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Section E – Written questions lodged on 4 November 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-17442 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of drugs prescribed in NHS Tayside was generic in each of the last two years for which information is available.

S3W-17451 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive why it changed the recording category of abuser to show natural parent rather than natural mother and natural father in table 3 in its Statistics Publication Notice, Child Protection Statistics 2007-08.

S3W-17452 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Water about its recent pay offer to staff.

S3W-17453 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total funding value is of the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme.

S3W-17454 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the funding available from the previous administration for the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme (a) has been allocated and (b) remains unallocated.

S3W-17455 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the capital elements of the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme to be fully allocated.

S3W-17456 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to reopen the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme to further applications and, if so, when.

S3W-17457 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-16830 and S3W-16831 by Jim Mather on 31 October and 3 November 2008 respectively, whether it will list the projects that received grants under the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme and the amount (a) received or (b) allocated in each year of the scheme.

S3W-17458 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of the Saltire Prize will be in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-17459 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects are being considered for the Saltire Prize.

S3W-17460 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many submissions it has received for the Saltire Prize competition.

S3W-17461 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce the winner of the Saltire Prize.

S3W-17462 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the eligibility criteria are for entry to the Saltire Prize competition.

S3W-17463 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of the Horizon Prize will be in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-17464 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects are being considered for the Horizon Prize.

S3W-17465 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many submissions it has received for the Horizon Prize competition.

S3W-17466 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce the winner of the Horizon Prize.

S3W-17467 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the eligibility criteria are for entry to the for the Horizon Prize competition.

S3W-17468 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an assessment was carried out of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17469 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any assessment of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17470 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an assessment was carried out of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of reduced exports, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17471 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any assessment of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of reduced exports, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17472 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an assessment was carried out of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of reduced exports, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme should the rest of the United Kingdom not undertake compulsory vaccination.

S3W-17473 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any assessment of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of reduced exports, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme should the rest of the United Kingdom not undertake compulsory vaccination.

S3W-17474 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an assessment was carried out of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme should the rest of the United Kingdom not undertake compulsory vaccination.

S3W-17475 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any assessment of the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme should the rest of the United Kingdom not undertake compulsory vaccination.

S3W-17476 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what its reasons are for undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17477 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what its reasons are for undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme while the rest of the United Kingdom is not doing so.

S3W-17478 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with the farming industry to assess the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17479 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any consultation with the farming industry to assess the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17480 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with the farming industry to assess the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of reduced exports, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17481 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any consultation with the farming industry to assess the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of reduced exports, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme.

S3W-17482 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with the farming industry to assess the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme should the rest of the United Kingdom not undertake compulsory vaccination.

S3W-17483 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the result was of any consultation with the farming industry to assess the potential impact on Scottish farmers, in terms of cost of the vaccination, of undertaking a compulsory bluetongue vaccination scheme should the rest of the United Kingdom not undertake compulsory vaccination.

S3W-17484 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether obligations exist for factors to ensure best value in work that they undertake or commission on behalf of their clients.

S3W-17485 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether registered social landlords are VAT exempt or otherwise eligible to claim back VAT.

S3W-17486 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether advice is available to registered social landlords, who act as factors for owner-occupiers living in the same buildings as their tenants, to avoid conflicts of interest when deciding to improve those buildings resulting in costs to the owner-occupiers.

S3W-17487 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what priorities it has set for the use of any money available from the National Lottery for the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17488 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what part the voluntary sector will play in the creation of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17489 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of any money obtained for the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy will be returned to the voluntary sector in lieu of the money diverted for the 2012 London Olympics.

S3W-17490 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy will play in tackling poverty and deprivation.

S3W-17491 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role community and voluntary organisations will play in tackling poverty and deprivation as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17492 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy will play in improving economic performance.

S3W-17493 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role community and voluntary organisations will play in improving economic performance as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17494 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy will play in protecting the environment.

S3W-17495 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role community and voluntary organisations will play in protecting the environment as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17496 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy will play in protecting Scotland’s heritage.

S3W-17497 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role community and voluntary organisations will play in protecting Scotland’s heritage as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17498 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy will play in supporting artistic endeavour.

