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Section E – Written questions lodged on 14 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-11009 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients undergoing diabetic retinopathy screening are waiting for formal reporting for (a) level 1, (b) level 2 and (c) level 3 grading in each NHS board.

S3W-11010 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients undergoing diabetic retinopathy screening are waiting for slit lamp examination in each NHS board.

S3W-11011 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how long the diabetic retinopathy screening targets are for (a) level 1, (b) level 2, (c) level 3 and (d) slit lamp grading in each NHS board.

S3W-11012 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have received annual diabetic retinopathy screening in each NHS board in each of the last three years.

S3W-11013 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in implementing the diabetic retinopathy screening programme across Scotland.

S3W-11014 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support the Earth Hour event taking place at 8.00 pm on 29 March 2008.

S3W-11015 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its buildings will support the Earth Hour event taking place at 8.00 pm on 29 March 2008.

S3W-11016 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how the Parliament will support the Earth Hour event taking place at 8.00 pm on 29 March 2008.

S3W-11017 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning approvals will be necessary by 2010 to meet the criteria for consents for housing development set by it as one of the conditions of funding for the Waverley railway project.

S3W-11018 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10525 by Stewart Stevenson on 13 March 2008, when the Strategic Transport Project Review will commence; when the outcome will be known, and how it will be reported to the Parliament.

S3W-11019 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many biomedical science students in the third and fourth years of study of their degree courses have applied for and received a bursary of £2,000 in each year since 2006 to encourage them to work in the NHS after graduation, broken down by university.

S3W-11020 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9803 by Michael Russell on 29 February 2008, what steps it will take to support communities in the immediate vicinity of quarries who are affected by the impact of aggregates extraction.

S3W-11021 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many investigations into fraud were carried out by police forces in each year since 1999, broken down by constabulary.

S3W-11022 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of fraud were referred to the Procurator Fiscal by police forces in each year since 1999, broken down by constabulary.

S3W-11023 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints related to breaches under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 were received by police forces in each year since enactment, broken down by constabulary.

S3W-11024 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) complaints related to incidents of criminality were received by police forces from members of the public and (b) police investigations took place following complaints related to incidents of criminality in each year since 1999, broken down by constabulary.

S3W-11025 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving police there were where alcohol was confiscated from youths in each year from 2002 to 2007, broken down by police force area.

S3W-11026 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents involving police there were where cannabis was confiscated during a routine search in each year from 2002 to 2007, broken down by police force area.

S3W-11027 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many farmers and crofters entered into Scottish Natural Heritage land management agreements which required them to reduce their livestock numbers and, of these, which were in operation for all, or part of, the 2000-02 single farm payment reference period, broken down by SGRPID area office area.

S3W-11028 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who would have determined the Aviemore resort hotels master plan planning application and related planning applications under consideration by the Cairngorms National Park Authority if members locally had approved any of the applications with an outstanding objection from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and that application had then been notified to Scottish ministers.

S3W-11029 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which minister would have determined any appeal by the developers of Aviemore resort hotels against a decision by the Cairngorms National Park Authority to reject the master plan and any related planning applications.

S3W-11030 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for the First Minister circulating a briefing note, commissioned by the Minister for Community Safety and prepared by building consultants on behalf of the developer of Aviemore resort hotels, to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change and the Minister for Environment.

S3W-11031 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive why a briefing note, commissioned by the Minister for Community Safety and prepared by building consultants on behalf of the developer of Aviemore resort hotels, was sent to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency by the Scottish Government and who issued the instructions to do so.

S3W-11032 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is obliged under its statutory duties, or in guidance issued to it, to have regard to the economic interests of developers in making statutory determinations, beyond any general encouragement or guidance to act efficiently and expeditiously in conducting its affairs and dealing with planning applications.

S3W-11033 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is under any statutory duty to give weight to the economic interests of developers in undertaking its statutory duties, beyond any general encouragement or guidance to act efficiently and as expeditiously as possible in conducting its affairs and dealing with planning applications.

S3W-11034 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has any statutory duties to promote economic development.

S3W-11035 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the contents of the letter from HBOS to Highland Council dated 23 October 2007 and copied to the First Minister in which it was stated that without the relevant planning consents the bank would have "no option but to take action to mitigate its financial position.... likely to involve closure of the company and the complete resort operation, including the retail, no later than the middle of January 2008", what the reasons were for the First Minister taking no action other than sending a formal response three weeks later and before personally intervening on 6 December 2007 to assist the consortium involved in the development.

S3W-11036 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are standard operating practices and procedures in place in the First Minister’s private office for dealing with correspondence from constituents and others and, if so, whether it will publish these practices and procedures.

S3W-11037 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether standard operating practices and procedures were applied by the First Minister’s private office in relation to the receipt of correspondence from Mr Donald Macdonald and an enclosure of correspondence between HBOS and Highland Council intimating the prospective closure of the Macdonald hotel company and the complete resort operation, received from the First Minister’s constituency office manager on 29 October 2007.

S3W-11038 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether correspondence from Mr Donald Macdonald and an enclosure of correspondence between HBOS and Highland Council intimating the prospective closure of the Macdonald hotel company and the complete resort operation, as received by email from the First Minister’s constituency office manager on 29 October 2007, was produced in hard copy and given to either the First Minister’s or his advisers by the First Minister’s private office.

S3W-11039 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether correspondence from Mr Donald Macdonald and an enclosure of correspondence between HBOS and Highland Council intimating the prospective closure of the Macdonald hotel company and the complete resort operation, as received by email from the First Minister’s constituency office manager on 29 October 2007, were placed in the ministerial correspondence system.

S3W-11040 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether standard operating practices and procedures were applied by the First Minister’s private office in relation to correspondence from Mr Donald Macdonald’s company and enclosures of further correspondence between Mr Macdonald’s company and the planning authorities, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Highland Council, concerning the Aviemore resort hotels planning application as received by email from the First Minister’s constituency office manager on 9 and 13 November 2007.

S3W-11041 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who in the First Minister’s private office decided not to bring to the First Minister’s attention correspondence from Mr Donald Macdonald and an enclosure of correspondence between HBOS and Highland Council intimating the prospective closure of the Macdonald hotel company and the complete resort operation received from the First Minister’s constituency office manager and expressing the critical nature of his  planning application and inviting the First Minister’s to visit an exhibition of the proposed development at the SNP conference; how that decision was reached, and when.

S3W-11042 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who in the First Minister’s private office decided not to bring to the First Minister’s attention correspondence from Mr Donald Macdonald and an enclosure of correspondence between HBOS and Highland Council stating that, without the relevant planning consents, the bank would have "no option but to take action to mitigate its financial position…. likely to involve closure of the company and the complete resort operation, including the retail, no later than the middle of January 2008", which was received from the First Minister’s constituency office manager; how that decision was reached, and when.

S3W-11043 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it approved the pay settlements now being introduced for Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) staff; how many SEPA staff have been served notices intimating that they must agree to new terms and conditions otherwise they will cease to be SEPA staff, and whether these pay arrangements apply to every member of staff.

S3W-11044 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive who will determine whether an application under the Scottish Rural Development Programme meets the "national" criteria.

S3W-11045 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Rural Development Programme budget will be devolved to local project assessment committees and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S3W-11046 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency plans or provisions it has inherited from the previous administration to cover the relocation of prison populations in the event of any prison or part of such a prison being rendered uninhabitable by reason of fire, water damage or other cause.

S3W-11047 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency plans or provisions it has put in place to cover the relocation of prison populations in the event of any prison or part of such a prison being rendered uninhabitable by reason of fire, water damage or other cause.

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