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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 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-8724 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what total costs have been calculated to be attributable to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2007. R

S3W-8725 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to protect buyers’ and sellers’ animals from bluetongue at the forthcoming Perth Bull Sales. R

S3W-8726 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the new double tagging system for sheep will improve traceability. R

S3W-8727 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to reduce the costs to the red meat sector of the meat hygiene service, in light of the BSE crisis coming to an end. R

S3W-8728 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on limiting the risk of bluetongue being imported to Scotland from continental Europe. R

S3W-8729 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to keep sheep and cattle on Less Favoured Area land in the highlands and islands where sheep and cattle are presently coming off that land. R

S3W-8730 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to limit the spread of bracken in the north and west of Scotland. R

S3W-8731 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that compound fertilisers will be available in the spring. R

S3W-8732 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are to improve the provision of mental health services in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus in 2008 to 2011.

S3W-8733 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it plans for raising awareness of mental health in local communities.

S3W-8734 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it plans for educating school children about mental health.

S3W-8735 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it intends to allocate for delivering mental health services across Scotland during the period of the spending review.

S3W-8736 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it intends to allocate for delivering mental health services in (a) Aberdeen, (b) Aberdeenshire and (c) Angus during the period of the spending review.

S3W-8737 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support physics in Scottish universities.

S3W-8738 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to offer financial assistance to the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

S3W-8739 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive why priority need for housing assessment is to be phased out by 2012 and how it will deliver on this commitment.

S3W-8740 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local connection is to be removed as a criterion for social housing allocation; whether it considers that this will cause concern in communities and, if so, whether it will reconsider its position on this matter.

S3W-8741 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will highlight in its road safety campaigns dangers caused by diesel and oil spills.

S3W-8742 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take on the enforcement of legislation in respect of diesel and oil spills on roads.

S3W-8743 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a safety campaign to highlight the danger of over-filling diesel tanks, given that diesel and oil spills on roads have led to a number of fatalities in the north east this year.

S3W-8744 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the responses it received to the internal review it carried out on the future of sportscotland.

S3W-8745 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place with the Chair of the Scottish Institute of Sport prior to the ministerial announcement on 9 January 2008 relating to its future.

S3W-8746 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place with the Chair of sportscotland prior to the ministerial announcement on 9 January 2008 relating to its future.

S3W-8747 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive which individuals at the Scottish Institute of Sport (SIS) were consulted prior to the ministerial announcement on 9 January 2008 that SIS would be merged with sportscotland under one board.

S3W-8748 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place with the board of the Scottish Institute of Sport about its abolition prior to the ministerial announcement on 9 January 2008.

S3W-8749 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the responses to its internal review on the future of sportscotland called for the absorption of the Scottish Institute of Sport into sportscotland.

S3W-8750 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when the decision was made to remove the Chairs of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport from their posts.

S3W-8751 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation the Minister for Communities and Sport undertook before making the decision to ask the Chairs of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport to resign.

S3W-8752 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any correspondence, email or telephone records in respect of discussions held with the Scottish Institute of Sport (SIS) on the future of sportscotland and the SIS.

S3W-8753 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive why the announcement to remove the Chairs of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport from their posts was not included in the ministerial statement on 9 January 2008.

S3W-8754 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to ensure that Scotland’s elite athletes are not disadvantaged by any recent disruption and uncertainty surrounding the Scottish Institute of Sport.

S3W-8755 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed merger of the boards of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport will take effect.

S3W-8756 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive who will be involved in selecting an appropriate candidate for the position of Chair of the newly merged board of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport.

S3W-8757 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when an interim Chair will be selected to oversee the merger of the boards of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport.

S3W-8758 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when a new full-time Chair of the merged boards of sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport will be in place.

S3W-8759 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-29708 by Lewis Macdonald on 17 November 2006, whether it will detail the findings of the inquiry panel into absconds from Ailsa Hospital.

S3W-8760 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-29708 by Lewis Macdonald on 17 November 2006, what further action was taken in response to the findings of the inquiry panel into absconds from Ailsa Hospital.

S3W-8761 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-28879 by Lewis Macdonald on 1 November 2006, what steps were taken following the findings of the critical incident review carried out by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

S3W-8762 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cultural co-ordinators have been employed in each year since the scheme started.

S3W-8763 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cultural co-ordinators are employed in each local authority area.

S3W-8764 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cultural co-ordinators were previously employed by local authorities in another or similar role and what those roles were.

S3W-8765 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Arts Council has spent on training for cultural co-ordinators in each year since the scheme started.

S3W-8766 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been deployed in the central administration of cultural co-ordinators in each year since the scheme started.

S3W-8767 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many conferences have been held by government agencies or quangos for cultural co-ordinators in Scotland; how many co-ordinators attended each conference, and what the costs were of each conference.

S3W-8768 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence is being gathered on the effectiveness of the Keep Well programme in relation to the diagnosis of diabetes.

S3W-8769 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out how people at risk of type 2 diabetes will be included as a priority target group in the Life Begins programme.

S3W-8770 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities. R

S3W-8771 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether minutes will be published of meetings of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities. R

S3W-8772 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when and to whom the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities will report. R

S3W-8773 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities will consider university funding. R

S3W-8774 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities will consider the use of student contributions towards university funding. R

S3W-8775 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive why student representatives are not part of the membership of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities. R

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