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Section E – Written questions lodged on 16 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-19025 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how much potential income it estimates will arise from joint ventures under powers in relation to the national forest estate on which it is consulting and how such estimates, taken over the same period as potential leasing arrangements, compare with estimated income from leasing arrangements.

S3W-19041 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its current consultation on the future of the national forest estate and with regard to land leased to third parties, whether it envisages that Forestry Commission Scotland will still benefit from a joint venture income or whether such a right will be lost when it enters a lease with a third party.

S3W-19092 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research involving the capture and translocation of sparrowhawks where it is believed that they affect the racing pigeon population.

S3W-19093 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in relation to its policy on the capture and translocation of sparrowhawks, its only consideration is the impact that they are considered to have on the racing pigeon population in some areas.

S3W-19094 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages that Scottish National Heritage will have in any research work associated with the capture and translocation of sparrowhawks.

S3W-19095 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage would be acting within its powers in any role it performs that seeks to assist the process of research involving the capture and translocation of sparrowhawks for a purpose designed to seek to protect racing pigeons.

S3W-19096 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to secure by competitive tender the services of a person or persons to capture and translocate sparrowhawks in any research work that it is supporting and what the result was of any such exercise.

S3W-19097 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take subsequent to any tendering exercise to secure the services of a person or persons to capture and translocate sparrowhawks.

S3W-19098 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that any persons employed to capture and translocate sparrowhawks are scientifically and technically qualified to carry out such a task.

S3W-19099 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how any research that it is supporting that involves the capture and translocation of sparrowhawks to test whether the reduced predation of racing pigeons would result fits with the provisions of the EU birds directive.

S3W-19100 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legal status is of racing pigeons.

S3W-19101 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it regards racing pigeons as naturally-occurring birds in the wild state in terms of the EU birds directive.

S3W-19102 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the protection of birds under the EU birds directive extends to specimens bred in captivity.

S3W-19103 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the EU birds directive can extend protection against the capture, by any method, of sparrowhawks and whether any such protection is qualified in any way.

S3W-19104 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the full extent of the breeding season of the sparrowhawk.

S3W-19105 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what system of trapping of sparrowhawks it is endorsing by virtue of any public expenditure on research into reduced predation of racing pigeons by sparrowhawks.

S3W-19106 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage is under a statutory obligation to protect racing pigeons.

S3W-19107 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the steering group set up to review the national concessionary travel scheme has considered extending access to the scheme to individuals in receipt of a War Disablement Pension.

S3W-19108 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the bid by Falkirk Council for funding from the £25 million package for council housing, what the average cost per house will be to the council in addition to the subsidy.

S3W-19109 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the £25 million funding package for council housing, whether it will list the councils that have made applications for funding, also showing for each the number of houses applied for and the average level of subsidy per house.

S3W-19110 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much is spent on homoeopathic treatment per year, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-19111 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the yearly running costs are for the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital.

S3W-19112 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the report published in The Lancet, 27 August to 2 September 2005, entitled Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo controlled trails of homoeopathy and allopathy.

S3W-19113 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness of homoeopathic treatments.

S3W-19114 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments.

S3W-19115 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the role, function or operation of Historic Scotland.

S3W-19116 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report to the Parliament on the progress of the Inspiring Scotland project.

S3W-19117 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to tackle the problems highlighted in the Audit Scotland document Priorities and Risks Framework, which concludes that "councils have, overall, conducted very few [equality] impact assessments on services."

S3W-19118 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the planning guidelines and Scottish Planning Policies relating to listed buildings to clarify the situation regarding replacement of single-glazed windows by windows with improved heat-retention properties.

S3W-19119 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to produce a policy paper for consideration by the Parliament on changes in relation to welfare benefits and employability and the role of Skills Development Scotland.

S3W-19120 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS consultants have had distinction awards withdrawn, for reasons other than death or retirement, in each year for which figures are available.

S3W-19121 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that service users with learning disabilities are given appropriate support and time to develop direct payments or other forms of self-directed support as an alternative to their support services being put out to tender.

S3W-19122 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that service users with learning disabilities are encouraged to take up self-directed support for the provision of their own support services.

S3W-19123 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive which regulatory body is responsible for ensuring that service users with learning disabilities are given fair and equal treatment in accessing direct payments for social work services.

S3W-19124 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of Legionella longbeachae were recorded in (a) 2008 and (b) 2003 to 2007 inclusive.

S3W-19125 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what sources were identified in any recorded cases of Legionella longbeachae.

S3W-19126 Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to legally require producers of compost to publish warnings of the risk of Legionella longbeachae on their packaging.

S3W-19127 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that Show Racism the Red Card’s Islamophopia educational resource is made available to every school in Scotland.

S3W-19128 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether drug treatment and testing orders include testing for hepatitis C.

S3W-19129 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reasons 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-19130 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Audit Scotland report on the impact of the race equality duty on council services, what action the Scottish Government intends to take in light of comments from the chairperson of the Accounts Commission who suggests that the main focus of councils has been the development of policies and processes which, by themselves, do not meet the needs of minority ethnic communities.

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