Scottish Parliament Written answers

Monday, 14 March 2011

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the progress made in identifying and supporting women trafficked for sex during the construction phase and the games fortnight by the...

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the progress made by the Blue Blindfold awareness programme run by Strathclyde Police and the UK Human Trafficking Centre at the 2014...

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games

    To ask the Scottish Executive, given that the Metropolitan Police has invested £600,000 in a specialist team in the five Olympic boroughs to combat an expected surge in trafficking, whether...

  • Air Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in identifying options regarding an air route development fund.

  • Alcohol

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many off-licences in the Lothians region were found to have sold alcohol to people under 18 in 2009-10, broken down by local authority area.

  • Alcohol Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-38846 by Nicola Sturgeon on 26 January 2011, how many acute occupied bed days in NHS Tayside were attributed to patients with...

  • Animal Welfare

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been for illegal snaring in 2010-11.

  • Animal Welfare

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been for wildlife crime in 2010-11.

  • Animal Welfare

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many police wildlife crime coordinators there are.

  • Autism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) individuals and (b) organisations are represented on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group.

  • Autism

    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.

  • Autism

    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.

  • Breastfeeding

    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...

  • Breastfeeding

    To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it makes available in the (a) Dundee Community Health Partnership and (b) Angus Community Health Partnership area to develop networks for supporting...

  • Breastfeeding

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on promoting breastfeeding in each of the last three years.

  • Bridges

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding the proposed third crossing over the River Don in Aberdeen.

  • Bridges

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are sufficient grounds to call in the proposal for a third crossing over the River Don in Aberdeen and whether it will make a statement on the matter.

  • British Sign Language

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have (a) sat and (b) passed exams for qualifications in British Sign Language in each year since 2007.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many women have presented for a smear test for cervical cancer in each of the last five years.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many women have been vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV), broken down by age, in each of the last five years.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what changes have occurred in the prevalence of human papilloma virus (HPV) genotypes in the last five years and which genotypes are the most prevalent.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to raise awareness of the limits of protection offered by the human papilloma virus (HPV) immunisation programme and to encourage regular cervical...

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of women has presented for a cervical cancer smear test when called in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what costs are associated with performing a colposcopy and how many were performed in the last year for which information is available.

  • Cancer

    To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were associated with biopsy for and treatment of cervical cancer in the last year for which information is available.

  • Census

    To ask the Scottish Executive who it has contracted to deliver the 2011 census and at what cost.

  • Childcare

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in increasing childcare provision.

  • Childcare

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many childcare places have been available in each of the last three years for which information is available.

  • Children with Special Needs

    To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made for children with additional support needs in Gaelic medium education, taking into account the specific needs of bilingual children.

  • Climate Change

    To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanism it will develop to ensure sufficient scrutiny of local housing strategies to ensure compliance with the emissions reduction targets set out in the...

  • Climate Change

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the report required under section 64(6) of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 setting out the measures that it will take to reduce emissions...

  • Crime

    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.

  • Dentistry

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the new NHS dental centre planned for Oban will be (a) constructed and (b) in use.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive in which sheriffdoms the domestic abuse toolkit is in use.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive in which sheriffdoms there is ongoing training in the use of the domestic abuse toolkit.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it receives regular reports on the use of the domestic abuse toolkit.

  • Domestic Abuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation there has been of the use of the domestic abuse toolkit.

  • Drug Misuse

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many arrests for drug-related offences have been made in the Lothian and Borders Police force area in each year since 2007-08.

  • Economy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the national reform programme.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason there is no national strategy for equal access to counselling in schools.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) guidance or (b) regulations there are on how school budgets should be spent.

  • Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake of modern language learning was in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

  • Emergency Services

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Ambulance Service ambulances have been stationed in Perth and Kinross in each of the last five years, broken down by location.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of demand is for flexible training opportunities for 2011-12.

  • Employment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of female employees in the public sector is in a managerial position.

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered or will consider mechanisms to replace the duty on local authorities to provide energy efficiency under the Home Energy Conservation Act...

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of respondents to the consultation, Conserve and Save: Consultation on the Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Scotland , felt that it was important...

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in developing a strategy to improve the private rented sector, the Scottish Private Rented Sector Strategy Group will consider energy efficiency.

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive what average standard homes will need to reach by 2020 to meet its climate change and fuel poverty targets.

