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Section E – Written questions lodged on 19 November 2009

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-29107 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Historic Scotland reclaimed or plans to reclaim grants from the National Trust for Scotland as a result of the sale of the trust’s headquarters in Charlotte Square.

S3W-29108 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional income has been raised by each local authority from council tax on second homes since local authorities were granted discretion to reduce council tax discount on second homes and long-term empty properties on 1 April 2005.

S3W-29109 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the additional income raised from council tax on second homes since local authorities were granted discretion to reduce council tax discount on second homes and long-term empty properties on 1 April 2005 was used for the provision of affordable housing.

S3W-29110 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses have been built as a result of additional income raised from council tax on second homes since local authorities were granted discretion to reduce council tax discount on second homes and long-term empty properties on 1 April 2005, broken down by local authority.

S3W-29111 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how local authorities differentiate between second homes and long-term empty properties for the purpose of collecting council tax.

S3W-29112 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities apply discretion to granting council tax discounts of between 10% and 50% on second homes and long-term empty properties.

S3W-29113 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bids to the second tranche of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund were substantially similar or identical to bids rejected in the first tranche and what these bids were.

S3W-29114 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bids to the Town Centre Regeneration Fund were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each tranche and what the total value of these bids was in each case.

S3W-29115 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bids were made to each tranche of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-29116 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Community Safety will meet (a) the Orange Order and (b) Cairde na h’Eireann to discuss how further progress can be made in implementing the actions agreed in the 2006 statement on tackling abusive behaviour at marches and parades.

S3W-29117 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Orange Order and Cairde na h’Eireann will be invited to participate in the work on marches and parades announced by the Minister for Community Safety in his statement to the Parliament on the Sectarianism Strategy on Wednesday, 18 November 2009.

S3W-29118 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to promote shared-campus schools as part of its school building strategy.

S3W-29119 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Futures Trust regarding shared-campus schools.

S3W-29120 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the recommendation adopted by the EU Council of Ministers on 9 June 2009 calling on member states to implement plans or strategies for rare diseases.

S3W-29121 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private sector landlords have applied for an Energy Saving Scotland small business loan in each month since December 2008.

S3W-29122 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many private sector landlords have been approved for an Energy Saving Scotland small business loan in each month since December 2008.

S3W-29123 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for an Energy Saving Scotland small business loan were received in each month since November 2008.

S3W-29124 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Energy Saving Scotland small business loans were approved in each month since November 2008.

S3W-29125 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total value was of approved Energy Saving Scotland small business loans in each month since November 2008.

S3W-29126 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value was of approved Energy Saving Scotland small business loans for private sector landlords in each month since November 2008.

S3W-29127 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to promote Energy Saving Scotland small business loans to private sector landlords.

S3W-29128 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with take-up rates for Energy Saving Scotland small business loans among private sector landlords.

S3W-29129 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the clinical management of acute cholecystitis is under review by NHS Scotland; if so, whether changes are envisaged to treatment plans, and when such changes will be implemented by NHS boards.

S3W-29130 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers thatit willbe able to gather accurate statistics onthe number of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing peopleby means ofthe proposedlong-term health conditions question in the 2011Census that allows respondents to identify that they havedeafness or partial hearing loss and blindness or partial sight loss.

S3W-29131 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is onconcerns expressed by the Scottish Council on Deafness about the impact on the planning of services of a lack of accurate statistics on deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

S3W-29132 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Scotland can be a world leader in gathering accurate statistics on deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

S3W-29133 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether two views are used in breast screening in England and Wales.

S3W-29134 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how rates of take-up of breast screening in Scotland compare with those in England and Wales.

S3W-29135 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many serious case reviews have been carried out by local authorities in each of the last ten years.

S3W-29136 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what liaison there is with the Department of Work and Pensions to improve income maximisation.

S3W-29137 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what liaison there is with the Financial Services Authority to improve financial education.

S3W-29138 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop and implement a communication plan for children and young people.

S3W-29139 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug finds there were in each prison in each of the last five years, broken down by type of drug.

S3W-29140 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings of the Small Business Consultative Group took place in 2006.

S3W-29141 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings of the Small Business Consultative Group took place in 2007.

S3W-29142 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings of the Small Business Consultative Group took place in 2008.

S3W-29143 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings of the Small Business Consultative Group have taken place in 2009.

S3W-29144 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Small Business Consultative Group last met.

S3W-29145 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how frequently the Small Business Consultative Group should meet.

S3W-29146 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Small Business Consultative Group will next meet.

S3W-29147 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the continuation of central government funding for additional police officers beyond the current parliamentary session.

S3W-29148 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken in forensic mental health service units to support individuals who wish to give up smoking.

S3W-29149 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that all forensic mental health service units have access to specialist drug and alcohol services.

S3W-29150 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it plans to hold before issuing guidance to public bodies on theclimate change dutiesthat will be imposed bysection 44 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-29151 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publishits land use strategy, as specified in section 57 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-29152 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publishits plan to promote energy efficiency, as specified in section 60 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-29153 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has held regarding the provision of permitted development rights for air source heat pumps and micro wind turbines in domestic properties, as specified in section 70 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-29154 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ithas plans to exercisethe powers specified in section 78 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 tointroduce regulations onplanningfor waste prevention and management.

S3W-29155 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ithas plans to exercisethe powers specified in section 83 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to set targets for reducing packaging.

S3W-29156 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ithas plans to exercisethe powers specified in section 84 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to establish a deposit and return scheme.

