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Section E – Written questions lodged on 27 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-1620 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fire stations in use in the Highlands and Islands are considered to be unfit for purpose.

S3W-1621 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commit to trunking the A7 from Galashiels to Edinburgh.

S3W-1622 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable would be for trunking the A7 from Galashiels to Edinburgh.

S3W-1623 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children will benefit from the proposed extension in free nursery provision.

S3W-1624 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow City Council will benefit from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Young People’s announcement on extending free nursery provision from 33 to 38 weeks.

S3W-1625 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the drop-out rates were for student nurses in each of the last eight years, broken down by nursing school. R

S3W-1626 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors contribute to the drop-out rates among student nurses. R

S3W-1627 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how the drop-out rates from nursing schools in Scotland compare with those in England in the most recent year for which comparable figures are available. R

S3W-1628 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence there is that adverse financial circumstances are a significant factor in drop-out rates for student nurses. R

S3W-1629 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statement in the Howat Report that a reduction in the drop-out rate of student nurses to 15% and the improvement of postgraduate retention would achieve an annual saving of £26 million. R

S3W-1630 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have issued Young Scot cards and how many are currently in circulation, expressed also as a percentage of each local authority’s secondary school population.

S3W-1631 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available for the Young Scot scheme and how it is distributed.

S3W-1632 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated for smoking cessation services in the current financial year, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-1633 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding allocated for smoking cessation services is ring-fenced for underage smokers.

S3W-1634 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding will be put in place for smoking cessation services when the legal age for purchase of cigarettes is raised from 16 to 18 and whether this funding will be ring-fenced for underage smokers.

S3W-1635 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional funding will be made available to local authorities for enforcement purposes when the legal age for purchase of cigarettes is raised from 16 to 18 and, if so, how much will be made available.

S3W-1636 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been carried out to ascertain whether wind farms are the most efficient form of renewable energy relative to other sources of energy.

S3W-1637 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether wind farms would be economically viable after the removal of subsidy support.

S3W-1638 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals are provisionally listed on the Disqualified from Working with Children List.

S3W-1639 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals provisionally listed on the Disqualified from Working with Children List are employed in a child care position.

S3W-1640 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that all cases relating to individuals who previously worked at Kerelaw School but who now work for another local authority and who have since had complaints made against them relating to when they worked at Kerelaw will be swiftly investigated.

S3W-1641 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its commitment to local food procurement in the public sector referred to by the Minister for Environment on 21 June 2007 (Official Report c. 1120), whether funding will be continued through the Hungry for Success initiative which supported East Ayrshire Council’s local food for school meals pilot.

S3W-1642 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its commitment to local food procurement in the public sector referred to by the Minister for Environment on 21 June 2007 (Official Report c. 1120), whether it will make specific funding available to local authorities whose schools wish to follow the Food for Life programme.

S3W-1643 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications in the North Lanarkshire Council area were subject to further investigation by the Executive in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

S3W-1644 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a detailed submission to the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into the housebuilding industry.

S3W-1645 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of affordable housing will take into account the earned income of those dependent on rented accommodation.

S3W-1646 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive which rail projects it is currently considering; what their status is, and what the estimated benefit to cost ratio is for each.

S3W-1647 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive which rail projects have been assessed since 1999 and what the benefit to cost ratio was for each.

S3W-1648 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it sets a minimum benefit to cost ratio for rail projects and, if so, what that level is.

S3W-1649 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the case for, or implement an increase in, the frequency of off-peak trains from North Berwick to Edinburgh.

S3W-1650 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support a reduction in the number of peak-time trains calling at North Berwick.

S3W-1651 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the impact on the economy, environment and road congestion of a reduction in the number of peak-time trains calling at North Berwick.

S3W-1652 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional support will be provided to Hawick and Newcastleton to help with flood prevention measures in light of the recent flood alerts.

S3W-1653 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what support was provided by the previous administration to support Scottish Borders Council with flood prevention measures.

S3W-1654 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether asylum seekers in Scotland can apply to the fresh talent initiative.

S3W-1655 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the children of asylum seekers who have graduated from a Scottish higher or further education institution with an HND, degree, masters or PhD will be eligible to apply for leave to remain for up to two years without requiring a work permit under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.

S3W-1656 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the issue of an amnesty for asylum seekers who have resided in Scotland for over six years has been raised with Her Majesty’s Government at official or ministerial level.

S3W-1657 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is a delay in national consistency checking for the 1,260 staff of NHS Tayside who have been assimilated on account and when this situation will be resolved.

S3W-1658 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it responds to allegations that Scottish airports have been used for rendition flights and what action it intends to take to prevent their future use for such flights.

S3W-1659 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1011 by Stewart Maxwell on 26 June 2007, how long Communities Scotland took to conclude that the proposal by Hjaltland Housing Association and Shetland Islands Council to operate a tenants incentive scheme had no implications for other local authority areas; when Communities Scotland expects to complete its assessment of the proposal; how soon thereafter it will inform Hjaltland Housing Association and Shetland Islands Council of the outcome, and whether it is normal for Communities Scotland to take more than 13 months to consider such proposals.

S3W-1660 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to proceed with the draft Children’s Services (Scotland) Bill and, if so, when.

S3W-1661 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Strathclyde Police and what issues were discussed.

S3W-1662 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified police officers are currently (a) fit for duty, (b) on recuperative duties and (c) on restrictive duties.

S3W-1663 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the wage bill is for police officers on restrictive or recuperative duties.

S3W-1664 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the absence levels have been across all police forces in each year since 1999.

S3W-1665 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, on the basis of discussions with the police, how many active, serving officers it considers sufficient to achieve optimum results across Scotland.

S3W-1666 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase the number of serving police officers.

S3W-1667 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing funding to communities that wish to become neighbourhood watch areas to assist with their start-up costs.

S3W-1668 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards the introduction of mandatory pre-sentencing psychological reports in Scottish courts, as required under section 21 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-1669 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what target date has been set for the implementation of the introduction of mandatory psychological reports, as required under section 21 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-1670 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to put arrangements in place for the provision of mandatory psychological reports, as required under section 21 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-1671 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the results of the review of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route carried out by Transport Scotland.

S3W-1672 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive why the estimated completion date for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has changed from 2011 to 2012.

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