Section E: Written Questions

Section E – Written questions lodged on 14 December 2011

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".

S4W-04576 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the Scottish Funding Council has allocated to further education student support in each year for which figures are available.

S4W-04577 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on citizen advocacy.

S4W-04578 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it funds citizen advocacy projects or organisations.

S4W-04579 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made an assessment of the extent of citizen advocacy projects and services throughout Scotland.

S4W-04580 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that citizen advocacy is in accordance with preventative spend principles.

S4W-04581 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive how citizen advocacy accords with the change of the model of social care to a community-based approach.

S4W-04582 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans for the 2014 Commonwealth Games involve constructing facilities on areas designated as sites of special scientific interest or Natura sites.

S4W-04583 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out an appropriate assessment for any 2014 Commonwealth Games facilities to be constructed on sites of special scientific interest or Natura sites.

S4W-04584 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will propose compensation measures for any short or long-term loss or damage to protected habitats or species as a result of any 2014 Commonwealth Games facilities being constructed on sites of special scientific interest or Natura sites.

S4W-04585 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has advised the European Commission of any 2014 Commonwealth Games facilities to be constructed on Natura sites.

S4W-04586 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of lead shot in the 2014 Commonwealth Games will contravene the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004.

S4W-04587 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S4W-03362 by Aileen Campbell on 16 November 2011, what unauthorised activities or breaches of consent it is aware of.

S4W-04588 Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest estimated population of the Scottish diaspora is and what the Scottish Government is doing to engage with members of the diaspora and encourage them to visit Scotland in the run up to the second Homecoming in 2014.

S4W-04589Δ Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish an update to the Renewable Heat Action Plan for Scotland.

S4W-04590 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met representatives of the Market Research Society and what issues were discussed.

S4W-04591 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cooperatives have (a) applied for and (b) received funding from the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme since the scheme was introduced.

S4W-04593 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been distributed to cooperatives by the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme since the scheme was introduced.

S4W-04594 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive how many wind turbines are (a) community- and (b) cooperative-owned.

S4W-04596 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times have (a) Galloway Community Hospital and (b) other rural hospitals have or had their accident and emergency units downgraded to minor injuries units due to a shortage of suitably-qualified staff in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) 2011.

S4W-04600Δ Clare Adamson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the main outcomes are of the recent visit to Canada and the United States of America by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.