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Section E – Written questions lodged from 11 to 15 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-9725 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all interested groups and individuals are entitled to participate in the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9726 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive which groups and individuals were invited to (a) make up the core membership and (b) participate in the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9727 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it chose the groups and individuals invited to (a) make up the core membership and (b) participate in the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9728 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether groups and individuals are invited to participate in the National Economic Forum on a meeting-by-meeting basis or whether a general invitation has been extended for all meetings.

S3W-9729 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the same groups and individuals will be invited to each meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9730 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many delegates attended the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9731 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive which groups and individuals attended the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9732 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what issues were discussed at the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9733 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions were reached at the inaugural meeting of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9734 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the National Economic Forum will next meet.

S3W-9735 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the themes and issues for discussion at the meetings of the National Economic Forum are determined.

S3W-9736 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the National Economic Forum is required to report on its findings and conclusions and, if so, to whom it will report.

S3W-9737 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish reports of the meetings of the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9738 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the National Economic Forum will contribute to the Government’s economic strategy.

S3W-9739 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the National Economic Forum will contribute to the work of the Council of Economic Advisers.

S3W-9740 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the National Economic Forum will interact with the Business in the Parliament conference.

S3W-9741 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the costs of setting up the National Economic Forum, also showing the total set-up cost.

S3W-9742 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the annual running costs of the National Economic Forum, also showing the total annual running cost.

S3W-9743 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how the National Economic Forum will interact with the Small Business Consultative Group.

S3W-9744 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Small Business Consultative Group last met; what issues were discussed, and when it will next meet.

S3W-9745 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to support Business in the Parliament in addition to the National Economic Forum.

S3W-9746 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many diagnoses of chlamydia were reported to Health Protection Scotland in the (a) first, (b) second and (c) third quarter of 2007-08.

S3W-9747 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many diagnoses of (a) female infertility (i) in total and (ii) of tubal origin and (b) male infertility there have been in each year since 2002.

S3W-9748 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) men and (b) women are being screened for chlamydia by each NHS board and how this percentage compares with screening targets.

S3W-9749 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) men and (b) women are being screened for chlamydia by each NHS board and how these figures compare with screening targets.

S3W-9750 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to increase chlamydia screening through local pharmacies, similar to the Ayrshire and Arran pilot.

S3W-9751 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive why NHS Quality Improvement Scotland’s draft consultation document on sexual health services has a target for male screening for chlamydia of 10% compared with 30% for women.

S3W-9752 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8921 by Mr Frank Mulholland QC on 7 February 2008, whether the protocol between the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Electoral Commission relates specifically to the Scottish parliamentary and local government elections held in May 2007 and no other elections held in Scotland for any purpose.

S3W-9753 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many redundancies have been recorded in the (a) textiles, (b) agricultural, (c) electronics, (d) service and (e) tourism industries in (i) the Scottish Borders and (ii) Scotland, expressed both in real terms and as a percentage of the populations of (A) the Borders and (B) Scotland, in each year since 1999.

S3W-9754 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it will next meet and whether, at that meeting, it will consider whether Ronald Rae’s Lion of Scotland should be located outside the Parliament building.

S3W-9755 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many installations were carried out under the central heating programme in each (a) year and (b) month since its inception in (i) the North Lanarkshire local authority area, (ii) the South Lanarkshire local authority area, (iii) the Falkirk local authority area and (iv) each parliamentary constituency in the Central Scotland region.

S3W-9756 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses will benefit from the decision to remove or reduce business rates for businesses with a rateable value of (a) up to £8,000, (b) from £8,001 to £10,000 and (c) from £10,001 to £15,000, broken down by (i) Scottish parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area.

S3W-9757 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average saving in 2008-09 will be for businesses with a rateable value of (a) up to £8,000, (b) from £8,001 to £10,000 and (c) from £10,001 to £15,000, broken down by (i) Scottish parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area as a result of the increase in the business rate rebate.

S3W-9758 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses will benefit from the decision to (a) remove business rates for businesses with a rateable value of up to £8,000, (b) halve the rates for businesses with a rateable value of £8,001 to £10,000 and (c) reduce by a quarter rates for businesses with a rateable value of £10,001 to £15,000, broken down by (i) Scottish parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority area.

