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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 24 February 2005

Question Time

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of people who will be made redundant as a consequence of its restructuring of tourism infrastructure. (S2O-5470)

2. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken with sport scotland to develop accreditation schemes and New Deal programmes to increase the number of people trained as coaches and sports assistants. (S2O-5527)

3. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it is making to find more effective ways of increasing numeracy. (S2O-5531)

4. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in extending breakfast clubs to all schools. (S2O-5454)

5. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve access to qualifications and training in the pre-school and childcare workforce. (S2O-5487)

6. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether additional funding will be provided to Scottish Screen to support its network of local film offices. (S2O-5538)

7. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive how spending outlined in Expenditure on School Education in Scotland , 2005 is benefiting children. (S2O-5483)

8. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools have been built or refurbished since the outset of devolution. (S2O-5473)

9. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that modern science equipment is provided for schools. (S2O-5481)

10. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in promoting Scotland as a film location. (S2O-5475)

11. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to local authorities on priorities for the replacement or refurbishment of schools. (S2O-5464)

12. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reduce the number of pupils leaving school in Glasgow with no job to go to. (S2O-5549)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the supply of social rented housing. (S2O-5467)

2. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the formula for allocating funding to local government and other bodies in order to give greater weight to deprivation. (S2O-5465)

3. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how achievement of the objectives of the Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative will be evaluated. (S2O-5462)

4. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being provided to local authorities to support the implementation of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland ) Act 2003. (S2O-5469)

5. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how much local authority housing debt has been written off by central government since 1999 and which local authorities have benefited as a result. (S2O-5540)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that housing associations, such as Scottish Borders Housing Association, should continue to be exempted from the Freedom of Information (Scotland ) Act 2002 and what the reasons are for its position on the matter. (S2O-5551)

7. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the needs of refugees. (S2O-5459)

8. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to reach a final decision on the planning application from Eden Waste Recycling Ltd for a landfill site at Greengairs in Lanarkshire. (S2O-5478)

9. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will measure the success of its policies under the Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative. (S2O-5570)

10. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in reducing fuel poverty and delivering its central heating programme to older people. (S2O-5489)

11. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the funding for housing announced in the ministerial statement on Scottish Water on 9 February 2005 will help connect housing developments in rural areas to the water system. (S2O-5548)

12. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the overall cost to local authorities would be if they were to meet in full the spending requirements placed on them by Executive legislation passed by the Parliament since its inception. (S2O-5513)

General

1. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reverse the trend in violent crime in Glasgow. (S2O-5545)

2. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in addressing gun crime. (S2O-5460)

3. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether speed restrictions associated with planned roadworks should be lifted during the times when work is not being carried out. (S2O-5541)

4. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address any systemic problems in the prosecution of environmental crimes. (S2O-5516)

5. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to community renewables initiatives. (S2O-5546)

6. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports modernising and extending the Glasgow subway. (S2O-5519)

7. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what accreditation points were achieved for inspections by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for maternity units at St John's Hospital , Simpson Maternity Unit and Borders General Hospital. (S2O-5510)

8. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce autism awareness training for criminal justice professionals. (S2O-5572)

9. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor the system of GP out-of-hours cover in remote rural areas. (S2O-5543)

10. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any proposals to ensure that botox treatment is provided in a safe manner by qualified and experienced staff. (S2O-5476)

11. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the position is in respect of NHS orthopaedic waiting times in the North Glasgow University Hospitals Division. (S2O-5574)

12. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding from the strategic waste fund has been allocated to community waste management groups. (S2O-5463)

13. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its advice from officials is not to fund the Borders Railway and whether the matter will require a Ministerial direction. (S2O-5552)

14. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the provision of employability projects for people who are either homeless, drug or alcohol-addicted or a combination of these. (S2O-5453)

15. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on the development of forest crofting. (S2O-5576)



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