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Section E – Written questions lodged from 6 to 9 April 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-33062 Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive with which local authorities it is working to develop proposals for a national housing trust.

S3W-33063 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS agency has held a meeting or event at Cameron House Hotel since May 2007 and, if so, what the (a) nature, (b) date and (c) total cost was of each such meeting or event.

S3W-33064 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS board has held a meeting or event at Cameron House Hotel since May 2007 and, if so, what the (a) nature, (b) date and (c) total cost was of each such meeting or event.

S3W-33065 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all meetings and events held by NHS agencies since May 2007 that have taken place at external facilities for which there was a charge, showing the (a) nature, (b) date and (c) total cost of each such meeting or event.

S3W-33066 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all meetings and events held by NHS boards since May 2007 that have taken place at external facilities for which there was a charge, showing the (a) nature, (b) date and (c) total cost of each such meeting or event.

S3W-33067 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS maternity units do not provide epidurals to assist with childbirth.

S3W-33068 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to extend the provision of concessionary bus travel to injured veterans as stated in Scotland’s Veterans and Forces’ Communities: meeting our commitment.

S3W-33069 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when the report, Entanglement of Minke Whales in Scottish waters: an investigation into occurrence, causes and mitigation, will be published and what engagement will be undertaken with stakeholders following its publication.

S3W-33070 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement the recommendations in the report, Entanglement of Minke Whales in Scottish waters: an investigation into occurrence, causes and mitigation, and, if so, what resources will be made available to do this.

S3W-33071 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it has no plans to contribute funding toward community facilities at the planned new Lasswade High School Centre.

S3W-33072 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has issued guidance on the overprovision of licences to sell alcohol.

S3W-33073 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what constitutes overprovision of licensed premises in any given area.

S3W-33074 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences to sell alcohol have been refused on the grounds of overprovision

S3W-33075 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether licences to sell alcohol have been awarded by a sheriff on appeal following a licensing board decision to refuse on the grounds of overprovision.

S3W-33076 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Treasury Committee’s Eighth Report of Session 2009-10, The management of the Crown Estate, in so far as it relates to land in Scotland.

S3W-33077 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what dues are paid to the Crown Estate from commercial harbours around Scotland.

S3W-33078 Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it can take to legislate to regulate the use of Crown Estate land and Crown property rights in Scotland.

S3W-33079 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25616 by John Swinney on 29 July 2009, whether the research on actual and perceived barriers to consortia bidding in the business community is publicly available and, if not, whether the Scottish Executive will undertake to make it publicly available.

S3W-33080 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-25616 by John Swinney on 29 July 2009, what steps have been taken to address actual or perceived barriers identified in the research on consortia bidding.

S3W-33081 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-31597 by Adam Ingram on 4 March 2010, when in 2010 the guidance to local authorities on implementation of the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 will be published.

S3W-33082 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-31597 by Adam Ingram on 4 March 2010, whether the guidance to local authorities will reiterate the commitment to achieve parity between payments to kinship carers and those to foster carers by 2011.

S3W-33083 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has distributed in the form of grants to support marine renewable research and development in each of the last seven years.

S3W-33084 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it intends to distribute in the form of grants to support marine renewable research and development in 2010-11.

S3W-33085 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how many micro-hydro renewable energy installations are operating, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-33086 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it is taking to support micro-hydro renewable energy schemes.

S3W-33087 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it is allocating to support micro-hydro renewable energy schemes in 2010-11.

S3W-33088 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has allocated to support micro-hydro renewable energy schemes in each of the last five years.

S3W-33089 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, in reference to paragraph 122 of Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: a Framework for Action, what progress the working group to update core services for alcohol treatment and support has made.

S3W-33090 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive, in reference to paragraph 136 of Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: a Framework for Action, what action has followed the review of current plans and practices for the identification and treatment of offenders with alcohol problems in criminal justice settings.

S3W-33091 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the £12 million WATERS fund will be made up of unallocated, unclaimed or withdrawn funds from the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme and, in the case of unclaimed or withdrawn funds, what are the values of these funds and to whom were they originally allocated.

S3W-33092 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will play in managing and administering the WATERS fund.

