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Section E – Written questions lodged on 18 September 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-16414 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15726 by Stewart Maxwell on 17 September 2008, how much of the additional Scottish Government spending in 2008-09 will be allocated to the Homeowners’ Support Fund.

S3W-16415 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15726 by Stewart Maxwell on 17 September 2008, how much of the additional Scottish Government spending on housing in 2008-09 will be allocated to support for first-time buyers.

S3W-16416 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government, the European Union and farming representatives about the review of EU Directive 91/414/EEC.

S3W-16417 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on concerns that the review of EU Directive 91/414/EEC, which restricts a number of pesticides currently used by farmers, will result in a significant reduction in crop production, especially in crops such as wheat, potatoes and brassica field vegetables.

S3W-16418 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on proposals, under the review of EU Directive 91/414/EEC, that might prevent the use of fungicides including triazoles, nematacides and the herbicide linuron.

S3W-16419 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has concerns that the review of EU Directive 91/414/EEC has implications for food supply and food security issues in this country.

S3W-16420 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the level of broken cat’s eyes on the trunk road network.

S3W-16421 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what programme of investment there is to replace broken cat’s eyes on the trunk road network.

S3W-16422 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on the replacement of cat’s eyes on the trunk road network in each year since 1999.

S3W-16423 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15447 by Stewart Maxwell on 18 September 2008, how many of the applications for the central heating programme from January 2007 to August 2008 were successful.

S3W-16424 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect archaeological sites on farming land.

S3W-16425 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made, along with UK Government departments, to the European Union in favour of the EU’s definition of "environment" being extended to include historical, archaeological and other landscape features.

S3W-16426 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to restore agri-environment payments to compensate farmers for not cultivating archaeological sites in arable areas.

S3W-16427 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to unblock the apparent impasse between the State Hospital in Carstairs and NHS Fife in relation to the care of the remaining female patient in the State Hospital.

S3W-16428 Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take immediate action to unblock the apparent impasse between the State Hospital in Carstairs and NHS Fife in relation to the care of the remaining female patient in the State Hospital, in light of the implications for the NHS budget.

S3W-16429 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the economic impact of skilled immigration to Scotland.

S3W-16430 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has information on the impact of the Fresh Talent initiative on (a) the performance of the Scottish economy, (b) the number of foreign students at Scottish universities and (c) levels of immigration to Scotland.

S3W-16431 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any estimates of the likely impact of the change to the Fresh Talent initiative, making it part of the UK-wide post study immigration category as of 30 June 2008, on (a) levels of immigration to Scotland, (b) numbers of foreign students at Scottish universities and (c) Scotland’s economic performance.

S3W-16432 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any estimates of the likely impact on levels of skilled immigration to Scotland of the change to a points-based immigration system in the United Kingdom.

S3W-16433 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any estimates of the likely impact on the performance of the Scottish economy of the change to a points-based immigration system in the United Kingdom.

S3W-16434 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representations from Scottish businesses expressing concern about the impact of the introduction of a points-based immigration system on their ability to attract and retain skilled workers.

S3W-16435 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what Scottish representation there is on the Migration Advisory Committee and what input the Scottish Government has had on the form that representation should take.

S3W-16436 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it had to the Migration Advisory Committee’s work on the production of shortage occupation lists for the United Kingdom and Scotland in relation to tier 2 skilled employment and whether it considers that its input was taken into account in the committee’s report.

S3W-16437 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when revised draft regulations on the licensing of dealers in puppies and kittens (a) will be laid before the Parliament and (b) are expected to come into force.

S3W-16438 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15794 by Bruce Crawford on 17 September 2008, whether it will publish the information sought in that question when it has received all of the invoices relating to the summer Cabinet programme.

S3W-16439 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was allocated to colleges and other providers of further education in Glasgow to provide courses in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08, broken down by institution.

S3W-16440 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to colleges and other providers of further education in Glasgow to provide courses in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, broken down by institution.

S3W-16441 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15799 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 September 2008, who is responsible for agreeing the "upper levels to alert local staff of an excess of new cases over a period".

S3W-16442 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15802 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 September 2008, how many nurses attended the provided training on Clostridium difficile in May 2007, also expressed as a percentage of the total nursing staff.

S3W-16443 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15802 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 September 2008, how many of the 73 staff from the Vale of Leven Hospital who registered for cleanliness champion training have received that training and when.

S3W-16444 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15681 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 September 2008, what services are recommended for withdrawal or are otherwise reduced as a consequence of the proposed removal of anaesthetic services in the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-16445 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15610 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 September 2008 and the intention to involve patients and relatives in the review process, why the independent review team only contacted the patients and relatives affected by Clostridium difficile one week prior to the completion date for the report.

S3W-16446 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15607 by Nicola Sturgeon on 10 September 2008, whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will invite the independent review team to publish all the written material considered by it on Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-16447 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15691 by Nicola Sturgeon on 9 September 2008, how many inpatient beds will be available at the Vale of Leven Hospital if NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s vision for the hospital is implemented.

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