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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 March 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-10709 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9824 by Stewart Maxwell on 3 March 2008, how much of the £1.7 million to be saved by abolishing Communities Scotland will be (a) staffing, (b) administrative and (c) capital costs.

S3W-10710 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9824 by Stewart Maxwell on 3 March 2008, how much of the £1.7 million to be saved by abolishing Communities Scotland will be made (a) in the first year and (b) year-on-year over the next three years. 

S3W-10711 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many draft outcome agreements have been submitted by local authorities.

S3W-10712 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been made available to Glasgow City Council to meet the £14.75 million staffing costs necessary to implement the Scottish Government’s class size reduction policy. 

S3W-10713 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been made available to Glasgow City Council to meet the £32.5 million capital costs necessary to implement the Scottish Government’s class size reduction policy.  

S3W-10714 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken, or will take, to review the three-year Respect and Responsibility sex education programme.

S3W-10715 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to issue new guidance on the provision of needle exchanges, following the publication of the Substance Misuse Research report and survey, Needle Exchange Provision in Scotland.

S3W-10716 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol about providing training for those working in needle exchanges, following the publication of the Substance Misuse Research report and survey, Needle Exchange Provision in Scotland.

S3W-10717 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to issue new guidance on standards for the provision of drug users’ paraphernalia, following the publication of the Substance Misuse Research report and survey, Needle Exchange Provision in Scotland.

S3W-10718 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs it has budgeted in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 for the preparation and publication of the proposed annual ownership report on the NHS, and what will be contained in the report.

S3W-10719 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds it or the Scottish Prison Service has awarded to the Association of Prison Visitors for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-10720 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retailers have been prosecuted for selling tobacco products to underage customers in each year since 2005, broken down by local authority area and showing the fines issued in each case.

S3W-10721 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retailers have on more than one occasion been (a) warned and (b) prosecuted for selling tobacco products to underage customers in each year since 2005, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-10722 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will cost to hold the signature launch event for the 2009 Year of Homecoming.

S3W-10723 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9591 by Jim Mather on 25 February 2008, when it will make a determination on the proposed Kyle windfarm application.

S3W-10724 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1056 by Michael Russell on 27 June 2007, what progress has been made on analysing the responses to the consultation exercise, Strengthening and Streamlining: The Way Forward for the Enforcement of Environmental Law in Scotland; when such an analysis will be published, and when the Scottish Government intends to announce what steps it will take in relation to the issues covered in this consultation.

S3W-10725 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1057 by Michael Russell on 27 June 2007, when it intends to transpose the EU environmental liability directive; whether it plans to consult on legislative proposals for this transposition, and when it intends this legislation to be introduced to the Parliament.

S3W-10726 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, whether the Scottish Government’s financial contribution to the Waverley railway project will continue to be capped at £115 million at 2002 prices and, if not, whether any new cap will apply and, if so, at what level.

S3W-10727 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, what the range is at 2012 prices of the Scottish Government’s financial contribution to the Waverley railway project.

S3W-10728 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, what the expected contribution to the Waverley railway project is at 2012 prices from (a) Scottish Borders Council, (b) Midlothian Council, (c) City of Edinburgh Council, (d) Scottish Enterprise and (e) other developers.

S3W-10729 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, in what ways the non-profit distributing model selected for the procurement of the Waverley railway project differs from the Scottish Futures Trust proposals.

S3W-10730 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, how much funding the proposed non-profit distributing vehicle will have to raise from the market, based on the current cost estimates, at 2012 prices.

S3W-10731 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, when the Scottish Government will publish full details of the non-profit distributing vehicle proposed for the procurement of the Waverley railway project.

S3W-10732 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, whether the non-profit distributing vehicle proposed for procurement of the Waverley railway project can be established without (a) primary or (b) secondary legislation.

S3W-10733 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, what element of the cost increase in the Waverley railway project estimates relates to "commitments that were made during the passage of the bill", broken down by individual commitment.

S3W-10734 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, what element of the cost increase in the Waverley railway estimates relates to "other necessary technical requirements", broken down by individual requirement.

S3W-10735 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, what element of the cost increase in the Waverley railway estimates relates to "the rise in land values in the Borders".

S3W-10736 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, what element of the cost increase in the Waverley railway estimates relates to factors other than "commitments that were made during the passage of the bill", "other necessary technical requirements" or "the rise in land values in the Borders", and what those factors are.

