John’s Parliamentary Questions Week End 05/07/2013

Below you will find the questions John lodged in Parliament during the week ending 05/07/2013.

Question S4W-16290: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of arable land in the Highlands the land it proposes to dispose of at its farm at Knocknagael represents.

Question S4W-16289: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what the land use classification is of the land it proposes to dispose of at its farm at Knocknagael.

Question S4W-16288: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish for what reasons it withdrew its planning application for a housing development at its farm at Knocknagael.

Question S4W-16287: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to consult with the local community regarding its future plans for Knocknagael and Balrobert farms.

Question S4W-16286: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent,

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the long-term consequences of the loss of land suitable for food production.

Question S4W-16285: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to dispose of land that it owns, which is suitable for food production.

Question S4W-16284: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with organisations that support allotments regarding the planned disposal of land at its farm at Knocknagael.

Question S4W-16283: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to using farm land that it deems surplus to requirements at its farm at Knocknagael as an means of attracting more tenant farmers.

Question S4W-16282: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to renting land at its farm at Knocknagael for agricultural purposes.

Question S4W-16281: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish all environmental impact assessments that it has undertaken in respect of developments and the planned disposal of land at its farm at Knocknagael.

Question S4W-16280: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government whether, in relation to its withdrawn planning application for a housing development at its farm at Knocknagael, it complied with neighbour notification requirements.

Question S4W-16279: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish its plans for Balrobert Farm, Inverness.

Question S4W-16278: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations about its vacant farm dwelling houses.

Question S4W-16277: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government how many renovated unoccupied farm dwelling houses that it owns have required subsequent renovations due to frost damage since 1999.

Question S4W-16276: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on renovating unoccupied farm dwellings that it owns in each year since 1999.

Question S4W-16275: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government how many of its dwelling houses are located on farms that it owns.

Question S4W-16274: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government how many houses it owns and, of these, how many (a) are unoccupied and (b) have been unoccupied for (i) less than a year, (ii) between one and two years, (iii) between two and five years, (iv) between five and 10 years, (v) between 10 and 15 years and (vi) for more than 15 years, and what the average length of time is that they have been unoccupied.

Question S4W-16272: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government whether it carried out a risk assessment before designating land at its farm at Knocknagael as no longer safe for crop production and, if so, whether (a) it will publish this and (b) this has wider implications for crop production in the Highlands.

Question S4W-16271: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of a reduced acreage of land for cattle feed production, whether it will be self-sufficient in animal feed at the bull stud at its farm at Knocknagael.

Question S4W-16270: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government how much income it received from silage sales at its farm at Knocknagael in each year since 2007.

Question S4W-16269: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish what agricultural criteria it used to designate fields at its farm at Knocknagael as “surplus to requirements”.

Question S4W-16268: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish the full business case for the bull stud at its farm at Knocknagael.

Question S4W-16259: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the Scottish Public Finance Manual to ensure that best value and sustainability are the main considerations in its financial transactions.

All the above questions are expected to be answered on 02/08/2013.

The question below will be answered on 31/07/2013.

Question S4W-16219: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it has allocated to golf’s (a) Open Championship and (b) Scottish Open this year.