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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 January 2008

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-8273 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7536 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 December 2007, whether it will implement in full the updated shadow price of carbon guidance issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 19 December 2007 in policy appraisal for all devolved policies and, if not, what account it will take of carbon in future policy appraisal.

S3W-8274 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7536 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 December 2007, whether it will implement in full the updated shadow price of carbon guidance issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 19 December 2007 in appraisal for all devolved strategies, plans or programmes and, if not, what account it will take of carbon in developing future strategies, plans or programmes.

S3W-8275 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7536 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 December 2007, under what circumstances it would not be considered appropriate to incorporate the monetary cost of carbon emissions into spending decisions using the government’s new shadow price of carbon guidance.

S3W-8276 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with arrangements for applications for prisoner transfer between Scottish and English prisons and whether it has considered making changes to allow prisoners to apply for transfers between England and Scotland under the ordinary transfer system, as they can between England and Wales.

S3W-8277 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was informed that Strathclyde Police had been called out to HM Prison Kilmarnock on 4 January 2008 to quell a disturbance.

S3W-8278 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what capacity Strathclyde Police assisted Premier Prison Service’s management at an incident in HM Prison Kilmarnock on 4 January 2008.

S3W-8279 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures were undertaken to transfer responsibility from Premier Prison Service’s management to Strathclyde Police in respect of an incident in HM Prison Kilmarnock on 4 January 2008.

S3W-8280 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of prison staff needing assistance to deal with internal violent incidents, it is normal practice for staff to be deployed from other prisons to provide such assistance.

S3W-8281 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role of the Scottish Prison Service was in relation to an incident at HM Prison Kilmarnock on 4 January 2008.

S3W-8282 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers have had discussions with their UK counterparts on (a) how any nuclear power stations will be funded, (b) whether the UK Government will be investing any public money in new nuclear power and (c) whether the UK Government will match incentives offered to companies funding nuclear power stations with incentives for the renewables industry.

S3W-8283 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to lift the cap on student numbers in higher education.

S3W-8284 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the European Fisheries Fund will be opened to applications from Scottish businesses and when the first payments will be made to successful applicants.

S3W-8285 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used when assessing applications to the European Fisheries Fund.

S3W-8286 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding from the European Fisheries Fund will be available to Scottish businesses in each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13 and how such funding will be shared between the highlands and islands and the rest of Scotland.

S3W-8287 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used, or will be used, when determining the distribution of funding from the European Fisheries Fund between the highlands and islands and the rest of Scotland.

S3W-8288 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the fisheries and aquaculture sectors that will be able to apply for grants from the European Fisheries Fund, showing the specific share allocated to each sector.

S3W-8289 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of stroke victims have access to a CT or MRI scan within (a) three and (b) 24 hours, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-8290 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the use of anti-psychotic drugs in care homes for elderly people is audited and monitored.

S3W-8291 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken in response to the Care Commission report, Pressure for Change, to address "serious failings in the standards of care" in every care home reviewed, as referred to by the commission when the report was published.

S3W-8292 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why 11 enforcement notices were served by the Care Commission when it states that, of the 62 care homes involved in its Pressure for Change review, "in every care home we reviewed, we found serious failings in the standards of care".

S3W-8293 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what compensation has been paid to families whose relatives died from septicaemia following infected pressure ulcers, as identified by the Care Commission report, Pressure for Change.

S3W-8294 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that all food purchased by public bodies should have been produced to similar standards of welfare, hygiene and traceability as those applying to Scottish farmers and food producers and, if so, what action it is taking to achieve this. R

S3W-8295 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make Scotland a Maedi Visna accredited area. R

S3W-8296 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new regulations relating to agriculture it has implemented since 1999, broken down by year. R

S3W-8297 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether food businesses are to be excluded from accessing the European Social Fund and, if so, what steps the Executive is taking to ensure that support for skills related to the retail meat and craft bakery sectors will continue to be available. R

S3W-8298 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Minister for Communities and Sport’s ministerial statement on the future of sportscotland on 9 January 2008, how many existing sportscotland jobs will be (a) relocated to the new headquarters in Glasgow and (b) dispersed between the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen hubs.

S3W-8299 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Minister for Communities and Sport’s ministerial statement on the future of sportscotland on 9 January 2008, what the proposed timescale is for the relocation of sportscotland’s headquarters to Glasgow and, if the relocation is to occur before the completion of the National Indoor Sports Arena, what provision of services will be made in the interim.

S3W-8300 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Minister for Communities and Sport’s ministerial statement on the future of sportscotland on 9 January 2008, what the overall costs will be of the relocation and dispersal of sportscotland’s staff to the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen hubs.

S3W-8301 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the budget line for flood and coast protection held centrally in the current year, and which remained unallocated for the spending review period, formed part of the grants rolled up and distributed to local authorities as part of the recently announced funding settlement for local government.

S3W-8302 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how the distribution of the capital funding element of the recent settlement with local authorities was arrived at.

S3W-8303 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what distribution methods applied to each element of the rolled-up grants distributed to local authorities for capital spending announced as part of the recent settlement with local government.

S3W-8304 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its budget it proposes to spend on children.

S3W-8305 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in each local authority area deliver the xlerate with xl programme through the Prince’s Trust.

S3W-8306 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding each local authority has received each year from Determined to Succeed since the inception of the programme.

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