S3W-9759 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average annual saving will be for businesses with a rateable value of (a) up to £8,000, (b) from £8,001 to £10,000 and (c) from £10,001 to £15,000 as a result of the removal of or reduction in business rates for small businesses.

S3W-9760 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the remit and role of Historic Scotland are clear.

S3W-9761 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the performance of Historic Scotland, in particular in relation to its involvement with the planning system.

S3W-9762 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what proportion of female prisoners have tested positive for drugs on admission to prison in each of the last five years.

S3W-9763 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what proportion of female prisoners have been recognised as having mental health problems on admission to prison in each of the last five years.

S3W-9764 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average reoffending rate of women is two years after they completed custodial sentences.

S3W-9765 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average reoffending rate of women is two years after they completed community sentences.

S3W-9766 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average reoffending rate after two years is of women who were convicted of crimes and subsequently underwent drug rehabilitation.

S3W-9767 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average reoffending rate after two years is of women who were convicted of crimes and subsequently underwent mental health rehabilitation.

S3W-9768 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will spend on mental health rehabilitation in each year from 2008 to 2011, also showing in percentage real terms how these figures compare with 2007 spend.

S3W-9769 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will spend on drug rehabilitation in each year from 2008 to 2011, also showing in percentage real terms how these figures compare with 2007 spend.

S3W-9770 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating systems have been installed in Aberdeen in each quarter since the central heating programme was introduced.

S3W-9771 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many installations under the central heating programme were completed from October to December 2006, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-9772 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many installations under the central heating programme were completed from October to December 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-9773 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Class 320 trains operating on the Helensburgh to Drumgelloch route to be replaced.

S3W-9774 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive who was consulted on the recent Net Limitation Order introduced under the River Border Esk Fisheries Byelaw and when the consultation took place.

S3W-9775 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is the intention under the Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/553) that, where several licensed premises operate from within one site, each pays the premises licence fee on the basis of the rateable value of the entire site.

S3W-9776 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is provision under the Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/553) to enable licensed premises that share a site with other licensed premises to pay each premise’s licence fee on the basis of a proportion of the rateable value of the entire site.

S3W-9777 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will urgently review the Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/553) in relation to the licence fee payable by licensed premises that share a site with other licensed premises.

S3W-9778 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacant local authority-run nursery places there are in Glasgow.

S3W-9779 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what requirements local authorities have to enter into partnership agreements.

S3W-9780 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all parents are entitled to receive funding towards their children’s nursery education.

S3W-9781 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consideration it has given to extending the exemption from water charges for churches and other voluntary organisations beyond 2010.

S3W-9782 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides for community development in rural areas outside the Highlands and Islands.

S3W-9783 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to community councils in rural areas.

S3W-9784 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend initiatives such as the Highland Youth Voice model to all parts of rural Scotland.

S3W-9785 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students were recorded as (a) disabled, (b) able-bodied or (c) status unknown in each of the last five years and, of those recorded as status unknown, how many (i) failed and (ii) refused to respond.

S3W-9786 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students who, in each of the last five years, attended a course of not more than one year’s duration also attended a further education course in the previous year.

S3W-9787 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students who, in each of the last five years, attended a course of not more than one year’s duration also attended a further education course in the previous year.

S3W-9788 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students who, in each of the last five years, attended a course of not more than one year’s duration also attended a further education course in the previous year of an equivalent or higher academic level.

S3W-9789 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students attended courses that did not lead to a recognised qualification in each of the last five years.

S3W-9790 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students attended courses that did not lead to a recognised qualification in each of the last five years.

S3W-9791 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students studied for a recognised qualification below SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years.

S3W-9792 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students studied for a recognised qualification below SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years.

S3W-9793 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students studied for a recognised qualification above SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years.

S3W-9794 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students studied for a recognised qualification above SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years.

S3W-9795 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students studying for a recognised qualification above SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years failed to complete 25% of the course.

S3W-9796 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students studying for a recognised qualification above SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years failed to complete 25% of their course.

