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Section E – Written questions lodged from 9 to 13 July 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-1999 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed abolition of the graduate endowment will widen the disparity between financial support for full-time and part-time students.

S3W-2000 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide additional financial support to part-time students and, if so, how much.

S3W-2001 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address any price disincentive for students undertaking part-time education.

S3W-2002 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to students in part-time education at further education colleges in each year since 1999.

S3W-2003 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of police officers in each police force were (a) female and (b) from an ethnic minority in each year since 2002, broken down by rank.

S3W-2004 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road traffic (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there have been (i) in each of the last three years and (ii) so far this year, broken down by (A) police force area and (B) parliamentary region, expressed also as a percentage of all road traffic accidents and showing year-on-year percentage changes.

S3W-2005 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses have been (a) built and (b) renovated in each local authority area in the (i) private and (ii) social rented sector in each of the last five years, broken down into (A) housing association and (B) local authority builds.

S3W-2006 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the police clear-up rate has been in each year since 1999 for serious violent crimes, as referred to in Building a Better Scotland Spending Proposals 2005-2008, expressed also as a percentage of all serious violent crimes and broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2007 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been notified of any funding surpluses in the operation of the concessionary fares scheme and, if so, what the surpluses have been for each year since the scheme came into operation, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2008 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been notified of any funding deficits in the operation of the concessionary fares scheme and, if so, what the deficits have been each year since the scheme came into operation, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2009 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the social work expenditure on care of elderly people was in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority and expressed also per head of population.

S3W-2010 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school classes had 25 or more pupils in each of the last four years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2011 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of unemployment is, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2012 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget for its Environment and Rural Affairs Department was in each of the last five years, broken down by issue and detailing year-on-year percentage increases and decreases.

S3W-2013 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in the environment sections of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department in each of the last three years, broken down by responsibility.

S3W-2014 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in the fisheries sections of its Environment and Rural Affairs Department in each of the last three years, broken down by responsibility.

S3W-2015 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were admitted to hospital suffering from hypothermia in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) NHS board.

S3W-2016 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households were living in property that was below tolerable standard in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2017 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, and by what percentage, each NHS board budget increased in each year from 1999-2000 to 2004-05 (a) in total and (b) per capita and what each board’s average annual increase was over that timescale.

S3W-2018 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with a registered disability it has employed in each year since 1999, broken down by grade and expressed also as a percentage of total staff numbers.

S3W-2019 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) household, (b) commercial and (c) total waste was recycled by each local authority in each of the last three years.

S3W-2020 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff have been (a) seconded from, (b) transferred from, (c) seconded to and (d) transferred to other UK departments in each year since 1999.

S3W-2021 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were on the sex offenders’ register in each of the last five years.

S3W-2022 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fly the Saltire permanently over governmental buildings for which it has responsibility.

S3W-2023 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidance to all non-departmental public bodies for which it has responsibility to encourage them to fly the Saltire as the principal flag above those of their properties for which there is an existing flagpole.

S3W-2024 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, whose responsibility covers official flag flying, to remove the rule that the department applies with regard to the flying of the Saltire and the Union flag when flown together that the Saltire must never be flown in a superior position to the Union flag.

S3W-2025 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage the flying of the Saltire throughout Scotland all year round.

S3W-2026 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it plans to make for the responsibility for official flag stations in Scotland to be devolved to Scottish ministers.

S3W-2027 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of sentence for crimes of indecency has been in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) main offence and (b) sheriff court district.

S3W-2028 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many failure to appear warrants have been issued in each of the last five years, broken down by sheriff court district.

S3W-2029 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug-related deaths there have been in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board area and expressed per 100,000 head of population.

S3W-2030 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staffed hospital beds there have been in each category of care in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2031 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of computer misuse there have been in each of its departments since 1999, broken down by category of misuse, and how many of these cases resulted in disciplinary action.

S3W-2032 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental practices have ceased providing NHS dental services in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2033 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dentists have provided NHS dental services in each year since 1999, expressed also as a percentage of all dentists and broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2034 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all overseas engagements carried out by ministers in each year since 2002 and the costs of each visit.

