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Section E – Written questions lodged on 14 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-6317 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of GDP growth in each year to 2011 would be consistent with achieving the target of matching the GDP growth of the small independent EU countries by 2017, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy.

S3W-6318 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what quartile ranking in productivity in each year to 2011 would be consistent with achieving the target of ranking in the top quartile for productivity among our key trading partners in the OECD by 2017, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy.

S3W-6319 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what position in labour market participation in each year to 2011 would be consistent with achieving the target of closing the gap with the top five OECD economies by 2017, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy.

S3W-6320 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what range of population growth in each year to 2011 would be consistent with achieving the target of matching the average (EU-15) population growth over the period from 2007 to 2017, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy.

S3W-6321 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how an increase in healthy life expectancy in Scotland between 2007 and 2017, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy, will be measured and reported and how frequently.

S3W-6322 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how an increase in overall income and proportion of income earned by the three lowest income deciles as a group by 2017, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy, will be measured and reported and how frequently.

S3W-6323 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how the target to increase the proportion of income earned by the three lowest income deciles as a group, as set out in The Government Economic Strategy, defines "income earned" and, in particular, whether this definition excludes income from social security benefits and tax credits.

S3W-6324 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will be involved in the joint bid by North and South Lanarkshire councils to host the 2011 International Children’s Games.

S3W-6325 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many civil servants have transferred between Edinburgh and London in each year since 1999 and which Whitehall departments have been involved.

S3W-6326 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the criteria for qualification for entitlement to insulin pumps.

S3W-6327 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis (a) has been carried out or (b) is planned on the effectiveness of insulin pumps as a treatment tool for insulin-dependent diabetes.

S3W-6328 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of providing insulin pumps as a treatment tool for insulin-dependent diabetes and what percentage this represented of the Executive’s health budget in each year since 2004.

S3W-6329 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with Moray Council about the development of the Elgin bypass.

S3W-6330 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale is planned for the construction of the Elgin bypass.

S3W-6331 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects NHS Quality Improvement Scotland to establish the group tasked with the development of standards for neurological services.

S3W-6332 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects NHS Quality Improvement Scotland to complete its work on the development of standards for neurological services.

S3W-6333 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive when I can expect a reply from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to my letters dated 15 August, 26 September and 29 October 2007 concerning travelling people.

S3W-6334 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning will make a ministerial statement to the Parliament on class sizes.

S3W-6335 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when I can expect a reply from the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to my letter of 25 October 2007 asking when an announcement on a Blackridge Station will be made.

S3W-6336 Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stop and searches have been carried out in Scotland under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since implementation of the Act, broken down by police force and division.

S3W-6337 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5541 by Kenny MacAskill on 30 October 2007, how it will ensure that its intention of deploying police officers in communities will be met under the tripartite arrangements.

S3W-6338 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5541 by Kenny MacAskill on 30 October 2007, what action it can take if a chief constable fails to deploy the number of police officers to frontline duties that the Executive wishes.

S3W-6339 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to ensure that chief constables comply with its wishes to deploy police officers in the community, other than doing so through discussion and consultation.

S3W-6340 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that any discrimination within an NHS board area on the basis of postcode rather than medical need would be acceptable.

S3W-6341 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that information about the risk and management of lymphoedema is provided to patients.

S3W-6342 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that training in primary and secondary breast cancer treatments is available and updated to support GPs working in rural or remote medical practices.

S3W-6343 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvement initiatives are planned for the A9 and A96, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6344 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is being made to address mental health issues at the earliest opportunity and to ensure appropriate services for all people with mental health problems.

S3W-6345 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £37 million to strengthen primary health care in the most deprived areas, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, will include remote and rural communities where deprivation is not localised.

S3W-6346 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of a "routine condition" in terms of the 18-week GP referral to treatment referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6347 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to review planning guidance in relation to building new homes near high voltage overhead transmission lines.

S3W-6348 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to increase local power generation to reduce the need for high voltage overhead transmission lines.

S3W-6349 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any known adverse health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.

S3W-6350 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new outcome agreements with local government, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, will include those relating to drug and alcohol treatments.

S3W-6351 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £94 million allocated to drug misuse, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, will exclude treatment for people with problems related to alcohol addiction.

S3W-6352 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £85 million allocated to reduce harm done by the misuse of alcohol, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, will include treatment and prevention programmes.

S3W-6353 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to write off student debt in one year.

S3W-6354 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether available financial resources would permit student debt to be written off in one year.

S3W-6355 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student debt could be written off over a period longer than one year.

S3W-6356 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost each year to service the current level of student debt.

S3W-6357 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has the legal capacity to assume financial responsibility for servicing student debt owned by third parties.

S3W-6358 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the ministerial statement on the strategic spending review, when the Scottish futures trust will be established.

S3W-6359 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be available under the Scottish futures trust for each of the next three financial years.

S3W-6360 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the Kessock roundabout on the A9 and what the timescale is for any such plans.

S3W-6361 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether sufficient teachers are in post to allow class size reductions to 20 in maths and English for S1 and S2 across Scotland.

S3W-6362 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, if an S1 and S2 maths or English class contains more than 20 pupils, what the average class size should be for that subject in that school.

S3W-6363 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, in providing guidance to local authorities on class sizes in maths and English for S1 and S2, what advice is provided about (a) average class sizes and (b) flexibility.

S3W-6364 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in allowing flexibility in respect of primary 1 to primary 3 class sizes, the size average for primary 1 to primary 3 will be no more than 18 in each primary school.

S3W-6365 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in allowing flexibility in respect of primary 1 to primary 3 class sizes, it will provide resources to employ sufficient teachers by 2011 to allow for class sizes of 18 in every primary school, if this is the local priority.

S3W-6366 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what notional allocation has been made for local authorities to spend on flood management and coastal protection in each of the next three years.

S3W-6367 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase the current levels of expenditure on flood management and protection over the next three years.

S3W-6368 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its budget allocation for local authorities for flood management and protection is based on analysis of the different needs across Scotland.

S3W-6369 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will specifically monitor the impact of removing ring-fencing on flood investment.

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