S3W-9797 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students studying for a recognised qualification below SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years failed to complete 25% of the course.

S3W-9798 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students studying for a recognised qualification below SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years failed to complete 25% of the course.

S3W-9799 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students studying for a recognised qualification above SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years completed 25% of the course but failed to gain a qualification.

S3W-9800 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students studying for a recognised qualification above SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years completed 25% of the course but failed to gain a qualification.

S3W-9801 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of further education students studying for a recognised qualification below SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years completed 25% of the course but failed to gain a qualification.

S3W-9802 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of disabled further education students studying for a recognised qualification below SVQ level 3 in each of the last five years completed 25% of the course but failed to gain a qualification.

S3W-9803 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be available under the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme and the Environmental Justice Fund in 2008-09.

S3W-9804 Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of telemasts that have been erected or permitted by Network Rail in each year since 1997.

S3W-9805 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available the list of local targets and indicators from which single outcome agreements will be negotiated.

S3W-9806 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the minimum number of local targets and indicators will be in each single outcome agreement.

S3W-9807 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will only have access to the £70 million identified in the concordat with COSLA if they sign up to the terms of a single outcome agreement.

S3W-9808 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will achieve national minimum standards of service for vulnerable groups.

S3W-9809 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult organisations representing vulnerable groups on arriving at national standards of service for vulnerable groups.

S3W-9810 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how single outcome agreements will connect with national minimum standards of service for vulnerable groups.

S3W-9811 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be statutory targets and indicators for education and early years provision.

S3W-9812 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be local targets and indicators for those aspects of health and care provision within the remit of local authorities.

S3W-9813 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the performance of local authorities in terms of their targets and indicators will be monitored.

S3W-9814 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to pilot single outcome agreements.

S3W-9815 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to evaluate pilots on single outcome agreements.

S3W-9816 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event of evaluation of pilots on single outcome agreements (SOAs) providing negative results, the SOAs will be abandoned.

S3W-9817 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the performance of local authorities in respect of aspects of service not covered by local agreed targets and indicators will be monitored.

S3W-9818 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in devising the single outcome agreement process, it is intended to draw on the English experience of local area agreements.

S3W-9819 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in devising single outcome agreements, it is intended to draw on the English experience of piloting local area agreements.

S3W-9820 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in devising single outcome agreements, it is intended to draw on the English experience of negotiating 35 targets for each local authority.

S3W-9821 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in devising single outcome agreements, it is intended to draw on the English experience of having 18 statutory targets for education and early years.

S3W-9822 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in devising single outcome agreements, it is intended to draw on the English experience of identifying targets for aspects of health and care where local authorities have an input.

S3W-9823 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in devising single outcome agreements, it is intended to draw on the English experience of adopting a flexible approach to the retention or removal of ring fencing.

S3W-9824 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial savings are anticipated from the abolition of Communities Scotland.

S3W-9825 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8488 by Fiona Hyslop on 21 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9826 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8487 by Fiona Hyslop on 23 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9827 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8484 by Adam Ingram on 25 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9828 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8483 by Fiona Hyslop on 23 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9829 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8478 by Fiona Hyslop on 21 January 2008, what percentage of the budget was allocated for spending on children in each year from 2003 to 2007, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9830 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8503 by Fiona Hyslop on 21 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9831 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8493 by Fiona Hyslop on 18 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9832 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8491 by Fiona Hyslop on 18 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9833 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8490 by Adam Ingram on 25 January 2008, what total amount was allocated for adoption services in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9834 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8489 by Fiona Hyslop on 22 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9835 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8497 by Fiona Hyslop on 31 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9836 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8486 by Adam Ingram on 30 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9837 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8505 by Adam Ingram on 29 January 2008, what total amount was allocated to 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9838 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8501 by Maureen Watt on 29 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9839 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8499 by Adam Ingram on 29 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9840 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8495 by Adam Ingram on 29 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9841 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8485 by Adam Ingram on 29 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9842 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8482 by Adam Ingram on 29 January 2008, what total amount was allocated to the National Priority Action Fund in each year from 2003 to 2007 and what percentage of the budget for children and young people this represented, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9843 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8490 by Adam Ingram on 25 January 2008, 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, excluding spending that would have been subsumed into other budgets such as community health.