S3W-2035 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times are for residential (a) drug and (b) alcohol detoxification treatment in each NHS board.

S3W-2036 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of GP practices in each NHS board prescribe methadone.

S3W-2037 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of hospital administration was for each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2038 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what average time is taken by Disclosure Scotland to respond to applications for disclosure checks.

S3W-2039 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications there have been to Disclosure Scotland for (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced disclosures in (i) each year since its establishment and (ii) each of the last 12 months.

S3W-2040 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of applications to Disclosure Scotland have fallen outwith the turnaround times stipulated by each service agreement for (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced disclosures in (i) each year since its establishment and (ii) each of the last six months.

S3W-2041 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to Disclosure Scotland for disclosure checks have been returned to the applicants due to errors in (a) each year since its establishment and (b) each of the last six months, expressed also as a percentage of the total number of applications in each category of disclosure.

S3W-2042 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive on what percentage of applications to Disclosure Scotland for disclosure checks no charge was levied in (a) each year since its establishment and (b) each of the last six months.

S3W-2043 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for disclosure checks have been processed by Disclosure Scotland in each week since 1 April 2004 and what the average processing time has been.

S3W-2044 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many detoxification beds for drug misusers have been available in each NHS board area in each year since 1999.

S3W-2045 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planned admissions for inpatient and day case treatment have been cancelled in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2046 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many clinical psychologists have been employed in child and adolescent mental health teams in each NHS board area in each year since 2002.

S3W-2047 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) residential, (b) nursing and (c) mentally infirm elderly people’s care beds have been available in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area and showing the total annual cost of providing the beds in each category.

S3W-2048 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the code of practice is for international recruitment to NHS Scotland and how doctors in training from development countries on the prohibited list are recruited into the NHS.

S3W-2049 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many briefings have been held between Scottish ministers and (a) the Director General of the Security Service, MI5, and (b) other directors from the Security Service since 3 May 2007.

S3W-2050 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many briefings were held between Scottish ministers and (a) the Director General of the Security Service, MI5, and (b) other directors from the Security Service from 3 May 2006 to 2 May 2007.

S3W-2051 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Security Service, MI5, has in any of its briefings to Scottish ministers disclosed what percentage of the estimated 2,700 active files held on individuals resident in Scotland are on persons who are duly elected representatives of (a) a Scottish local authority, (b) the UK Parliament, (c) the European Parliament and (d) the Scottish Parliament.

S3W-2052 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to local authorities regarding the flying of flags on public buildings.

S3W-2053 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definitions are of vacant and derelict land.

S3W-2054 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the appointments by ministers that are not in the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland or covered by the commissioner’s code of practice.

S3W-2055 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many recipients of educational maintenance allowance there have been in each of the last two years in each local authority area, broken down by age profile, and what the total expenditure has been on the programme.

S3W-2056 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether spent convictions for offences involving fraud, violence or drugs are being taken into account in determining who are fit and proper persons under the national registration scheme for private landlords.

S3W-2057 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications under the national registration scheme for private landlords have been rejected on the basis of offences involving (a) fraud, (b) violence or (c) drugs.

S3W-2058 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities will gather information regarding practised unlawful discrimination in any business activity for the purpose of determining who is a fit and proper person to let property under the national registration scheme for private landlords.

S3W-2059 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are on NHS waiting lists to see physiotherapists.

S3W-2060 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that graduates in physiotherapy find jobs in Scotland.

S3W-2061 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why people requiring physiotherapy treatment have to wait up to 18 weeks to receive treatment.

S3W-2062 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is for each local authority to implement equal pay agreements.

S3W-2063 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance it will provide to local authorities to settle claims for equal pay.

S3W-2064 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist local authorities to fund single status agreements in the future.

S3W-2065 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many equal pay claims in respect of each local authority are lodged with employment tribunals in Scotland.

S3W-2066 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has in respect of each local authority on how many equal pay claims to employment tribunals are now time barred.

S3W-2067 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people achieved modern apprenticeship status in each modern apprenticeship framework area in the most recent year for which information is available.

S3W-2068 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how the numbers of people achieving modern apprenticeship status in each modern apprenticeship framework area affect future labour market projections for skills demand and, in particular, the needs of a knowledge economy.

