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Section E – Written questions lodged on from 30 July to 3 August 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-2621 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses it anticipates will be (a) better and (b) worse off following the phased introduction of general water metering for non-household premises from March 2008.

S3W-2622 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which categories of business it expects to be (a) better and (b) worse off following the introduction of water metering for non-domestic premises.

S3W-2623 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to ameliorate the impact of water metering on businesses that use a disproportionate and unavoidably high volume of water.

S3W-2624 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has that water metering for non-household premises will lead to lower bills and improved infrastructure.

S3W-2625 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with the evaluation by Northumbria University’s Centre for Public Policy of the first three years of the youth music initiative.

S3W-2626 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of "patchiness of accessibility" in respect of the youth music initiative, as stated by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture at the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee on 27 June 2007 (Official Report c. 26).

S3W-2627 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that a scheme similar to the Venezuelan El Sistema project can be complementary to the youth music initiative.

S3W-2628 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the disabled blue badge system.

S3W-2629 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to extend the disabled blue badge system to families with disabled children.

S3W-2630 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings its officials had with EU Commission officials between 1 January and 2 May 2007 to discuss the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service; on what dates the meetings were held, which officials met the Commission; what issues were discussed, and what the outcomes were.

S3W-2631 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings its officials have had with EU Commission officials since 3 May 2007 to discuss the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service; on what dates the meetings were held; which officials met the Commission; what issues were discussed, and what the outcomes were.

S3W-2632 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change next plans to meet the EU Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot, to discuss the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service.

S3W-2633 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still committed to lifting the current timetable restrictions on the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) service between Gourock and Dunoon and allowing CalMac to run a half-hourly service and, if so, what actions have been taken to secure that outcome since 3 May 2007.

S3W-2634 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to put the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service out to tender and, if so, when it will invite tenders.

S3W-2635 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to providing the same level of financial support agreed by the previous administration to secure the transport interchange at Gourock pierhead.

S3W-2636 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to people with Asperger syndrome.

S3W-2637 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to Intowork to help people with Asperger syndrome.

S3W-2638 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households have benefited from the central heating programme in each year since its inception, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2639 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes have benefited from the Warm Deal in each year since its inception, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2640 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Warm Deal grant has been in each year since its inception in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

S3W-2641 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households in receipt of the Warm Deal received all five measures of energy advice, cavity wall insulation, energy saving bulbs, loft insulation and water tank lagging, available under the grant, in each year since its inception.

S3W-2642 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average house price has been in each local authority area in each year since 1995.

S3W-2643 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many first-time house buyers there have been in each local authority area in each year since 1995.

S3W-2644 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average age of first-time house buyers has been in each year since 1995.

S3W-2645 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties it estimates have not been the primary residence of the owner in each local authority area in each year since 1995.

S3W-2646 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals have been registered as homeless in each local authority area in each year since 1995.

S3W-2647 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the population lived in (a) an owned property and (b) a council house in (i) 1950, (ii) 1960, (iii) 1970, (iv) 1980, (v) 1990, (vi) 2000 and (vii) the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-2648 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all public appointments for each year since May 2003, also indicating which appointments fall within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland or are covered by the commissioner’s code of practice.

S3W-2649 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been registered with NHS dentists in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) Scottish parliamentary constituency, (b) Scottish parliamentary region, (c) local authority area and (d) NHS board area.

S3W-2650 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1348 by Stewart Stevenson on 24 July 2007, what the impact was on projected costs of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2651 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1347 by Stewart Stevenson on 24 July 2007, what criteria the review by Transport Scotland considered in relation to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-2652 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1347 by Stewart Stevenson on 24 July 2007, what criteria the review conducted by Transport Scotland applied in considering the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-2653 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any assessment of the financial literacy of young people.

S3W-2654 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the financial literacy of young people.

S3W-2655 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to improve financial inclusion.

S3W-2656 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to ensure that financial education is included in A Curriculum for Excellence; at what stage children would be expected to start such education, and what learning outcomes would be anticipated.

S3W-2657 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual insolvencies have been registered in each year since 1999, broken down by age.

S3W-2658 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether more funding will be available to improve and repair flood protection schemes in a timely manner.

S3W-2659 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to reassess current flood prevention schemes.

S3W-2660 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to ensure that future applications for housebuilding in known flood-risk areas are assessed more stringently.

S3W-2661 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits the London Olympics will have for the Western Isles constituency.

S3W-2662 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists have (a) not accepted and (b) accepted new patients in each year since 1995, broken down by (i) Scottish parliamentary constituency; (ii) Scottish parliamentary region, (iii) local authority area and (iv) NHS board area.

S3W-2663 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much brownfield site it estimates is available for (a) residential and (b) other development in each city and each of the five formerly designated new towns.

S3W-2664 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans are in place to develop the Allandale railway station proposed as Castlecary railway station in Central Scotland Transport Corridor Studies, published in January 2003.

S3W-2665 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in (a) manufacturing and (b) financial services in each year since 1997 and what percentage of the workforce these represented.

S3W-2666 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to implement a "one in, one out" approach to new regulations.

S3W-2667 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to streamline the operations of Scottish Enterprise.

S3W-2668 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to re-establish area tourist boards as independent membership organisations.

