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Section E – Written questions lodged on 13 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-17810 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many members of the same families are employed in the Parliament, excluding MSPs’ staff.

S3W-17811 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it maintains a family relationship register for staff, similar to that maintained for MSPs.

S3W-17812 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will list, by position, staff who have their travelling expenses for their daily journey to the Parliament paid for them.

S3W-17813 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors explain an increase in the number of referrals to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration in the south of Scotland and elsewhere.

S3W-17814 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the (a) number and (b) total value of grants made under the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme to Orkney farmers, smallholders and crofters in each of the last five years for which information is available, broken down by grants made to (i) registered crofters and (ii) others.

S3W-17815 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what resources it has so far committed to the Calman Commission; from which budget these resources are funded; what additional calls on its budget are anticipated from the commission, and how it ensures best value from the resources committed.

S3W-17816 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much radioactive waste from Hunterston B and Torness power stations has been sent to England for storage since May 2007.

S3W-17817 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have taken place since May 2007 between ministers and representatives of individual private schools and bodies representing private schools and what subjects were discussed at those meetings.

S3W-17818 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received since May 2007 from charities and voluntary organisations regarding the operation of charity law in relation to private schools.

S3W-17819 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what official journeys have been undertaken by the First Minister by train or bus since 1 September 2008.

S3W-17820 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what official engagements were undertaken by each member of the Cabinet between 1 October and 6 November 2008.

S3W-17821 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the report of the Organ Donation Taskforce, chaired by Elizabeth Buggins, in relation to changing the presumption on organ donation.

S3W-17822 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many judges and sheriffs appointed since May 2007 were educated principally at private schools.

S3W-17823 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to report to the Parliament on the outcome of the National Conversation.

S3W-17824 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has regarding the number of school meals provided in each school in each of the last three years.

S3W-17825 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to examine whether Essex County Council’s scheme of support to post offices might be replicated in Scotland.

S3W-17826 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many concessionary bus passes were issued by each local authority in each year since 2005.

S3W-17827 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from funeral directors since May 2007 regarding disposal of unclaimed ashes and what action it has taken.

S3W-17828 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to involve former MSPs in its work.

S3W-17829 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Cabinet meetings each law officer has attended since May 2007.

S3W-17830 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it can offer to the people in Dolphinton who cannot obtain NHS dental treatment.

S3W-17831 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire to improve NHS dentist provision in Dolphinton.

S3W-17832 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the sustainability of tope stocks.

S3W-17833 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the long-term viability of the spurdog population.

S3W-17834 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the establishment of a marine protection area on Loch Sunart and on Loch Etive.

S3W-17835 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the implementation of the Administration of Medicines in Schools guidance.

S3W-17836 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what more needs to be done to support the implementation of the Administration of Medicines in Schools guidance.

S3W-17837 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans ministers have to improve support in schools for children with long-term conditions.

S3W-17838 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has evaluated the likely economic impact on the Western Isles should the European Commission’s initial proposals on west of Scotland prawn fishery be approved.

S3W-17839 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have presented themselves as homeless in each year since 2002, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17840 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have presented themselves as homeless in each month since May 2007, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17841 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on rehousing those made homeless in each year since 2002, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17842 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on rehousing those made homeless in each month since May 2007, broken down by local authority.

S3W-17843 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how often it has used cross-compliance provisions to address questions of persecution of birds and other species.

S3W-17844 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes cross-compliance provisions are a useful tool at the disposal of ministers to assist in addressing issues of concern.

S3W-17845 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it perceives any threat to its ability to continue to use cross-compliance measures.

S3W-17846 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to seek to ensure cross-compliance measures remain available for governments in Europe to deploy.

S3W-17847 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met representatives of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss cross compliance and any developing view within the European Union on future provisions.

S3W-17848 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations at European Union level on the question of the future of cross-compliance provisions.

S3W-17849 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to the European Commission regarding the future of ferry services from Gourock to Dunoon and, if so, what these representations were and whether responses have been received from the European Commission.

S3W-17850 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to a town centre to town centre vehicle and passenger ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon.

S3W-17851 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to replace the existing 35-year-old vessel used on the route between Gourock and Dunoon.

S3W-17852 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is prepared to support the Glasgow Crossrail project.

S3W-17853 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of this year’s single farm payments it expects to have paid by 25 December 2008, broken down by (a) value and (b) claimants. R

S3W-17854 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive by what date it expects to have paid 96.14% of the value of claims under the single farm payments scheme. R

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