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Section E – Written questions lodged on 15 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.

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S3W-6370 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the public inquiry into how people were infected with hepatitis C from contaminated blood products is due to commence.

S3W-6371 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantee it will give that police numbers in 2011 in (a) Northern Constabulary, (b) Grampian Police and (c) Strathclyde Police will be higher than they are at present.

S3W-6372 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources, in addition to those available for recruiting police officers to maintain existing numbers, it is giving to (a) Northern Constabulary, (b) Grampian Police and (c) Strathclyde Police to recruit additional officers to fulfil the SNP’s manifesto commitment.

S3W-6373 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its definition is of a new police officer in (a) Northern Constabulary, (b) Grampian Police and (c) Strathclyde Police.

S3W-6374 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantee it will give that police numbers in the Moray division of Grampian Police will rise by 2011.

S3W-6375 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantee it will give that police numbers in the Argyll and Bute division of Strathclyde Police will rise by 2011.

S3W-6376 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what share of additional resources to recruit additional police officers is being given to (a) Northern Constabulary, (b) Grampian Police and (c) Strathclyde Police.

S3W-6377 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a question on the Scots language will be included in the 2011 census in Scotland, in the same way that a question on the Gaelic language is asked.

S3W-6378 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal advice was sought prior to deciding not to consult the public on the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill.

S3W-6379 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified social workers there have been on each local authority’s establishment in each of the last three years.

S3W-6380 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified social workers there have been in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-6381 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified social workers with specific responsibility for child protection there have been on each local authority’s establishment in each of the last three years.

S3W-6382 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many qualified social workers with specific responsibility for child protection there have been in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-6383 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are on the child protection register and how many (a) child protection investigations and (b) public inquiries regarding child protection there have been in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

S3W-6384 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Scotland having been given approval to access a £200 million budget of European funds in order to boost cross-border links with Ireland and Northern Ireland, whether the Executive will make efforts to secure funding from this source to re-establish the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry.

S3W-6385 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive for what projects it will seek support from the £200 million budget of European funds designated to boost cross-border links with Ireland and Northern Ireland which Scotland has been given approval to access.

S3W-6386 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities can access the £200 million budget of European funds designated to boost cross-border links with Ireland and Northern Ireland which Scotland has been given approval to access.

S3W-6387 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it intends to make to the UK Government regarding the introduction of an area-based derogation in the rate of VAT levied on the sale of motor fuel in the North Highlands.

S3W-6388 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6091 by Stewart Maxwell on 14 November 2007, whether copies of the correspondence with all those from whom he has sought views on the future of sportscotland will be published.

S3W-6389 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid to the Equality Network in each year since 1999.

S3W-6390 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid to LGBT Youth Scotland in each year since 1999.

S3W-6391 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences of drunkenness were recorded in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in each year since 1997, also showing the rates per head of population.

S3W-6392 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences of drunkenness were recorded per head of population in each year since 1997.

S3W-6393 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences of drink driving were recorded in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in each year since 1997, also showing the rates per head of population.

S3W-6394 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breathalyser tests were administered in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus following road accidents in each year since 1997 and what percentage of these were recorded as failed.

S3W-6395 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of breathalyser tests administered following road accidents in each year since 1997 were recorded as failed.

S3W-6396 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5450 by John Swinney on 26 October 2007, whether it will install water coolers connected to the public supply in its Victoria Quay offices.

S3W-6397 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of reduction of carbon emissions in each year to 2010-11 would be consistent with achieving the climate change target of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050.

S3W-6398 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the impact on carbon emissions in each year to 2010-11 of its transport programme set out in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6399 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the impact on carbon emissions in each year to 2010-11 of its housing programme set out in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6400 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the impact on carbon emissions in each year to 2010-11 of its rural affairs and the environment programme set out in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6401 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis allocations to local authorities for flood protection and coastal erosion will be made; whether any other allowance has been made for expenditure on waste management in funding allocated to local authorities, and on what basis any additional funding would be allocated.

S3W-6402 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis allocations to local authorities for zero waste will be made, whether any other allowance has been made for expenditure on waste management in funding allocated to local authorities, and on what basis any additional funding would be allocated.

S3W-6403 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what existing measures will result in carbon savings by 2011.

S3W-6404 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures announced in the Scottish spending review on 14 November 2007 will result in carbon savings by 2011.

S3W-6405 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is contained in the Scottish spending review to reduce the carbon footprint of the Scottish administration and what the expected reduction will be.

