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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-1673 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spent on Access Funds for students in the last four financial years and how much it expects to spend in the next financial year.

S3W-1674 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the abolition of the graduate endowment will have on Access Funds.

S3W-1675 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Access Funds will continue to be provided to Scottish students who require financial support to enter higher education once the graduate endowment is abolished.

S3W-1676 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to budget for Access Funds in the next spending review.

S3W-1677 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the current form of Access Funds for students.

S3W-1678 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support the poorest students if the Access Fund is cut.

S3W-1679 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what increase in investment will be made for affordable housing in the Borders in 2007-08 over the £7 million in 2006-07 and £6.577 million in 2005-06.

S3W-1680 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what new or refurbished primary care premises are planned for each NHS board area in the next five years.

S3W-1681 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that all people with Parkinson’s disease have access to a nurse specialist.

S3W-1682 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure the development of a Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) clinical guideline for the care and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

S3W-1683 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priority road improvements and upgrades are, shown in order of preference.

S3W-1684 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive which junctions on the A9 will be upgraded, also showing the timetable and projected costs for each upgrade.

S3W-1685 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider obliging local authorities to grant automatic council tax relief to Army personnel who serve abroad.

S3W-1686 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government in relation to the decision to amalgamate the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Black Watch, the Highlanders, the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Royal Scots into the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

S3W-1687 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will return the Stone of Destiny to Scone Palace.

S3W-1688 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will protect post offices in rural areas from closure and what new services it will offer through post offices to make them viable.

S3W-1689 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the creation of a national Roman centre in Scotland.

S3W-1690 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the Antonine Wall gaining a World Heritage Site designation.

S3W-1691 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will redraw the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park to include highland Perthshire.

S3W-1692 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to remove road freight from the A9 and on to rail.

S3W-1693 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage small-scale hydro schemes.

S3W-1694 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help beef farmers.

S3W-1695 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help dairy farmers.

S3W-1696 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will protect and revitalise town centres in light of the growth of out-of-town supermarkets.

S3W-1697 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what commemorations it will hold to mark the 100th anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming MP for Dundee on 8 May 1908.

S3W-1698 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Communities and Sport will argue for an increase in funding for disability sport in the comprehensive spending review.

S3W-1699 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the criteria by which it will decide the future of (a) Communities Scotland and (b) sportscotland.

S3W-1700 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a timescale and timetable for a review of Communities Scotland.

S3W-1701 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it will consult on the future of (a) Communities Scotland and (b) sportscotland.

S3W-1702 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will give a commitment to consult the Parliament and its committees prior to making a decision on the future of (a) Communities Scotland and (b) sportscotland.

S3W-1703 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will give a commitment not to make a decision on the future of (a) Communities Scotland and (b) sportscotland during the parliamentary recess in order to allow the full involvement of the Parliament in the review.

S3W-1704 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what input the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and the Minister for Communities and Sport will have in the wider review of public bodies which will include a consideration of Communities Scotland and sportscotland.

S3W-1705 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-954 by Stewart Maxwell on 18 June 2007, whether the minister considers all first-time buyers to be excluded from the housing market.

S3W-1706 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-954 by Stewart Maxwell on 18 June 2007, whether it is possible to support more individuals and families who are excluded from the housing market by providing a £2,000 grant to all first-time buyers.

S3W-1707 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-954 by Stewart Maxwell on 18 June 2007, what the minister would define as assistance to those who are excluded from the housing market.

S3W-1708 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Minister for Communites and Sport understands by targeting resources on those in need.

S3W-1709 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-703 and S3W-954 by Stewart Maxwell on 15 and 18 June 2007, why the minister considers that Homestake should be made available to those who aspire to home ownership, but who are unable to become owner-occupiers with their own resources, but that a first-time buyers’ grant should be made available to all first-time buyers.

S3W-1710 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional financial resources have been or will be provided to the Improving Regulation in Scotland unit.

S3W-1711 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional staffing resources have been or will be provided to the Improving Regulation in Scotland unit.

S3W-1712 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what tax incentives it is considering offering to increase the level of investment in research and development.

S3W-1713 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made of the impact of EU state aid rules on the previous administration’s proposals to introduce business rate relief for investment in research and development.

S3W-1714 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the STAG 2 report on the reopening of the station at Reston on the East Coast Main Line will be published.

S3W-1715 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment will be made available to local authorities to develop local sports facilities.

S3W-1716 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of infertility treatment.

S3W-1717 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support communities in tackling antisocial behaviour.