S3W-2069 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will make available to local authorities to assist with the costs of the clean-up operation following the floods of the last few weeks.

S3W-2070 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether children under 16 are entitled to free orthodontic treatment if this treatment is recommended by a dentist.

S3W-2071 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to commence clawback arrangements in respect of the £3 million regional selective assistance grant that was awarded to Freescale Semiconductor for its East Kilbride plant.

S3W-2072 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been provided for commemorative purposes, such as medals and plaques, in each year since 1999, giving the reason for each commemoration.

S3W-2073 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available for commemorative purposes.

S3W-2074 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it an appropriate use of public funds to award Morgan Stanley a grant worth £6 million under the regional selective assistance scheme, in light of the company’s net income.

S3W-2075 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for refusing grants to companies under the regional selective assistance scheme if jobs are likely to be created regardless of the awarding of any such grant.

S3W-2076 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding and clinical support for the use of insulin pump therapy for all those with type 1 diabetes whose multiple daily injections are failing.

S3W-2077 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much municipal waste went to landfill in 2006-07, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2078 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of municipal waste has gone to landfill in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2079 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much municipal waste per head of population has gone to landfill in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2080 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how much landfill tax has been paid for each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2081 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current timescales and estimated expenditure are for all trunk road improvements in the Dumfries parliamentary constituency.

S3W-2082 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it receives repayment of the graduate endowment from the Student Loans Company when students opt to add the endowment to their student loans and, if so, whether it receives that repayment in the financial year that the graduate endowment is due.

S3W-2083 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has received from the Student Loans Company since 2005 as repayment of graduate endowments, including those where students have opted to add the endowment to their student loans.

S3W-2084 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in reducing the number of pregnant women who continue to smoke during the first three months of pregnancy.

S3W-2085 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet the British Dental Association and what will be discussed.

S3W-2086 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes to analyse a DNA profile to identify an individual.

S3W-2087 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring that osteoporosis sufferers have access to appropriate treatment, advice and support.

S3W-2088 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Osteoporosis Society about improving services for osteoporosis patients.

S3W-2089 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will challenge the recent guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence which recommends that only one drug, alendronate, be prescribed for the treatment of osteoporosis, given that one quarter of people with osteoporosis are either unable to take alendronate or do not respond to it as well as to other drugs.

S3W-2090 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce legislation on compulsory micro-chipping of dogs and whether the health implications for dogs have been considered.

S3W-2091 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring and evaluation of the Project Scotland programme has been carried out.

S3W-2092 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to ensure that there are seamless youth volunteering services. 

S3W-2093 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that there are seamless youth volunteering services.

S3W-2094 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what review has taken place of the protocol between Project Scotland and the Volunteer Centre Network.

S3W-2095 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics there are showing local authority area referrals to Project Scotland.

S3W-2096 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review water charges to low water-usage organisations such as churches, scouts and the boys’ brigade.

S3W-2097 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have been supplied their medication by post, broken down by NHS board and parliamentary constituency, in each of the last five years.

S3W-2098 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive under what conditions patients are supplied with their medication by post.

S3W-2099 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines there are for the supply of medication to patients by post.

S3W-2100 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the carbon emissions implications of all options for the new Forth crossing will be a factor in selecting the preferred option.

S3W-2101 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what weight it will give to carbon emissions when selecting the preferred option for the Forth crossing.

S3W-2102 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the implications of carbon emissions in the review of strategic transport projects.

S3W-2103 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will build in consideration of the implications of carbon emissions in the strategic spending review announced on 28 June 2007.

S3W-2104 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has to review all existing communications interception warrants authorised by Scottish ministers in the last 12 months.

S3W-2105 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many schools and in what areas it will implement its policy of having 18 pupils or fewer in P1 to P3 classes.

S3W-2106 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive in what timeframe it will implement its policy of having 18 pupils or fewer in P1 to P3 classes.

S3W-2107 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional teachers will be required to implement its policy of having 18 pupils or fewer in P1 to P3 classes.

S3W-2108 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the school estate in preparation for implementing its policy of having 18 pupils or fewer in P1 to P3 classes.

