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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 December 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-7718 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications it has called in for a decision by ministers after a local decision to refuse consent was made; how many of these were called in without an appeal by the developer, and how many were ultimately given planning consent by ministers in each year since 1999.

S3W-7719 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses to determine whether a planning application is of national significance.

S3W-7720 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications have been determined as being of national significance before a local planning decision was made; how many were so determined after planning consent had been granted by the local planning authority, and how many after planning consent had been refused by the local planning authority in each year since 1999.

S3W-7721 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5790 by Shona Robison on 5 November 2007, who the members are of the project board dealing with the independent review of NHS wheelchair and seating services.

S3W-7722 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5790 by Shona Robison on 5 November 2007, how often the project board dealing with the independent review of NHS wheelchair and seating services meets and for how many hours the project manager works.

S3W-7723 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5790 by Shona Robison on 5 November 2007, why the project team will take until December 2008 to produce an action plan on NHS wheelchair and seating services.

S3W-7724 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5790 by Shona Robison on 5 November 2007, whether it will implement any of the recommendations of the independent review of NHS wheelchair and seating services ahead of the completion of the action plan.

S3W-7725 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being made available for each of the next three years of the spending review to support survivors of child sexual abuse.

S3W-7726 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being made available for each of the next three years of the spending review to meet the health needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.

S3W-7727 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being made available for each of the next three years of the spending review to meet the housing needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.

S3W-7728 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is being made available for each of the next three years of the spending review to provide routes out of prostitution.

S3W-7729 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to (a) publicise the enactment and (b) monitor the implementation of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007, also showing the costs of any publicity campaign to mark its enactment.

S3W-7730 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures and legislative instruments will be applied by ministers in dealing with the called-in planning application by the Trump Organisation for a golf course, hotel and residential development on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

S3W-7731 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it expects its consideration of the Trump Organisation’s planning application for a golf course, hotel and residential development on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire to take.

S3W-7732 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what policies and legislation it, or any Reporter appointed to consider the called-in planning application by the Trump Organisation for a golf course, hotel and residential development on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, anticipates will be considered as part of the evaluation of the impacts on the site of special scientific interest.

S3W-7733 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how the introduction of real time closures has changed the fishing patterns of the Scottish fishing fleet, broken down by International Council for the Exploration of the Seas sub-area.

S3W-7734 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has allocated to the recruitment, training and deployment of observers monitoring discarding of fish on fishing boats in 2008.

S3W-7735 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Scottish fishing fleet will be covered by on-board observation programmes to monitor discarding of fish in 2008.

S3W-7736 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will use specifically to reduce the mortality in cod stocks in 2008.

S3W-7737 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the mortality levels in cod stocks will be expected to drop in 2008.

S3W-7738 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many derogations have been granted in the last two years to fishers in respect of their days at sea allocation, broken down by (a) fishing gear type, (b) derogation type and (c) International Council for the Exploration of the Seas sub-area.

S3W-7739 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1356 by Richard Lochhead on 31 July 2007, whether it uses management accounts internally to monitor expenditure; whether such accounts are available to budget managers on a monthly basis or more frequently; whether any such accounts are at budget level 3 or 4 or both; whether such management accounts are monitored centrally by the strategic board and, if so, at what intervals, and whether the Executive considers that such management accounts are sufficient and accurate enough to allow effective in-year management of expenditure by budget holders and by the Executive as a whole.

S3W-7740 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1357 by Richard Lochhead on 23 July 2007, which budget heads at level 3 accounted for the overall underspends in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

S3W-7741 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1357 by Richard Lochhead on 23 July 2007, how end-year flexibility was allocated between budget heads at level 3 in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

S3W-7742 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what happens to European funding for agriculture and environment programmes which is underspent at the end of a year.

S3W-7743 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1357 by Richard Lochhead on 23 July 2007, what the difference is between centrally unallocated provision and the Central Contingency Fund.

S3W-7744 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much finance arising from departments under the control of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment is held in the Central Contingency Fund and from which departmental underspends this finance comes.

S3W-7745 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what statutory obligations local authorities are under to protect homes from coastal, fluvial or pluvial flooding.