S3W-6406 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5991 by Richard Lochhead on 15 November 2007, on what date Young’s Seafood withdrew its application for a grant of £426,000 under the Fish Processing and Marketing Scheme.

S3W-6407 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what gross domestic product per capita was in (a) 1950, (b) 1960, (c) 1970, (d) 1980, (e) 1990, (f) 2000 and (g) the most recent year for which figures are available and what comparative information it has for (i) each EU member state and (ii) each OECD nation.

S3W-6408 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what gross domestic product was in (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2005 and what comparative information it has for each other country listed in figure B2 of The Government Economic Strategy.

S3W-6409 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the independent expert, Tom Shaw, appointed to investigate historical institutional abuse in the care sector will report to Scottish ministers.

S3W-6410 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the report by independent expert, Tom Shaw, of his investigation into historical institutional abuse in the care sector.

S3W-6412 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the progress being made by the Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Reference Group.

S3W-6413 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to its 2008-11 spending plans for health and wellbeing, how the increase in funding for distinction awards from £23.9 million to £30 million in 2011 will be allocated and what the eligibility criteria are for these payments.

S3W-6414 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements in mental health services will be forthcoming, other than in relation to the State Hospital and the services of Royal Edinburgh Hospital and in Dumfries and Galloway.

S3W-6415 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to its 2008-11 spending plans, how the £90 million increase to the Waiting Times Co-ordination Unit will be allocated.

S3W-6416 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to its 2008-11 spending plans, why the budget for Improvement and Support of the NHS, previously known as the Centre for Change and Innovation, is facing a cut in its budget from £23.6 million in 2007-08 to £20.3 million in 2010-11.

S3W-6417 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what screening programmes will benefit as a result of the increased funding outlined in the 2008-11 spending plans.

S3W-6418 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering introducing any new screening programmes in the NHS.

S3W-6419 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why its budget for mental wellbeing remains at £6.3 million until 2011.

S3W-6420 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why its budget for mental health legislation and services remains at £21.1 million until 2011.

S3W-6421 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive with which organisations it has engaged about its proposals for sportscotland.

S3W-6422 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive with which individuals it has engaged about its proposals for sportscotland.

S3W-6423 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive why it chose not to conduct a formal consultation exercise on its proposals for sportscotland.

S3W-6424 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to encourage individuals and organisations to engage with its review of sportscotland.

S3W-6425 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a detailed explanation as to the criteria used to select those individuals and organisations with whom it has engaged in its review of sportscotland.

S3W-6426 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations it has met specifically to discuss its review of sportscotland.

S3W-6427 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it is using to assess the future of sportscotland.

S3W-6428 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it will consider in its review of sportscotland.

S3W-6429 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow’s successful bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid will influence its decision on the future of sportscotland.

S3W-6430 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6015 by Stewart Maxwell on 14 November 2007, what options are being considered in relation to the disbursement of lottery funding for sport if it abolishes sportscotland.

S3W-6431 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6016 by Stewart Maxwell on 14 November 2007, whether it is committed to the continued existence of the Scottish Institute of Sport.

S3W-6432 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is urgency attached to protecting the colliery buildings at the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange.

S3W-6433 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the international importance of the colliery buildings at the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange.

S3W-6434 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the condition is of the colliery buildings at the former Lady Victoria Colliery in Newtongrange.

S3W-6435 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Inspectorate of Education has found evidence to show that local authority nurseries where children have access to a nursery teacher perform better than local authority nurseries without access to a nursery teacher.

S3W-6436 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Inspectorate of Education has found a correlation between access to a nursery teacher and quality of education in local authority early years provision.

S3W-6437 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether increasing entitlement to 475 hours a year for all pupils means that all pupils will receive an increase in their hours at nursery.

S3W-6438 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in (a) Central Scotland parliamentary region, (b) each parliamentary constituency in Central Scotland parliamentary region, (c) Lanarkshire NHS board area and (d) Forth Valley NHS board area will benefit from the proposal to scrap prescription charges, as outlined in the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6439 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) Central Scotland parliamentary region, (b) each parliamentary constituency in Central Scotland parliamentary region, (c) North Lanarkshire local authority area, (d) South Lanarkshire local authority area and (e) Falkirk local authority area will benefit from the proposal to introduce the small business bonus package, as outlined in the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6440 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families will benefit from the proposed increase in nursery provision in (a) Central Scotland parliamentary region, (b) each parliamentary constituency in Central Scotland parliamentary region, (c) North Lanarkshire local authority area, (d) South Lanarkshire local authority area and (e) Falkirk local authority area, as outlined in the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6441 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the costs of £29 million, £30 million and £60 million for 2008-09 to 2010-11 outlined on page 19 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 relate to the abolition of the graduate endowment fee.

