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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 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-18163 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its review of the Rural Priorities scheme following the first round of awards will examine the possibility of shifting funding into alternative agricultural support schemes.

S3W-18164 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether people on low incomes and pensioners are entitled to receive loft and cavity wall insulation and energy-saving devices free of charge and, if not, whether such entitlements are planned and when they will be introduced.

S3W-18165 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed at the Vale of Leven Hospital, broken down by profession.

S3W-18167 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has undertaken or commissioned, or plans to undertake or commission, to establish the numbers of seals killed by shooting every year given concerns about the falling population of common seals.

S3W-18168 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, in drawing up its proposals under the forthcoming Marine Bill for amending the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, whether it has taken advice on animal welfare issues with regard to killing of seals by shooting.

S3W-18169 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive a report of the findings of the public local inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-18170 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how much financial assistance is being given to registered social landlords in 2008-09 (RSL) to allow them to install sprinkler systems in their rental properties, broken down by RSL.

S3W-18171 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how each NHS board performed in terms of involving patients’ carers and the public in decisions on the planning, design and delivery of care, as reported by the Scottish Health Council.

S3W-18172 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support was given to the Scottish Health Council to improve how NHS boards engage with patients and the public.

S3W-18173 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Health Council assists in ensuring that patients, carers and the public can express their views on NHS services.

S3W-18174 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with representatives of South Lanarkshire Council regarding the implementation in every school in South Lanarkshire of the SNP manifesto commitment to reduce class sizes in primaries 1 to 3.

S3W-18175 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the cost of providing free school meals, broken down by local authority.

S3W-18176 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have been held at ministerial or official level with (a) COSLA and (b) individual local authorities since the announcement on 2 October 2008 by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Young People that free school meals for children in the first three years of primary school are to be introduced by every local authority from 2010.

S3W-18177 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W–11422 by Stewart Maxwell on 24 April 2008, what the average daily waiting times was under the central heating programme in each of the last three months in (a) the Glasgow Rutherglen parliamentary constituency and (b) Scotland.

S3W-18178 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time for audiology services is in (a) NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (b) NHS Lanarkshire.

S3W-18179 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting time for drug rehabilitation services is in (a) NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (b) NHS Lanarkshire.

S3W-18180 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding was provided for primary care services in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-18181 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding is to be provided for primary care services in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-18182 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GPs currently practise, also broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) parliamentary constituency.

S3W-18183 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many GP practices there are with two or more GPs, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) parliamentary constituency.

S3W-18184 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of NHS board budgets is allocated to the provision of GP services, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-18185 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the Cabinet Sub-committee on Legislation has met since May 2007 and when these meetings took place.

S3W-18186 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many conferences have been addressed by ministers since May 2007; where and when the conference was held, and which minister participated.

S3W-18187 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether progress towards completion of the M74 link remains on target.

S3W-18188 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many subsidised bus services are in place in each parliamentary constituency in the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport area.

S3W-18189 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are registered for free off-peak concessionary bus travel, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-18190 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote fair trade.

S3W-18191 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that Fairtrade products are used by agencies across the public sector.

S3W-18192 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spent on Fairtrade products in 2007-08 and what proportion of overall spending on catering services this represents.

S3W-18193 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how many public agencies are working towards Fairtrade status.

S3W-18194 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how much VisitScotland allocated to promoting South Lanarkshire in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

S3W-18195 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with South Lanarkshire Council in relation to its involvement in hosting events as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009.

S3W-18196 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what data are being collected in order to audit the outcomes of the Counterweight programme.

S3W-18197 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the evidence base is for the success of the Counterweight programme.

S3W-18198 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £55.8 million Energy Assistance Package funding will be provided to the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre network to ensure that it can manage the expected increase in contacts following the introduction of the package.

S3W-18199 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £55.8 million Energy Assistance Package funding will be provided to benefit and money advice organisations and agencies, such as Citizens Advice Direct, to ensure that they can manage the expected increase in contacts following the introduction of the package.

S3W-18200 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide information on the subsidy that will be provided to those who do not qualify for free standard insulation measures under stage 3 of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-18201 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are specific criteria for the provision of a subsidy to those who do not qualify for free standard insulation measures under stage 3 of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-18202 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering how people with acute or pre-existing health conditions that could be affected by cold or damp housing but are not included in the criteria for receiving help at stage 4 of the Energy Assistance Package can be provided with the energy efficiency measures provided at this stage.

S3W-18203 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is exploring equity release schemes or development of the Scheme of Assistance process for those who are not entitled to assistance under stage 4 of the Energy Assistance Package.

S3W-18204 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive in relation to the Energy Assistance Package, whether it intends to set regional budgets or a target for the number of houses in each region assisted under the package.

S3W-18205 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning to carry out pilot studies to address fuel poverty in tenements and tower blocks as suggested by the Fuel Poverty Forum.

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