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Section E – Written questions lodged on 12 June 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-876 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted research on the amount of water lost due to the vandalism of fire hydrants.

S3W-877 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted research into the effect on water pressure to residents in areas where water hydrants are vandalised.

S3W-878 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds statistics detailing the number of incidents of vandalism to fire hydrants.

S3W-879 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any incidents where fire crews have been hampered in their responses to a fire because of vandalised fire hydrants.

S3W-880 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund research to inform the design of a vandal-proof locking mechanism for fire hydrants.

S3W-881 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the monies raised by car parking charges introduced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be spent on (a) improving car parking facilities, (b) improving transport facilities or (c) helping to reduce the current debt owed by the NHS board.

S3W-882 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current debt level is of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what the forecast increase is in this financial year.

S3W-883 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been confiscated in each year since the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 came into force, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-884 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current value is of the Scottish Consolidation Fund.

S3W-885 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that the Scottish Consolidation Fund is ring-fenced for investment directly back into the community where the crimes have been committed.

S3W-886 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-32072 by Johann Lamont on 7 March 2007, whether it will provide a breakdown by year of the community projects that have benefited from the funds confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

S3W-887 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has that customers on Scottish Power’s dynamic teleswitched tariff cannot switch to another supplier without incurring additional costs.

S3W-888 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-25808 by Cathy Jamieson on 23 May 2006, what plans it now has to introduce a convention to prevent the Special Branch carrying out electronic surveillance of MSPs and whether it will hold discussions with the UK Government and the security services on extending the Wilson Doctrine to cover MSPs in a similar way to MPs.

S3W-889 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12 by Richard Lochhead on 7 June 2007, what the terms of reference will be of the review of the Fleet Renewal Programme; which persons will conduct the review; what the professional and occupational qualifications are of those conducting the review; over what period of time the review will be conducted, and whether the review and its recommendations will be (a) published, (b) available for scrutiny by the appropriate parliamentary committee and (c) brought forward for debate by the Parliament following or in advance of any committee scrutiny.

S3W-890 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to enable broadband technology to be available to the village of Westfield.

S3W-891 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that small firms bidding for PFI/PPP contracts, particularly in the waste industry, are not disadvantaged by the process and that what they have to offer in the way of sustainability, particularly in relation to transport impacts on the environment, is taken fully into account and whether any instructions are being given to local authorities to investigate alternatives to PFI/PPP procurement.

S3W-892 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) estimated cost and (b) proposed timescale for completion is for the Inverness southern distributor road and whether the Executive will fully fund the road.

S3W-893 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to support, expand and promote the bus network in Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

S3W-894 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address affordable housing issues in the Borders.

S3W-895 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the reopening of a railway station at Reston in Berwickshire and what other measures it will take to support transport links in Berwickshire.

S3W-896 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that Communities Scotland provides full support to Community Self-build Scotland to enable successful delivery of its projects, particularly the proposed five new self-build low carbon homes in Abbeyview, Dunfermline.

S3W-897 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to publish the details of the March 2006 agreement with the Home Office on asylum seeker children.

S3W-898 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30704 by Robert Brown on 23 January 2007, when it intends to report to the Parliament on the implementation of the March 2006 agreement on asylum seeker children.

S3W-899 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30704 by Robert Brown on 23 January 2007, when it intends to inform the Parliament of, and publish, the findings of the autumn 2006 joint inspection of services for asylum seeker children following receipt of the formal report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

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