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Section E – Written questions lodged on 4 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-13857Δ Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to the Shirley McKie inquiry announced on 14 March 2008, it intends to take steps to control the costs of the inquiry.

S3W-13858 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drivers in East Dunbartonshire have been charged with driving while under the influence of drink or drugs over the last three years for which figures are available.

S3W-13859 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to encourage people to take up cycling as an alternative method of transport.

S3W-13860 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on cycling as an alternative method of transport.

S3W-13861 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on cycling projects, as part of the transport budget, from 2003 to 2007.

S3W-13862 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to cycling projects, as part of the transport budget, over the period of the current spending review.

S3W-13863 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its participation will be in National Bike Week, which takes place from 14 to 22 June 2008.

S3W-13864 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bikes were purchased in Scotland from 2003 to 2007 and what the total value was of all such sales.

S3W-13865 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to encourage people to take up cycling as a form of exercise.

S3W-13866 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13438 by Stewart Maxwell on 3 June 2008, what percentage of people were registered with an NHS dentist in each parliamentary constituency in the South of Scotland region in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.

S3W-13867 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11408 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, how many of the 51 off-sales tested within the Lothian and Borders police force area were within the Lothians parliamentary region, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13868 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11408 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, how many of the 17 off-sales that failed during test purchases of alcohol within the Lothian and Borders police force area were within the Lothians parliamentary region, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13869 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-11408 by Shona Robison on 18 April 2008, how many of the 17 off-sales that failed during test purchases of alcohol in the Lothian and Borders police force area were re-tested and how many (a) passed and (b) failed and, of those that failed, how many had their licences revoked, also broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13870 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people within the Lothians parliamentary region it estimates will be helped by the Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers in 2008-09.

S3W-13871 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated for investment in affordable houses for rent in the Lothians parliamentary region in each financial year since 2004-05, broken down by local authority area and also expressed in real terms.

S3W-13872 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when its carbon balance sheet for transport will be published.

S3W-13873 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the removal of tolls on the Forth and Tay bridges has had across each bridge on (a) the total number of road journeys, (b) the length of the peak period and (c) greenhouse gas emission levels arising from road journeys.

S3W-13874 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact each project listed in the Scottish motorway and trunk road programme will have on greenhouse gas emission levels.

S3W-13875 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the additional Forth crossing will have on greenhouse gas emission levels.

S3W-13876 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the capacity expansion at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, as proposed in the national planning framework discussion draft, will have on greenhouse gas emission levels.

S3W-13877 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what change took place in road traffic levels in 2007 and what impact this change will have on greenhouse gas emission levels.

S3W-13878 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-13395 and S3W-13396 by Richard Lochhead on 3 June 2008, why he stated in Safeguarding Our Fishing Rights: The Future of Quota Management and Licensing in Scotland - A Consultation Paper that "The Scottish Government is seeking to withdraw from the CFP", when it has no powers to do so.

S3W-13879 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-13395 and S3W-13396 by Richard Lochhead on 3 June 2008, in what ways an independent Scotland could pursue withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy.

S3W-13880 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-13395 and S3W-13396 by Richard Lochhead on 3 June 2008, what legal advice it has received that indicates that an independent Scotland could pursue withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy.

S3W-13881 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-13395 and S3W-13396 by Richard Lochhead on 3 June 2008, what legal advice it has received that indicates how an independent Scotland could pursue withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy.

S3W-13882 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how Highland Council’s proposal to reduce teaching staff at Brora Primary School, thereby increasing class sizes in the school, accords with the Scottish Government’s stated aim of reducing class sizes.

S3W-13883 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are employed in the West Dunbartonshire Council area.

S3W-13884 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are employed in the East Dunbartonshire Council area.

S3W-13885 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13003 by Richard Lochhead on 27 May 2008, what precise amount was negotiated between the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency and the Polish shipyard in respect of liquidated damages for the late delivery of the vessel, Hirta.

S3W-13886Δ Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide further information on its intentions for science and languages baccalaureates, as promised during the Ministerial Statement on National Qualifications on 24 April 2008 (Official Report c. 7863-7881).

S3W-13887 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Class A drugs were seized in the Lothians parliamentary region in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) drug type and (b) value.

S3W-13888 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13010 by Nicola Sturgeon on 28 May 2008, how many attacks there have been on GPs and their staff in each practice in the Lothians in each year since 1997.

S3W-13889 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when itplans to bring forward a parliamentary debate on the second National Planning Framework.

S3W-13890 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it expects the Parliament will have in considering responses to the consultation on the second National Planning Framework.

S3W-13891 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints about wildlife crime have been (a) received and (b) investigated by each Scottish police force in each of the last three years for which figures are available; of these, how many prosecutions were (i) brought and (ii) successful following investigation, and how many full-time gamekeepers were convicted as a result of such prosecutions.

S3W-13892 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13606 by Stewart Maxwell on 30 May 2008, how many homes it expects to be built in each local authority area in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 under the provisional allocation of Housing Association Grant.

S3W-13893 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes were built in each local authority area in 2007-08 using Housing Association Grant.

S3W-13894 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what processes exist to support NHS boards to fund treatments for very rare (ultra-orphan) diseases and whether these include a risk-sharing scheme for funding.

S3W-13895 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made to support access to treatment for patients with extremely rare (ultra-orphan) diseases.

S3W-13896 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance exists to help NHS boards to identify rare (ultra-orphan) diseases and provide adequate and effective care for patients who have been diagnosed with such diseases.

S3W-13897 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next round of the Scottish Biomass Support Scheme will be launched.

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