S3W-7746 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to ensure that dedicated funding for community wardens in the (a) Highland Council, (b) Moray Council, (c) Argyll and Bute Council, (d) Shetland Islands Council, (e) Orkney Islands Council and (f) Western Isles Council areas will continue in 2008-09 and subsequent years.

S3W-7747 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what extra resources have been specifically identified in the spending review for the funding of community wardens.

S3W-7748 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive which public agencies will be responsible for the funding of an enhanced level of community wardens in the (a) Highland Council, (b) Moray Council, (c) Argyll and Bute Council, (d) Orkney Islands Council, (e) Shetland Islands Council and (f) Western Isles Council areas.

S3W-7749 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision in the budget line for community wardens will be increased before the funds are distributed to local authorities.

S3W-7750 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding for community wardens will now have to compete for funding with schools, social work and other services within each local authority.

S3W-7751 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will now be solely responsible for funding any expansion of community wardens from their grant allocations.

S3W-7752 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will promote the expansion of community wardens when no central funds are being retained to support such activity.

S3W-7753 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sea angling charter boats based on the west coast of Scotland have gone out of business in each of the last five years.

S3W-7754 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6782 by Bruce Crawford on 3 December 2007, what the likely date of publication is for the revised version of the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-7755 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6783 by Bruce Crawford on 3 December 2007, when the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code will be concluded.

S3W-7756 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6786 by Bruce Crawford on 3 December 2007, whether the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code will include consideration of having an independent adviser to investigate breaches of the code, similar to the approach taken by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP.

S3W-7757 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has transposed the EU directive on environmental liability into Scots Law and, if not, when it expects to do so.

S3W-7758 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers, in the absence of transposition, that the EU directive on environmental liability has direct effect in Scotland.

S3W-7759 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any species or habitat types protected by the EU directive on environmental liability are present within the Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest and, if so, whether it will list each species or type.

S3W-7760 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise Grampian took to comply with sections 1 and 12 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 before publicly supporting a development proposal that would adversely affect a site of special scientific interest.

S3W-7761 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total area is in Scotland of each of the types of dune habitat set out in Annex 1 of the EU habitats directive; what information it has on the total areas of each such habitat in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland, and which of these habitat types are present on the Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest.

S3W-7762 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many golf courses there are in Scotland; what total area of land such courses occupy; what the total area is of sand dune habitats of a type listed in Annex 1 of the EU habitats directive, and what proportion of this area is classified as part of a special area of conservation.

S3W-7763 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the total areas in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland of sand dune habitats of a type listed in Annex 1 of the EU habitats directive and what proportions of these areas are classified as part of a special area of conservation.

S3W-7764 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special areas of conservation contain "decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum"; what the total extent of this habitat type is in Scotland, and what proportion of the extent of such habitat type in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom as a whole is classified as part of a special area of conservation (SAC), showing the names of each SAC.

S3W-7765 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the European Commission has indicated its satisfaction with the extent of EU habitats directive Annex 1 dune habitats proposed for classification as special areas of conservation in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom as a whole and, if not, what communications it has had with the European Commission on this matter.

S3W-7766 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any meetings have taken place with the Scottish Cardiac Society in relation to higher specialist training in cardiology.

S3W-7767 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to provide opportunities for doctors undertaking research or clinical posts to gain access to higher specialist training.

S3W-7768 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the Tooke report’s recommendation that trainee doctors should have more than one chance of entry into the speciality of their choice.

S3W-7769 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice has been given to doctors completing research posts on the options available to them to enter higher specialist training.

S3W-7770 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the way in which higher specialist training posts for doctors are allocated.

S3W-7771 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to ensure that selection procedures and entry into higher specialist training in cardiology are conducted on the basis of open and fair competition.

S3W-7772 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that, in addition to doctors in specialist training at ST2 level, all doctors currently engaged in advanced postgraduate research, including those studying for higher degrees such as MD, will have an equal opportunity to apply for ST3 training posts.

S3W-7773 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent in Scotland on fixed capital formation in each year since 1995, expressed in (a) real and (b) cash terms and what information it has on how this compares with expenditure in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland over the same period.

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