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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 15 February 2007

Question Time

General

1. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to promote links between business and universities. (S2O-12052)

2. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statement by Glasgow’s New Children’s Hospital Clinical Advisory Group that "procurement of the adult and children’s hospital as a joint PFI project was seen to be the most appropriate way forward". (S2O-12000)

3. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging the development of small-scale hydro power schemes. (S2O-12015)

4. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ahead of the European Council of Ministers’ meeting to review the application for approval to plant BASF’s genetically modified potato EH92-527-1 on a commercial scale in Europe. (S2O-11990)

5. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive which employment, training and personal development services formerly provided by One Plus are now being provided by other agencies and which agencies are involved. (S2O-12012)

6. Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the delivery of care services for elderly people in Orkney. (S2O-12019)

7. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce congestion in the city of Aberdeen. (S2O-12035)

8. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Prison Service is working with local communities to prevent crime. (S2O-12022)

9. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in respect of enterprise and transport to mark European Year of Equal Opportunities. (S2O-12063)

10. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to encourage environmental volunteering. (S2O-12040)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new schools have been built since May 2003. (S2O-12060)

2. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers there are and whether this figure has increased in recent years. (S2O-12024)

3. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what role surveillance technologies have in schools. (S2O-12069)

4. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to teach the concept of perpetual process improvement in primary schools in order to create increased receptiveness to learning, as suggested by Professor Umit Bititci and others. (S2O-11992)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve literacy and encourage children to read books. (S2O-12064)

6. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to attract visitors to Edinburgh Zoo. (S2O-12023)

7. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to meet representatives from the St Andrews World Class initiative. (S2O-12008)

8. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new full-size football pitches have been built since 2003. (S2O-11998)

9. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will welcome the announcement by BBC Scotland that it will be the fifth major sponsor of Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. (S2O-12043)

10. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving for the development of gymnastics facilities. (S2O-12014)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of affordable housing in the Highlands. (S2O-12027)

2. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to any problems raised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in respect of funding for community groups. (S2O-12057)

3. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how the use of PPP has helped to deliver major infrastructure projects on time and reduced subsequent maintenance costs. (S2O-12032)

4. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive within what timeframe compulsory purchase orders should be completed. (S2O-12038)

5. Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to act on the recommendations of the McClelland review of public procurement and the subsequently established advisory group. (S2O-12006)

6. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average council tax bill is for a pensioner household. (S2O-12026)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any adjustment will be made to the local government finance settlement to local authorities in Ayrshire to address the impact of the closure of Simclar Ayrshire. (S2O-11994)

8. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how its relocation policy can aid regeneration of town centres. (S2O-12047)

9. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make a statement on the funding of, and timescale for, second stage transfer of Glasgow Housing Association’s housing stock. (S2O-11995)

10. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure that more affordable rented homes are made available in mid Scotland and Fife. (S2O-11989)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 22 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 14 February. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Karen Gillon
2. Helen Eadie
3. Margaret Mitchell
4. Iain Smith
5. Alasdair Morgan
6. Mr Jamie Stone
7. Brian Adam
8. Pauline McNeill
9. Donald Gorrie
10. Maureen Macmillan

Environment and Rural Development

1. Mr Alasdair Morrison
2. Mr John Swinney
3. Bill Butler
4. Eleanor Scott
5. David McLetchie
6. Richard Baker
7. Euan Robson
8. John Farquhar Munro
9. Rob Gibson
10. Murdo Fraser

Health and Community Care

1. Cathy Peattie
2. Rosie Kane
3. Colin Fox
4. Fergus Ewing
5. Gordon Jackson
6. Mr Frank McAveety
7. Bristow Muldoon
8. Richard Lochhead
9. Michael McMahon
10. Marlyn Glen

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