S3W-2669 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reform the tourism network, in light of any tensions between Visit Scotland and its stakeholders.

S3W-2670 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve industry confidence in visitscotland.com.

S3W-2671 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it has planned to reduce journey times on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street route and what the timescales are for such improvements.

S3W-2672 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the cost and timescale of electrifying the Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street route and when it expects to make a final decision on the matter.

S3W-2673 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to restore the rail powers previously held by Strathclyde Passenger Transport and transferred to Transport Scotland to the new West of Scotland Regional Transport Partnership.

S3W-2674 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many personnel have been employed by each fire and rescue service or predecessor body in each year since 1990.

S3W-2675 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many personnel have been employed by the Scottish Ambulance Service in each year since 1990, broken down by grade.

S3W-2676 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people per medical doctor there are and what comparative information it has for (a) the United Kingdom as a whole, (b) each EU member state and (c) each OECD nation.

S3W-2677 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister will reply to my letter of 29 June 2007 regarding the appointment, remit, period of office and accountability of the Council of Economic Advisers.

S3W-2678 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many energy performance certificates it estimates will be issued annually once the energy performance of buildings directive has been fully implemented for (a) new homes, (b) existing homes sold on the private housing market, (c) rented accommodation and (d) non-domestic accommodation.

S3W-2679 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to ensure that there will be sufficient assessors qualified to issue energy performance certificates for all categories of accommodation.

S3W-2680 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that delays experienced in England and Wales in introducing energy performance certificates caused by a shortage in the supply of accredited assessors will be avoided in Scotland.

S3W-2681 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider the decision to limit the right to issue energy performance certificates to members of specified chartered institutes.

S3W-2682 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive with which organisations it has had discussions about becoming accredited to issue energy performance certificates.

S3W-2683 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations it intends to meet to discuss accreditation to issue energy performance certificates.

S3W-2684 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the remit of a public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project and, if so, whether it will ensure that climate change implications and effects on congestion levels are included as part of the inquiry.

S3W-2685 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any European regulations or legislation have affected the timescale for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project and, if so, whether it will provide details of such regulations or legislation.

S3W-2686 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) homes and (b) acres of land have been compulsorily purchased in preparation for the building of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2687 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been spent on purchasing land and property in preparation for the building of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2688 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will abide by the findings of a public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-2689 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-14084 by Cathy Jamieson on 14 February 2005, whether it will consider collecting data on motoring and speeding offences committed by foreign nationals.

S3W-2690 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support changes to crofting law to allow for the election of members of the Crofters Commission.

S3W-2691 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many violent incidents have taken place in prisons in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by prison.

S3W-2692 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to implement an SNP Manifesto commitment to increase drug rehabilitation services by 20% and, if so, whether it will guarantee this in the 2007 spending review.

S3W-2693 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when and how it plans to reform and revitalise community sentences, as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on 6 June 2007, and what assessment has been made of the impact this will have on prison numbers.

S3W-2694 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1041 by Kenny MacAskill on 14 June 2007, whether it plans to implement an SNP Manifesto commitment to move £35 million from the prison budget to fund community sentences and, if so, whether this will be guaranteed in the 2007 spending review.

S3W-2695 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase resources for criminal justice social work and, if so, when and whether this will be guaranteed in the 2007 spending review.

S3W-2696 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to rebuild Peterhead prison and, if so, at what anticipated cost and what the timescale is.

S3W-2697 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail its consultation plans regarding the future of prison services in north-east Scotland.

S3W-2698 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was raised through statutory penalties imposed for the late payment of council tax and what the administration costs were of collecting and processing penalties in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by local authority.

S3W-2699 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will legislate on judicial appointments.

S3W-2700 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1960 by Kenny MacAskill on 5 July 2007, what the timetables for the reviews are; who is involved in the reviews and whether it will seek to involve parliamentary committees in the process.

S3W-2701 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1960 by Kenny MacAskill on 5 July 2007, to what extent and in what ways local communities and victims of antisocial behaviour will be involved in the review process.

S3W-2702 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants were involved in the review of major transport projects conducted in June; how many hours of staff time were dedicated to it, and what the cost was of conducting the review.

S3W-2703 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of staff resources and costs of the review of major transport projects conducted in June 2007 was devoted to (a) the Edinburgh trams project, (b) the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project and (c) other capital projects.

S3W-2704 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional risks were identified through the review of major transport projects conducted in June 2007 relating to (a) the Edinburgh trams project, (b) the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project and (c) other capital projects.

S3W-2705 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional risks were identified with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project leading to a year’s delay in the projected completion date.

S3W-2706 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of major transport projects conducted in June 2007 included a full risk analysis of major capital projects other than the Edinburgh trams project and Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project.

S3W-2707 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of major transport projects conducted in June 2007 included a full review of projected costs of major capital projects other than the Edinburgh trams project and Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project and whether these costs can now be expressed at 2007 prices.

S3W-2708 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what benchmark was used in terms of costs per kilometre for estimating the construction costs of the Waverley railway line and how this figure compares with the benchmark figures used by the Strategic Rail Authority in estimating construction costs for new lines elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

S3W-2709 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the route of the Waverley railway line involves the use of existing track and what proportion involves laying new track, also showing the distances involved.

S3W-2710 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made by the promoters of the Waverley railway line in their cost estimates for fencing new track.

