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Section E – Written questions lodged on 17 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-7913 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the confirmed case of bluetongue virus in a cow imported to England from Germany, what measures it will put in place urgently to prevent bluetongue from entering Scotland.

S3W-7914 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the confirmed case of bluetongue virus in a cow imported to England from Germany, what representations it will make urgently to the European Commission for stricter adherence to export rules to prevent infected livestock being imported into bluetongue virus-free zones.

S3W-7915 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the confirmed case of bluetongue virus in a cow imported to England from Germany, whether it will consider introducing a vaccination programme to protect the livestock industry from the potential impact of bluetongue in Scotland.

S3W-7916 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s ministerial statement on health strategy on 12 December 2007, whether it will include Clydebank in the pilot scheme for a nurse-led minor injuries clinic.

S3W-7917 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were in fuel poverty in each year from 2000 to 2007.

S3W-7918 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6578 by John Swinney on 12 December 2007, how many times each year ministers will report to the Local Government Committee and the Parliament on progress in relation to single outcome agreements.

S3W-7919 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6578 by John Swinney on 12 December 2007, whether reports by ministers to the Local Government Committee and the Parliament on progress in relation to single outcome agreements will be in written form.

S3W-7920 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6655 by John Swinney on 12 December 2007, whether the inclusion of a representative from Audit Scotland on the group to oversee the implementation of single outcome agreements is compatible with the independent auditing role of Audit Scotland.

S3W-7921 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-6655 by John Swinney on 12 December 2007, why there is no person with a specific equal opportunities remit included in the group to oversee the implementation of single outcome agreements.

S3W-7922 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings to discuss antisocial behaviour were held in local communities from August to December 2007.

S3W-7923 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings to discuss antisocial behaviour are planned in local communities in 2008.

S3W-7924 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the transcripts of meetings in local communities to discuss antisocial behaviour are published.

S3W-7925Δ Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the Policy and Financial Management Review of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

S3W-7926Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive how fire and rescue authorities have performed against the priorities and objectives in Fire and Rescue: Framework for Scotland 2005 and what plans there are to review these.

S3W-7927 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will be informed about the format of single outcome agreements before they decide whether to agree to the terms of its concordat with COSLA.

S3W-7928 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will be informed about the reporting process for single outcome agreements before they decide whether to agree to the terms of its concordat with COSLA.

S3W-7929 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will be informed that ministers will report on progress of single outcome agreements to the Parliament and the Local Government and Communities Committee before they decide whether to agree to the terms of its concordat with COSLA.

S3W-7930 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisation or organisations will be involved in the group which will undertake the development of the Scottish Scallop Management Strategy.

S3W-7931 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive which individuals and bodies will be consulted during the development of the planned Scottish Scallop Management Strategy.

S3W-7932 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the detailed remit of the group which will undertake the development of the Scottish Scallop Management Strategy.

S3W-7933 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the programme for the work of the group which will undertake the development of the Scottish Scallop Management Strategy, showing when the group will consult outside bodies and when it will submit recommendations to ministers.

S3W-7934 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to announce the membership of the group which is to take forward a crab and lobster strategy for Scotland.

S3W-7935 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the programme for the work of the group which will take forward a crab and lobster strategy for Scotland, showing when the group will consult outside bodies and when it will submit recommendations to ministers.

S3W-7936 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive which individuals and bodies will be consulted by the group which is to take forward a crab and lobster strategy for Scotland.

S3W-7937 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the detailed remit of the group which will take forward a crab and lobster strategy for Scotland.

S3W-7938Δ Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish a report on the first three years’ progress in implementation of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy for the purposes of section 2(7)(a) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-7939 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what differences there are in eligible forage areas in sea-girt holdings in the Western Isles compared with those in Orkney and Shetland.

S3W-7940 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a timetable has been set to complete the tender process for the M74 extension.

S3W-7941 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made for additional support nurses for sufferers from Parkinson’s disease following the announcement of its health strategy.

S3W-7942 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to build 30,000 affordable homes in the next three years.

S3W-7943 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action will be taken in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to tackle health inequalities.

S3W-7944 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action will be taken in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to raise alcohol awareness.

S3W-7945 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action will be taken in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to tackle increasing rates of cirrhosis.

S3W-7946 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available through its concordat with COSLA to secure South Lanarkshire Council’s school building programme.

S3W-7947 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to raise alcohol awareness in schools.

S3W-7948 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will report on its progress in meeting its target of 2% efficiency savings over the next three years.

S3W-7949 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will report on its progress against its objective of achieving economic growth at UK levels by 2011.

S3W-7950 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what reporting and monitoring measures it will put in place in respect of local authority-controlled grants that were previously ring-fenced.

S3W-7951 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what savings will result in 2008-09 from reduced bureaucracy associated with the reporting and monitoring of local authority grants that were previously ring-fenced.

S3W-7952 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time equivalent staff were involved in the reporting and monitoring of grants that will no longer be ring-fenced in each of the last three years.

S3W-7953 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time equivalent staff will be required in 2008-09 for the reporting and monitoring of local authority grants that were previously ring-fenced.

S3W-7954 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements it will put in place to administer the new Scottish Investment Fund.

S3W-7955 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how regional priorities will be assessed in funding social enterprises from the new Scottish Investment Fund.

S3W-7956 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what input community and voluntary groups will have into the format and content of single outcome agreements.

S3W-7957 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has modelled the economic impact of the council tax freeze across different council tax band rates.

S3W-7958 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4391 by Richard Lochhead on 1 October 2007, whether it will place a copy of the lease to the Eilean Ban Trust in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S3W-7959 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address the issue of trustee remuneration and the provision of trustee indemnity insurance under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

S3W-7960 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assess the operation and effectiveness of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

S3W-7961 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns that land reform legislation and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code are not clear enough in providing guidance to members of the public about their access rights in fields occupied by livestock and specifically about the dangers that might be faced when accessing fields occupied by livestock.

S3W-7962 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to warn members of the public about the dangers of walking in fields occupied by livestock.

S3W-7963 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there are any lessons to be learnt, in light of the conclusions of the independent review into the summer flooding in England and Wales by Sir Michael Pitt.

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