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Section E – Written questions lodged on 21 April 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-12096 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the Minister for Environment’s statement on snaring 20 February 2008 (Official Report c. 6079), when it will provide further detail of its proposals to regulate snaring.

S3W-12097 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of research recently commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to determine the extent of use and humaneness of snares in England and Wales and whether it will ensure that such research is replicated for Scotland.

S3W-12098 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has commissioned or will commission any independent research into the welfare impacts of snaring, as recommended in 2005 in the Report of the Independent Working Group on Snares.

S3W-12099 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission research into alternative methods of predator control that do not involve snaring.

S3W-12100 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-10741 by Tricia Marwick on 20 March 2008, whether it will identify the two journalists from two different newspapers who have submitted the highest number of freedom of information requests and provide the number of those requests.

S3W-12101 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, further to the answer to question S3W-10742 by Tricia Marwick on 20 March 2008, when additional staff have been employed to process freedom of information requests.

S3W-12102 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what engagements the First Minister has on Wednesday 23 April 2008.

S3W-12103 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware that MEPs will be in Strasbourg on 23 April 2008 when the First Minister plans to hold a National Conversation in Brussels and what action will be taken to avoid such events coinciding in future.

S3W-12104 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new council houses will be built in Edinburgh in each of the next 10 years as a result of the £25 million package announced on 19 April 2008.

S3W-12105 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average rent rise will be for housing association tenants in Edinburgh as a result of reductions in support for housing associations.

S3W-12106 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the Forth Road Bridge has been closed to traffic since January 2008.

S3W-12107 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions the Forth Road Bridge was closed to traffic in each of the last five years.

S3W-12108 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which body is responsible for deciding whether the Forth Road Bridge should be closed to high-sided vehicles.

S3W-12109 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions since 1 January 2008 the Forth Road Bridge has been closed to traffic or traffic has been limited (a) north and (b) south bound.

S3W-12110 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007 the Forth Road Bridge was closed to traffic or traffic has been limited (a) north and (b) south bound.

S3W-12111 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers (a) Lothian and Borders Police and (b) Fife Constabulary have to close or limit traffic on the Forth Road Bridge.

S3W-12112 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions there are for free English language teaching for migrants and what plans it has to develop such teaching.

S3W-12113 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects Holyrood Road in Edinburgh to be free of roadworks.

S3W-12114 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to the operation of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 in Scotland and whether it believes that any further legislation is needed.

S3W-12115 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation has taken place with student representatives regarding the potential impact of a local income tax.

S3W-12116 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have taken place with external groups to discuss the effect of the proposed local income tax on students and who attended.

S3W-12117 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students will have to pay the proposed local income tax.

S3W-12118 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact assessment has been carried out into the local income tax and its effect on students.

S3W-12119 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has taken place on the proposed local income tax and its effect on students.

S3W-12120 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place, and with whom, on the effect of the proposed local income tax on employers of students.

S3W-12121 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average earned income is of a student per financial year.

S3W-12122 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students work in paid employment.

S3W-12123 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates the student population in Scotland as a whole would pay under the proposed local income tax.

S3W-12124 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the proposed local income tax will have on numbers of people in unregulated cash in hand employment.

S3W-12125 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has made on the effect on student numbers in Scotland should a local income tax be introduced.

S3W-12126 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have taken place between ministers and student groups since May 2007, who attended and what was discussed.

S3W-12127 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students earned over £5,225 in the 2007-08 financial year.

S3W-12128 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed local income tax would be levied on bursaries, hardship funds, grants and other payments to students.

S3W-12129 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether consideration has been given to exempting students from the proposed local income tax.

S3W-12130 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the increased charges set by West Dunbartonshire Council for the continuing use of its Community Alarm Service to be reasonable and fair for older people.

S3W-12131 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authority tenants in West Dunbartonshire who are unable to pay the full cost of the Community Alarm System are exempt from any community alarm charges, as promised by the local authority, and whether it considers that such exemption should also apply to tenants of other socially rented properties and other residents.

S3W-12132 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-6783 and S3W-7755 by Bruce Crawford on 3 and 20 December 2007, when the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code will be complete.

S3W-12133 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-6782 and S3W-7754 by Bruce Crawford on 3 December 2007 and 15 January 2008, when it will publish the updated version of the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-12134 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a statement to the Parliament on the review of the Scottish Ministerial Code, as agreed by the Parliament on 28 February 2008 (Official Report c. 6538).

S3W-12135 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to bring in independent oversight of the Scottish Ministerial Code, as agreed by the Parliament on 28 February 2008 (Official Report c. 6538) and, if so, what form such oversight will take.

S3W-12136 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive in which year the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling will open.

S3W-12137Δ Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has now considered the outline business case for the South Glasgow Hospital Project, previously approved by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 19 February 2008.

S3W-12138 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the fully qualified teachers referred to by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 20 June 2007 as not yet in full-time teaching posts are now employed in pre-schools and primary schools (Official Report c. 880).

S3W-12139 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the £9 million announced for teacher recruitment by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 20 June 2007 has since been spent on recruiting pre-school and primary school teachers.

S3W-12140 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers are currently in training across Scotland.

S3W-12141 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding has been made available in academic session 2007-08 to provide at least 250 more student places for the professional graduate diploma in primary education course.

S3W-12142 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11532 by Kenny McAskill on 2 April 2008, whether it will provide a breakdown by division of the number of detected breaches of byelaws which prohibit drinking in designated public places in the Lothian and Borders Police force area in each year since 1999.

S3W-12143 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support dispensary services provided by GP practices.

S3W-12144 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to enhance dispensary services provided by GP practices in rural Scotland.

S3W-12145 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the funding allocation to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator was in 2007-08 and what it will be in 2008-09.

S3W-12146 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police were on leave pending an inquiry following a complaint in each of the last five years, broken down by the nature of complaint.

S3W-12147 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have in all cases maintained in real terms the budget for the specialist music schools following the removal of the ring fenced nature of previous funding.

S3W-12148 Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the roles are of (a) local police forces and (b) HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in investigating and establishing misconduct on the part of police officers and what discretion these organisations have in taking disciplinary proceedings if misconduct is established.

S3W-12149 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9955 by John Swinney on 3 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on turnover of staff will be published.

S3W-12150 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10429 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on expenditure on hospitality by the First Minister’s private office will be published.

S3W-12151 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10428 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on the hospitality budget for the First Minister’s private office will be published.

S3W-12152 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10424 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on travel by the First Minister will be published.

S3W-12153 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10620 which received a holding answer on 17 March 2008

S3W-12154 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10619 which received a holding answer on 17 March 2008.

S3W-12155 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10618 which received a holding answer on 17 March 2008.

S3W-12156 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10606 which received a holding answer on 14 March 2008.

S3W-12157 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10605 which received a holding answer on 14 March 2008.

S3W-12158 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10421 which received a holding answer on 11 March 2008.

S3W-12159 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-10411 which received a holding answer on 11 March 2008.

S3W-12160 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10415 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on the expense claims of special advisers will be published.

S3W-12161 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10414 by John Swinney on 17 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on overnight hotel stays by special advisers will be published.

S3W-12162 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10409 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on overnight hotel stays by the Minister for Parliamentary Business will be published.

S3W-12163 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10408 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on overnight hotel stays by the First Minister will be published.

S3W-12164 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10407 by John Swinney on 11 March 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary will write to me and whether the information on overnight stays by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning will be published.

S3W-12165 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the dates and locations of all Cabinet Meetings that have taken place since January 2008, showing those present on each occasion, including observers.

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