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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 February 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-31924 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of class sizes in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are above the national average.

S2W-31925 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in reducing class sizes to 20 for S1 and S2 mathematics and English classes.

S2W-31926 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31677 by Tavish Scott on 19 February 2007, how the progress of major road works, such as the repairs undertaken to the A7 at Langholm in January 2007, is monitored and how it ensures that inconvenience to the public and local businesses caused by trunk road closures is kept to a minimum.

S2W-31927 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-29903 by Nicol Stephen on 16 February 2007, what percentage of the total workforce in each local authority area is represented by these figures.

S2W-31928 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was provided to Chunghwa Telecom; how many jobs were (a) promised and (b) created, and how much money has been clawed back from the company.

S2W-31929 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was provided to Thomson Holidays in respect of its call centre operation in Cardonald, Glasgow; how many jobs were (a) promised and (b) created, and how much money has been clawed back from the company.

S2W-31930 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was provided to the Simclar Group in respect of its operations in Ayrshire and Dumfermline; how many jobs were (a) promised and (b) created, and how much money has been clawed back from the group.

S2W-31931 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money was provided to Lexmark in respect of its operation in Fife; how many jobs were (a) promised and (b) created, and how much money has been clawed back from the company.

S2W-31932 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it records job losses and how many jobs have been lost in each year since 1999.

S2W-31933 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it records job creation and how many jobs have been created in each year since 1999.

S2W-31934 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31629 by Nicol Stephen on 21 February 2007, whether it will provide a breakdown of payments from the Central Energy Efficiency Fund.

S2W-31935 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Commercial and Industrial Waste Framework to be finalised; what the reasons are for any delay in finalising the framework, and what policy intention is behind the framework.

S2W-31936 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what job evaluations have been carried out in the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) over the last five years and, in each case, by how much the employment costs of the SPS varied as a result.

S2W-31937 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the purpose is of the Scottish Prison Service’s surplus staff list.

S2W-31938 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the employment policies of the Scottish Prison Service ensure that vacancies are advertised and interviews are conducted accordingly.

S2W-31939 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Prison Service staff are on Pay Protection - Mark Time as a result of job evaluation.

S2W-31940 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the views expressed in submissions to the consultative process on Scottish Planning Policy 11.

S2W-31941 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive why local authorities are not required to produce official reports detailing what was said in meetings of their committees rather than a summary of what took place and whether the Executive has any plans to require this type of reporting for the purposes of transparent local government and accountability.

S2W-31942 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S20-12000 by Mr Andy Kerr on 15 February 2007 (Official Report c. 32164), what the basis is for his statement, in relation to Glasgow’s new children’s hospital, that "the outline business case is scheduled to be submitted to the Health Department in early summer".

S2W-31943 Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many injuries or fatal road accidents have involved horses in the last five years, broken down by police constabulary.

S2W-31944 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the cost to the public purse would be of cancelling the (a) M74 extension and (b) Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S2W-31945 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided to faith institutions including, but not exclusively, the Church of Scotland, Catholic Church and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, in each of the last four years, broken down by institution.

S2W-31946 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowance is made in teachers’ time to ensure that parent/teacher consultations take place, following the McCrone Report.

S2W-31947 Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities and schools regarding the holding of parent/teacher consultation sessions.

S2W-31948 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31737 by Mr Tom McCabe on 22 February 2007, to what occasion or occasions the reference in the draft paper, EU Business: Reviews of Engagement with Europe and of EU Office, to "unfortunate examples are where there is no seat for the Minister in the council room during the meeting so they have to follow discussions from the salle d’écoute alongside officials" relates; which minister or ministers were involved in these examples, and at which council meeting or meetings such circumstances have arisen.

S2W-31949 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what percentage of cases over the last four years, where a children’s hearing determined a compulsory supervision requirement for a child who resided with a single birth parent, a child’s place of residence was decided by a residence order made under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

S2W-31950 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what percentage of cases over the last four years, where a children’s hearing determined a compulsory supervision requirement for a child who resided with a single birth parent as a result of a residence order made under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, the compulsory supervision requirement required reversal of the residence order and require the child to reside with the non-resident birth parent.

S2W-31951 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount of revenue from business rates was lost in 2005-06 as a result of hardship relief being granted to businesses under the provisions of section 25A (remission of rates on the ground of hardship) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1966 (as amended).

S2W-31952 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive which hydro power schemes have downgraded from a capacity exceeding 20 megawatts to a capacity below 20 megawatts since 1999, also stating when this occurred and the company involved.

S2W-31953 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all renewable schemes that have received Renewables Obligation Certificate funding since 1999, also showing how much each scheme received.

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