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Section E – Written questions lodged on 10 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-8307 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its targets are for the new drug treatment and testing orders model pilot in the Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority area and, if the pilot shows signs of early success, whether it will roll out the scheme across Scotland earlier than the proposed timescale.

S3W-8308 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change will next meet Nestrans to discuss the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

S3W-8309 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will move from assessing proposals for Aberdeen Crossrail to construction of the project and what timescale it anticipates for the construction.

S3W-8310 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding in the spending review will be allocated to developing transport projects in Grampian.

S3W-8311 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding in the spending review will be allocated to developing rail projects in Grampian.

S3W-8312 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will conduct a consultation on the proposed Aberdeen Crossrail project and, if so, when it anticipates that such a consultation will take place.

S3W-8313 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change expects to receive the STAG 2 report on the Aberdeen Crossrail project which was due at the end of summer 2007.

S3W-8314 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change has yet received the STAG 2 report on the Aberdeen Crossrail project which was due at the end of summer 2007 and, if not, what the reasons are for the delay.

S3W-8315 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on its findings in respect of the contents of the Nestrans transport strategy.

S3W-8316 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in Grampian as a result of vandalism-related incidents during (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

S3W-8317 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in Aberdeen city during (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

S3W-8318 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in Aberdeenshire during (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

S3W-8319 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of vandalism were reported to Grampian Police during (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

S3W-8320 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of restoring vandalised public sector property in Grampian during (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

S3W-8321 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vandalism-related arrests were made by Grampian Police from 2003 to 2007 and, of these, how many were of individuals aged from (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 18 to 25 and (d) over 25.

S3W-8322 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals who committed vandalism-related offences received community service orders in Grampian during (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007.

S3W-8323 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the proposed Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill.

S3W-8324 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent assessment of how the enhancements to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, included in the nine infrastructure projects identified as potential national developments in the second National Planning Framework, will contribute to or impact on the 80% greenhouse gas reduction targets.

S3W-8325 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent assessment of how the replacement Forth crossing, included in the nine infrastructure projects identified as potential national developments in the second National Planning Framework, will contribute to or impact on the 80% greenhouse gas reduction targets.

S3W-8326 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent assessment of how the Rosyth International Container Terminal, included in the nine infrastructure projects identified as potential national developments in the second National Planning Framework, will contribute to or impact on the 80% greenhouse gas reduction targets.

S3W-8327 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent assessment of how enhanced access to the Grangemouth Freight Hub, included in the nine infrastructure projects identified as potential national developments in the second National Planning Framework, will contribute to or impact on the 80% greenhouse gas reduction targets.

S3W-8328 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent assessment of how the Scapa Flow Container Transhipment Facility, included in the nine infrastructure projects identified as potential national developments in the second National Planning Framework, will contribute to or impact on the 80% greenhouse gas reduction targets.

S3W-8329 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to cancel community charge arrears. 

S3W-8330 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make an announcement on establishing a judicial inquiry into the Shirley McKie case before the end of June 2008.

S3W-8331 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4068 by Kenny MacAskill on 12 September 2007, what work it has undertaken in preparing to announce a judicial inquiry into the Shirley McKie case.

S3W-8332 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still intends to fully fund the permanent works associated with the upgrading of the Royal Commonwealth Pool, as set out in Table 8.4.2 of Volume 2 of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid documentation.

S3W-8333 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still recognises £28.8 million as an accurate figure for the permanent works required to upgrade the Royal Commonwealth Pool, as set out in Table 8.4.2 of Volume 2 of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid documentation, and whether it will honour its commitment to fully fund the upgrade in the event of any escalation in its costs.

S3W-8334 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the City of Edinburgh Council in relation to the Royal Commonwealth Pool upgrade since the announcement that the 2014 Commonwealth Games are to be held in Glasgow.

S3W-8335 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change will respond to my letter dated 6 November 2007.

S3W-8336 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in allocating a named mental health link person in every school and basic mental health training for all those looking after children and young people in care.

S3W-8337 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish a telephone helpline for young people with mental health and emotional problems.

S3W-8338 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for health and safety breaches there were in the courts in each of the last five years.

S3W-8339 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for breaches of health and safety legislation in the last five years failed in court.

S3W-8340 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs were incurred by Strathclyde Police as a result of the inquiry into the causes of the Stockline disaster.

S3W-8342 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to tackle internet fraud.

S3W-8343 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government concerning internet fraud.

S3W-8344 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that the public is aware of the dangers of internet fraud.

S3W-8345 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with the banking and financial services sector concerning internet fraud.

S3W-8346 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the retail industry to enlist it in the fight against internet crime.

S3W-8347 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scotland’s police forces engage with forces internationally to tackle internet fraud.

S3W-8348 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support investment in improved radar coverage to assist in the prediction of serious potential flooding events in the Highlands and Islands parliamentary region.

S3W-8349 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies are responsible for making investments to secure radar coverage for the purpose of assisting in the prediction of serious potential flooding events and what role it considers it has in supporting any such investments.

S3W-8350 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether single outcome agreements with local authorities will include provision for those local authorities in flood-prone areas to secure and make investments in the provision of appropriate radar cover for their areas to assist in predicting serious potential flooding events.

S3W-8351 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether patients suffering from dementia can be prescribed donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine as treatment under the NHS.

S3W-8352 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employees of the Scottish Prison Service are currently on secondment and to which organisations they are seconded.

S3W-8353 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the nature is of the Scottish Prison Service’s relationship with the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

S3W-8354 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the salaries and positions of employees of the Scottish Prison Service who are currently on secondment.

S3W-8355 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the number of secondments that currently operate in relation to Scottish Prison Service staff.

S3W-8356 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail line will be fully operational for transport freight.

S3W-8357 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-4527 and S3W-5969 by Jim Mather on 5 October and 12 November 2007 respectively, whether it has been advised whether the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise has written to John Wilson MSP stating that Mr Willie Haughey has never received remuneration nor claimed expenses in relation to his membership of the board of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow or his role as Chair of the Scottish Enterprise Careers Scotland Advisory Board.

S3W-8358 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that forestry interests, including the interests of private forest owners, are properly represented on regional project assessment committees.

S3W-8359 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to concerns that grant applications to regional project assessment committees will be unnecessarily bureaucratic and how it will reduce red tape in this process.

S3W-8360 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive why applications for grants to regional project assessment committees have to be made online; how it expects potential applicants who do not have access to the internet to make such applications, and how it will respond to the concerns of those applicants.

S3W-8361 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what grants are available for replanting felled woodlands and whether it recognises concerns expressed that an appropriate grant system has not yet been put in place.

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