S3W-1718 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that mental health services in Lanarkshire are developed in line with the principles detailed in A Picture of Health.

S3W-1719 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in Clydesdale do not receive 38 weeks of nursery provision in their pre-school year.

S3W-1720 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment will be made available to Transport Scotland to enable the delivery of route improvements on roads such as the A702.

S3W-1721 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a free national proof-of-age scheme.

S3W-1722 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet COSLA to discuss the role, terms and conditions of classroom assistants.

S3W-1723 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers it estimates will not have a permanent teaching post in August 2007.

S3W-1724 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support the development of disability sport.

S3W-1725 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the provision of free fruit and water to secondary school pupils.

S3W-1726 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are unemployed in South Lanarkshire, broken down by council ward.

S3W-1727 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment will be made available to NHS Lanarkshire to enable the retention of full accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital.

S3W-1728 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will direct NHS Lanarkshire to deliver a community casualty unit in Lanark, as detailed in A Picture of Health.

S3W-1729 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will direct NHS Lanarkshire to deliver a new community hospital in Clydesdale, as detailed in A Picture of Health.

S3W-1730 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation will take place with the public and health officials in Clydesdale on the future shape of health services in Lanarkshire following the decision to retain full accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital.

S3W-1731 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment will be provided to South Lanarkshire Council to improve the fabric of council housing stock.

S3W-1732 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to supporting second stage transfer of Glasgow Housing Association housing stock.

S3W-1733 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to the planned road improvements on the A7 at Auchenrivock.

S3W-1734 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the previously agreed funding for the road improvements on the A7 at Auchenrivock will remain available to allow the work to go ahead in summer 2007.

S3W-1735 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the road improvements on the A7 at Auchenrivock will commence in summer 2007.

S3W-1736 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish details of how the Scottish Futures Trust will operate.

S3W-1737 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when local authorities will be able to use the Scottish Futures Trust to build new schools.

S3W-1738 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) P1, (b) P2 and (c) P3 classes will have 18 pupils or fewer in each local authority area in August 2007.

S3W-1739 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the additional 300 new teachers, announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 20 June 2007 (Official Report c. 880), will be employed in each local authority area.

S3W-1740 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the additional 300 new teachers, announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 20 June 2007 (Official Report c. 880), will be employed in teaching P1, P2 or P3 classes.

S3W-1741 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £40 million for new school building, announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 20 June 2007 (Official Report c. 882), will be received by each local authority.

S3W-1742 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assess the success of the Youth Music Initiative.

S3W-1743 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will increase citizens’ access to culture.

S3W-1744 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop a Scotland-wide managed clinical network for ME/chronic fatigue syndrome.

S3W-1745 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to implementing the recommendations in the May 2007 position statement on vitamin D from the Scientific Advisory Committee in Nutrition.

S3W-1746 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what surveys have been carried out in Scotland to ascertain the levels of vitamin D deficiency in specific vulnerable groups, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, elderly people, infants and black and ethnic minority groups.

S3W-1747 Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to develop a public health strategy and guidance to raise awareness among the public and health professionals of the importance of vitamin D supplementation in high risk groups of the population.

S3W-1748 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients from Clydesdale have been treated at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank in each year since it has been within the NHS.

S3W-1749 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the new State Hospital to be completed.

S3W-1750 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the interests of openness and transparency, the independent review panel to be established to review the plans of NHS Lanarkshire following the ministerial directive to retain accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital will be allowed to make assessments on the same basis and using the same criteria as the original decisions detailed in A Picture of Health.

S3W-1751 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients in Clydesdale are currently waiting more than 26 weeks to obtain inpatient treatment in the NHS.

S3W-1752 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will provide to organisers of the World Schools’ Championship Orienteering, to be held in Scotland in 2008.

S3W-1753 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the A82 has been restricted due to roadworks in the last four years.

S3W-1754 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what system is in place to ensure that roadworks are properly managed and disruption is minimised.

S3W-1755 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times sections of the A82 have been closed or had access otherwise curtailed due to accidents in the last four years.

S3W-1756 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the (a) Erskine Bridge and (b) Clyde Tunnel have been closed or had access otherwise curtailed in the last four years.

S3W-1757 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the potential savings of moving its recruitment advertising online.

S3W-1758 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine and review the results of any referenda on housing stock transfer options that have taken place in the last four years.

S3W-1759 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage and enable the use of renewable power sources in conservation areas.

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