  • Energy Efficiency

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether its home loans scheme will be rolled out across Scotland.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many business properties currently receive support from the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the Intellectual Assets Centre’s budget has been reduced from £1.35 million in 2010-11 to £720,000 for 2011-12.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Intellectual Assets Centre’s staff will be subject to compulsory redundancy.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it is proposing to relocate the Intellectual Assets Centre.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Intellectual Assets Centre is a fully owned subsidiary of Scottish Enterprise.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Intellectual Assets Centre has contributed to the economy in each of the last four years.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many small and medium-sized enterprises applied for funding for eco-innovation projects under the 2010 Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.

  • Enterprise

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many VAT-registered businesses were set up in Dundee in the last year for which information is available.

  • European Funding

    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...

  • Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has used the increase in the de minimis level of state aid since its introduction.

  • Forestry

    To ask the Scottish Executive what income it expects will be made from developments on the Forestry Commission Scotland estates.

  • Forestry

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3F-2930 by Alex Salmond on 24 February 2011 ( Official Report , c.33513), how it will fund planting the 100 million trees and...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the issue of the BP Forties pipeline system was not raised during consideration of the Forth Crossing Act 2011.

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the contingency liability for BP has been capped at £100 million if the Forties pipeline system is damaged during the construction of the Forth...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the actual cost to BP will be if the Forties pipeline system is damaged during construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing.

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what level of fire risk is posed by construction work on the Forth Replacement Crossing being carried out close to the BP Forties pipeline system.

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether an automatic shutdown is in place in the event of the BP Forties pipeline system being damaged during construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing and, if...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are insurance policies or contingency liabilities in place for local residents and businesses for any damage incurred to them in the event of the BP...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Transport Scotland has a business continuity programme in place to manage the risks in the event of the BP Forties pipeline system being damaged during...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to the BP Forties pipeline system, Transport Scotland investigated whether it would be safer to move the Southern Approach Road to link directly...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans have been put in place to carry out routine or other maintenance to the BP Forties pipeline system where the Southern Approach Road crosses it; who will...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how the £100 million contingency liability cap to BP in relation to any damage caused to the Forties pipeline system during construction of the Forth...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what volume of oil would be spilt if the BP Forties pipeline system were ruptured during construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing.

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken an assessment of the geographical area likely to be affected by any damage to the BP Forties pipeline system during construction of the...

  • Forth Crossing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what BP’s estimate is of lost revenue in the event of damage to the BP Forties pipeline system during construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing.

  • Health

    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...

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in carrying out epidemiological research on foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of measles have been confirmed in the NHS Tayside area in each of the last three years for which information is available.

  • Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of knife crime on NHS services since May 2007.

  • Higher Education

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time university students domiciled in the (a) Dundee City and (b) Angus council areas have received bursaries in each of the last three years for which...

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people live in overcrowded dwellings, broken down by local authority area.

  • Housing

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made to improve the rights of (a) mobile and (b) residential park home owners.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time was following sentencing before offenders commenced (a) community sentence, (b) probation, (c) supervised attendance and (d) drug...

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion it has had with the UK Government since May 2007 on how prisoner voting might impact on the operation of the Scottish Prison Service.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-33605 by Kenny MacAskill on 20 May 2010, when it will next publish an audit of community service.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the ruling by the Appeal Court on the case of Morris Petch and Robert Foye v Her Majesty’s Advocate and whether it plans action.

  • Justice

    To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of offenders sentenced to a work placement as part of a community service order in the Lothians region have commenced actual work on the placement...

  • Maritime History

    To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36829 by Fiona Hyslop on 7 October 2010, whether a timetable has now been agreed for return of HMS Carrick, or City of...

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that all school pupils have access to counselling in schools.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that counselling in schools is integrated as a support system into the referral pathway to access psychological therapies.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to identify and support schoolchildren known to be self-harming.

  • Mental Health

    To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the guidance identified in the 2005 report, The Mental Health of Children and Young People: A Framework for Promotion,...

  • NHS Equipment

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time was to be issued with a wheelchair in each of the last 12 months, broken down by NHS board.

  • NHS Expenditure

    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.

  • NHS Finance

    To ask the Scottish Executive when NHS boards will be told how much will be allocated to them to fund the transfer of prison healthcare.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) pre-registration nurse and (b) midwifery intake training places there have been at the University of Dundee in each of the last three years.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what resources NHS Education for Scotland has transferred to each NHS board to fund trainee doctors’ salaries.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of decisions that have made by regional medical workforce groups that have resulted in NHS boards losing trainee input and, if so, which (a) NHS...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether compensation is provided to NHS boards that lose trainee input as a result of decisions by regional medical workforce groups.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the regional medical workforce group in the NHS Fife area made decisions that resulted in the loss of trainee doctor input on maintaining...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many trainee doctor posts it plans to disestablish in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014, and (e) 2015 at (i) first year level 1, (ii) first year level 2 and...

