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Section E – Written questions lodged on 27 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-7057 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take in response to the RNIB Scotland’s report, Make it count, on the election experiences of people with sight loss.

S3W-7058 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community wardens there have been in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-7059 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the new Welcome to Scotland advertising logo cost to develop.

S3W-7060 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates it will cost to place the new Welcome to Scotland advertising logo in appropriate locations and whether it will list such locations.

S3W-7061 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals charged with rape have been granted bail in each year since 1999, broken down by police authority area.

S3W-7062 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the bail system with regard to rape suspects.

S3W-7063 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) murders and (b) violent offences occurred (i) in the home, (ii) in the community and (iii) on licensed premises in each year since 1999, broken down by constabulary.

S3W-7064 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) murders and (b) violent offences linked to the use of alcohol occurred (i) in the home, (ii) in the community and (iii) on licensed premises in each year since 1999, broken down by constabulary.

S3W-7065 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured due to health and safety issues at work in each year since 1999.

S3W-7066 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the road equivalent tariff pilot to include Shetland, Orkney or Arran.

S3W-7067 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assumption of mileage rate is made when calculating costs to individual passengers in the road equivalent tariff pilot.

S3W-7068 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any assessment will be made under the terms of the road equivalent tariff (RET) pilot on the impact on local businesses in island communities of the implementation of RET across the highlands and islands.

S3W-7069 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the ability of ferry service providers to provide sufficient capacity following implementation of road equivalent tariff.

S3W-7070 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Caledonian MacBrayne regarding any difficulties in sourcing new-build ferries in the United Kingdom.

S3W-7071 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether road equivalent tariff will apply to ferry passengers with and without cars and what charging regime will apply.

S3W-7072 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether evidence on road equivalent tariff will be drawn from Norway or Canada.

S3W-7073 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish tourist industry about the road equivalent tariff proposals.

S3W-7074 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff of Scottish Water and Scottish Water Business Stream are involved in meter reading work at Heathrow Airport.

S3W-7075 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for Scottish Water Business Stream to provide additional services outside Scotland.

S3W-7076 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of the total costs of running the road equivalent tariff scheme and what budget allocation has been made in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 for full implementation of the scheme.

S3W-7077 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of the average time for Caledonian MacBrayne to source new-build vessels from tender to delivery.

S3W-7078 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the ability of the Scottish shipbuilding industry to provide new-build passenger vessels suitable for ferry services in the highlands and islands.

S3W-7079 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the meeting between the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and university principals on 22 November 2007, what the earliest date is by which additional funding might be made available to universities for revenue expenditure beyond the settlement announced for the sector in the spending review.

S3W-7080 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the meeting between the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and university principals on 22 November 2007, what level of funding may be made available to universities for revenue expenditure in addition to the settlement announced for the sector in the spending review.

S3W-7081 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit, timescale and membership will be of the joint task force on higher education funding announced after the meeting between the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and university principals on 22 November 2007.

S3W-7082 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with university principals on staff numbers following the announcement of the funding settlement for universities in the spending review.

S3W-7083 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with the board of the Scottish Funding Council following the announcement of the funding settlement for universities in the spending review.

S3W-7084Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any further plans for the management of offenders.

S3W-7085 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6388 by Stewart Maxwell on 26 November 2007, whether copies of the correspondence with all those from whom he has sought views on the future of sportscotland will be published prior to a decision being made.

S3W-7086 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6388 by Stewart Maxwell on 26 November 2007, whether copies of the correspondence to all those from whom he has sought views on the future of sportscotland will be published.

S3W-7087 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6388 by Stewart Maxwell on 26 November 2007, whether an analysis of responses to correspondence from the Minister for Communities and Sport on the future of sportscotland will be published prior to a decision being made.

S3W-7088 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive under what legal authority the Health Professions Council has arbitration rights in Scotland.

S3W-7089 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases have been referred to the Health Professions Council by NHS bodies in Scotland since 1999.

S3W-7090 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS bodies are legally obligated to report any disciplinary hearings to the Health Professions Council regardless of the outcome.

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