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Section E – Written questions lodged on 29 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-13605Δ Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the first revision of the delivery plans for the new Efficient Government Programme for 2008-11 referred to in the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth’s opening address to the Finance Committee on 13 May 2008.

S3W-13606Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what decision it has reached regarding allocation of the Affordable Housing Investment Programme and what changes it intends to implement to Housing Association Grant in 2008-09.

S3W-13607 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its recent estimate of an additional £4.4 billion of North Sea Oil revenues as a result of rising fuel prices, whether it has estimated the total value of additional revenues from fuel taxation accruing to HM Treasury in 2008 and, if so, what the value is.

S3W-13608 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital beds were available in NHS Lothian in each year since 1997, broken down by hospital.

S3W-13609 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many acute occupied bed days in NHS Lothian were directly connected with alcohol-related conditions in each of the last three years for which the information is available, also broken down by age of patient.

S3W-13610 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many acute occupied bed days in NHS Lothian were directly connected with drug-related conditions in each of the last three years for which the information is available, also broken down by age of patient.

S3W-13611 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many home repossessions there were in the Lothians parliamentary region in 2007-08, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13612 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many calls Fife Constabulary responded to from 2002 to 2007 where the incident was due to excessive noise.

S3W-13613 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals in Fife applied for a firearms licence from 2002 to 2007, broken down into those that were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful.

S3W-13614 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been paid in staff mileage expenses by each NHS board in each year since 1999.

S3W-13615 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it is having with NHS employers on reviewing the NHS staff car mileage rates to reflect continually changing fuel costs.

S3W-13616 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what car mileage rates have been paid to staff by each Health Board, broken down by year since 1999.

S3W-13617 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11249 and S3W-12807 by Michael Russell on 22 April and 21 May 2008 respectively, on what precise date in early December 2007 officials learned that the Laurel Grant Ltd application was to be considered by Cairngorms National Park Authority.

S3W-13618 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11249 and S3W-12807 by Michael Russell on 22 April and 21 May 2008 respectively, what steps were taken by officials, on learning of the development application from Laurel Grant Ltd, to inform authorities dealing with the application from Aviemore Highland Resort of the potential conflict between the two applications.

S3W-13619 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers who met representatives of Aviemore Highland Resort to discuss the planning application it had put forward to the Cairngorms National Park Authority (a) made a formal declaration of interest or (b) reported their attendance at the meeting to the (i) First Minister, (ii) Permanent Secretary or (iii) Chief Planner and on what precise dates these declarations or reports were made.

S3W-13620 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children and young people have been restrained in secure accommodation in each of the last six years.

S3W-13621 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it collates on the use of restraint on looked-after and accommodated children.

S3W-13622 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce children’s rights services nationally, independent of local authorities.

S3W-13623 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to use the Children’s Rights impact assessment tool, developed by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, for proofing future government policy.

S3W-13624 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it had to the recent decision to simplify the rail pricing structure in the United Kingdom.

S3W-13625 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what obligations are placed on providers of cross-border rail services to maximise the uptake of underused services.

S3W-13626 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will pursue with the Department for Transport and rail service providers a reduction in the cost of tickets permitting travel at any time for cross-border rail services operating below capacity.

S3W-13627 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect it expects the recent changes in alcohol duty to have on binge drinking.

S3W-13628 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect it expects the recent changes in alcohol duty to have on underage drinking.

S3W-13629 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect it expects the recent changes in alcohol duty to have on the manufacture and export of distilled spirits.

S3W-13630 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the introduction of a levy on plastic bags.

S3W-13631 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is taking place with the major supermarket chains to secure the adoption of biodegradable and compostable plastic bags.

S3W-13632 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration within its powers and responsibilities it has given to banning stores from issuing single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags.

S3W-13633 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to enforce compliance by retailers with any targets set for reducing the volume of excess packaging waste.

S3W-13634 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average (a) numbers and (b) rateable values have been of vacant business premises in (i) Kilmarnock and Loudoun and (ii) Scotland in each year since 1999.

S3W-13635 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the business rate poundage has been in each year since 1999.

S3W-13636 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average rents have been per square metre for business premises in (a) Kilmarnock and Loudoun and (b) Scotland in each year since 1999.

