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Business Bulletin No. 2/2004

Tuesday 6 January 2004

Section D : Oral questions selected for answer on 8 January 2004


First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-487)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s cabinet. (S2F-493)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s response is to the research released this week by the Aberdeen Fertility Centre showing that sperm counts of men have fallen by almost a third since 1989; whether the Executive is aware of any linkage between toxic chemicals in the environment and such health effects, and what action it intends to take in light of its commitment to environmental justice. (S2F-500)

4. Susan Deacon: To ask the First Minister what assistance the Scottish Executive will provide to ensure that Scotland is the best place in the world to celebrate hogmanay. (S2F-497)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the First Minister what benefits will result from his plans regarding the use of private sector expertise in the civil service in Scotland. (S2F-501)

6. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister what steps will be taken to ensure the prosperity of fishing communities following the outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels in December 2003. (S2F-490)