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Section E – Written questions lodged from 27 to 31 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.

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S3W-3654 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the annual number of vehicles using each trunk road, not including those in the south-west and north-west of Scotland.

S3W-3655 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the future of the Community Regeneration Fund.

S3W-3656 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has given or plans to give to community planning partnerships about the future of the Community Regeneration Fund.

S3W-3657 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects across Scotland are supported by the Community Regeneration Fund and when it considers it reasonable to supply information to those projects about future support.

S3W-3658 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-2421, S3W-2423, S3W-2425, S3W-2426, S3W-2427 and S3W-2428 by Frank Mulholland QC on 22 August 2007, how the Scottish Government monitors the effectiveness of the fatal accident inquiry system, given the level of information and data specifically related to the system that is not centrally collated.

S3W-3659 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to allow council tax reductions for single occupancy to be claimed by householders who have partners posted overseas on military service.

S3W-3660 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet representatives of the Scottish Consumer Council to discuss its Consumer Experiences of Property Management Services study.

S3W-3661 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to introduce a national accreditation scheme for property managers.

S3W-3662 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S30-102 by Shona Robison on 7 June 2007, what progress has been made in implementing the commitment to open a dental school in Aberdeen by October 2008.

S3W-3663 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S30-102 by Shona Robison on 7 June 2007, whether it will publish the conclusions of the work undertaken by it on options for delivering on the commitment to open a dental school in Aberdeen by October 2008.

S3W-3664 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S30-102 by Shona Robison on 7 June 2007, what discussions it has had with the University of Aberdeen and the dental schools in Dundee and Glasgow about implementation of its commitment to open a dental school in Aberdeen by October 2008.

S3W-3665 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S30-102 by Shona Robison on 7 June 2007, what provision it has made towards the cost of taking forward plans for implementation of its commitment to deliver a dental school in Aberdeen in the (a) current financial year and (b) financial year 2008-09.

S3W-3666 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S30-102 by Shona Robison on 7 June 2007, whether it has discussed its commitment to open a dental school in Aberdeen with (a) NHS Education for Scotland and (b) the Scottish Funding Council and what conclusions any such discussions have reached.

S3W-3667 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S30-102 by Shona Robison on 7 June 2007, whether it has discussed its commitment to open a dental school in Aberdeen with the British Dental Association and what conclusions any such discussions have reached.

S3W-3668 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to alleviate the damage caused and financial burden placed on farmers and crofters by increasing numbers of wild geese on the Isle of Tiree.

S3W-3669 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the application of road equivalent tariff fares will provide islands served by longer ferry routes with a real benefit and that it will not widen any competitive disadvantage that such islands face in comparison with islands served by shorter routes.

S3W-3670 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment was made of the likely range of vehicle and passenger road equivalent tariff (RET) rates per mile prior to the appointment of consultants to undertake the study into the benefits of RET, which allowed ministers to predict that RET would provide islanders with cheaper fares, and whether that prediction applies to all ferry services to and between islands.

S3W-3671 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to apply some form of road equivalent tariff fare to passengers and vehicles travelling on all ferry services to and between islands and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-3672 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used when deciding to limit the consultants’ choice of routes for consideration under the road equivalent tariff pilot study to one or more of the routes connecting the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles and how these criteria were applied to each of the public ferry routes to and between islands.

S3W-3673 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive which ferry routes were considered for the pilot study into the application of road equivalent tariff (RET) to ferry routes before it decided to limit the choice of its consultants undertaking the study into the benefits of RET to one or more of the routes connecting the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles.

S3W-3674 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with (a) Orkney Islands Council, (b) Shetland Islands Council, (c) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (d) Argyll and Bute Council and (e) Highland Council before it decided on the terms for the appointment of the consultants undertaking the study into the benefits of road equivalent tariff and, in particular, before it decided to limit the consultants’ choice of routes for consideration for inclusion in the pilot study to one or more of the routes connecting the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles and how each council responded to the proposals put to them.