S3W-29157 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its public engagement strategy, as specified in section 91 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S3W-29158 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is to be no formal mechanism for measuring progress in literacy or numeracy until the tenth year of a child’s education under plans for implementing the Curriculum for Excellence, as stated by the President of School Leaders Scotland, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-29159 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is to be no standardised means of communicating progress in literacy and numeracy to secondary schools at the transition stage under plans for implementing the Curriculum for Excellence, as stated by the President of School Leaders Scotland, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-29160 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is to be no accountability in relation to literacy and numeracy during the first seven years of education under plans for implementing the Curriculum for Excellence, as stated by the President of School Leaders Scotland, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S3W-29161 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the concern expressed by the President of School Leaders Scotland (SLS) that "developments in education, particularly those related to Curriculum for Excellence, are heading in directions which will not necessarily be fruitful for pupils" and what discussions have taken place with SLS in this regard.

S3W-29162 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for (a) head teachers and (b) School Leaders Scotland in implementing the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-29163 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive through what mechanism it will address the views and concerns of head teachers regarding the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-29164 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the work undertaken by School Leaders Scotland on the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-29165 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statement by the President of School Leaders Scotland in relation to the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence that "there is no doubt that the combination of unit assessments and coursework in every subject, plus the examination at level 5, will in no way reduce the assessment burden."

S3W-29166 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to assess progress or record achievement in literacy and numeracy in primary schools.

S3W-29167 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to assess progress or record achievement in literacy and numeracy in (a) S1, (b) S2 and (c) S3.

S3W-29168 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in light of the recommendations in the report, Research into Job Losses in Small and Micro Businesses, published by the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland.

S3W-29169 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ask local authorities to collect and analyse local labour market intelligence on job losses in small and micro-businesses.

S3W-29170 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that public sector agencies give a greater focus to delivering early intervention to small and micro-businesses.

S3W-29171 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the business support services available to small and micro-businesses.

S3W-29172 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase awareness of the range of support available to small and micro-businesses.

S3W-29173 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to collect information on the number of people required to use their family homes as security for loans in order to keep small and micro-businesses in operation.

S3W-29174 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional support it will provide to small and micro-businesses to prevent job losses and redundancies.

S3W-29175 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to assess the presence of asbestos in public buildings and any potential risk to health.

S3W-29176 Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be a time gap between the closure of the 5 to 14 curriculum website and the Curriculum for Excellence website becoming fully operational and, if so, what measures will be put in place to meet demand for assessment information during this time.

S3W-29177 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28285 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 November 2009, whether it will provide a breakdown of the estimated £51 million for the relocation of the International School of Aberdeen to Pitfodels, including (a) construction of the new school, (b) purchase of the new site and (c) any other costs incurred by the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.

S3W-29178 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28645 by Stewart Stevenson on 16 November 2009, whether it will indicate the cost of (a) scheme development, (b) environmental impact assessments, (c) consultations with statutory and non-statutory bodies, (d) publication of statutory documentation, (e) topographical surveys, (f) ground investigation works, (g) land purchase payments and (h) compensation payments.

S3W-29179 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been spent on purchasing (a) residential property, (b) agricultural land and (c) other land and property in preparation for the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-29180 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) residential and (b) commercial properties have been purchased in preparation for the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-29181 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding mechanism was used to pay for the estimated £91 million preparatory work for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-29182 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding mechanism will be used to pay for the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-29183 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding mechanism has been used to pay for the estimated £51 million relocation of the International School of Aberdeen to Pitfodels.

S3W-29184 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution (a) Aberdeen City and (b) Aberdeenshire Council has made to the cost of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-29185 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution (a) Aberdeen City and (b) Aberdeenshire Council has made to the cost of relocating the International School of Aberdeen to Pitfodels.

S3W-29186 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how much VAT it expects to pay in relation to the relocation of the International School of Aberdeen to Pitfodels.

S3W-29187 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to question S3W-28285 and S3W-28645 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 and 16 November 2009 respectively, whether the estimated £91 million cost of preparatory work for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route includes (a) the estimated £51 million for relocation of the International School of Aberdeen to Pitfodels and (b) VAT.

S3W-29188 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the cost of the contract for the new Southern General Hospital is capped.

S3W-29189 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of cost overrun will be tolerated in the contract for the building of the new Southern General Hospital.

S3W-29190 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been set aside for contingencies in the contract for the building of the new Southern General Hospital.

S3W-29191 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it sought advice from the European Commission on the procurement process for the new Southern General Hospital.

S3W-29192 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the ethnic category, Arab, was not included in the draft 2008 census form.

S3W-29193 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the draft 2008 census form was drafted without consulting Arab community groups or representatives.

S3W-29194 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what ethnic groups were consulted in the drafting of the draft 2008 census form.

S3W-29195 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will amend category F of the draft 2011 census form to include a category, Arab and Other Ethnic Groups, and subcategories, Arab, Scottish Arab or British Arab.

S3W-29196 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses to the draft 2008 census form consultation expressed concerns about the ethnic categories listed.

S3W-29197 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses to the 2009 census rehearsal questionnaires indicated Arab under the Other ethnicity option.

S3W-29198 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to the Iona Community to support its anti-sectarianism rehabilitation programme as of 18 November 2009, broken down by (a) financial year and (b) amount awarded.

S3W-29199 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many anti-sectarianism events the First Minister has attended in 2009, broken down by (a) date, (b) venue and (c) organisations involved.

S3W-29200 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officials are working on its sectarianism strategy, broken down by directorate.

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