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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 6 October 2005

Question Time

General

1. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the so-called “booze and blade” culture in Scotland. (S2O-7780)

2. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging the use of biofuels in light of the level of oil prices. (S2O-7749)

3. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that health spending should be focused on the communities with the poorest health. (S2O-7783)

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the re-opening of small stations on the West Coast Main Line, following the Atkins report research supporting the case for a new local service to operate between Carlisle and both Glasgow and Edinburgh if possible. (S2O-7803)

5. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what social and environmental benefits it anticipates from land management contracts. (S2O-7806)

6. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider carrying out an up-to-date environmental impact assessment of the A68 Dalkeith bypass, in light of other infrastructure changes which have been implemented or planned in the Lothians since 1996. (S2O-7739)

7. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its current estimate is for the cost of the M74 motorway extension. (S2O-7804)

8. Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to reduce the level of police resources required to serve court citations. (S2O-7772)

9. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing guidelines on the removal of roadside memorials and shrines following a suitable period for mourning. (S2O-7741)

10. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to bring economic benefits from greater use of the River Forth between Grangemouth and Stirling. (S2O-7773)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that public services will not be adversely affected by implementation of the European Working Time Directive and other negotiated reductions in staff contact time with the public.  (S2O-7757)

2. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow Housing Association is on target to improve the housing of its tenants, as promised in the stock transfer agreement.  (S2O-7763)

3. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all savings secured through its efficient government initiative will be invested in front-line services.  (S2O-7786)

4. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the current green belt proposals for St Andrews.  (S2O-7736)

5. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made sufficient budgetary provision to pay for the transport projects to which it is committed in principle and, if not, what discussions the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform has had with the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications in respect of which projects may not be supported.  (S2O-7794)

6. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by Communities Scotland in supporting designated regeneration areas. (S2O-7775)

7. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to evaluate the success of its central heating initiative.  (S2O-7792)

8. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how its shared equity scheme will improve the availability of affordable housing across Scotland. (S2O-7745)

9. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will produce the baseline and output measures required to enable the appraisal and audit of the effectiveness of its efficient government plan, in line with the recommendations of Professor Arthur Midwinter  (S2O-7756)

10. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what increased rights communities will have under the proposed Planning Bill.  (S2O-7784)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations it is making for the 2012 Olympic Games.  (S2O-7734)

2. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by local authorities in respect of promoting the Gaelic language. (S2O-7750)

3. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports calls for Scotland to have its own Olympic team at the 2012 games in London. (S2O-7782)

4. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternative educational opportunities, such as vocational skills, are being offered to non-academic schoolchildren. (S2O-7776)

5. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it takes to ensure that schools co-operate with higher education institutions and NHS Scotland to encourage pupils to study medicine when they leave school.  (S2O-7729)

6. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff employed by VisitScotland are solely dedicated to promoting the City of Edinburgh. (S2O-7795)

7. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in advance of the implementation on 14 November 2005 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 to resolve any potential funding disputes between local authorities.  (S2O-7781)

8. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to encourage tourists to visit locations outwith the central belt. (S2O-7730)

9. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what facilities exist within mainstream education to support children suffering from dyspraxia.  (S2O-7754)

10. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of any shortfall in numbers of qualified Gaelic teachers to meet the current demand. (S2O-7753)

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