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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 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-8003Δ Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make available details of its Scottish Futures Trust initiative.

S3W-8004Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what the recent announcement on teachers’ pay will mean for Scottish education.

S3W-8005 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the use of colloidal silver as an antibiotic, particularly its use in tackling MRSA.

S3W-8006 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how the NHS can access colloidal silver for use as an antibiotic.

S3W-8007 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since May 2007 in dealing with the sewerage odour nuisance from the Seafield sewage works in Edinburgh.

S3W-8008 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to alleviate any shortage of ambulance service cover in north-west Sutherland.

S3W-8009 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the dates and times of all contacts and communications between the Chief Planner’s office and Aberdeenshire Council between 29 November and 5 December 2007, broken down into those (a) specifically requested and (b) not specifically requested by ministers.

S3W-8010 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the dates and times of all contacts and communications between the Chief Planner’s office and the Trump Organization between 29 November and 5 December 2007, broken down into those (a) specifically requested and (b) not specifically requested by ministers.

S3W-8011 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the dates and times of all contacts and communications between the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth’s office and Aberdeenshire Council between 29 November and 5 December 2007.

S3W-8012 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the dates and times of all contacts and communications between the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth’s office and the Trump Organization between 29 November and 5 December 2007.

S3W-8013 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Planner was asked by ministers to telephone Aberdeenshire Council concerning calling in the planning application for the Menie estate, rather than use any other form of communication.

S3W-8014 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Planner informed the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth of the outcome of the first telephone call which he made to Aberdeenshire Council on 4 December 2007 and, if so, when and what action the Cabinet Secretary took as a result.

S3W-8015 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS boards have a category of exceptional case, enabling them to prescribe drugs outwith Scottish Medicines Consortium guidelines; how often this provision has been used, and whether it is governed by local or nationally determined guidelines, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-8016 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether drugs have ever been prescribed as an exceptional case by NHS Grampian.

S3W-8017 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce screening for bowel cancer in Scotland; when such screening is likely to be introduced, and how.

S3W-8018 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to promote greater awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol levels and to inform the public of healthy diet and lifestyle options to avoid heart disease and stroke.

S3W-8019 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantee it can give to ensure that expenditure on mental health services will remain at current levels.

S3W-8020 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the planned review of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 will take place; what the timescale will be for completion of the review, and what planning has been done to ensure that the review mirrors the principles of the original Act.

S3W-8021 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it is acceptable for calves to be exported to the continent for rearing in conditions which would not be allowed in Scotland under animal welfare legislation.

S3W-8022 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would prefer to see an export trade in carcases rather than live animals.

S3W-8023 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken any action to move towards an export trade in carcases rather than live animals.

S3W-8024 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it acceptable for Scottish sheep to be exported for slaughter without prestunning.

S3W-8025 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the commitment in letter reference 2007/0030929 of September 2007, when the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism will meet representatives of SAS International and myself as the local constituency MSP.

S3W-8026 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost per year is of the older and disabled persons concessionary travel scheme, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-8027 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of primary 1 to primary 3 classes have 18 or fewer pupils, also broken down by year.

S3W-8028 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of primary 1 to primary 3 classes have 25 or fewer pupils, also broken down by year.

S3W-8029 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have average class sizes of 20 or fewer for S1 maths.

S3W-8030 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have average class sizes of 20 or fewer for S1 English.

S3W-8031 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average class size is for primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-8032 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary 1 to primary 3 classes have 18 or more pupils, broken down by local authority.

S3W-8033 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the First Minister’s statement to the Parliament on 15 November 2007 that there would be 20,000 new teachers in training by 2011 (Official Report, c. 3475), how many training places the Executive will have created by 2011 in addition to those already in training or planned for by the previous Executive.

S3W-8034 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new teachers will be required to deliver class sizes of 18 or below for primary 1 to primary 3 classes by 2011.

S3W-8035 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new teachers will have qualified by 2011.

S3W-8036 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what figure has been allowed for in the local government settlement to reduce class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-8037 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it costs to train a primary school teacher.

S3W-8038 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to monitor the impact of a reduction of class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3.

S3W-8039 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will target increasing the educational attainment of pupils in areas of multiple deprivation.

S3W-8040 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the findings of the final report of the Class Sizes, Staffing and Resources Working Group that to reduce class sizes to 20 in primary 1 to primary 3 would require an additional 4,000 teachers at the following costs: (a) training costs of £84 million, (b) probation year costs of £213 million, (c) salary costs at point 1 of £233 million and (d) salary costs at point 6 of £309 million.

S3W-8041 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors have found a correlation between class sizes and pupil attainment.

S3W-8042 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recommendations from HM Inspectorate of Education to ministers on the proposed closure of Glentrool and Lochearnhead primary schools were followed.

S3W-8043 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Inspectorate of Education has found that local authority pre-school centres without a teacher perform better than partner centres without a teacher.

S3W-8044 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its response to the Class Sizes, Staffing and Resources Working Group Report.

S3W-8045 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of derogation awards to fishers in relation to their days-at-sea allocations it anticipates will occur in 2008, broken down by (a) fishing gear type, (b) derogation type and (c) and International Council for the Exploration of the Seas sub area.

S3W-8046 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce cost sharing for animal health and welfare for farmers. R

S3W-8047 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the reforms for payment for social care of older people, announced by the UK Secretary of State for Health in Putting People First, and whether such reforms are under consideration in Scotland.

S3W-8048 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any public money has been budgeted, offered or committed to the proposed Trump development in Aberdeenshire and, if so, what the level is of such investment.

S3W-8049 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the funding for the proposed Trump development in Aberdeenshire is to be provided by Mr Trump or his organisation.

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