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Section E – Written questions lodged on 11 November 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-37448 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what its administrative costs have been in each year since 1999.

S3W-37449 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what rail passenger numbers have been in each year since 2006 and what information it has on how this compares with each (a) other part of the United Kingdom, (b) EU member state and (c) OECD country.

S3W-37450 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average class size has been for primary (a) one, (b) two and (c) three in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

S3W-37451 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes for social let owned by a (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord have been completed in each year since 1999, broken down by (i) Scottish Parliament constituency and (ii) local authority area.

S3W-37452 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is to create special enterprise zone status in Moray.

S3W-37453 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to relocate civil service posts to Moray.

S3W-37454 David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what approaches it has made to the European Union under the European Economic Recovery Plan to draw down additional structural funds for Moray.

S3W-37455 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts have been made to secure patient feedback on the standard of meals served at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill); what such patient feedback has shown; what lessons have been learned, and how patient satisfaction levels compare with those at other NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals.

S3W-37456 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive where meals served to patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) are prepared.

S3W-37457 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that meals served to patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) are tailored to the specific needs and tastes of children; what analysis has been carried out of the effectiveness of these measures, and what conclusions have been drawn.

S3W-37458 Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what the procedure is for advising nurses working on an open rota in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde of their next rota; what feedback has been received on this procedure, and whether any feedback suggests the need for improvement.

S3W-37459 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for the completion of the Borders Railway of reports that only two contractors remain on the shortlist for construction of the line.

S3W-37460 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive by what date it expects work on the Borders Railway to be completed.

S3W-37461 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects work to begin on construction of the Borders Railway.

S3W-37462 Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the benefits for communities in Midlothian will be of the Borders Railway when it is completed.

S3W-37463 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to hold discussions with the UK Border Agency regarding the ending of its contract with Glasgow City Council for asylum seekers in light of the impact on services in Glasgow.

S3W-37464 Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds have been allocated to tobacco control activities in each of the last four years, broken down by type of activity.

S3W-37465 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive with what flood prevention schemes it is assisting the City of Edinburgh Council, broken down by (a) financial costs and (b) location.

S3W-37466 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring it has undertaken of the (a) effectiveness and (b) implementation of the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010.

S3W-37467 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports have been made to the procurators fiscal regarding breaches of the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010.

S3W-37468 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted of breaching the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010.

S3W-37469 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what penalties have been imposed on people convicted of breaching the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010.

S3W-37470 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out or will carry out research into the use of snares.

S3W-37471 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sought information from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) regarding the progress of its research project, Determining the Extent of Use and Humaneness of Snares in England and Wales.

S3W-37472 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of research into the impact of snares on animal welfare commissioned by the charity, OneKind, from the University of Cambridge Centre for Animal Welfare and Anthropozoology.

S3W-37473 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates the value of the shooting industry to be for the economy and on what basis.

S3W-37474 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it considers the shooting industry depends on the use of snares for its continued viability and what the basis is of its position on this matter.

S3W-37475 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it estimates a ban on snares would have on the value to the economy of the shooting industry and what the basis is of its estimate.

S3W-37476 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it considers the hill farming industry depends on the use of snares for its continued viability and what the basis is of its position on this matter.

S3W-37477 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it estimates a ban on snares would have on the value to the economy of hill farming and what the basis is of its position on this matter.

S3W-37478 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out research to establish which EU member states prohibit the use of neck snares and, if so, what information it has gathered.

S3W-37479 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the extent to which the snaring training courses run by the (a) Scottish Gamekeepers Association, (b) Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and (c) British Association for Shooting and Conservation adequately address the issue of the welfare of animals caught in snares.

S3W-37480 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what independent animal welfare content it is aware of in the snaring training courses run by the (a) Scottish Gamekeepers Association, (b) Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and (c) British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

S3W-37481 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has evidence that the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is satisfied with the animal welfare content of the snaring training courses run by the (a) Scottish Gamekeepers Association, (b) Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and (c) British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

S3W-37482 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what public funding has been made available since 2008 for the development and delivery of snaring training courses run by the (a) Scottish Gamekeepers Association, (b) Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and (c) British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

S3W-37483 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the numbers of successful and unsuccessful applications to the boiler scrappage scheme for private landlords are recorded and broken down by local authority.

S3W-37484 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the number of boilers installed under the boiler scrappage scheme for private landlords is recorded and broken down by local authority.

S3W-37485 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the number of boilers proposed in unsuccessful applications to the boiler scrappage scheme for private landlords is recorded and broken down by local authority.

S3W-37486 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how long the boiler scrappage scheme for private landlords will be open for applications.

S3W-37487 Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how many residential properties there are in the private rented sector, broken down by local authority area.

S3W-37488 John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wind farm development applications it has (a) approved and (b) rejected since 2007, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

S3W-37489 Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how much opencast coal has been produced in each of the last 10 years.

S3W-37490 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will appoint a new Scots Makar.

S3W-37491 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be changes to the appointment of the Scots Makar.

S3W-37492 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated for proficiency in cycling.

S3W-37493 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to encourage more people to cycle.

S3W-37494 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure better safety for cyclists.

S3W-37495 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to encourage local authorities to promote information on cycle routes.

S3W-37496 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning to provide public information on safety for cyclists.

S3W-37497 John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36938 by Shona Robison on 11 November 2010, whether it can confirm that there were no meetings with individuals or organisations to discuss the establishment of a commissioner for older people.

S3W-37498 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each NHS board has spent on cleaning in each year since 2007.

S3W-37499 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on health-related non-governmental organisations in each year since 2007.

S3W-37500 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been employed in health-related non-governmental organisations funded by government resources in each year since 2007.

S3W-37501 Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each NHS board has spent on administration in each year since 2007.

S3W-37502 John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37331 by Richard Lochhead on 11 November 2010, whether it will publish any response that it receives from the UK Government.

S3W-37503 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are in receipt of Educational Maintenance Allowance in 2010-11, broken down by Scottish Parliament (a) constituency and (b) region.

S3W-37504 Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish the findings of its review of Educational Maintenance Allowance.

S3W-37505 Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37250 by Nicola Sturgeon on 11 November 2010, what the (a) total number of attendances for and (b) estimated cost of echocardiography was in 2008-09.

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