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Section E – Written questions lodged on 10 February 2005

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

S2W-14363 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many violent crimes have been committed in schools in each of the last five years, broken down by education authority.

S2W-14364 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many physical assaults on teachers took place in each of the last five years, broken down by education authority.

S2W-14365 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many delayed subsidy payments to farmers are outstanding in Aberdeenshire.

S2W-14366 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many organic farms and small holdings are registered, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14367 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications for housing have been refused in the last three years due to lack of water and sewerage infrastructure capacity, broken down by planning committee area.

S2W-14368 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new beat officers have been recruited in the last three years, broken down by police force.

S2W-14369 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many speed cameras have been removed in each of the last three years and from what locations they have been removed.

S2W-14370 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what revenue has been generated through speed cameras in the last three years, broken down by police force.

S2W-14371 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to national parks in respect of the regulation of access under new legislation.

S2W-14372 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when a national access code will be agreed and what issues regarding it have not been resolved to date.

S2W-14373 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made towards incorporating into the Scottish planning system the recommendations in the first Stewart Report on the planning regulations for mobile phone masts.

S2W-14374 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13616 by Peter Peacock on 31 January 2005, in which specific policies the principles of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, as these relate to Scots, have been given general expression.

S2W-14375 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for developing and implementing a national languages strategy.

S2W-14376 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the application of the provisions of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages as these relate to Scots.

S2W-14377 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any advice has been issued to civil servants concerning the application of the provisions of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages as these relate to Scots and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S2W-14378 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued any advice to local authorities about the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages as these relate to Scots.

S2W-14379 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it funds and resources the Scots language; what level of funding it has made available to support the Scots language in each of the last three years, and how much funding it will make available in the next financial year.

S2W-14380 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre all documents relating to any Statutory Instrument regarding salmon fishing and netting on the Esk rivers, including all correspondence, including enclosures and attachments, with the Esk District Salmon Fishery Board and all information relating to (a) the level of salmon stocks and (b) compensation payments.

S2W-14381 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive which district fishery boards are seeking to introduce measures for the conservation of salmon and whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre all correspondence and associated documents with each board on that issue.

S2W-14382 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports salmon netting.

S2W-14383 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of spring salmon angling is to the economy.

S2W-14384 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact a mandatory catch and release scheme for salmon angling would have on tourism, particularly in relation to visitors from abroad.

S2W-14385 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive , further to the answer to question S2W-12454 by Nicol Stephen on 8 December 2004, why the expenditure in 2003-04 under the Integrated Transport Fund budget is stated to be £56.5 million plus £3.7 million, whereas the budget in Table 8.08 of Draft Budget 2005-06 states that the expenditure is £150 million, and what the remainder of the budgeted money was spent on.

S2W-14386 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on transport in 2002-03 and 2003-04, broken down by category of expenditure listed in table 8.01 of Draft Budget 2005-06.

S2W-14387 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what the net book value of Scotland’s roads was at 30 April 2004 and why the cost of capital charges increased by £66 million in 2003-04 but by approximately £35 million per annum in subsequent years.

S2W-14388 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent in 2003-04 on supporting bus services, both directly and through local authorities, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-14389 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the context of its responsibility for social inclusion, it will respond to the Ofcom consultation on the analogue television switch-off which may commence in parts of Scotland in 2008.

S2W-14390 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of the total funds invested in the First ScotRail franchise by (a) it, (b) First Group plc and (c) any other sources since the inception of the franchise.

S2W-14391 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of the total funds invested in the previous ScotRail franchise by (a) it and the Scottish Office, (b) National Express Group and (c) any other sources over the entire period of the franchise.

S2W-14392 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether residential care homes for the elderly can opt not to provide nursing care.

S2W-14393 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering reviewing and increasing the fees payable to dentists for NHS treatment in order to encourage more dentists to offer an NHS service, particularly to those entitled to free NHS dental treatment.

S2W-14394 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12927 by Cathy Jamieson on 23 December 2004, what the average length of time spent in prison is, including any time spent on remand, for prisoners sentenced to (a) less than three months, (b) three to six months and (c) six months to one year.

S2W-14395 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average monthly cost is of keeping a person in prison.

S2W-14396 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken towards fulfilling its commitment in the Partnership Agreement to develop an entitlement to continuous professional development, particularly with regard to nursing staff.

S2W-14397 Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-13778 by Johann Lamont on 8 February 2005 regarding the location of toxic waste dumps in the east end and south of Glasgow, who made the decision not to hold an inquiry into the matter; what criteria were used to reach that decision, and whether there is a process by which that decision may be challenged.



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