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Section E – Written questions lodged on 5 February 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-9475 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the production capacity is of the Harris Tweed industry, in terms of the numbers of weavers available.

S3W-9476 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to help to market Harris Tweed.

S3W-9477 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage and train more people to become weavers in the Harris Tweed industry.

S3W-9478 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to protect St Kilda from any rats that may be aboard the grounded trawler, Spinningdale.

S3W-9479 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister, his private office officials or any of his special advisers have met Mr Donald Macdonald or representatives of his company and, if so, what the dates of any such meetings were, whether any matter referred to in the planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Macdonald or his company had an interest, or the adjudication of that application by the planning authority, or matters related to planning applications or roads in the Aviemore area, were discussed and what written records have been kept.

S3W-9480 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister, his private office officials or any of his special advisers have had any contact by telephone or email with Mr Donald Macdonald or representatives of his company and, if so, what the dates of any such conversations or exchanges were, whether any matter referred to in the planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Macdonald or his company had an interest, or the adjudication of that application by the planning authority, or matters related to planning applications or roads in the Aviemore area, were referred to and what written records have been kept.

S3W-9481 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the findings of the General Teaching Council Scotland’s 2006-07 employment survey of probationer teachers, what plans it has to ensure that a higher percentage of newly qualified teachers can secure permanent teaching posts.

S3W-9482 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to tackle the falling employment rate among newly qualified teachers.

S3W-9483 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the findings of the General Teaching Council Scotland’s 2006-07 employment survey of probationer teachers, whether it plans to allocate additional funding to enable local authorities to employ additional teachers.

S3W-9484 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of research by the General Teaching Council Scotland indicating that 30.5% of newly qualified primary teachers secured permanent posts by October 2007, what plans it has to tackle the lack of permanent positions available in the primary sector.

S3W-9485 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage Scottish teachers employed outside Scotland to return to teach in Scottish schools.

S3W-9486 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met the General Teaching Council Scotland to discuss the findings of its 2006-07 employment survey of probationer teachers.

S3W-9487 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scanning machines there are for detecting osteoporosis.

S3W-9488 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are applied to determine whether or not a patient will be referred for an osteoporosis scan.

S3W-9489 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the criteria used to determine referrals for osteoporosis scans.

S3W-9490 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what preventative measures are currently being taken with regard to osteoporosis.

S3W-9491 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to update the framework governing the provision of maternity services in Scotland.

S3W-9492 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of women who gave birth in each of the last five years received all nine of the routine care antenatal appointments set out in A Framework for maternity services in Scotland, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-9493 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are currently in place to ensure that women have continuous risk assessment throughout pregnancy, as set out in A Framework for maternity services in Scotland.

S3W-9494 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are currently in place to identify women with current and ongoing health conditions likely to impact on the outcome of their pregnancy, as set out in A Framework for maternity services in Scotland.

S3W-9495 Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all maternity units offer pregnant women the option of an ultrasound scan 18 to 20 weeks into their pregnancy in accordance with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on screening for structural anomalies.

S3W-9496 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to take forward the proposals outlined in East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study by the Crown Estate.

S3W-9497 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers that the role of Historic Scotland should be in planning applications near sensitive historical sites.

S3W-9498 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what principles it considers that Historic Scotland should apply in response to planning applications near sensitive historical sites.

S3W-9499 Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many objections to planning applications which were at the time being considered at a national level have been received from Historic Scotland since 1999.

S3W-9500 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used to determine local authority planning applications called in for consideration by the Scottish Government.

S3W-9501 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications were called in for consideration by ministers in 2007 and, of these, how many were (a) called in due to the local authority having a vested interest in the outcome, (b) subsequently approved and (c) subsequently rejected.

S3W-9502 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the comments recently made by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing regarding the proposed Go Ape facility in Pollok Park represent government policy in respect of this particular planning application.

S3W-9503 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the efforts being made by local authorities to maintain an accurate and complete list of common good assets.

S3W-9504 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many press officers each of its departments employs; how many press releases have been issued by each department since May 2007; how much each department has spent on press and public relations since May 2007, and how this compares with equivalent figures for the previous year.

S3W-9505 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Bills have been (a) published and (b) introduced since May 2007; how many Bills it plans to (i) publish and (ii) introduce in 2008, and how this compares with equivalent figures for (A) four and (B) eight years ago.

S3W-9506 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given or plans to give to the implications for Scotland and Scots Law of the UK Counter-Terrorism Bill, published by the UK Government on 24 January 2008.

S3W-9507 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8918 by Kenny MacAskill on 4 February 2008, what sanctions are in place for police forces that fail to meet their obligations to investigate criminality related to breaches of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, under section 17(1)(b).

S3W-9508 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-8918 by Kenny MacAskill on 4 February 2008, what discussions it has had with the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police regarding initiating investigations of criminality related to breaches of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, under section 17(1)(b).

S3W-9509 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations ministers will make to the relevant authorities to introduce the "sco" abbreviation as standard for official email addresses for all Scottish public bodies in place of "gov.uk" or "scottish.parliament.uk".

S3W-9510 Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 33 recommendations in the Justice 2 Sub-committee’s report J2SC/S2/06/R1 on managing registered sex offenders have been delivered since 10 May 2007.

S3W-9511 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have ceased weekly collections of residual household rubbish, according to records held by (a) it, (b) its agencies and (c) the Waste Resource Action Programme.

S3W-9512 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have alternate weekly collections of residual household rubbish, according to records held by (a) it, (b) its agencies and (c) the Waste Resource Action Programme, showing the date on which each such collection was introduced.

S3W-9513 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities are undertaking pilot schemes in relation to introducing alternate weekly collections of household rubbish, according to the records of the Waste Resources Action Plan.

S3W-9514 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has incurred any costs in respect of the opinion provided by Queen’s Counsel to the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner on the issue of the Wendy Alexander leadership campaign and, if so, what costs were incurred and from which Queen’s Counsel the opinion was sought.

S3W-9515 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many recorded instances it is aware of when the legal requirements regarding gifts to MSPs have been breached since 1999 and, of these, how many have been referred to the Procurator Fiscal.

S3W-9516 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes to the staffing of the Kirkwall office of VisitOrkney will result from the reorganisation of VisitScotland.

S3W-9517 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes to the role of the Kirkwall office of VisitOrkney will result from the reorganisation of VisitScotland.

S3W-9518 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the organisational structure will be of the new VisitScotland region into which VisitOrkney will be absorbed under the reorganisation of VisitScotland.

S3W-9519 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the staffing will be of the new VisitScotland region into which VisitOrkney will be absorbed under the reorganisation of VisitScotland, outlining where each of the staff will be based.

S3W-9520 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the roles of the local Offices will be in the new VisitScotland region into which VisitOrkney will be absorbed under the reorganisation of VisitScotland, outlining the work carried out in each local office.

S3W-9521 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial savings are expected to result from the reorganisation of VisitScotland.

S3W-9522 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal protection owners of mobile caravans that are (a) permanent and (b) used as holiday homes have against eviction.

S3W-9523 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list its initiatives in place in 2007-08 to offer increased access to NHS dental services in Orkney and the financial resources allocated to each initiative.

S3W-9524 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its initiatives in place in 2007-08 to offer increased access to NHS dental services in Orkney will continue in 2008-09 and what financial resources will be allocated to each initiative.

S3W-9525 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what new initiatives it will introduce in 2008-09 to offer increased access to NHS dental services in Orkney and what financial resources will be allocated to each initiative.

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