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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 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-10777 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has noted the results of Fife Council’s Migrant Workers Survey; whether it will support a similar study on a national level, and how it would deliver such a study.

S3W-10778 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how discounted fares purchased from CalMac offices now compare with fares being charged under the road equivalent tariff pilot scheme.

S3W-10779 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the construction costs of the Borders rail project will be funded through the Scottish Futures Trust or the proposed new non-profit distributing model.

S3W-10780 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much capital funding from the Scottish budget will be invested in the construction of the Borders rail project.

S3W-10781 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what formal contact with Partnerships UK has taken place regarding the funding of the Borders rail project and when this contact was.

S3W-10782 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what interest rate will be used for the return on the borrowing to fund the Borders rail project.

S3W-10783 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when the non-profit distributing model to fund the Borders rail project will be established.

S3W-10784 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will underwrite the construction costs of the Borders rail project.

S3W-10785 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all the construction costs of the Borders rail project will be required to be met before the construction of the line commences.

S3W-10786 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the construction of overbridges at Shawfair constitutes commencement of the Borders rail project.

S3W-10787 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that track will be laid for the Borders rail project before May 2011.

S3W-10788 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for the design stage of the Borders rail project to be completed.

S3W-10789 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for the procurement process of the Borders rail project to be completed.

S3W-10790 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for the construction of the Borders rail project to be completed.

S3W-10791 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target date is for the opening of the Borders rail line.

S3W-10792 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to the funding of the Borders rail project, it has any concerns that the financial market will be cautious about investing in an unproven delivery model.

S3W-10793 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how, in relation to the funding of the Borders rail project, it will attract investment into the non-profit distributing model.

S3W-10794 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the capital expenditure for the Borders rail project will come from the regulated asset base provided by Network Rail.

S3W-10795 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the project capital of the Borders rail project will be borrowed from financial markets.

S3W-10796 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive over what proportion of the asset life of the Borders rail project the project capital will be repaid by annual service charges.

S3W-10797 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects in Scotland have been developed using the non-profit distributing model.

S3W-10798 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects in Scotland it plans to develop in future using the non-profit distributing model.

S3W-10799 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive why the decision was taken to fund the Borders rail project through the non-profit distributing model instead of traditional funding methods.

S3W-10800 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive why it considers that the non-profit distributing model is better suited to the Borders rail project than the Edinburgh tram scheme.

S3W-10801 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) Transport Scotland, (b) Partnerships UK and (c) the Waverley Railway Partnership regarding the funding of the Borders rail project through the non-profit distributing model.

S3W-10802 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when the first statutory package consisting of physical works and land and statutory powers authorised under the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006 will commence.

S3W-10803Δ Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what formula capital funds are being made available to NHS boards and special health boards for 2008-09.

S3W-10804 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to meet 100% of the costs of permanent work at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

S3W-10805 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in light of the judgement by the US Attorney General on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services which found that combined multiple vaccinations received by a child significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder predisposing her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism.

S3W-10806 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to screen out all children with mitochondrial dysfunction from the vaccination programme.

S3W-10807 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake research to establish levels of mitochondrial dysfunction in the autism population in Scotland.

S3W-10808 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to introduce single vaccines in place of combined vaccines as a choice to parents.

S3W-10809 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake research to discover whether combined multiple vaccines can aggravate underlying medical conditions leading to features of autistic spectrum disorder.

S3W-10810 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much energy generated in Scotland has qualified for payments under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Scheme in each year since 1999.

S3W-10811 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value of Renewables Obligation Certificates issued in Scotland has been in each year since 1999.

S3W-10812 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much energy in total has been generated from renewable sources in each year since 1999, broken down by generation method.

S3W-10813 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many renewable energy development planning applications have been called in by Scottish ministers in each year since 1999, broken down by type of development.

S3W-10814 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has had with UK Government ministers regarding operation and reform of the Renewables Obligation Scheme.

S3W-10815 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on sheltered housing residents having access to a warden service.

S3W-10816 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are expected to carry out full consultations with residents should they wish to change the terms of a tenancy agreement.

S3W-10817 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 compels local authorities to consult sheltered housing residents should they propose to remove certain services.

S3W-10818 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have fully withdrawn their sheltered housing warden service and replaced it with an electronic alarm system.

S3W-10819 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recommends that local authorities should retain a warden service in sheltered housing complexes.

S3W-10820 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned or it intends to commission any research into the effects on residents of the withdrawal of a warden service in sheltered housing.

S3W-10821 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of (a) 20 to 24 (b) 25 to 29 and (c) 30 to 34 year olds were living with their parents in each of the last three years, also broken down by gender.

S3W-10822 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was provided to fund health centres in Grampian during (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2006-07.

S3W-10823 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was spent on alcohol support services in Aberdeen during (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2006-07.

S3W-10824 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding will be spent on alcohol support services in Aberdeen during the current spending review period.

S3W-10825 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was spent by each local authority on consultancy fees during (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f) 2007-08.

S3W-10826 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was spent by each local authority on leisure facilities during (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f) 2007-08.

S3W-10827 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was spent on roadworks in Grampian during (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f) 2007-08.

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