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Section E – Written questions lodged on 28 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-17269 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Argyll and Bute Council and Highland and Islands Enterprise about the MOD’s decision to sell its base at Machrihanish in Argyll and the opportunities for future use of the site.

S3W-17270 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Ministry of Defence’s decision to sell its base at Machrihanish in Argyll, what input the Scottish Government will have in this process to maximise any benefits to the people and the economy of Campbeltown and Kintyre.

S3W-17271 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can provide to the local economy of Campbeltown and Kintyre to ensure that it benefits as much as possible from the sale of the Ministry of Defence’s Machrihanish base in Argyll.

S3W-17272 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for supporting children with autistic spectrum disorder while at (a) primary and (b) secondary school.

S3W-17273 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for supporting schools to provide support and services for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.

S3W-17274 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the debate on the skills strategy on 22 May 2008 (Official Report c. 8841), when it will bring forward a revised skills strategy containing detailed information about the level at which its 50,000 training places are being set, its targets for apprenticeships and the performance indicators used to measure success.

S3W-17275 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the impact on work-based training providers of its decision to reduce funding for adult apprenticeships, with the exception of apprenticeships in engineering, construction and information technology.

S3W-17276 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ask the newly established task group on hospitality and tourism training to re-examine the decision to remove funding from tourism and hospitality adult apprenticeships.

S3W-17277 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that homeowners in Scotland are given equivalent protection to those in England and Wales when threatened with repossession due to mortgage arrears.

S3W-17278 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what onus it will place on lenders to prove that they have done everything possible to avoid repossessions when homeowners get into mortgage difficulties.

S3W-17279 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it intends to make to the local delivery in the Scottish Borders of priority treatment for veterans with mental health problems.

S3W-17280 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the single outcome agreements that make reference to supporting families of disabled children.

S3W-17281 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the SNP’s manifesto commitment to an additional 10,000 respite weeks per year will be for families of disabled children.

S3W-17282 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether guidance has been issued to local authorities to ensure that school grounds and facilities are more accessible after school hours and at weekends.

S3W-17283 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued guidance to local authorities on developing after-school activities.

S3W-17284 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the development of after-school activities in primary schools.

S3W-17285 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to build greater links between schools and local sports clubs and governing bodies.

S3W-17286 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in making school grounds and facilities more accessible after school hours and during weekends.

S3W-17287 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in the Aberdeen City Council area had class sizes of fewer than 18 in P1 to P3 during the 2007-08 school year.

S3W-17288 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in the Aberdeen City Council area had class sizes of fewer than 18 in P1 to P3 at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year.

S3W-17289 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils in P1 to P3 in the Aberdeen City Council area are entitled to free school meals and at what total cost.

S3W-17290 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding additional funding for free school breakfasts for all pupils in P1 to P7, due to be implemented in 2010.

S3W-17291 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the plans by Aberdeen City Council to introduce free school breakfasts for every pupil in P1 to P7 by 2010 will meet the objective set by Scottish ministers of free school meals for all P1 to P3 pupils.

S3W-17292 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the additional cost of providing free school meals for all P1 to P3 pupils in the city of Aberdeen.

S3W-17293 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding the Aberdeen 3Rs school project since 7 October 2008.

S3W-17294 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13127 by John Swinney on 4 June 2008, when it will be able to publish details of how many ministerial engagements have been held in the Aberdeen Central parliamentary constituency since 16 May 2007, broken down by (a) ministerial portfolio, (b) date and (c) location.

S3W-17295 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the success of ASSIST in Wales in preventing early uptake of smoking, whether the Scottish Executive will consider rolling out the Cannabis and Smoking Education (CASE) programme without introducing a randomised controlled trial if the University of Glasgow evaluation of the CASE pilot in Lanarkshire is positive.

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