S3W-9844 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to revisiting the local government financial settlement for Highland Council in 2008-09, in light of the impact on local services for children and education resulting from financial cutbacks under consideration by the council.

S3W-9845 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what its annual (a) cash, (b) time and (c) total efficiency savings targets have been for each year since 1999; on what date the Parliament agreed the budget for each year at Stage 3, and on what date the detailed technical notes relating to the savings to be achieved in each year were published.

S3W-9846 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is issued to its departments, agencies and other public bodies on non-contractual payments being made at the end of a period of employment.

S3W-9847 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many installations were carried out under the central heating programme in each (a) year and (b) month since the introduction of the programme in (i) the South Lanarkshire local authority area, (ii) the North Ayrshire local authority area and (iii) each Scottish parliamentary constituency in the South of Scotland region.

S3W-9848 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency will have responsibility for national co-ordination of community engagement in the event of the abolition of Communities Scotland.

S3W-9849 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency will be responsible for monitoring national standards for community engagement in the event of the abolition of Communities Scotland.

S3W-9850 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency will be responsible for national co-ordination of the Communities Voices programme in the event of the abolition of Communities Scotland.

S3W-9851 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which agency will be responsible for publishing information and guidance on community engagement in the event of the abolition of Communities Scotland.

S3W-9852 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how spending by community planning partnerships on community engagement will be monitored in the event of the abolition of Communities Scotland.

S3W-9853 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether community engagement falls within the remit of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth or the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

S3W-9854 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether British Legion clubs can attract discretionary rates relief from local authorities.

S3W-9855 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many British Legion clubs receive discretionary rates relief.

S3W-9856 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive which British Legion clubs receive discretionary rates relief and what that level of relief is.

S3W-9857 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers are employed by Strathclyde Police and deployed in the North Lanarkshire division.

S3W-9858 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional officers will be recruited by Strathclyde Police for deployment in the North Lanarkshire division in 2008-09 and over the third session of the Parliament.

S3W-9859 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers employed by Strathclyde Police and deployed in the North Lanarkshire division are projected to retire during the next four years.

S3W-9860 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors are employed in (a) Monklands, (b) Wishaw and (c) Hairmyres hospitals, broken down by grade.

S3W-9861 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors in (a) Monklands, (b) Wishaw and (c) Hairmyres hospitals are due to retire in the next (i) year and (ii) four years.

S3W-9862 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies for doctors there are in (a) Monklands, (b) Wishaw and (c) Hairmyres hospitals, broken down by grade, and for how long each position has been vacant.

S3W-9863 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to (a) refurbish Monklands District General Hospital, (b) establish a Lanarkshire cancer centre at Monklands, (c) develop in-house mental health and learning disability facilities and (d) develop Airdrie Health Centre and whether the finance for these improvements was included in the recent NHS board allocations or whether additional funding will be made available.

S3W-9864 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many secure accommodation places are (a) provided and (b) vacant in North Lanarkshire and what the cost is of each such place.

S3W-9865 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to distribute its share of the money raised by the UK Government from the aggregates tax.

S3W-9866 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the UK Government to amend regulations on HGV and bus design to make the fitting of anti-diesel-spill devices compulsory on all such vehicles, including foreign vehicles, using our roads.

S3W-9867 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to investigate the value of having anti-spill devices for diesel-fuelled vehicles fitted as a condition of receiving Bus Service Operators Grant.

S3W-9868 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the anti-diesel-spill devices being used by Lothian Buses.

S3W-9869 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the use of anti-diesel-spill devices by Lothian Buses helps to promote environmentally-friendly sustainable public transport.

S3W-9870 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage public and private bus and HGV fleet operators to consider using anti-diesel-spill devices as used by Lothian Buses.

S3W-9871 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards reaching a negotiated settlement on extended opening hours for general medical practices.

S3W-9872 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it regards a negotiated settlement on extended opening hours for general medical practices to be feasible or desirable.

