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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 November 2008

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-18083 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what fare concessions have been deleted for (a) commercial and (b) non-commercial ferry passengers in the road equivalent tariff pilot areas and what savings will be achieved in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11..

S3W-18096 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body why legal advice to committees or parliamentary officials as part of their deliberations and decision making is not published and whether, in the interests of openness, transparency and accountability, it will review this practice.

S3W-18097 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected pupil numbers are for primary 1 to 3 classes from August 2010 for (a) Highland, (b) Orkney Islands, (c) Shetland Islands, (d) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (e) Argyll and Bute and (f) Moray councils.

S3W-18098 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17913 by Stewart Stevenson on 18 November 2008, why it has not aligned Fife fares with the rest of Scotland from January 2009, as it has with Strathclyde.

S3W-18099 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17913 by Stewart Stevenson on 18 November 2008, whether rail fares across Scotland are fully aligned.

S3W-18100 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17913 by Stewart Stevenson on 18 November 2008, whether it considers rail fares in Fife to be fair, compared with the rest of Scotland.

S3W-18101 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging the uptake of SVQs in aquaculture.

S3W-18102 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase and improve vocational training in the aquaculture industry.

S3W-18103 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical steps it will take to promote investment in, and the creation of, high-value and highly-skilled jobs in aquaculture.

S3W-18104 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17512 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 November 2008, how many off-licences in the Lothians that were found to have sold alcohol to under-18s had further tests to determine whether they continued to do so, broken down by local authority.

S3W-18105 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, for each assault that resulted in a direct measure being issued by procurators fiscal, whether it will list the (a) type and (b) severity of the assault in each month since January 2007, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-18106Δ Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its performance was in answering ministerial correspondence in the third quarter of 2008.

S3W-18107Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to launch its response to Taking Forward The Government Economic Strategy: A Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland.

S3W-18108 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the peak demand for electricity was in each of the last 10 years and on what dates it occurred.

S3W-18109 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were involved in advertising the post of chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust, including payment to MacDonald Kinnaird recruitment consultancy.

S3W-18110 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive where the position of chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust was advertised.

S3W-18111 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive why information on the appointment of the Chief Executive of the Scottish Futures Trust, described by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth as a company that is owned by ministers (Official Report c. 10601), was not available on the Scottish Government website.

S3W-18112 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust is a private limited company.

S3W-18113 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust is wholly owned by ministers.

S3W-18114 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunity the Parliament will have to scrutinise the operation of the Scottish Futures Trust, as it is entitled to do with other government departments and agencies.

S3W-18115 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what information on the operation of the Scottish Futures Trust will be publicly available.

S3W-18116 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive where a full job description and salary details are available for the post of the chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-18117 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive who will appoint the chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-18118 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive who will interview applicants for the post of chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-18119 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive to whom the Chief Executive of the Scottish Futures Trust will report.

S3W-18120 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the leadership structure of the Scottish Futures Trust will be.

S3W-18121 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is exploring opportunities to accelerate the procurement of the Waverley line to bring forward the scheduled financial close from December 2010.

S3W-18122 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimate is of inflationary costs on the capital expenditure for the Waverley line between May 2007 and the scheduled commencement of construction by May 2011.

S3W-18123 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has taken on the potential health hazards of a 400kV electricity transmission line being routed near households and communities.

S3W-18124 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a feasibility study into a sub-sea cable along the west coast of Scotland for the transmission of electricity as an alternative to an overhead pylon line.

S3W-18125 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to promote equality in education for pupils with additional support needs, specifically in ensuring that they are taught by appropriately trained staff.

S3W-18126 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that pupils with additional support needs and their families have (a) full and easy access to learning materials in different formats, (b) knowledge of the transcription services available and (c) an understanding of the alternative or accessible formats that are available when taking exams.

S3W-18127 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to make the system for charging for services fairer for carers.

S3W-18128 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the waiting times for carers’ assessments.

S3W-18129 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the waiting times are for carers’ assessments, broken down by local authority.