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the minutes of the project board of the Health Workforce Programme Board will be made public.

  • NHS Staff

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for negotiations on NHSScotland Management Steering Group’s mixed economy for doctors.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring arrangements are in place in respect of the £70 million Change Fund.

  • National Health Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS prescription pre-payment certificates have been purchased in each year since 2007-08, broken down by NHS board area.

  • Nursing

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-registration student nurse and midwifery intake training places there will be at each higher education institution in 2011-12, also broken down by (a)...

  • Planning

    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.

  • Planning

    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.

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many objection letters its Energy Consents Unit has received in relation to Forth Energy’s proposals for a biomass power station at Dundee and, of those,...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has acknowledged receipt of every objection letter that its Energy Consents Unit has received in relation to Forth Energy’s proposals for a biomass...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason an invalid email address was given on the Energy Consents Unit website for objections to be made to Forth Energy’s proposals for a biomass...

  • Planning

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider the consultation process on Forth Energy’s proposals for a biomass power station at Dundee given that many objections have not been...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of drug gangs attempting to infiltrate Strathclyde Police, as reported in The Herald on 14 February 2011, what (a) plans it has to address such activity,...

  • Police

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the police grant-aided expenditure in Tayside has been in each of the last three years, also expressed in real terms.

  • Post Office

    To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the operation of the Post Office Diversification Fund in 2011-12.

  • Prison Service

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it takes to ensure that all prisoners with a communication difficulty are assessed by a speech and language therapist.

  • Public Inquiries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a provisional date for the publication of the report of the Fingerprint Inquiry.

  • Public Inquiries

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether the report of the Fingerprint Inquiry can be published during the dissolution of the Parliament.

  • Regeneration

    To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund to North Ayrshire, broken down by town.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive when the environmental factors identified in the strategic environmental assessment will be integrated into the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages research into the environmental effects of offshore renewable energy developments.

  • Renewable Energy

    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.

  • Renewable Energy

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

  • Renewable Energy

    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...

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its best estimate is of the average carbon payback time for a wind farm development replacing forestry that has been clear felled.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated minimum distance is needed between a standard wind turbine and surrounding forestry, taking into account turbulence and required wind speeds.

  • Renewable Energy

    To ask the Scottish Executive what studies it has undertaken to review the impact that on-shore wind farms have on tourism.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the upgrading of the Dalry bypass.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget is for the upgrading of the Dalry bypass.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns regarding the condition of the A83 road in Kintyre.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend trunk road status to the Kennacraig to Campbeltown section of the A83.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the M77 hard shoulder running project report.

  • Roads

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether Transport Scotland will continue to be liable for the agent’s fees for individuals who had to employ agents to deal with the sale of land in connection...

  • Scots Language

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has provided any (a) agencies, (b) organisations and (c) public bodies or services with (i) books and (ii) literature on old Scots dialect and, if so,...

  • Scots Language

    To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make representations to the UK Government regarding the Council of Europe’s Charter for Regional and Minority Languages and agreement of part III...

  • Scottish Government Expenditure

    To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) agencies, (b) organisations and (c) public bodies and services it has provided with Saltire badges in each of the last four years and what the cost was.

  • Scottish Water

    To ask the Scottish Executive what income it expects will be made from developments on land owned by Scottish Water.

  • Small Businesses

    To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the likely impact of the European Union’s policy framework, The Small Business Act, on small and medium-sized enterprises.

  • Social Care

    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...

  • Tourism

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding increasing the level of consumer financial protection available to holidaymakers from Scotland who might...

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research on the methods used by private car park operators when seeking payment of fines.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government on the methods used by private car park operators when seeking payment of fines.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to regulating the methods used by private car park operators when seeking payment of fines.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities operate a decriminalised parking enforcement regime.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with local authorities wishing to decriminalise parking enforcement.

  • Transport

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many car owners there have been in Coatbridge and Chryston constituency in each year since 1999

  • Voluntary Sector

    To ask the Scottish Executive how many people work in the third sector and what percentage is (a) male and (b) female.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to explore ways to establish a youth microcredit scheme.

  • Young People

    To ask the Scottish Executive what stakeholders it has met to discuss ways to establish a youth microcredit scheme.

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