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Section E – Written questions lodged on 31 March 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-22476 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special constables there have been in each year since 1999, broken down by police force.

S3W-22477 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it sees for special constables in its plans to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

S3W-22478 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21912 by Fiona Hyslop on 23 March 2009, whether it expects the declining rate of inflation to result in a lower rate of interest for students repaying debt to the Student Loans Company. R

S3W-22479 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-21912 by Fiona Hyslop on 23 March 2009, what effect it expects a negative inflation rate to have on the rate of interest for students repaying debt to the Student Loans Company. R

S3W-22480 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PET/CT scanners are available, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-22481 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many PET/CT scans have taken place in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S3W-22482 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hours of after-school care per day were available per pupil in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by local authority.

S3W-22483 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working to support companies, partnerships and consortia that are able to deliver community benefit or provide supported employment opportunities to compete effectively in the public sector procurement market.

S3W-22484 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what barriers it considers prevent the use of the reserved contracts procedure under regulation 7 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

S3W-22485 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has (a) carried out internally, (b) commissioned and (c) conducted alongside the UK Government on the extent to which public bodies are using provisions for the reserved contracts procedure under regulation 7 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 or procurement activities and what the results were of any such research.

S3W-22486 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to make use of provisions for the reserved contracts procedure under regulation 7 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 for any future contracts led by Procurement Scotland.

S3W-22487 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what training it is providing Procurement Scotland in the reserved contracts procedure under regulation 7 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

S3W-22488Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive when legislation will be introduced to address the consequences of the Somerville judgement by establishing a one-year time bar for bringing human rights claims against the Scottish Ministers under the Scotland Act 1998.

S3W-22489 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) North Lanarkshire, (b) South Lanarkshire, (c) Falkirk and (d) East Ayrshire councils have been allocated from the £20.85 million Zero Waste Fund for 2009-10.

S3W-22490 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-22174 by Shona Robison on 31 March 2009, whether it will provide an answer that specifically addresses the points raised in the question.

S3W-22491 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to the A77 Safety Group.

S3W-22492 Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the safety partnerships similar to the A77 Safety Group, broken down by local authority.

S3W-22493 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was first informed of Dunfermline Building Society’s financial problems.

S3W-22494 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it took to assist the Dunfermline Building Society and when.

S3W-22495 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that the Dunfermline Building Society continues to play a key role in supporting the provision of affordable housing.

S3W-22496 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to support Dunfermline Building Society headquarters staff whose jobs are at risk.

S3W-22497 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will communicate with the management of the Nationwide Building Society about the retention of financial sector jobs in Scotland.

S3W-22498 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been lost in the financial sector in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S3W-22499 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided for exercise referral schemes in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-22500 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider supporting free gym access for people over 60 with health problems who previously accessed an exercise referral scheme.

S3W-22501 Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered a reduced entry fee scheme to gyms at non-peak hours for people over 60.

S3W-22502 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it intends to make of shortages of doctors and junior doctors on hospital wards.

S3W-22503 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assess the impact of the European working time directive on the staffing levels of doctors and junior doctors on hospital wards.

S3W-22504 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional doctors will be employed in response to the European working time directive.

S3W-22505 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the issues arising from the Modernising Medical Careers programme.

S3W-22506 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are used to determine eligibility for the Rural Petrol Station Grant Scheme.

S3W-22507 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many petrol stations have benefited from the Rural Petrol Station Grant Scheme in each year since 1999, broken down by parliamentary region.

S3W-22508 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been a recent increase in the number of healthcare associated infections in Orkney and, if so, what the nature of the problem is and what action has been taken.

S3W-22509 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what maximum proportion of debt interest as a percentage of local authority revenue is considered acceptable.

S3W-22510 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what each local authority’s annual interest cost is as a proportion of its spend in 2008-09.

S3W-22511 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the anticipated level of debt is of each local authority in 2008-09.

S3W-22512 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned at the (a) increase of over £5 million by Highland Council’s debt in each of the last three years and (b) council’s increased debt burden.

S3W-22513 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to address the inequity between residents who are legally bound to pay a private company for the upkeep of communal open spaces in their development and residents in the same local authority area who do not pay for this service as it is provided by the local authority.

S3W-22514 John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003, whether it will examine the legality of inserting clauses in the title deeds of properties stipulating that homeowners must pay for the maintenance of open spaces in their developments.

S3W-22515 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the Small Business Act for Europe.

S3W-22516 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding revisions to the European Commission’s Education and Training 2010 work programme.

S3W-22517 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what requests it has made under the European Commission’s General Block Exemption Regulation to assist small and medium-sized enterprises.

S3W-22518 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will attend the EU Finance Day for small and medium-sized enterprises in London on 30 June 2009.

S3W-22519 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the European Commission’s Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion.

S3W-22520 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders regarding the regeneration of the North Ayrshire economy.

S3W-22521 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders in North Ayrshire regarding the Interreg IVA Cross Border Territorial Programme.

S3W-22522 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding the Interreg IVA Cross Border Territorial Programme.

S3W-22523 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to increase the number of apprenticeships in Ayrshire.

S3W-22524 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how many extra places on modern apprenticeship schemes have been created for people aged (a) 16 to 20 and (b) over 20 in North Ayrshire in the last 12 months.

S3W-22525 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-16523 by Fergus Ewing on 2 October 2008, what discussions it has had with key stakeholders regarding the EU Drugs Action Plan for 2009-12.

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