S3W-2711 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made for home loss payments to those affected by the construction of the Waverley railway line; how this has been calculated, and whether any such provision is included in the capped amount committed by the previous administration for the line.

S3W-2712 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitments were made by the previous administration to Orkney Islands Council and Orkney Ferries Limited regarding revenue and capital support for inter-island ferry services and whether the current administration has had discussions regarding these matters with either body.

S3W-2713 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project and what proportion of these costs are attributable to the change of route announced in December 2005.

S3W-2714 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a gateway review before the final business case is put forward for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and, if so, when such a review will be conducted.

S3W-2715 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether where will be a gateway review before the final business case is put forward for the Waverley railway line project and, if so, when such a review will be conducted.

S3W-2716 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of the implications of the removal of tolls on the Forth Road Bridge has been seen by ministers and when it will be published.

S3W-2717 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the green belt is protected in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire following the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2718 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any relaxation on building in the green belt will be permitted in relation to sites adjacent to or in the vicinity of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2719 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from private developers in relation to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route or to development controls over areas of green belt adjacent to the projected route of the project.

S3W-2720 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitments have been given by ministers to community organisations concerned about the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2721 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of congestion on roads in the city of Aberdeen will be alleviated by the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-2722 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the economic benefits arising from the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route derive from the (a) building of private houses and (b) provision of out-of-town retail facilities.

S3W-2723 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new houses to be sited in or near Stow, Galashiels or Tweedbank have been proposed under Scottish Borders Council’s draft development strategy.

S3W-2724 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the benefits of the Waverley railway project is attributable to new houses being built in the Scottish Borders Council area in places that will be served by new stations and how many new houses are planned to be built.

S3W-2725 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Water has indicated any possible difficulties in providing water and sewerage connections to the new houses in the Scottish Borders referred to in the Waverley railway project business case and what the projected costs would be of providing the necessary connections.

S3W-2726 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much land it needs to acquire to build the M74 extension; how many significant landholdings are involved, and who the owners are.

S3W-2727 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to complete the process of acquisition of land required to enable it to build the M74 extension.

S3W-2728 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an assurance that there will be no break in funding between the first and second phases of the Hepatitis C Action Plan.

S3W-2729 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the national outcome indicators for measuring progress in relation to hepatitis C prevention, testing, treatment, care and support, and training and education, as agreed with the Hepatitis C Action Plan Co-ordinating Group and local HCV Executive Leads.

S3W-2730 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a breakdown of spending of funding received under the Hepatitis C Action Plan in 2006-07 by NHS board.

S3W-2731 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has achieved actions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 on substance misuse services as described in section 2 of Hepatitis C Action Plan for Scotland - Phase 1: September 2006 - August 2008.

S3W-2732 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients diagnosed with hepatitis C have received treatment in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2733 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been undertaken to identify testing and laboratory services for hepatitis C and to assess where new resources are needed to expand or improve existing facilities, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2734 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned a study to assess the nature and level of the need for hepatitis C treatment-related funding in each NHS board area.

S3W-2735 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the interim findings are of the statistical modelling exercise being undertaken by Health Protection Scotland into the cost-effectiveness of different hepatitis C screening approaches.

S3W-2736 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether training about hepatitis C will be commissioned for all prisons in the Scottish Prison Service.

S3W-2737 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the findings of its review of the nature and impact of HIV and hepatitis C public awareness-raising campaigns in other countries.

S3W-2738 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish a training strategy for substance misuse services in Scotland.

S3W-2739 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned qualitative research among people with hepatitis C to identify their information and support needs.

S3W-2740 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned a survey of injecting drug users to assess the prevalence of hepatitis C and, if so, what its interim findings are, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-2741 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the future funding formula for allocation of blood borne virus funding to NHS boards will be amended to take account of the variable level of development needed in each board area to implement the prevention, treatment, testing, care and education initiatives for phase II of the Hepatitis C Action Plan and to maintain these thereafter.

S3W-2742 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the First Minister has discussed sectarianism with the partners who participated in the Summit on Sectarianism.

S3W-2743 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive which Cabinet Secretary has specific responsibility for sectarianism.

S3W-2744 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take specifically to tackle religious intolerance in Scotland.

S3W-2745 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it regards religious intolerance as an issue facing Scotland.

S3W-2746 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers tackling religious intolerance a priority.

S3W-2747 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Transport Scotland financial review of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project will (a) begin and (b) be completed and what the terms are of the review.

S3W-2748 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific guidance it has given to Transport Scotland on the remit and scope of the reviews of major transport infrastructure projects.

S3W-2749 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ask a body independent of Transport Scotland, such as Audit Scotland, to carry out reviews of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project and the M74 extension.

S3W-2750 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what statutory controls are in place to regulate the taxi licensing regime, in particular to ensure that vehicles operating as taxis fulfil minimum safety standards.

S3W-2751 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1653 by Michael Russell on 24 July 2007, which local authorities have applied for financial support for flood prevention schemes for the period 2006-2008.

S3W-2752 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further the answer to question S3W-1565 by Shona Robison on 19 July 2007, what specific steps it has taken to discuss with alcohol manufacturers and marketing executives their policies on alcohol advertising.

