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Section E – Written questions lodged on 10 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S3W-7645 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many regulations have been repealed since May 2007.

S3W-7646 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new regulations have been brought into force since May 2007.

S3W-7653Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will make available to emergency planning strategic co-ordinating groups so that they can continue to lead improvements in civil protection capabilities.

S3W-7654 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has allocated to the City of Edinburgh Council for Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets projects in each of the last five years.

S3W-7655 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to increase the funding allocated to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets budget in order to improve the quality and maintenance of cycle routes in the Edinburgh area.

S3W-7656 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS board areas are currently involved in the Childsmile Practice initiative.

S3W-7657 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS board areas are currently involved in the Childsmile Nursery initiative.

S3W-7658 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS board areas are currently involved in the Childsmile School initiative.

S3W-7659 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to extend the Childsmile Practice initiative to the NHS Grampian area.

S3W-7660 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to extend the Childsmile Nursery initiative to the NHS Grampian area.

S3W-7661 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to extend the Childsmile School initiative to the NHS Grampian area.

S3W-7662 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions have been brought under section (a) 311, (b) 313, (c) 315, (d) 316, (e) 317 and (f) 318 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 in each year since the Act came into force and how many of the prosecutions have resulted in conviction.

S3W-7663 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who was present at the meeting between the First Minister and representatives of the Trump Organisation on 3 December 2007.

S3W-7664 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive who was present at the meeting between the Chief Planner and representatives of the Trump Organisation on 4 December 2007.

S3W-7665 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the meeting between the First Minister and representatives of the Trump Organisation on 3 December 2007, whether any government resources were used (a) in advance of or (b) at the meeting.

S3W-7666 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the meeting between the First Minister and representatives of the Trump Organisation on 3 December 2007, whether the First Minister’s office contacted the (a) Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and (b) Chief Planner following the meeting.

S3W-7667 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister received a request to meet representatives of the Trump Organisation on or around 3 December 2007.

S3W-7668 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister informed Executive officials of a request to meet representatives of the Trump Organisation on or around 3 December 2007 and, if so, what advice he received.

S3W-7669 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister will make a statement on the matters discussed at his meeting with representatives of the Trump Organisation at the Marcliffe Hotel on 3 December 2007.

S3W-7670 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the ministers and officials with whom the First Minister subsequently discussed matters arising from his meeting with representatives of the Trump Organisation at the Marcliffe Hotel on 3 December 2007.

S3W-7671 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the occasions on which the First Minister (a) met and (b) spoke to Mr Jim Mackinnon, Chief Planner, between 20 November and 10 December 2007, also showing the matters discussed on each occasion.

S3W-7672 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all minutes and other documentation relating to the Trump Organisation application for a golf development at the Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire, into which the First Minister’s Private Office has been copied since May 2007.

S3W-7673 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister has had contact with any representative of the Trump Organisation subsequent to his meeting with representatives of the organisation at the Marcliffe Hotel on 3 December 2007.

S3W-7674 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the legislative basis is for the decision to call in the Trump Organisation’s planning application for a golf development at the Menie Estate, subsequent to it being determined by the local planning authority.

S3W-7675 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the occasions on which the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (a) met and (b) spoke to Mr Jim Mackinnon, Chief Planner, between 20 November and 10 December 2007, also showing the matters discussed on each occasion.

S3W-7676 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the occasions on which the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has discussed the Trump Organisation’s planning application for a golf development at the Menie Estate with the First Minister.

S3W-7677 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7388 by Stewart Maxwell on 10 December 2007, what the value is of each of the contributor funds which make up the regeneration fund in the current financial year.

S3W-7678 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all those who have made representations that the Trump Organisation’s planning application for a golf development at the Menie Estate should be called in, subsequent to it being determined by the local planning authority.

S3W-7679 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth will publish the advice that he received on the legal basis for calling in planning applications after they have been rejected by the relevant local planning authorities and where no appeal has been lodged.

S3W-7680 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments made by the Deputy First Minister on 6 December 2007 (Official Report, c. 4140), whether the draft Referendum (Scotland) Bill is competent and legal.

S3W-7681 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the comments made by the Deputy First Minister on 6 December 2007 (Official Report, c. 4140), whether, in the interests of openness and transparency, it will publish the legal advice on the draft Referendum (Scotland) Bill.