S3W-3675 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with (a) Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and (b) Zetland Transport Partnership before it decided on the terms for the appointment of the consultants undertaking the study into the benefits of road equivalent tariff and, in particular, before it decided to limit the consultants’ choice of routes for consideration for inclusion in the pilot study to one or more of the routes connecting the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles and how each regional transport partnership responded to the proposals put to them.

S3W-3676 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been conducted on the profile of those drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 most at risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.

S3W-3677 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to target road safety initiatives towards those drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 most at risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.

S3W-3678 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to publish research on the impact of the Pass Plus pilot scheme, carried out in the Grampian Police area for six months from February 2007.

S3W-3679 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to publish research into whether the pilot scheme to offer subsidised Pass Plus places in the Grampian Police area was successful at targeting the drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 most at risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.

S3W-3680 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend the Pass Plus subsidy piloted in the Grampian Police area to (a) the Fife region and (b) all areas of Scotland.

S3W-3681 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce any initiatives to encourage the take up of advanced driving training by motorcyclists between the ages of 17 and 25.

S3W-3682 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the increasing coverage of bracken in Scotland.

S3W-3683 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to farmers, crofters and landowners who wish to remove bracken coverage on land.

S3W-3684 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing a bracken clearance scheme.

S3W-3685 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce orthoscopic screening and treatment to all schools.

S3W-3686 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of trials by Perth and Kinross Council on visual stimulus modification and educational attainment.

S3W-3687 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date a decision was made to replace Aberdeen and Peterhead prisons with a new prison in or near to Peterhead.

S3W-3688 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1484 by Michael Russell on 24 July 2007, when it will make an announcement about future arrangements for the Bull Hire Scheme and whether this announcement will address concerns of crofters about the cost of the scheme to them.

S3W-3689 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Qualifications Authority has charged across Scotland for exam presentations in each year since the establishment of the Parliament.

S3W-3690 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review charges imposed on schools by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, in light of recent figures stating that exam presentation costs have increased substantially in recent years.

S3W-3691 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what scrutiny measures are in place to ensure that the Scottish Qualifications Authority is transparent and provides value for money.

S3W-3692 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on external consultants in each year since the establishment of the Parliament.

S3W-3693 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on external advertising in each year since the establishment of the Parliament.

S3W-3694 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the policy of Project Scotland is on funding placements with religious and faith-based organisations.

S3W-3695 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Lord Advocate considers that the Bill published as Annex B to the White Paper, Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Consultation, is within the legislative competence of the Parliament, in light of the decision of the Court of Session in Whaley v Watson 2000 S.C. 340.

S3W-3696 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the announcement by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture of 23 August 2007 regarding the level of the overseas aid budget means that the fund will be increased to £9 million from 2008-09 and, if not, what the profile of the funding increase will be for each year up to and including 2011-12.

S3W-3697 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the announcement by the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture on 23 August 2007 regarding the level of the overseas aid budget fulfils the commitment outlined in The First 100 Days of an SNP Government that the aid budget would be increased by 100% in its first budget as distinct from announcing an intention to increase the budget by 2011.

S3W-3698 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult the Department for International Development on the additional countries to benefit from assistance from the overseas aid budget to ensure that efforts are complementary and properly targeted.

S3W-3699 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will work with aid agencies in Scotland.

S3W-3700 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will actively support the promotion and development of fair trade.

S3W-3701 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it is making to the eight millennium development goals agreed by the United Nations.

S3W-3702 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that all school pupils are taught the millennium development goals as part of the school curriculum.

S3W-3703 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority is given in the school curriculum to ensuring that all school pupils are taught about international development, including the work of charitable organisations such as Oxfam.

S3W-3704 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a national accreditation scheme for property managers.

S3W-3705 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the increase in private letting agents who also provide property management services will have implications for the future of property management services.

S3W-3706 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will help to increase public awareness about the service standards that should be expected from property managers and factors.

S3W-3707 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the practice of placing housing offers subject to survey, which reduces the number of multiple house valuations, negates the need to introduce the single survey.

S3W-3708 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned that the introduction of the single survey will artificially inflate house prices.

S3W-3709 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the surveyors undertaking single surveys do not have conflicts of interest.

S3W-3710 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether purchasers’ information packs will be provided free, or at a reduced rate, to sellers on low incomes.

