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Section E – Written questions lodged from 25 to 29 August 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-15757 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14928 by Linda Fabiani on 7 August 2008, when it intends to publish a further report on the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme and whether the report will (a) assess the extent to which the recent growth in the population of Scotland is directly attributable to the measures in the scheme and (b) compare this growth with population growth in other parts of the United Kingdom to which these measures did not apply.

S3W-15758 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13288 by Stewart Stevenson on 3 June 2008, whether it will provide an update on its position on eligibility criteria for the Scotland-wide free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people.

S3W-15759 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million of affordable housing investment is to be spent this year and next, rather than in 2010-11 as originally planned, what the impact will be on planned units and investment for affordable housing in each local authority in 2008-09 if (a) £60 million and (b) £100 million is added.

S3W-15760 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million of affordable housing investment is to be spent this year and next, rather than in 2010-11 as originally planned, what the expected investment is and how many affordable housing units are expected to be built in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-15761 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that £60 million of already identified money has been brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme, (a) which national programmes this has been diverted from and (b) how that £60 million will be split across 2008-09 and 2009-10.

S3W-15762 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) planned and (b) outturn investment was in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme for (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08, inclusive of receipts.

S3W-15763 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 25 June 2008 of £25 million for the homeowners’ support fund over two years, how much it anticipates will be spent in 2008-09 and 2009-10 on mortgage rescue.

S3W-15764 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million is being brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme from 2010-11, what the (a) revised level of expenditure and (b) number of unit approvals are expected to be for 2008-09 for each local authority, assuming that £20 million is brought forward as planned.

S3W-15765 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million is being brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme from 2010-11, what the (a) revised level of expenditure and (b) unit approvals are expected to be for 2008-09 for each local authority, broken down by (i) affordable housing for rent by registered social landlords (RSLs), (ii) low-cost home ownership by RSLs, (iii) other suppliers and (iv) open market shared equity.

S3W-15766 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million is being brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme from 2010-11, what the (a) revised level of expenditure and (b) revised unit approvals are expected to be for 2008-09 for other suppliers, detailing what programmes constitute other suppliers.

S3W-15767 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million is being brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme from 2010-11, what the (a) revised level of expenditure and (b) revised unit approvals are expected to be for Scotland as a whole in 2008-09 for (i) Registered Social Landlord (RSL) rent; (ii) RSL low-cost home ownership, (iii) Glasgow Housing Association costs, (iv) Open Market Shared Equity Scheme and (v) other programmes and what those other programmes are.

S3W-15768 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million is being brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme from 2010-11, how it expects the commitment to fund low-cost home ownership programmes to the sum of £250 million over three years to be distributed across (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

S3W-15769 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million is being brought forward in the Affordable Housing Investment Programme from 2010-11, whether this affects assumptions about how much is being invested in Glasgow and Edinburgh for 2008-09 and, if so, how the anticipated level of (a) investment and (b) approvals changes.

S3W-15770 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15494 by Kenny MacAskill on 25 August 2008, what public inquiries have been initiated by the Scottish Ministers since the Inquiries Act 2005 was passed.

S3W-15771 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15494 by Kenny MacAskill on 25 August 2008, whether ministers routinely seek the approval of the Parliament when determining the remit and chairing of a public inquiry.

S3W-15772 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that support services for adults with learning disabilities are adequate across Scotland.

S3W-15773 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the levels of service offered in different parts of Scotland to adults with learning disabilities are adequate in all cases.

S3W-15774 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the adequacy of services for adults with learning disabilities across Scotland.

S3W-15775 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to legislate on matters concerning the support of adults with learning disabilities.

S3W-15776 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authority spending on services for adults with learning disabilities has been growing in each of the past eight years in (a) Scotland and (b) each local authority area.

S3W-15777 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of school children with an assessed additional support need is growing year on year.

S3W-15778 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of adults assessed as having an adult learning disability is growing.

S3W-15779 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether and, if so, how it assesses the potential growth in the number of adults within the broad group of those described as having a learning disability who may require services and whether it assesses this on (a) an all Scotland level or (b) by local authority area.

S3W-15780 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what conditions are regarded as conditions that may define someone as an adult with a learning disability and whether the incidence of such conditions is growing in the Scottish population.

S3W-15781 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the number of people diagnosed as having conditions that will, or may, give rise to a requirement for support services for adults with learning disabilities is growing.

