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Section E – Written questions lodged on 2 June 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-13734 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average Housing Association Grant per unit (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09.

S3W-13735 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total Housing Association Grant allocation in Argyll and Bute (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09.

S3W-13736 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average Housing Association Grant allocation per unit in Argyll and Bute (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09.

S3W-13737 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total Housing Association Grant allocation in West Dunbartonshire (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09.

S3W-13738 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average Housing Association Grant allocation per unit in West Dunbartonshire (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09.

S3W-13739 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Private Sector Housing Grant (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09, broken down by local authority.

S3W-13740 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of development funding for housing (a) was for 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09, broken down by local authority.

S3W-13741 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to tackle any abuse of the Blue Badge scheme.

S3W-13742 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what future plans it has to amend the Blue Badge scheme to cut down any abuse of the scheme.

S3W-13743 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many incidents of abuse of the Blue Badge scheme have been reported in each of the last five years and what enforcement measures have been taken.

S3W-13744 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated for investment in affordable houses for rent in the Dundee City Council area in each year since 2004-05, also showing the allocations in real terms.

S3W-13745 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated for investment in affordable houses for rent in the Angus Council area in each year since 2004-05, also showing the allocations in real terms.

S3W-13746 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people it estimates will be helped by the Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT) in 2008-09.

S3W-13747 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how it expects long-term conditions action teams in community health partnerships to engage with condition-specific (a) specialist teams or (b) nurse specialists where a managed clinical or care network has not been established.

S3W-13748 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all members of the long-term conditions action teams in community health partnerships will be expected to work across all long-term conditions or whether they will be permitted to sub-specialise.

S3W-13749 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive whether condition-specific nurse specialists currently employed within community health partnerships will become members of long-term conditions action teams.

S3W-13750 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many attendances at nurse-led clinics in Tayside there have been in the latest year for which information is available.

S3W-13751 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hours of overtime it estimates are worked annually.

S3W-13752 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11537 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, where the robust trials to establish the comparative benefits of bilateral implantation are taking place.

S3W-13753 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11537 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, who is carrying out the robust trials to establish the comparative benefits of bilateral implantation.

S3W-13754 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11537 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, how many trial cases to establish the comparative benefits of bilateral implantation are being pursued.

S3W-13755 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11537 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, when the outcome of the robust trials to establish the comparative benefits of bilateral implantation will be known.

S3W-13756 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the findings of the Scottish Housing Regulator’s scrutiny of the Mazars report on second stage stock transfer.

S3W-13757 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13143 by Stewart Maxwell on 28 May 2008, on what date the decision was taken to extend the contract for providing its central heating programme.

S3W-13758 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13143 by Stewart Maxwell on 28 May 2008, what criteria were used to reach the decision to extend the contract for providing its central heating programme.

S3W-13759 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question SW3-13143 by Stewart Maxwell on 28 May 2008, which charitable and voluntary sector bodies it consulted prior to deciding to extend the contract for providing its central heating programme.

S3W-13760 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is giving to community transport organisations that are losing volunteer drivers as a result of increasing fuel costs.

S3W-13761 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that community transport organisations continue to be able to deliver essential services to disadvantaged or isolated people who rely on such services.

S3W-13762 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of rising fuel prices on local authorities.

S3W-13763 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to assist local authorities facing substantially increased running costs for ferry and bus services as a result of rising fuel prices.

S3W-13764 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public sector funding was invested to establish the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service.

S3W-13765 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding was given to Superfast Ferries prior to 2002 to encourage introduction of the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service.

S3W-13766 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether public funding was given to Superfast Ferries from 2002 onwards to maintain or improve the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service and, if so, how much.

S3W-13767 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive when Superfast Ferries first indicated its intention to withdraw the ferry service from Rosyth to Zeebrugge.

S3W-13768 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive when and where ministers (a) first and (b) subsequently met representatives of Attica or Superfast Ferries to discuss the withdrawal of the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service.

S3W-13769 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive who took part in meetings with Attica or Superfast Ferries to discuss the withdrawal of the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service.

S3W-13770 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has discussed with Attica or Superfast Ferries any return of public funding following the decision to withdraw the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service.

S3W-13771 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it took, after learning of the intention to withdraw the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service, to encourage Attica or Superfast Ferries to continue the service.

S3W-13772 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in discussions with alternative operators offering a replacement ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge.

S3W-13773 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to offer public funding to encourage alternative operators to offer a replacement ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge and, if so, what conditions will be attached to the offer.

S3W-13774 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what total receipts were generated from the sale of homes under right-to-buy legislation in each year since its introduction and what its best estimate is with regard to how such receipts were applied to (a) repayment of debt, (b) investment in new or improved homes by local authorities and other social landlords and (c) other purposes.

S3W-13775 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new prison facility at Bishopbriggs will be ready for occupation.

S3W-13776 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) capacity of and (b) numbers detained in each of Scotland’s prisons was at 31 May 2008.

S3W-13777 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it is appropriate that the Scottish Prison Service should monitor all prison contracts including the contracts involving private prisons.

S3W-13778 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on campaigns to raise the awareness of (a) breast cancer, (b) HIV/Aids, (c) road safety and (d) MRSA and clostridium difficile over the last five years.

S3W-13779 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9987 by Nicola Sturgeon on 26 February 2008, what information it has received from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in respect of the possible outsourcing of occupational health services; what progress it has made in monitoring the developments of this proposal, and what its current view is on the proposal.

S3W-13780 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-9986 by Nicola Sturgeon on 25 February 2008, whether a nationally set waiting times target exists for children to be assessed prior to receiving speech therapy.

S3W-13781 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8634 by Stewart Maxwell on 31 January 2008, what progress has been made towards publication of the responses to the review of sportscotland received from stakeholders.

S3W-13782 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Argyll and Bute Council and representatives of the Jura community over disruption to the ferry serving Jura as a result of problems with vessels berthing at Port Askaig on Islay and efforts to prevent such disruption in future.

S3W-13783 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the development of a new ferry service between Lagg on Jura and Keilmore on mainland Argyll.

S3W-13784 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to concerns about the lengthy delays facing developers of small-scale renewable energy schemes in connecting to the local and national electricity grid system; what discussions it has had with power companies, Ofgem, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the National Grid and others about these delays, and what action it is taking to minimise these delays.

S3W-13785 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that, in determining connections to the national electricity grid system, factors such as local load and efficiency should be prioritised so that small baseload generations can gain quicker connection.

S3W-13786 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to development of hydropower plants of less than one megawatt and what action it is taking to ensure that such plants can gain connection to local and national electricity grid systems as quickly as possible.

S3W-13787 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the particular concerns of small-scale renewable energy scheme developers on islands such as Jura, Islay and Colonsay about difficulty in being able to connect to the mainland national grid.

S3W-13788 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that a loch-fed mini hydro electric scheme of less than one megawatt is approximately half as costly to build and run as a wind farm per unit of annual production.

S3W-13789 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that there is a potential for hundreds of loch-fed mini hydro electric schemes, especially in the Highlands and Islands, if transmission issues can be overcome.

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