S3W-3711 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to institute an expiry time limit on single surveys.

S3W-3712 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that there are sufficient surveyors able to undertake single surveys when they are introduced.

S3W-3713 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a seller will be allowed to alter the information contained in a property sales questionnaire once it has been completed.

S3W-3714 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the specific legal liabilities are for the buyer and seller in relation to property sales questionnaires.

S3W-3715 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2233 by John Swinney on 2 August 2007, what the total cost to the taxpayer will be of all existing PFI/PPP projects over the course of their contractual life, broken down by (a) local authority area, (b) NHS board and (c) individual project.

S3W-3716 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive why it decided to allocate a proportion of the European Regional Development Fund Priority 4 funding for rural development to the South of Scotland Alliance as an intermediate delivery body.

S3W-3717 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding has been received by Perth and Kinross Council for each of the last 10 years.

S3W-3718 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding is envisaged for Perth and Kinross Council for each of the next 10 years.

S3W-3719 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European Regional Development Fund Priority 4 rural development funding is envisaged for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland for each of the next 10 years.

S3W-3720 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding has been received by Stirling Council for each of the last 10 years.

S3W-3721 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding is envisaged for Stirling Council for each of the next 10 years.

S3W-3722 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding has been received by Clackmannanshire Council for each of the last 10 years.

S3W-3723 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding is envisaged for Clackmannanshire Council for each of the next 10 years.

S3W-3724 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding has been received by Fife Council for each of the last 10 years.

S3W-3725 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what European structural funding is envisaged for Fife Council for each of the next 10 years.

S3W-3726 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to relocate any of its departments and agencies to the North Lanarkshire local authority area.

S3W-3727 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out its programme for the study into the benefits of applying a road equivalent tariff (RET) to the fares on ferry routes and its subsequent plans to introduce RET, also indicating when (a) the review consultants are to report to ministers, (b) ministers intend to make public their plans for the introduction of RETs and (c) ministers plan to cut ferry fares to RET levels.

S3W-3728 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has asked local authorities to take account of its policy intention of reducing class sizes to 18 in P1, P2 and P3 when drawing up plans for school closures.

S3W-3729 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact its policy intention of reducing class sizes in P1, P2 and P3 would have on the capacity of primary schools in Edinburgh.

S3W-3730 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how many school closure decisions have been referred to it on the grounds that a school was over 80% full.

S3W-3731 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will employ when making decisions about school closures that are referred to it on the grounds that the school is over 80% full.

S3W-3732 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any reliable research that suggests that primaries schools with between 100 and 200 pupils perform less effectively that those with between 400 and 500 pupils.

S3W-3733 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any reliable research that suggests that secondary schools with approximately 500 pupils perform less effectively than those with over 900 pupils.

S3W-3734 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to publish a 10-year plan to transform Scottish road safety.

S3W-3735 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive which roads have been identified for potential dualling as a contribution to road safety.

S3W-3736 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) motorists and (b) pedestrians were (i) injured and (ii) killed in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-3737 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people convicted of causing death by careless driving in each of the last 10 years were (a) unlicensed, (b) disqualified and (c) uninsured.

S3W-3738 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people convicted of causing death by careless driving in each of the last 10 years were driving under the influence of (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs.

S3W-3739 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is given to people convicted of driving offences under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs to (a) improve their road safety skills and (b) tackle their substance misuse.

S3W-3740 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what annual targets it will set to reduce the number of people injured and killed on roads.

S3W-3741 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, as part of its plans to transform road safety, what discussions it has had with the insurance industry about incentives for young drivers, such as lower premiums for teenagers who drive only during the day.

S3W-3742 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend access to Pass Plus advanced driving tuition for young people and what estimates have been made of the likely cost of such an extension.

S3W-3743 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve road safety on the A96.

S3W-3744 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will use the forthcoming spending review to examine the distribution of GAE to local authorities, particularly in respect of proportional funding for Grampian Police.

S3W-3745 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Community Regeneration Programme in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3746 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Quality of Life Initiative in 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3747 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Rural Service Priority Area Programme in 2006-07.