S3W-2753 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1565 by Shona Robison on 19 July 2007, how it views the advertising of alcohol and what its policy is in this regard.

S3W-2754 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1565 by Shona Robison on 19 July 2007, what the specific content and outcome was of its most recent contact with the UK Government regarding advertising alcohol.

S3W-2755 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1556 by Maureen Watt on 17 July 2007, when it intends to implement direct support to schools and communities through the Respectmenational anti-bullying service.

S3W-2756 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1556 by Maureen Watt on 17 July 2007, when it plans to look at new forms of bullying including text and cyber bullying.

S3W-2757 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW3-1554 by Maureen Watt on 17 July 2007, how much funding it provides to the Childline Anti-Bullying Helpline and how long that funding will continue.

S3W-2758 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1555 by Maureen Watt on 17 July 2007, how it is informed of or assesses the extent of bullying in schools given that there is no national data collection.

S3W-2759 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1237 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 July 2007, whether it plans to ask chief constables to prioritise the enforcement of 20mph speed zones around schools.

S3W-2760 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1564 by Kenny MacAskill on 16 July 2007, whether it is considering any new measures to reduce the purchase or acquisition of alcohol by young people.

S3W-2761 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1562 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 July 2007, what the operational procedure is regarding zigzagged yellow lines around schools.

S3W-2762 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1560 by Maureen Watt on 10 July 2007, who monitors compliance by local authorities in relation to adult supervision on contract buses used to transport children to and from school.

S3W-2763 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1560 by Maureen Watt on 10 July 2007, who monitors compliance by local authorities in relation to the quality and safety of contract buses used to transport children to and from schools.

S3W-2764 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2103 by John Swinney on 30 July 2007, whether, as in past spending reviews, there will be any strategic cross-cutting priorities in the 2007 spending review and, if so, what these will be and, if climate change or sustainable development is not one of those cross-cutting priorities, what arrangements will be in place to ensure that spending plans contribute to sustainable development and to the Executive’s plans for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

S3W-2765 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when less favoured area status payments will be made to farmers in the Borders for 2007-08.

S3W-2766 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is outstanding for less favoured area payments to farmers in the Borders for 2007-08.

S3W-2767 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when the pilot for electronic sheep identification will be put in place; what areas it will cover; how much it will cost, and who will pay for it.

S3W-2768 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reform the system of penalties on farmers for contravention of agricultural regulations to introduce greater proportionality.

S3W-2769 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how the non-executive board members of Scottish Water are appointed and what period of time each appointment covers.

S3W-2770 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the age profile was of the men and women sampled in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland and (c) the Western Isles in the recent NHS survey of body mass index, as reported in The Scotsman on 30 July 2007, and how this compares with the overall age profile of the population of each island group.

S3W-2771 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women were sampled in (i) Orkney, (ii) Shetland, (iii) the Western Isles and (iv) Scotland in the recent NHS survey of body mass index, as reported in The Scotsman on 30 July 2007.

S3W-2772 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when the research for the recent NHS survey of body mass index across Scotland, as reported in The Scotsman on 30 July 2007, was carried out.

S3W-2773 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has finalised the procurement plans for the Airdrie-Bathgate rail line rolling stock and whether it will meet the procurement deadline of December 2010.

S3W-2774 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the plans to procure the rolling stock for both the Airdrie-Bathgate rail line and the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, both due for completion in 2010, will place undue demand on the supply of rolling stock and whether, in the context of higher demand, the projected cost of between £300 and £375 million remains the same.

S3W-2775 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans to transfer rolling stock to the Airdrie-Bathgate rail line from other parts of the rail network will place undue pressure on the capacity of rolling stock across the network.

S3W-2776 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Scottish Ambulance Service to comply with the Health and Safety Executive improvement notice issued to it on 19 January 2005.

S3W-2777 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any outstanding Health and Safety Executive improvement notices in place in respect of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

S3W-2778 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of all Health and Safety Executive improvement notices issued in respect of the Scottish Ambulance Service in 2005 and what action has been taken to comply with such notices.

S3W-2779 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1142 by Shona Robison on 27 June 2007, whether ambulance workers in single-staffed units have the right to refuse to attend an emergency call on safety grounds.

S3W-2780 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an ambulance worker’s refusal to attend an emergency call due to safety concerns constitutes grounds for dismissal.

S3W-2781 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public subsidy will be paid to Scottish Opera in the current financial year and how much was paid in the two previous financial years.

S3W-2782 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current level of funding for Scottish Opera will be reviewed to put it on a par with Opera North’s funding level of £9.153 million for 2007-08.

S3W-2783 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with operators proposing a water-based commuter service across the Forth between Edinburgh and Fife.

S3W-2784 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what subsidy is available for the operation of a water-based commuter service across the Forth between Edinburgh and Fife.

S3W-2785 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was allocated by the South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SESTRANS) for the Kirkcaldy to Portobello hovercraft trial and how SESTRANS will determine whether the trial was successful.

S3W-2786 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been advised of the findings of feasibility work commissioned by Fife Council in respect of the Forth hovercraft trial which stated that "no business case would stack up".

S3W-2787 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to routes other than Kirkcaldy to Portobello for a Forth hovercraft.

S3W-2788 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to linking the A9 and the A82.

S3W-2789 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the A9; what costs are envisaged; what the timescale is, and what benefits there will be from any upgrade.

