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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 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-14427Δ Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities expects to report.

S3W-14428 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers historical re-enactment to constitute a form of theatre in terms of the 2007 Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007.

S3W-14429 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what orders are in force under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, inserted by section 46 of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007, in particular section 141ZA(3)(a) which allows Scottish Ministers to provide for defences against prosecution on religious, cultural, sporting or other grounds.

S3W-14430 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Ministers have the powers to provide for defences against prosecution on religious, cultural, sporting or other grounds for possession, sale or other conduct in relation to weapons which are not swords but are nonetheless covered by the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (as amended).

S3W-14431 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what dictionary definition of "total" it uses when responding to parliamentary questions.

S3W-14432 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Housing Association Grant has been allocated to South Lanarkshire Council in each year since 1999-2000.

S3W-14433 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S3O-3776 by Linda Fabiani on 19 June 2008 (Official Report c. 10008), whether it will list whom she met during her visit to Paris.

S3W-14434 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the first supplementary to question S3O-3776 by Linda Fabiani on 19 June 2008 (Official Report c. 10008), whether it will publish the agenda of topics discussed at the meeting in Paris.

S3W-14435 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which equalities organisations it met in developing its skills strategy.

S3W-14436 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which meetings have been held between the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and equalities organisations since May 2007.

S3W-14437 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how its skills strategy will address gender segregation in employment.

S3W-14438 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how its skills strategy will address disproportionate levels of unemployment among disabled people.

S3W-14439 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in meeting the SNP manifesto commitment of providing 10,000 additional respite weeks each year.

S3W-14440 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional respite weeks have been made available since May 2007, broken down by local authority area

S3W-14441 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional respite weeks for (a) adults and (b) children have been made available since May 2007.

S3W-14442 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all meetings held between it and organisations representing disabled children and their families to discuss the development of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 Amendment Bill, prior to publication of its consultation on the Bill.

S3W-14443 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive why the reporting of freedom of information requests placed on the Scottish Housing Regulator’s website excludes information on who made the request.

S3W-14444 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce site waste management plans in Scotland.

S3W-14445 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will target reductions in commercial waste.

S3W-14446 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging commercial properties to reduce, recycle and reuse their waste.

S3W-14447 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide incentives to encourage commercial properties to reduce, recycle and reuse their waste.

S3W-14448 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide stricter penalties for commercial properties that fail to reduce, recycle and reuse their waste.

S3W-14449 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to the NHS to support improved recycling, reduction and reuse of waste from NHS facilities.

S3W-14450 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities to support improved recycling, reduction and reuse of waste from their facilities.

S3W-14451 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for year-on-year reduction of waste from its buildings.

S3W-14452 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for year-on-year reduction of waste from NHS facilities.

S3W-14453 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for year-on-year reduction of waste from local authority buildings.

S3W-14454 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for year-on-year reduction of waste by non-departmental public bodies.

S3W-14455 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authority single outcome agreements identify year-on-year reductions in waste to landfill.

S3W-14456 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authority single outcome agreements identify year-on-year reductions in business mileage.

S3W-14457 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what local authority single outcome agreements identify year-on-year reductions in waste.

S3W-14458 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with supermarkets about reducing the packaging on their individually branded products.

S3W-14459 Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for reductions in the annual mileage of ministerial cars.

S3W-14460Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since September 2007 on extending the benefits of the Glasgow pilot domestic abuse court.

S3W-14461 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government concerning the changes in immigration rules affecting the recruitment of Indian chefs in Scotland.

S3W-14462 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the UK Government to introduce a pilot scheme similar to the Fresh Talent initiative to address significant shortages of Indian chefs in Scotland.

S3W-14463Δ Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide an update on its work to improve external scrutiny, following Professor Crerar’s review of regulation, audit, inspection and complaints handling.

S3W-14464 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when the Parliament’s e-petition comments section will again be operational.

S3W-14465 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to the question S3W-14046 by Stewart Stevenson on 19 June 2008, in terms of financial magnitude what is meant by "minimal" in the reference to minimal costs.

S3W-14466 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional police officers funded through Glasgow’s Community Planning Partnership are in addition to the Scottish Government’s target complement.

S3W-14467 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated by each NHS board to providing services for people with dementia over the period of the current spending review.

S3W-14468 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Grampian were diagnosed with dementia in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006 and (f) 2007.

S3W-14469 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to educate young people in the north east on the subject of drugs misuse.

S3W-14470 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to investigate the reasons for the sudden decline in bee population in Scotland.

S3W-14471 Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions for underage tobacco sales there have been in each of the last five years and, of these, how many convictions resulted, broken down by police force area.

S3W-14472 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the outcome of the review of home loss payments for property acquired by compulsory purchase.

S3W-14473 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many full-time equivalent student places at higher education institutions will be funded in the next three academic years.

S3W-14474 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the teaching activity target for colleges will be in each of the next three academic years.

S3W-14475 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13919 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, how many staff were employed in (a) colleges and (b) universities in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2005-06 and (iv) 2004-05, broken down into academic and non-academic staff numbers.

S3W-14476 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13919 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, when statistics on staff employed by colleges and universities will be available for 2007-08.

S3W-14477 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how funding for research conducted in tertiary education is distributed and calculated.

S3W-14478 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much research-related funding was provided to universities and colleges, broken down by institution, in each of the last three years.

S3W-14479 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13916 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, whether the SAAS - Loans to Grants efficiency savings of £40 million will provide £40 million of additional funding to be spent by the government or whether £30 million of this is a reduction in the Student Loans New Lending budget line which is annual managed expenditure met in full by HM Treasury.

S3W-14480 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13913 by Fiona Hyslop on 17 June 2008, whether income thresholds for bursaries, loans and grants will continue to be uprated on an annual basis with the underlying rate of inflation given the planned SAAS Eligibility efficiency savings of over £12 million.

S3W-14481 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change how discretionary funds are distributed.

S3W-14482 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13911 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, how many students will receive full financial support over the next three years if income thresholds are held static, as per the SAAS Eligibility efficiency savings, and earnings rise at the 2006-07 average rate of 3.1%.

S3W-14483 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13909 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, how many students will receive any financial support excluding non-means tested loans from the Scottish Government in each of the next three years if earnings rise at the average rate for 2007-08, broken down by household income.

S3W-14484 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13906 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, how many students received financial support excluding non-means tested loans from the Scottish Government in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2004-05.

S3W-14485 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13905 by Fiona Hyslop on 16 June 2008, how much financial support was provided to students excluding non-means tested loans in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2004-05, broken down by (i) household income and (ii) numbers of students in each income band.

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