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Section E – Written questions lodged on 31 May 2007

Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S3W-395 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it intends to make to improve the A82.

S3W-396 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitment it has made to improve the A82 and what projects have been carried out.

S3W-397 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accidents have been recorded on the A82 in each year since 1999.

S3W-398 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fatalities arising from accidents on the A82 have been recorded in each year since 1999.

S3W-399 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its timetable is for the full dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness, including the preparation of feasibility reports, start dates for each section and completion dates.

S3W-400 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it plans to allocate for the full dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

S3W-401 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated economic benefits are for the local area of dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

S3W-402 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated economic benefits are for the local area of dualling the A9 between Inverness and Thurso.

S3W-403 Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce retrospective legislation with regard to ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Firth of Forth.

S3W-404 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is provided for credit unions.

S3W-405 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what new initiatives it will develop to support credit unions.

S3W-406 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to deal with over-indebtedness.

S3W-407 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how low-income borrowers can be provided with a route to financial inclusion.

S3W-408 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will develop financial education in preventing debt.

S3W-409 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many boiler manufacturers are providing equipment to its central heating programme managed by Scottish Gas.

S3W-410 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what review mechanisms are in place to ensure a fair distribution of contracts across suppliers of equipment, including boilers, to its central heating programme.

S3W-411 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been a reduction in the number of equipment suppliers with an employment base in Scotland since Scottish Gas took over the management of the central heating programme in October 2006.

S3W-412 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its 18-week patient waiting time target will be maintained following the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing’s announcement on 29 May 2007 on availability status codes.

S3W-413 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether audiology will be included in its patient waiting time target of 18 weeks.

S3W-414 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is possible to operate a livestock improvement scheme for crofters that does not breach state aid rules.

S3W-415 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to announce a long-term commitment to a livestock improvement scheme for crofters.

S3W-416 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether current planning law permits planning applications to be determined by the outcome of a referendum of a local population.

S3W-417 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ministers, or local authority councillors acting as a planning authority, can delegate their powers and duties to make planning decisions to other parties or individuals who are not Scottish ministers or local authority councillors.

S3W-418 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ministers, or local authority councillors acting as a planning authority, can delegate their powers and duties to make planning decisions to the people of a local community through a referendum.

S3W-419 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ministers or local authority councillors could be directed to a determination of a planning application by the outcome of a local referendum.

S3W-420 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to amend planning law to allow local referenda to determine planning applications and, if so, in what circumstances and for which type of application; what distinguishes one type of planning application from any other for the purpose of a local referendum being invoked; what the status would be of professional advice and recommendations on any application by local authority or Executive officials; how any such changes will affect the rights of applicants to have their applications considered in terms of planning law; whether appeals against a decision by a local referendum could be made and to whom; who would be responsible in law for any such planning decision, and how the geographic boundaries of any area to have such a referendum would be determined.

S3W-421 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the status is of any petition which is submitted to planning officials, local authority councillors or the Scottish Ministers in favour of or opposed to any planning application when a planning application is being considered.

S3W-422 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the impact of any proposal to allow local referenda to determine certain types of planning applications would have any implications for human rights in relation to the rights of individuals who could not participate in referenda for the applications to which they objected.

S3W-423 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in identifying a possible operator for a re-established ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.

S3W-424 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic benefits for Argyll of the re-establishment of a ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.

S3W-425 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the Northern Ireland Assembly about re-establishing a ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.

S3W-426 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the introduction of Agenda for Change in NHS Scotland.

S3W-427 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the decision by NHS Lothian to close the Royal Victoria Hospital, Edinburgh.

S3W-428 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimate is of the cost of introducing its new business rate measures in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-429 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to increase the current level of claim in relation to small claims actions; what form such steps will take, and in what timeframe it will bring forward proposals for any changes it may make.

S3W-430 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with voluntary sector providers of education services about the development of closer working ties with statutory providers.

S3W-431 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the role of nursery school provision, in both the public and private sectors, in relation to providing educational services for pre-school children and early years formal education.

S3W-432 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to involve the voluntary and commercial training sectors in addressing training needs for those young people referred to as NEETS.

S3W-433 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the provision of services to enable women to exercise the right to choose whether and how to control their own fertility, including access to safe termination services.