S3W-33093 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive in what ways the WATERS fund will differ from the Wave and Tidal Energy Support Scheme in terms of (a) project eligibility, (b) applicant eligibility, (c) the type of support available, (d) the distribution of payments and (e) the expected number of successful applicants.

S3W-33094 Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what public expenditure has been as a percentage of GDP in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom in each year since 1996-97.

S3W-33095 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding will be allocated to provide tailored support for secondary schools requiring additional help in implementing the Curriculum for Excellence before August 2010.

S3W-33096 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of funding will be allocated to providing additional practical materials for teachers to support implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence and when teachers will be provided with these materials.

S3W-33097 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide further details of the proposal for literacy and numeracy units to be built into English and maths qualifications.

S3W-33098 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) will work with local authorities and schools to support their implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence before August 2010.

S3W-33099 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many events will be held to allow head teachers to share best practice with regard to the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence and whether these events will be held before August 2010.

S3W-33100 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what form the additional materials for pupils and parents to explain the Curriculum for Excellence will take and when these materials will be provided.

S3W-33101 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional materials and information it will provide to employers to explain the Curriculum for Excellence and the new national qualifications and when these materials will be provided.

S3W-33102 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what role Learning and Teaching Scotland will play in actioning the 10-point plan for the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-33103 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to facilitate remote learning under the Curriculum for Excellence in order to provide choice of courses and learning.

S3W-33104 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which of the Curriculum for Excellence 10-point plan action points will be continued after August 2010 and for how long.

S3W-33105 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will develop an action plan specific to the development and implementation of the new national qualifications.

S3W-33106 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what role Learning and Teaching Scotland is playing in the development of the new national qualifications.

S3W-33107 Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there are sufficient numbers of teachers to allow for flexibility in training and continuing professional development for the Curriculum for Excellence.

S3W-33108 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to it, and by what organisations, regarding the proposed withdrawal of cheques in 2018.

S3W-33109 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the proposed withdrawal of cheques in 2018 might have a detrimental impact on small businesses, in particular sole traders.

S3W-33110 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the proposed withdrawal of cheques in 2018 might present security issues for older and housebound people.

S3W-33111 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether research has been carried out to inform its policy on next generation access, as promised in its response to Digital Britain: The Interim Report.

S3W-33112 Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29290 by Jim Mather on 3 December 2009, what progress has been made since this response; what research has been commissioned, and whether it now has a next generation broadband policy.

S3W-33113 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases of norovirus there were in NHS (a) Highland, (b) Grampian, (c) Western Isles, (d) Orkney and (e) Shetland in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

S3W-33114 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital patients with underlying health problems died as a result of norovirus in NHS (a) Highland, (b) Grampian, (c) Western Isles, (d) Orkney and (e) Shetland in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

S3W-33115 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wards were closed as a result of norovirus in NHS (a) Highland, (b) Grampian, (c) Western Isles, (d) Orkney and (e) Shetland in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

S3W-33116 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures NHS boards have in place to ensure the containment of norovirus.

S3W-33117 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the formula capital allocation for NHS Tayside is in 2010-11 and was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08, (d) 2008-09, (e) 2009-10, also expressed in 2010-11 values.

S3W-33118 Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new criminal offences the Scottish Parliament has created in each parliamentary year since 1999.

S3W-33119 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been spent on dental bursaries for students at the University of (a) Dundee and (b) Glasgow in each year since 2006-07.

S3W-33120 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental students at the University of (a) Dundee and (b) Glasgow have received a dental bursary in each year since 2006-07.

S3W-33121 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental students at the University of (a) Dundee and (b) Glasgow since 2006-07 who received a dental bursary in their final year of study are now in vocational training in Scotland, also broken down by NHS board area.

S3W-33122 Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how many biomedical science bursaries to encourage students to work in the NHS after graduation have been awarded in 2009-10, broken down by institution.

S3W-33123 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spends on energy efficiency initiatives, also broken down by (a) directorate and (b) funds channelled through agencies.

S3W-33124 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spends on renewable energy initiatives, also broken down by (a) directorate and (b) funds channelled through agencies.

S3W-33125 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it spends on energy reduction initiatives, also broken down by (a) directorate and (b) funds channelled through agencies.

S3W-33126 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) energy reduction, (b) energy efficiency and (c) renewable energy budget reporting requirements it must fulfil under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

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