S3W-2790 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the A82; what costs are envisaged, and what benefits there will be from any upgrade.

S3W-2791 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to complete the M8; what costs are envisaged; what the timescale is, and what benefits there will be from any upgrade.

S3W-2792 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tenders were received for the 2 km replacement work on the A9 at Helmsdale.

S3W-2793 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence was presented to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to support his statement that works on the A9 that "will bring economic benefits to both the north of Scotland and the northern Isles".

S3W-2794 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the 20 poorest maintained (a) A roads, (b) B roads and (c) local roads are according to roads statistics.

S3W-2795 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the top 10 road accident blackspots are in (a) Edinburgh and the Lothians, (b) Glasgow, (c) Strathclyde, (d) Tayside, (e) Stirlingshire, (f) Perthshire, (g) north-east Scotland, (h) Highland and (i) Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland.

S3W-2796 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has received concerning the costs involved in the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line.

S3W-2797 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it had prior to 27 June 2007 with industry stakeholders, such as train operating companies, trades unions and Network Rail, concerning the costs involved in the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line.

S3W-2798 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding package has been considered for the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line.

S3W-2799 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much journey times will be improved through the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line.

S3W-2800 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what economic benefits there will be from the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line.

S3W-2801 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line will enable passengers to travel in and out of stations in (a) Edinburgh without changing at Haymarket or Waverley and (b) Glasgow without changing at Glasgow Queen Street or Central.

S3W-2802 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what carbon emissions resulted from the operation of rail services on the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line in the last year for which figures are available.

S3W-2803 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what annual carbon emissions it estimates would result from the operation of rail services on the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line following electrification.

S3W-2804 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its total carbon emission was in the last year for which figures are available.

S3W-2805 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total carbon emission was from the transportation of ministers by (a) official car, (b) air, (c) rail and (d) ferry in the last year for which figures are available.

S3W-2806 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many journeys have been taken by ministers since their appointment in May 2007 by (a) official car, (b) air, (c) rail and (d) ferry.

S3W-2807 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ministers have followed the example of the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change who stated "I’ve asked the civil servants to timetable engagements if they’re in Edinburgh, so I can walk between them".

S3W-2808 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings outwith Holyrood and Victoria Quay the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change has travelled to (a) on foot, (b) by car, (c) by air and (d) by other means.

S3W-2809 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost has been of flights taken by (a) ministers and (b) officials on official business since May 2007.

S3W-2810 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its total energy consumption was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-2811 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what energy consumption per person was for its officials in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-2812 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what energy consumption per person was for all of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-2813 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what benchmarks it has set for per person annual energy consumption for its officials.

S3W-2814 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its annual energy bill is.

S3W-2815 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its energy consumption is sourced from renewables.

S3W-2816 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies have not adopted an energy savings plan.

S3W-2817 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and officials within his area of responsibility to reduce the carbon emissions from their activities and how successful this action has been.

S3W-2818 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and officials within her area of responsibility to reduce the carbon emissions from their activities and how successful this action has been.

S3W-2819 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and officials within her area of responsibility to reduce the carbon emissions from their activities and how successful this action has been

S3W-2820 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and officials within his area of responsibility to reduce the carbon emissions from their activities and how successful this action has been.

S3W-2821 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and officials within his area of responsibility to reduce the carbon emissions from their activities and how successful this action has been.

S3W-2822 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the Office of the First Minister to reduce the carbon emissions from its activities and how successful this action has been.

S3W-2823 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is being given to projects that assist the development and adoption of technologies, processes and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by (a) the Executive and its agencies, (b) local government, (c) the voluntary sector and (d) the private sector.

S3W-2824 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what Scottish Water’s energy bill was in the most recent year for which figures are available and what proportion of its energy is sourced from renewables.

S3W-2825 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the top 10 energy users in Scotland.

S3W-2826 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what information Scottish Water provides to its customers about water efficiency fittings, recycling and rebates on washing machines and water tanks as a way of reducing carbon emissions.

S3W-2827 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what information electricity suppliers provide to their customers about energy efficient hot water systems as a way of reducing carbon emissions.

S3W-2828 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information is available about carbon emissions from the Parliament building and what plans are in place to reduce emissions.

S3W-2829 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available about the cost of retrofitting (a) water and (b) energy saving devices in council and housing association housing as a means to reduce carbon emissions.

S3W-2830 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental performance benchmarks will be used when determining which vehicles will be used by ministers and officials.

S3W-2831 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what record it has of the number of smoky vehicles on roads.

S3W-2832 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the number of smoky vehicles on roads to help reduce pollution from motor vehicles and lessen the impact on the environment.

S3W-2833 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for the reduction of waste going to landfill.

S3W-2834 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for recycling from (a) domestic and (b) commercial sources.

S3W-2835 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what was meant by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change when writing in the Banffshire Journal on 25 July 2007 that "indeed the structures are now in place to replace the current unfair council tax with a more just local income tax".

S3W-2836 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce legislation to implement its commitment to a local income tax.

S3W-2837 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether business waste collected from business users, along with waste from domestic users, is counted in targets for recycling by local authorities.

S3W-2838 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what controls local authorities can apply in encouraging business users to contribute their fair share in meeting recycling targets.