S3W-15782 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what its forecasts are for the number of adults who will require services as adults with learning disabilities for each of the next five years and, thereafter, for the period over which such forecasts exist.

S3W-15783 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what principal changes in services for adults with learning disabilities have taken place since the publication of The same as you?- A review of services for people with learning disabilities.

S3W-15784 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any new guidance has been issued to, or requirement has been placed on, local authorities on the provision of services for adults with learning disabilities since the publication of The same as you?- A review of services for people with learning disabilities, designed to meet any of its recommendations.

S3W-15785 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any new guidance has been issued to, or requirement has been placed on, local authorities on the provision of services for adults with learning disabilities since the publication of Changing lives: Report of the 21st Century social work review, designed to meet any of its recommendations.

S3W-15786 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to invite the Social Work Inspection Agency to conduct an inspection of services for adults with learning disabilities.

S3W-15787 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that all support services for adults with learning disabilities can be delivered through all such adults and their carers accepting personal responsibility for the organisation and procurement of their individual care.

S3W-15788 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that adults with more complex support needs will form a greater proportion of all adults with learning disabilities in future years.

S3W-15789 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that some adults with learning disabilities are likely to require support services from day care facilities for adults with learning disabilities in the future.

S3W-15790 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recommends the In Control project approach to the provision of services for adults with learning disabilities as being capable of providing for all adults with learning disabilities.

S3W-15791 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds it makes available to assist women asylum seekers fleeing domestic violence who do not otherwise have recourse to public funds.

S3W-15792 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what emergency funding it makes available to assist women asylum seekers fleeing domestic violence who do not otherwise have recourse to public funds.

S3W-15793 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the needs of women asylum seekers fleeing domestic abuse will be addressed in the strategic framework on violence against women that it is currently considering.

S3W-15794 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total costs were of meetings of the Cabinet held in (a) Dumfries, (b) Inverness, (c) Pitlochry and (d) Skye in August 2008, also broken down by (i) staff time, (ii) staff travel, (iii) staff accommodation, (iv) ministerial accommodation, (v) venue hire and set up and (vi) publicity.

S3W-15795 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop a national policy on faecal management in light of the findings in the independent review team report on Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-15796 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14337 by Nicola Sturgeon on 15 July 2008, when NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde instigated its look-back review of Clostridium difficile cases at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-15797 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14364 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 July 2008, whether it considers that lack of knowledge on the causes and control measures to prevent the spread of Clostridium difficile were a contributory factor to the outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-15798 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14362 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 July 2008, whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will now comment on whether she considers (a) the employment of one infection control nurse covering all infection monitoring at the Vale of Leven Hospital to be sufficient and (b) that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde should increase the number of people in the infection control team based at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-15799 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14361 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 July 2008, why no infection outbreak team was convened at the Vale of Leven Hospital between December 2007 and June 2008.

S3W-15800 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will meet the families affected by the Clostridium difficile outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital before she decides whether to hold a public inquiry.

S3W-15801 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific guidance is issued on Clostridium difficile.

S3W-15802 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14363 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 July 2008, when training was provided to staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital on the management of patients with Clostridium difficile and, in particular, whether training has been provided since May 2007.

S3W-15803 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14360 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 July 2008, whether the cover for the infection control nurse based at the Vale of Leven Hospital is provided at the hospital or from a remote location.

S3W-15804 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14336 by Nicola Sturgeon on 14 July 2008, when the outbreaks of Clostridium difficile were notified to (a) Health Protection Scotland and (b) the public in the case of (i) Stobhill Hospital, (ii) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and (iii) the Vale of Leven Hospital.

S3W-15805 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many life prisoners were recalled to prison in each of the last five years.

S3W-15806 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of life prisoners was recalled to prison in each of the last five years.

S3W-15807 Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers it appropriate for local authorities to operate their liquor licensing systems at a profit.

S3W-15808 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the First Minister on 19 August 2008 that up to £100 million of affordable housing investment is to be spent this year and next, rather than in 2010-11 as originally planned, how many affordable housing units are expected to be built in (a) East and (b) South Ayrshire in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.

S3W-15809 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was undertaken with (a) East and (b) South Ayrshire Council on the proposed £40 million contribution from local authorities to an affordable housing programme prior to the First Minister’s announcement on 19 August 2008.

S3W-15810 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it expects (a) East and (b) South Ayrshire Council to contribute to the proposed £40 million sum from local authorities for affordable housing as announced by the First Minister on 19 August 2008.

