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Section E – Written questions lodged on 14 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-17855Δ Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities expects to confirm its final position.

S3W-17856 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been employed in the software industry in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-17857 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are employed in the software industry broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.

S3W-17858 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of (a) hotels and guest houses and (b) tourist beds can be booked via the VisitScotland website, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-17859 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive which public bodies that are accountable to ministers are not headed by an accountable officer.

S3W-17860 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in reviewing Scotland’s public bodies.

S3W-17861 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority the police and prosecuting authorities give to tackling (a) fraud and (b) identity theft.

S3W-17862 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were charged with (a) fraud or (b) identity theft in each of the last five years.

S3W-17863 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to review the law relating to protection of an individual’s identity.

S3W-17864 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors changes in the skills needed to support economic development (a) nationally and (b) in local areas.

S3W-17865 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to discourage firms from holding commercial properties vacant.

S3W-17866 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how it assesses whether sports clubs provide equal opportunities for men’s and women’s participation.

S3W-17867 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether discussions have been held with the football governing bodies about the declining numbers attending football matches, particularly away matches.

S3W-17868 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities will be incentivised to deliver the waste management targets in single outcome agreements.

S3W-17869 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with the HIV Blood Transfusion Group on the development of terms of reference for a public inquiry into contaminated blood and blood products.

S3W-17870 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance will be available to crofters in three years’ time when they need to replace the bull they inherit from the Crofters Commission.

S3W-17871 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bulls were replaced during a hire period under the Bull Hire Scheme in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2004-05, (f) 2005-06, (g) 2006-07 and (h) 2007-08.

S3W-17872 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bulls were hired under the Bull Hire Scheme in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2004-05, (f) 2005-06 and (g) 2006-07.

S3W-17873 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for participating in the Bull Hire Scheme.

S3W-17874 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria were for participating in the Bull Hire Scheme in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2004-05, (f) 2005-06, (g) 2006-07 and (h) 2007-08.

S3W-17875 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of participating in the Bull Hire Scheme in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2004-05, (f) 2005-06, (g) 2006-07 and (h) 2007-08.

S3W-17876 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will create new crofts on Crofters Commission farms when the Bull Hire Scheme has ended.

S3W-17877 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the market value is of Crofters Commission farms.

S3W-17878 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the alternative is to the Bull Hire Scheme and what work has been carried out in establishing the practicality of that alternative.

S3W-17879 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been made of farming incomes for bull producers following withdrawal of the Bull Hire Scheme.

S3W-17880 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the HI health planning scheme for livestock is important to cattle production.

S3W-17881 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers are the benefits to producers of the HI health planning scheme for livestock.

S3W-17882 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs are associated with the HI health planning scheme for livestock.

S3W-17883 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it provides to crofters to enable them to join the HI health planning scheme for livestock.

S3W-17884 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it can provide to crofters who do not have internet access to enable them to access the HI health planning scheme for livestock.

S3W-17885 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to crofters who take over ownership of a Crofters Commission bull.

S3W-17886 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an updated version of the timetable that it provided in November 2007 for the implementation of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006, showing for each regulation and order the estimated dates for consultation and commencement, as envisaged (a) in November 2007 and (b) now.

S3W-17887 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its Scottish economic recovery plan and associated budget.

S3W-17888 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how its current Scottish economic recovery plan differs from that agreed by the Cabinet on 14 October 2008.

S3W-17889 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the planning reforms are that it reports having delivered in its news release of 12 November 2008 on employment statistics.

S3W-17890 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what government money it has provided to help create and safeguard jobs, as referred to in its news release on 12 November 2008 on employment statistics.

S3W-17891 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what infrastructure projects it agreed to bring forward between the publication of the draft budget on 14 September 2008 and notification of the Scottish economic recovery plan on 12 October 2008 and where and to whom this was notified.

S3W-17892 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what it means by the statement "we are redoubling our efforts to accelerate investment" in its news release of 12 November 2008 on employment statistics.

S3W-17893 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget implications are of the Scottish economic recovery plan and whether it will highlight any changes since the publication of its draft budget for 2009-10.

S3W-17894 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what significant budgetary changes there were in its draft budget for 2009-10 compared to previous plans.

S3W-17895 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the committees and sub-committees of the Cabinet and the membership of each.

S3W-17896 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the dates of meetings of the committees and sub-committees of the Cabinet since May 2007.

S3W-17897 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the public speaking engagements for each Scottish minister since May 2007.

S3W-17898 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many official engagements each minister has undertaken since May 2007.

S3W-17899 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which members of the Scottish Government have received the services of a stylist since May 2007.

S3W-17900 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances it meets dry cleaning costs incurred by Cabinet ministers and whether it will detail any such costs met since May 2007, broken down by Cabinet minister.

S3W-17901 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail all occasions when Cabinet ministers, including the First Minister, have met newspaper editors since May 2007.

S3W-17902 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its policy on publishing answers to parliamentary questions, with particular regard to the media.

S3W-17903 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to protect modern iconic buildings in city centres from unsympathetic development proposals.

S3W-17904 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider shortening the period of time that must elapse before a building is considered for listing status under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

S3W-17905 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, including its frontage, approach steps and interior, for protected status under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

S3W-17906 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17101 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 November 2008, whether it will list each occasion on which Scottish ministers have met the British Transport Police since May 2007, also showing what topics were discussed and who was present on each occasion.

S3W-17907 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the rise and fall in the oil price; how that information is relayed to ministers, and at what frequency and level of detail.

S3W-17908 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when the oil fund study referred to by the First Minister on BBC Scotland’s Politics Show on Sunday 8 June 2008 was set up; who sits on the body; whether the minutes are publicly available; what the budget is, and when it expects to report to the Parliament.

S3W-17909 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the proposed high voltage direct current sub sea cable for transmitting electricity from the Shetland Islands to the mainland to allow connection of future renewable developments on the islands.

S3W-17910 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is available for the construction of the proposed high voltage direct current sub sea cable for transmitting electricity from the Shetland Islands to the mainland.

S3W-17911 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the power-generation industry concerning the feasibility of proposed infrastructure development to connect the Shetland Islands and other Scottish islands with significant renewable energy potential to the mainland grid system, in light of targets for cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

S3W-17912 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with National Grid Electricity Transmission concerning connections from Scottish islands to the GB transmission system.

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