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Section E – Written questions lodged on 6 January 2010

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-30395 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many classroom assistants are employed in special education in each local authority and how this compares with the figure for each of the last five years.

S3W-30404 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual consumption of pure alcohol per litre per head of population of people aged 16 and over has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age group and (b) gender.

S3W-30405 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated alcohol abstention rate is, broken down by gender.

S3W-30406 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated annual consumption of pure alcohol per litre per head of population of people aged 16 and over would be where this figure took into account the estimated alcohol abstention rate, broken down by gender.

S3W-30407 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce a boiler scrappage scheme similar to that on offer in England.

S3W-30408 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the economic and environmental benefits of introducing a boiler scrappage scheme similar to that on offer in England.

S3W-30409 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13290 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 May 2008, how much will remain in each year from 2009-10 to 2017-18 from the capital allocation to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde after funding for the new Southern General Hospital has been excluded.

S3W-30410 Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-13291 by Nicola Sturgeon on 30 May 2008, whether it will provide an updated list of the sources of anticipated capital receipts that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will use to contribute funding for the new Southern General Hospital and in which financial year each receipt is expected to be obtained.

S3W-30411 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many telephone exchanges are broadband enabled.

S3W-30412 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many telephone exchanges receive (a) a half and (b) an up to eight megabits per second broadband service.

S3W-30413 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it and its agencies have spent on recruitment advertising since May 2007, broken down by (a) directorate or agency and (b) position advertised.

S3W-30414 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary school pupils have been sent home as a result of alcohol misuse in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-30415 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct measures were issued for (a) assault and (b) assault to injury in November 2009, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-30416 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many direct measures were issued for (a) assault and (b) assault to injury in December 2009, broken down by sheriff court.

S3W-30417 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on establishing the Finance and Investment arm of the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-30418 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being carried out by the Finance and Investment arm of the Scottish Futures Trust.

S3W-30419 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will lay before the Parliament the orders necessary to allow work to commence on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

S3W-30420 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29209 by Alex Neil on 8 December 2009, when it will provide the information that it undertook to provide in that answer.

S3W-30421 Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29208 by Alex Neil on 8 December 2009, when it will provide the information that it undertook to provide in that answer.

S3W-30422 Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider investigating the practices identified in the Soil Association’s report, Soil Carbon and Organic Farming: A review of the evidence on the relationship between agriculture and soil carbon sequestration, and how organic farming can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as a means of helping Scotland meet its emissions reduction targets.

S3W-30423 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, following publication of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014, whether it now considers the Scottish Futures Trust to be fully operational.

S3W-30424 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, following publication of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014, whether it expects the Scottish Futures Trust to realise annual savings of £100-£150 million.

S3W-30425 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, following publication of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014, what proportion of savings and benefits it estimates will be derived from each of the Scottish Futures Trust’s five main areas of activity.

S3W-30426 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, following publication of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014, whether each of the Scottish Futures Trust’s five main areas of activity has been set individual targets for savings and benefits.

S3W-30427 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what public and private organisations have been involved in discussions with the Scottish Futures Trust, as stated on page four of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014.

S3W-30428 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether records and minutes are available of the discussions between public and private organisations and the Scottish Futures Trust, as stated on page four of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014.

S3W-30429 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive for how many years revenue from the Scottish Government will be the Scottish Futures Trust’s main source of income.

S3W-30430 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it considers that the Scottish Futures Trust will be ready to form joint ventures and make investments that will allow other sources of income to be developed.

S3W-30431 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what important performance measures will be externally validated, as stated on page six of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014.

S3W-30432 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Futures Trust’s objectives, as described in the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014, differ from those outlined in the Scottish Government news release, Scottish Futures Trust, on 20 May 2008.

S3W-30433 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Scottish Futures Trust is providing "more bang for the people’s bucks", as the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth stated it would in the Scottish Government news release, Scottish Futures Trust, on 20 May 2008.

S3W-30434 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what fees are or will be charged by the Scottish Futures Trust to the Scottish Government for the services it provides and how these fees are or will be calculated.

S3W-30435 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what deadline has been set for the Scottish Futures Trust’s delivery of £100-£150 million of savings per annum, as stated on page four of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014, and what progress has been made toward meeting this target.

S3W-30436 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how and by whom the performance multiplier of a minimum of x7 referred to on page 19 of the Scottish Futures Trust corporate plan 2009-2014 was set.

S3W-30437 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust will be audited by Audit Scotland.

S3W-30438 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how the schools designed and built under the governance of the Scottish Futures Trust will differ from those designed and built under PPP/PFI.

S3W-30439 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that PPP/PFI schools were designed and built to an acceptable standard.

S3W-30440 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when and by whom the decision was made not to apply to the Joint European Resources for Micro to medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) scheme for funding for the Scottish Investment Bank.