S3W-15811 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support services it is putting in place to assist people diagnosed with cardiomyopathy through the screening programme for young athletes.

S3W-15812 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available to support people diagnosed with cardiomyopathy through the screening programme for young athletes.

S3W-15813 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of reported breakdowns of trains in each year from 1990 to 2005, broken down by (a) electric and (b) diesel-powered type.

S3W-15814 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of delayed trains reported in each year from 1990 to 2005, broken down by (a) electric and (b) diesel-powered type.

S3W-15815 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the recidivism figures for prisoners who have been released from HM Prison Peterhead and have been reconvicted of sexual offences in the north east in each of the last five years.

S3W-15816 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list recidivism figures for each prison for each of the last five years.

S3W-15817 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed the operation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 in relation to access rights and whether it intends to bring forward proposals for amendment.

S3W-15818 Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what its anticipated total cost of employers’ liability insurance is for 2008-09, broken down by directorate.

S3W-15819 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how the educational settlement for Highland Council will achieve the Executive’s stated aim of reducing class sizes.

S3W-15820 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15169 by Stewart Maxwell on 19 August 2008, on what basis funding was provided to the Scottish Islamic Foundation.

S3W-15821 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15009 which received a holding answer on 11 August 2008.

S3W-15822 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15063 which received a holding answer on 14 August 2008.

S3W-15823 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15064 which received a holding answer on 14 August 2008.

S3W-15824 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15065 which received a holding answer on 14 August 2008.

S3W-15825 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15066 which received a holding answer on 14 August 2008.

S3W-15826 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15067 which received a holding answer on 14 August 2008.

S3W-15827 Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a substantive answer to question S3W-15068 which received a holding answer on 14 August 2008.

S3W-15828 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list for each sport that was competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (a) whether it has a separate Scottish governing body, (b) how much its governing bodies received from the Scottish Government or its agencies in 2007-08 and (c) how much its governing bodies are budgeted to receive in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12.

S3W-15829 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have had with sport governing bodies about the First Minister’s suggestion for a Scottish Olympic team and what the responses have been.

S3W-15830 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proposals for a separate Scottish Olympic team have been considered by any of its agencies or bodies with a remit for sport and what the responses have been.

S3W-15831 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government about separate Scottish representation at future Olympic Games.

S3W-15832 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have had with ministers in the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland about separate representation at future Olympic Games.

S3W-15833 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any reports were commissioned by ministers from their officials before the First Minister made his suggestion for separate Scottish representation at future Olympic Games.

S3W-15834 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS dentists there are and how this compares to the equivalent time in the previous year.

S3W-15835 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements there are for national workforce planning on a Scotland-wide basis for (a) teachers, (b) doctors, (c) dentists, (d) nurses, (e) veterinary surgeons, (f) chiropodists and podiatrists, (g) physiotherapists and (h) social workers.

S3W-15836 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of a shortage or over-supply of (a) teachers, (b) doctors, (c) dentists, (d) nurses, (e) veterinary surgeons, (f) chiropodists and podiatrists, (g) physiotherapists and (h) social workers.

S3W-15837 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to respond to the recommendations in Scotland’s Choice - report of the Scottish Prisons Commission.

S3W-15838 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have produced their single outcome agreements under the concordat with local government.

S3W-15839 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians have been approved for the first step in the process for replacement since May 2007.

S3W-15840 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consideration it has given to the Glasgow Crossrail scheme since the Members’ Business debate on 17 April 2008.

S3W-15841 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to bringing First ScotRail into some form of public or mutual ownership.

S3W-15842 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when the last meeting of the Council of Economic Advisers was; what topics were discussed, and whether members have received any recommendations arising from the meeting.

S3W-15843 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many replies have now been received to the First Minister’s letter to signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; which countries have not yet replied, and whether reminder letters are to be sent.

S3W-15844 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which agencies it uses to deliver its international development programme, broken down by country and excluding Malawi.

S3W-15845 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which primary schools have been visited by the First Minister since May 2007.

S3W-15846 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which secondary schools have been visited by the First Minister since May 2007.

S3W-15847 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its officials have a basic pay in excess of the pay of an MSP.

S3W-15848 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were cancelled in 2007-08 because of a lack of (a) staff, (b) beds and (c) equipment, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-15849 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes it proposes to the 2011 Census questions compared to those in 2001.

S3W-15850 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations and recommendations it has made to the Competition Commission about the future ownership of Scottish airports and what discussion it has had with BAA and others regarding their future.

