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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 September 2009

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-27179 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the council tax exemption relating to deceased owners as laid out in the Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (Scotland) Order 1997 applies to deceased tenants.

S3W-27180 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any council tax exemption applies to tenants who die before their lease expires.

S3W-27181 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation or regulations apply to local authorities in pursuing council tax payment from the estate of a deceased tenant who had been solely liable for council tax on their rented property.

S3W-27182 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what awards have been made in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area from the Healthy Living Centre Transition Fund since 2008, broken down by (a) amount, (b) receiving organisation and (c) date.

S3W-27183 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the nationally agreed rate of pay is for GPs to provide an out-of-hours and a locum service.

S3W-27184 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how patient outcomes are measured in (a) primary care, (b) acute care and (c) care in the community.

S3W-27185 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when all GP practices will have an online service (a) to book appointments and (b) for electronic prescription requests.

S3W-27186 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new patient management system in general practice will improve basic management data and, if so, for what purpose.

S3W-27187 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether linseed is imported into Scotland.

S3W-27188 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether the Food Standards Agency is monitoring linseed for GM contamination.

S3W-27189 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether flax or linseed is imported from Canada into Scotland.

S3W-27190 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of news of linseed contaminated with "Triffid" GM seed in Canada, what precautions are being taken in Scotland against its import.

S3W-27191 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the success of the urban and rural pilot schemes involving community councils.

S3W-27192 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what outcomes it hopes to achieve following the establishment of the Association of Scottish Community Councils Ltd.

S3W-27193 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the remit of the Association of Scottish Community Councils and how this group differs from the Association of Scottish Community Councils Ltd.

S3W-27194 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides direct funding to the Association of Scottish Community Councils, the Association of Scottish Community Councils Ltd or both.

S3W-27195 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, since the formation of the Association of Scottish Community Councils (ASCC), what responsibility the ASCC has for transparency of financial reports and due process with regard to both the general public and the community councils that it represents.

S3W-27196 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Association of Scottish Community Councils and the Association of Scottish Community Councils Ltd have an obligation to hold and report on AGMs.

S3W-27197 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the Conveyancing and Feudal Reform (Scotland) Act 1970 and, if so, what its plans are.

S3W-27198 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on additional resources allocated by HM Treasury for flood risk management in England and Wales in each year since May 2007 and what the relevant Barnett consequentials have been for Scotland.

S3W-27199 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been in establishing the Scottish Flood Forum and engaging with residents in identified flood risk areas in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

S3W-27200 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average timescale is for an adoption order to be issued, from the time of placement of a child with prospective adoptive parents.

S3W-27201 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made to courts for adoption orders in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-27202 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to reduce administrative delays in the adoption system.

S3W-27203 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14765 by Jack McConnell on 4 April 2001, what change has taken place since April 2001 in the time taken to process applications for approval as prospective adoptive parents.

S3W-27204 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-14765 by Jack McConnell on 4 April 2001, what change has taken place since April 2001 in the proportion of looked-after children who secure a permanent home.

S3W-27205 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many charges under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 have been brought in Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in each year since 2005 and how many resulted in a successful prosecution.

S3W-27206 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employers in the Kilmarnock travel-to-work area have registered for participation in the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice scheme; whether it is taking steps to increase this number, and, if so, what steps.

S3W-27207 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the report The Food We Waste in Scotland, by WRAP Scotland, what steps being taken to increase the separate collection of organic waste from domestic premises.

S3W-27208 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities operate kerbside collection of separated organic waste and how many of these collections accept food waste.

S3W-27209 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities provide facilities for the disposal of organic waste and how many of these facilities accept food waste.

S3W-27210 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most environmentally sustainable way is for households to dispose of food waste.

S3W-27211 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total area is of blanket peat bog in or near favourable condition and what steps are being taken to increase this.

S3W-27212 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-26509 by Stewart Stevenson on 10 September 2009, whether it will clarify the situation regarding eligibility criteria for the free bus travel scheme for those who will become eligible in the next decade.

S3W-27213 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25137 by John Swinney on 10 September 2009, what the salary is for each post for which an appointment has been made.

S3W-27214 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, given that he had only eight days of official engagements, what government work was undertaken by the Minister for Parliamentary Business during summer recess 2009.

S3W-27215 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many voluntary sector organisations to which it has given grant aid have had money reclaimed from their grants as a result of failing to meet the grant criteria in each of the last four years and for what reasons.

S3W-27216 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to conclude the tender process and announce the contractor to deliver Stage Four of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-27217 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to reducing class sizes to a maximum of 18 pupils in primaries one to three by 2011

S3W-27218 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list how much coal was (a) imported to, (b) exported from, (c) produced in and (d) used in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-27219 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the countries to which coal was exported from Scotland, including England, Wales and Northern Ireland, showing how much was exported to each country in each of the last five years.

S3W-27220 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the climate change implications of coal exported from Scotland.

S3W-27221 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the countries from which coal imported to Scotland was produced, showing how much was imported from each country in each of the last five years.

S3W-27222 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the coal used in Scotland was produced in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-27223 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the social and environmental implications of coal production in the countries from which coal has been imported to Scotland.

S3W-27224 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much biomass for energy production was (a) imported to and (b) exported from Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-27225 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the countries from which biomass for energy production is imported to Scotland, showing how much was imported from each country in each of the last five years.

S3W-27226 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the social and environmental implications of the production of biomass for energy production in the countries from which biomass has been imported to Scotland.

S3W-27227 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the social and environmental implications of coal production in Scotland.

S3W-27228 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money would be required for (a) development and (b) ongoing operation of the new coal-fired power station proposed by Ayrshire Power at Hunterston.

S3W-27229 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the restrictions on new coal power stations in other European countries, including Denmark where the Danish Government owns 75% of DONG energy, which is currently involved in the proposal for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston.

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