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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 October 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-5574 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when in the course of its work the Housing Supply Task Force will meet local task force groups and local authorities to gather and share information on the regional priorities for affordable housing in Scotland.

S3W-5575 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4098 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007 and given that it recognises that its commitment to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3 will have implications for the physical accommodation requirements in some schools, whether it will specify where the implications will arise and identify the cost of addressing them.

S3W-5576 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4092 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether it will publish the work being undertaken.

S3W-5577 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4093 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether it will ask each local authority to provide an estimate of the number of additional composite classes in primary 1 to primary 3 that will result from the decision to reduce class sizes to 18.

S3W-5578 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4092 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether any profiling work was done on the impact of reducing class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3 before the decision was made to proceed with this policy.

S3W-5579 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4096 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether estimates were made of the additional capital requirements in each year from 2007-08 to 2011-12 to support the reduction in class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3 before the decision was made to proceed with this policy.

S3W-5580 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4096 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether it will provide a breakdown of how each local authority has spent its share of the additional £40 million of Schools Fund grant in pursuance of reducing class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5581 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4095 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, what assessment was made of the implications for the physical accommodation requirements in all schools before the decision was made to pursue the policy of reducing class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5582 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW3-4095 by Maureen Watt in 20 September 2007, what assessment was made of the implications for the physical accommodation requirements in schools operating at high occupancy prior to making a decision to proceed with the policy of reducing classes sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5583 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cochlear implants performed on (a) children and (b) adults in each year from 2003-04 were (i) unilateral and (ii) bilateral fittings.

S3W-5584 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has given, or intends to give, to the General Register Office for Scotland following the published analysis of responses to the Spring 2007 Census Consultation.

S3W-5585 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the changes proposed by the General Register Office for Scotland to the questions on religion in the 2011 census.

S3W-5586 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5225 by Kenny MacAskill on 22 October 2007, whether it has the power to legislate on the pricing of alcohol and alcohol promotions in retail outlets.

S3W-5587 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether nationally allowable noise levels apply to industrial premises in close proximity to residential properties.

S3W-5588 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations apply to traffic noise emanating from locations in close proximity to residential properties.

S3W-5589 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to revise its skills strategy and, if so, when it intends to publish a revised strategy.

S3W-5590 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue existing funding streams beyond March 2008 to help support women experiencing domestic abuse.

S3W-5591 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will improve and develop services for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

S3W-5592 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will continue and develop the media campaign to challenge attitudes to domestic abuse.

S3W-5593 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been made under the central heating programme and what the average wait between application and installation has been since its inception, also broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-5594 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a maximum waiting time guarantee for applicants under the central heating programme and, if so, what that guarantee is.

S3W-5595 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies have been born to drug-dependent mothers in each year since 1999, also broken down by maternity unit.

S3W-5596 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many beds there have been for children and adolescents in child and adolescent psychiatric wards in each year since 1999.

S3W-5597 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to end the practice of children and adolescents being admitted to adult psychiatric wards as a result of a lack of suitable in-patient facilities for children and adolescents.

S3W-5598 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the building being constructed as a replacement for the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow contains the requisite features of a hospital.

S3W-5599 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties have private service water pipes where the connection to the main communication water pipe extends well beyond the boundary of the property, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-5600 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibility homeowners have in respect of the upkeep of private service water pipes that extend beyond their property should they become damaged and what assistance is available to homeowners to meet the costs of this upkeep.

S3W-5601 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £40 million capital allocation for schools, announced on 17 July 2007, was already part of the budget inherited from the previous administration and was not new money.

S3W-5602 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional capital resources to implement class size reductions will be included in the announcement on the strategic spending review.

S3W-5603 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what ring-fenced funding will be available over the next three years to support Fife’s community warden programme.

S3W-5604 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase support funding to Fife’s community warden programme so that the service can be extended to other areas of the Kirkcaldy parliamentary constituency.

S3W-5605 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact withdrawal of ring-fenced funding would have on the community wardens who cover the regeneration areas of East Kirkcaldy and Dysart in the Kirkcaldy parliamentary constituency.

S3W-5606 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4094 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether class size reduction to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3 will be achieved by May 2011, following discussions with local authorities.

S3W-5607 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4091 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, what discussions have taken place with COSLA about increases in composite classes in primary 1 to primary 3 following the decision to reduce class sizes to 18.

S3W-5608 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any advice was sought or obtained about the impact on composite classes of the decision to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3, prior to any decision being made.

S3W-5609 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4091 by Maureen Watt on 20 September 2007, whether it intends to obtain information from local authorities about likely increases in composite classes in primary 1 to primary 3 as a result of the decision to reduce class sizes to 18.

S3W-5610 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that classes of 36 staffed by two teachers would be an acceptable outcome in reducing class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-5611 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been held with representatives of the For Scotland’s Disabled Children campaign to discuss the £34 million allocated to Scotland as a result of the UK Government’s announcement of an extra £340 million for disabled children.

S3W-5612 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings are planned with representatives of the For Scotland’s Disabled Children campaign to discuss the £34 million allocated to Scotland as a result of the UK Government’s announcement of an extra £340 million for disabled children.

S3W-5613 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £34 million allocated to Scotland as a result of the UK Government’s announcement of an extra £340 million for disabled children will be spent.

S3W-5614 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide direct funding to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland for the modernisation of Edinburgh Zoo in its current location.

S3W-5615 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities regarding the introduction of a three bin collection system.

S3W-5616 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities regarding the timescale for the implementation of a three bin collection system.

S3W-5617 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have introduced a three bin collection system.

S3W-5618 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it takes in respect of local authorities failing to reach recycling targets.

S3W-5619 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to impose financial penalties on local authorities that fail to achieve recycling targets and, if so, what these penalties may be.

S3W-5620 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with North Ayrshire Council regarding recycling targets.

S3W-5621 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact three bin collection systems have had on recycling targets.

S3W-5622 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will incur fines if they do not introduce three bin collection systems.

S3W-5623 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to bring the Mobile Homes Act 1983 into line with changes made to legislation in England.

S3W-5624 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to undertaking a review of park home legislation.

S3W-5625 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has undertaken on park home legislation.

S3W-5626 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations on park home legislation it has had with mobile home owners.

S3W-5627 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations on park home legislation it has had with owners of mobile home parks.

S3W-5628 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations on park home legislation it has had with insurance companies.

S3W-5629 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) men and (b) women are in modern apprenticeships, also broken down into (i) age and (ii) occupation.

S3W-5630 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what actual amount of money the Scottish Government has provided to each modern apprenticeship framework, broken down by age, in each year for which information is available.

S3W-5631 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the Advisory Group on Occupational Segregation.

S3W-5632 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the skills strategy is designed to address occupational segregation.

S3W-5633 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address inequalities in the provision of abortion services across Scotland.

S3W-5634 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister will reply to my letter of 17 August 2007 regarding meetings held with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

S3W-5635 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with procedures used in the public inquiry system for windfarm applications.

S3W-5636 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that, while Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency provide evidence as public agencies to public inquiries, there is no statutory requirement for these agencies to appear at hearings during the appeals process.

S3W-5637 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the public inquiry process provides a level playing field for community groups to fight planning applications on an equal basis to private companies.

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