S3W-3748 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the antisocial behaviour programme in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3749 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Working for Families Programme in 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3750 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the programme for prevention of domestic abuse in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3751 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Community Safety Partnership Award Programme in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3752 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the New Futures Fund in 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3753 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Choose Life suicide prevention programme in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3754 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway by the Executive for services for looked-after children in 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3755 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to agencies in Dumfries and Galloway from the Changing Children’s Services Fund in 2006-07 and how much will be provided in 2007-08.

S3W-3756 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the minutes of the meetings of the Housing Supply Task Force.

S3W-3757 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all research carried out for the Housing Supply Task Force.

S3W-3758 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it cost to print and distribute Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation.

S3W-3759 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to run the national conversation set out in Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation.

S3W-3760 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which areas of Executive publicity will be affected by the budget cut of £2 million recently announced by the Deputy First Minister.

S3W-3761 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent between May and July 2007 on publicising its anti-racist strategy.

S3W-3762 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is proposed to be spent between August and December 2007 on publicising its anti-racist strategy.

S3W-3763 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent between August and December 2006 on publicising the previous administration’s anti-racist strategy.

S3W-3764 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent between May and July 2007 on publicising its anti-sectarian strategy.

S3W-3765 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is proposed to be spent between August and December 2007 on publicising its anti-sectarian strategy.

S3W-3766 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent between August and December 2006 on publicising the previous administration’s anti-sectarian strategy.

S3W-3767 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent between May and July 2007 on publicising its campaign against domestic abuse.

S3W-3768 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is proposed to be spent between August and December 2007 on its campaign against domestic abuse.

S3W-3769 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent between August and December 2006 on publicising the previous administration’s campaign against domestic abuse.

S3W-3770 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the minutes of the Performance Sports Summit held on 23 August 2007 in Stirling Management Centre.

S3W-3771 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which athletes were invited to the Performance Sports Summit held on 23 August 2007 in Stirling Management Centre and which attended.

S3W-3772 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement the employability strategy developed by the previous administration.

S3W-3773 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve employability in Glasgow.

S3W-3774 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what further measures it intends to take to improve employability in Glasgow.

S3W-3775 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the reported savings of £22 million arising from the decision not to relocate 300 NHS jobs to Glasgow will be spent in Glasgow.

S3W-3776 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline where the reported savings of £22 million arising from the decision not to relocate NHS jobs to Glasgow will be spent.

S3W-3777 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will receive an increase of £22 million to its budget as a consequence of the decision not to relocate 300 jobs to Glasgow and, if so, when this budget increase will take place.

S3W-3778 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it will consult on its review of sportscotland.

S3W-3779 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will invite the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee to respond to and scrutinise any proposed changes to sportscotland before such changes are implemented.

S3W-3780 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive who is undertaking its review of sportscotland.

S3W-3781 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any decisions on the future of sportscotland will be determined by the needs of sport and not by the Executive’s policy of reducing the number of public bodies.

S3W-3782 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will confirm the future of the Glasgow Domestic Abuse Court and the Assist support service.

S3W-3783 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to roll out the Domestic Abuse Court and Assist support service pilot to the rest of Glasgow.

S3W-3784 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will outline its proposals for domestic abuse courts beyond Glasgow.

S3W-3785 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to implement the recommendations of the Adult Entertainment Working Group.

S3W-3786 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what legislative steps it will take to support the implementation of the recommendations of the Adult Entertainment Working Group.

S3W-3787 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 will be commenced.

S3W-3788 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that measures taken under the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 are highlighted and publicised.

S3W-3789 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support perpetrator programmes in cases of domestic abuse.

S3W-3790 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has committed to supporting perpetrator programmes since May 2007.

S3W-3791 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many areas have been classified as pressurised housing areas in each year since 2002, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-3792 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes sold by local authorities under right to buy legislation have been bought back by the local authority in each year since 1990, broken down by local authority.

S3W-3793 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3292 by Shona Robison on 27 August 2007, whether it or Argyll and Bute Council has the more accurate assessment of need for community care services for older people.

