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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 8 February 2007

Question Time

General

1. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the performance of its housing policy since 1999 in tackling homelessness and providing a suitable supply of affordable social housing. (S2O-11922)

2. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that current planning laws are adequate to deal with rapid, competing supermarket developments and to ensure fairness and long-term benefit. (S2O-11899)

3. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to install Microsoft Vista on its computer systems. (S2O-11982)

4. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take following the release of the report of the Supporting and Developing Healthy Communities task group. (S2O-11980)

5. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to amend the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to regulate the off-sales sector. (S2O-11931)

6. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm that the Burns museum project at Alloway will be completed and the visitor attraction fully operational for the 2009 Year of Homecoming. (S2O-11908)

7. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, in respect of free personal care, what discussions it has had with local authorities about the reimbursement of people who have been wrongly charged by local authorities for assistance with meal preparation. (S2O-11917)

8. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to expedite access to NHS dentists in Moray and across Scotland. (S2O-11928)

9. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote full religious equality and an end to institutionalised discrimination. (S2O-11925)

10. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support projects such as FOCCUS, provided by Scottish Marriage Care, for people contemplating marriage. (S2O-11959)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to the European Commission about the proposed merger between Iberdrola and Scottish Power. (S2O-11943)

2. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting education and training for renewable energy technology installation and maintenance. (S2O-11974)

3. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will work with business to reduce the number of unskilled workers in the workforce. (S2O-11955)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the spin-out of research from Scotland’s universities. (S2O-11970)

5. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the use of rail for passenger and freight traffic. (S2O-11951)

6. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish the initial findings of the study of the economic, social and environmental impact and cost of retaining or removing tolls from the Tay and Forth road bridges. (S2O-11903)

7. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the uptake has been of the young persons’ concessionary travel scheme. (S2O-11948)

8. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Funding Council about the current position at James Watt College. (S2O-11961)

9. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Strategic Transport Appraisal Guidance is being taken into account in the evaluation of a further Forth crossing and when a decision will be taken. (S2O-11967)

10. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to work with businesses to improve investment in research and development and reach the targets set out in the 2004 Spending Review, following the publication of Business Enterprise Research and Development 2005 on 30 January 2007 which shows that business research and development accounts for 0.59% of GDP. (S2O-11915)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address serious organised crime. (S2O-11941)

2. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how the establishment of a youth court in Paisley can help reduce crime. (S2O-11932)

3. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to promote and extend the traceable bottle marking scheme nationwide. (S2O-11968)

4. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make equal provision of drug rehabilitation and treatment services across Scotland. (S2O-11921)

5. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its position is that the criminal convictions of those who did not pay the Skye Bridge tolls should be overturned. (S2O-11972)

6. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how many anti-nuclear protestors have been arrested at the Faslane naval base since the start of the "Faslane 365" campaign and how many have been charged. (S2O-11927)

7. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what innovative measures are being considered to tackle shops that fail to adhere to the law on the supply of cigarettes and alcohol to under-age children. (S2O-11938)

8. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the creation of the new category of "short term" prisoner within the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill, as advocated by the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum. (S2O-11983)

9. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the law pertaining to asset seizure in drug-related cases is being evenly applied. (S2O-11910)

10. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Justice will meet parents whose son died, having been wrongly prescribed methadone, to discuss their concerns about the operation of fatal accident inquiries and the legal basis of methadone prescribing guidelines. (S2O-11919)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 15 February 2007

The following members have been randomly selected for General and Themed Question Times for the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon on Wednesday 7 February. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Mr Frank McAveety
2. Ms Sandra White
3. Murdo Fraser
4. Rob Gibson
5. Rosie Kane
6. Mr Jim Wallace
7. Richard Baker
8. Jeremy Purvis
9. Cathy Peattie
10. Helen Eadie

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Dr Elaine Murray
2. Euan Robson
3. Patrick Harvie
4. Jim Mather
5. Karen Whitefield
6. Margaret Smith
7. Mr Ted Brocklebank
8. Mr Stewart Maxwell
9. Mr Charlie Gordon
10. Mrs Nanette Milne

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. John Farquhar Munro
2. Mr Alasdair Morrison
3. Ms Wendy Alexander
4. Cathie Craigie
5. Ms Maureen Watt
6. Iain Smith
7. Phil Gallie
8. Margaret Jamieson
9. Alex Neil
10. Bruce Crawford

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