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Section E – Written questions lodged on 9 January 2009

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-19534 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for it not taking a decision until January 2009 on funding for the Scottish Inter Faith Council beyond 16 January 2009.

S3W-19546 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional capital it estimates that it will receive in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14 through offering management leases and cutting rights, as proposed in its document Climate Change and the National Forest Estate - Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill.

S3W-19547 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the profile will be of the spread of capital received over the suggested 75 year period of management leases and cutting rights, as proposed in its document Climate Change and the National Forest Estate - Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill.

S3W-19548 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional hectares of woodland cover it aims to have been created by (a) 2014, (b) 2019 and (c) 2024.

S3W-19549 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated average amount of carbon sequestered by one hectare of woodland is over one rotation.

S3W-19550 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated average amount of carbon sequestered by one hectare of woodland is (a) one year, (b) five years, (c) 10 years and (d) 25 years after planting.

S3W-19551 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much land is covered by peatlands.

S3W-19552 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the soil carbon pool is held in peatlands.

S3W-19553 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with the Scottish soil framework.

S3W-19554 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rural development contracts have been awarded that include financial reward for the maintenance and enhancement of peatlands.

S3W-19555 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage maintenance and reinstatement of peatlands as part of its strategy to combat climate change.

S3W-19556 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much fuel it takes to heat a typical semi-detached house with (a) gas central heating and (b) non-white meter electric heating in (i) Braemar, (ii) Stornoway, (iii) Aberdeen, (iv) Edinburgh, (v) Dundee and (vi) Glasgow and what information it has on how this compares with the amount that it takes to heat a similar house in Bristol, using data contained in the climatic severity index.

S3W-19557 Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the estimated percentage of the extra fuel required to heat houses in (a) Edinburgh, (b) Glasgow, (c) Aberdeen, (d) Dundee, (e) Stornoway and (f) Braemar compared with identical houses in Bristol.

S3W-19559 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many press releases have been issued by its Communications Directorate in each month since May 2007.

S3W-19560 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total costs have been of employing its Communications Officers since May 2007.

S3W-19561 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has paid in fees to public relations agencies since May 2007.

S3W-19562 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the 71 school projects that have been taken forward during the First Minister’s term in office, as referred to by him on 8 January 2009 (Official Report c. 13820), also showing the (a) responsible local authority, (b) date on which the work was commissioned, (c) date on which the school was opened or reopened and (d) Scottish Government ministers or officials who attended any opening ceremony.

S3W-19563 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18018 by John Swinney on 5 December 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth expects to provide the information requested.

S3W-19564 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17901 by John Swinney on 27 November 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth expects to provide the information requested.

S3W-19565 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17820 by John Swinney on 27 November 2008, when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth expects to provide the information requested.

S3W-19566 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16437 by Richard Lochhead on 1 October 2008, whether the revised draft regulations on the licensing of dealers in puppies and kittens have been laid before Parliament and, if not, when it expects them to be laid.

S3W-19567 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16437 by Richard Lochhead on 1 October 2008, whether it expects the new regulations on the licensing of dealers in puppies and kittens to come into force and, if so, when.

S3W-19568 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-478 by Richard Lochhead on 12 June 2007, what its timetable is for any consultation on draft licensing of animal sanctuaries legislation.

S3W-19569 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-478 by Richard Lochhead on 12 June 2007, what its timetable is for any consultation on draft licensing of livery yards legislation.

S3W-19570 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-17557 by Richard Lochhead on 14 November 2008, what its timetable is for consultation on the replacement of the Pet Animals Act 1951.

S3W-19571 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the regulations covering castration and tail docking of lambs following the Report on the Implications of Castration and Tail Docking for the Welfare of Lambs published by the Farm Animal Welfare Council in June 2008.

S3W-19572Δ Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive, in relation to the public inquiry into infection with hepatitis C and HIV from NHS treatment with blood and blood products, when it intends to formally set up the inquiry.

S3W-19573 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of the comments made by senior members of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) at the Grampian Joint Police Board meeting on the 31 October 2008 when they said that the outcome of the consultation, should it deliver a majority of responses in favour of retaining the Aberdeen forensic science laboratory, will not be the recommendation of the SPSA.

S3W-19574 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what the terms of reference are for its review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

S3W-19575 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the terms of reference for its review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

S3W-19576 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many independent students (a) qualified for and (b) received an additional loan in each of the last five years.

