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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 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-13926 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Housing Association Grant has been allocated to East Lothian in each year since 1999-2000.

S3W-13955 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy would be compatible with continued membership of the European Union.

S3W-13956 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy or negotiating accession to the European Union would take greater priority if Scotland became independent.

S3W-13957 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-13514 and S3W-13394 by Nicola Sturgeon and Richard Lochhead on 4 and 5 June 2008 respectively, why it is not appropriate to indicate in these instances whether legal advice was sought but it was appropriate for the First Minister to state on 7 June 2007 that "I consulted the Lord Advocate for advice on the significant legal matters involved yesterday" (Official Report c. 588).

S3W-13958 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all official visits made by ministers, including the First Minister, from 17 May 2007 to 31 May 2008, broken down by (a) date of visit, (b) constituency visited, (c) purpose of visit and (d) other organisations involved and showing the date on which the (i) constituency MSP, (ii) constituency MP and (iii) regional MSPs were notified of each visit.

S3W-13959 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the current level of voluntary modulation it considers to be efficiency savings.

S3W-13960 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of voluntary modulation would have been if it had not decided to use voluntary modulation as a way of achieving efficiency savings.

S3W-13961 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how funding identified as efficiency savings as a result of voluntary modulation has been reallocated.

S3W-13962 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive why it considers that it is appropriate to move money from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 in the Scottish Rural Development Programme in order to achieve efficiency savings and therefore remove direct support to Scottish farmers.

S3W-13963 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it consulted NFU Scotland before using voluntary modulation as an efficiency saving to Scottish Government budgets.

S3W-13964 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive which elements of the Scottish Rural Development Programme involve competition.

S3W-13965 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how allocations made under the Scottish Rural Development Programme will be monitored.

S3W-13966 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether allocations made under the Scottish Rural Development Programme will be made available by regional area.

S3W-13967 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether allocations made under the Scottish Rural Development Programme will be broken down by category of applicant.

S3W-13968 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether allocations made under the Scottish Rural Development Programme will be broken down by region and policy measure.

S3W-13969 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of three to five-year-olds were registered with an NHS dentist in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by community health partnership.

S3W-13970 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the application process to the Scottish Rural Development Programme has now been fully implemented.

S3W-13971 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications it has received to the Scottish Rural Development Programme and, of these, how many have been (a) accepted or (b) rejected.

S3W-13972 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13505 by Michael Russell on 4 June 2008, whether the working group to develop the detail of new legislation to regulate the use of snares will be the same group as the PAW (Scotland) Legislation, Regulation and Guidance sub-group referred to in Natural Justice: A Joint Thematic Inspection of the Arrangements in Scotland for Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Wildlife Crime and what the membership and specific remit of that group will be.

S3W-13973 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the rail line between Kincardine and Dunfermline that has been used for freight to Longannet Power Station currently meets safety and other specifications for passenger travel.

S3W-13974 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how safety and other specifications for railways vary between passenger and freight use.

S3W-13975 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Strategic Transport Projects Review being conducted by Transport Scotland is considering the utility of additional stations on existing railway lines in addition to railway extensions.

S3W-13976 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the concerns about potential traffic through the west Fife villages, as outlined in the members’ business debate on 15 May 2008 on the Upper Forth Crossing (Official Report c. 8750), could be reduced by the alternative of a passenger rail service running through western Fife.

S3W-13977 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the findings of its examination of replacement Forth crossing options have provided any useful data about the potential effects on traffic across the Forth of new direct rail services to Edinburgh from west Fife and Clackmannanshire.

S3W-13978 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether giving the residents of western Fife direct access by rail to Stirling and its university could increase educational opportunities and contribute to the objective of making Scotland smarter.

S3W-13979 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive how many retailers have had their licence to sell alcohol (a) suspended or (b) revoked in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-13980 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the incidence of the selling of alcohol to underage drinkers.

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