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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 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-1195 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to separate Scottish Water’s billing of customers from the collection of council tax and whether this will be planned in the current financial year.

S3W-1196 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current status is of the area waste plan for the west of Scotland and, in particular, whether (a) the plan is being implemented and (b) any final decision has been taken on where the incineration facilities will be situated.

S3W-1197 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that an appointment will be made to the post of Chief Executive of Bord Na Gaidhlig.

S3W-1198 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is monitoring the tenants’ right to buy housing policy.

S3W-1199 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the level of affordable rented accommodation.

S3W-1200 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor the operation of pressurised area status exercised by local authorities.

S3W-1201 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority it will give to housing policy.

S3W-1202 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor the number of families living in overcrowded accommodation awaiting suitable tenancies.

S3W-1203 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set up a working group on the regulation of houses in multiple occupation.

S3W-1204 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to meet representatives of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company.

S3W-1205 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on maintaining the established network of urban regeneration companies.

S3W-1206 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a commitment to securing long-term funding for the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company.

S3W-1207 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for the north Ayrshire economy.

S3W-1208 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will progress the upgrading of the A737.

S3W-1209 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with First Scotrail in relation to increasing services on the Ayr-Glasgow route.

S3W-1210 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring adequate car parking facilities at train stations on the Ayr-Glasgow route.

S3W-1211 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet representatives of North Ayrshire Council to discuss the regeneration of north Ayrshire.

S3W-1212 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a commitment to continuing the Air Route Development Fund in light of the impact that it has had on the Ayrshire economy through supporting more flights via Prestwick International Airport.

S3W-1213 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the installation of CCTV in town centres can help reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

S3W-1214 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides any funding for the installation of CCTV in town centres and, if not, whether it will do so.

S3W-1215 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-568 by Fiona Hyslop on 18 June 2007, whether any consultation will be held on where free school meals pilot schemes will take place before plans for the pilots are published.

S3W-1216 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-568 by Fiona Hyslop on 18 June 2007, when plans for free school meals pilot schemes will be published.

S3W-1217 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when the independent panel established to scrutinise revised proposals for health services in Lanarkshire will be appointed.

S3W-1218 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to appoint members to the independent panel established to scrutinise revised proposals for health services in Lanarkshire.

S3W-1219 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to invest in ambulance services in Lanarkshire in the next four years and, in particular, how much will be spent on ambulance services, what this money will be spent on and what criteria it will use to determine how services have been improved over this period.

S3W-1220 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve public transport services between the three hospitals in Lanarkshire.

S3W-1221 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what vacancies exist for consultants at Monklands Hospital.

S3W-1222 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 and over were convicted of possession of an offensive weapon in the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary area in each of the last five years for which information is available.

S3W-1223 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were arrested for drug driving offences in the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary area in each of the last five years for which information is available.

S3W-1224 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in each local authority area in the South of Scotland parliamentary region have been housed in temporary accommodation in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-1225 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offers of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) have been made to indigenous firms in (a) Dundee City, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire, also expressed as a percentage of the total number of RSA offers.

S3W-1226 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average value has been of offers of Regional Selective Assistance made to indigenous firms in (a) Dundee City, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire in each of the last five years.

S3W-1227 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of graduates from Scottish universities were liable for the graduate endowment in each year of its operation.

S3W-1228 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, graduates from each of the three cohorts liable to pay the graduate endowment fee paid it in cash and what the figures are across the three cohorts.

S3W-1229 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, graduates from each of the three cohorts liable to pay the graduate endowment fee paid part in cash and part by extending their student loans and what the figures are across the three cohorts.

S3W-1230 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, graduates from each of the three cohorts liable to pay the graduate endowment fee paid by extending their student loans and what the figures are across the three cohorts.

S3W-1231 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, graduates from each of the three cohorts liable to pay the graduate endowment fee are in debt recovery and what the figures are across the three cohorts.

S3W-1232 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, graduates from each of the three cohorts liable to pay the graduate endowment fee have had their fee written off and what the figures are across the three cohorts.

S3W-1233 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total graduate endowment fee charged has been and how much (a) was paid in cash, (b) was paid through extending student loans, (c) was paid through a combination of cash and extension of student loans, (d) is currently outstanding and (e) has been written off, also broken down by year of operation.

S3W-1234 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total outstanding debt is on student loans to pay the graduate endowment and what the total repayment figure is for such loans.

S3W-1235 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will release the public inquiry reporter’s findings and recommendations from the public local inquiry in relation to the Corlic Hill wind farm application within the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

S3W-1236 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-790 by Maureen Watt on 19 June 2007, whether ministers offer guidance to schools on the distinction between recruitment to the armed forces headed up by the Army recruitment team and other careers information.

