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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 May 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-13092 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers from Strathclyde Police Force assisted Greater Manchester Police in policing the events of 14 May 2008.

S3W-13093 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what liaison and intelligence discussions took place between Strathclyde Police and Greater Manchester Police prior to and during the incidents in Manchester on 14 May 2008.

S3W-13094 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place with the National Football Intelligence Unit and Scottish police forces prior to and on 14 May 2008 in respect of UEFA Cup final in Manchester.

S3W-13095 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many football banning orders have been implemented since 1 September 2006.

S3W-13096 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many football banning orders have been implemented since 3 May 2007.

S3W-13097 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to work with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure that football banning orders are increasingly used by the courts as an appropriate penalty for violent and disorderly football fans.

S3W-13098 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to the Football Banning Orders Unit.

S3W-13099 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many football banning orders have been applied to people convicted of racist or sectarian behaviour.

S3W-13100 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many awareness campaigns have been run highlighting the existence of football banning orders since 1 September 2006 and when these campaigns took place.

S3W-13101 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to close the loophole in legislation in respect of cross-border football banning orders.

S3W-13102 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the loophole in legislation in respect of cross-border football banning orders will be closed.

S3W-13103 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive with which organisations it is working to tackle violent and abusive behaviour by football fans.

S3W-13104 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to tackle racist behaviour and attitudes by football fans.

S3W-13105 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to tackle sectarian behaviour and attitudes by football fans.

S3W-13106 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the number of racist or sectarian incidents involving football fans.

S3W-13107 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence has been of racist incidents involving Scottish football fans at club and national level, in Scotland and abroad, since 1 September 2006.

S3W-13108 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what the incidence has been of sectarian incidents involving Scottish football fans at club and national level, in Scotland and abroad, since 1 September 2006.

S3W-13109 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11865 by John Swinney on 14 May 2008, whether it will provide the information on the public bodies, groups or committees to enable it to be published in the Official Report, in addition to its publication on the Scottish Government’s website.

S3W-13110 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money the Scottish Police Services Authority has allocated to DNA testing for 2008-09.

S3W-13111 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money the Scottish Police Services Authority (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on DNA testing in each of the last five financial years, broken down by police board.

S3W-13112 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the way that money is allocated to police boards for DNA testing.

S3W-13113 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there are any problems with the system of funding allocation to police boards for DNA testing.

S3W-13114Δ Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the outcome of the consultation on independent scrutiny.

S3W-13115 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the grounds for extending custody limits safeguard the rights of the accused not to be held beyond 140 days.

S3W-13116 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring has been carried out to ensure that the 140-day custody time limit has been safeguarded.

S3W-13117 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the responsibilities are of Transport Scotland in relation to road improvement proposals from regional transport partnerships or local authorities affecting trunk roads.

S3W-13118 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what input Transport Scotland has had to the consultation on proposals to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-13119 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what options were considered by Transport Scotland prior to any input to the proposals to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-13120 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many options for improvements to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen were rejected and for what reasons.

S3W-13121 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Transport Scotland consulted ministers on options prior to giving input on proposals to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-13122 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers expressed any views to Transport Scotland on options prior to giving input on proposals to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-13123 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any input by Transport Scotland on proposals to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen was endorsed, approved or agreed by ministers.

S3W-13124 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers will report to the Parliament on the outcome of the consultation on proposals to deal with congestion at the junction of the A96 and A90 trunk roads at the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen.

S3W-13125 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many emergency calls were made in each police force area in each of the last five years as a result of incidents at power stations.

S3W-13126 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were admitted to hospital for burns suffered from an electric shock at a electricity sub-station in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-13127 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ministerial engagements have been held in the Aberdeen Central parliamentary constituency since 16 May 2007, broken down by (a) ministerial portfolio, (b) date and (c) location.

S3W-13128 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-10893 and S3O-3352 by Jim Mather on 25 March and 15 May 2008 respectively, which regeneration projects have been assessed as being of national importance and will remain the responsibility of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

S3W-13129 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-10893 and S3O-3352 by Jim Mather on 25 March and 15 May 2008 respectively, which regeneration projects are now the responsibility of the Scottish Enterprise regional networks.

S3W-13130 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-10893 and S3O-3352 by Jim Mather on 25 March and 15 May 2008 respectively, which local regeneration projects will transfer from the responsibility of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to that of local authorities, broken down by local authority.

S3W-13131 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-10893 and S3O-3352 by Jim Mather on 25 March and 15 May 2008 respectively, what definitions have been agreed with COSLA, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding what constitutes (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national economic regeneration projects.

S3W-13132 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-10893 and S3O-3352 by Jim Mather on 25 March and 15 May 2008 respectively, what (a) revenue and (b) capital funding will be transferred from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to each local authority to support their new responsibilities for local economic regeneration in each of the next three financial years.

S3W-13133 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its proposals following Paying for Water Services 2010-14: A Consultation on the Principles of Charging for Water Services.

S3W-13134 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 67,500 training places referred to in Skills Development Scotland’s Operating Plan 2008-2009 will be for (a) Modern Apprenticeships, (b) adult apprenticeships, (c) Skillseekers training programmes and (d) Ready for Work training programmes.

S3W-13135 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has cut funding for adult Modern Apprenticeships in sectors other than construction, engineering and life sciences.

S3W-13136 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact its withdrawal of funding for many adult modern apprenticeships will have on training providers.

S3W-13137 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive many extra places on Modern Apprenticeship schemes have been created for those aged (a) 16 to 19 and (b) over 20.

S3W-13138 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it aims to give to Modern Apprenticeships and other forms of training in the tourism sector.

S3W-13139 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it aims to give to Modern Apprenticeships and other forms of training in the retail sector.

S3W-13140 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on the future skills base of Scotland of its focus on Modern Apprenticeships in construction, engineering and life sciences only.

S3W-13141 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the take-up to date has been of the Small Business Bonus Scheme, expressed as a percentage of all eligible businesses and broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) discount band.

S3W-13142 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure maximum take-up of the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

S3W-13143 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when its central heating programme will next go out to tender.

S3W-13144 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its current assessment of the Agenda for Change pay system.

S3W-13145 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to measure the efficacy of the Agenda for Change pay system and how and when it proposes to draw conclusions from its current assessment and take steps to address any perceived shortcomings.

S3W-13146 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to deal with the issue of leapfrogging arising from the Agenda for Change pay system.

S3W-13147 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Agenda for Change was discussed during the recent meeting between Scottish and Welsh health ministers and, if so, whether (a) problems and (b) solutions of a common nature were identified.

S3W-13148 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to follow the lead of the Welsh Assembly Government by launching an independent review into the Agenda for Change pay system.

S3W-13149 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the recommendations of the independent review into Agenda for Change in Wales addresses matters of comparable concern to those experienced in Scotland.

S3W-13150 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with the recommendations of the independent review into the Agenda for Change pay system that took place in Wales and whether any of these recommendations could be implemented in Scotland.

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