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Section E – Written questions lodged on 30 April 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-23405 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ambulance car drivers were employed by the Scottish Ambulance Service as of 1 April 2009, broken down by division.

S3W-23406 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what purpose it intends for the consequentials from the £20 million Hardship Fund for third sector organisations announced in the UK Budget.

S3W-23407 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the consequential funding is from the £20 million Hardship Fund for third sector organisations announced in the UK Budget.

S3W-23408 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is to be a hardship fund in Scotland similar to that announced in the UK Budget and how soon charities will be able to access such a fund.

S3W-23409 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-registration student nurse and midwifery intake training places there are for 2009-10, also broken down by (a) adult nursing, (b) mental health nursing, (c) learning disability nursing, (d) children’s nursing and (e) midwifery.

S3W-23410 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-registration student nurse and midwifery intake training places there are for each higher education institution in 2009-10, also broken down by (a) adult nursing, (b) mental health nursing, (c) learning disability nursing, (d) children’s nursing and (e) midwifery.

S3W-23411Δ Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance it is providing to NHS Western Isles in terms of its cumulative deficit of £3.1 million.

S3W-23412 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what the publication date was of the Special Committee on Seals report for 2008.

S3W-23413 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence has been published to show the extent to which predation by killer whales explains the reported decline in the number of common seals in Orkney and Shetland.

S3W-23414 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage any research into predation by killer whales on common seals has reached.

S3W-23415 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it used as the basis of its statement in a press release of 23 April 2009, regarding the decline in common seals, that "It is already clear that local shooting and disease do not explain the significant reductions reported".

S3W-23416 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it used as the basis of its statement in a press release of 23 April 2009, regarding the decline of common seals, that "predation by killer whales is a factor round the Northern Isles whilst competition for food supplies with the larger and more numerous grey seals is likely to be a significant factor across Scotland as a whole".

S3W-23417 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence from the Special Committee on Seals report for 2008 it used as the basis of its statement in a press release of 23 April 2009, regarding the decline of common seals, that "The main causes of these local reductions are unclear at present but predation by killer whales in the Northern Isles and competition for food supplies with grey seals could be significant factors".

S3W-23418 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to respond to the statement in the Special Committee on Seals report for 2008 that "We also know very little about the number of seals shot by fin fish farmers and this information is important for the purpose of seal population management and also to help develop mitigation that is appropriate to the conservation status of seals".

S3W-23419 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to address the animal welfare concerns in the report, A Seal’s Fate: The animal welfare implications of shooting seals in Scotland, regarding the shooting of seals (a) during their breeding seasons, (b) while they are in the water, (c) from boats or other unstable platforms and (d) without killing them outright.

S3W-23420 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make a decision on the inquiry into the Beauly to Denny transmission line.

S3W-23421 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans for the Additional Support for Learning Transitions Development Officer to coordinate the promotion of and issue guidance on improved practice in relation to the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-23422 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the effectiveness of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-23423 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns that planning for transition does not commence in sufficient time for young people with additional support needs leaving school, as set out in the code of practice for the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004.

S3W-23424 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it expects the Airdrie to Bathgate line to open.

S3W-23425 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-22489 by Richard Lochhead on 22 April 2009, how the £25 million allocation for the Zero Waste Fund is broken down in terms of revenue and capital monies.

S3W-23426 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce provisions similar to those in the Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 to establish enforcement restriction orders.

S3W-23427 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether courts can stay debt recovery actions for up to 12 months for individuals experiencing debt problems.

S3W-23428 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is evidence, particularly from the last few months, of creditors instigating legal action earlier in the debt recovery process, as suggested by Citizens Advice Scotland.

S3W-23429 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the proposals in Waterwatch Scotlands report, Affordability of Scottish Household Water and Sewerage Charges: Historic Trends and Current Position.

S3W-23430 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the definition of water poverty as those spending more than 3% of their income on water and sewerage charges.

S3W-23431 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, using the definition of water poverty as those spending more than 3% of their income on water and sewerage charges, how many households were in water poverty in (a) 1999-00 and (b) 2008-09.

S3W-23432 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the effectiveness of the water charges reduction scheme in providing financial relief to households unable to pay for water and sewerage charges.

S3W-23433 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement all of the recommendations in Waterwatch Scotlands report, Affordability of Scottish Household Water and Sewerage Charges: Historic Trends and Current Position.

S3W-23434 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive when its review of the Agricultural Wages Board will be complete and the results published.

S3W-23435 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost per annum is of a modern apprenticeship.

S3W-23436 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what correspondence it has had with Glasgow City Council with regard to the community safety workers’ strike.

S3W-23437 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community service orders have been delayed as a result of the Glasgow community safety workers’ strike.

S3W-23438 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what monies have been provided to Glasgow City Council for the provision of community service orders.

S3W-23439 Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional monies have been provided to Glasgow City Council for the provision of community service orders.

S3W-23440 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has had with the UK Government regarding the e-Borders programme.

S3W-23441 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the implications that the UK Government’s e-Borders programme will have on Scottish waterways, in particular on domestic ferry journeys to Scottish islands.

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