S3W-3794 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3292 by Shona Robison on 27 August 2007, what action it will take if Argyll and Bute Council fails to meet its statutory responsibilities for the assessment and delivery of services to older people in its area.

S3W-3795 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support the centralisation of health services resulting in one acute hospital serving the Lothians.

S3W-3796 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how it would define an acute district general hospital.

S3W-3797 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there any plans for the redesign of acute health services in the Lothians.

S3W-3798 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans for the relocation of any acute health services in the Lothians.

S3W-3799 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for colorectal surgery services in the Lothians.

S3W-3800 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for intensive therapy unit services in the Lothians.

S3W-3801 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to change from a level 3 to a level 2 provision of intensive therapy unit services anywhere in the Lothians.

S3W-3802 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with respect to a catchment area review of acute hospitals in the Lothians.

S3W-3803 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that 1.07% of failed tests for lead in consumer tap samples, shown in Table 3.4c of Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2006, is too high.

S3W-3804 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions are being taken by Scottish Water in response to the 14,390 complaints in 2006 about discoloured water, shown in Table 3.6b of Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2006.

S3W-3805 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what investigations have been conducted by Scottish Water in respect of the failed tests for trihalomethanes in the East Dunbartonshire Council area, referred to on page 47 of Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2006.

S3W-3806 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many native cattle were introduced or retained on Scottish farms and crofts under the Rural Stewardship Scheme in each year since its inception, broken down by area.

S3W-3807 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its current commitment is to Project Scotland and what funding will be made available to it.

S3W-3808 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) retailers and (b) licensees have been prosecuted for selling tobacco products to underage customers in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-3809 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions of (a) retailers and (b) licensees for selling tobacco products to underage customers in each year since 2000 resulted in convictions, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-3810 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum fine is for those convicted of selling tobacco products to underage customers.

S3W-3811 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the penalty was for each conviction for the sale of tobacco products to underage customers since 2000.

S3W-3812 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) verbal and (b) written warnings were issued by trading standards officers to establishments suspected of selling tobacco products to underage customers in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-3813 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the current Forth Road Bridge when a replacement crossing has been opened.

S3W-3814 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what options have been considered for the future of the current Forth Road Bridge when a replacement crossing has been opened and what the cost and environmental implications are of each option.

S3W-3815 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has taken on the value of the land associated with the current Forth Road Bridge, its approach roads and of the materials constituting the bridge and whether the value of these assets could be realised when a replacement crossing has been opened.

S3W-3816 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the health and safety implications of the various options for the future of the current Forth Road Bridge when a replacement crossing has been opened and, in particular, whether any option might constitute a hazard to any shipping using the Forth.

S3W-3817 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence was of (a) women, (b) men, (c) children and (d) adolescents who were (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year since 2003, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-3818 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected increase is in the number of (a) women, (b) men, (c) children and (d) adolescents who will be (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year until 2010, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-3819 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the (a) health, (b) economic and (c) wider societal costs arising from the increase in the number of people who are (i) overweight and (ii) obese through their impact on the burden of chronic illness and disability due to (A) diabetes, (B) heart disease, (C) arthritis and (D) other obesity-related conditions in each of the years since 2003, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-3820 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected (a) health, (b) economic and (c) wider societal costs are arising from the treatment of chronic illness and disability due to (i) diabetes, (ii) heart disease, (c) arthritis and (d) other obesity-related conditions in each year until 2010, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-3821 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to widen access to higher education.

S3W-3822 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it will set to encourage people from deprived areas to enter higher education.

S3W-3823 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value is of student debt in Scotland.

S3W-3824 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish students are currently studying at Scottish universities and what targets it has set to increase this number.

S3W-3825 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing a Scottish trust for public investment.

S3W-3826 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what higher education participation rate it believes is necessary to meet the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment of "widening access to higher and further education in Scotland encouraging and creating opportunities for people who may not have been able to access continuing education previously".

S3W-3827 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical measures it will take to reduce the incidence of alcoholic liver disease in West Dunbartonshire to the Scottish average or below.

S3W-3828 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in place to reduce the incidence of diseases of the digestive system in West Dunbartonshire to the Scottish average or below.

