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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-11425 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many diving pools meeting the standards for international competition there will be in Scotland when the Royal Commonwealth Pool is closed for refurbishment.

S3W-11426 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive which diving pool meeting the standards for international competition will be the nearest available to people living in the east central belt of Scotland when the Royal Commonwealth Pool is closed for refurbishment.

S3W-11427 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive which diving pool meeting the standards for international competition will be the nearest available to people living in the west central belt of Scotland when the Royal Commonwealth Pool is closed for refurbishment.

S3W-11428 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive which diving pool meeting the standards for international competition will be the nearest available to people living in Aberdeen when the Royal Commonwealth Pool is closed for refurbishment.

S3W-11429 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how hospices are funded in Scotland.

S3W-11430 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how hospices fund the provision of medicines for people in receipt of end-of-life care.

S3W-11431 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how NHS boards and hospices integrate to provide end-of-life care.

S3W-11432 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding provision each NHS board makes for hospices.

S3W-11433 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made and what discussions have taken place in respect of any reductions in the European Social Fund Priority 1 money available to Scotland.

S3W-11434 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects and progammes may be at risk as a result of any reductions in European Social Fund Priority 1 money available to Scotland.

S3W-11435 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support progammes, such as the Wellbeing initiative in Glasgow, whose funding may suffer as a result of any reductions in European Social Fund Priority 1 money available to Scotland.

S3W-11436 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was allocated to the Mortgage to Rent scheme in 2007-08. 

S3W-11437 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it plans to allocate to the Mortgage to Rent scheme in 2008-09. 

S3W-11438 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many housing developments initiated since May 2007 there has been agreement that 25% of the total number of units will be for affordable housing.

S3W-11439 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have committed to build social rented houses since May 2007, broken down by the numbers to which they have committed.

S3W-11440 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Housing Association Grant was allocated to Communities Scotland’s (a) Glasgow, (b) Grampian, (c) Highlands and Islands, (d) Lothians, Borders and Fife, (e) Argyll and Clyde, (f) South West Scotland and (g) Tayside and Forth Valley area offices in 2007-08.

S3W-11441 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Housing Association Grant has been allocated to Communities Scotland’s (a) Glasgow, (b) Grampian, (c) Highlands and Islands, (d) Lothians, Borders and Fife, (e) Argyll and Clyde, (f) South West Scotland and (g) Tayside and Forth Valley area offices in 2008-09.

S3W-11442 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest timetable is for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children reprovision project.

S3W-11443 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings ministers or officials held with NHS Lothian in 2008 regarding the Royal Hospital for Sick Children reprovision project.

S3W-11444 Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the full business case for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children reprovision project to be submitted.

S3W-11445 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people between the ages of 15 and 16 were discharged from local authority care in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

S3W-11446 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people were discharged from local authority care on or after their 16th birthday in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

S3W-11447 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people aged from 16 to 18 and who left local authority care were assisted by each local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-11448 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people aged between the ages of 18 and 21 and who left local authority care were assisted by each local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-11449 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people leaving local authority care following their 16th birthday were placed in bed and breakfast accommodation as their first housing destination by each local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-11450 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people leaving local authority care following their 16th birthday were placed in unsupported hostel accommodation as their first housing destination by each local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-11451 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people leaving local authority care following their 16th birthday were placed in supported accommodation as their first housing destination by each local authority in each of the last five years.

S3W-11452 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has to support the assertion that the cost of local income tax would be less than the cost of abolishing the council tax.

S3W-11453 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its local income tax (LIT) proposals, what the estimated set-up and running costs are to (a) collect LIT by HM Revenue and Customs, (b) collect water and sewerage rates and (c) administer and maintain a register of second homes, and what the associated costs would be for employers to administer LIT.

S3W-11454 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what correspondence it has had with HM Treasury regarding HM Revenue and Customs’ role in collecting local income tax.

S3W-11455 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings Scottish Ministers have had with UK Treasury Ministers or officials since May 2007; who was present on each occasion, and what was discussed.

S3W-11456 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive which directorate initiated the local income tax consultation document.

S3W-11457 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive which directorate wrote the local income tax consultation.

S3W-11458 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it sought any external consultancy services throughout the process of developing and writing the local income tax consultation document, whether there was a tender and, if so, which company undertook the work and what the estimated costs were of the tendering process and contract awarded.

S3W-11459 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many copies of the local income tax consultation were printed and what the estimated costs were of publication and distribution.

S3W-11460 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether overtime would be taxable under plans for a local income tax.

S3W-11461 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that local income taxpayers will not pay more for the same local services because of the amount of overtime they work.

S3W-11462 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what it calculates to be the working population of Scotland, broken down by age and local authority area.

S3W-11463 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people currently work for over 40 hours a week.

S3W-11464 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff it currently employs, broken down by pay scale bracket.

S3W-11465 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff currently work overtime on a regular basis, broken down by pay scale bracket.

S3W-11466 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loans and postgraduate bursaries are considered as income under plans to introduce a local income tax.

S3W-11467 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning’s announcement on 26 March 2008 of additional funding support for science projects, what the breakdown will be of the £615,000 allocated.

S3W-11468 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been diagnosed with Korsakov’s syndrome in each year since 1999, broken down (a) into ages (i) 6 and under, (ii) 7 to 10, (iii) 11 to 13, (iv) 14 to 17, (v) 18 to 24, (vi) 25 to 30, (vii) 31 to 39, (viii) 40 to 49, (ix) 50 to 59, (x) 60 to 69, (xi) 70 to 79, (xii) 80 to 85 and (xiii) 85 and over and (b) by NHS board area.

S3W-11469 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of Strathclyde Police’s wildlife crime officers have received training specific to wildlife crime.

S3W-11470 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of Strathclyde Police’s wildlife crime officers are employed to deal with wildlife crime on a full-time basis.

S3W-11471 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many days a week over the last reporting period each of Strathclyde Police’s wildlife crime officers have worked specifically on wildlife crime.

S3W-11472 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it is making to the UK Government regarding the possibility of HM Revenue and Customs proposing the closure of a number of offices in Scotland outwith Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

 
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