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Section E – Written questions lodged on 13 February 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-20907 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with the UK Government about providing access to the UK bus network for pensioners who are entitled to use the national concessionary travel scheme and, if not, whether it will make representations to the UK Government on this matter.

S3W-20933Δ Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide further support for healthy living centres in 2009-10.

S3W-20934 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) by Peter Cook will include a survey of the cost to crofters and farmers of preparing applications for support from the scheme and will compare that cost with the cost of applying to the agricultural support schemes that the SRDP replaced.

S3W-20935 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) by Peter Cook will include a survey to assess the percentage of crofters and farmers who employed an agent to prepare their applications for support from the scheme and will compare that percentage with the percentage that used agents to prepare applications for support under the agricultural support schemes that the SRDP replaces.

S3W-20936 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme by Peter Cook will investigate how many crofters and farmers have encountered difficulties in making their online applications for support from the scheme and how many did not apply or did not complete an application because applications could only be made online.

S3W-20937 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme by Peter Cook will assess whether sufficient government staff resources had been provided so that applicants whose applications have failed can be given detailed advice on the reasons for their rejection and on how their applications could be amended in order to be successful.

S3W-20938 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many stages will follow the first stage of the review of the Scotland Rural Development Programme by Peter Cook; whether it will provide details of the work to be undertaken in those stages, and what the expected duration is of each stage.

S3W-20939 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when any changes to the terms of the Scotland Rural Development Programme that could be made as the result of the review by Peter Cook are expected to be made.

S3W-20940 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any changes to the terms of the Scotland Rural Development Programme that could be made as the result of the review by Peter Cook will include the introduction of a scheme for crofters with small agriculture units.

S3W-20941 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether applicants to the Scotland Rural Development Programme whose applications are turned down, either by a Regional Proposal Assessment Committee (RPAC) or by Scottish ministers, will receive a full written explanation setting out the detailed reasons for rejection of their applications and copies of all documentation considered by the RPAC or by ministers.

S3W-20942 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-19341 by Shona Robison on 20 January 2009, whether it will provide an answer that specifically addresses the points raised in the question.

S3W-20943 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria will be for applications for funding from the £60 million Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-20944 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that the £60 million announced for the Town Centre Regeneration Fund is spent on town centre regeneration.

S3W-20945 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what formula will be used to allocate the £60 million announced for town centre regeneration.

S3W-20946 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Transport Scotland in relation to the introduction of the new Caledonian Express service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts.

S3W-20947 James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had input to discussions with Network Rail or Transport Scotland regarding where the new Caledonian Express service should stop and what the Scottish Government’s position was.

S3W-20948 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils has access to programmes aiming to help to reduce the carrying of knives and knife crime among young people.

S3W-20949 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, what programmes are currently running in schools in each local authority area.

S3W-20950 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, what proportion of school children has had access to the (a) Knife City DVD and (b) It’s Jist for Protection performance by young people in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-20951 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, what the target audience is for the (a) Knife City DVD and (b) It’s Jist for Protection performance by young people

S3W-20952 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, what criteria is used to evaluate the effectiveness of programmes such as the (a) Knife City DVD and (b) It’s Jist for Protection performance by young people in reducing offending behaviour.

S3W-20953 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, whether it has recently commissioned research into how effective such programmes are in reducing offending behaviour.

S3W-20954 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, whether it is developing or plans to introduce new programmes aimed at helping to reduce the carrying of knives and knife crime among young people.

S3W-20955 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, what discussions it has had with the Home Office with regard to the sharing of good practice on education programmes aimed at helping to reduce the carrying of knives and knife crime among young people.

S3W-20956 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20289 by Fiona Hyslop on 12 February 2009, whether it is aware of any programmes in England that have been particularly successful at reducing offending behaviour and that could be applied in Scotland.

S3W-20957 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the typical profile of a knife carrier.

S3W-20958 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that young people are more likely to be victims of knife crime than adults.

S3W-20959 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current campaign by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency highlighting the ethical impact of cocaine abuse that targets university students to change attitudes and reduce demand for cocaine will be rolled out to all higher education institutions.

S3W-20960 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current campaign by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency highlighting the ethical impact of cocaine abuse that targets university students to change attitudes and reduce demand for cocaine will also be rolled out to all further education institutions.

S3W-20961 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the current campaign by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency highlighting the ethical impact of cocaine abuse that targets university students to change attitudes and reduce demand for cocaine, whether similar campaigns are planned for other groups in society.

S3W-20962 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is offering student associations with the dissemination to students of information on drug misuse.

S3W-20963 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has provided student associations with funding to assist with the dissemination of information to students on drug misuse and, if so, how much, broken down by institution.

S3W-20964 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates to be the proportion of the student population that abuses cocaine on a regular basis.

S3W-20965 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates to be the proportion of the student population that experiments with cocaine at some point during their time at university.

S3W-20966 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has recently undertaken into drug misuse among students.

S3W-20967 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that university students are more likely to abuse (a) cocaine and (b) other illegal drugs than other groups in society.

S3W-20968 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any group in society that on average is more likely to abuse (a) cocaine and (b) other illegal drugs and, if so, what action it is taking.

