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Section E – Written questions lodged on 29 May 2007

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

S3W-281 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated (a) costs and (b) savings are associated with the recent reorganisation of its departments.

S3W-282 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be any staff redeployment as a result of the recent reorganisation of its departments and, if so, where the redeployment will occur and for what reasons.

S3W-283 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated annual cost savings are associated with the reduction in the number of ministers for Session 3 of the Parliament.

S3W-284 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures would have to be followed by a company wishing to open a new deep coal mine in Scotland.

S3W-285 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what public consultation would require to be undertaken by a company wishing to open a deep coal mine in Scotland.

S3W-286 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Scottish Ministers would have in determining an application for a new deep coal mine in Scotland.

S3W-287 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations would govern the disposal of waste from any new deep coal mine in Scotland.

S3W-288 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from Scottish Coal regarding the possibility of opening a deep coal mine at Canonbie in Dumfriesshire.

S3W-289 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment to representations received from environmental and rural development groups in reaching decisions regarding the rate of voluntary modulation for the new Scottish Rural Development Plan.

S3W-290 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the effect on crofters will be of the proposed voluntary modulation rate under the Scottish Rural Development Plan.

S3W-291 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment considers that a rate of voluntary modulation rising from 5% to 15% is required to fund the current Scottish Rural Development Plan, including agri-environment and community-based measures.

S3W-292 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect a voluntary modulation rate of less than 15% under the new Scottish Rural Development Plan will have on proposed agri-environment measures and social measures such as Leader.

S3W-293 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment will take into account the views from a wide range of rural interests including crofters, environmental groups, the voluntary sector, small businesses and social enterprises when developing policy for rural Scotland.

S3W-294 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to meet representatives of the voluntary sector to discuss its future role in policy making and service delivery and the implications of the change of ministerial remit for the voluntary sector from Communities to Finance and Sustainable Growth.

S3W-295 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how its work on community safety will address the distinct needs of members of minority groups in society, such as disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and minority ethnic groups.

S3W-296 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received on the legality, or compliance with European competition rules, of any decision to award a contract for the construction of the M74 northern extension without there having been a competitive bidding process.

S3W-297 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects Glasgow Housing Association to proceed to second stage transfer of housing stock and whether additional funding will be required to allow this to happen.

S3W-298 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next round of funding to build new schools in Aberdeenshire will be brought forward.

S3W-299 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take more cognisance of skills mix, staffing levels and more productive models of care, as recommended in the Howat report.

S3W-300 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage research and development in new and improved medicines while ensuring that drugs are reasonably priced.

S3W-301 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering reducing the number of NHS boards, as recommended in the Howat report.

S3W-302 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it maximises productivity gains from the more effective use of existing technology, including information and management systems.

S3W-303 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will improve contracts with community pharmacies and improve prescribing and monitoring of drugs spend in order to create savings in the NHS, as recommended in the Howat report.

S3W-304 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider merging disparate emergency services training facilities into a central Scottish unit, as recommended in the Howat report.

S3W-305 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for distinction awards paid to consultants in the NHS.

S3W-306 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the allocation of discretionary points to consultants in the NHS.

S3W-307 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to continue payment of the mental health specific grant and, if so, whether it is considering an increase.

S3W-308 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average daily traffic flow over the Erskine Bridge was in each of the 12 months (a) before and (b) after the removal of tolls.

S3W-309 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average daily traffic flow over the Skye Bridge was in each of the (a) 12 months (i) before and (ii) after the removal of tolls and (b) last 12 months.

S3W-310 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average daily traffic flow for the Tay Road Bridge was in each four-monthly period in 2006.

S3W-311 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what latest information it has on the average daily traffic flow for the Tay Road Bridge in 2007.

S3W-312 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of affordable housing.

S3W-313 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were defined as homeless in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority.

S3W-314 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to raise outcomes in schools with unacceptable levels of educational attainment.

S3W-315 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake a review of all those parliamentary questions where the answers given indicated that information was not held centrally to ensure that the data requested is provided in the interests of openness.

S3W-316 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide answers to parliamentary questions directly for publication in the Official Report, rather than by reference to documents lodged with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) in the interests of openness, as members of the public do not have access to SPICe.

S3W-317 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the designation of bodies under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 so that, inter alia, housing associations and PPP/PFI contracts wholly financed by public funds are included.

S3W-318 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out a review of the operation of the Warm Deal and central heating programme and whether as part of any such review it will consider extending the criteria for eligibility, in consultation with organisations representing older people and people with disabilities.

S3W-319 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue cost would be of reducing business rates by (a) 5%, (b) 10%, (c) 15% and (d) 20%.

S3W-320 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to increase the number of places available for cycles on trains between Inverness and Caithness.

S3W-321 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to enable regular rail commuters to purchase "flexi tickets" to Inverness from starting points north of Tain on the Far North Line.

S3W-322 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to restore some of the historic titles and rights to Scotland’s royal burghs and other communities.

S3W-323 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place for the re-opening of Laurencekirk station and when the first passenger service is scheduled to begin.

S3W-324 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place for the construction of a grade-separated junction at the junction of the A90 and the A937 at Laurencekirk.

S3W-325 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans, in conjunction with Scottish Water, to review water and sewerage charges.

S3W-326 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the further extension of the water and sewerage charge exemption scheme for churches and charitable organisations beyond its scheduled end date in 2010.

S3W-327 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider any discount measures for churches and charitable organisations should it decide not to renew the current water and sewerage charge exemption scheme beyond 2010.

S3W-328 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will use to determine applications for funding to sustain local postal services, in addition to the resources being made available by Her Majesty’s Government.

S3W-329 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support business in post offices by ensuring that local authorities offer facilities for paying council tax, rent and traffic fines, applying for housing, council tax benefit and disabled parking badges and examining planning applications and other online applications at local post offices.

S3W-330 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that local authorities offer maximum rate relief to post offices in each local authority area.

S3W-331 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide resources for full business rate relief for post offices that are linked to shops, filling stations or other local facilities.

S3W-332 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it considers should be applied in a strategic network of post offices and what funding it could provide to assist funding such a network.

S3W-333 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be an appropriate level of subsidy for post offices and for how long such subsidy should be paid.

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