S3W-1237 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the observance of 20mph speed zones around schools.

S3W-1238 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will work to improve the safety of children travelling to and from schools.

S3W-1239 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what obligations local authorities are under to provide burial facilities and crematoria in local communities.

S3W-1240 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to raise awareness of coeliac disease among NHS primary care staff.

S3W-1241 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it will make to raise public awareness of coeliac disease.

S3W-1242 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to expedite diagnosis of coeliac disease.

S3W-1243 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and advice it will provide to help people with coeliac disease to maintain a gluten-free diet.

S3W-1244 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-792 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 June 2007, how many recruitment visits there have been to hospitals by the British armed forces in each year since 1999, broken down by hospital.

S3W-1245 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-792 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 June 2007, what NHS Scotland’s annual costs have been since 1999 to cover for staff on special leave with pay who were performing civic and public duties with the Territorial Army or reserves.

S3W-1246 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-792 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 June 2007, how many NHS staff are currently on special leave with pay and serving with the Territorial Army or reserves and how many staff were on such leave on the same date in the previous eight years.

S3W-1247 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-792 by Nicola Sturgeon on 18 June 2007, how many NHS staff currently on special leave with pay and serving with the Territorial Army or reserves have been away from work for (a) one to three weeks, (b) one to three months, (c) six to nine months and (d) a year of more in each year since 2001.

S3W-1248 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff are currently on special leave with pay and serving with the Territorial Army or reserves, broken down by directorate.

S3W-1249 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients who are now, or were formerly, members of the British armed forces are being treated in hospitals in Scotland for mental health problems related to post-traumatic stress or combat fatigue.

S3W-1250 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public service workers given special leave with pay and serving with the Territorial Army or reserves have subsequently been recorded as suffering either physical or mental health problems as a result of their service activities.

S3W-1251 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be allocated for the provision of independent advice and support services by NHS boards in partnership with local citizens advice bureaux, broken down by board.

S3W-1252 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive in what percentage of new housing developments over the last year 25% of land for affordable housing has been set aside.

S3W-1253 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it assesses the progress of developers in meeting the target that 25% of new housing developments should be affordable homes.

S3W-1254 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with developers on meeting the target that 25% of new housing developments should be affordable homes.

S3W-1255 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to tighten planning rules to ensure that at least 25% of new housing developments are affordable homes.

S3W-1256 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-795 by Stewart Stevenson on 19 June 2007, what the timescale is for Transport Scotland to complete its review of all strategic transport projects.

S3W-1257 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-795 by Stewart Stevenson on 19 June 2007, who will be consulted as part of Transport Scotland’s review of all strategic transport projects.

S3W-1258 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-795 by Stewart Stevenson on 19 June 2007, when the results of Transport Scotland’s review of all strategic transport projects will be made available to the Parliament.

S3W-1259 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, on the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007, Scotland ranks eighth out of 24 OECD countries in terms of educational attainment.

S3W-1260 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, on the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007, Scotland ranks eighth out of 24 OECD countries in terms of the working age employment rate.

S3W-1261 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, according to the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007, an improvement of 2.8 years in life expectancy would place Scotland in ninth place out of 24 OECD countries.

S3W-1262 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that, according to the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007, access to good quality food and sports facilities in deprived areas is necessary for Scotland to move to a higher place on the index.

S3W-1263 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to the findings of the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007.

S3W-1264 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will ensure that the Comprehensive Spending Review will take into account the findings of the FSB Scotland Index of Success 2007.

S3W-1265 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding sportscotland has provided to (a) Dundee City, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire councils in each of the last three years.

S3W-1266 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households in (a) Scotland and (b) each parliamentary constituency have a domestic internet connection.

S3W-1267 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households have had a domestic (a) broadband and (b) dial-up internet connection in each of the last three years.

S3W-1268 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has fulfilled its commitment to work with agencies and existing helplines to develop a 24-hour child protection scheme as part of its Child Protection Reform Programme.

S3W-1269 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any agency, group or company applied for the contract for the 24-hour child protection helpline that will work with agencies and existing helplines in response to its advert setting a closing date for applications of 27 November 2006.

S3W-1270 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women currently in custody are serving (a) life imprisonment, (b) a sentence in excess of five years, (c) a sentence of from two to five years, (d) a sentence of between one and two years, (e) a sentence of six to 12 months, (f) a sentence of three to six months and (g) a sentence of under three months and how many are on remand.

S3W-1271 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many women currently serving custodial sentences were convicted of (a) murder, (b) culpable homicide, (c) attempted murder, (d) assault to severe injury, (e) illegal possession with intent to supply drugs, (f) wilful fire raising, (g) causing death by reckless driving and (h) theft, including theft by shoplifting.

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