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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 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-13981 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether schools promised or commissioned by the previous administration will count towards its target of 250 new and refurbished schools by 2011.

S3W-13982 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that 250 new and refurbished schools will be delivered in addition to the schools initiated by the previous administration but delivered between 2007 and 2011.

S3W-13983 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what element of its DG Education’s targeted savings for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, as shown on page 77 of Efficiency Delivery Plans: May 2008, comes from (i) not raising the eligibility threshold for government contributions to student support and (ii) not moving to the use of parental income from two years prior as the basis for calculating the parental contribution, in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-13984 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to plans for its DG Education shown on page 77 of Efficiency Delivery Plans: May 2008, whether its budget assumptions have ever included (a) raising the eligibility threshold for government contributions to student support and (b) moving to the use of parental income from two years prior as the basis for calculating the parental contribution, in line with the rest of the United Kingdom and, if so, for which budgets such assumptions were made.

S3W-13985 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to plans for its DG Education shown on page 77 of Efficiency Delivery Plans: May 2008, for what levels of parental income the parental contribution towards student support will be higher as a result of assessing the parental income from one year prior compared with two years prior, as will be the case in the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-13986 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the organisations it consulted prior to plans for its DG Education, as shown on page 77 of Efficiency Delivery Plans: May 2008.

S3W-13987 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the average percentages change in salaries for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 compared with those for (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.

S3W-13988 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans for its DG Education, as shown on page 77 of Efficiency Delivery Plans: May 2008, take account of the changes to eligibility criteria for student support announced on 15 February 2008.

S3W-13989 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is in a position to announce the result of its review of the Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy Service.

S3W-13990 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to local authorities regarding educating children permanently excluded from state schools.

S3W-13991 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to local authorities regarding educating children temporarily excluded from state schools.

S3W-13992 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to local authorities regarding the education of children temporarily withdrawn from state schools during a dispute over suitability of provision for the additional support needs of the child.

S3W-13993 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4714 by Peter Peacock on 15 December 2003, how many excluded pupils were provided with alternative education that was not sufficient to meet their educational needs in each year from 2003-04 to 2006-07.

S3W-13994 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4713 by Peter Peacock on 15 December 2003, what the average length of time was before (a) temporarily and (b) permanently excluded pupils received any form of education in each year from 2003-04 to 2006-07.

S3W-13995 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-4713 by Peter Peacock on 15 December 2003, what the average time has been for education authorities to find alternative education for excluded pupils in each year from 2003-04 to 2006-07, broken down by education authority.

S3W-13996 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive under what statute or guidance local authorities are required to provide full-time education to children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age.

S3W-13997 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines full-time education for children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age.

S3W-13998 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are employed in the Inverclyde Council area.

S3W-13999 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are employed in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S3W-14000 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are employed in the East Renfrewshire Council area.

S3W-14001 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nursery teachers are employed in the North Lanarkshire Council area.

S3W-14002 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts all of the conclusions of the housing regulator’s assessment of the Mazars report into second stage stock transfer in Glasgow.

S3W-14003 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive at what pace it believes that progress towards second stage stock transfer in Glasgow should move.

S3W-14004 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take as a result of the housing regulator’s assessment of the Mazars report into second stage stock transfer in Glasgow.

S3W-14005 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it considers that the Glasgow Housing Association should now take as a result of the housing regulator’s assessment of the Mazars report into second stage stock transfer in Glasgow.

S3W-14006 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inward investment projects were obtained by Scotland in each of the last five years and what the value was of each project, shown also as a percentage of total inward investment into the United Kingdom.

S3W-14007 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of business spend was on research and development in each of the last five years, shown also as a percentage of GDP.

S3W-14008 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value has been of Scotland’s GDP in each of the last five years.

S3W-14009 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ruled out tolling on the replacement Forth crossing.

S3W-14010 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the "14 possible options for work to be carried out under the umbrella of the Scottish Futures Trust", described by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 5 June 2008 in motion S3M-2057, have been identified as suitable for financing the replacement Forth crossing.

