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Section E – Written questions lodged on 31 August 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-26784 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the funding of affordable housing in North Ayrshire.

S3W-26785 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternative sources of private finance it has considered with regard to the funding of affordable housing in North Ayrshire.

S3W-26786 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support North Ayrshire Council in achieving the goal of improving the availability of affordable housing as set out in its single outcome agreement.

S3W-26787 Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will maintain the subsidy level at £25,000 per unit for local authorities that wish to embark on programmes of new-build housing for social rent.

S3W-26788 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it was involved in the selection and appointment process for the newly appointed Scottish Commissioner of the Crown Estate and, if so, what involvement it had.

S3W-26789 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the accelerated capital programme funding for 2009-10 has been (a) spent and (b) committed, also showing where the money has been spent.

S3W-26790 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the accelerated capital programme funding for 2009-10 has been (a) spent and (b) committed.

S3W-26791 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what systems are in place to track spending on the accelerated capital programme.

S3W-26792 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what independent mechanisms are in place to measure the impact on the economy of the accelerated capital programme, including job creation and public service delivery.

S3W-26793 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to publish a full assessment of the impact on the economy of the accelerated capital programme, including job creation and public service delivery.

S3W-26794 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available on the impact on the economy of the accelerated capital programme.

S3W-26795 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive which capital investment projects are (a) under construction, (b) in procurement, (c) approaching procurement and (d) in prospect.

S3W-26796 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what formal definition is used to assess whether projects are (a) in procurement, (b) approaching procurement and (c) in prospect.

S3W-26797 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason energy performance certificates (EPC) without data for new dwellings will be registered by local authorities as scanned computer files, given that the Homes Energy Efficiency Database can register both EPCs and the underlying input data for new buildings.

S3W-26798 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, when sufficient information is available, the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) can be used to create a more accurate energy performance certificate (EPC) for existing dwellings and conversions and whether such EPCs, with the underlying data, will be registered on the Homes Energy Efficiency Database alongside those based on reduced data SAP.

S3W-26799 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14827 by Stewart Stevenson on 23 July 2008, for what reason a suitable central register for energy performance certificates for existing non-domestic buildings and the underlying data has not yet been identified, given that such a register has been identified in England and Wales.

S3W-26800 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it will implement to ensure that the default values used in assessing existing non-domestic buildings are not routinely used to minimise the time required to produce energy performance certificates at the expense of an accurate rating.

S3W-26801 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an energy performance certificate will be required for non-commercial buildings when a lease is assigned, as is the case in England and Wales.

S3W-26802 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will address the situation whereby, under the Simplified Building Energy Model used to create an energy performance certificate for non-domestic buildings, an identical building can be rated G in Scotland and C in England and Wales.

S3W-26803 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the view of the Scottish Property Federation that investors may limit their property investments in Scotland if equivalent buildings in England and Wales achieve a better energy rating.

S3W-26804 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it has put in place to ensure that all energy performance certificates for new buildings are either produced by an Approved Certifier of Design (Section 6 - Energy) or that the inputs to the calculation and the calculation itself are checked by a similarly qualified expert in the local authority area, as required by Article 10 of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

S3W-26805 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it will make available to local authorities to enable them to check the accuracy of the inputs and calculations used to prepare energy performance certificates for new buildings when these are not issued by an Approved Certifier of Design (Section 6 - Energy).

S3W-26806 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of concerns raised in England and Wales, whether energy software approved (protocol) organisations will be told not to use unqualified data gatherers except with regard to affordable housing stock.

S3W-26807 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive, following its consultation on improving the energy performance of existing buildings, whether assessments of carbon and energy performance will be registered on a central register alongside energy performance certificates.

S3W-26808 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms it has in place to collect, collate and analyse the underlying data used in preparation of energy performance certificates for new buildings.

S3W-26809 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make the collected and collated data used in producing energy performance certificates available anonymously for the purpose of analysis and policy development.

S3W-26810 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for student bursaries and loans from the Students Awards Agency for Scotland and when these changes were made.

S3W-26811 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether war pensions are counted as income when considering applications for student bursaries and, if so, whether this has always been the case.

S3W-26812 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-23897 by Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2009, how many NHS boards have now completed the Agenda for Change review process for health sciences, broken down by board and date of completion.

S3W-26813 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what projects in Dumfries and Galloway have been funded under the Cashback for Communities scheme.

S3W-26814 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what artificial turf football pitches received funding from sportscotland in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 and what type of surface each pitch has.

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