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Section E – Written questions lodged on 26 January 2007

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-31420 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation and conventions in respect of religion and belief cover police custody protocols.

S2W-31421 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what police custody protocols are in place in respect of religion and belief.

S2W-31422 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues in respect of the practice of religion and belief by those in police custody and what the status is of such guidance.

S2W-31423 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the implementation of police custody protocols in respect of religion and belief.

S2W-31424 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what denominations are covered by police custody protocols in respect of religion and belief.

S2W-31425 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints it has received in respect of breaches of police custody protocols in each year since 1999.

S2W-31426 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has powers to provide council tax rebates to service personnel serving abroad and, if so, whether it will consider providing such assistance.

S2W-31427 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it has incurred to date in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application).

S2W-31428 Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it expects to incur in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers versus The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application).

S2W-31429 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive which transport projects in the Clydesdale parliamentary constituency have received support from the Executive in each year since 1999.

S2W-31430 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children living in the (a) ML8, (b) ML9, (c) ML10, (d) ML11 and (e) ML12 postcode areas have benefited from Sure Start.

S2W-31431 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people living in the (a) ML8, (b) ML9, (c) ML10, (d) ML11 and (e) ML12 postcode areas have undertaken a modern apprenticeship since 1999.

S2W-31432 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people living in the (a) ML8, (b) ML9, (c) ML10, (d) ML11 and (e) ML12 postcode areas have started their own businesses since 1999.

S2W-31433 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people living in the (a) ML8, (b) ML9, (c) ML10, (d) ML11 and (e) ML12 postcode areas have benefited from the central heating programme and the Warm Deal.

S2W-31434 Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the text of the speech delivered by the First Minister at the Scottish Funding Council’s strategic dialogue conference in Glasgow on 22 January 2007.

S2W-31435 Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive how devolved services may benefit from any monies which become available should a decision be taken not to replace Trident nuclear weapons.

S2W-31436 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S2W-30642 by Mr Tom McCabe on 23 January 2007, whether it will list all independent and external scrutiny bodies that report to the Scottish Parliament in respect of inspections and audits of local authorities.

S2W-31437 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what payment, in cash or in kind, has been made, or is expected to be made, to the Scottish Parliament by Microsoft since May 2003 and what the purpose of any such payment was.

S2W-31438 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to encourage retailers in Clydesdale to promote healthy food options.

S2W-31439 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage young people to live and work in Clydesdale.

S2W-31440 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many three and four-year-olds received free nursery places in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.

S2W-31441 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pensioners in Clydesdale receive free concessionary bus travel.

S2W-31442 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many 16 to 18-year-olds will be eligible for a concessionary travel card.

S2W-31443 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled people in Clydesdale receive free concessionary bus travel.

S2W-31444 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Clydesdale took up modern apprenticeships in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.

S2W-31445 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it takes to ensure that sportscotland guidelines are adhered to in PPP new-build school projects.

S2W-31446 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines "dangerous and persistent offenders".

S2W-31447 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive at which joint ministerial committee meetings it has been represented since January 2006; what the subject was of each meeting; which minister attended, and at which meetings it has not been represented.

S2W-31448 Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has any plans to cull the red deer herd on Rum and what the reasons are for SNH’s position on the matter.

S2W-31449 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) children and (b) adults were admitted to hospital as a result of malnutrition in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-31450 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its civil servants have been disciplined for racist behaviour in each of the last five years, broken down by grade.

S2W-31451 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Single Farm Payment (SFP) claimants have had penalties applied for errors found within their completed (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 SFP forms; what the total sum was of these penalties, and whether it will make a ministerial statement on this matter.

S2W-31452 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received an application from Dumfries and Galloway Council for funds to undertake flood prevention at the Whitesands in Dumfries and, if so, when it will make a decision about allocating funds to this project.

S2W-31453 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for flood prevention can be allocated for the installation of temporary or demountable flood barriers.

S2W-31454 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage the testing of demountable and temporary flood barriers in order to assess whether they can be used in areas such as the Whitesands in Dumfries.

S2W-31455 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek information from the UK Government about its testing of demountable and temporary flood barriers and, if so, whether it will make such information available to Scottish local authorities.

S2W-31456 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the likely impact of the collapse of One Plus on vulnerable families.

S2W-31457 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to replace the services provided by One Plus.

S2W-31458 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to my letter dated 2 November 2006 regarding the safe containment of hazardous waste during demolition.

S2W-31459 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to establishing a reciprocal public transport concession scheme with the government of Northern Ireland.

S2W-31460 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be an appropriate upper limit for Scottish Environment Protection Agency charges to grant permission to convert a 20 metre ditch to an enclosed culvert.

S2W-31461 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any concerns have been raised with it about the implications for national emergency planning of the reduction in size of the Territorial Army.

S2W-31462 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the recent judgement in the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s Application) and The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (David Elstone and Martin Williams’s Applications), regarding the disclosure of ministerial and inter-departmental papers relating to sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990, whether it will now publish those papers without delay and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-31463 Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to the 55% recycling and composting target for 2020 as set out in the National Waste Plan published in 2003.

S2W-31464 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on IVF treatment in the last financial year and how it is estimated will be spent on such treatment in this financial year, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-31465 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients are waiting for IVF treatment, broken down by NHS board.

S2W-31466 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average house price has been in the East Kilbride parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years.

S2W-31467 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the grant aided expenditure allocation for education was to (a) Angus and (b) Aberdeenshire councils in each year since 1999, also expressed as an amount per pupil.

S2W-31468 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the net revenue expenditure for pre-primary education was in the (a) Angus and (b) Aberdeenshire local authority areas in each year since 2003.

S2W-31469 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the grant aided expenditure allocation for pre-school education was to (a) Angus and (b) Aberdeenshire councils in each year since 1999, also expressed as an amount per pupil.

S2W-31470 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what amount of private sector grant was approved by (a) Angus and (b) Aberdeenshire councils for aids and adaptations for householders in each year since 2003.

S2W-31471 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cultural and related services grant aided expenditure and net revenue expenditure was for (a) Angus and (b) Aberdeenshire councils in each year since 2003.

S2W-31472 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of mothers were recorded at their six to eight week review as breastfeeding in NHS Tayside and NHS Grampian in each year since 2000.

S2W-31473 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) amount and (b) percentage of (i) Angus and (ii) Aberdeenshire councils’ budget has been spent on local road maintenance in each year since 2003.

S2W-31474 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to (a) Angus and (b) Aberdeenshire councils from the Strategic Waste Fund in each year since 2003.

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