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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 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-6411 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to implement the conclusions of the report by independent expert, Tom Shaw, of his investigation into historical institutional abuse in the care sector.

S3W-6487 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6013 by Stewart Maxwell on 14 November 2007, when it will publish the responses received from key stakeholders in relation to the future of sportscotland.

S3W-6488 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total budget was for non-departmental public bodies and government agencies in 2006-07.

S3W-6489 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were employed in non-departmental public bodies and government agencies in 2006-07.

S3W-6490 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set any targets for the total budget for non-departmental public bodies and the government agencies that it expects to be controlled by these bodies following its review and reduction in the number of such bodies and, if so, what that budget will be.

S3W-6491 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set any targets for the numbers of staff expected to be employed in non-departmental public bodies and government agencies following its review and reduction in the number of such bodies and, if so, what the total number will be.

S3W-6492 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what minimum saving in cash or percentage terms it considers would represent a satisfactory outcome of its review of non-departmental public bodies and government agencies.

S3W-6493 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its principal objective in reviewing the landscape of non-departmental public bodies and government agencies is to tidy that landscape or to reduce the amount of power, influence and budget held by those not directly under the control of Scottish ministers.

S3W-6494 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for, or will consider, relaunching the Ongoers scheme in the pig sector.

S3W-6495 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for, or will consider, increasing private storage aid in the pig sector.

S3W-6496 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for, or will consider, a 100% knackery subsidy in the pig sector.

S3W-6497 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for, or will consider, suspending Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations to assist agriculture.

S3W-6498 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the European Union allowing the importation of GM varieties of US maize into Europe.

S3W-6499 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view is on a ban on the importation of pork that is produced in systems that would not meet Scottish or UK standards.

S3W-6500 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its views are on labelling processed ham in sausages and pies and other processed products to show their country of origin.

S3W-6501 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view is on promoting a "we buy Scottish" campaign to support Scottish produce.

S3W-6502 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities will be compensated for the loss of revenue for affordable housing from additional council tax on second homes in the event of council tax being abolished.

S3W-6503 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be put in place to ensure that local authorities can accurately identify the level of second home ownership in their areas to inform local housing strategies in the event of council tax being abolished.

S3W-6504 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowances will be paid to kinship carers of children who are in the care of a local authority.

S3W-6505 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowances will be paid to kinship carers who are legal guardians of children.

S3W-6506 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowances will be paid to kinship carers who have taken on the care of a child prior to local authority involvement.

S3W-6507 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what allowances will be paid to kinship carers of children who have been orphaned and have not come under local authority care.

S3W-6508 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5971 by John Swinney on 6 November 2007, how the impact of business rate reductions on small and medium-sized businesses will be monitored and evaluated.

S3W-6509 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5971 by John Swinney on 6 November 2007, what measures it will take to encourage investment by small and medium-sized businesses in research and development.

S3W-6510 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5971 by John Swinney on 6 November 2007, how it will ensure that business rate reductions will be utilised effectively in meeting aspirations to become a high skills, high wage economy.

S3W-6511 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5971 by John Swinney on 6 November 2007, if the proposals to remove or reduce business rates will substantially benefit small and medium-sized businesses by giving them a competitive advantage, over whom this advantage will occur and on what basis it will be assessed.

S3W-6512 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers were told prior to the First Minister’s statement on 5 September 2007 that reduction in class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3 would be delivered in this parliamentary session (Official Report c. 1378) that this could not be achieved by 2011.

S3W-6513 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it prepared detailed proposals to service the existing loan debt of Scotland-domiciled graduates by meeting their annual loan repayments as long as they are resident in Scotland.

S3W-6514 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any proposals it drafted to service the existing loan debt of Scotland-domiciled graduates by meeting their annual loan repayments as long as they are resident in Scotland.

S3W-6515 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations it consulted prior to making its decision not to service the existing loan debt of Scotland-domiciled graduates by meeting their annual loan repayments as long as they are resident in Scotland.

S3W-6516 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it engaged in prior to is decision not to award universities the level of additional funding that they requested in the strategic spending review.

S3W-6517 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has carried out on what impact the funding settlement in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 will have on the competitiveness of universities.

S3W-6518 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how not providing the additional funding for universities requested by Universities Scotland matches the Executive’s statement about the importance of learning and skills in The Government Economic Strategy, published on 13 November 2007.

S3W-6519 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted any research on how not providing the additional funding for universities requested by Universities Scotland may affect the performance of Scottish universities in the Research Assessment Exercise.

S3W-6520 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted any research on how not providing the additional funding for universities requested by Universities Scotland may affect commercialisation of research.

S3W-6521 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with trade unions prior to its decision not to provide the additional funding for universities requested by Universities Scotland.

S3W-6522 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the funding for Scottish universities is relative to that of universities in England as a result of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6523 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the details of its proposed Scottish futures trust.

S3W-6524 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive why the marine and fisheries budget is being reduced in 2010-11.

S3W-6525 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult students and student organisations on their reactions to its decision not to proceed with the pledge to service the existing loan debt for Scotland-domiciled graduates by meeting their annual loan repayments as long as they are resident in Scotland.

