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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 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-6748 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in East Ayrshire where primary 1 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6749 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in South Ayrshire where primary 1 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6750 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in East Ayrshire where primary 2 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6751 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in South Ayrshire where primary 2 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6752 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in East Ayrshire where primary 3 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6753 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in South Ayrshire where primary 3 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6754 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the curriculum for excellence can be satisfactorily delivered in small rural schools.

S3W-6755 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what lowest number of pupils in a class is necessary for the satisfactory delivery of the curriculum for excellence.

S3W-6756 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the quality of education provided in Sorn Primary School, East Ayrshire.

S3W-6757 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the quality of education provided in Littlemill Primary School, East Ayrshire.

S3W-6758 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the quality of education provided in St Xavier’s Primary School, East Ayrshire.

S3W-6759 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines a rural school.

S3W-6760 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it takes account of local circumstances and social factors when considering whether to authorise the closure of rural schools.

S3W-6761 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions ministers have refused authorisation for changes to the provision of denominational education.

S3W-6762 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has to support the position that the educational advantages offered by small schools are "more than offset by the richer and more secure environment of a larger establishment where there is a larger pool of ideas, expertise and resources", as outlined in East Ayrshire Council’s consultation document, Better Schools: Better Learning - A Strategy for Developing the School Estate.

S3W-6763 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish budget will enable East Ayrshire Council to invest the £100 million in capital expenditure that the council estimates is needed to ensure that children are educated in the best possible environment.

S3W-6764 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that small schools can provide a learning environment that promotes confidence, responsible citizenship and the opportunity to contribute effectively.

S3W-6765 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that small schools can provide the appropriate range of extra-curricular activities.

S3W-6766 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that small schools provide adequate opportunities for pupils to develop social skills.

S3W-6767 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is any evidence that it is more difficult to recruit and retain staff in small schools.

S3W-6768 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that small schools are compatible with modern teaching methods, including the use of self assessment and peer assessment.

S3W-6769 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are required to take account of placing requests when considering the closure of small rural schools.

S3W-6771 David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the 70 cannabis factories discovered by the police in the last 12 months by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

S3W-6772 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what legacy the 2014 Commonwealth Games will leave for Shetland.

S3W-6773 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage competing nations to use Shetland as a training base in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6774 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for (a) maintaining existing and (b) building new sports facilities in Shetland to accommodate teams that use the area as a training base in the lead-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6775 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment it will provide for the development of sport in Shetland in the years leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-6776 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average financial cost is of answering written parliamentary questions.

S3W-6777 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6022 by John Swinney on 20 November 2007, what overseas visit has been undertaken by the unpaid special adviser referred to and when.

S3W-6778 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6022 by John Swinney on 20 November 2007, whether the overseas visit referred to is included in the expenses information provided in the answer to question S3W-4830 by John Swinney on 31 October 2007.

S3W-6779 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6022 by John Swinney on 20 November 2007, what domestic visits have been undertaken by the unpaid special adviser referred to; how the visits have been funded, and what the total cost was of such visits.

S3W-6780 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any powers of intervention when contested urban development has become deadlocked.

S3W-6781 Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics or estimates are available on the cost to the NHS of dentures lost when patients are admitted to accident and emergency departments.

S3W-6782 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-6783 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the outcome of the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-6784 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code has been undertaken independently of the civil service and ministers.

S3W-6785 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-6786 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will adopt the approach taken by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, to have an independent adviser to investigate breaches of the Scottish Ministerial Code to ensure a culture of openness and transparency in government.

S3W-6787 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that there should be independent oversight of the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-6788 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure the highest standard of behaviour by ministers in the Parliament.

S3W-6789 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for enforcing the Scottish Ministerial Code if it is breached by cabinet secretaries or ministers.

S3W-6790 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who is responsible for enforcing the Scottish Ministerial Code if it is breached by the First Minister.

S3W-6791 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when annual health and fitness checks will be introduced, as promised in the SNP manifesto.

S3W-6792 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding to double the number of school nurses has been provided for in the Scottish budget and, if so, to which budget grouping it has been allocated.

S3W-6793 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when health checks for people who reach the age of 40 will be introduced.

S3W-6794 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how health checks for people who reach the age of 40 will be funded.

S3W-6795 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to expand primary health care in deprived areas.

S3W-6796 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used to define deprived areas, as referred to in the Scottish budget.

S3W-6797 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce more fast track diagnostic and treatment centres, as promised in the SNP manifesto.

S3W-6798 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to bring forward proposals to introduce legally binding guarantees for waiting times.

S3W-6799 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to bring forward proposals to introduce direct elections to NHS boards.

S3W-6800 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provided funding in the Scottish budget to increase the number of physiotherapists.

S3W-6801 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when guidance will be issued to NHS boards to reduce excessive charges for hospital car parking and other services and review public transport to hospitals to ensure that they are sufficiently accessible.

S3W-6802 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what framework the Task Force on Health Inequalities is using to measure inequality.

S3W-6803 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what view the Task Group on Inequality has on how to ensure that deprived communities receive enhanced services compared with other areas.

S3W-6804 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what options are being considered to improve primary care services in deprived areas.

S3W-6805 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has abandoned the SNP manifesto commitment to ring-fence funding for mental heath services.

S3W-6806 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish budget provide ring-fenced funding for mental health services, as promised in the SNP manifesto.

S3W-6807 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will deliver the prevention-based school dental service promised in the SNP manifesto.

S3W-6808 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish budget provided funding to increase the number of allied health professionals.

S3W-6809 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of planned expenditure on health improvement.

S3W-6810 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what increases there have been in revenue budgets for mental health services.

S3W-6811 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much, in capital and revenue terms, will be spent on children’s health services over the period of the spending review.

S3W-6812 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Community Regeneration Fund in Glasgow has been spent on health improvement.

S3W-6813 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction and guidance it has given to Transport Scotland regarding track access charges to freight services on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail line.

S3W-6814 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has been informed of by Transport Scotland or the Office of Rail Regulation regarding their discussions on track access charges for freight services on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail line.

S3W-6815 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that a track access charge will not be levied on freight operators using the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail line.

S3W-6816 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to supporting the development of business improvement districts after March 2008.

S3W-6817 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects children in primary 1 to primary 3 in West Lothian schools to be taught in classes of 18 or less.

S3W-6818 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding will be made available to West Lothian Council to deliver class sizes of 18 or less in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-6819 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people from Scotland entered further education in countries outside the United Kingdom in each of the last five years, also showing the percentages that these numbers represented of all young people entering further education.

S3W-6820 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people from Scotland entered higher education in countries outside the United Kingdom in each of the last five years, also showing the percentages that these numbers represented of all young people entering further education.

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