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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-13217 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following its announcement of new options for funding public sector capital projects, how the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will now be funded and whether it has been deemed suitable to be funded through the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-13218 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following its announcement of new options for funding public sector capital projects, how the new school buildings proposed in Aberdeenshire will be funded and whether they have been deemed suitable to be funded through the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-13219 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now expects the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to be completed.

S3W-13220 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now expects new schools in Aberdeenshire to be built, given that new funding mechanisms are being made available for public sector capital projects.

S3W-13221 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle dry age-related macular degeneration.

S3W-13222 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that treatment costs for dry age-related macular degeneration will reduce as the number of people receiving treatment rises.

S3W-13223 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase awareness of dry age-related macular degeneration.

S3W-13224 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from residents in islands such as Colonsay about their exclusion from the road equivalent tariff pilot and what its response is to any concerns that have been raised.

S3W-13225 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to expand the road equivalent tariff pilot to include more island communities.

S3W-13226 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to re-introduce a tup hire scheme in crofting counties.

S3W-13227 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the final report of the Sustainable Seas Task Force.

S3W-13228 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that all procurement by (a) local authorities, (b) NHS boards and (c) it takes account of the Fairtrade Foundation’s principles regarding employment and human rights.

S3W-13229 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the ethical procurement of its goods and services.

S3W-13230 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to the SNP manifesto pledge of ensuring that every school pupil has two hours of quality PE each week delivered by specialist PE teachers.

S3W-13231 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote outdoor education.

S3W-13232 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to implement the recommendations on disclosure contained in Review of the Law and Practice of Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings in Scotland.

S3W-13233 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing recommendations 29 and 30 of The ACPOS and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service working group formed to develop joint protocols, as recommended in the Bonomy Report.

S3W-13234 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students from families with incomes below £16,000 per annum will benefit from the abolition of the graduate endowment scheme.

S3W-13235 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with incomes below £16,000 per annum will benefit from the abolition of prescription charges.

S3W-13236 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out the evaluation of the Small Business Bonus Scheme and, if so, whether the evaluation will be independent in character.

S3W-13237 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport about the redevelopment of Partick Interchange.

S3W-13238 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about delays to the programme for the redevelopment of Partick Interchange.

S3W-13239 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12920 by Kenny MacAskill on 20 May 2008, how much dedicated funding it has allocated for counter terrorism for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-13240 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12917 by Kenny MacAskill on 20 May 2008, how much grant-in-aid it has allocated to the Scottish Police Services Authority for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-13241 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the standardised mortality rates were per 1,000 population for (a) Dundee, (b) Angus, (c) Tayside and (d) Scotland in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down also by deprivation quintile.

S3W-13242 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister will work with the Education Directorate-General and the Scottish Funding Council to (a) review in the long term the future funding needs of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and (b) provide in the short term the Academy with £600,000 to fund the gap in its finances.

S3W-13243 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12896 by Kenny MacAskill on 20 May 2008, when the information on the number of persons proceeded against for selling alcohol to persons under 18 in Courts in the Lothians, by approximate local authority area, will be available for 2006-07.

S3W-13244 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time-equivalent teachers are currently employed in pre-school settings.

S3W-13245 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils in pre-school settings currently have access to a teacher.

S3W-13246 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to monitor any changes in full-time-equivalent teachers in pre-school settings.

S3W-13247 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households do not have access to mains gas, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency.

S3W-13248 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the draft charging statement on the water services charges exemption scheme.

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