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Section E – Written questions lodged on 22 September 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-36463 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what shortage of fostering households exists, broken down by local authority.

S3W-36464 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children are waiting for a place in a fostering household to become available, broken down by local authority.

S3W-36465 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it takes to monitor the number of (a) local authority and (b) independent agency fostering households; how often it collates this, and what mechanisms are in place for taking action on any negative results.

S3W-36466 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it takes to monitor the number of children who are waiting for a place in a fostering household to become available; how often it collates this, and what mechanisms are in place for taking action on any negative results.

S3W-36467 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times in the last 12 months it has contacted local authorities to obtain information regarding (a) the number of fostering households that they have and (b) whether there are any shortages of supply of fostering households.

S3W-36468 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times in the last 12 months it has contacted independent fostering agencies to obtain information regarding (a) the number of fostering households that they have and (b) whether there are any shortages of supply of fostering households.

S3W-36469 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times in the last 12 months it has contacted local authorities to obtain information regarding the number of children waiting for a place in a fostering household to become available.

S3W-36470 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times in the last 12 months it has contacted independent fostering agencies to obtain information regarding the number of children waiting for a place in a fostering household to become available.

S3W-36471 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Lanarkshire records inpatient bed numbers available on a monthly basis.

S3W-36472 Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many inpatient beds there were in NHS Lanarkshire in (a) April, (b) May, (c) June, (d) July and (e) August 2010, broken down by (i) specialism and (ii) hospital.

S3W-36473 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether single outcome agreements have been signed off for all community planning partnerships for 2010-11.

S3W-36474 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the single outcome agreements agreed for 2010-11 have been the subject of equality impact assessments.

S3W-36475 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive by what date the annual reports for the 2009-10 single outcome agreements will be submitted.

S3W-36476 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an analysis of progress in implementing the 2009-10 single outcome agreements.

S3W-36477 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been informed of the number of people receiving incapacity benefit who will be reassessed during the pilot in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

S3W-36478 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been informed of the amount by which the incapacity benefit budget will be reduced as a result of the pilot in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

S3W-36479 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been a study of the likely impact on the economy of Aberdeen andAberdeenshire of the pilot on incapacity benefits.

S3W-36480 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the acceptability of the open prison estate operating at approximately 60% capacity while there is overcrowding in the closed estate.

S3W-36481 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the open prison estate is operating at approximately 60% capacity.

S3W-36482 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that best use is made of the open prison estate.

S3W-36483 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Government officials tried to stop Northern Constabulary from recruiting a new chief constable and, if so, when ministers first became aware of this.

S3W-36484 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of claims that Scottish Government officials tried to stop Northern Constabulary from recruiting a new chief constable and, if so, when it became aware of this.

S3W-36485 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken regarding claims that Scottish Government officials tried to stop Northern Constabulary from recruiting a new chief constable.

S3W-36486 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Government officials told members of the Northern Joint Police Board that there was no point wasting time and money recruiting a new chief constable because the future of the force was uncertain.

S3W-36487 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of claims that Scottish Government officials told members of the Northern Joint Police Board that there was no point wasting time and money recruiting a new chief constable because the future of the force was uncertain.

S3W-36488 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken regarding claims that Scottish Government officials told members of the Northern Joint Police Board that there was no point wasting time and money recruiting a new chief constable because the future of the force was uncertain.

S3W-36489 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on any attempt by Scottish Government officials to stop Northern Constabulary from recruiting a new chief constable because they view the future of the force to be uncertain.

S3W-36490 Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to its consultation on high hedges and whether it intends to bring forward draft legislation.

S3W-36491 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has concerns regarding the legality of section two of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill on the restriction of promotions in light of evidence from the Law Society of Scotland.

S3W-36492 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has concerns regarding the opinion of Advocate General Mengozzi of the EU Court of Justice in Case 108/09 Ker-Optika of 15 June 2010 and proportionality under EU law in relation to (a) minimum unit pricing and (b) banning discounts.

S3W-36493 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view is of the submission by the Law Society of Scotland to the Health and Sport Committee on 15 September 2010 in relation to the implications for the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill of the opinion of Advocate General Mengozzi of the EU Court of Justice in Case 108/09 Ker-Optika.

S3W-36494 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what total number of planning applications was decided by each local authority and what percentage was decided within two months in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2009-10.

S3W-36495 Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the increase in each council tax band would be in each local authority if the funding for a council tax freeze was withdrawn.

S3W-36496 George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the purpose is of the visit to China of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; what his engagements are; who he will see; who will accompany him, and what the total estimated cost is.

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