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Section E – Written questions lodged on 17 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-14288 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing or the Minister for Communities will convene a meeting with Glasgow Housing Association, local housing organisations and community-controlled housing associations to discuss the findings of the Mazars report and the response of the Scottish Housing Regulator.

S3W-14289 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specialist support is available to stroke victims.

S3W-14290 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many language therapists were employed in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14291 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stroke victims have been identified in each of the last five years as having problems with speech.

S3W-14292 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time is for stroke patients between referral and first appointment with a language therapist.

S3W-14293 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many petrol retailers in Scotland (a) are currently in operation and (b) have been closed and sealed since 1990, broken down by (i) oil company sites, (ii) main retailer sites, (iii) supermarket sites, (iv) smaller retailer sites and (v) other unbranded sites.

S3W-14294 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how many, and what percentage of, people were claiming unemployment-related benefits in each council ward in Dundee City Council at the most recent date for which figures are available.

S3W-14295 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what percentage of, people were long-term unemployed in each council ward in Dundee City Council at the most recent date for which figures are available.

S3W-14296 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many VAT registrations there have been in Dundee in each of the last three years for which figures are available, also expressed as a rate per 1,000 of the population aged 16 and above.

S3W-14297 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were employed in Dundee in (a) 2000 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by employment sector.

S3W-14298 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many businesses were located in Dundee in (a) 2000 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-14299 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive which communities in Glasgow are benefiting from the Cash Back for Communities scheme.

S3W-14300 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of how the Cash Back for Communities scheme is operating in Glasgow.

S3W-14301 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available from central government, sportscotland and other relevant agencies for young people involved in rowing.

S3W-14302 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase participation in rowing among young people to build on the success of those who are currently excelling in the sport.

S3W-14303 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive when legislation will be introduced to ensure that people negligently exposed to asbestos who develop pleural plaques will be able to pursue a claim for damages in Scotland.

S3W-14304 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the legislation to be introduced, people negligently exposed to asbestos who are diagnosed with the asymptomatic pleural thickening and asymptomatic asbestosis, will be able to pursue a claim for damages in Scotland.

S3W-14305 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7851 by Shona Robison on 14 January 2008, what measures would be required to transfer responsibility for test purchasing and monitoring underage alcohol sales from the police to trading standards officers and whether it will consider introducing such measures in the interest of more efficient and cost-effective policing of underage sales of both tobacco and alcohol.

S3W-14306 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to local concerns that exist in the community of Northbay, Barra, about the decision of Highlands and Islands Enterprise to pursue broadband connection through a Connected Communities initiative rather than an upgrade of the Northbay telephone exchange and specific concerns that the initiative does not have local support.

S3W-14307 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Connected Communities will not be able to give residents in the Northbay, Barra, community 100% broadband coverage while an upgraded BT exchange could.

S3W-14308 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has been decided that the community of Northbay, Barra, will receive its broadband connection through the Connected Communities initiative and not through the upgrading of the BT exchange and ADSL.

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