S3W-6526 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it carried out before deciding there should be a review on student support and graduate debt proposals to start in 2008.

S3W-6527 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive why the review of student support and graduate debt proposals will not begin until next year.

S3W-6528 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full remit will be of the review of student support and graduate debt proposals.

S3W-6529 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale will be for the review of student support and graduate debt proposals.

S3W-6530 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will conduct the review of student support and graduate debt proposals.

S3W-6531 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whom it will consult on the review of student support and graduate debt proposals.

S3W-6532 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget will be for the review of student support and graduate debt proposals.

S3W-6533 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next increase the Young Students Bursary and by how much.

S3W-6534 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been made available through the strategic spending review to invest in specific projects to widen access to further and higher education.

S3W-6535 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that membership of the European Union would require an independent Scotland to be part of a common fisheries policy.

S3W-6536 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many parliamentary questions have received a holding answer since May 2007 and, of these, how many have not subsequently received a substantive answer.

S3W-6537 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4833 by Richard Lochhead on 24 October 2007, what specific steps it had taken prior to October 2007 to secure EU state aid approval in order to exercise its discretion to make direct payments to farmers and crofters or to fund government agencies, non-departmental public bodies or non-governmental organisations to enable them to make payments to farmers and crofters, for positive environmental management on their holdings; when the first approach to secure EU state aid approval was made; to whom it was made, and what response was received.

S3W-6538 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6539 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Justice portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6540 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Environment and Rural Affairs portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6541 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Education and Lifelong Learning portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6542 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Health and Wellbeing portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6543 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the First Minister portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6544 Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the changes are from the 2007-08 baseline for each proposed budget line at levels (a) one, (b) two and (c) three of the Finance and Sustainable Growth portfolio resulting from Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007, expressed in real (i) cash and (ii) percentage terms for each year of the spending review.

S3W-6545 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the prevention-based school dental service referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 will be implemented throughout Scotland and whether it will include regular dental check-ups and treatment, including orthodontic treatment.

S3W-6546 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it can meet the SNP manifesto commitment to abolish sportscotland, given the increase in its budget from £34.3 million to £43.3 million by 2011, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6547 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to prioritise improvement in the diagnosis, care and treatment of dementia sufferers, as referred to in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007.

S3W-6548 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers are currently being trained in Scottish universities.

S3W-6549 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers will be trained in Scottish universities in the 2008-09 academic year.

S3W-6550 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers will be trained in Scottish universities in the 2009-10 academic year.

S3W-6551 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers will be trained in Scottish universities in the 2010-11 academic year.

S3W-6552 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers will be trained in Scottish universities in the 2011-12 academic year.

S3W-6553 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teacher training places will be available in each university in the 2008-09 academic year.

S3W-6554 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teacher training places will be available in each university in the 2009-10 academic year.

S3W-6555 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teacher training places will be available in each university in the 2010-11 academic year.

S3W-6556 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teacher training places will be available in each university in the 2011-12 academic year.

S3W-6557 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide children with free year-round access to local authority swimming pools.

S3W-6558 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the number of centres of sporting excellence.

S3W-6559 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many centres of sporting excellence it intends to have in operation by the end of the current spending review period.

S3W-6560 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to launch a feasibility study into the possibility of Scotland bidding for the 2016 European football championships.

S3W-6561 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any feasibility study into the possibility of Scotland bidding for the 2016 European football championships will consider only the possibility of a solo Scottish bid or whether potential joint bids will also be considered.

S3W-6562 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to establish a national sports facilities fund.

S3W-6563 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of resources will be committed to any sports facilities fund that is established.

S3W-6564 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to ring-fence any funding for the development of grass-roots sport.

S3W-6565 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was allocated to organisations and projects under the Transport and Innovation budget in each of the last three years, broken down by funding stream and expressed in real terms and also showing any year-on-year real term percentage changes.

S3W-6566 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much will be available in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 to fund (i) regional transport partnerships, (ii) the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland and (iii) Passengers’ View Scotland, broken down by funding stream and expressed in real terms, also showing any year-on-year real term percentage changes.

S3W-6567 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to Sustrans in each of the last three years, broken down by funding stream and expressed in real terms, also showing any year-on-year real term percentage changes.

S3W-6568 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be allocated to Sustrans in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, broken down by funding stream and expressed in real terms, also showing any year-on-year real term percentage change.

S3W-6569 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that hydrotherapy pools are beneficial to arthritis sufferers and, if so, what level of access it considers to be desirable.

S3W-6570 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific financial support it provides to local authorities and individual NHS boards for hydrotherapy facilities.

S3W-6571 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many air ambulance flights have been subject to delay as a result of shift changes in each of the last three years.

S3W-6572 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many air ambulance flights have been subject to delay due to adverse weather conditions in each of the last three years.

S3W-6573 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency plans are in place in the event of the air ambulance service being unable to attend an incident due to adverse weather conditions.

S3W-6574 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to review the air ambulance service.

S3W-6575 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from (a) Shetland Islands Council, (b) Orkney Islands Council, (c) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (d) Highland Council and (e) Argyll and Bute Council regarding air ambulance services.

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