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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-6708 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average daily prison population has been in each year since 1960.

S3W-6709 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the prison population is from each of the top 10 postcode areas where prisoners are from and what percentage of the total population is resident in each of these postcode areas.

S3W-6710 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners served custodial sentences for non-payment of fines in each of the last 15 years, shown also as a percentage of the prison population, and what comparable information it has for (a) the rest of the United Kingdom, (b) each EU member state and (c) each OECD country.

S3W-6711 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of imprisoning individuals serving custodial sentences for non-payment of fines and what the average level of unpaid fine is in such instances.

S3W-6712 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual passenger numbers were at (a) Croy, (b) Cumbernauld, (c) Greenfaulds, (d) Falkirk High and (e) Polmont railway stations in each of the last 25 years.

S3W-6713 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there have been benefits in securing new Gaelic medium schooling through the operation of the Gaelic specific grant over recent years.

S3W-6714 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any benefit in administering the Gaelic specific grant from the fact that, in any given year, the amounts allocated to individual authorities could be varied to meet local circumstances and development initiatives.

S3W-6715 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there is a case for retaining the Gaelic specific grant in the long term to secure an increasing number of Gaelic medium places in different parts of Scotland.

S3W-6716 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that every local authority should receive a share of the Gaelic specific grant, whether or not they provide Gaelic medium education.

S3W-6717 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on how fishing quotas should be identified and whether the Scottish Government will carry out a consultation of stakeholders to establish their views on the issue.

S3W-6718 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits a direct Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry service would give to the residents of Lochboisdale and its surrounding communities.

S3W-6719 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the journey time of a ferry service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig is estimated to be.

S3W-6720 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what reductions in the journey times by road from Mallaig to Fort William are estimated to have taken place over the last (a) 15 and (b) 10 years.

S3W-6721 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated reduction in the journey time by road will be once the latest phase of improvements to the Mallaig to Fort William road are completed.

S3W-6722 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its decision not to include a ferry from Lochboisdale to Mallaig as part of the Caledonian MacBrayne contracted ferry routes.

S3W-6723 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it considers that it will serve a useful purpose for the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change to visit Lochboisdale.

S3W-6724 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Moray Council will be able to apply to the Scottish Government for financial support toward planned flood protection and management works in 2008-09 and beyond.

S3W-6725 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for Moray Council’s planned flood alleviation, protection and management will require to be found from the council’s allocation for revenue and capital funding from 2008-09 and beyond.

S3W-6726 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for flooding will no longer be ring-fenced and local authorities such as Moray Council will have to decide on priorities between flooding expenditure and spending locally on schools, social work day centres and care homes, roads and leisure services.

S3W-6727 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits to Moray will be from a transfer of ring-fenced funding for flooding into general funds for local authorities.

S3W-6728 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what role COSLA will have in deciding how much funding Moray Council will receive for flooding.

S3W-6729 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that the historic decoupled basis for Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments is a temporary mechanism and that a payment method more closely linked to agricultural activity will replace it at the first possible opportunity.

S3W-6730 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits it considers would arise from changing the historic decoupled basis for Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments to one that relates more closely to current agricultural activity in retaining people on the land and the management of land and habitats.

S3W-6731 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-22125 by Andy Kerr on 19 January 2006, how many psychologists have been employed by each NHS board in each year since 2004, broken down by category and expressed also on a per capita basis.

S3W-6732 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time has been for a first appointment with a psychologist from referral in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-6733 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4775 by John Swinney on 22 October 2007, whether it will consider introducing set criteria for designating land as greenspace.

S3W-6734 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering ways in which funding can be made more accessible to small organisations that rely on such funding for their survival.

S3W-6735 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the creation of a one-stop shop to make it easier for voluntary and other social enterprise organisations to apply for funding.

S3W-6736 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Consumer Council, energywatch and Postwatch in advance of the changes to consumer representation set out in the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007.

S3W-6737 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will spend on the Royal Museum Project in each of the next three years.

S3W-6738 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive why the budget for culture for 2007-08, including Historic Scotland, is stated on page 145 of Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 as being £232.8 million while the budget for culture outlined on pages 80 and 82 of the same document amounts to £229.4 million.

S3W-6739 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a peripatetic teacher visiting a nursery school on a regular basis is sufficient to fulfil the Scottish Government’s commitment to provide access to a fully qualified teacher for every nursery child.

S3W-6740 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4292 by Adam Ingram on 4 October 2007, whether the Scottish Government can now state how many teachers would be required to deliver a fully qualified nursery teacher in every class for every nursery age child.

S3W-6741 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, following its discussions with COSLA, as referred to by the First Minister at First Minister’s Question Time on 15 November 2007, when parents can expect a fully qualified nursery teacher for every child in nursery school.

S3W-6742 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £40 million capital announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in June 2007 is being spent providing nursery or school classrooms.

S3W-6743 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure that organisations such as Family Mediation Scotland continue to receive the resources they need to provide support to families experiencing family break-up.

S3W-6744 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much its proposal to extend the entitlement of free school meals to pupils whose families are in receipt of maximum child or working families tax credit by 2009 will cost.

S3W-6745 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much its proposal to extend entitlement to free school meals to all pupils in primary 1 to primary 3 by 2010 will cost.

S3W-6746 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase allowances to kinship carers to the same level as the allowance given to foster carers who have no relationship to the child and, if so, when.

S3W-6747 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households with children aged five or under have no central heating, broken down by tenure, in the most recent year for which figures are available.

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