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Section E – Written questions lodged on 1 October 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-16639 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been done to promote Homecoming Scotland 2009 in Scotland.

S3W-16640 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been done to promote Homecoming Scotland 2009 in the United States of America.

S3W-16641 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been done to promote Homecoming Scotland 2009 in Australia.

S3W-16642 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been done to promote Homecoming Scotland 2009 in Europe.

S3W-16643 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been done to promote Homecoming Scotland 2009 in Asia.

S3W-16644 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13507 by Stewart Stevenson on 9 June 2008, when ministers will make a decision on whether to approve the Fife Structure Plan.

S3W-16645 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will agree to Fife Council’s proposals to reduce the number of homes planned to be built in Fife by 4,270.

S3W-16646 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not yet reached a decision on the Fife Structure Plan.

S3W-16647 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive in what month it expects the final report of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities to be published.

S3W-16648 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £100,000 allocated to Renfrewshire Council through the Cashback for Communities programme has been spent.

S3W-16649 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-10723 by Jim Mather on 14 March 2008, in which he restated that the determination on the proposed Kyle wind farm application would be made shortly, when he now expects to make the decision.

S3W-16650 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider the decision not to fund the completion of the footpath alongside the A76 between Cumnock and New Cumnock.

S3W-16651 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15866 by Stewart Maxwell on 25 September 2008, whether it expects every local authority to contribute to the £100 million Affordable Housing Programme.

S3W-16652 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional Scottish Government spending on housing in 2008-09 will be allocated to support first-time buyers in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire.

S3W-16653 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15868 by Stewart Maxwell on 25 September 2008, how many of the 54 dwellings in East Ayrshire identified as not expected to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard by 2015 have been granted exemptions on the ground of (a) works required not being technically feasible and (b) work only being possible at disproportionate cost.

S3W-16654 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15868 by Stewart Maxwell on 20 September 2008, how many of the 145 dwellings in South Ayrshire identified as not expected to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard by 2015 have been granted exemptions on the grounds of (a) works required not being technically feasible and (b) work only being possible at disproportionate cost.

S3W-16655 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of guidance to NHS boards on co-payments will be completed.

S3W-16656 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the construction of a Maybole bypass to improving safety on the A77.

S3W-16657 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the construction of a Maybole bypass to improving the economy of south-west Scotland.

S3W-16658 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the construction of a Maybole bypass to improving tourism in Carrick.

S3W-16659 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new schools will be built in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire by 2011 and which of those schools were commissioned after 3 May 2007.

S3W-16660 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the central heating scheme were made by residents of the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency between May 2007 and 30 August 2008.

S3W-16661 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many successful applications to the central heating scheme were made by residents of the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency between May 2007 and 30 August 2008.

S3W-16662 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contacts were made to Business Gateway services in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) South Ayrshire between 1 April and 31 August 2008.

S3W-16663 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many interest-free loans have been allocated by the Energy Saving Trust to small businesses in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

S3W-16664 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to answer to question S3W-15876 by Jim Mather on 25 September 2008, how much of the estimated £539,000 directly attributable for support for business has supported businesses in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.

S3W-16665 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15425 by Maureen Watt on 1 October 2008, which local authorities are using biometric technologies in their schools.

S3W-16666 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15974 by Jim Mather on 10 September 2008, when its exploration of the accreditation standards for installers working under the Scottish Community and Household Renewable Initiative is to be completed; when any changes in the accreditation standards will be made public, and how they will be drawn to the attention of potential installers.

S3W-16667 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget is for the Scottish Community and Household Renewable Initiative in the current year; what the value is of the funding already allocated to applicants from this budget; what the value is of applications under consideration, and whether any applications have been rejected because of a shortage of funding.

S3W-16668 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision NHS Scotland makes for the treatment of ex-service personnel who receive a War Disablement Pension, for (a) general medical treatment and (b) specialist treatment related to the injuries they received in the armed services.

S3W-16669 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will rule out the PPP/PFI method of Design, Build, Finance and Maintenance (DBFM) as the means of developing the Borders railway project.

S3W-16670 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a public sector comparator into the method of funding the Borders railway project will be carried out.

S3W-16671 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expected finish date was for the informal market testing of the Borders railway project and how many responses were received.

S3W-16672 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what direct funding was provided to Jordanhill School in Glasgow in each of the last five years.

S3W-16673 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to Jordanhill School in Glasgow with regard to its admissions policy.

S3W-16674 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will discuss with Glasgow City Council the possibility of bringing Jordanhill School into the control of its education department.

S3W-16675 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take following the recent reports by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons into HMP Dumfries and HMP Peterhead that raised concerns about the rehabilitation of sex offenders prior to release.

S3W-16676 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners served sentences for sex offences in each of the last five years, broken down by prison.

S3W-16677 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of sex offenders in prisons attended the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in each of the last five years, broken down by prison.

S3W-16678 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive in which (a) prisons and (b) young offenders’ institutions the Sex Offender Treatment Programme was run in each of the last five years.

S3W-16679 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the re-offending rate was of sex offenders who (a) attended and (b) did not attend the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in each of the last five years.

S3W-16680 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of sex offenders recommended to enter a treatment programme to places available.

S3W-16681 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of sex offenders have received rehabilitation treatment prior to release and how much funding has been allocated to programmes for the treatment of such offenders in each of the last five years.

S3W-16682 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to make the Sex Offender Treatment Programme compulsory for convicted sex offenders.

S3W-16683Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish the report of the evaluation of its free school meals trial for P1 to P3 pupils in five local authorities.

S3W-16684 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what economic and technological opportunities for Scotland can be gained as a result of the International Astronautical Congress being held in Glasgow from 29 September to 3 October 2008.

S3W-16685 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to recognise the 20th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme of Community Service Volunteers.

S3W-16686 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance it is giving to organisations promoting activities by volunteers in the current financial year and which organisations benefit.

S3W-16687 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received about the funding of organisations organising and promoting the recruitment of volunteers.

S3W-16688 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the Big Lottery Fund and BBC Scotland’s Primetime programme and, if so, whether it supports the Community Service Volunteers bid for funding.

S3W-16689 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the age ranges for automatic screening for breast cancer in line with those of England and Northern Ireland.

S3W-16690 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met representatives of each of Scotland’s heating oil distribution companies.

S3W-16691 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many items of correspondence, meeting requests or other recorded contacts have been received from members of the UK Parliament by Transport Scotland concerning the M9 Chartershall bridge near Stirling, broken down by MP.

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