S3W-13637 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has made available to farmers and others in rural areas in (a) Kilmarnock and Loudoun and (b) Scotland to support diversification of the rural economy in each year since 1999.

S3W-13638 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) Scottish residents, (b) residents from the rest of the United Kingdom and (c) other tourists have visited (i) East Ayrshire, (ii) Ayrshire and Arran and (iii) Scotland in each year since 1999.

S3W-13639 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 has had on the number of fathers obtaining access to their children.

S3W-13640 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 has had on the number of fathers obtaining custody of their children.

S3W-13641 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what proportion of custody cases have been determined by awarding custody to the father in each year since 1999.

S3W-13642 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards on the purchase of electronic physiotherapy aids.

S3W-13643 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how the NHS assesses the efficacy of electronic physiotherapy aids.

S3W-13644 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many companies registered in (a) Kilmarnock and Loudoun and (b) Scotland went into liquidation in each year since 1999.

S3W-13645 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it or its agencies give to the development of a network of local craft fairs across Scotland.

S3W-13646 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the designation of a Scottish craft town, similar to the book town model that has assisted in the regeneration of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

S3W-13647 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is taking with local authorities, NHS boards and other public agencies to introduce renewable energy capacity when public buildings are being built or redeveloped.

S3W-13648 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives to householders wishing to measure the extent to which they waste energy.

S3W-13649 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire has invested in Kilmarnock and Loudoun since May 1999.

S3W-13650 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11467 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 April 2008, what steps it is taking to ensure that people, especially young people, in Kilmarnock and Loudoun are able to access science projects funded by its science engagement grant scheme.

S3W-13651 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11467 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 April 2008, whether it is satisfied with the range of science projects from all parts of Scotland applying for funding from its science engagement grant scheme.

S3W-13652 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-12868 by Stewart Stevenson on 29 May 2008, when the contracts for (a) Ernst and Young LLP and (b) Brodies LLP were awarded; what the specification of the work required was in each instance, and whether the consultants’ reports will be made available in the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre.

S3W-13653 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still expects the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities to publish its report in June 2008.

S3W-13654 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what rates of interest are being paid to lenders in relation to the Aberdeen PPP/NPDO schools projects.

S3W-13655 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what rates of interest are being paid to lenders in relation to the Falkirk PPP/NPDO schools projects.

S3W-13656 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11249 and S3W-12807 by Michael Russell on 22 April and 21 May 2007 respectively, what steps were taken by authorities dealing with the application from Aviemore Highland Resort, on learning of the development application from Laurel Grant Ltd, to inform Scottish Government officials and, through them, ministers of any potential conflict between the two applications.

S3W-13657 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the content of the email sent by the Minister for Community Safety in a constituency member capacity to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Development at 11:57am on 6 December 2007 was made known to (a) planning officials, (b) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and (c) the Cairngorms National Park Authority and, if so, what action these respective officials and bodies took in response to the matters raised in the email.

S3W-13658 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11249 and S3W-12807 by Michael Russell on 22 April and 21 May 2007 respectively, on what precise date officials became aware of a potential conflict of interest between developers seeking to attract the same supermarket to rival proposals for retail developments in Aviemore.

S3W-13659 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the debate on Fuel Costs on 28 May 2008 (Official Report c. 9062-82), what resources it will direct towards developing and presenting to HM Treasury a workable area-based motor fuel tax discount scheme for islands and remote areas and what representations it will make on the matter.

S3W-13660 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13039 by Bruce Crawford on 22 May 2008, how many of the seven Bills introduced since May 2007 had a degree of work or preparation under way by civil servants prior to May 2007.

S3W-13661 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children had school meals in each local authority area on a specific date in 2007-08 and how this compares with the same date in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

S3W-13662 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the consequences of an independent Scotland, within the EU, withdrawing from the Common Fisheries Policy.

S3W-13663 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13039 by Kenny McAskill on 21 May 2008, whether it will consider collecting information centrally about the ages of children in Scottish prisons.

S3W-13664 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area have their own kitchens for cooking school dinners.

S3W-13665 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were screened for (a) breast, (b) cervical, (c) bowel, (d) prostate and (e) testicular cancer in each NHS board area in 2007-08.

