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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-4733 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is in a position to make available a timeline for relaxations in foot-and-mouth restrictions for livestock producers.

S3W-4757 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it will allow cancelled or delayed Caledonian MacBrayne ferries to be excluded from reliability and punctuality figures.

S3W-4758 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions in the last year ferries between Ardrossan and Brodick were (a) cancelled but excluded from the route’s reliability figures, (b) cancelled and included in the route’s reliability figures, (c) delayed but excluded from the route’s punctuality figures and (d) delayed and included in the route’s reliability figures.

S3W-4759 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that Caledonian MacBrayne’s performance and reliability figures are open to full public examination.

S3W-4760 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the Isle of Arran will have access to sufficient fuels over the winter months, given the decision of Scottish Fuels to transport fuel to the island by road via ferry.

S3W-4761 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis it was decided that Caledonian MacBrayne should provide an additional service between Ardrossan and Brodick in winter months, rather than focusing on increasing the reliability and punctuality of existing services.

S3W-4762 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of a lifeline ferry service.

S3W-4763 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive under what headings the Scottish Arts Council provides grants.

S3W-4764 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants were given to festivals in each financial year since 1999-2000.

S3W-4765 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was disbursed in grants to traditional, rock and classical music and jazz in each financial year since 1999-2000.

S3W-4766 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are grants available to help businesses to provide changing facilities for babies on their premises.

S3W-4767 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plan or process has been put in place to ensure that Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and local enterprise companies contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in pursuance of section 1 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and further the conservation and enhancement of natural features specified in sites of special scientific interest under section 12 of the Act.

S3W-4768Δ Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what decisions it has reached on designating new areas for the creation of crofts outside the crofting counties.

S3W-4769 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive on what educational basis open plan and semi-open plan classes are considered beneficial or of greater benefit than traditional classrooms.

S3W-4770 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have waited for longer than four months for central heating to be installed following their initial application to the central heating programme since Scottish Gas was awarded the contract in October 2006.

S3W-4771 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much it will reduce the budget of Highlands and Islands Enterprise to account for the changes of functions of the local enterprise companies.

S3W-4772 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that the regeneration powers and duties passing to local authorities in the Scottish Enterprise area will not pass to local authorities in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise area.

S3W-4773 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that it is removing all the core skills, training and careers functions from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-4774 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the timescale and the nature of the review of national and small business grant schemes in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise area.

S3W-4775 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for land to be designated as greenspace.

S3W-4776 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local residents can apply to have areas of disused land considered as greenspace.

S3W-4777 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether land designated or considered as greenspace has protection against development.

S3W-4778 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether land that has been held in local authority road accounts and subsequently becomes surplus to requirements must undergo reclassification before being sold to developers.

S3W-4779 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any limit is applied to the length of time that disused land may be held in local authority road accounts.

S3W-4780 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration must be given to local residents’ views before adjacent land is sold by local authorities for development purposes.

S3W-4781 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or laws there are for the protection of wildlife and local ecology in the process of selling local authority land for development.

S3W-4782 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what schemes, grants or funding are in place to enable local residents to buy land that is earmarked for sale from local authorities.

S3W-4783 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how surplus local authority land can be reclassified as parkland.

S3W-4784 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether disused land originally earmarked for development can be held indefinitely without being developed.

S3W-4785 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what land was acquired by Glasgow City Council for the building of the Clydeside Expressway and whether all such land was used in its construction.

S3W-4786 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that local authority policies on the admission of pupils to primary 1 should take account of the school attended by older brothers or sisters.

S3W-4787 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have a statutory duty to permit parental choice in the placing of pupils in primary schools.

S3W-4788 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is its policy to end parental choice in the placing of children in primary schools.

S3W-4789 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it believes planned class size reductions in primary 1 to primary 3 will have on parental choice.

S3W-4790 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council since 8 August 2007 regarding the development of a 50-metre swimming pool in Aberdeen.

S3W-4791 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-732 by Adam Ingram on 27 September 2007 (Official Report c. 2220), what the estimated cost is of extending free school meals to those children whose parents are in receipt of maximum working families tax credit.

S3W-4792 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-732 by Adam Ingram on 27 September 2007 (Official Report c. 2220), what the rationale is for piloting a universal entitlement to free school meals for primary 1 to primary 3 pupils in five local authority areas.

S3W-4793 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much intertidal land and wildlife habitats have been lost as a result of sea level rise and coastal erosion since 2000 and what its policy is on protecting the extent of intertidal habitats, particularly those protected by EU conservation measures, from future losses due to rises in sea levels.

S3W-4794 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency is responsible for identifying areas of intertidal land around our coasts which are vulnerable to the impact of sea level rise and what steps that agency is taking to avoid the loss and deterioration of areas protected by EU conservation measures.

S3W-4795 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation has been undertaken with the City of Edinburgh Council on the likely impact on the trams scheme of its proposed new Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4796 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many car journeys it is estimated will no longer be undertaken as a result of its proposed new Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4797 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when trains on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line will be able to stop at Edinburgh Park as part of its proposed new Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4798 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how its proposed new Edinburgh Airport rail link will impact on the road capacity at the Gogar roundabout and Maybury junction.

S3W-4799 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the modal shift figures are for people travelling to Edinburgh Airport under its proposed new Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4800 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what land acquisition measures will be undertaken as part of its proposed new Edinburgh Airport rail link.

S3W-4801 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with figures contained in the promoter’s written response to the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee on alternative options (PROM (P) 1H) with regard to the de-congestion benefits, patronage levels, economic benefits and loss of revenues involved in alternative options.

S3W-4802 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to review the practice by landlords of inviting competing offers when renting residential property.

S3W-4803 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the fixed price procedure for selling homes in Scotland is being abused.

S3W-4804 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to conduct a review of house selling practices.

S3W-4805 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full capital and revenue cost implications will be for the Edinburgh trams project as a result of its ministerial statement on rail links to Edinburgh Airport on 27 September 2007 (Official Report, c. 2252-2260).

S3W-4806 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implementation dates will be for each project announced in its ministerial statement on rail links to Edinburgh Airport on 27 September 2007 (Official Report, c. 2252-2260).

S3W-4807 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the capital and revenue costs will be of each project announced in its ministerial statement on rail links to Edinburgh Airport on 27 September 2007 (Official Report, c. 2252-2260).

S3W-4808 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the funding for the projects announced in its ministerial statement on rail links to Edinburgh Airport on 27 September 2007 (Official Report, c. 2252-2260) will come from sources additional to the Scottish block grant and to which projects this will apply.

S3W-4809 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the development of through train services from (a) Stranraer and (b) Ayr to Edinburgh and, if so, how and when they will be implemented.

S3W-4810 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to the electrification of the rail line from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts and, if so, when it will be implemented and what the fastest journey time would be.

S3W-4811 Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the development of through rail services connecting Prestwick, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and, if so, how and when they will be implemented.

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