S3W-2839 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1845 by Stewart Stevenson on 20 July 2007, whether its study of the benefits of the Air Route Development Fund will also look at the environmental benefits and disbenefits of the fund.

S3W-2840 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many traffic incidents causing congestion have been recorded on the A82 between the Dumbuck junction and the Erskine Bridge in each of the last three years.

S3W-2841 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many days of roadworks have there been on the A82 between the Dumbuck junction and the Erskine Bridge in each of the last three years.

S3W-2842 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when motorists will be able to use the road following the construction of the M74 completion project.

S3W-2843 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse will be upgraded to dual three-lane equivalent motorway standard and operational.

S3W-2844 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when the A80 between Stepps and Haggs will be upgraded to dual two-lane equivalent motorway standard and operational.

S3W-2845 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any estimates have been made of the subsidy that would be required to meet the expected operational deficit linked to the Waverley railway line.

S3W-2846 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Borders Council or the Executive would be expected to meet the cost of any operational deficit linked to the Waverley railway line.

S3W-2847 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether First Scotrail has indicated a willingness to run trains on the Waverley railway line and whether it is willing to do so without any operational subsidy.

S3W-2848 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Network Rail regarding the maintenance of track and signalling for the Waverley railway line; whether the annual costs have been identified, and by what mechanism these costs would be met.

S3W-2849 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the rail projects in its current capital programme were of sufficient significance at UK level to have merited consideration by the Strategic Rail Authority; which projects were considered by the SRA, and what comments were made.

S3W-2850 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or Transport Scotland has instructed TIE Limited that work should cease on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project.

S3W-2851 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is taking forward the resolution of the Parliament on 27 June 2007 in relation to the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project.

S3W-2852 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive which road project in its current capital programme costing in excess of £100 million has the highest benefit-to-cost ratio.

S3W-2853 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive which road project in its current capital programme costing in excess of £100 million has the lowest benefit-to-cost ratio.

S3W-2854 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of adding an extra lane for overtaking on the A9.

S3W-2855 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost would be of adding an extra lane for overtaking on the A82.

S3W-2856 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any additional overtaking lanes are planned for the A9 in advance of any announcement in summer 2008 about the next stage of strategic transport developments.

S3W-2857 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any additional overtaking lanes are planned for the A82 in advance of any announcement in summer 2008 about the next stage of strategic transport developments.

S3W-2858 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed housing supply task force will be set up.

S3W-2859 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the remit and focused plan of action of the proposed housing supply task force.

S3W-2860 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many landlords have been considered unfit for registration under the National Registration Scheme for Private Landlords, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-2861 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, when options were prepared in 2004 for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, what the relative costs were of the (a) Murtle, (b) Pitfodels, (c) Miltimber Brae, (d) Peterculter/Charleston and (e) Peterculter/Stonehaven routes.

S3W-2862 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, when options were prepared in 2004 for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, what the relative cost-benefit ratios were of the (a) Murtle, (b) Pitfodels, (c) Miltimber Brae, (d) Peterculter/Charleston and (e) Peterculter/Stonehaven routes.

S3W-2863 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1820 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 July 2007, whether ministers requested that the Tay Road Bridge Joint Bridge Board notify employees involved in toll collection prior to the announcement of the abolition of tolling and when employees were informed of ministers’ proposals.

S3W-2864 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1819 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 July 2007, whether ministers requested that the Forth Estuary Transport Authority notify employees involved in toll collection prior to the announcement of the abolition of tolling and when employees were informed of ministers’ proposals.

S3W-2865 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1864 by Stewart Stevenson on 17 July 2007, when it will be in a position to confirm that it is satisfied with the (a) accuracy of the cost and (b) assessment of risk involved in dualling the A9.

S3W-2866 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any estimate has been made of the extent to which construction of the North Clyde Development Route will support the achievement of its regeneration, as well as transport, objectives in the west of Scotland.

S3W-2867 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimates are of the annual number of vehicles using each trunk road in (a) south-west and (b) north- west Scotland.

S3W-2868 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were applied when the decision was made that the A7 from near Edinburgh to near Galashiels and the A91 from the M90 to St Andrews be transferred to local authority control in April 1996.

S3W-2869 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were applied when the decision was made that the A720 Edinburgh City bypass east of the M8 extension and the A95 from Aviemore to Keith become part of the trunk road network in April 1996.

S3W-2870 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were applied when the decision was made that the A82 between the Glasgow City Council area boundary and the Erskine Bridge be transferred to local authority control in April 1996.

S3W-2871 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vehicles have used the A82 between the Glasgow City Council area boundary and the Erskine Bridge in each of the last five years.

S3W-2872 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering transferring any roads currently under local authority control to the trunk road network.

S3W-2873 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1808 by Stewart Stevenson on 20 July 2007, what maximum level of subsidy it would be prepared to provide in revenue support of a ferry service linking Campbeltown and Ballycastle.

S3W-2874 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the commitment made by the Minister for Parliamentary Business on 14 June 2007 (Official Report c. 709), what progress has been made on convening a summit with key stakeholders to agree a joint position against renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system; on what date the summit will take place, and which key stakeholders will be invited to participate.

S3W-2875 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2223 by Stewart Maxwell on 1 August 2007, what it estimates the total value was of all discounts for the sale of council houses under the right to buy scheme in each year since 1979.

