Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged from 2 to 5 April 2013

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Government 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".

S4W-13961 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to maximise the available resources to improve the outcomes for vulnerable young children and what steps it has taken to improve the system of data collection for measuring their (a) educational and (b) social outcomes.

S4W-13962 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to change the focus on educational attainment in measuring outcomes for looked-after children.

S4W-13963 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government how it can establish a national process for defining and measuring outcomes for young people.

S4W-13964 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government whether the number of young people leaving care has increased since August 2010, broken down by those (a) with and (b) without a Pathway Plan and those (i) with and (ii) without a Pathway Coordinator.

S4W-13965 Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what the outcomes have been of the national managed clinical networks in the last five years.

S4W-14013 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what local authorities will use in place of the eCare programme.

S4W-14030 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how many graduates from Aberdeen Dental School have gained a vocational training placement in each of the last five years and how many (a) gained full time employment and (b) remained in the Aberdeen area on completion.

S4W-14033 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how many dental practices in the Aberdeen area have been registered to offer vocational training placements for graduates from Aberdeen Dental School in each of the last five years.

S4W-14034 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding has been provided to dental practices in the Aberdeen area that offer vocational training placements for graduates from Aberdeen Dental School in each of the last five years.

S4W-14035 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how vocational training placements for graduates from Aberdeen Dental School are monitored (a) in the Aberdeen area and (b) across Scotland.

S4W-14053 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the data used in the sea lice dispersal model for Loch Linnhe was not made available prior to being published in the Journal of Fish Diseases and on what date Marine Scotland Science received the data.

S4W-14054 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government whether its policy on the publication of sea lice data was influenced by the 2012 study by Jensen et al on sea lice and salmon farming that was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

S4W-14055 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements it has in place with the salmon farming industry for the provision of sea lice data for the purpose of scientific research and whether these will be extended to include weekly counts of sea lice at each farm.

S4W-14057 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government whether arrangements are in place to (a) retain and (b) make available sea lice data that it has gathered for (i) scientific and (ii) academic research.

S4W-14059 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to prevent the publication of sea lice data being published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

S4W-14060 Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to impose conditions that would limit the use of sea lice data for scientific purposes.

S4W-14067 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government whether it has explored the possibility of Highlands and Islands Enterprise supplying a European Fisheries Fund bridging loan when payment schedules are disrupted.

S4W-14068 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how it will respond to reports that the recent bad weather is having a negative impact on seabird populations ahead of the breeding season.

S4W-14069 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what impact the proposed network of marine protected areas will have on the recovery of sandeels.

S4W-14070 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government whether the proposed network of marine protected areas will protect sandeels in the River Forth.

S4W-14071 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will reconsider the inclusion of sites to protect seabird foraging areas in the proposed network of marine protected areas to provide resilience against extreme weather events.

S4W-14072 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to local authorities on the planning of places at nursery schools for three-year-olds.

S4W-14073 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many parents do not obtain a place for their child at the nursery school of their (a) first and (b) second choice.

S4W-14074 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many parents do not obtain a place for their child at a nursery school in the first (a) three, (b) six and (c) nine months of their entitlement due to a lack of available places.

S4W-14075 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government how the maximum size for composite classes in primary schools is determined.

S4W-14076 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the operational arrangements for the Rare Conditions Medicines Fund.

S4W-14077 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government what the qualifying criteria for the Rare Conditions Medicines fund will be.

S4W-14078 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government what the remit of the Rare Conditions Medicines Fund will be and whether it will include medicines for rare cancers.

S4W-14079 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the interim findings of the review of the individual patient treatment request process conducted by Professor Charles Swainson.

S4W-14080 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish government when it will publish the review of the individual patient treatment request process conducted by Professor Bill Scott.

S4W-14081 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the findings of the review by Professor Philip Routledge of the Scottish Medicines Consortium’s new medicines assessment process.

S4W-14083 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government what funds will be available for the Rare Conditions Medicines Fund as a result of the decision to fund Ivacaftor for cystic fibrosis patients with the G551D gene mutation who have not had a lung transplant from the fund.

S4W-14084 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government which contracts for which it has issued invitations to tender will contain community benefit clauses.

S4W-14085 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government (a) which and (b) what percentage of its (i) currently allocated contracts and (ii) contracts allocated in the last six years contain or have contained community benefit clauses.

S4W-14086 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the average percentage of its contract clauses that community benefit clauses represent.

S4W-14087 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-13660 by Keith Brown on 27 March 2013, what the increased cost to CalMac Ferries Ltd will be.

S4W-14088 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-13661 by Keith Brown on 27 March 2013, how many staff who received a voluntary severance package had an employment contract with Argyll Ferries Ltd.