S3W-20969 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of a report in the Evening News on 12 February 2009 of increased quantities of cocaine being seized by the police, what action it intends to take to curb the supply of cocaine.

S3W-20970 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of a report in the Evening News on 12 February 2009 that some £2.1 million in Class A drugs were seized in Edinburgh by Lothian and Borders Police between April and December 2009, what the corresponding figure was for other police forces in the same period.

S3W-20971 Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates cocaine misuse to cost the NHS on an annual basis.

S3W-20972 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much VisitScotland spent on the promotion of (a) walking, (b) cycling, (c) golf and (d) wildlife tourism in the last 12 months.

S3W-20973 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of visitors to Scotland take part in walking activities.

S3W-20974 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much walking tourism contributes to the economy.

S3W-20975 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people meets the recommended levels of physical activity.

S3W-20976 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of people meets the recommended levels of physical activity through walking.

S3W-20977 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the health and wellbeing budget is spent on encouraging walking.

S3W-20978 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children walked to primary school in (a) 1987, (b) 1997 and (c) 2007.

S3W-20979 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many projects funded by the Climate Challenge Fund contained an element encouraging walking.

S3W-20980 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many kilometres of core paths have been planned by local authorities.

S3W-20981 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the core paths in local authority plans are new paths.

S3W-20982 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of car journeys are under one mile.

S3W-20983 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of ministerial journeys is made on foot or by public transport.

S3W-20984 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding is being made available to ensure a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S3W-20985 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes that local authorities measure success in meeting national indicator 37 to increase the proportion of adults making one or more visits to the outdoors per week.

S3W-20986 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding is being made available to promote walking and walking tourism during Homecoming Scotland 2009.

S3W-20987 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pedestrian deaths at level crossings, other than suicides, there have been in each year since 1999.

S3W-20988 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pedestrian deaths at level crossings, other than suicides, have resulted in a fatal accident inquiry in each year since 1999.

S3W-20989 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for one-to-one assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises by the Business Gateway and when the criteria were last revised.

S3W-20990 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to extending eligibility for enhanced measures under the Energy Assistance Package to pensioners in receipt of attendance allowance but not the guarantee credit element of pension credit.

S3W-20991 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to enable disabled peoples’ organisations to be involved in formulating policies to tackle fuel poverty.

S3W-20992 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances the planning system provides for adjacent owners to be compensated for adverse impact of a development on the value of their properties.

S3W-20993 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the introduction of compensation payments for adjacent owners where planning applications, for wind turbines or other developments, are judged to have had an adverse impact on the value of their properties.

S3W-20994 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the number of occasions on which Cold Weather Payments have been triggered in each of the last five years, broken down by each of the weather stations to which Scottish properties are linked by The Social Fund Cold Weather Payments (General) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/2569).

S3W-20995 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive under what statutory provision licensing boards operate codes of conduct or codes of practice for the holders of off-sales licences.

S3W-20996 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to licensing boards on the content and implementation of codes of conduct or codes of practice for the holders of off-sales licences.

S3W-20997 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20102 by Shona Robison on 4 February 2009, whether it will review the funding arrangements for Orkney Islands Council to enable its waiting list of direct payment applications to be eased and whether it will consider granting transitional funding in light of the council’s limited scope to make cuts in other areas to fund direct payments.

S3W-20998 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20102 by Shona Robison on 4 February 2009, whether it considers there to be a contradiction between the statement that there is no intention to withdraw existing direct payments in Orkney and the number of recipients of direct payments in Orkney between 2007 and 2008 dropping by 33% while the number rose in most other council areas and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

S3W-20999 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20227 by Nicola Sturgeon on 28 January 2009, what changes will be made to the inspection regime for all care services as a result of the new targeted and proportionate regulation system currently being introduced.

S3W-21000 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in providing an appropriate number of in-patient places in child and adolescent psychiatry services.

S3W-21001 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Town Centre Regeneration Fund will be available to Business Improvement Districts.

S3W-21002 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive by what means local authorities and others can access the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-21003 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive which section of the Scottish Government will oversee the allocation of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

S3W-21004 Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all notified cases of the 078 strain of Clostridium difficile, broken down by hospital.

S3W-21005 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has the power to grant absolute rights for the continuation of existing activities within a marine special area of conservation at the point of introduction.

S3W-21006 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it would define responsible fishing activities within a marine special area of conservation.

S3W-21007 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the important role that Midlothian Healthy Living Project plays in developing healthy lifestyles and preventing ill-health in Midlothian.

S3W-21008 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to act to prevent closure of Midlothian Healthy Living Project on 31 March 2009 and, if so, what action it will take.

S3W-21009 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it receives in Barnett consequentials from the UK Government in respect of the Train to Gain scheme.

S3W-21010 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the absence of a Train to Gain scheme in Scotland puts businesses at a competitive disadvantage to their English counterparts.

S3W-21012 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications have been considered by the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

S3W-21013 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning applications were refused by the Cairngorms National Park Authority on grounds of nature conservation value (the Sandford principle).

S3W-21014 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the specific nature conservation reasons were for planning applications being refused by the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

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