S3W-14011 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still considering the use of the non-profit distribution model to finance the replacement Forth crossing.

S3W-14012 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the procurement, timetable and financing plans for the replacement Forth crossing before autumn 2008.

S3W-14013 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal advice it received on the use of patriotic bonds to fund the replacement Forth crossing.

S3W-14014 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it discovered that patriotic bonds would not be a viable method of financing the replacement Forth crossing.

S3W-14015 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all "14 possible options for work to be carried out under the umbrella of the Scottish Futures Trust", described by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on 5 June 2008 in motion S3M-2057, are currently subject to further development.

S3W-14016 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that there are equity profits to be made under non-profit distributing schemes.

S3W-14017 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the procurement competition for the replacement Forth crossing to occur.

S3W-14018 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects a contractor for the replacement Forth crossing to be appointed.

S3W-14019 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the replacement Forth crossing to open.

S3W-14020 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were treated for abdominal aortic aneurysms through (a) endovascular aneurysm repair using a stent graph and (b) open surgical repair in each year since 1999, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14021 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients were treated for thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections through (a) endovascular aneurysm repair using a stent graph and (b) open surgical repair in each year since 1999, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14022 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being done to establish the cause and exact volume of the recent oil spills from Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd’s Beatrice Alpha platform.

S3W-14023 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to ensure that oil spills will be avoided from the Beatrice Alpha platform in future.

S3W-14024 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being done to assess the damage done by the two recent oil spills from the Beatrice Alpha platform.

S3W-14025 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to limit and clean up the recent oil spill from the Beatrice Alpha platform and what observable degree of success has been achieved by such measures so far.

S3W-14026 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the sale, transportation and carrying of swords for the purposes of Scottish Highland dancing are exempt from the provisions of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007.

S3W-14027 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has calculated costs to the following public services as a result of recent significant increases in the cost of fuel and energy and, if so, what the additional cost burden will be on the (a) fire service, broken down by local authority area, (b) police, broken down by force area and (c) Scottish Ambulance Service, broken down by divisional area.

S3W-14028 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people over the age of 65 heat their homes using primarily (a) oil, (b) gas, (c) solid fuel or (d) electricity.

S3W-14029 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has calculated the costs to pensioner households across Scotland as a result of significantly increased fuel and energy costs over the last 12 months.

S3W-14030 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has calculated the costs to low income families as a result of increased fuel and energy costs.

S3W-14031 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total additional cost to NHS services as a result of increased fuel and energy costs has been in each year since 2005, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14032 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the workforce in (a) Dundee and (b) Tayside has participated in SHAW (Scotland’s Health at Work) in each of the last three years for which information is available.

S3W-14033 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many organisations were registered in (a) Dundee and (b) Tayside with SHAW (Scotland’s Health at Work) in each of the last three years for which information is available and, of these, how many received (i) bronze, (ii) silver and (iii) gold awards.

S3W-14034 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small and medium enterprises were registered in (a) Dundee and (b) Tayside with SHAW (Scotland’s Health at Work) in each of the last three years for which information is available and, of these, how many received (i) bronze, (ii) silver and (iii) gold awards.

S3W-14035 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many employers with over 250 employees were registered in (a) Dundee and (b) Tayside with SHAW (Scotland’s Health at Work) in each of the last three years for which information is available and, of these, how many received (i) bronze, (ii) silver and (iii) gold awards.

S3W-14036 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to Scottish students with cerebral palsy while they are studying in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom.

S3W-14037 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions it makes to enable people with cerebral palsy to attend university or college.

S3W-14038 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many educational institutions are equipped to provide for students with cerebral palsy.

S3W-14039 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it is making to increase higher and further education provision for people with cerebral palsy.

S3W-14040 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the location is of the nearest institution where Scottish students with cerebral palsy can study at higher or further education level; how much the attendance fees are, and what financial support the Scottish Government provides towards such fees.

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