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Section E – Written questions lodged on 8 June 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-26600 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to designate the entire area of Loch Ness as bathing water.

S2W-26612 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure the sustainability of out-of-school care provision.

S2W-26613 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all applications submitted in relation to flood prevention schemes in Moray, including those where decisions have yet to be taken, showing (a) the outcome or status of each application, (b) the level of funding awarded in each case and (c) where decisions have yet to be reached, the anticipated timescale for reaching such decisions.

S2W-26614 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average waiting times have been in each of the last three years for (a) assessments and (b) fittings for digital hearing aids (i) nationally and (ii) broken down by NHS board, showing also the number of patients on each waiting list and expressed as a ratio per 1,000 of population.

S2W-26615 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any submission to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management’s consultation on the committee’s interim recommendations and, if so, whether it will provide a summary of the submission and also place a full copy in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S2W-26616 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has had to discussions with the European Union in respect of changing the timing of the annual fishing quota negotiations that currently take place prior to Christmas and what progress these discussions have made.

S2W-26617 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas’ proposals in relation to conserving herring and mackerel stocks.

S2W-26618 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to introduce individual transferable quotas and, if so, what the reasons are for such proposals and what steps have been taken to consult the fishing industry and assess the likely economic and social impact of such a quota management system.

S2W-26619 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the work of the Flooding Issues Management Committee and list its membership.

S2W-26620 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the approximate cost would be of (a) constructing a new station to serve Edinburgh Airport on the existing Edinburgh to Fife line and (b) constructing a line as a connecting chord between the Edinburgh to Fife line to the north of the airport and the Winchburgh to Dalmeny branch.

S2W-26621 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the annual (a) regeneration and (b) social inclusion partnership (SIP) budget was allocated to SIPs in the (i) West Dunbartonshire and (ii) Argyll and Bute local authority area in each year since 1999.

S2W-26622 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses in the (a) West Dunbartonshire Council area, (b) Argyll and Bute Council area and (c) Dumbarton parliamentary constituency are now centrally heated as a result of its central heating installation programme.

S2W-26623 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure the availability of affordable, good quality housing for those on low incomes in the Dumbarton parliamentary constituency.

S2W-26624 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the (a) Argyll and Bute Council area, (b) West Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) Dumbarton parliamentary constituency in each year since 1999.

S2W-26625 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been invested by Communities Scotland and its predecessor organisation in housing association stock in the (a) Argyll and Bute Council area, (b) West Dunbartonshire Council area and (c) Dumbarton parliamentary constituency in each year since 1999.

S2W-26626 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been invested in local authority housing stock in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area in each year since 1999.

S2W-26627 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been allocated to the rough sleepers initiative in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area since the inception of the initiative and how successful the initiative has been.

S2W-26628 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of households with children have been in temporary accommodation in the (a) Argyll and Bute and (b) West Dunbartonshire local authority area in each year since 1999 and what action is being taken to reduce these figures.

S2W-26629 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what reduction there has been in mortality rates from coronary heart disease in the (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute local authority area in each year since 1999.

S2W-26630 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the capital consent has been for (a) Argyll and Bute Council and (b) West Dunbartonshire Council in each year since 1999.

S2W-26631 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what revenue funding was allocated to local authorities for pre-school education (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority in 2004-05.

S2W-26632 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue expenditure on pre-primary education by local authorities was (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority in 2004-05.

S2W-26633 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what revenue funding was allocated to local authorities for pre-school education per child (a) in Scotland and (b) broken down by local authority in 2004-05.

S2W-26634 Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the revenue expenditure by local authorities on pre-primary education was per child (a) in Scotland and (b) broken down by local authority in 2004-05.

S2W-26635 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to calling in the proposed development of two supermarkets in Galashiels.

S2W-26636 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Borders Council and local agencies, such as Scottish Enterprise, with regard to the proposals to develop two large supermarkets in Galashiels.

S2W-26637 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has expressed to Scottish Borders Council regarding the proposal to demolish the historic Government Buildings in Galashiels as part of a proposed supermarket development.

S2W-26638 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action can be taken against landowners who use moveable objects such as tractors or animal feeding troughs to obstruct, or to create access problems for, pedestrians wishing to use rights of way.

S2W-26639 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or Transport Scotland intends to monitor changes in the usage of individual long-distance bus routes as a consequence of the entitlement of pensioners to free national bus travel.

