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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 February 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-9526 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases have been referred to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission in each year since its inception; of these how many (a) have been the subject of a full-scale review, (b) have resulted in referrals back to the courts, (c) have been dismissed, (d) have taken over (i) 6, (ii) 12, (iii) 24 and (iv) 36 months to reach a decision and (e) are currently under consideration by the commission.

S3W-9527 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many solicitors’ practices undertook legal aid work for which they received fee payments, excluding VAT, from the Scottish Legal Aid Board in 2005-06 for (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid of (i) less than £25,000, (ii) from £25,000 to £49,999, (iii) from £50,00 to £74,999, (iv) from £75,000 to £100,000 and (v) more than £100,000, broken down by parliamentary region or postcode area.

S3W-9528 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are included in its definition of best value in public sector procurement.

S3W-9529 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the strengths of the economy of the Western Isles at the present time.

S3W-9530 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the key economic challenges for the Western Isles at the present time.

S3W-9531 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers that the rate of economic growth in the Western Isles will be over the next four years and what the principal contributors will be to any such growth.

S3W-9532 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the greatest areas of economic potential are for the Western Isles economy at the present time.

S3W-9533 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any economic development proposal equivalent in scale of investment, job creation potential and community income to the Lewis windfarm proposal currently being considered by ministers.

S3W-9534 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8421 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, what maximum number of months per year could potentially be covered by existing vessels to deliver "summer services" and whether he is considering such an option.

S3W-9535 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8414 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, whether he will invite or direct CalMac Ferries Ltd or another appropriate organisation to conduct the consultation of users referred to without delay.

S3W-9536 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8423 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, whether the spending review and budget for the coming period has given him sufficient resources to fund the service described as the "optional variant bid" in the next financial year and subsequent two years.

S3W-9537 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8420 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, what the report on the search for suitable vessels that is now with Scottish ministers revealed.

S3W-9538 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8413 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 January 2008, whether as part of the extensive dialogue with CalMac Ferries Ltd and its advisers during the tender process they were explicitly told that any part of their proposals was non-compliant.

S3W-9540 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage road freight to move to rail and, if so, what help it will provide.

S3W-9541 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set in respect of goods traffic growth in the Highlands over the next three years.

S3W-9542 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in developing a national rail improvement plan.

S3W-9543 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set in respect of rail passenger growth in the Highlands over the next three years.

S3W-9544 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in developing an integrated payment card for public transport use.

S3W-9545 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to cut Aberdeen to Inverness rail journey times.

S3W-9546 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set to reduce travel times on the (a) Inverness to Perth, (b) Inverness to Wick/Thurso, (c) Mallaig to Glasgow and (d) Oban to Glasgow lines.

S3W-9547 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the work on the Orton loop on the Inverness to Aberdeen rail line to commence and be completed.

S3W-9548 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to electrify any Highland rail routes.

S3W-9549 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in requiring Inverness and Elgin to produce strategies for enhanced park-and-ride schemes.

S3W-9550 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it provides to local authorities and others wishing to develop park and ride schemes utilising rail services.

S3W-9551 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fund the necessary rail gauge enhancements to enable a switch from road to rail in the highlands and islands.

S3W-9552 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing high speed rail links to Inverness.

S3W-9553 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend the concessionary travel scheme to include rail travel.

S3W-9554 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to subsidise rail travel on commuter lines to ease traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gases.

S3W-9555 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Freight Facilities Grant was in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

S3W-9556 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Freight Facilities Grant has been spent on (a) rail projects and (b) shipping projects in each of the last three years.

S3W-9557 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that temporary bed and breakfast accommodation in the event of homelessness is a sufficiently safe option for those who have previously worked with convicted criminals in a professional context and would have significant concerns about their own personal safety in such circumstances.

S3W-9558 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken on stroke issues and which organisations are involved in such work.

S3W-9559 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has provided to (a) East Ayrshire Council and (b) South Ayrshire Council in fees, for administering windfarm applications made under the Electricity Act 1989 or planning legislation, broken down by individual application.

S3W-9560 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8799 by Stewart Stevenson on 1 February 2008, what additional resources and support it has provided to (a) East Ayrshire Council and (b) South Ayrshire Council from the consultant employed by the Executive to offer assistance to planning authorities, broken down by windfarm application.

S3W-9561 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has provided in fees to (a) East Ayrshire Council and (b) South Ayrshire Council for the processing and administration of wind farm applications, broken down by planning applicatio.

S3W-9562 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to procure additional rolling stock to accommodate an increase in rail services between Ayr and Glasgow.

S3W-9563 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to procure additional rolling stock to accommodate an increase in rail services between Ayr and Stranraer.

S3W-9564 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5531 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 November 2007, whether it will provide details of the request it has made to the franchisee with regard to the leasing of additional rolling stock required to provide a half-hourly service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-9565 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5531 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 November 2007, how much additional rolling stock it has asked the franchisee to lease to provide a half-hourly service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-9566 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5529 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 November 2007, whether it has any plans, in the medium to long term, to purchase rolling stock to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

S3W-9567 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5529 by Stewart Stevenson on 5 November 2007, whether the estimated cost of leasing the two additional trains required to provide a half-hourly rail service between Glasgow and Kilmarnock has changed since the original estimation.

S3W-9568 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences of cancer have been diagnosed in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type. 

S3W-9569 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidences of cancer have been diagnosed in South Ayrshire in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type.

S3W-9570 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from organisations or individuals regarding adverts in local, regional and national newspapers advertising sexual services.

S3W-9571 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any data or research regarding adverts in local, regional and national newspapers advertising sexual services.

S3W-9572 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to carry out any research in Scotland regarding the advertising of women for sex in newspapers and magazines.

S3W-9573 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a response to findings contained in the Women Not for Sale report published in January 2008 by the UK Government Equalities Office.

S3W-9574 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met UK ministers to discuss tackling human trafficking and the global sex trade.

S3W-9575 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when officials last met UK Government officials to discuss tackling human trafficking and the global sex trade.

S3W-9576 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what organisations ministers have met to discuss human trafficking and the efforts to help the victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Scotland.

S3W-9577 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7993 by Kenny MacAskill on 23 January 2008, whether £20,000 is the cumulative total amount available to all 32 Scottish local authorities or whether it is the maximum amount which can be drawn down on a case-by-case basis.

S3W-9578 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated increase or decrease is in local authority debt over the next financial year, broken down by authority.

S3W-9579 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether single outcome agreements will include a commitment to reduce local authority debt.

S3W-9580 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure financial support for the continuation of the Scottish Photodynamic Therapy Centre at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

S3W-9581 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with regard to finalisation of single outcome agreements.

S3W-9582 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the development of single outcome agreements will be informed by Taking Forward the Government Economic Strategy: A Discussion Paper on Tackling Poverty, Inequality and Deprivation in Scotland.

S3W-9583 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils in each Glasgow primary school were taking free school lunches in (a) June 2007 and (b) December 2007.

S3W-9584 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7893 by Michael Russell on 11 January 2008, what meetings were held between 20 December 2007 and 30 January 2008 with stakeholders affected by the removal of ring-fencing from the Supporting People fund.

S3W-9585 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to publicise and increase the scale of the Mortgage to Rent scheme.

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