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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 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-6770 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has to support the position that many pupils from small schools may find the move to secondary schools more difficult than those from larger schools.

S3W-6821 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to tackle antisocial behaviour in 2007-08.

S3W-6822 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement to tackle antisocial behaviour in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6823 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to pay for community safety partnerships in 2007-08.

S3W-6824 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement to pay for community safety partnerships in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6825 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated for the Police Capital Grant in 2007-08.

S3W-6826 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Police Capital Grant in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6827 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated for the Violence Against Women Fund in 2007-08.

S3W-6828 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Violence Against Women Fund in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6829 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to pay for the National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders in 2007-08.

S3W-6830 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement to pay for the National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6831 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding has been allocated to local authorities to pay for the police in 2007-08.

S3W-6832 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding will be allocated for local authorities to pay for the police in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6833 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to pay for criminal justice social work in 2007-08.

S3W-6834 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding will be allocated to pay for criminal justice social work in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6835 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to the Fire Capital Grant in 2007-08.

S3W-6836 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding will be allocated to local authorities for the Fire Capital Grant in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6837 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering ways in which funding can be made more accessible to continue and strengthen the work being undertaken by projects such as Moose in the Hoose in promoting lifelong learning in the Edinburgh South parliamentary constituency and the rest of Edinburgh by introducing residents of care homes and sheltered housing to the benefits of the computer as a valuable communication tool.

S3W-6838 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6023 by John Swinney on 19 November 2007, whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth agrees with the full text of paragraph 68 of Guidance on Scottish Parliamentary Questions, issued by the civil service, which states that "Where a question on the same subject already exists, consideration should be given to using that question to make the announcement, whether or not it is an Opposition question, instead of arranging an inspired question. Failing that, it is, of course, important to ensure that any other existing question on the same subject is answered on the same day as the inspired question".

S3W-6839 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6023 by John Swinney on 19 November 2007, whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth considers that the way the answer quotes from Guidance on Scottish Parliamentary Questions is in keeping with his obligations to the Parliament, as set out in the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-6840 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the recent publication of figures showing that there are currently 295 registered sex offenders resident in the Grampian Police force area, whether it will now publish comparable figures for other police force areas.

S3W-6841 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the establishment of a purpose-built remand unit for local prisoners awaiting trial in Aberdeen.

S3W-6842 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spent on newspaper advertising in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by title of publication.

S3W-6843 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what remuneration and expenses have been paid so far to each member of the (a) Council of Economic Advisors, (b) Scottish Broadcasting Commission and (c) Prisons Commission.

S3W-6844 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official journeys have been made by each minister using public transport since May 2007.

S3W-6845 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its employees are paid at a level whereby they are entitled to claim benefits and what percentage of its employees this represents.

S3W-6846 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-5917, which received a holding answer on 15 November 2007.

S3W-6847 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many general medical practitioners are serving on alcohol and drugs action teams.

S3W-6848 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated for the Homelessness Task Force in 2007-08.

S3W-6849 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Homelessness Task Force in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6850 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated for the Furniture Grant Scheme in 2007-08.

S3W-6851 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Furniture Grant Scheme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6852 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated for Glasgow hostels decommissioning in 2007-08.

S3W-6853 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for Glasgow hostels decommissioning in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6854 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated for private landlord registration in 2007-08.

S3W-6855 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for private landlord registration in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6856 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated for the Supporting People grant in 2007-08.

S3W-6857 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Supporting People grant in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6858 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for the Community Regeneration Fund in 2007-08.

S3W-6859 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Community Regeneration Fund in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6860 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for the Community Voices Programme in 2007-08.

S3W-6861 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding will be rolled into the local authority settlement for the Community Voices Programme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6862 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for the Working for Families Programme in 2007-08.

S3W-6863 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for the Working for Families Programme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6864 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for housing support grant in 2007-08.

S3W-6865 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for housing support grant in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6866 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for hostels grant in 2007-08.

S3W-6867 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for hostels grant in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6868 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund in 2007-08.

S3W-6869 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6870 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for private sector housing grant in 2007-08.

S3W-6871 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for private sector housing grant in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6872 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for the transfer of the management of development funding in 2007-08.

S3W-6873 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for the transfer of the management of development funding in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6874 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding was allocated to local authorities for assistance to owners affected by Glasgow stock transfer in 2007-08.

S3W-6875 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much ring-fenced funding there will be for local authorities for assistance to owners affected by Glasgow stock transfer in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-6876 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is being paid to Caledonian Maritime Assests Ltd by CalMac Ferries Ltd in vessel leasing charges, also broken down by vessel.

S3W-6877 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the costs of leasing vessels from Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd are included in the £43 million subsidy provided to CalMac Ferries Ltd as of 1 October 2007.

S3W-6878 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the West Dunbartonshire Literacy Initiative to be effective.

S3W-6879 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will roll out the West Dunbartonshire Literacy Initiative across Scotland.

S3W-6880 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether acquisition of literacy skills is a priority for Scottish education.

S3W-6881 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its promised 50% increase in nursery provision can be delivered by childcare workers.

S3W-6882 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the spending plans already agreed for new schools.

S3W-6883 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on plans to introduce a school-based dental service.

S3W-6884 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many babies were born at gestation of (a) 28 weeks or less and (b) 37 weeks or less and how many of these survived in each of the last seven years for which figures are available.

S3W-6885 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in West Dunbartonshire where primary 1 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6886 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in Argyll and Bute where primary 1 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6887 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in West Dunbartonshire where primary 2 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6888 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in Argyll and Bute where primary 2 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6889 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in West Dunbartonshire where primary 3 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6890 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the schools in Argyll and Bute where primary 3 pupils are in classes of 18 or under.

S3W-6891 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the curriculum for excellence can be satisfactorily delivered in all schools in West Dunbartonshire.

S3W-6892 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the quality of the education and environment provided in Dumbarton Academy.

S3W-6893 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many training places have been available in each year since 1997 for post-registration specialist qualifications in neonatal nursing.

S3W-6894 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to increase the level of recruitment of neonatal nursing staff.

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