S3W-10737 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the statement to the Parliament by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on 5 March 2008, when the non-profit distributing vehicle proposed for procurement of the Waverley railway project will be formed.

S3W-10738 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many freedom of information requests were made to the Parliament by (a) members of the public, (b) MSPs, (c) parliamentary researchers and (d) journalists in each year since the enactment of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S3W-10739 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the cost has been of processing freedom of information requests to the Parliament in each month since the enactment of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S3W-10740 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the cost has been of processing freedom of information requests made to the Parliament by (a) members of the public, (b) MSPs, (c) parliamentary researchers and (d) journalists in each month since the enactment of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

S3W-10741 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many freedom of information requests have been made to the Parliament by journalists since the enactment of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, broken down by (a) newspaper and (b) cost of processing.

S3W-10742 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body on which occasions it has had to employ additional staff to deal with freedom of information requests to the Parliament since the enactment of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and what total costs arose from such action.

S3W-10743 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the cost of processing freedom of information requests to the Parliament has risen in the last year.

S3W-10744 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much outstanding debt each local authority has as a result of borrowing, shown also as a percentage of their total budget.

S3W-10745 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much outstanding debt each local authority had as a result of borrowing in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of their total budget.

S3W-10746 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on education in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of its total budget.

S3W-10747 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on social work in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of its total budget.

S3W-10748 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on housing in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of its total budget.

S3W-10749 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on police, fire and valuation boards in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of each local authority’s total budget.

S3W-10750 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on cultural and related services in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of its total budget.

S3W-10751 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority spent on roads and transport in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007, shown also as a percentage of its total budget.

S3W-10752 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students will lose student loan income as a result of the changes to means-testing for student support.

S3W-10753 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students will lose bursary income as a result of the changes to means-testing for student support.

S3W-10754 Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pints of blood have been donated in each NHS board area in each year since 1999, also broken down by blood group.

S3W-10755 Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about a shortfall in blood donations from any specific blood group.

S3W-10756 Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to make blood donation more accessible to those who live in remote areas.

S3W-10757Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the system of fatal accident inquiries in Scotland.

S3W-10758 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether legislation is needed to dissolve the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland in order for it to be amalgamated with the Public Transport Users’ Committee.

S3W-10759 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to ensure that Scottish venues included in the London 2012 Olympic Games training camp guide are able to maximise the opportunities that this presents.

S3W-10760 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what role VisitScotland is envisaged to have in maximising the benefits to the Scottish venues included in the London 2012 Olympic Games training camp guide.

S3W-10761 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive why NorthLink Ferries is introducing a requirement for passengers to provide photo ID before they board its ferries, whereas CalMac is not introducing such a requirement on any of its ferry services.

S3W-10762 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it gave its approval to the introduction by NorthLink Ferries of a requirement for passengers to provide photo ID before they board its ferries.

S3W-10763 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students domiciled in Scotland have their grandparents’ income taken into account in assessments to determine levels of student support.

S3W-10764 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students domiciled in Scotland whose parental income is taken into account in determining levels of student support have at least one parent who receives working tax credit.

S3W-10765 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students domiciled in Scotland whose parental income is taken into account in determining levels of student support have at least one step-parent.

S3W-10766 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7395 by Richard Lochhead on 5 December 2007, when regulations in respect of the transportation of puppies pursuant to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 will be laid and whether they will be subject to affirmative or negative procedure.

S3W-10767 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the roll-out of DAB digital radio to the Western Isles before 2010.

S3W-10768 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on progress towards meeting its International Strategy targets.

S3W-10769 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the projected budget for Creative Scotland over the next three years will be for activities that are not currently carried out by the Scottish Arts Council or Scottish Screen.

S3W-10770 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it wrote to the Scottish Football Association following the parliamentary debate on Broadcasting (Football) on 9 January 2008 and, if so, what response it has received.

S3W-10771 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any change in the department and minster with responsibility for architecture policy.

S3W-10772 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is for the support and development of small craft businesses, such as those producing jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles and glass.

S3W-10773 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken any assessment of the availability of training courses for people wishing to set up small craft businesses, such as those producing jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles and glass, and what the conclusion was of any such assessment.

S3W-10774 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to support or encourage the development of new training courses for people wishing to set up small craft businesses, such as those producing jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles and glass.

S3W-10775 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled and learning-disabled representatives will be on the planning committee for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

S3W-10776 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5074 by Stewart Stevenson on 25 October 2007, whether the additional winter sailings to Islay received any additional subsidy.

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