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Section E – Written questions lodged on 27 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-17216 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of offshore wind developments being planned for Scottish territorial waters and, if none, what the reasons are for its position on this matter, in light of the SEA being conducted for other UK territorial waters.

S3W-17217 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of planned offshore wind developments as a matter of priority, in light of the increasing demand for such developments and concern that the absence of strategic guidance, which an SEA would provide, could disadvantage developers wishing to pursue sites in Scottish waters.

S3W-17218 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that information that might be available to it through a strategic environmental assessment is taken into account when determining offshore wind farm applications in Scottish territorial waters.

S3W-17219 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the allocation of £100 million brought forward from 2010-11 to 2008 for the Affordable Housing Investment Programme will vary according to existing funding commitments in each local authority area.

S3W-17220 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to each local authority under the Affordable Housing Investment Programme, also expressed as a percentage of total funding from the programme.

S3W-17221 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service is searching for a site to replace HMP Greenock.

S3W-17222 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that a prison will not be built in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S3W-17223 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that no funding will be provided to the Scottish Prison Service to build a prison in the Renfrewshire Council area.

S3W-17224 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of convicted sex offenders who did not attend the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in the last year were in receipt of alternative treatment and what that treatment entailed.

S3W-17225 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £25 million in the Homeowners’ Support Fund will be spent.

S3W-17226 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive when announcements will be made about its shared equity scheme.

S3W-17227 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the shared equity scheme will benefit only those already living in a shared equity property.

S3W-17228 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homeowners have asked for a delay in their homes being repossessed under the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001 during the last five years.

S3W-17229 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent legal aid is available for homeowners seeking a delay in home repossessions under the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001.

S3W-17231 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the impact of Part 2 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 and what plans it has to review operation of the legislation.

S3W-17232 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of subsidy has been provided to civil court business in each of the last five years.

S3W-17233 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of subsidy it is projected will be provided to civil court business in each year until 2011.

S3W-17234 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what fee exemptions are available for individuals to access justice in the civil courts.

S3W-17235 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were born to women in prison in the last five years.

S3W-17236 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rail services connect Carstairs and Edinburgh each day.

S3W-17237 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rail services stop at both Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley each day.

S3W-17238 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive which bodies or organisations are responsible for the timetabling of rail services between Carstairs and Edinburgh.

S3W-17239 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been changes for 2008 to those people deemed to be at risk for the purpose of free flu vaccinations.

S3W-17240 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people received free flu vaccinations in each of the last three years and what take-up rate this represents, broken down by eligible group and by NHS board.

S3W-17241 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many free flu vaccinations have been funded in 2008 and how many were funded in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-17242 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what contact it has made with Electricité de France regarding the future of British Energy and what responses it has received.

S3W-17243 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what contacts there have been between Scottish ministers and the Quebec Government regarding its relationship with the Scottish Government.

S3W-17244 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which firms of solicitors and which advocates have provided legal advice to Scottish ministers in 2007-08 and what has been the cost in each case.

S3W-17245 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was paid in fees to consultants by each if its directorates and agencies in 2007-08.

S3W-17246 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive on what occasions since May 2007 the First Minister has met with (a) Cardinal Keith O’Brien, (b) the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, (c) representatives of the Jewish community, (d) representatives of the Muslim community and (e) interfaith bodies.

S3W-17247 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria the First Minister uses for assessing the competence of his ministers.

S3W-17248 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what pension contribution it makes in respect of the Permanent Secretary and each Director General and what percentage of salary this represents.

S3W-17249 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatal accidents there have been on the A9 between Perth and Inverness in each year since 1985.

S3W-17250 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been injured in vehicle accidents on the A9 between Perth and Inverness in each year since 1985.

S3W-17251 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of the £1 million to improve delivery of community service orders, announced on 24 October 2008, including a breakdown of its allocation by criminal justice authority.

S3W-17252 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time has been for completing community service orders in 2008 and what it was in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-17253 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accounts submitted to it by contractors had not been settled within a 10-day period as at 10 November 2008

S3W-17254 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to amend its payment policy in the Scottish Public Finance Manual to reflect its new commitment to pay contractors within 10 days.

S3W-17255 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new council houses can be provided for each million pounds of expenditure in (a) Edinburgh, (b) Aberdeen, (c) Inverness and (d) Glasgow.

S3W-17256 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the number of drink-related offences was in the last year for (a) 10 to 20-year-olds, (b) 21 to 30-year-olds, (c) 31 to 40-year-olds, (d) 41 to 50-year-olds, (e) 51 to 60-year-olds and (f) those over 60 years old.

S3W-17257 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure and budget was for each police force in Scotland in real terms for each of the last three years and what the figures are anticipated to be for 2008-09.

S3W-17258 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many serving police officers there were in each force on 30 September 2008 and what the comparable figures were for the eqivalent day in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

S3W-17259 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road fatalities there were in 2007-08 and how this compares with the previous three years.

S3W-17260 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the support it is giving to organisations that help pensioners and the low paid to access benefits to which they are entitled and how this compares with the previous three years.

S3W-17261 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all statements by ministers prior to 1 September 2008 calling for greater regulation of banks and other financial institutions.

S3W-17262 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offences involving guns in 2007-08 involved (a) shotguns, (b) handguns, (c) rifles and (d) airguns.

S3W-17263 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last approved the award of contracts for new (a) schools and (b) hospitals and for which projects.

S3W-17264 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence it has had with representatives of Iceland, Ireland and Norway regarding the causes of, and action needed to resolve, current economic crises.

S3W-17265 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on (a) estimated expenditure on council tax benefit for 2007-08 and (b) by which route the payment of this amount was made.

S3W-17266 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what sources of advice it sought before accepting Cervarix as the preferred choice for its human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme.

S3W-17267 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the reasons why Cervarix has yet to be licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

S3W-17268 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list any reports it has received regarding adverse reactions to Cervarix, broken down by NHS board area.

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