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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 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-12235 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sniffer dogs are used in the Scottish Prison Service to detect drugs.

S3W-12236 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether standard check-in and interview procedures exist in the Scottish Prison Service when new prisoners arrive at prison.

S3W-12238 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether FirstGroup plc’s share price was taken into consideration during the negotiations on the extension of the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12239 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent FirstGroup plc’s share price was taken into consideration during the negotiations on the extension of the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12240 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place between ministers and representatives of FirstGroup plc in respect of its share price during the negotiations on the extension of the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12241 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place between Transport Scotland and representatives of FirstGroup plc in respect of its share price during the negotiations on the extension of the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12242 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the introduction of a not-for-profit trust to run Scotland’s rail services.

S3W-12243 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reregulate bus services.

S3W-12244 Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to ensure continuity of fuel supply to essential users, such as hospitals and emergency services, as part of pandemic planning.

S3W-12245 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many microchip scanners are currently available to local authority dog wardens.

S3W-12246 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any consideration to introducing a national and heavily-discounted dog microchipping scheme, as was carried out by the Dogs Trust until January 2008.

S3W-12247 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects every school in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency to deliver two hours of PE per week to every pupil.

S3W-12248 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects every school in South Ayrshire to deliver two hours of PE per week to every pupil.

S3W-12249 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects every school in East Ayrshire to deliver two hours of PE per week to every pupil.

S3W-12250 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding will be provided to (a) South Ayrshire and (b) East Ayrshire councils to enable them to deliver two hours of PE per week to every pupil.

S3W-12251 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional PE teachers will be recruited in (a) South Ayrshire and (b) East Ayrshire to deliver two hours of PE per week to every pupil.

S3W-12252 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions from 20 May 2007 to 24 April 2008 the provisions of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 were used for (a) antisocial behaviour orders for under-16-year-olds, (b) dispersal orders, (c) closure notices, (d) fixed penalty notices for noise nuisance, (e) antisocial behaviour notices, (f) parenting orders, (g) restriction of liberty orders for under-16-year-olds and (h) charging people selling spray paint to under-16-year-olds.

S3W-12253 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions from the receipt of Royal Assent to 19 May 2007 the provisions of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 were used for (a) antisocial behaviour orders for under-16-year-olds, (b) dispersal orders, (c) closure notices, (d) fixed penalty notices for noise nuisance, (e) antisocial behaviour notices, (f) parenting orders, (g) restriction of liberty orders for under-16-year-olds and (h) charging people selling spray paint to under-16-year-olds.

S3W-12254 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many under-18-year-olds have been (a) charged and (b) prosecuted for attempting to buy alcohol from retailers in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) police force and (ii) local authority area.

S3W-12255 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how the interests of communities in the Scottish Borders will be protected in decisions taken by the Strategic Development Planning Authority for the area.

S3W-12256 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what vote weighting systems will be established in decisions made by strategic development planning authorities.

S3W-12257 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any restrictions apply to councillors employing individuals as political advisers.

S3W-12258 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected subsidy level is for the Scotrail franchise from 2008-09 to 2013-14.

S3W-12259 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the relevant data about passenger numbers and target revenue will be published to allow the proposition that the extension of the Scotrail franchise is a good deal for passengers to be tested.

S3W-12260 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all the background information, not covered by the restriction under freedom of information legislation in respect of the provision of advice to ministers, produced by officials on the financial and transport issues involved in the decision to extend the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12261 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive on what basis and with what justification the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth took the decision to extend the Scotrail franchise without consultation because of the potential damage that might have been caused to FirstGroup plc’s share price.

S3W-12262 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates that students in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire would pay under the proposed local income tax.

S3W-12263 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it believes that P1 to P3 class sizes will be reduced to 18 in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.

S3W-12264 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it believes that P1 to P3 class sizes will be reduced to 18 in South Ayrshire.

S3W-12265 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it believes that P1 to P3 class sizes will be reduced to 18 in East Ayrshire.

S3W-12266 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been given to South Ayrshire Council to reduce P1 to P3 class sizes to 18 in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.

S3W-12267 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been given to East Ayrshire Council to reduce P1 to P3 class sizes to 18 in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.

S3W-12268 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement from East Ayrshire Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12269 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement from South Ayrshire Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12270 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement from East Ayrshire Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in East Ayrshire will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are of the agreement.

S3W-12271 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreement from South Ayrshire Council specifies how many P1 to P3 classes in South Ayrshire will be reduced to 18 in each of the next three years and, if so, what the details are in the agreement.

S3W-12272 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft single outcome agreements it has received from (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire councils detail how two hours of PE per week will be delivered for every pupil in those areas.

