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Section E – Written questions lodged on 7 January 2008

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-8205 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is available to householders wishing to install domestic micro-renewable energy devices.

S3W-8206 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the financial support available to householders wishing to install domestic micro-renewable energy devices.

S3W-8207 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s maps of coastal flood risk areas take account of known parameters of tidal surges and of differing climate change scenarios.

S3W-8208 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has specified how often the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) should update its maps of coastal flood risk areas and whether it has invited SEPA to consider the effect of potential tidal surges and climate change scenarios in its flood mapping.

S3W-8209 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-7605 by Michael Russell on 21 December 2007, what the reasons are for differences by way of omissions between the answer and the schemes contained in List B attached to a letter of 5 December 2007 from the Director General Environment to the Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee in respect of Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Moray, North Ayrshire, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

S3W-8210 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what obligations local authorities are under to consult neighbouring local authorities when proposed developments are being considered that may potentially have implications for flooding in neighbouring local authorities’ areas.

S3W-8211 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding was allocated to Falkirk Council in 2007-08 for flood prevention programmes.

S3W-8212 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to Falkirk Council for 2008-09 for flood prevention programmes.

S3W-8213Δ Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the conclusions are of its review of the Air Discount Scheme.

S3W-8214 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals or households are still liable for community charge arrears, showing the total amount of such arrears, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area in the Central Scotland parliamentary region.

S3W-8215 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria will be for a person to be eligible for receipt of the kinship care allowance.

S3W-8216 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its target is for building new affordable rented homes from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

S3W-8217 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its target is for building new houses for low cost home ownership from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

S3W-8218 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what it expects the unit cost to be of an affordable home in 2008-09.

S3W-8219 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what it expects the average subsidy to be for each house built for social renting in 2008-09.

S3W-8220 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all unintentionally homeless households will be entitled to permanent accommodation by 2012.

S3W-8221 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has not increased the Bus Service Operators Grant in line with the two pence rebate that operators in England received in October 2007.

S3W-8222 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to increase the Bus Service Operators Grant in April 2008 and, if so, by how much.

S3W-8223 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether ministers will use their powers under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 to call in the proposals from the UK Government to give permission for oil and gas exploration in the Moray Firth, given the possible impact of such proposals on the local dolphin population.

S3W-8224Δ Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward its commitment to publish a revised National Planning Framework in accordance with the requirements of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-8225 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much police time would be freed up if police officers were no longer required to undertake roadside checks, as reported in Scotland on Sunday on 30 December 2007.

S3W-8226 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many equivalent police officer posts would be created if police officers were no longer required to undertake roadside checks, as reported in Scotland on Sunday on 30 December 2007.

S3W-8227 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations were consulted to inform the decision on who should be represented on the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities.

S3W-8228 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether representatives of the STUC, University and College Union and National Union of Students in Scotland will be included in the membership of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities.

S3W-8229 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities will publish its conclusions and when it is expected to do so.

S3W-8230 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the success of widening access to university programmes over the next year.

S3W-8231 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that every Scottish university should be involved in the work to widen access to higher education.

S3W-8232 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that every Scottish university should be encouraged to operate widening access schemes.

S3W-8233 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals or households are liable for community charge arrears, showing the total amount of such arrears, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area in the South of Scotland parliamentary region.

S3W-8234 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the Home Office in obtaining the appropriate technology to detect people driving under the influence of drugs.

S3W-8235 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) indictments were dealt with and (b) appeals were lodged against (i) conviction, (ii) sentence and (iii) conviction and sentence in the High Court over the last three years for which figures are available.

S3W-8236 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) indictments were dealt with and (b) appeals were lodged against (i) conviction, (ii) sentence and (iii) conviction and sentence in sheriff and jury courts over the last three years for which figures are available.

S3W-8237 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals are outstanding where the appellant is in custody and, of these, how many have been outstanding (a) for up to three months, (b) from three to six months, (c) from seven to 12 months, (d) at least 12 months and (e) over 24 months.

S3W-8238 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals are outstanding where the appellant is at liberty and, of these, how many have been outstanding (a) for up to three months, (b) from three to six months, (c) from seven to 12 months, (d) at least 12 months and (e) over 24 months.

S3W-8239 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish an analysis of the national Child Protection Line pilots held in Highland, Edinburgh, north-east Scotland and Midlothian.

S3W-8240 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons it has learned from the national Child Protection Line pilots held in Highland, Edinburgh, north-east Scotland and Midlothian.

S3W-8241 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many calls were made to the national Child Protection Line pilots held in Highland, Edinburgh, north-east Scotland and Midlothian; in what period the calls were made, and how these figures compared with the numbers of calls made to social work and children’s agencies prior to the pilots being introduced

S3W-8242 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how the national Child Protection Line will be funded.

S3W-8243 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff will be recruited to provide the national Child Protection Line and how they will be managed.

S3W-8244 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what agencies, apart from local authority social work departments, will be involved with the national Child Protection Line.

S3W-8245 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how children and adults with obesity problems will be assessed, monitored and directed to treatment.

S3W-8246 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health checks for 40-year-olds, as proposed in the SNP manifesto, will include obesity assessments.

S3W-8247 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what standardised method is used for assessing obesity.

S3W-8248 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to train health professionals to assess and treat obesity.

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