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Section E – Written questions lodged on 25 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-1468 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are available to assist women in business.

S3W-1469 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are available to assist sole traders to expand their businesses.

S3W-1470 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are available to assist social enterprises.

S3W-1471 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are available to assist small businesses to develop e-trading.

S3W-1472 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that each local authority and the registered social landlords operating in its area should maintain a common housing register.

S3W-1473 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in encouraging each local authority and its registered social landlords to develop a common housing register.

S3W-1474 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities maintain a common housing register.

S3W-1475 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it makes available to assist each local authority and the registered social landlords operating in its area to develop and maintain a common housing register.

S3W-1476 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to use the ministerial powers available under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 to require local authorities and their housing partners to develop a common housing register.

S3W-1477 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review GP contracts and, if so, what the probable timescale is for the review.

S3W-1478 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that GPs should be permitted to charge patients for the provision of medical evidence in support of a housing application.

S3W-1479 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-280 by Richard Lochhead on 12 June 2007 in which he confirmed his meeting with NFU Scotland, whether NFU Scotland’s delegation contained a representative from its Highland Committee; how many farmers NFU Scotland represents, shown as a percentage of all Scottish farmers; whether the membership of NFU Scotland is weighted to any sector, size of farm, or type of farm by reference of the farmer’s status as a tenant or owner-occupier farmer, and what information the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment has available to him on the membership of NFU Scotland and whether he will make any such figures available.

S3W-1480 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on whether to provide Luing with a fixed link crossing.

S3W-1481 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic benefits to Luing of the proposed fixed link crossing.

S3W-1482 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with relevant organisations about the development of a tidal power generation scheme across the Cuan Sound.

S3W-1483 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to businesses, local authorities and other organisations and individuals on islands such as Luing that wish to develop tidal power generation schemes.

S3W-1484 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to concerns that the Bull Hire Scheme is too expensive.

S3W-1485 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public expenditure there has been on agricultural biotechnology research, including GM research, in each year since 2000, showing funding allocated to (a) the Rowatt Institute, (b) the Scottish Crop Research Institute, (c) the Scottish Agricultural College and (d) any other Scottish research institute, university or body, and what information it has on the amount of private expenditure allocated to such research over the same period.

S3W-1486 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the announcement by HM Treasury of £340 million support for disabled children in England from 2008 to 2011, whether disabled children in Scotland will benefit from an equivalent sum allocated under the Barnett formula.

S3W-1487 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to consult the families of disabled children and other representative groups on the use of any funding for disabled children allocated under the Barnett formula.

S3W-1488 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to the previous administration’s target to abolish fuel poverty by 2016.

S3W-1489 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that tackling poverty should be a priority for it.

S3W-1490 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to build on the Warm Deal and central heating programmes to address fuel poverty.

S3W-1491 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to extend eligibility for the Warm Deal and central heating programmes to other vulnerable groups.

S3W-1492 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the number of students entering higher education from areas of multiple deprivation.

S3W-1493 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set targets in relation to the number of students entering higher education from areas of multiple deprivation.

S3W-1494 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation it made, prior to taking the decision to abolish the graduate endowment, of the number of students from areas of multiple deprivation who will enter higher education following the abolition.

S3W-1495 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many death certificates have recorded MRSA as the cause of death in each year since 1999.

S3W-1496 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many death certificates have been altered to show MRSA as the cause of death in each year since 1999.

S3W-1497 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning application appeals have been made to it in each year since 1999.

S3W-1498 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning application appeals have been made to it and subsequently rejected in each year since 1999.

S3W-1499 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning application appeals have been made to it and subsequently approved in each year since 1999.

S3W-1500 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cannabis factories have been discovered by the police in each year since 1999, broken down by police force.

S3W-1501 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports a reduction in motorway and trunk road maintenance to £50 million per annum, as identified in the Howat report.

S3W-1504 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive who the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has met in connection with NHS Lanarkshire and how long each meeting lasted.

S3W-1505 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing met Professor David Kerr prior to her announcement on accident and emergency services in Lanarkshire and how long each meeting lasted.

S3W-1506 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s view is of the former Medical Director of NHS Lanarkshire’s comments that Lanarkshire cannot support three accident and emergency units and that without changes the service will deteriorate and collapse.

S3W-1507 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will guarantee that the five community casualty units in Lanarkshire designed to bring care closer to patients will be opened on time, in accordance with A Picture of Health, and that any impact of her decisions will not affect the roll-out of the service.

S3W-1508 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will guarantee that the community facilities in Lanarkshire designed to bring care closer to patients will be opened on time, in accordance with A Picture of Health, and that any impact of her decisions will not affect the roll-out of the service.

S3W-1509 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will guarantee that the mental health and learning facilities in Lanarkshire designed to bring care closer to patients will be opened on time, in accordance with A Picture of Health, and that any impact of her decisions will not affect the roll-out of the service.

S3W-1510 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional financial resources will be provided to support the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s decision on the future of accident and emergency services in Lanarkshire.

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