S3W-18130 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to put an end to inequality in the provision of physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy services so that everyone has the same access no matter where they live.

S3W-18131 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that general health campaigns reach disabled people.

S3W-18132 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require local authorities to use only polling stations that are accessible to everyone including those with disabilities and, if so, when.

S3W-18133 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when digital mammography screening will be available in each NHS board.

S3W-18134 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been done to improve services to people with aphasia, following publication of the report referred to on page 21 of NHS QIS’s Annual Report 2007-2008.

S3W-18135 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by it and each NHS board in response to the NHS QIS report Getting to GRIPS with Chronic Pain in Scotland.

S3W-18136 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) grocery, (b) butcher, (c) baker, (d) fishmonger, (e) newsagent, (f) confectionery and (g) tobacco retail outlets there were in the most recent period for which information is available and how many such wholesalers there were.

S3W-18137 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4514 by Stewart Maxwell on 1 October 2007, what progress has been made towards the introduction of a tenancy deposit scheme.

S3W-18138 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that private landlords are aware of their obligations under the energy performance certificate legislation.

S3W-18139 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that social landlords are aware of their obligations under the energy performance certificate legislation.

S3W-18140 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to lease long-term full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies.

S3W-18141 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the long-term leasing out of full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies would have on Forestry Commission Scotland jobs.

S3W-18142 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits it considers that the long-term leasing out of full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies would bring in terms of tackling climate change and ensuring sustainable woodland resources.

S3W-18143 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the performance figures for the cancer waiting time target in each quarter since the target was set, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-18144 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made toward meeting the cancer waiting time target of 62 days, in percentage terms, from quarter to quarter since the target was set, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-18145 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will meet representatives of the Kinloch Rannoch community regarding the possible reinstatement of an out-of-hours GP service.

S3W-18146 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the process followed by NHS Tayside and its decision to end the out-of-hours GP service in Kinloch Rannoch.

S3W-18147 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will intervene and reintroduce an out-of-hours GP service in Kinloch Rannoch.

S3W-18148 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with ambulance cover for highland Perthshire.

S3W-18149 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulances cover the highland Perthshire area and whether there are plans to increase the number stationed in the area.

S3W-18150 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to protect staff and students at the University of Glasgow Dental School while asbestos is being removed from the building.

S3W-18151 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers are confident that all necessary precautions are being taken at the University of Glasgow Dental School to protect those who continue to use the premises while asbestos is being removed from the building.

S3W-18152 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health and safety guidance on the dangers and management of asbestos in the workplace are being observed at the University of Glasgow Dental School while asbestos is being removed from the building.

S3W-18153 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning has met representatives of Aberdeen City Council to discuss the HM Inspectorate of Education report, Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in the Aberdeen City Council area, published on 13 November 2008.

S3W-18154 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning has required Aberdeen City Council to prepare an action plan following publication of the HM Inspectorate of Education report, Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in the Aberdeen City Council area.

S3W-18155 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many services were evaluated as (a) satisfactory, (b) weak and (c) unsatisfactory in the HM Inspectorate of Education joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in the Aberdeen City Council area, and how this compares to the evaluation of Midlothian Council’s child protection services.

S3W-18156 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms (a) there are to require and (b) would be required to improve the sharing of information between professionals in relation to child protection.

S3W-18157 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the Scottish Rural Development Plan provides adequate and effective support for the agricultural industry.

S3W-18158 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the success of the Scottish Rural Development Plan.

S3W-18159 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that adequate support is being received by the agricultural industry through the Scottish Rural Development Plan.

S3W-18160 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report, published on Monday 10 November, calling for the European Union to change its approach to vaccination procedures across Europe in order to reduce the spread of viral pathogens and what discussions the Scottish Government has had, or intends to have, with the UK Government in relation to raising the proposals with the European Commission and with other member states.

S3W-18161 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on which fuel poverty schemes will be funded under the UK Government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme and which will be funded by the Scottish Government.

S3W-18162 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult on implementing the recommendations of the Sullivan report, A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland.

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