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Section E – Written questions lodged on 8 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-9672 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to balance the number of PE teachers in training with the permanent vacancies available at the end of their probationary years.

S3W-9673 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what average (a) percentage and (b) number of four-year trained PE students secure permanent contracts at the end of their probationary years.

S3W-9674 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what average (a) percentage and (b) number of one-year trained PE students secure permanent contracts at the end of their probationary years.

S3W-9675 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what average (a) percentage and (b) number of qualified PE teachers remain in the profession five years after qualification.

S3W-9676 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been referred to the Disqualified from Working with Children List under the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003.

S3W-9677 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of those referred to the Disqualified from Working with Children List have been listed.

S3W-9678 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the administrative process for the Disqualified from Working with Children List is sufficiently robust to enable complex judgments about risk to be made.

S3W-9679 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that those civil servants who make decisions regarding the Disqualified from Working with Children List and those who will work for the Central Barring Unit have the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to ensure that correct judgments about risk are made.

S3W-9680 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the SNP’s priority of free access to council swimming pools, as referred to on its website, is also a priority of the Scottish Government.

S3W-9681 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale it has set towards achieving the full provision of free access to council swimming pools for children.

S3W-9682 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the cost of providing children with free year-round access to council swimming pools.

S3W-9683 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to fully fund the cost of providing children with free year-round access to council swimming pools.

S3W-9684 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed with individual local authorities the cost of providing lifeguards in association with free year-round access to council swimming pools.

S3W-9685 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met representatives of (a) Dundee City, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire councils to discuss the provision of free year-round access to council swimming pools.

S3W-9686 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it will hold in the next financial year with representatives of (a) Dundee City, (b) Angus and (c) Aberdeenshire councils to discuss the provision of free year-round access to council swimming pools.

S3W-9687 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the bird impact predictions by Scottish Natural Heritage, or other advisers to the Scottish Government, for the Lewis windfarm application, set out quantitatively by bird species and assessed against the threshold that they apply for damage to the integrity of the Special Protection Areas, as required by law.

S3W-9688 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it received on bird impact predictions for the Lewis windpower application and whether it will make this advice publicly available.

S3W-9689 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has commissioned into bird impacts at operational wind farms.

S3W-9690 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice Scottish ministers have received on proposed developments on Special Protection Areas, and whether they believe the regulations are being applied in an equivalent manner in Scotland as they are across EU member states and the United Kingdom.

S3W-9691 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the proposed £9 million funding from 2008-09 to 2010-11 will be available to Scottish Borders Council for providing courses on English as a foreign language.

S3W-9692 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make arrangements to allow cross-border use of free bus travel passes for pensioners.

S3W-9693 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions it will make to enable free cross-border travel for pensioners.

S3W-9694 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions it will make to enable free cross-border travel for pensioners travelling to Borders General Hospital.

S3W-9695 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8921 by Frank Mulholland QC on 7 February 2008, whether the protocol between the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Electoral Commission specifically relates to the Scottish parliamentary and local government elections of May 2007.

S3W-9696 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rural school closure decisions have been reversed by ministers in each year since 1999 and who the responsible minister was in each case.

S3W-9697 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scotrail franchise includes clauses relating to industrial action and, if so, whether it will publish these clauses.

S3W-9698 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what ministerial visits have been undertaken by Scottish ministers in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency since 17 May 2007, broken down by portfolio, venue and date, and which other MSPs or ministers were in attendance at each such event.

S3W-9699 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with sector skills councils on its plans to increase the number of modern apprenticeships.

S3W-9700 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what engagement it has had with the food and drink sector skills council, Improve, on proposals to create modern apprenticeships at SVQ Level 2.

S3W-9701 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to create modern apprenticeships at SVQ Level 2 and, if so, how many places will be created.

S3W-9702 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-2239 by Stewart Stevenson on 7 February 2008, what percentage target it has set itself for reduction in emissions by 2011.

S3W-9703 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-2239 by Stewart Stevenson on 7 February 2008, how its performance in reaching the percentage target it has set itself for reduction in emissions by 2011 will be measured.

S3W-9704 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-02239 by Stewart Stevenson on 7 February 2008, what level or tonnage of emissions in 2011 would be consistent with the pathway towards reducing emissions by 80%.

S3W-9705 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive why mandatory registration of dental technicians and other dental care professionals is needed.

S3W-9706 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that significant numbers of dental technicians continue to work in their profession, following the requirements for mandatory registration by the General Dental Council.

S3W-9707 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether dentists will be permitted to send their work overseas, rather than use General Dental Council registered laboratories in Scotland and the United Kingdom, following full registration in July 2008.

S3W-9708 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-30197 by Mr Andy Kerr on 6 December 2006, how many (a) patients with a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy and (b) deaths from cardiomyopathy there were in each year from 1999, broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-9709 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW3-5588 by Michael Russell on 31 October 2007, whether members of the public or MSPs can access the noise maps referred to and, if so, how this may be done.

S3W-9710 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses in the Argyll and Bute parliamentary constituency will benefit from the recently announced reduction in business rates.

S3W-9711 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses in the Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber parliamentary constituency will benefit from the recently announced reduction in business rates.

S3W-9712 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses in the Moray parliamentary constituency will benefit from the recently announced reduction in business rates.

S3W-9713 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses in the Ross, Skye and Inverness West parliamentary constituency will benefit from the recently announced reduction in business rates.

S3W-9714 Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses in the Caithness, Easter Ross and Sutherland parliamentary constituency will benefit from the recently announced reduction in business rates.

S3W-9715 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8857 by Maureen Watt on 6 February 2008, how it plans to encourage local authorities to seek assistance from credit unions to help to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence, especially in areas where they already run junior savers schemes.

S3W-9716 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement law and money advice centres will have in the promotion of money management and savings in schools.

S3W-9717 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what role citizens advice bureaux will have in the promotion of money management and savings in schools.

S3W-9718 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what role commercial banks will have in the promotion of money management and savings in schools.

S3W-9719 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the commercial banking sector in respect of the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-9720 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding has been awarded to support neuroscience research in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-9721 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) individuals have responded to and (b) comments have been received by the National Conversation website.

S3W-9722 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects or services have been supported by the Bus Route Development Grant in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

S3W-9723 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternative funding will replace the Bus Route Development Grant to fund future projects previously eligible under the scheme.

S3W-9724 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what activities it undertook during Fairtrade Fortnight.

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