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Section E – Written questions lodged on 12 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-6215 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth meant when he advised the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on 7 November 2007 that the headquarters of Scottish Enterprise at Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, would be part of a review of the Scottish Government’s assets (Official Report c. 205).

S3W-6216 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to implement the recommendations of the Scottish Road Network Landslides Study, published in 2005.

S3W-6217 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available to tackle possible landslides that would cause road closures and where such money has been spent since 2003.

S3W-6218 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is in the Scottish common agricultural policy national reserve for 2007-08 and future years.

S3W-6219 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to any concerns that deer farmers may not be able to access common agricultural policy (CAP) funding in future as their inclusion in single farm payment schemes will depend on sufficient entitlements being available in the CAP national reserve.

S3W-6220 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive why it is proposed that fruit and vegetable farmers might be included in future in single farm payment support through top slicing of existing single farm payments but deer farmers might be included only if funds are available in the common agricultural policy national reserve.

S3W-6221 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of non-class teaching educational space, including libraries, halls and gyms, will have to be utilised to meet the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6222 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to publish annual figures on the number of schools meeting the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3 (a) by local authority and (b) for Scotland.

S3W-6223 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will monitor any loss of non-class teaching educational space as a result of schools meeting the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 and primary 3 and publish annual findings (a) by local authority and (b) for Scotland.

S3W-6224 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, if the implementation of the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3 results in the loss of educational amenities, what measures it intends to take to maintain a stimulating and diverse learning environment in schools.

S3W-6225 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to revise the formula for calculating the operational capacity of classrooms to meet the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6226 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to consider double open-area classrooms of 36 pupils with two teachers as meeting the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6227 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support schools and local authorities in meeting the planning and organisational implications arising from the formation of new composite classes to meet the maximum class size pledge of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6228 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans it will make for schools where classes are already at the maximum class size of 18 pupils in primary 1 to primary 3 and additional pupils enrol mid-session.

S3W-6229 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-5742 and S3W-5744 by Maureen Watt on 7 and 6 November 2007 respectively and the answer to the second supplementary to question S3F-125 by Alex Salmond on 6 September 2007 (Official Report, c. 1501), given that the second supplementary question referred specifically to the 22 school closures proposed in the Children & Families Estates Review: Rationalisation and Development Programme, published after May 2007 and approved by the City of Edinburgh Council’s ruling SNP/Liberal Democrat coalition on 23 August 2007, whether it will now retract the statement that "the so-called hit list was devised under a Labour administration".

S3W-6230 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the existing M74 project completion date of 2011-12 remains in place.

S3W-6231 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5836 by Adam Ingram on 9 November 2007, whether the answer means that the goal of the previous administration to make every school a health promoting school by 2007 has not been achieved.

S3W-6232 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme following the final allocation of money in 2008.

S3W-6233 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on its strategic overview of energy policy.

S3W-6234 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on reaching the 40% renewable energy target by 2020.

S3W-6235 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the possibility of setting a higher target for electricity from renewable sources and when there may be an announcement in respect of this.

S3W-6236 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the development of a renewable heat strategy.

S3W-6237 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the Biomass Action Plan.

S3W-6238 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution Scotland will make to the EU target for 20% of all energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.

S3W-6239 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in constructing a north-east regional sports centre in Aberdeen with a view to it being available to be used by local athletes before the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

S3W-6240 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in constructing a north-east regional sports centre in Aberdeen with a view to it being available to be used by international teams as a training base before the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

S3W-6241 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to promote proposals for a regional sports centre and Olympic-standard swimming pool in Aberdeen to encourage international teams competing in the Olympic and Commonwealth games to use Aberdeen as a training base.

S3W-6242 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in establishing an Olympic-standard swimming pool in Aberdeen with a view to it being available to be used by local athletes before the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

S3W-6243 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in establishing an Olympic-standard swimming pool in Aberdeen with a view to it being available to be used by international teams as a training base before the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

S3W-6244 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to proceed more quickly with proposals for an Olympic-standard swimming pool in Aberdeen so that it will be available for use by local athletes ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

S3W-6245 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment it will provide for the development of sport in the north east in the years leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6246 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for (a) maintaining existing and (b) building new sports facilities in the Grampian area to accommodate teams that use the area as a training base leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6247 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage competing nations to use the north east as a training base in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6248 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what legacy the 2014 Commonwealth Games will leave for the Grampian area.

S3W-6249 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a consultation to ensure that the delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games will benefit all local authorities in Scotland.

S3W-6250 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish a timetable for delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6251 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Grampian Institute for Sport will receive additional funding and technical support for developing world-class athletes in the north east.

S3W-6252 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for increasing participation rates for sport in schools, colleges, universities and the community in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6253 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what campaigns it is planning to increase participation rates for sport in schools, colleges, universities and the community in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6254 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a consultation on the provision of competitive sport in schools.

S3W-6255 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in relation to the proposed ragwort welfare code under sections 37 and 38 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-6256 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation is responsible for the post-school transition of people with learning disabilities.

S3W-6257 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance will be given to local authorities setting out aspirations for class sizes in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6258 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive when guidance will be issued to local authorities on class sizes in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6259 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take if a local authority fails to adhere to any guidance issued on class sizes in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6260 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum permitted class size will be in primary 1 to primary 3 once flexibility is introduced in respect of class sizes of 18.

S3W-6261 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in allowing flexibility in respect of class sizes of 18 for primary 1 to primary 3, it will provide the capital required by 2011 by each local authority that decides to implement a class size of 18.

S3W-6262 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers have been released from prisoner escorting duties as a result of the contract with Reliance.

S3W-6263 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were released from other tasks as a result of civilianisation initiatives between May 2003 and May 2007, excluding those released as a result of the Reliance contract, broken down by police board area, and what these initiatives were.

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