S3W-3829 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical measures it will take to reduce the incidence of myocardial infarction in West Dunbartonshire to the Scottish average or below.

S3W-3830 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in place to reduce the incidence of strokes in West Dunbartonshire.

S3W-3831 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the incidence of cancer in West Dunbartonshire to the Scottish average or below and what the cost of any additional measures will be.

S3W-3832 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in place to reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease in West Dunbartonshire to the Scottish average or below.

S3W-3833 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what new initiatives it has considered for tackling deprivation in West Dunbartonshire.

S3W-3834 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether future funding for tackling deprivation in West Dunbartonshire will represent a real terms increase or decrease.

S3W-3835 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve local primary care in (a) Clydebank and (b) Bearsden and Milngavie.

S3W-3836 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve local community services in (a) Clydebank and (b) Bearsden and Milngavie.

S3W-3837 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve local services for older people in (a) Clydebank and (b) Bearsden and Milngavie.

S3W-3838 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve local mental health services in (a) Clydebank and (b) Bearsden and Milngavie.

S3W-3839 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any services provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde or the voluntary sector that are aimed at improving health and addressing health inequalities in West Dunbartonshire and are being considered for discontinuation.

S3W-3840 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions there were due to heart disease in each year since 2003, broken down into admissions due to (a) atherosclerosis, (b) angina, (c) myocardial infarction, (d) heart failure and (e) arrhythmia, in each NHS board.

S3W-3841 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected trend is for coronary heart disease for (a) the total population and (b) people over 65 for each year up to 2025, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-3842 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected number is of people with coronary heart disease aged (a) 16 to 24, (b) 25 to 34, (c) 35 to 44, (d) 45 to 54, (e) 55 to 64, (f) 65 to 74 and (g) 75 and over in each year up to 2025, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-3843 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost to the NHS of coronary heart disease has been in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-3844 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total number and cost was of coronary heart disease-related (a) discharges and (b) procedures in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board and shown also as a percentage of discharges and procedures in each case.

S3W-3845 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS staff have had to complete a job analysis questionnaire in each year since the outset of Agenda for Change, broken down by NHS board and health profession.

S3W-3846 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS staff are involved in operating and administering job matching panels, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-3847 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time taken by NHS job matching panels is from receiving a job analysis questionnaire from NHS staff to evaluating individual staff members under the new Agenda for Change pay scale bandings.

S3W-3848 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how NHS job matching panels, established under Agenda for Change, are monitored and audited to ensure best value.

S3W-3849 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS staff have been evaluated as not matching any of the national job matching profiles, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) health profession.

S3W-3850 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it holds on the number of staff hours spent in NHS boards across Scotland (a) administering the Agenda for Change recommendations, (b) filling out job analysis questionnaires and (c) administering job matching panels in each year since 2004.

S3W-3851 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the new banding grades under Agenda for Change, showing the comparative grades in each health profession and broken down by NHS board.

S3W-3852 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated whole life costs are for each of the proposed options for a new Forth crossing, given the proposed 120-year minimum lifespan of the new crossing.

S3W-3853 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated levels of road and rail traffic crossing the Firth of Forth will be (a) 30, (b) 60, (c) 90 and (d) 120 years hence, given the proposed 120-year minimum lifespan of the new crossing.

S3W-3854 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated costs would be, at 2006 prices, to convert each of the proposed options for a new Forth crossing from road traffic use to (a) light and (b) heavy rail use at some point during the crossing’s proposed minimum 120-year lifespan.

S3W-3855 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meals were served by each local authority in 2006 and will be served in 2007.

S3W-3856 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meals were served by public sector agencies in 2006 and will be served in 2007.

S3W-3857 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to encourage the use of more locally grown produce in the public sector.

S3W-3858 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to consult on changes to planning regulations to allow for a requirement on supermarkets that a proportion of goods stocked are sourced and delivered locally.

S3W-3859 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce a food marketing board for Scotland.

S3W-3860 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will clarify its proposals for the future of the Scottish Enterprise network.

S3W-3861 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to meet the 2007 SNP manifesto commitment to create a fairer deal for primary producers.

