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Section E – Written questions lodged on 25 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-18206 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will follow the UK Government’s lead in agreeing to procure only buildings that are in the top quartile of energy performance.

S3W-18207 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can provide that forests will not be jeopardised as recreational resources as a result of the long-term leasing of full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies.

S3W-18208 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to support biomass initiatives while allowing the long-term leasing of full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies.

S3W-18209 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure the sustainable management of forests if full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate are leased to large timberland investment companies.

S3W-18210 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projections for local income tax revenues set out in its explanatory paper, Abolition of council tax and introduction of local income tax: revenue projections, are for each year when the changes in forecasts and policy measures introduced in the pre-Budget report are taken into account.

S3W-18211 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will receive in consequential funding as a result of announcements in the pre-Budget report, broken down by year.

S3W-18212 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost will be to the public sector in Scotland of the increase in employers’ national insurance contributions announced in the pre-Budget report and whether any consequential funding has been announced by the UK Government.

S3W-18213 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how the funding that would previously have been allocated to Scottish Enterprise Glasgow has been spent in the current financial year.

S3W-18214 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the funding that would previously have been distributed by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow is less in the current financial year than in previous years.

S3W-18215 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact is of the closure of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

S3W-18216 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rural or remote households in the Scottish Borders are unable to receive broadband.

S3W-18217 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that residents in rural or remote communities in the Scottish Borders are able to receive broadband.

S3W-18218 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Forestry Commission Scotland jobs it considers would be put at risk through the long-term leasing out of full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies.

S3W-18219 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it considers there would be on the retention of jobs and skills in Forestry Commission Scotland as a result of the long-term leasing out of full management and cutting rights over at least 25% of the national forest estate to large timberland investment companies.

S3W-18220 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15362 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 August 2008, when it will launch its consultation on improving the energy performance of existing domestic buildings. 

S3W-18221 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as a result of the transition to the new Energy Assistance Package, there will be an impact on people who have registered for the existing central heating and warm deal programmes.

S3W-18222 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16778 by John Swinney on 3 October 2008 in which it was stated that "we took account of the estimated costs to business highlighted in the report A Fairer Way by Sir Peter Burt", whether it regards these estimates as accurate.

S3W-18223 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16779 by John Swinney on 3 October 2008 in which it was stated that "The Scottish Government has no plans to publish such an analysis", what the reasons are for its position on this matter and whether it will reconsider the decision.

S3W-18224 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16779 by John Swinney on 27 October 2008 in which it was stated that "The Scottish Government has no plans to publish such an analysis", whether such an analysis will be carried out but not published or whether no such analysis will be undertaken.

S3W-18225 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the First Minister’s comments on 30 October 2008 with regard to the local income tax in which he said to expect "all estimates that are attached to the bill to be brought forward in a timely response to the consultation exercise, in time for the introduction of the legislation" (Official Report c. 11921), what estimates are expected and when.

S3W-18226 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering allowing local authorities to set their own local income tax (LIT) rates with a cap of 3p in the pound, whether such an approach would have implications for potential LIT administration costs for employers and, if so, whether these have been costed.

S3W-18227 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assess whether the change in structure of the local enterprise network affects the Glasgow economy.

S3W-18228 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which of its contracts for services have been awarded for the first time to private contractors since May 2003.

S3W-18229 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recent discussions have taken place with the Office of Fair Trading regarding the Greenbelt Group Ltd and, if so, what the outcome was.

S3W-18230 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have imposed a ban on the consumption of alcohol in public places and in what year each ban took effect.

S3W-18231 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been (a) arrested for and (b) charged with consuming alcohol in a public place in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) police force and (ii) local authority area.

S3W-18232 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many written submissions to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route public local inquiry the reporters received and how many were from (a) individuals and (b) organisations.

S3W-18233 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many written submissions to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route public local inquiry the reporters considered and how many were from (a) individuals and (b) organisations.

S3W-18234 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the submissions received by the reporters were (a) partly and (b) fully outside the remit of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route public local inquiry.

S3W-18235 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its press release of 24 November 2008 accompanying publication of responses to the local income tax consultation, in which the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth stated that "prior to introducing a bill" he would "outline further proposals", what the timetable is for doing so.

S3W-18236 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its press release of 24 November 2008 accompanying publication of responses to the local income tax consultation, in which the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth stated that "options for local variability of the tax rate in a downward direction" were being analysed, whether the analysis will cover the associated costs to employers and whether this will be published in advance of the financial memorandum.

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