S3W-13666 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people it estimates are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease; what services are available in each NHS board area for the treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease, and what plans it has to improve such services.

S3W-13667 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people volunteered for organ donation in each month of 2007-08 and what plans it has to continue the campaign to encourage organ donation.

S3W-13668 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated percentage payment rate of council tax was for each local authority area in 2007-08.

S3W-13669 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rate of home help provision was per 100,000 people over the age of 65 in each local authority area in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

S3W-13670 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and which of its special advisers have legal qualifications.

S3W-13671 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its special advisers give legal advice to ministers.

S3W-13672 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers have received any legal advice from special advisers in respect of (a) the Scottish Futures Trust, (b) local income tax, (c) firearms or (d) any other issue.

S3W-13673 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have the power to issue bonds.

S3W-13674 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have the power to band together to issue Scottish municipal bonds.

S3W-13675 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have the power to issue bonds for capital projects outwith their geographic boundaries.

S3W-13676 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is of borrowing (a) £10,000, (b) £100,000, (c) £1 million, (d) £10 million and (e) £1 billion through a bond issue.

S3W-13677 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances disabled students are not eligible for the disabled students allowance.

S3W-13678 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled students were not eligible for the disabled students allowance for each academic year from 2001-02 to 2007-08.

S3W-13679 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled students did not apply for the disabled students allowance for each academic year from 2001-02 to 2007-08.

S3W-13680 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how information is gathered on the financial circumstances of people who become lone parents after they graduate.

S3W-13681 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students were lone parents but not in receipt of lone parents grant for each academic year from 2001-02 to 2007-08.

S3W-13682 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged 18 and under were convicted of possession of an offensive weapon in the Grampian Police area in 2006-07.

S3W-13683 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many convictions for possession of an offensive weapon there were in the Grampian Police area in 2006-07.

S3W-13684 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged 18 and under were charged with possession of an offensive weapon in the Grampian Police area in 2006-07.

S3W-13685 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were charged with possession of an offensive weapon in the Grampian Police area in 2006-07.

S3W-13686 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people it estimates will be helped by the Local Improvement Finance Trust in 2008-09.

S3W-13687 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Wheelchair and Seating Services Project Board last met and whether up-to-date minutes of its meetings will be made available on the Scottish Government’s website.

S3W-13688 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many falls involving hospital patients were recorded in each year since 1999 in NHS Lothian.

S3W-13689 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-11928 and S3W-11929 by Shona Robison on 29 April 2008, what action it is taking to encourage graduates to enrol in September 2008 for the final intake of the graduate diploma in audiology course delivered by Queen Margaret University in order to ensure that the course meets its target of delivering 43 graduates to work in the NHS by 2012.

S3W-13690 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11928 by Shona Robison on 29 April 2008, how many students of the graduate diploma in audiology course at Queen Margaret University are currently employed by the NHS in Scotland as assistant audiologists while they wait to complete all of the components of their training programme.

S3W-13691 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) cars and (b) lorries used the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry link in each of the last three years.

S3W-13692 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) cars and (b) lorries used the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry link in each month of 2007.

S3W-13693 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to support hauliers who will no longer be able to use the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry link.

S3W-13694 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to support holiday makers who will no longer be able to use the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry link.

S3W-13695 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any operators have expressed an interest in taking on the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry link and, if so, which operators.

S3W-13696 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to ensure that hauliers who used the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry link do not have to revert to using road transport.

S3W-13697 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what scope there is and will be for the Parliament and local authorities to make direct contributions to Transport Scotland’s Strategic Transport Projects Review.

S3W-13698 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13079 by Stewart Stevenson on 27 May 2008, whether Transport Scotland’s Strategic Transport Projects Review will specifically consider the potential benefits of extending passenger rail links from Alloa to Dunfermline as part of the examination of transport links for Dunfermline and Rosyth.

S3W-13699 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Transport Scotland’s Strategic Transport Projects Review will specifically consider the potential benefits of extending passenger rail links from Kinross-shire southwards.

S3W-13700 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that a direct rail link to Rosyth from Clackmannanshire and Stirling could increase the commercial viability of any sea route from Rosyth to continental Europe.

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