S2W-26640 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients diagnosed with mesothelioma live in (a) island, (b) rural and (c) urban communities.

S2W-26641 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what studies have been undertaken to estimate the number of people who may suffer from mesothelioma in the next (a) 5, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years living in (i) island, (ii) rural and (iii) urban communities.

S2W-26642 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-9490 by Hugh Henry on 30 March 2006, how many mesothelioma cases are currently being progressed and how many asbestos-related cases not involving a diagnosis of mesothelioma remain outstanding in Scottish courts, broken down according to whether the plaintiffs are from (a) island, (b) rural and (c) urban communities.

S2W-26643 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to assist social landlords in setting up bulk procurement schemes for energy to reduce the costs of home energy to tenants.

S2W-26644 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all its departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies bulk buy energy on a Scotland-wide basis and, if not, what efficiency schemes are in place to reduce the costs of energy purchase.

S2W-26645 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are required to have bulk purchase schemes in place for energy purchase for all their departments and facilities.

S2W-26646 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the energy costs of each of its departments were in each of the last five years.

S2W-26647 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the fuel costs of the ministerial car fleet were in each of the last five years.

S2W-26648 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total mileage of the ministerial car fleet was in each of the last five years, broken down into cars using petrol, diesel and liquid petroleum gas.

S2W-26649 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications for home energy efficiency grants are outstanding and what sums are involved.

S2W-26650 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to consult on how Scottish Water could benefit from changed borrowing regimes.

S2W-26651 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for council tax increases for each of the next five years.

S2W-26652 Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the Arbuthnott formula.

S2W-26653 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many work days were lost due to people suffering from ill-health as a result of (a) depression and (b) mental health problems in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S2W-26654 Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was to the economy in each of the last five years for which figures are available of work days lost due to people suffering ill-health as a result of (a) depression and (b) mental health problems.

S2W-26655 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the economic effect of Scottish Water’s inability to supply water to new projects in the Highlands.

S2W-26656 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff were disciplined as a result of alleged (a) misconduct, (b) expenses irregularities and (c) travel and related expenses irregularities in each year from 1999-2000 to 2005-06, broken down by department.

S2W-26657 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff have been disciplined as a result of alleged procurement irregularities at the Scottish Court Service headquarters in Edinburgh since 2004.

S2W-26658 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff were disciplined following investigation into the fraudulent manipulation of witness expense claim forms at the Procurator Fiscal’s Office in Glasgow in 2004-05.

S2W-26659 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff at Historic Scotland were disciplined following allegations of staff purchasing irregularities in 2004-05.

S2W-26660 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff at the Social Work Services Inspectorate were disciplined following allegations of staff misuse of resources in 2004-05.

S2W-26661 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, given the proposed duty on local authorities to provide only school food which meets defined nutrient standards, it has any plans to intervene in private schools and nurseries which supply "junk" food to pupils.

S2W-26662 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all food and drink provided in schools will be subject to the proposed duty on nutrient standards for school lunches, including that provided in private vending machines.

S2W-26663 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not used its powers to extend the eligibility for free school meals in order to raise the number of children eligible for free school meals above the 23% officially classed as living in poverty.

S2W-26664 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 which are due to come into force on 1 October 2006, it will review the current arrangements for Small Business Gateway start-up grants which are available only to applicants aged between 18 and 30 years.

S2W-26665 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed the operation of the concessionary travel scheme and, in particular, whether it will extend the scheme so that people who must visit family in the islands of Scotland, but who are resident on the mainland, and who are involved in helping to provide care for their family living in the islands, can be entitled to free travel.

S2W-26666 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26487 by Allan Wilson on 8 June 2006, what the cost will be of the evaluation of the Skills for Business Network and how the evaluation will be funded.

S2W-26667 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26487 by Allan Wilson on 8 June 2006, who has been commissioned to undertake the evaluation of the Skills for Business Network and when the evaluation will be completed.

S2W-26668 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26033 by Mr Tom McCabe on 8 June 2006, what the Executive received in return for the £20,000 sponsorship of the lecture given by Bill Clinton on 10 May 2006 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.

S2W-26669 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26033 by Mr Tom McCabe on 8 June 2006, what information it has on what percentage of the total cost of the lecture given by Bill Clinton on 10 May 2006 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow was met by the Executive.

S2W-26670 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-26033 by Mr Tom McCabe on 8 June 2006, how many of its ministers and officials attended the lecture given by Bill Clinton on 10 May 2006 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.

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