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

Question Time

General

1. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers were recruited by Lothian and Borders Police in 2006. (S2O-12267)

2. Dave Petrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the value of Scottish Water’s investment in water quality in the Western Isles will be eroded if leakage in the pipe network is not addressed at the same time. (S2O-12261)

3. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to support the processing and marketing of Scottish produce. (S2O-12309)

4. John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans in respect of initiatives to reduce congestion on the Edinburgh city bypass. (S2O-12282)

5. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the cost of increased severe weather events for small harbours such as Wick. (S2O-12248)

6. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many births there have been at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, in the last five years. (S2O-12296)

7. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive why the number of training places for new dentists will be reduced to 150 in 2007-08 from 151 in 2006-07. (S2O-12308)

8. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking as a result of the report, Contemporary slavery in the UK: overview and key issues, produced for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. (S2O-12255)

9. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of its strategies in respect of healthy living, it will consider, and provide the opportunity for an open debate on, introducing a structured scheme whereby older people may be prescribed exercise by their GP rather than conventional medication. (S2O-12269)

10. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role is of the Scottish Civic Forum. (S2O-12329)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons have been learned from the experience of John Travers, who used whistleblowing procedures to make allegations about a possible financial irregularity in the City of Edinburgh Council accounts and who was subsequently the subject of disciplinary procedures. (S2O-12304)

2. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much green space and how many playing fields have been lost as a result of the use of private finance initiatives for new buildings. (S2O-12271)

3. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance and advice is given to local authorities on bridging any affordability gap for PPP projects. (S2O-12253)

4. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how, in advance of publication of the Howat Report, it is possible for the public to assess the achievability of the savings the Executive has targeted. (S2O-12254)

5. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Challenge 21 to eradicate underage purchasing of alcohol. (S2O-12285)

6. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being provided for rural affordable and socially rented housing. (S2O-12310)

7. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide affordable housing for first time buyers. (S2O-12291)

8. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with regard to second stage transfer of Glasgow housing stock. (S2O-12276)

9. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to regenerate town centres. (S2O-12298)

10. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total investment in affordable housing was from 1999 to (a) 2003 and (b) the most recent date for which figures are available. (S2O-12280)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it resources the provision of residential outdoor education courses for primary and secondary school pupils. (S2O-12281)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the implications of recent court and tribunal decisions for the education of children with additional support needs. (S2O-12262)

3. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve literacy and numeracy in primary schools. (S2O-12273)

4. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a further update on Glasgow’s bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. (S2O-12290)

5. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage more people to take up careers as Gaelic teachers. (S2O-12316)

6. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact closure of the former Commonwealth Games Stadium at Meadowbank in Edinburgh would have on the provision of athletics facilities in east central Scotland. (S2O-12318)

7. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will improve standards in the public library service. (S2O-12289)

8. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans have been initiated by its Education Department to address the issues raised in the UNICEF report on child poverty and what aspect of the report will be the department’s top priority. (S2O-12250)

9. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment has been made in education in the Clydesdale constituency since 2003. (S2O-12279)

10. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an audit of library buildings to assess whether there is adequate library provision in appropriate, well-sited buildings. (S2O-12319)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 15 March 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 1 March. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Mr Duncan McNeil
2. Mike Rumbles
3. Karen Whitefield
4. Irene Oldfather
5. Dave Petrie
6. Dr Jean Turner
7. Stewart Stevenson
8. John Home Robertson
9. Shona Robison
10. Ms Maureen Watt

Health and Community Care

1. Bill Aitken
2. Mr Frank McAveety
3. Malcolm Chisholm
4. Maureen Macmillan
5. Alex Fergusson
6. Colin Fox
7. Margaret Jamieson
8. Christine May
9. Margo MacDonald
10. Ms Sandra White

Environment and Rural Development

1. Elaine Smith
2. Dennis Canavan
3. Mr Jim Wallace
4. Derek Brownlee
5. Richard Baker
6. Mr Kenneth Macintosh
7. John Farquhar Munro
8. Mr Mark Ruskell
9. Mike Pringle
10. Marlyn Glen

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