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Section E – Written questions lodged on 12 September 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-4242 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have absconded while under escort in each year since 1987.

S3W-4243 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prison places have been available in each Scottish parliamentary region or equivalent in each year since 1979.

S3W-4244 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes and offences have been committed in each year since 1992 and, of these, what proportion led to a custodial sentence (a) nationally and (b) broken down by local authority area.

S3W-4245 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has spent on communications to residents in each year since 1999 in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

S3W-4246 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug deaths there have been since 1997 and, of these, what proportion led to a custodial sentence (a) nationally and (b) broken down by local authority area.

S3W-4247 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of all its funded public relations and marketing campaigns in each year since 1999, also showing how much of each campaign’s annual spend was paid to external public relations and marketing agencies.

S3W-4248 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the second supplementary question to question S3F-125 by Alex Salmond on 6 September 2007 (Official Report c.1501), on what evidence the First Minister based his statement that "it is widely known that the so-called hit list was devised under a Labour Administration".

S3W-4249 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held between Scottish ministers and City of Edinburgh councillors, and on what dates and topics, since 16 May 2007.

S3W-4250 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held between its officials and City of Edinburgh council officials, and on what dates and topics, since 16 May 2007.

S3W-4251 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held between Scottish ministers and City of Edinburgh council officials, and on what dates and topics, since 16 May 2007.

S3W-4252 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held between its officials and City of Edinburgh councillors, and on what dates and topics, since 16 May 2007.

S3W-4253 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken since May 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help meet its target of an 80% reduction by 2050.

S3W-4254 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the effect on greenhouse gas emissions will be of each decision that it has announced since May 2007.

S3W-4255 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to ensure that the proposals it will bring forward in the spending review meet the annual 3.1% annual greenhouse gas emissions cuts required to achieve its target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and how this information will be communicated to MSPs.

S3W-4256 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the decision was made to abolish to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland and when this decision was publicly announced.

S3W-4257 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the abolition of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland.

S3W-4258 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that (a) there is close co-ordination between ministers on sustainable development and (b) all ministers drive forward action on climate change and meet targets, in light of the abolition of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland.

S3W-4259 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be put in place to ensure that projects assisted under the Environmental Justice Fund can be satisfactorily completed even if unforeseen delays require spending to continue into 2008-09.

S3W-4260 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to invite bids for funding from the Environmental Justice Fund for 2008-09.

S3W-4261Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report of the Historical Abuse Systemic Review: Residential Care for Children and Young People in Scotland 1950-1995 will be submitted.

S3W-4262 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the tourism industry in Perthshire and Kinross.

S3W-4263 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the review by VisitScotland which showed that the number of tourists visiting Perthshire and Kinross fell by 8% in 2006-07 and by 15% over the last two years.

S3W-4264 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy is in place to encourage visitors to Perthshire and Kinross.

S3W-4265 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers there were in (a) Tayside, (b) Grampian and (c) Scotland in each of the last four years, also showing the percentage of the annual Scottish figures that Tayside and Grampian represented.

S3W-4266 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will contribute to the funding of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden.

S3W-4267 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to amend the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985 to enable ministers to fund local as well as national collections.

S3W-4268 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3909 by Linda Fabiani on 12 September 2007, whether it is aware of the imminent closure of the Big Lottery Fund’s Young People’s Fund programme and whether it has plans to sustain for wider purposes the infrastructure of the 32 local panels of young people that enabled young people to have a direct say in how lottery money is spent in their areas.

S3W-4269 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to learn from the results of investing £20 million of Big Lottery funding over the last two years through the Young People’s Fund.

S3W-4270 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3944 by John Swinney on 11 September 2007, whether the fact that it has made decisions to base the new Scottish Legal Complaints Commission in Edinburgh and to cancel the planned relocation of NHS Health Scotland, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland to Glasgow means that it has now determined its policy on the location of public sector posts; if so, why it did not make an announcement to that effect and, if not, how it was able to make decisions on the location of offices in the absence of such a policy.

S3W-4271 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money, including housing association grant, was paid to registered social landlords under the Scottish Homes approved development programme in each year from 1989-90 to 1995-96.

S3W-4272 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support it provided for advocacy services in Shetland in 2006-07; which bodies received such funding, and how its use was monitored.

S3W-4273 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support it is providing for advocacy services in Shetland in 2007-08; which bodies are receiving such funding, and how its use is being monitored.

S3W-4274 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support it plans to provide for advocacy services in Shetland in 2008-09; which bodies will receive such funding, and how its use will be monitored.

S3W-4275 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to its funding for advocacy services being paid directly to the bodies delivering such services.

S3W-4276 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Crawfordyke Primary School building in Carluke to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4277 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Lanark Grammar School building in Lanark to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4278 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Hill Mill Primary School building in Carluke to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4279 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Robert Smellie Primary School building in Larkhall to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4280 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Biggar High School building in Biggar to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4281 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Forth Primary School building in Forth to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4282 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Milton Primary School building in Lesmahagow to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4283 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many charges for driving without insurance that resulted in criminal proceedings were reported to procurators fiscal at (a) Lanark and (b) Hamilton in each of the last three years.

S3W-4284 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Larkhall Academy building in Larkhall to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4285 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that the establishment of a Scottish futures trust, as promised in the SNP manifesto, will not cause the scheduled replacement of the Craigbank Primary School building in Larkhall to be postponed or cancelled.

S3W-4286 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many charges for driving while disqualified that resulted in criminal proceedings were reported to procurators fiscal at (a) Lanark and (b) Hamilton in each of the last three years.

S3W-4288 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the performance of Scottish Gas in handling the central heating programme.

S3W-4289 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that contractors are paid in a reasonable time by Scottish Gas for work completed under the central heating programme.

S3W-4290 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-31165 by George Lyon on 31 January 2007, whether it will pay out the remaining £167,000 that it agreed to make available in ex gratia payments from the Scottish Transport Group pension funds surplus.

S3W-4291 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers would be required to deliver access to a fully qualified nursery teacher for every nursery age child.

S3W-4292 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers would be required to deliver a fully qualified nursery teacher in every class for every nursery age child

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