S3W-2876 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the total value of the housing stock to be, broken down into (a) privately owned homes, (b) council owned homes and (c) housing association homes.

S3W-2877 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2254 by Stewart Maxwell on 1 August 2007, what three projects in the Lothians will benefit from the £17 million allocated as part of the National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy; what discussions it has had with the City of Edinburgh Council regarding each project; what the current status of each project is, and what action the Executive and sportscotland will take to ensure that these projects are delivered.

S3W-2878 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2255 by Stewart Maxwell on 1 August 2007, whether it has discussed the anticipated funding method for the proposed upgrade of the Royal Commonwealth Pool with the City of Edinburgh Council.

S3W-2879 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2255 by Stewart Maxwell on 1 August 2007, to what extent the Lothians will benefit should Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games be successful.

S3W-2880 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture intends to invite Lex Brown of Anta Estates for a meeting to seek an application for the development of Castle Tioram.

S3W-2881 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will close a loophole in Scots Law following the Transco appeal court judgment.

S3W-2882 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being made available to the Museum of Lead Mining to enable it to gain Museum of Significance status.

S3W-2883 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the reopening of a train station at Symington in Clydesdale.

S3W-2884 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, including members of the public, have died in each year since 1999 as a result of work-related incidents.

S3W-2885 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, including members of the public, have been injured in each year since 1999 as a result of work-related incidents.

S3W-2886 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional revenue will be made available to South Lanarkshire Council as a result of the extension of pre-school nursery provision.

S3W-2887 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training.

S3W-2888 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the law in relation to child sex offenders.

S3W-2889 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review time bar restrictions in bringing child sex offenders to justice.

S3W-2890 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to increase the number of police officers; how many new officers there will be; when they will be available for operational duties, and how they will be allocated, broken down by police force area.

S3W-2891 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the powers available to police and local authorities to tackle antisocial behaviour.

S3W-2892 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the number of community wardens employed in Scotland.

S3W-2893 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue funding the provision of community wardens in each local authority area.

S3W-2894 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the legislation in relation to homelessness.

S3W-2895 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding is being made available to the Scottish Ambulance Service to enable it to improve emergency response times in areas such as Clydesdale.

S3W-2896 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to emulate the scale of service user involvement and infrastructure in England in relation to the design and delivery of addiction and harm-reduction services as part of its Patient Focus and Public Involvement initiative.

S3W-2897 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will increase the number of people learning British Sign Language.

S3W-2898 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to increase the number of Gaelic medium teachers.

S3W-2899 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue the work begun by the previous administration to achieve Fair Trade nation status for Scotland.

S3W-2900 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what rationale determined its decision to increase Scotland’s international aid budget.

S3W-2901 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to enhance the acquisitions budgets of the national collections.

S3W-2902 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there were any discussions with Western Ferries regarding proposals for the new linkspan at Dunoon.

S3W-2903 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any organisation offered to contribute towards the cost of the linkspan at Dunoon and, if so, why any such offer was not taken up.

S3W-2904 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive why no separate planning permission was required for the new linkspan at Dunoon.

S3W-2905 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive why Argyll and Bute Council was able to grant permission for the new linkspan at Dunoon as a variation to planning permission for the breakwater without the matter having to be referred to the Scottish Ministers.

S3W-2906 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns have been previously highlighted by officials regarding value for money and conformity with guidance and regulations in relation to proposals for a ferry service linking Campbeltown to Ballycastle and whether there has been any significant change in circumstances.

S3W-2907 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

S3W-2908 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that members of the public should be entitled to make complaints to the Standards Commission for Scotland in respect of the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

S3W-2909 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to support the City of Edinburgh Council in tackling its £260 million housing debt.

S3W-2910 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to support the Highland Council in tackling its £160 million housing debt.

S3W-2911 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to support Renfrewshire Council in tackling its £145 million housing debt.

S3W-2912 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1188 by Adam Ingram on 13 July 2007, which Glasgow primary schools will be involved in the free school meals pilot.

S3W-2913 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children will be involved in the free school meals pilot in Glasgow, broken down by primary school.

S3W-2914 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in each Glasgow primary school who will be involved in the free school meals pilot were not previously entitled to free school meals.

S3W-2915 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering altering the STAG appraisal process, under which transport projects are considered on a scheme-by-scheme basis, to include comparison and prioritisation on the basis of overt macro-economic testing and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-2916 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether potential land acquisition and compensation issues associated with the (a) M74 extension and (b) Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route have been fully scoped and, if so, what conclusions have been arrived at.

S3W-2917 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether potential engineering risks associated with the (a) Edinburgh Trams project, (b) Edinburgh Airport Rail Link and (c) Waverley rail line have been fully scoped and, if so, what conclusions have been arrived at.

S3W-2918 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what annual contribution will be required from the Scottish Executive in each year until 2012-13 for each major transport project if each project proceeds on time and within budget and what total contribution will be required for all transport projects in each of these years.

S3W-2919 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers are aware of any analysis that combines, in a regional and national economic development context, an appraisal of airport-related investment and the investment that is required to sustain surface access to each of the three central Scotland airports and whether it considers that such a piece of analysis would help inform decision-making.