S3W-12273 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average rent rise will be for housing association tenants in (a) South Ayrshire and (b) East Ayrshire as a result of reductions in support for housing associations.

S3W-12274 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to reduce the annual running costs of Forestry Commission Scotland.

S3W-12275 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give detailed information about the extra powers to be given to three pilot local authorities to deal with listed building casework.

S3W-12276 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the date of implementation is of the revised revenue targets and profit-sharing arrangements for the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12277 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms of the performance regime are as agreed in the revised and extended Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12278 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the revised performance indicators in the extended Scotrail franchise include requirements to meet the needs of visually impaired passengers, including ensuring that on-train automated announcement systems give accurate information about station stops.

S3W-12279 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with other train operators, ferry operators and bus operators, prior to the decision to extend the Scotrail franchise, regarding connection times with different passenger services, including dates and agendas, and how such discussions fed into revisions agreed to the franchise.

S3W-12280 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive at what revenue level the (a) 50% and (b) 80% clawback of excess revenue from passenger fares to the Scottish Government would have kicked in under the terms of the franchise prior to the extension and at what revenue level any clawback will now apply.

S3W-12281 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether passenger fare reductions were considered as a means of reducing the excess revenue above the annual level of target revenue in discussions regarding the Scotrail franchise.

S3W-12282 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the membership of the group overseeing the delivery of the National Transport Strategy action plan will be and where and when its meeting dates and agendas will be published.

S3W-12283 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how any outcomes from the consultation on the National Planning Framework can be incorporated into the Scotrail franchise and where responsibility rests for ensuring that this is done.

S3W-12284 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish all documents relating to the Scotrail franchise extension by placing them in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S3W-12285 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has that First ScotRail was attempting to reduce passenger numbers using franchised services and what disincentives in the previous franchise agreement would have encouraged First ScotRail to seek to reduce passenger numbers.

S3W-12286 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial advantages to First ScotRail are in revenue terms of the extension of the franchise agreement and what projections there are of expected and target revenue each year between the current financial year and the end of the franchise extension.

S3W-12287 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to ensure that Community Health Partnerships fully utilise IT systems in order to support a more integrated approach to patient care.

S3W-12288 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to replace ambulances with one-man rapid response vehicles and, if so, how many ambulances will be replaced and when it anticipates any resulting effect on patient care.

S3W-12289 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve the quality of NHS24 by delivering services through more local mini-centres co-located with out-of-hours services in each NHS board area.

S3W-12290 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to work in partnership with the voluntary sector to support new ways of delivering services.

S3W-12291 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals over 40 have received a Life Begins health check.

S3W-12292 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of individuals have received their Life Begins health check at a (a) GP surgery and (b) health centre.

S3W-12293 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated effect is of the abolition of Communities Scotland on the funding for, and assessment of, local regeneration projects.

S3W-12294 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve access to alternative therapies such as homeopathy and facilitate patient choice.

S3W-12295 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in each local authority area in reducing P1 to P3 class sizes for the academic year 2008-09.

S3W-12296 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to monitor the progress by local authorities in reducing class sizes year-on-year, as agreed in its concordat with local government.

S3W-12297 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the fatal accidents on the A9 occurred on (a) single and (b) dual carriage sections of the road between Perth and Inverness in each of the last five years.

S3W-12298 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the serious but non-fatal accidents on the A9 occurred on (a) single and (b) dual carriage sections of the road between Perth and Inverness in each of the last five years.

S3W-12299 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average speeds were of (a) cars and (b) HGVs on the A9 along speed-monitored sections of the road in each of the last five years.

S3W-12300 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the present funding arrangements for mountain rescue teams. R

S3W-12301 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any review of the funding of mountain rescue teams. R

S3W-12302 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister of Parliamentary Business were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12303 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12304 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12305 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12306 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12307 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12308 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Schools and Skills were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12309 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Children and Early Years were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12310 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12311 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Public Health were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12312 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Communities and Sport were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12313 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12314 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Community Safety were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12315 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12316 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many freedom of information requests made to the Minister for Environment were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days and (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information since May 2007.

S3W-12317 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time police officers there have been at the end of each month since March 2007, also broken down by police force area.

S3W-12318 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many carers were receiving payments for kinship care on 30 November 2007, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-12319 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many carers were receiving payments for kinship care on 24 April 2008, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-12320 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals contacted the specialist information service for kinship carers between 4 December 2007 and 24 April 2008.

S3W-12321 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £5.2 million Freight Facilities Grant for a railhead at Barrhill, South Ayrshire, announced in January 2006, has been utilised.

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