S3W-3862 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when an independent ombudsman will be appointed to give powers to the Supermarket Code of Practice to ensure a fair deal for primary producers, as referred to in the 2007 SNP manifesto, and what these powers will be.

S3W-3863 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve country of origin labelling for foods.

S3W-3864 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to safeguard Scotland’s fishing industry.

S3W-3865 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to safeguard the fishing industry in Eyemouth and eastern Berwickshire.

S3W-3866 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet the 2007 SNP commitment to consult on a new entrants scheme for the fishing industry and what action it will take to encourage new people into the sector.

S3W-3867 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its decision to abolish the graduate endowment scheme, how it will fund university access funds and whether it will ensure that the level of funding is maintained in line with student numbers and inflation.

S3W-3868 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a rebate on visa fees for international students to attract them to study in Scotland.

S3W-3869 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a mandatory national tenant deposit scheme for private landlords and tenants, on similar lines to the scheme introduced in April 2007 in England and Wales.

S3W-3870 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a national landlord accreditation scheme, based on the Edinburgh Landlord Accreditation Scheme, to promote higher standards in private accommodation and, if so, whether it will provide financial incentives for landlords to opt into such a scheme.

S3W-3871 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Hunter Foundation and the City of Edinburgh Council about the 20:20 Vision programme, in light of the council’s proposal to close both Wester Hailes Education Centre and Castlebrae Community High School which are recipients of funding from the programme.

S3W-3872 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Transport Scotland expects traffic flow across the Forth Road Bridge to increase and what the projected figures are for the next five years, also broken down into (a) all traffic, (b) cars and (c) heavy goods vehicles.

S3W-3873 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum capacity is of the Forth Rail Bridge and how close current usage by (a) all trains, (b) passenger trains and (c) freight trains is to such capacity.

S3W-3874 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it plans to lay the regulation for the new guidance on recreational and open space to replace Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 11.

S3W-3875 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to define valued and functional space in the new guidance replacing National Planning Policy Guideline: NPPG 11 - Sport, Physical Recreation and Open Space.

S3W-3876 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to protect open and green space that is not included in the definition of valued and functional space in Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 11.

S3W-3877 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2898 by Linda Fabiani on 24 August 2007, what measures to attract Gaelic teachers into the profession have been put in place since May 2007.

S3W-3878 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2898 by Linda FabianI on 24 August 2007, how many of the wide-ranging commitments to support the development of Gaelic in Scotland have been put in place since May 2007.

S3W-3879 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2900 by Linda Fabiani on 27 August 2007, what other countries with links to Scotland it intends to assist through the international development budget.

S3W-3880 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2900 by Linda Fabiani on 27 August 2007, what discussions it has had with the Secretary of State for International Development concerning its increased involvement in international development.

S3W-3881 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-2900 by Linda Fabiani on 27 August 2007, what rationale it will use to decide which countries it assists.

S3W-3882 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3171 by Linda Fabiani on 27 August 2007, whether the proposed merger of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments (RCAHMS) and Historic Scotland was discussed at the meeting with the Chair and Chief Executive of RCAHMS.

S3W-3883 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to establish an oil and gas skills academy.

S3W-3884 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has undertaken with the Unite (Amicus Section) trade union on the establishment of an oil and gas skills academy.

S3W-3885 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has undertaken with the stakeholders in the oil and gas industry on the need to address skills gaps.

S3W-3886 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place since May 2007 between its Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Directorate and the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform or its predecessor regarding the devolution of further powers for the Scottish Parliament under UK marine legislation.

S3W-3887 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place since May 2007 between its Marine Directorate and the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform or its predecessor regarding the devolution of further powers for the Scottish Parliament under UK marine legislation.

S3W-3888 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place since May 2007 between its Marine Directorate and the UK Department for Transport regarding the devolution of further powers for the Scottish Parliament under UK marine legislation.

S3W-3889 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place since May 2007 between its Transport Directorate and the UK Department for Transport regarding the devolution of further powers for the Scottish Parliament under UK marine legislation.

S3W-3890 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it can seek, store and give to third parties, pursuant to section 57 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006.

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