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Section E – Written questions lodged on 24 June 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-25192 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its announcement of £800 million of funding for the school building programme, how the remainder of the £1.25 billion will be met.

S3W-25193 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its announcement of £800 million of funding for the school building programme, what discussions it has had with (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA regarding how the remainder of the £1.25 billion will be met.

S3W-25194 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authority funding for the school building programme will be fully or partially ring-fenced.

S3W-25195 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the local authorities that have confirmed that they will contribute to the £1.25 billion school building programme and how much each has agreed to contribute.

S3W-25196 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA regarding how the £1.25 billion for the school building programme will be allocated; when these discussions were held, and when agreement was reached.

S3W-25197 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA regarding the specific projects for which the £1.25 billion for the school building programme will be used; when these discussions were held, and when agreement was reached.

S3W-25198 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all local authorities will receive a share of the funding from the £1.25 billion school building programme.

S3W-25199 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will start allocating funding from the £1.25 billion school building programme.

S3W-25200 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that the £1.25 billion of funding for the school building programme will have been allocated in full.

S3W-25201 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give priority when allocating funding from the £1.25 billion school building programme to local authorities that have school building plans ready to start.

S3W-25202 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will inform local authorities how the £1.25 billion for the school building programme will be spent.

S3W-25203 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA regarding how the school building programme will be implemented.

S3W-25204 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it first had discussions with (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA about the £1.25 billion for the school building programme.

S3W-25205 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA have received sufficient detail on the school building programme.

S3W-25206 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it has sufficient support from (a) local authorities and (b) COSLA to implement fully the school building programme.

S3W-25207 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines or best-practice models are in place that outline how the school building programme will be taken forward.

S3W-25208 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools will be built in each year of the school building programme.

S3W-25209 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets exist for the number of schools to be built in each year of the school building programme.

S3W-25210 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £1.25 billion school building programme will be involved in the first tranche.

S3W-25211 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools will receive funding from the first tranche of the £1.25 billion school building programme.

S3W-25212 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities will receive funding from the first tranche of the £1.25 billion school building programme and how much each will receive.

S3W-25213 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many future tranches of funding there will be under the school building programme; when these will be announced, and how much funding will be available in each.

S3W-25214 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, with reference to the statement to the Parliament by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 17 June 2009 (Official Report c. 18438), for how long (a) COSLA and (b) local authorities have been requesting additional funding to support the school building programme.

S3W-25215 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it decided to act on requests by COSLA and local authorities to provide additional funding to support the school building programme.

S3W-25216 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether decisions on the allocation of the £1.25 billion school building programme will be made by ministers or COSLA.

S3W-25217 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward the recommendation of the Repossessions Working Group that the Financial Services Authority be asked to require lenders to provide regional data in order to understand better the level of repossessions in Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom.

S3W-25218 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action can be taken when large or complex industrial sites repeatedly fail an Operator Performance Assessment.

S3W-25219 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many operators of large or complex industrial sites have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in the last five years for lack of progress towards reaching a satisfactory Operator Performance Assessment.

S3W-25220 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering introducing higher levels of fines for landfill operators that contravene their licence conditions.

S3W-25221 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how the compliance scheme due to be introduced in 2009 to replace the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Operator Performance Assessment (OPA) will differ from the OPA.

S3W-25222Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the report of the ICL Public Inquiry.

S3W-25223Δ Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish Professor Alec Spencer’s report on his review of the decision to transfer Brian Martin to open conditions.

S3W-25224 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24398 by Roseanna Cunningham on 9 June 2009, what its most recent timescale is for laying before the Parliament secondary legislation regulating the use of snares.

S3W-25225 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make compulsory the fitting of ID tags on snares allowing the operators to be identified and, if so, how the operators of snares without ID tags will be identified and prosecuted.

S3W-25226 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make failing to check the action of a snare before setting it an offence and, if so, how the failure to check the action of a snare can be proved.

S3W-25227Δ Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the terms of reference for the public inquiry into the Clostridium difficile outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital and when it will formally set up the inquiry.

S3W-25228 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24182 by Roseanna Cunningham on 8 June 2009, when it will complete consideration of the Knowle Burn Flood Prevention Scheme 2007.

S3W-25229 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many grants from the Cashback for Communities scheme have been awarded to applicants in (a) West Dunbartonshire and (b) Argyll and Bute and what the value of these grants was.

S3W-25230 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24423 by Shona Robison on 11 June 2009, when NHS Scotland will evaluate its dissemination strategy for Facing Dementia with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and whether the outcome will be published.

S3W-25231 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24713 by Richard Lochhead on 19 June 2009, when the milk quota arrangements that affect Kintyre were last amended and who was consulted.

S3W-25232 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24714 by Richard Lochhead on 19 June 2009, whether a public interest test is applied to decisions on milk quota and what the criteria are of any such test.

S3W-25233 Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-24714 by Richard Lochhead on 19 June 2009, how a majority of active producers, processors and their representative bodies is determined.

S3W-25234 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications were made to the Rural Empty Properties Grant scheme in each year since its inception and what percentage of applications was successful.

S3W-25235 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many awards were made under the Rural Empty Properties Grant scheme in each year since its inception and what the total value of the awards was.

S3W-25236 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of empty rural properties.

S3W-25237 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the Rural Empty Properties Grant scheme.

S3W-25238 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many units were refurbished and subsequently let with assistance from the Rural Empty Properties Grant scheme in each year since its inception.

S3W-25239 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Nationwide Building Society regarding its acquisition of the Dunfermline Building Society’s social housing book.

S3W-25240 Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has provided any financial incentives to the Nationwide Building Society in relation to its acquisition of the Dunfermline Building Society’s social housing book.

S3W-25241 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many typographical errors there are in the hard-copy edition of Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland 2007-08.

S3W-25242Δ Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will lay the final National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 before the Parliament in accordance with the requirements of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.

S3W-25243 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure adequate provision for child protection in each local authority area.

S3W-25244 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers who qualified in each of the last three years have not secured full-time teaching posts.

S3W-25245 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what finance it will make available to NHS Lothian to fund the building of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and what percentage of the total cost this represents.

S3W-25246 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion ministers have had with football and broadcasting authorities regarding the televising of Scottish Premier League matches following the demise of Setanta in the United Kingdom given the potential impact on jobs in Scotland.

S3W-25247 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further discussions have taken place regarding possible changes in the eligibility criteria and terms of operation of the Scotland-wide free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people since the publication of its review.

S3W-25248 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what prosecutions there have been in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 for (i) litter depositing, (ii) dog fouling and (iii) nuisance and what percentage has been successful.

S3W-25249 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many successful prosecutions there have been for (a) smoking and (b) permitting others to smoke in an enclosed public place in each of the last three years.

S3W-25250 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reported incidence of mouth cancer was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

S3W-25251 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what official engagements the First Minister has planned for July and August 2009 and whether an estimate has been made of catering costs.

S3W-25252 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the European Investment Bank for funding for affordable housing; how much funding has been requested, and what the outcomes of those representations were.

S3W-25253 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it would spend any funding from the European Investment Bank for affordable housing.

S3W-25254 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its affordable housing investment plans are dependent on additional funding from the European Investment Bank.

S3W-25255 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its announcement in a news release of 15 June 2009 of an extra £31 million to support new housing, how it will use the rest of the Barnett consequentials arising from housing spending in the 2009-10 UK Budget.

S3W-25256 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding abolishing the historical housing debt; when these discussions took place, and what the outcomes were.

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