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Section E – Written questions lodged on 15 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-8410 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police hours on the beat could be provided for £1 million.

S3W-8434 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans exist to educate children on how to use the internet safely.

S3W-8435 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to change how low and intermediate-level waste from the civil nuclear industry is dealt with.

S3W-8436 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties were owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in each of the last three years, broken down by local enterprise network area.

S3W-8437 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much rental income Highlands and Islands Enterprise received in each of the last three years from properties in the region, also broken down by local enterprise network area.

S3W-8438 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much revenue Highlands and Islands Enterprise accrued from property sales in each of the last three years, also broken down by local enterprise network area.

S3W-8439 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans Highlands and Islands Enterprise has to stimulate property development in the highlands and islands.

S3W-8440 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses have sought assistance from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to build new business premises or enhance existing premises in each of the last three years, broken down by local enterprise network area and showing the types of assistance available.

S3W-8441 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses have gained assistance from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to build new business premises or enhance existing premises in each of the last three years, broken down by local enterprise network area.

S3W-8442 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to acquire property in the last three years, also broken down by local enterprise network area.

S3W-8443 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it owns property jointly with other parties and, if so, how many properties are owned jointly with (a) other organisations in the public sector and (b) companies in the private sector.

S3W-8444 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what total area of land is owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-8445 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what total value of land is owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-8446 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many business tenants who lease property from Highlands and Islands Enterprise have leases of (a) less than two years, (b) from two to four years and (c) more than four years.

S3W-8447 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many leases of property owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise are due to expire in 2008-09.

S3W-8448 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with other EU regional legislatures on matters related to sport. 

S3W-8449 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions on matters related to public procurement it has had with the joint HM Treasury and DTI Procurement Policy Unit since May 2007.

S3W-8450 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a European policy co-ordination office.  

S3W-8451 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat.

S3W-8452 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the UK Permanent Representative in Brussels.

S3W-8453 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to train procurement officials on issues related to Article 19 of the EU public procurement directive.

S3W-8454 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with other EU regional legislatures on matters related to health.  

S3W-8455 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with other EU regional legislatures on matters related to transport.

S3W-8456 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with other EU regional legislatures on matters related to tourism.

S3W-8457 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with other EU regional legislatures on matters related to the environment.

S3W-8458 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the area hub of sportscotland in Aberdeen will be fully operational.

S3W-8459 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Communities and Sport will meet Aberdeen City Council to discuss the need for an Olympic-standard swimming pool in Aberdeen.

S3W-8460 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding the area hub of sportscotland in Aberdeen and the Grampian Institute of Sport will receive over the four years up to the 2012 London Olympics.

S3W-8461 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of primary 1 to 3 pupils in Aberdeen city primary schools were in class sizes of (a) 18 and under, (b) 19 to 25, (c) 26 to 30 and (d) over 30 in each school year from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

S3W-8462 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers it will pledge to Grampian over the next three years.

S3W-8463 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers it expects to redeploy to Grampian over the next three years.

S3W-8464 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people who were convicted of a sexual offence in Grampian were sentenced to (a) a prison sentence of six months or more, (b) a prison sentence of less than six months, (c) another custodial sentence or (d) community service in each year from 2003 to 2007.

S3W-8465 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding will be allocated to the Scottish Futures Trust in each of the next three financial years.

S3W-8466 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much private investment it expects to generate for the Scottish Futures Trust in each of the next three financial years.

S3W-8467 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it expects to generate from commercial banks for the Scottish Futures Trust in each of the next three financial years.

S3W-8468 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of a project funded by the Scottish Futures Trust would be funded by (a) public, (b) private and (c) commercial finance.

S3W-8469 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Futures Trust will be fully operational.

S3W-8470 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its latest cost estimates are to fund the building of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and what percentage of its financing would come from (a) public, (b) private and (c) commercial sources through the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-8471 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nature designations, including Special Protection Areas, have been approved by Scottish ministers since May 2007.

S3W-8472 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local nature reserves have been approved by Scottish ministers since May 2007.

S3W-8473 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is to improve the accuracy of the determination of croft boundaries and when it last discussed this with the Crofters Commission.

S3W-8474 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Rural Development Programme will be opened for applications.

S3W-8475 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the recommendation of Heriot-Watt University’s review of Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) role in the planning process that states that SNH should limit its official objections to UK or European law breaches or in respect of the most substantial development proposals.

S3W-8476 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the public comments of the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism that a nine-month timescale should be the upper limit for renewable energy planning applications, whether this is now its policy and whether it applies only to renewable projects or to all planning applications.

S3W-8477 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the conclusion of the Beauly to Denny transmission line local public inquiry, when ministers plan to make a determination on the planning application.

S3W-8478 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the budget was allocated for spending on children in each year from 2003 to 2007.

S3W-8479 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the budget is being allocated for spending on children in each year from 2007 to 2011.

S3W-8480 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the outcomes listed in its concordat with COSLA represent all its key priorities in relation to children and young people for the 2007-11 parliamentary session.

S3W-8481 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any further priorities in relation to children and young people, other than those outlined in its concordat with COSLA, and what funding it has identified to deliver these priorities.

S3W-8482 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the National Priorities Action Fund in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8483 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the Educational Attainment of Looked After Children scheme in each year from 2003 and 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8484 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the Changing Children’s Services Fund in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8485 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the Teacher Induction Scheme in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8486 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the Early Years and Childcare Workforce Development Fund in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8487 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the National Fostering and Kinship Care Strategy in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8488 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to youth work for local delivery in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8489 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the Schools Fund in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8490 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to adoption services in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8491 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for additional support for learning in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8492 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for additional support for learning in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8493 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for additional support needs in-service training in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8494 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for additional support needs in-service training in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8495 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for additional teachers for early years in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8496 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for additional teachers for early years in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8497 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated to the Alternatives to Exclusion programme in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8498 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated to the Alternatives to Exclusion programme in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8499 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for continuing professional development for teachers in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8500 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for continuing professional development for teachers in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8501 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for improving discipline in schools in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8502 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for improving discipline in schools in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8503 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for inclusion in schools in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8504 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for inclusion in schools in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8505 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount was allocated for additional support staff in schools in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented.

S3W-8506 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what total amount is being allocated for additional support staff in schools in each year from 2007 to 2011 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represents.

S3W-8507 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners are serving sentences of 12 months or less in the open estate and how many were serving similar sentences five years ago.

S3W-8508 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners are serving sentences of 12 months or less in (a) HM Prison Castle Huntly and (b) HM Prison Noranside and what the figures were five years ago.

S3W-8509 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many protection orders have been granted under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 and which waters they cover.

S3W-8510 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering granting any further protection orders under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-8511 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any criminal prosecutions as a result of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 and, if so, how many.

S3W-8512 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to extend public access to areas currently covered by protection orders under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-8513 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to revoke any protection orders under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-8514 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on creating a national freshwater fisheries policy.

S3W-8515 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to open up access to all inland waters in Scotland.

S3W-8516 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to market the quality of river and loch angling in the highlands and islands as part of Scotland’s tourism industry.

S3W-8517 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has in relation to growth in employment in the highlands and islands as a direct consequence of freshwater fishing.

S3W-8518 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it intends to make available to develop freshwater fishing.

S3W-8519 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has to increase participation in angling among young people in the highlands and islands.

S3W-8520 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to reverse the decline in west coast sea trout numbers.

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