S3W-6442 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what element of the additional £13.5 million, £18 million and £22 million shown on page 31 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 for the recruitment, retention and redeployment of police officers relates to recruitment.

S3W-6443 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incremental additional cost would be for each additional police officer recruited in 2008-09 beyond the plans set out in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, broken down into (a) recruitment costs, (b) training costs, (c) annual salary costs, (d) annual employers’ national insurance costs, (e) annual employers’ pension contributions and (f) any additional costs incurred.

S3W-6444 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much in cash releasing savings will be required in each directorate to achieve the efficiency target stated in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6445 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of cash releasing savings will be retained in each directorate, also broken down by directorate.

S3W-6446 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what amount of the proposed (a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) Highlands and Islands Enterprise budget shown on page 52 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 will be spent on the restructuring of the enterprise network broken down by year.

S3W-6447 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings will be released as a result of the restructuring of the enterprise network for each year covered in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, broken down into those savings arising to (a) Scottish Enterprise and (b) Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-6448 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the eligibility criteria will be for applications for the (a) Saltire and (b) Horizon prizes outlined on page 53 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6449 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the spending on roads shown on page 52 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 will be on (a) construction of new roads, (b) improvements to existing roads and (c) maintenance of existing roads, broken down by year.

S3W-6450 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what roads will be allocated funding from the spending on roads shown on page 52 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 and what the total allocation is for each road where an allocation decision has been taken.

S3W-6451 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether provision has been made in the spending review for construction of a replacement Forth crossing, beyond the sums shown on page 52 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6452 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what screening programmes are covered by the expenditure shown on page 56 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 and why spending declines over the period of the spending review.

S3W-6453 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £12.8 million, £21 million and £29.2 million shown on page 61 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 for capital investment in the prison estate relates to each prison on which expenditure will be incurred, broken down by year.

S3W-6454 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what prison capacity will be in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11 based on the spending plans in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6455 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what spending will be included in Other Miscellaneous as shown on page 127 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, broken down by year and with indicative spending allocations where available.

S3W-6456 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what spending will be included in Strategic Research and Analysis as shown on page 81 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6457 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total revenue from business rates will be in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11 if the plans outlined on page 12 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 are implemented.

S3W-6458 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in West Dunbartonshire in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6459 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salaried NHS dentists worked in West Dunbartonshire in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6460 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in East Dunbartonshire in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6461 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salaried NHS dentists worked in East Dunbartonshire in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6462 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6463 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6464 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists worked in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6465 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salaried NHS dentists worked in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6466 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salaried NHS dentists worked in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6467 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many salaried NHS dentists worked in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency in each year from 1997 to 2007.

S3W-6468 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency will benefit from proposals to abolish prescription charges.

S3W-6469 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency will benefit from proposals to abolish prescription charges.

S3W-6470 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency will benefit from proposals to abolish prescription charges.

S3W-6471 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-6472 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-6473 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-6474 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families in the Clydebank and Milngavie parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed increase in nursery provision.

S3W-6475 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed increase in nursery provision.

S3W-6476 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed increase in nursery provision.

S3W-6477 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to widen the range of educational materials available in alternative formats, particularly audio, for young people who are blind or visually impaired.

S3W-6478 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to make RNIB talking books and similar products available free of charge through libraries on the same basis as normal books.

S3W-6479 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether further negotiations will be required between it and local authorities to agree council tax freezes in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

S3W-6480 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on all drug services, including treatment, rehabilitation and education, in 2007-08.

S3W-6481 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has allocated for drug services, including treatment, rehabilitation and education, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 at 2007 prices, including any funding allocated to local authorities in the local government settlement.

S3W-6482 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding will be allocated to each local authority over the next three years if they agree to the funding package endorsed by the Scottish Government and COSLA on local government finance and what the percentage difference would be from the funding provided for each local authority in 2007-08.

S3W-6483 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding will be allocated to each local authority over the next three years if they do not agree to the funding package endorsed by the Scottish Government and COSLA on local government finance and what the percentage difference would be from the funding provided for each local authority in 2007-08.

S3W-6484 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, after agreeing to the funding package endorsed by the Scottish Government and COSLA on local government finance, there would be any financial consequences for a local authority that implemented a council tax freeze for only one year.

S3W-6485 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to upgrade facilities at Inverness Airport.

S3W-6486 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider establishing a biofuels task force.

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