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Section E – Written questions lodged on 4 December 2007

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-7396 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, how it will monitor and assess whether local authorities individually or collectively are meeting their 2% per annum efficiency target.

S3W-7397 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it accepts that removing ring-fenced funding may mean that funds previously guaranteed to support particular client groups may now be redeployed by local authorities for other purposes and to meet funding pressures in other areas of activity.

S3W-7398 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it has no means of intervening and will not intervene in the actions of local authorities to redeploy funds previously directed to particular client groups.

S3W-7399 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether funds have been allocated as part of the local government settlement for respite for 1,000 young carers.

S3W-7400 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it sees a role for the Parliament and its committees in oversight arrangements to manage and monitor the concordat.

S3W-7401 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what powers it has to act when any local authority consistently fails to meet its single outcome agreement.

S3W-7402 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether local government will be able to veto any extension to the free school meals pilot.

S3W-7403 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether any individual local authority will have discretion on whether to introduce free school meals for all primary 1, 2 and 3 pupils if the pilot is deemed to have been successful and the Scottish Government wishes it be rolled out.

S3W-7404 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what legislation is required to extend free school meals to the recipients of maximum child tax credit.

S3W-7405 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether local authorities will have to meet the costs of extending the entitlement to free school meals to those on maximum child tax credit from August 2009 from within the sums agreed as part of the concordat.

S3W-7406 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what it estimates the annual cost will be of extending entitlement to those on maximum child tax credit and how that cost will be arrived at.

S3W-7407 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, how funding costed in the SNP manifesto for free school meals compares with the amount allocated in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 and what the reasons are for any differences in the two figures.

S3W-7408 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether local authorities will have to find the cost of giving more school pupils more vocational learning opportunities from within the cash settlement set under the concordat.

S3W-7409 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether local authorities will be expected to share the costs of colleges assisting them to deliver more vocational opportunities from within the cash settlement set under the concordat.

S3W-7410 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether colleges have been given extra resources as part of the spending review to meet any additional costs of extending vocational learning opportunities to school students and, if so, how much has been provided.

S3W-7411 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether colleges will be expected to meet any additional costs to local authorities in providing more vocational learning opportunities.

S3W-7412 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it has any targets for the number of additional skills for work courses that it wants to be made available in the next three years.

S3W-7413 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it accepts that there may be variations between local authorities in the number and breadth of skills for work and other vocational courses that local authorities might make available and whether there is any limit to the level of variation that it will accept.

S3W-7414 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, how many more pupils it would like to benefit from vocational learning in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-7415 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what "equivalent" means in relation to kinship carers’ allowances and foster carers’ allowances.

S3W-7416 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what its estimate is of the number of kinship carers likely to be eligible for new allowances.

S3W-7417 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, how eligibility for a kinship carers’ allowance will be assessed.

S3W-7418 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether the cash settlement set by the concordat is expected to cover the introduction of kinship carers’ allowances.

S3W-7419 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what "through care homes fees" means in the context of improving care home quality.

S3W-7420 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what "allowance for subsequent years" means in relation to the provision of free personal care.

S3W-7421 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether an (a) 10%, (b) 20% or (c) 30% improvement in delivering 10,000 extra respite weeks per annum would be regarded as "progress towards" this target.

S3W-7422 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, how efficiency savings will be reported and when this will be done.

S3W-7423 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether efficiency savings will be removed from the baseline of all portfolios except local government.

S3W-7424 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, when each local authority will be assessed as to whether it is delivering reduction in class sizes "as quickly as possible".

S3W-7425 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether access to a teacher for every pre-school child means having a qualified nursery teacher present in the pre-school environment.

S3W-7426 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether access to a teacher for every pre-school child could mean the teacher being available at the end of a telephone.

S3W-7427 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether access to a teacher for every pre-school child should be on every day of the pre-school experience.

S3W-7428 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what minimum personal access every pre-school child should have per day to a teacher.

S3W-7429 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether achieving a (a) 10%, (b) 20% or (c) 30% increase toward the 50% increase in pre-school entitlement would be regarded as substantial progress toward delivery.

S3W-7430 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what "the entitlement to pre-school provision will be maintained at the new level" means in relation to making substantial progress toward a 50% increase in such entitlement.

S3W-7431 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, how it calculates a 50% increase in pre-school entitlement.

S3W-7432 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether the pilots providing free school meals for all primary 1 to primary 3 pupils will end in June 2008 and there will be no such provision between June 2008 and April 2009 at the earliest.