S3W-9873 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what input Scottish ministers and officials have had to the negotiations on extending the opening hours of general medical practices as part of the four nations’ discussions.

S3W-9874 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints (a) it and (b) each NHS board have received from patients about the level of access to their GPs and associated services as a result of opening hours in each of the last three years.

S3W-9875 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescales are for implementing any new agreement on extended opening hours for general medical practices.

S3W-9876 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many medical training posts are being held open to allow successful candidates to defer taking up the appointments.

S3W-9877 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacancies there are in the medical grading structures of clinical departments in acute care.

S3W-9878 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of graduates who complete their GP training in Grampian subsequently take up posts within Grampian medical practices.

S3W-9879 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor, audit and assess the success of local voluntary sector and community projects and initiatives funded by it or its agencies.

S3W-9880 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to legislating for a change in the age of criminal responsibility.

S3W-9881 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were successfully prosecuted in 2007 for cruelty to (a) dogs and (b) cats.

S3W-9882 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has of individuals travelling to Scotland for the purpose of using its health services.

S3W-9883 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many requests for warrants authorising interception of communications were refused by ministers from 3 May to 31 December 2007.

S3W-9884 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many written parliamentary questions have been answered by each cabinet secretary and minister since May 2007.

S3W-9885 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it has given to energy generation schemes using (a) biomass, (b) wave power, (c) hydro power, (d) tidal power, (e) onshore wind power and (f) offshore wind power since May 2007.

S3W-9886 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many energy generation schemes using (a) biomass, (b) wave power, (c) hydro power, (d) tidal power, (e) onshore wind power and (f) offshore wind power have been approved since May 2007.

S3W-9887 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the tax on whisky, showing the dates on which any representations were made and by whom.

S3W-9888 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to experimenting with the sale of alcohol at football matches, similar to the trial at Murrayfield stadium.

S3W-9889 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether centres for the support and supervision of women offenders are cost effective; who funds them and whether the Executive will conduct a trial of such centres in major urban areas.

S3W-9890 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the European Commission’s outline proposals to prohibit the use of patio heaters by restaurants and bars as part of an emissions reduction programme.

S3W-9891 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect overcrowding in prisons is having on the length of prison sentences passed in court.

S3W-9892 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to voluntary bodies helping people with personal debt problems.

S3W-9893 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are being put in place to monitor and enforce compliance with the concordat between it and local government across all Executive departments, offices and agencies and where the responsibility for this work lies.

S3W-9894 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of compliance with building regulations is assumed in the calculation of official estimates on carbon dioxide emissions from buildings.

S3W-9895 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the use of tasers by police officers.

S3W-9896 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate, while ensuring compatibility with Historic Scotland’s involvement with the bid for World Heritage status, the possibility of the full reconstruction of a section of the Antonine Wall, similar to the reconstruction of part of the Roman frontier in Germany.

S3W-9897 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate, as part of its strategy on tackling poverty, the possibility of setting up a website to act as a portal for access to information on benefits, work opportunities, support, and training opportunities.

S3W-9898 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many central heating programme installations have been carried out in the Dundee City Council area in the last two years, broken down by month of installation.

S3W-9899 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to NHS boards piloting Emergency Medical Retrieval Service provision and which NHS boards are undertaking work in this area.

S3W-9900 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits patients in remote and rural areas can hope to gain from the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service.

S3W-9901 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service will be rolled out across the whole of Scotland if pilot projects are successful.

S3W-9902 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to media reports about the levels of marine plastics pollution and whether it plans to categorise plastics as dangerous waste.

S3W-9903 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many oral parliamentary questions have been answered by each cabinet secretary and minister since May 2007.

S3W-9904 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the most recent visit of HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) to Wick High School, what improvements to the infrastructure of the school HMIE considers to be of the highest priority and what discussions the Executive has had with Highland Council about progressing these improvements as rapidly as possible.

S3W-9905 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used to review the tender process for the M74 northern extension.

S3W-9906 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what external advice was taken during the review of the tender process for the M74 northern extension about its legality under EU competition law.

S3W-9907 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers would place the contract award process for the M74 northern extension on hold if the European Commission moves to a formal investigation of the tender process.

