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Section E – Written questions lodged on 10 December 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-18704 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to the affordable housing investment programme for 2009-10 and 2010-11, whether Edinburgh’s housing need has been assessed against that of Glasgow or the whole of Scotland and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-18747 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the economic and financial climate, whether it plans to review the qualifying criteria for the Homestake initiative.

S3W-18748 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many halls have received grant aid from the Local Capital Grants Scheme in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S3W-18749 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many halls have received grant aid from the Local Capital Grants Scheme in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-18750Δ Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the plans are for future World Heritage Sites in Scotland.

S3W-18751Δ Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the next census.

S3W-18752 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have applied to the Mortgage to Rent scheme in each month in 2008-09 for which information is available.

S3W-18753 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been successful in converting their mortgage to rent in each month in 2008-09 for which information is available.

S3W-18754 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have applied to take part in the Scottish Government’s Mortgage to Rent scheme in 2008-09.

S3W-18755 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have been successful in obtaining funds form the Mortgage to Rent scheme in 2008-09.

S3W-18756 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new applications have been received for a free central heating system in the DD postcode area in each month since, and including, July 2008 for which information is available and how many have been considered as eligible.

S3W-18757 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been on the waiting list for a free central heating system in the DD postcode area in each month since, and including, July 2008 for which information is available.

S3W-18758 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to apply a blue zone designation to Scotland, in light of its bluetongue disease-free status, in order to distinguish it from infected areas and to prevent diseased animals from coming into the country.

S3W-18759 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the fallen stock scheme.

S3W-18760 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times since he took office the First Minister has met Sandi Thom.

S3W-18761 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid Sandi Thom, directly or through an agent, for attending or performing at Scottish Government-supported events, broken down by individual payment and including expenses.

S3W-18762 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of recommendations made by the Smoking Prevention Working Group, what research it has commissioned to ascertain the extent of use by young people of smuggled or personally-imported tobacco.

S3W-18763 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of recommendations made by the Smoking Prevention Working Group, what steps it is taking to reduce the volume of tobacco smuggled into Scotland.

S3W-18764 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive why interim targets have not been set towards the shared commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 in Achieving our Potential, the Scottish Government’s anti-poverty framework.

S3W-18765 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether applications for grants from the £150,000 awarded to Sense over Sectarianism for 2009-10 can be made by projects from all local authority areas.

S3W-18766 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are employed on a full-time basis with anti-sectarianism organisations, broken down by organisation.

S3W-18767 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to develop new sectarianism-awareness campaigns in further and higher educational establishments.

S3W-18768 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides funding for sectarianism-awareness projects or campaigns in further and higher educational establishments.

S3W-18769 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the report in The Herald on 10 December 2008, whether the award of £412,731 to Sense over Sectarianism includes money already awarded for 2008-09.

S3W-18770 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how much financial support Sense over Sectarianism receives from its partner organisations.

S3W-18771 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties intended to be part of the shared equity programme are presently unoccupied.

S3W-18772 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive where the empty properties are that are intended to be part of the shared equity programme.

S3W-18773 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the number of empty properties intended to be part of the shared equity programme.

S3W-18774 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, based on the legally enforceable class size maximum, what the capacity of each state school is in 2008-09.

S3W-18775 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, based on the legally enforceable class size maximum, what the average capacity of state schools is in each local authority in 2008-09.

S3W-18776 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive, based on the legally enforceable class size maximum, what the average capacity of state schools is in 2008-09.

S3W-18777 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many foreign nationals were released from prisons in Scotland into UK Border Agency detention in the last 12 months.

S3W-18778 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many sentenced foreign nationals were released from prisons in the last 12 months.

S3W-18779 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-5138 by Nicola Sturgeon on 4 December 2008, whether measures to improve the Arbuthnott formula and ensure that no NHS board will receive less funding than it does at present will include an increase in the overall amount available for board funding.

S3W-18780 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-5138 by Nicola Sturgeon on 4 December 2008, whether it will bring forward an allocation of additional funding to NHS boards that demonstrate particular needs or shortages, as has been done for the Western Isles NHS board.

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