S3W-7682 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether new-build developments are required to include a quota of fully wheelchair-accessible homes.

S3W-7683 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the quota of fully wheelchair-accessible homes in new-build developments.

S3W-7684 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) local authority and (b) housing association new-build homes have been fully wheelchair-accessible in each year since 1999, also expressed as a percentage of the total number of their new-build homes.

S3W-7685 Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average costs of fully wheelchair-accessible homes are compared with homes without such access.

S3W-7686 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what complaints there have been under the Scottish Ministerial Code since May 2007; what actions have been taken as a result, and what the outcomes have been.

S3W-7687 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider following the example of the UK Government by appointing an independent adviser on the Scottish Ministerial Code.

S3W-7688 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all the meetings at which the First Minister discussed the Trump Organisation’s planning application for a golf development at the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

S3W-7689 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what gifts the First Minister has received since May 2007.

S3W-7690 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what planning applications have been called in without an appeal by the applicant and following refusal by the local planning authority since May 2007.

S3W-7691 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given consideration to the freezing of water charges along with council tax for 2008-09.

S3W-7692 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the forecast increase in water charges is for 2008-09.

S3W-7693 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate has been made of the cost of dealing with snow on the roads this winter; what account has been taken of such cost in the local government settlement, and whether there is any contingency provision if the estimate is exceeded.

S3W-7694 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to celebrate Christmas.

S3W-7695 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what overnight stays in hotels have been charged for by ministers since May 2007 and at what total cost.

S3W-7696 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date the First Minister declared his constituency interest in the planning proposals for the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire and what communications have been issued from the First Minister’s office to civil servants concerning these proposals since that date.

S3W-7697 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Chief Planner was given the instruction by ministers to call in the planning application for the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

S3W-7698 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Planner was given an instruction by ministers to telephone Aberdeenshire Council on 4 December 2007 concerning the planning application for the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

S3W-7699 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Planner had a telephone conversation with Aberdeenshire Council on 4 December 2007 concerning the planning application for the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire and, if so, who was present in the room during this conversation.

S3W-7700 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a list of those in attendance at the meeting between the Chief Planner and representatives of the Trump Organisation on 4 December 2007 concerning the planning application for the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

S3W-7701 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the meeting held on 4 December 2007 between the Chief Planner and representatives of the Trump Organisation to discuss the proposals for the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire was arranged and who initiated the meeting.

S3W-7702 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any civil servants or special advisers travelled with or accompanied the First Minister to the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen on 3 December 2007.

S3W-7703 Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what journeys were undertaken by the First Minister using the Government Car Service on 3 December 2007.

S3W-7704 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage the involvement of social enterprises in accessing the commercial opportunities offered by the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-7705 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive why no social enterprises were invited to the recent meeting on commercial opportunities offered by the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-7706 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how members of the procurement business panel for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be nominated and appointed and how social enterprise will be represented on the panel.

S3W-7707 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how social enterprises can be included on the lists of small suppliers bidding for contracts under £140,000 for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-7708 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be any ring-fencing of contracts for the 2014 Commonwealth Games for community businesses.

S3W-7709 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth was consulted before the Chief Planner agreed to meet the Trump Organisation subsequent to the First Minister’s meeting with it and, if so, whether it will publish the advice given to the Cabinet Secretary by his officials.

S3W-7710 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place since May 1999 between the Chief Planner and developers on applications that were subsequently called in and whether it will list those applications.

S3W-7711 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will release minutes of any discussions between the Chief Planner and the developers of the Menie Estate proposals.

S3W-7712 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive by what process the called-in application for Menie Estate will be considered.

S3W-7713 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what its reasons were for not calling in the Menie Estate proposal prior to the decision to refuse planning permission by the Infrastructure Services Committee of Aberdeenshire Council.

S3W-7714 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning proposals were called in after a decision to refuse planning permission had been taken by a local authority between the establishment of the Parliament in May 1999 and 30 November 2007.

S3W-7715 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether SSSI designations on the Menie Estate will require to be considered by the Scottish Government in determining the planning application that it has called in.

S3W-7716 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications it has called in and determined without recourse to a public inquiry under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 between the establishment of the Parliament in May 1999 and 30 November 2007.

S3W-7717 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister will make a ministerial statement regarding the decision to call in the Menie Estate planning application.

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