S3W-434 Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the national concessionary travel scheme to include night bus services.

S3W-435 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the funds raised by graduate endowment has been allocated to funding the Young Students’ Bursary since the establishment of graduate endowment.

S3W-436 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the funds raised by graduate endowment has been allocated to university tuition costs since the establishment of graduate endowment.

S3W-437 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students are currently in receipt of the Young Students’ Bursary.

S3W-438 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total pay-out was to students domiciled in Scotland from the Student Loans Company Ltd in 2005-06 and how many students received these payments.

S3W-439 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students domiciled in Scotland are currently in receipt of a student loan.

S3W-440 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many customer accounts the Student Loans Company Ltd maintains for borrowers domiciled in Scotland.

S3W-441 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-28472 by Nicol Stephen on 6 October 2006, what the total current outstanding student loan debt is from Scottish borrowers.

S3W-442 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total current outstanding student loan debt is from Scotland-domiciled and resident graduates.

S3W-443 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been of deploying police to cover the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde.

S3W-444 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers have been deployed in relation to the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde and whether alternative police cover was provided for communities from which these officers were drawn.

S3W-445 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local pupils from the Rosneath Peninsula have missed examinations this summer due to blockades caused by the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde.

S3W-446 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are being made to ensure that the education of young people is not disrupted as a result of the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde.

S3W-447 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to allow unhindered access for emergency vehicles during the blockades on the A814 caused by the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde.

S3W-448 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-11927 by Cathy Jamieson on 8 February 2007, how many arrests there have been during the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde.

S3W-449 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many arrests of people participating in the Faslane 365 protests at HMNB Clyde have resulted in prosecutions.

S3W-450 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that care staff and medical staff are able to reach the population of the Rosneath Peninsula during blockades of HMNB Clyde by the Faslane 365 protesters.

S3W-451 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will repeal the Dumfries and Galloway (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/434) in order that consultation may take place on a successor order in which the name of Ward 13, Annandale East, is replaced with one which more accurately reflects the geography of the ward.

S3W-452 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will revisit the A76 Route Action Plan in response to the number of fatal accidents on the stretch between Dumfries and Sanquhar in recent years.

S3W-453 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering dualling the A75 between Stranraer and Gretna.

S3W-454 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the effect of dualling the A9 would be on funding for trunk road improvements in Dumfries and Galloway.

S3W-455 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give any consideration to the construction of a new dual carriageway trunk road between Dumfries and Lockerbie in return for the detrunking of the A75 between Dumfries and Gretna.

S3W-456 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will enable broadband technology to be available to the communtiy of Ewes, near Langholm, and, if so, how and when this will be accomplished.

S3W-457 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering any reform of the remit and responsibilities of local alcohol and drug action teams.

S3W-458 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce marketing grants for the veal industry to help primary producers and processors develop outlets for their products, thus helping to ensure a local market.

S3W-459 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will create an opportunity for all pharmacy graduates to access funded pre-registration placements in Scotland.

S3W-460 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support existing schools of pharmacy to meet the needs of pharmacists in Scotland.

S3W-461 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that the public is aware of and understands the scope of healthcare services available from pharmacies, in order to utilise the skills, training and experience of pharmacists for the benefit of patients.

S3W-462 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether access to emergency hormonal contraception is provided by all community pharmacies and, if not, what plans are in place to ensure equitable access.

S3W-463 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to extend the role of pharmacists in more pro-active healthcare as well as the dispensing of methadone in the treatment of people with a drug addiction.

S3W-464 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support a review to investigate the barriers that hinder pharmacists from prescribing.

S3W-465 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure greater integration of pharmacy services in considering health policy and planning services.

S3W-466 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives plans to promote health and safety in the workplace.

S3W-467 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Ministers and local authority councillors and officials can take into account any other factors, other than those defined in planning law, when considering the merits, or otherwise, of planning applications.

S3W-468 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that a local referendum to determine planning matters can meet the strict requirements on those deciding planning applications to consider only those matters required in law in respect of planning applications.

S3W-469 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are in place to standardise public holidays in Scotland.

S3W-470 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average penalty was imposed for the offence of drink driving in each police authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.

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