S3W-17499 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what role community and voluntary organisations will play in supporting artistic endeavour as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

S3W-17500 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what representation there will be from the voluntary sector on the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy Forum.

S3W-17501 Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy it has for community, charity and social enterprise ownership of 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy facilities.

S3W-17502 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when the final (a) capital and (b) revenue grant instalments were or will be issued to projects supported by the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme.

S3W-17503 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland’s Marine Energy Group will be reconvened to assess the effects and outputs of the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme and when it is anticipated that the group will report to ministers.

S3W-17504 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce a final decision on future direct grant support for the wave and tidal power sector.

S3W-17505 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will provide ongoing support to the installation and commissioning or deployment of pre-commercial wave and tidal electricity generating devices when the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme grants have been allocated.

S3W-17506 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the first Saltire Prize to be awarded.

S3W-17507 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how regularly it expects future Saltire Prizes to be awarded and whether they will be awarded for innovation in renewable energy.

S3W-17508 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that down-rating the capacity of extant hydro generating stations, carried out prior to April 2002 to make them eligible for subsidy under the renewables obligation Scotland scheme after refurbishment, was the most efficient way of ensuring that such stations make the maximum contribution to combating climate change and whether it considers that they should be restored to their original capacities.

S3W-17509 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that local authority licensing of animal boarding establishments should require that any animals admitted have a current veterinary certificate of vaccination against diseases such as parvo virus and kennel cough and what legislative steps, if any, would be required to introduce such a mandatory condition.

S3W-17510 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of people most at risk in the Lothians has received flu vaccinations in each of the last three years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-17511 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many contacts were made to Business Gateway services in the Lothians (a) between 1 April 2006 and 30 March 2007, (b) between 1 April 2007 and 30 March 2008 and (c) since April 2008, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-17512 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many off-licenses in the Lothians have been found to sell alcohol to people under 18 in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17513 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many off-licenses in the Lothians have had their licences suspended for selling alcohol to people under 18 in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17514 Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-2233 by Linda Fabiani on 7 February 2008 (Official Report c. 5994) whether it will reconsider the decision to remove £500,000 of funding for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, in light of Lord Steel’s comments reported in The Scotsman and The Herald newspapers on 4 November 2008 and the Scottish Executive’s stated desire to protect the economy from the worsening effects of recession.

S3W-17515 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the proposals announced on 20 February 2008 to combat illegal snaring to be fully implemented.

S3W-17516 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what timetable it has set for introduction of compulsory fitting of identification tags on all legal snares.

S3W-17517 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what timetable it has set for compulsory introduction of crimpled safety stops on all legal snares.

S3W-17518 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wildlife crime officers there are.

S3W-17519 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to wildlife crime officers regarding the proposals announced on 20 February 2008 to combat illegal snaring.

S3W-17520 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to police officers regarding the proposals announced on 20 February 2008 to combat illegal snaring.

S3W-17521 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding Renewable Energies, Building Technologies and Energy Management Week 2008.

S3W-17522 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a submission to the European Union’s Strategic choices for young Europeans consultation.

S3W-17523 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the European Union’s Safer Internet Programme.

S3W-17524 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the European Commission’s energy and climate change proposals.

S3W-17525 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with key stakeholders in Scotland regarding the link up between the Enterprise Europe Network and the US-EU Match Network.

S3W-17526 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with key stakeholders in Scotland regarding the link up between the Enterprise Europe Network and the US-EU Match Network.

S3W-17527 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government and key stakeholders on the promotion of the First World Forum on Lifelong Learning.

S3W-17528 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government and key stakeholders regarding the establishment of the second phase of the Erasmus Mundus programme.

S3W-17529 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the European Union’s School Milk Programme.

S3W-17530 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders in Scotland regarding promotion of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in 2010.

S3W-17531 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding promotion in Scotland of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in 2010.

S3W-17532 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with key stakeholders regarding the Interreg IV Cross Border Programme 2007-2013.

S3W-17533 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with North Ayrshire Council regarding the Interreg IV Cross Border Programme 2007-2013.

S3W-17534 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it has given stakeholders who apply to the Interreg IV Cross Border Programme 2007-2013.

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