S4W-14089 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-13662 by Keith Brown on 27 March 2013, what provisions there are to ensure that vessels are able to operate safely in the weather conditions that can be anticipated on the Firth of Clyde.

S4W-14091 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government when the final report by MVA Consultancy on the removal of road equivalent tariff from commercial vehicles in the Western Isles will be published.

S4W-14092 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many people resident in Scotland have become residents in care homes in England in each year since 1999 and at what cost.

S4W-14093 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the National Forum of Drug-related Deaths’ recommendation in 2011 to urgently update the 2007 Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management, what (a) discussions it has had with or (b) recommendations it has made to the Department of Health.

S4W-14094 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that evidence-based guidelines from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) allow for best practice to be implemented across the country.

S4W-14095 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will request that the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) prepare an evidence-based guideline on recovery from opiate drug addiction in line with the outputs of the independent expert group on opiate replacement therapies.

S4W-14096 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to increase access to buprenorphine, as recommended by the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths in 2011.

S4W-14097 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken since 2011 to supply written information for people receiving treatment for drug addiction to ensure informed patient choice on all treatment options across each NHS board.

S4W-14098 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government whether the percentage of opioid drug users in treatment in Scotland is lower than in (a) England and (b) other European countries and, if so, what analysis it has made of the reasons for this.

S4W-14099 Margaret McCulloch: To ask the Scottish Government how it regulates laser eye surgery in the independent sector.

S4W-14100 Margaret McCulloch: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the Department of Health regarding the regulation of laser eye surgery in the independent sector.

S4W-14101 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what contingencies are in place to assist people stranded overnight in Dunoon without accommodation due to ferry services being suspended as a result of adverse weather.

S4W-14102 Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what responsibility private landlords have for the conduct of their tenants.

S4W-14103 Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what action can be taken against a private landlord who refuses to deal with an antisocial tenant.

S4W-14104 Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what requirement there is for tenancy agreements between private landlords and tenants to make reference to the behaviour of the tenant.

S4W-14105 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government who will benefit from the social wage and how.

S4W-14106 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Government what provision has been planned for people travelling between the rail and bus stations at the new Galashiels public transport interchange.

S4W-14107 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government how many people were (a) arrested for breach of the peace between 29 March and 1 April 2013 and (b) convicted of breach of the peace on 2 and 3 April 2013 and how many of these convictions were announced via news releases from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

S4W-14108 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government about upgrading the A1.

S4W-14109 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to upgrade the A1.

S4W-14110 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Government what process it followed to appoint the chairs of regional college boards and how the vacancies for these posts were advertised.

S4W-14112 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Government what action it took to ensure that it followed each of the seven principles set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life when appointing the chairs of regional college boards.

S4W-14113 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to enable people with restricted vision to access computer aids for visually impaired people.

S4W-14117 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-13464 by Margaret Burgess on 27 March 2013, whether it will provide the information broken down by postcode area.

S4W-14118 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding the recent increase in the price of student bus tickets in Aberdeen.

S4W-14119 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the reported shortage of social housing in Glasgow.

S4W-14120 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Government what the legal status is of a home report.

S4W-14121 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government when it became aware of reports regarding the mislabelling of fish in the retail sector and what action it took.

S4W-14122 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what meetings it has had and with whom regarding the appointment of a mediator for talks on international fish quotas since November 2012.

S4W-14123 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government who is involved in the appointment of a mediator for talks on international fish quota.

S4W-14124 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had in 2013 with the Scottish pelagic fleet and its representatives regarding the appointment of a mediator for international fishing talks.

S4W-14125 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government when further details of the improvement partnership programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013 will be available; which stakeholders will participate, and how schools wanting to participate (a) can apply and (b) will be chosen.

S4W-14127 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government how long it expects relationships between schools established under the improvement partnership programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013 to last and how it will determine whether a relationship is successful.

S4W-14128 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will publish the consultation paper on class sizes and teacher numbers announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013.

S4W-14129 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government (a) how much it will cost and (b) who it will work with to develop the senior phase benchmarking tool announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013.

S4W-14130 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government how much it will cost Education Scotland to develop the website with schools data for parents, which was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013, and whether it will be developed in-house.

S4W-14131 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government how much it will cost "to improve the quality of information going to parents about Curriculum for Excellence" and “produce a new publication to be provided to every parent in Scotland” as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013.

S4W-14132 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comment by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 27 March 2013 that “education is almost fully devolved”, whether it will confirm what aspects are reserved.

S4W-14133 Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will review the powers available to local authorities to deal with dilapidated properties before they become dangerous.

S4W-14134 Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to local authorities that are required to take action against commercial property owners because of properties falling into disrepair.