S3W-15851 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which race courses the First Minister has visited since May 2007 and on how many occasions.

S3W-15852 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive which hospitals the First Minister has visited since May 2007.

S3W-15853 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13362 by John Swinney on 9 June 2008, what the particular responsibilities are of its most recently appointed Special Adviser and how these relate to those of Kevin Pringle and Stephen Noon.

S3W-15854 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many complaints were referred to the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman about local authorities in 2007-08 and how this compares to the previous year.

S3W-15855 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is taking, or proposes to take, any additional steps in the light of the Blakey report, Disrupting the Supply of Illicit Drugs into Prisons, published by the Ministry of Justice on 7 July 2008.

S3W-15856 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15136 by Shona Robison on 18 August 1008, what steps it is taking to ensure equity of access to GPs for patients across Scotland and, in particular, in areas such as Fife, Lanarkshire, Tayside and the Borders, where practices have opted out of extended hours.

S3W-15857 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many tonnes of CO2 it estimates are emitted annually by (a) electric trains, (b) diesel trains, (c) public motor vehicles, (d) private motor vehicles and (e) commercial motor vehicles.

S3W-15858 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the average output of CO2 emissions is per mile travelled per person travelling by (a) train, (b) bus and (c) private vehicle.

S3W-15859 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can give an assurance that the Scottish Qualifications Authority will remain in Midlothian.

S3W-15860 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings on Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation have been held since January 2008.

S3W-15861 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive who was invited to the meetings on Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation held since January 2008 and how this invitation list was decided.

S3W-15862 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people attended each of the meetings on Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation held since January 2008 and how many (a) special advisers and (b) civil servants attended.

S3W-15863 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers took part in the meetings on Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation held since January 2008.

S3W-15864 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost was of each meeting on Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation held since January 2008.

S3W-15865 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the £100 million from the Affordable Housing Investment Programme will be earmarked for new affordable housing in the south of Scotland region, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-15866 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new affordable houses will be made available by 2011 as a result of the £100 million from the Affordable Housing Investment Programme, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-15867 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken in conjunction with trading standards officers and others to protect the Scottishness of tartan.

S3W-15868 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses in each local authority area are not expected to achieve the Scottish Housing Quality Standard by the end of 2015.

S3W-15869 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses owned by (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities have already met the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

S3W-15870 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many houses owned by (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities have not met the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

S3W-15871 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15238 by Stewart Stevenson on 25 August 2008, whether it will consider whether the findings of The people’s rail: a mutually run, publicly accountable Network Rail could be relevant to the future of the ScotRail franchise.

S3W-15872 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15237 by John Swinney on 25 August 2008, how many of the 218 full-time employees in its directorates and agencies aged between 60 and 64 are men.

S3W-15873 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of the Scottish Survey of Achievement commenced; what this review encompasses, and when it will report.

S3W-15874 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of children in S1 can read and write.

S3W-15875 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-15225 by Stewart Stevenson on 28 August 2008, whether it will guarantee that free travel for elderly and disabled people will be maintained for the same times of day, seven days per week, for the next three years for all people aged 60 and over, for the whole of Scotland

S3W-15876 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all publicly-funded business support schemes, also detailing the (a) amount of funding allocated to each scheme in the current and next two financial years, (b) public body or agency responsible for its operation and (c) percentage of eligible businesses that made use of it in the most recent year for which figures are available.

S3W-15877 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on business support in each of the last five years and, of this, how much was spent on the administration of each support programmes.

S3W-15878 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-15400 and S3W-15148 by John Swinney on 6 and 28 August 2008, on which days the car parking fines listed were incurred and, according to routinely kept records of Government Car Service passengers, which ministers travelled in cars in the cities concerned on those days.

S3W-15879 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reduce the current time-lag in aggregate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.

S3W-15880 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to incentivise energy efficiency at (a) domestic level and (b) utility level for generation and transmission.

S3W-15881 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to speed up the reporting of aggregate greenhouse gases.

S3W-15882 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to encourage the UK Committee on Climate Change to allot sufficient time to considering policy and contextual issues specific to Scotland.

S3W-15883 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the answers to questions S3W-14677 and S3W-15349 by Shona Robison on 18 July 2008 and Nicola Sturgeon on 14 August 2008 respectively, what increase in fuel would have to take place in order for the expectation outlined in the answer to question S3W-13596 by Shona Robison on 5 June 2008 to be realised.

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