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Section E – Written questions lodged on 26 January 2010

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-31038 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of full-time first degree entrants from national statistics socioeconomic classification groups 4, 5, 6, and 7 combined has been at each higher education institution in each of the last three years for which information is available and what the respective benchmarks were.

S3W-31039 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of students not continuing full-time first degree courses beyond the first year has been at each higher education institution in each of the last three years for which information is available and what the respective benchmarks were

S3W-31040 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of full-time first degree entrants from (a) state schools or (b) colleges has been at each higher education institution in each of the last three years for which information is available and what the respective benchmarks were.

S3W-31041 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether awards to local authorities from the Zero Waste Fund are intended to be used only to make progress toward meeting the 2013 Landfill Directive.

S3W-31042 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £547,000 awarded to East Ayrshire Council from the Zero Waste Fund can be used for any purpose other than making progress toward meeting the 2013 Landfill Directive.

S3W-31043 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive who paid for the race equality conference held at the Beardmore Hotel in Clydebank on 15 December 2009 and what the cost was.

S3W-31044 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the report of the Bull Hire Review Group.

S3W-31045 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the future of the Bull Hire Scheme, whether it is considering an option of tendering for the provision of the service.

S3W-31046 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has made available in 2009-10 to achieve parity with the non-domestic poundage rate in England and Wales.

S3W-31047 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the funding it has made available in 2009-10 to achieve parity with the non-domestic poundage rate in England and Wales compares with figures for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-31048 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list every regulation identified by each directorate and submitted to the regulatory review group

S3W-31049 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 367 serious organised crime groups identified by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency are based in (a) Edinburgh and (b) the Lothians region.

S3W-31050 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of the national scoliosis service will be completed.

S3W-31051 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will make a statement to the Parliament following the review of the national scoliosis service.

S3W-31052 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what aspects of the national scoliosis service are under consultation as part of its review.

S3W-31053 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the First Minister’s statement, as reported in The Scotsman on 26 January, that "The Scottish Government has surpassed its pledge to deliver at least 250 new or refurbished schools", whether it will publish a list of those 251 projects, broken down by (a) local authority area, (b) date that construction commenced, (c) date that the work was completed, (d) date that the outline business case was made and (e) procurement method.

S3W-31054 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the operation of the trunk road maintenance contracts in light of the recent severe weather and whether it plans to take any action as a result.

S3W-31055 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in (a) Scotland, (b) East Ayrshire and (c) South Ayrshire have a dedicated school nurse.

S3W-31056 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing for the establishment of credit unions in schools.

S3W-31057 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of secondary school pupils has access to a school-based credit union savings scheme.

S3W-31058 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of primary school pupils has access to a school-based credit union savings scheme.

S3W-31059 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that all rural communities in Ayrshire are adequately served by public transport.

S3W-31060 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the transfer of freight from road to rail in Ayrshire.

S3W-31061 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support green tourism in Ayrshire.

S3W-31062 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support businesses in Ayrshire involved in green tourism.

S3W-31063 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that guidance on the cumulative impact of wind farm developments is being considered in relation to applications for extensions to existing wind farms.

S3W-31064 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that guidance on the cumulative impact of wind farm developments is being considered in relation to applications for new wind farms.

S3W-31065 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether there is a maximum number of wind farms that local communities can sustain.

S3W-31066 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total number of wind farms is located in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

S3W-31067 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the total number of wind turbines is located in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

S3W-31068 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been created by wind farm developments.

S3W-31069 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of jobs related to wind farm developments is located in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

S3W-31070 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount is of community benefit funding allocated to local organisations as a result of wind farm developments, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-31071 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what areas in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency it considers unsuitable for (a) new and (b) additional wind farm developments.

S3W-31072 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all documents relating to its decision to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31073 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the criteria it used in deciding whether to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31074 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it gave to the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance in deciding whether to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31075 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still uses the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance and, if so, in what circumstances.

S3W-31076 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered reinstating the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project in light of the thgRAIL report, NEWGARL - a strategy for the completion of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31077 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link under the Tier 2 scheme and approved by the Office of Rail Regulation has been reallocated and, if so, to where.

S3W-31078 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been spent on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link to date and what additional direct or indirect costs could arise from its cancellation.

S3W-31079 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what current or proposed rail projects have a higher benefit cost ratio than the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31080 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the potential cost savings to the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project of rerouting the bridge crossing the M8 around the fuel farm serving Glasgow Airport.

S3W-31081 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is regarding the sustainability of acccessing Glasgow Airport (b) by road only in the medium term and (b) at Junction 28 if it exceeds its predicted design capacity in 2015.

S3W-31082 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the CO2 emissions from surface traffic accessing Glasgow Airport, what impact the cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link will have on its target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

S3W-31083 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the proposals and information in the thgRAIL report, NEWGARL - a strategy for the completion of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31084 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the public policy purposes are of the (a) Paisley Corridor Renewal and (b) additional platform capacity at Glasgow Central Station work, both originally approved to support the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project.

S3W-31085 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link has cost in terms of the loss of economies of scale.

S3W-31086 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought contributions from stakeholders to the cost of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31087 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Transport Scotland can request funding for enhancement projects under Network Rail’s Regulatory Asset Base and, if so, whether such a request has been made regarding the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

S3W-31088 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers have received Modern Languages in the Primary School training in each year from 2001, broken down by local authority.

S3W-31089 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors the number of teachers receiving Modern Languages in the Primary School training.

S3W-31090 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers are considering the inclusion of a compulsory modern languages component in initial teacher training.

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