S3W-2109 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many portacabins there are in the school estate.

S3W-2110 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools have portacabins in their grounds for use by pupils, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2111 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support playgroups.

S3W-2112 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many educational psychologists have worked in each local authority area in each year since 1999.

S3W-2113 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs would be of increasing the provision of free nursery education for three and four-year-olds by 50%.

S3W-2114 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will implement its policy of a 50% increase in the provision of free nursery education for three and four-year-olds.

S3W-2115 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children with autism have been diagnosed as having Fragile X syndrome in each year since 1990.

S3W-2116 Stefan Tymkewycz: To ask the Scottish Executive how many educational establishments offer approved childcare-related training courses to SVQ level.

S3W-2117 Stefan Tymkewycz: To ask the Scottish Executive whether appropriate qualifications and experience are accredited as acceptable to the Scottish Social Services Council where a carer does not have the requisite SVQ.

S3W-2118 Stefan Tymkewycz: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment is made of new providers seeking to offer training to carers up to SVQ level.

S3W-2119 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of new homes being built for sale over the next five years will be wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free.

S3W-2120 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free homes have been built by local authorities in each of the last five years.

S3W-2121 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free homes have been built by housing associations in each of the last five years.

S3W-2122 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free homes have been built by local authorities in each of the last five years.

S3W-2123 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that private house builders and developers make a proportion of their new builds barrier-free.

S3W-2124 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any local authorities that have used the planning process to ensure that a proportion of privately developed new builds are wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free and what action the Executive is taking to promote such an approach.

S3W-2125 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recommended staffing level is for an accident and emergency ambulance.

S3W-2126 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how Agenda for Change has benefited (a) ambulance technicians and (b) ambulance paramedics.

S3W-2127 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether naltrexone implants are offered on the NHS for drug addicted people and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-2128 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools will benefit from the free school meals pilot scheme in each pilot scheme area.

S3W-2129 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school pupils will benefit from the free school meals pilot scheme in each pilot scheme area.

S3W-2130 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde regarding the provision of dental services in West Dunbartonshire.

S3W-2131 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde regarding the provision of dental services in East Dunbartonshire.

S3W-2132 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists in West Dunbartonshire take on new patients.

S3W-2133 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists in East Dunbartonshire take on new patients.

S3W-2134 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that public art can make a significant contribution to regeneration.

S3W-2135 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the 2009 Year of Homecoming.

S3W-2136 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it considers that Scottish arts graduates can be encouraged to live and work in Scotland.

S3W-2137 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support the introduction of a National Box Office.

S3W-2138 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the skills required to maintain our historic buildings are readily available.

S3W-2139 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for legal aid have been made in each year since 2000 and, of these, how many have been refused, also broken down by region.

S3W-2140 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for legal aid have been made where it was specified that the applicants had a disability which would prevent them from understanding proceedings in each year since 2000 and, of these, how many have been refused, also broken down by region.

S3W-2141 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for legal aid have been made by persons appearing in district courts in each year since 2000 and, of these, how many have been refused, also broken down by region.

S3W-2142 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for legal aid have been made by people appearing in district courts where it was specified that the applicants had a disability which would prevent them from understanding proceedings in each year since 2000 and, of these, how many have been refused, also broken down by region.

S3W-2143 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions in district courts have been undertaken in each year since 2000 and in how many cases procurator fiscals decided not to prosecute, also broken down by region.

S3W-2144 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have been undertaken in each year since 2000 where requests for legal aid have been made by persons appearing in district courts and it has been specified that the applicants had disabilities which would prevent them from understanding proceedings but legal aid has been refused and in how many such cases procurator fiscals decided not to prosecute, also broken down by region.

S3W-2145 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase bursary provision for Scottish students studying in Scotland, in light of the increase in student bursaries announced by the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, raising the threshold for a full bursary to £25,000 and awarding partial bursaries to students whose combined parental income is up to £60,000.

S3W-2146 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills giving a guarantee, the Higher Education Student Support Guarantee, that recipients of the educational maintenance allowance will know what student support they would be entitled to receive prior to applying to university, what plans the Executive has to introduce a similar initiative.

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