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service were made by (a) members of the public who had not contacted NHS24, (b) members of the public who had been advised to by NHS24, (c) NHS24 directly, (d) ambulances as a result of the time limit expiring on an urgent call and (e) the police between 00.01 am on 31 December 2010 and 11.59 pm on 1 January 2011, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-40044 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area are employed in full-time, permanent posts.

S3W-40045 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area were employed in full-time, permanent posts on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2009, (c) 2008 and (d) 2007.

S3W-40046 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area are employed in full-time-equivalent, permanent posts.

S3W-40047 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area were employed in full-time-equivalent, permanent posts on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2009, (c) 2008 and (d) 2007.

S3W-40048 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area are employed in full-time, temporary posts.

S3W-40049 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area were employed in full-time, temporary posts on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2009, (c) 2008 and (d) 2007.

S3W-40050 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area are employed in full-time-equivalent, temporary posts.

S3W-40051 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers in each local authority area were employed in full-time-equivalent, temporary posts on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2009, (c) 2008 and (d) 2007.

S3W-40052 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time teaching posts are vacant in each local authority area.

S3W-40053 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time-equivalent teaching posts are vacant in each local authority area.

S3W-40054 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration NHSScotland gives to the cost when procuring implantable medical devices.

S3W-40055 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration NHSScotland gives to (a) operational lifetime and (b) period of manufacturer’s guarantee when weighing up the cost of acquiring implantable medical devices.

S3W-40056 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that medical devices should be procured primarily on the basis of cost and, if so, how this impacts on its commitment to the adoption of innovation by NHSScotland.

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