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Section E – Written questions lodged on 23 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-14486 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have undergone treatment at the Scottish Centre for Photodynamic Therapy in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-14487 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what its most recent estimate is of the number of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration and what its estimate is of the percentage of people over the age of 65 who have the condition.

S3W-14488 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration in each of the last two years, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14489 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been treated with photodynamic therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration in each of the last two years, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14490 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions wards have been closed as a result of hospital-acquired infections in the last 12 months, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14491 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions wards have been closed as a result of clostridium difficile infections in the last 12 months, also broken down by NHS board.

S3W-14492 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage car sharing (a) throughout Scotland and (b) in Dumfries and Galloway.

S3W-14493Δ Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Adapting our Ways: Managing Scotland’s Climate Risk consultation document will be published.

S3W-14494 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the number of job opportunities that will be lost if the minimum import price arrangements relating to Norwegian salmon are ended.

S3W-14495 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received about the implications for Scottish jobs of losing the minimum import price arrangements relating to Norwegian salmon; when it received any such advice, and whether it will publish it.

S3W-14496 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken as a result of advice on the implications of ending minimum import price arrangements and when it took such action.

S3W-14497 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the continuation of EU minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon.

S3W-14498 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government on securing a continuation of the EU minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon and when such discussions took place.

S3W-14499 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how often Scottish ministers have met UK ministers to discuss the continuation of minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon.

S3W-14500 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions Scottish ministers have had with the European Commission regarding the continuation of minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon.

S3W-14501 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions Scottish ministers and officials have had with Irish ministers and officials regarding the continuation of minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon.

S3W-14502 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions Scottish ministers and officials have had with EU member states, and with which states, regarding the continuation of minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon.

S3W-14503 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Norwegian Government regarding the continuation of minimum import price arrangements which have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon; what position it set out to the Norwegian Government; what attitude the Norwegian Government took to such discussions; what measures have been proposed to the Norwegian Government, and what its response has been.

S3W-14504 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions took place between its special advisers and those of UK ministers regarding the continuation of the EU minimum import price arrangements that have protected Scottish salmon farming from the cheap importation of Norwegian farmed salmon.

S3W-14505 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the position it has adopted with the UK Government over a range of issues will affect the influence it can exert on UK Government policy within the United Kingdom.

S3W-14506 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much bond finance has been raised by each local authority in each of the last 10 financial years.

S3W-14507 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of local authority capital spending was financed by bond finance from (a) 1980-81 to 1989-90, (b) 1990-91 to 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-07 to 2007-08.

S3W-14508 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that local authorities have generally favoured bond finance as a means of raising finance for capital spending and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S3W-14509 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial criteria it believes would have to be met in order for local authority bonds for new capital spending to be a competitive home for investment in an open marketplace for investment finance.

S3W-14510 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial advantage local authorities gain from raising bond finance over finance raised through the Public Works Loan Board.

S3W-14511 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial advantage local authorities gain from raising bond finance over finance raised through other forms of borrowing available beyond the Public Works Loan Board.

S3W-14512 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what differences in administration would be involved in local authorities issuing bonds to finance capital works compared with that for borrowing through the Public Works Loan Board or other available forms of borrowing.

S3W-14513 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what new statutory powers it envisages giving to local authorities to raise finance for capital spending.

S3W-14514 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what authorisations or permissions local authorities require, and from which regulators, in order to issue bonds to finance capital spending.

S3W-14515 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what form of financial guarantees local authorities will be required to provide as security for any bonds that they may issue to finance capital spending.

S3W-14516 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authority personnel will decide the rate of return to be offered on any bonds issued for the purpose of financing capital spending.

S3W-14517 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what it defines as the difference between efficiency savings and funding cuts.

S3W-14518 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that East Lothian Council has adequate funding to reduce class sizes to 18 for P1 to P3 pupils.

S3W-14519 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that East Lothian Council has adequate funding to maintain the current level of extra-curricular activity in East Lothian schools.

S3W-14520 Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that East Lothian Council has adequate funding to ensure that subject choice in East Lothian secondary schools is not reduced.

S3W-14521 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils leaving school at 16 are functionally literate.

S3W-14522 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of pupils entering S1 are functionally literate.

S3W-14523 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fiscal fines were issued in each of the last four years, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14524 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fixed penalties were issued in each of the last four years, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14525 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many court cases over the last four years were cited on summary, having previously been taken on indictment, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14526 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases over the last four years that would previously have gone to sheriff summary courts were sent to JP courts, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14527 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many breaches of bail there were in the last 12 months, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14528 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disposals of cases involving bail breaches there were in each of the last four years, broken down by sheriffdom.

S3W-14529 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations or projects have received funding for the promotion of cycling in each year since 1999, broken down by organisation or project.

S3W-14530 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to impose any controls on the freedom of local authorities to issue bonds to finance capital spending.

S3W-14531 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the issuing of bonds to finance capital spending falls within or outwith the terms of the code for prudential borrowing.

S3W-14532 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any finance raised by local authority bonds will be additional to any finance raised under the local authority prudential borrowing code or would displace other funds that could have been raised under the code but by means other than the issuing of bonds.

S3W-14533 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any finance raised by local authority bonds is in any way additional to the funds that local authorities can currently raise for the financing of capital spending.

S3W-14534 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much bond finance it will allow local authorities to raise beyond sums that they can currently raise to finance capital spending.

S3W-14535 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it envisages that (a) each local authority will issue bonds to finance capital spending, (b) there will be a single local authority bond or (c) both scenarios will arise.

S3W-14536 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with individual local authorities about their willingness to issue bonds for the financing of capital spending outwith their own local authority area.

S3W-14537 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with individual local authorities about their willingness to issue bonds for the financing of capital spending outwith the statutory purposes for which they are responsible and how each local authority responded.

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