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Section E – Written questions lodged on 20 March 2006

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

S2W-24441 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive why the reference to an integrated early years strategy was removed from the final version of Sure Start Scotland Mapping Exercise 2004.

S2W-24442 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce an integrated early years strategy.

S2W-24443 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many policy projects are currently being undertaken by its Education Department and, of these, how many are behind schedule.

S2W-24444 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the negative aspects of Sure Start Scotland, as referred to in Sure Start Scotland Mapping Exercise 2004 and supporting communications.

S2W-24445 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding for Sure Start services has come from outside funding streams, such as through the Health Improvement Strategy, expressed as a percentage of the total funding for Sure Start.

S2W-24446 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances a plea of culpable homicide can be accepted when an individual has been charged with murder.

S2W-24447 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-12191 by Euan Robson on 24 November 2004, whether it has received a report of the research commissioned by the Social Work Inspectorate into kinship care in Scotland; whether the report has yet been published and, if not, why the Executive has not fulfilled its commitment to publish it.

S2W-24448 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that local authorities should be able to hold broadcasting licences under the terms of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003.

S2W-24449 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities will be promoted as potential licensees of local digital television and radio services within the proposed Culture Bill and what the reasons are for the position on the matter.

S2W-24450 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local television and radio digital services would count as public service broadcasters under the proposed Culture Bill and would thereby be able to access the Public Service Publisher fund.

S2W-24451 Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how a performing company aspiring to "national performing company" status, as referred to in Scotland’s Culture: Scottish Executive Response on the Cultural Review, can qualify for such status and when the set of qualifying criteria will be published.

S2W-24452 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-23727 by Ross Finnie on 16 March 2006, whether the normal time period for consultation is three months and, if so, why this timescale was reduced for the consultation exercise on proposed legislation to provide improved powers for the enforcement of Regulating Orders.

S2W-24453 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive which tenants’ organisations it recognises for consultation purposes.

S2W-24454 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about Communities Scotland’s approach to tenant participation and consultation.

S2W-24455 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is content with indications that Communities Scotland regards the Scottish Tenants’ Organisation as a "former" organisation.

S2W-24456 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many competition-standard swimming pools are located in Scotland and what information it has on how this number compares with other European nations.

S2W-24457 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fund the creation of new competition-standard swimming pools.

S2W-24458 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that public money is spent ethically.

S2W-24459 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fair trade products it has purchased in each of the last five years, detailing individual products and the quantities purchased.

S2W-24460 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to increase the uptake of Rural Home Ownership Grant outwith the Highlands and Islands local authority areas, particularly in Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders and the areas which include the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

S2W-24461 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the contents of the report submitted by Pennie Taylor on 23 November 2005, Redrawing NHS Boundaries in Argyll & Clyde - A Public Consultation, and whether it will amend guidance to health boards and other public bodies in response to the criticisms made of the quality of consultation.

S2W-24462 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has established from Scottish Water how many development sites in local plans are constrained by a lack of water and sewerage infrastructure and whether it will provide an estimate of the number of houses which could be provided on established housing land supplies which are rendered non-effective by such constraints, in total and broken down by local authority area, what proportion of housing land supply sites will be rendered effective by the £167 million given to Scottish Water for removing constraints arising from a lack of "strategic infrastructure" and how many houses could be provided on these sites.

S2W-24463 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the identification of sites for major mineral extractions will be included in the proposed national planning framework and, if so, whether the framework will make requirements of individual local authorities in this regard.

S2W-24464 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities charged with identifying sites for infrastructural or other major developments under the proposed national planning framework will be required to determine planning applications for such developments on their merits, with no reference to other potential locations, or whether they will be able to require applicants to demonstrate that applications have been lodged in respect of the optimum locations for such developments.

S2W-24465 Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the city region plans proposed in the Planning Bill will be drawn up by permanent, dedicated teams of planners on the model of Glasgow and Clyde Valley or whether the alternative model employed in the Edinburgh and Lothian Structure Plan process will be used.

S2W-24466 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-24032 by Robert Brown on 17 March 2006, by which local authorities the three members of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland are employed and to which local authorities the four independent consultants who are members of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland are contracted.

S2W-24467 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the ban on smoking in public places would apply to a delayed-discharge patient who requires to remain in hospital due to a lack of local authority funding to support the return home where the patient could smoke.

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