S3W-7433 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it expects local authorities to meet the full costs of any roll-out of free school meals to primary 1 to primary 3 pupils from within the cash agreement set by the concordat.

S3W-7434 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, what its estimate is of the costs of the roll-out of its pilot on free school meals to all schools and how these costs are calculated.

S3W-7435 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether local government will be a full and equal partner in any decisions on the effectiveness and benefits of rolling-out the free school meals pilot.

S3W-7436 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on school education in each year since 1990, broken down into (a) local authority spending and (b) central government grants.

S3W-7437 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils attended state schools in each year since 1990.

S3W-7438 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual GDP growth rate for Scotland has been in each year since 1970 and what information it has on the rates for (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) the United Kingdom over the same period.

S3W-7439 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Maryhill parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7440 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Springburn parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7441 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Rutherglen parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7442 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Kelvin parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7443 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Anniesland parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7444 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Pollok parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7445 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Cathcart parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7446 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Baillieston parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7447 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Shettleston parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7448 Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in the Glasgow Govan parliamentary constituency will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates.

S3W-7449 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been allocated to implement the recommendations of the independent review of NHS wheelchair and seating services in Scotland, Moving Forward.

S3W-7450 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been requested by Aberdeen City Council for social work services as part of the funding settlement intended to achieve a council tax freeze.

S3W-7451 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funding has been requested by Aberdeen City Council for education services as part of the funding settlement intended to achieve a council tax freeze.

S3W-7452 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide details of entitlement to free travel for holders of national entitlement cards, under the national concessionary travel scheme, on ferries operated by (a) Caledonian MacBrayne, (b) Northlink, (c) Orkney Ferries, (d) Shetland Islands Council and (e) Argyll and Bute Council, in each case showing (i) who is entitled to free travel, (ii) any limits on the entitlement and (iii) how the cost of the free travel is funded.

S3W-7453 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been provided to the Cities Growth Fund in each year since its inception and how much has been transferred to each local authority for each of the next three years.

S3W-7454 Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive, under the terms of its concordat with COSLA, whether it will require local authorities to submit monitoring returns to it on matters subject to proposals to remove ring-fencing from funds in cases where such reporting arrangements currently exist in respect of such funds.

S3W-7455 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to the central heating programme, how and when the additional funding announced will be spent.

S3W-7456 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the additional funding announced for the central heating programme, how many extra installations will now be completed.

S3W-7457 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the additional funding announced for the central heating programme, how long the average household will now have to wait for the installation of a new (a) central heating system and (b) boiler.

S3W-7458 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the additional funding announced for the central heating programme, what the maximum waiting time will now be for (a) complete central heating systems and (b) boiler only installations.

S3W-7459 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications to the central heating programme are currently waiting to be assessed.

S3W-7460 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive in respect of how many applications to the central heating programme the applications have been approved but installation is still awaited.

S3W-7461 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with each local authority in the Highlands and Islands parliamentary region about flooding and coast protection; what schemes in each area have been notified to the Executive informally or formally as being likely to require grant support at some point in the future but have not yet received the necessary permissions, and what the approximate value is of each such scheme.

S3W-7462 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are currently on suspension, also expressed as a percentage of the workforce, broken down by police authority.

S3W-7463 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of all police officers to population in (a) the Northern Constabulary area and (b) all other force areas.

S3W-7464 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of police constables to population in each force area.

S3W-7465 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of promoted police officers to population in each force area.

S3W-7466 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the ratio is of promoted police officers to constables in each force area.

S3W-7467 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what method will be used to distribute extra resources between police forces to recruit new and additional officers.

S3W-7468 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in determining the distribution of resources to police forces to recruit new and additional officers, any account was taken of the current numbers of police constables per head of population in each area.

S3W-7469 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what account is taken of the effects of sparsity of population and geographic scale in the distribution of resources between police force areas.

S3W-7470 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers it estimates that Northern Constabulary needs.

S3W-7471 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary should take a view on the adequacy of police officer numbers in each force area.

S3W-7472 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on giving equal access to legal aid to fathers in cases of family breakdown following the parliamentary Family Law (Scotland) Bill debate on 15 December 2005.

S3W-7473 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to create, or has considered creating, incentives to both parents to participate in non-judicial mediation procedures in cases of family breakdown.

S3W-7474 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make, or has considered making, non-judicial mediation procedures compulsory in cases of family breakdown.

S3W-7475 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what health-related support structures are routinely available to fathers in cases of family breakdown.

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