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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-13564 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it collects on patient waiting times and numbers for physiotherapy treatment.

S3W-13565 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether physiotherapy, podiatry and speech and language therapy will be included in the new 18-week referral to treatment target.

S3W-13566 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many acute occupied bed days were directly connected with alcohol-related conditions in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-13567 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in setting policy targets in the Scottish Forestry Strategy or elsewhere for planting forests, it has undertaken a strategic environmental assessment; if so, whether it has included an assessment of the impacts on migrating fish such as salmon, the desirability of protecting peatlands and the requirements of EU protected species that occur on open ground habitats such as golden eagles and mountain hares, and how any adverse impacts of inappropriate afforestation will be avoided.

S3W-13568 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many calls Grampian Police responded to from 2002 to 2007 where the incident was due to excessive noise.

S3W-13569 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in Grampian applied for a firearms licence from 2002 to 2007, broken down into those that were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful.

S3W-13570 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what data it holds regarding the accident rate on roads such as the A77 since the introduction of average speed cameras.

S3W-13571 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive which roads have average speed cameras; how many there are per road, and when they were introduced.

S3W-13572 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce more average speed cameras and, if so, at what locations.

S3W-13573 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the options that were considered for the remit of the public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-13574 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it chose to exclude climate change implications and effects on congestion levels from the remit of the inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-13575 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it chose to exclude any discussion of alternative transport options from the remit of the inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-13576 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it chose to exclude from the remit of the public inquiry any discussion of the need in principle for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-13577 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that the scope of the remit of the public inquiry into the Aberdeen Peripheral Route project is too restrictive.

S3W-13578 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider delaying the public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project in order to address significant public concern over the restrictive remit of the inquiry.

S3W-13579 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide clarification on the detail of the remit of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Project given to Reporters.

S3W-13580 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the benefit to cost ratio of 5:1 for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Project was calculated and what assumptions and evidence were used as a basis for the calculation.

S3W-13581 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial contribution (a) Aberdeen City Council, (b) Aberdeenshire Council and (c) the Executive will make to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project and whether these contributions are based on the original cost estimate for the project or the current final cost estimate.

S3W-13582 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the population of (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire is registered with an NHS dentist, broken down by age group.

S3W-13583 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a fishing catch limit for tope.

S3W-13584Δ Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish national performance indicators for public procurement, as recommended by The Review of Public Procurement in Scotland.

S3W-13585 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was collected by each district court in each of the last three years and how much was (a) retained by each local authority and (b) forwarded to HM Treasury.

S3W-13586 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in the East Dunbartonshire Council area were arrested in the last three years for contravening local byelaws banning drinking in public places.

S3W-13587 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any cost estimates of implementing changes to means testing for student bursaries and loans for new students only, while simultaneously continuing to operate for existing students the system that was in place at the start of the academic year.

S3W-13588 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S3O-3427 by Fiona Hyslop on 22 May 2007 (Official Report c. 8925), what (a) information technology and (b) administrative functions at the Student Awards Agency for Scotland would have been adversely affected by an attempt to run two systems of means testing for student loans and bursaries concurrently.

S3W-13589 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S3O-3427 by Fiona Hyslop on 22 May 2007 (Official Report c. 8926), what difficulties to parents and students it considers may have been averted by its decision not to run two systems of means testing for student loans and bursaries concurrently.

S3W-13590 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions were held with student representatives prior to its decision that changes to means testing for student loans and bursaries would apply to both existing and new students.

S3W-13591 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Student Awards Agency for Scotland is running two or more systems concurrently for assessing means-tested student loans and bursaries, for example to distinguish between full-time and part-time students.

S3W-13592 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it is reasonable for all primary school-age children to walk two miles to school.

S3W-13593 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines a "safe walking route to school" for primary school-age children.

S3W-13594 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding for school transport it has provided to (a) South Ayrshire and (b) East Ayrshire councils for primary school-age children.

S3W-13595 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is provided to local authorities on consulting prior to changing school transport arrangements for primary school-age children.

S3W-13596 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the real-terms decrease in the mileage rate paid by the Scottish Ambulance Service to volunteer drivers is acceptable.

S3W-13597 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in place to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of volunteer drivers.

S3W-13598 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the use of taxis by the NHS to supplement the ambulance and volunteer service is an effective use of public money.

S3W-13599 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what incentives can be offered to local groups, such as the Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company volunteer car scheme, to recruit new volunteer drivers.

S3W-13600 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors will be taken into account when reviewing the mileage rates paid by the Scottish Ambulance Service to volunteer drivers.

S3W-13601 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty’s Government on changes to the tax-free rate to ensure that volunteer driver numbers are maintained, in light of the impact of rising fuel costs on such drivers.

S3W-13602 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive which legislative provisions prohibit (a) it and (b) other organisations in the public sector in Scotland not classed as local authorities from borrowing money.

S3W-13603 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would be (a) competent and (b) necessary under the Scotland Act 1998 for the Parliament to legislate to give local authorities the power to reduce council tax for holders of any bonds issued by Scottish local authorities.

S3W-13604 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of recent accident statistics, what actions it plans to take to improve road safety on the A76.

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