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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 November 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-6109 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why NHS boards work to set budgets while local authorities have total debts of over £9 billion.

S3W-6110 Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is proposed to maintain funding for the Youth Music Initiative beyond the current financial year and, if so, at what level.

S3W-6111 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the extra £40 million in Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments made by it in 2006-07 was additional money.

S3W-6112 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive from where in the Environment and Rural Development budget the £40 million in Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments made by it in 2006-07 came.

S3W-6113 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits were identified as being delivered by the allocation of £40 million in Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments in 2006-07 and how these were measured.

S3W-6114 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to avoid the gap in the 2007-08 agri-environment programme in this year’s budget.

S3W-6115 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide any funding to cities in addition to the standard local government settlement in recognition of their complex role in supporting the economy.

S3W-6116 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many solicitors’ practices in each parliamentary region or postcode area undertook legal aid work that received fee payments (excluding VAT) from the Scottish Legal Aid Board for (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid of (i) less than £25,000, (ii) from £25,000 to £50,000, (iii) from £50,000 to £75,000, (iv) from £75,000 to £100,000 and (v) more than £100,000 in 2006-07.

S3W-6117 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5287by Kenny MacAskill on 30 October 2007, when it expects to announce the result of ministers’ consideration of the review of civil legal aid fees being undertaken by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

S3W-6118 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what figures are held in respect of the number of adults of working age who are physically disabled but able to work also expressed as a percentage of (a) all adults and (b) the total workforce.

S3W-6119 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of physically disabled adults of working age are in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment.

S3W-6120 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff promotions were awarded across the Scottish Government in each year since 1999 and what percentage of these were awarded to physically disabled workers.

S3W-6121 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many physically disabled individuals there are working in each Scottish Government department, also expressed as a percentage of all employees in each department.

S3W-6122 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the policy of First Scotrail that young persons railcards are not valid between 6.00 am and 9.15 am from Monday to Friday.

S3W-6123 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been involved in any research to ensure that there is an equitable pricing regime for rail fares across Scotland.

S3W-6124 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-212 by Stewart Stevenson on 14 June 2007, when it will make a decision on the timescale for commencing construction of Aberdeen Crossrail following consideration of the STAG 2 appraisal.

S3W-6125 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a timetable for construction of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-6126 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed breakdown of the timetable for construction of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-6127 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what account is taken of increasing demand for neonatal services, in particular nursing services, in the development of health policy.

S3W-6128 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what birth rate planning has been undertaken in respect of health service provision.

S3W-6129 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS boards are required to address issues of birth rate planning, given present demographic trends.

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