S3W-2920 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of the anticipated impact on tender prices for major transport projects of (a) slippage and (b) limited competition resulting from the coincidence of tendering and construction start dates.

S3W-2921 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-949 by Jim Mather on 27 June 2007, how much of the hydro capacity was installed before 1990.

S3W-2922 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances a local authority can completely close a road for repair, maintenance or resurfacing work.

S3W-2923 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current guidance is with regard to the continuing care of elderly people; whether it applies uniformly across NHS board areas, and how the application of the guidance is monitored.

S3W-2924 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review MEL (1996) 22, guidance on NHS responsibility for continuing health care, and, if so, when.

S3W-2925 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Stage 1 appeals there have been following a discharge decision and how many were successful in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-2926 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Stage 2 appeals there have been following a discharge decision and how many were successful in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-2927 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the forthcoming draft budget will present directly comparable figures for previous and future years at levels one, two and three based on the current Executive structure and that in place prior to May 2007.

S3W-2928 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how dyslexia awareness is included in teacher training courses.

S3W-2929 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers dyslexia to be a disability.

S3W-2930 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions it is making to ensure better diagnosis of dyslexia within the education system.

S3W-2931 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the start date for the upgrade work to the A9 Ballinluig junction was moved as a result of either the outcome of the Parliament elections in May 2007 or of the subsequent formation of the new Scottish Executive.

S3W-2932 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has been given of the additional cost of retaining accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital above the estimated cost of implementing the original proposal.

S3W-2933 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what service provision in Lanarkshire is to be discontinued, delayed or otherwise affected as a result of the NHS board being required to meet the additional cost of retaining accident and emergency services at Monklands Hospital.

S3W-2934 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Dr Andrew Walker, chair of the independent panel, will be asked to consider the original as well as the revised proposals and carry out a full option appraisal as part of his review of proposals regarding accident and emergency services in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.

S3W-2935 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Dr Andrew Walker, chair of the independent panel, has discretion to undertake a full option appraisal as part of his independent scrutiny of proposals for service change to accident and emergency services in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.

S3W-2936 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers are satisfied that due process was followed by the relevant NHS boards in putting forward their original proposals regarding accident and emergency services in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.

S3W-2937 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has been given of the additional cost of retaining accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital above the estimated cost of implementing the original proposal.

S3W-2938 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what service provision in Ayrshire and Arran is to be discontinued, delayed or otherwise affected as a result of the NHS board being required to meet the additional cost of retaining accident and emergency services at Ayr Hospital.

S3W-2939 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the costs of preparing for and implementing the waiting list targets announced in 2004 which are due to take full effect in December 2007.

S3W-2940 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have requested officials to prepare estimates of the costs of introducing an individual 18-week patient guarantee.

S3W-2941 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have requested independent expert studies to investigate the practicalities and costs of introducing an individual 18-week patient guarantee.

S3W-2942 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its estimates of the costs of introducing an individual 18-week patient guarantee, whether prepared by officials or independent experts, will be made publicly available and, if so, when they are likely to be published.

S3W-2943 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether (a) ministers, (b) NHS boards or (c) hospitals are expected to be the guarantors in the event of the introduction of an individual 18-week patient guarantee.

S3W-2944 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive where, in the event of the introduction of an 18-week patient guarantee, legal liability in the event of any breach would reside.

S3W-2945 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the National Fostering and Kinship Care Strategy.

S3W-2946 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the level of kinship payments to bring them into line with those provided for foster carers.

S3W-2947 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will direct local authorities to make full use of their discretionary powers in order that those claiming kinship allowance can receive payments equal to those paid to foster carers.

S3W-2948 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive why Edinburgh was considered the best location for the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

S3W-2949 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration was given to Walkerburn, Innerleithen and Selkirk as the location of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

S3W-2950 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what communication it had with Scottish Enterprise Borders and Scottish Borders Council in advance of its decision on the location of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

S3W-2951 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it gave to the priority areas included in its relocation policy location opportunities list during its decision on the location of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

S3W-2952 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what weighting it gives to rural locations when deciding where public sector departments and agencies are to be located.

S3W-2953 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will adopt a "rural bias" when deciding where public sector departments and agencies are to be located.

S3W-2954 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what weighting it gives to areas of economic deprivation when deciding where public sector departments and agencies are to be located.

S3W-2955 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the relocation of public sector departments and agencies to areas of economic deprivation.

S3W-2956 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on the Warm Deal programme in each year from 1999 to 2006.

S3W-2957 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses benefited from the Warm Deal programme in each year from 1999 to 2006.

S3W-2958 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses on the Warm Deal programme in each year from 1999 to 2006 received only cavity wall insulation.

S3W-2959 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses benefiting from the Warm Deal programme received only loft insulation in each year from 1999 to 2006.

S3W-2960 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses benefiting from the Warm Deal programme had all the measures on offer installed in each year from 1999 to 2006.

S3W-2961 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average grant was for houses under the Warm Deal programme in each year from 1999 to 2006.

S3W-2962 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Warm Deal maximum grant of £500 will be increased.

S3W-2963 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been done to develop warm zones.

S3W-2964 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the interim findings of the micro-renewables pilot project will be published.

S3W-2965 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings are planned with energy companies to discuss social tariffs.

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