S4W-14135 Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to support intervention by local authorities in relation to dilapidated properties and their owners to prevent buildings deteriorating into a dangerous condition.

S4W-14136 Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government what funding is available to (a) local authorities and (b) community groups to invest in town and village centres.

S4W-14137 Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to extend the availability of the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund to all local authorities.

S4W-14138 Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the report of the national review of town centres.

S4W-14139 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide financial assistance to farmers for the purchase of extra feed as a result of the recent bad weather conditions.

S4W-14140 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what emotional support it is providing to farmers who have been adversely affected by the recent bad weather conditions.

S4W-14141 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it will provide to farmers for the removal of animals that died as a result of the recent bad weather conditions.

S4W-14142 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it will offer to farmers facing financial difficulties as a result of the recent bad weather conditions.

S4W-14143 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many meetings it has had in the last year with and (b) what support it offers to the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

S4W-14145 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-13200 by Michael Matheson on 5 March 2013, what restrictions relating to new medicines apply to ulipristal acetate that are additional to the restriction removed on 9 November 2012 and under what conditions it can be made available without prescription.

S4W-14146 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government how many people given a custodial sentence in cases involving domestic violence received a sentence of (a) up to three and (b) between three and six months in 2011-12.

S4W-14147 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in cases involving domestic violence in 2011-12, broken down by manner of disposal.

S4W-14150 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government whether the safeguarding of a protected species in an EU designated special protection area or access on a path through a breeding area has priority.

S4W-14151 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been (a) prosecuted, (b) fined and (c) imprisoned under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for taking, disturbing or harming a freshwater pearl mussel.

S4W-14152 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government how many licences have been obtained to sell freshwater pearls from Scottish rivers in each of the last 14 years.

S4W-14153 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to ensure that the freshwater pearl mussel is protected while hydroelectric schemes are being developed in rivers with pearl mussel colonies.

S4W-14154 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to identify sites for a reintroduction programme for the freshwater pearl mussel.

S4W-14155 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government how many freshwater pearl mussel sites have been found to be criminally damaged in each of the last 14 years.

S4W-14156 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to assess the freshwater pearl mussel populations in non-designated rivers.

S4W-14157 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its evaluation of the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

S4W-14158 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government what the membership is of the Community Jobs Scotland Advisory Group.

S4W-14159 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government what the Opportunities for All budget is for (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15, showing how much has been allocated in each year; to what it has been allocated, and how much has not been allocated.

S4W-14160 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area have multiple sclerosis.

S4W-14161 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the last three years.

S4W-14162 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support people with multiple sclerosis.

S4W-14163 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in research into multiple sclerosis and what developments have been made since May 2007.

S4W-14164 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether all police officers had Police Service of Scotland warrant cards on 1 April 2013 and, if not, how many and what percentage of officers did not and what the implications are for these officers.

S4W-14166 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether all police officers had Police Service of Scotland authorisation cards to carry CS incapacitant spray on 1 April 2013 and, if not, how many and what percentage of officers did not and what the implications are for these officers.

S4W-14168 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether all authorised firearms officers had Police Service of Scotland authorisation cards to carry firearms on 1 April 2013 and, if not, how many and what percentage of officers did not and what the implications are for these officers.

S4W-14170 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether the Police Service of Scotland warrant cards contain images such as a security hologram to prevent forgeries and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S4W-14173 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what the value was in 2012-13 of funds subsumed into the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and how much is available to the voluntary sector from the fund.

S4W-14174 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government when it was made aware of possible delays in 2013-14 Third Sector Early Intervention Fund awards to voluntary groups and by what means.

S4W-14175 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what involvement ministers and officials have had in the selection of organisations to be funded from the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund.

S4W-14176 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the Big lottery Fund Scotland regarding the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF) since it became aware that TSEIF awards would be delayed.

S4W-14177 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what the eligibility criteria will be for funding via strategic funding partnerships; what body will administer such funding, and what form the application process will take.

S4W-14178 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what the timescale will be for (a) applications for and (b) awards of funding via strategic funding partnerships.

S4W-14179 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what involvement ministers and officials will have in awarding funding through strategic funding partnerships.

S4W-14180 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding will be made available for strategic funding partnerships and what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum award will be.

S4W-14181 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government whether funding for strategic funding partnerships is new money.

S4W-14182 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government whether successful applicants to the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund will be eligible to apply for funding via strategic funding partnerships.

S4W-14183 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government whether funding via strategic funding partnerships will place restrictions on applications for or awards under other (a) government or (b) non-government funding streams.

S4W-14184 Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to ensure that applicants to the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and organisations eligible for funding via strategic funding partnerships are informed about the process and any developments.

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