S3W-9908 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response would be if the European Commission decided to nullify the award of the contract for the M74 northern extension to Interlink M74 under Section 2 of Article 81 on restrictive agreements and practices.

S3W-9909 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to people suffering from Acquired Brain Injury on discharge from hospital.

S3W-9910 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider taking action to ensure the provision of information packs to support people suffering from Acquired Brain Injury on discharge from hospital.

S3W-9911 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive for how many months on-farm slurry storage capacity will be required in order to comply with the extended closed period for farms located in nitrate vulnerable zones.

S3W-9912 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue guidance to farmers on the number of months that on-farm slurry storage capacity will be required in order to comply with the extended closed period for farms located in nitrate vulnerable zones.

S3W-9913 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in retaining dentists in the NHS as a result of the dental bursary scheme for students.

S3W-9914 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students at the Aberdeen dental school will be eligible for the dental bursary scheme.

S3W-9915 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students at the Aberdeen dental school who are in receipt of a dental bursary will have their fees paid.

S3W-9916 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, how it will ensure that courts fully take into account the rights of children when sentencing and that appropriate community alternatives are properly considered.

S3W-9917 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, what plans it has to ensure better support for the estimated 13,500 children affected by the imprisonment of a parent every year.

S3W-9918 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, how it plans to ensure that children’s rights are taken into account when decisions are made about releasing or tagging a parent.

S3W-9919 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, how it plans to ensure that children’s views, interests and concerns are better taken into account when decisions are made about releasing or tagging a parent.

S3W-9920 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, how it plans to ensure that Scottish prisons offer appropriate facilities for child visitors and that prison visiting times take account of school hours.

S3W-9921 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, how it intends to ensure that childcare responsibilities are not a barrier to an individual undertaking community service as an alternative to prison.

S3W-9922 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty: The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, whether it plans to review prison rules with the Scottish Prison Service to raise the basic minimum entitlement to visits and to ensure that visits are regarded as a right of the child, not a privilege of the parent, and that quality "bonding" visits for children are available in all prisons.

S3W-9923 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Forth Estuary Transport Authority on proposals to build temporary ramps on the Forth Road Bridge to ease traffic disruption during repairs to the bridge’s main expansion joints.

S3W-9924 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding options are available to the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to provide the resources for engineering measures such as building temporary ramps on the Forth Road Bridge to ease traffic disruption during repairs to the bridge’s main expansion joints.

S3W-9925 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide additional funding options to the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to enable engineering work to install temporary ramps on the Forth Road Bridge to ease traffic disruption during repairs to the bridge’s main expansion joints.

S3W-9926 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic costs associated with the introduction of a continuous contraflow on the Forth Road Bridge for at least eight weeks.

S3W-9927 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on journey times in and out of Edinburgh resulting from the introduction of a continuous contraflow on the Forth Road Bridge for at least eight weeks.

S3W-9928 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further resources will be available to fund additional public transport links between Edinburgh and Fife as an alternative to private car travel during periods of lane closures on the Forth Road Bridge.

S3W-9929 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to support the introduction of a permanent hovercraft link across the Forth and, if so, whether it will ensure that the service is operational before the commencement of next year’s planned major engineering works on the Forth Road Bridge.

S3W-9930 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many domestic properties have been investigated for possible contamination under the terms of the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-9931 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many domestic properties have been found to be contaminated following investigation under the terms of the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-9932 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available to householders whose properties have been investigated under the terms of the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA.

S3W-9933 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study.

S3W-9934 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers intend to meet the Crown Estate following the publication of East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study and, if so, when.

S3W-9935 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to take forward planning for an east coast interconnector following the publication of the East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study.

S3W-9936 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study, when it next meets Ofgem.

S3W-9937 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it expects the development of an east coast interconnector, based on the model proposed in East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study, to have on unlocking Scotland’s renewables potential.

S3W-9938 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it expects the development of an east coast interconnector, based on the model proposed in East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study, to have on the economy.

S3W-9939 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it expects the development of an east coast interconnector, based on the model proposed in East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study, to have on the Highlands and Islands economy.

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