S3W-19577 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount was of additional loans to independent students in each of the last five years.

S3W-19578 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish students studying in the rest of the United Kingdom received (a) income assessed and (b) additional loans from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, broken down by (i) income, (ii) independent and dependent status and (iii) amount received.

S3W-19579 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons were for a £5 million underspend on the Dental Action Plan, as outlined in the Audit Scotland report Financial overview of the NHS in Scotland 2007-08.

S3W-19580 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Agenda for Change assimilation process has been completed for all staff.

S3W-19581 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the NHS will be able to access capital funding from the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-19582 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding has been allocated to each local authority up to 2010-11 to achieve the target of 10,000 extra weeks of respite care.

S3W-19583 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional weeks of respite care are being provided by each local authority in 2008-09.

S3W-19584 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional weeks of respite care are to be provided by each local authority in 2009-10.

S3W-19585 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19208 by John Swinney on 9 January 2009, how, in each case, it intends to evaluate the effectiveness of the £1 million additional funding allocated to ensure that (a) offenders start their community service orders more quickly and (b) orders are completed in a shorter timescale and what specific criteria it will use.

S3W-19586 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19208 by John Swinney on 9 January 2009, what specific activities or resources it expects community justice authorities to spend the £1 million additional funding on and how, in each case, this will help to ensure that (a) offenders start their community service orders more quickly and (b) orders are completed in a shorter timescale.

S3W-19587 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, prior to the announcement on 24 October 2008 by Kenny MacAskill MSP of an additional £1 million of funding for these purposes, what discussions it had with each community justice authority on how to ensure that (a) offenders start their community service orders more quickly and (b) orders are completed in a shorter timescale.

S3W-19588 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, what the reasons are for the Alcohol Awareness Programme not being offered to prisoners at HMP Dumfries or HMP Kilmarnock.

S3W-19589 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, whether it intends to offer the Alcohol Awareness Programme to prisoners suffering from alcohol-related problems at HMP Dumfries or HMP Kilmarnock.

S3W-19590 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, given that the Alcohol Awareness Programme is not offered to prisoners at HMP Dumfries or HMP Kilmarnock, what alternative forms of support are offered to prisoners suffering from alcohol-related problems.

S3W-19591 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, what evaluation it will make of the Alcohol Awareness Programme.

S3W-19592 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, how much it cost to run and how many prisoners took part in the Alcohol Awareness Programme in the last year, broken down by prison.

S3W-19593 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, how the Scottish Prison Service evaluates the Alcohol Awareness Programme.

S3W-19594 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, how many prisoners have attended the Alcohol Awareness Programme during their sentences in each of the last three years.

S3W-19595 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18896 by Kenny MacAskill on 9 January 2009, what the duration is of the Alcohol Awareness Programme and what it involves for participants.

S3W-19596 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of a report in the Press and Journal on 7 January 2009, what assessment it makes of the AA’s call for the vehicles of repeat drink-drivers to be confiscated.

S3W-19597 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons it has learnt following the Festive Road Safety Campaign for 2008.

S3W-19598 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to reduce the number of people drink and drug-driving in 2009.

S3W-19599 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the Festive Road Safety Campaign for 2008, how it intends to maintain the momentum of the campaign and dissemination of its message.

S3W-19600 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of drink and drug-drivers caught by police represents repeat offenders.

S3W-19601 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to tackle repeat drink and drug-drivers.

S3W-19602 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend the legislation that requires local and national government to publish government notices in local and national newspapers.

S3W-19603 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16622 by Maureen Watt on 24 October 2008, whether it can confirm the exact date on which the teachers census will be published.

S3W-19604 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times ministers have met with fishing co-operatives since 17 May 2007, broken down by (a) date and (b) co-operative.

S3W-19605 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Welsh Assembly Government in respect of securing Fair Trade nation status.

S3W-19606 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many towns and cities have obtained Fair Trade status since 2004, broken down by year.

S3W-19607 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-18765 by Stewart Maxwell on 18 December 2008, which local authorities it designates as being within the Glasgow travel-to-work area and therefore eligible to apply for grants from Sense over Sectarianism.

S3W-19608 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements it has in place with credit unions for the purpose of offering services to Scottish Government staff.

S3W-19609 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has committed to providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

S3W-19610 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it is making available to assist in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

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