S3W-30441 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the decision not to apply to the Joint European Resources for Micro to medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) scheme for funding, whether it remains committed to setting up a Scottish Investment Bank.

S3W-30442 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is intended that the Scottish Investment Bank will have further resources beyond those of the Scottish Co-investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund and the Scottish Seed Fund.

S3W-30443 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the aims and objectives of the Scottish Investment Bank have changed following the decision not to apply to the Joint European Resources for Micro to medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) scheme for funding.

S3W-30444 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3M-25877 by Jim Mather on 4 August 2009, whether the work to identify what further resources may be available to the Scottish Investment Bank is complete or remains ongoing.

S3W-30445 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3M-25877 by Jim Mather on 4 August 2009, what funding sources are being examined through the work to identify further resources that may be available to the Scottish Investment Bank.

S3W-30446 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3M-25877 by Jim Mather on 4 August 2009, whether it is now in a position to identify what proportion of funding available to the Scottish Investment Bank will not come from the Scottish Co-investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund or the Scottish Seed Fund.

S3W-30447 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the Scottish Investment Bank will have external sources of funding and, if so, from where this funding might come.

S3W-30448 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of funding it wishes to be available to the Scottish Investment Bank beyond that from the Scottish Co-investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund and the Scottish Seed Fund.

S3W-30449 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will continue to call the Scottish Investment Bank a bank if it is unable to secure external sources of funding.

S3W-30450 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Scottish Investment Bank performs in administering funding from the Scottish Co-investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund or the Scottish Seed Fund that Scottish Enterprise was unable to perform.

S3W-30451 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Investment Bank’s administration of funding from the Scottish Co-investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund or the Scottish Seed Fund differs from the previous administration of these schemes by Scottish Enterprise.

S3W-30452 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive which projects are shovel ready, as stated by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the news release, Pre-Budget Report, on 9 December 2009.

S3W-30453 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive which infrastructure projects are at risk due to a lack of accelerated capital in the pre-Budget report.

S3W-30454 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs it estimates have been created or supported by its (a) economic recovery plan, (b) economic strategy and (c) accelerated capital investment and how these have been measured.

S3W-30455 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to help local authorities grow their own economies.

S3W-30456 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to help local authorities contribute to Scotland’s economic growth.

S3W-30457 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish details of any bonus schemes in place for Scottish Futures Trust staff.

S3W-30458 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29198 by Fergus Ewing on 3 December 2009, when it expects to reach a decision on whether to fund the Iona Community to deliver anti-sectarianism workshops in adult prisons.

S3W-30459 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many twinning arrangements were in place between denominational and non-denominational schools at the start of the 2009-10 school year, broken down by local authority.

S3W-30460 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its total spend was on the Energy Assistance Package from April to October 2009.

S3W-30461 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its funding on the Energy Assistance Package from April to October 2009 was used (a) to purchase insulation and (b) for central heating systems.

S3W-30462 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 4,701 heating system measures under the Energy Assistance Package in 2009 were central heating installations.

S3W-30463 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 4,701 heating system measures under the Energy Assistance Package in 2009 were gas central heating systems.

S3W-30464 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 4,701 heating system measures under the Energy Assistance Package in 2009 were legacy central heating installations.

S3W-30465 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of the term heating system measures in the Energy Assistance Package was agreed with the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum.

S3W-30466 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-20924 by Alex Neil on 10 March 2009, when it will publish its plans for recording the provision of housing support services.

S3W-30467 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the rail franchise operator is required to run six-carriage trains on the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line.

S3W-30468 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the passenger rail franchise requires specific capacity for particular services.

S3W-30469 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost has been of developing the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill to date, also showing the cost of (a) the Committee of Inquiry on Crofting, (b) analysing the results of the Draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill consultation, (c) staff time in drawing up proposals and drafting the Bill, (d) the public launch, (e) travel and subsistence costs and (f) any other costs.

S3W-30470 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of the Draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill, also showing the cost of (a) staff time in drawing up proposals and drafting the draft Bill, (b) publication and distribution of documents, (c) advertising and publicity, (d) holding consultation meetings, (e) travel and subsistence costs and (f) any other costs.

S3W-30471 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the fairness and proportionality of the single farm payment penalty system.

S3W-30472 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders regarding the single farm payment penalty system.

S3W-30473 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next expects to meet stakeholders to discuss the single farm payment penalty system.

S3W-30474 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with European Commission officials regarding the single farm payment penalty system since May 2007.

S3W-30475 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next expects to meet European Commission officials to discuss the single farm payment penalty system.

S3W-30476 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that penalties imposed under the Single Farm Payment Scheme are fair and proportionate.

S3W-30477 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it is undertaking to examine the fairness and proportionality of fines imposed under the Single Farm Payment Scheme.

S3W-30478 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to farmers who believe that they may have been disproportionately penalised under the Single Farm Payment Scheme.

S3W-30479 Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a boiler scrappage scheme.

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