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

Question Time

General

1. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that children across Scotland are not being put at risk by the approach of local authority child protection services to the rights of drug-addicted parents, following the publication of Joint Inspection of Services to Protect Children and Young People in the Midlothian Council Area. (S2O-12378)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the formula for the distribution of GAE funding to local authorities, as announced by the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on 7 February 2007. (S2O-12401)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact is being made in terms of attainment and achievement as a result of additional monies allocated directly to schools and nurseries. (S2O-12388)

4. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to a quality learning environment in the development of pupils. (S2O-12384)

5. Dave Petrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the need to continue to provide a passenger and vehicle ferry service into the centre of Dunoon. (S2O-12338)

6. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is given to the redeployment of staff in the event of a prison closure, such as at HM Prison Low Moss, when redundancy is not available. (S2O-12350)

7. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive to where staff and prisoners from HM Prison Low Moss will be moved after its closure. (S2O-12345)

8. John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value to the economy is of exports of electricity to other parts of the United Kingdom through the national grid, in both financial and employment terms. (S2O-12367)

9. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still its policy to disperse civil service jobs across Scotland. (S2O-12337)

10. Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the level of sports facility provision across Scotland. (S2O-12344)

Health and Community Care

1. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address doctors’ concerns regarding Modernising Medical Careers and the Medical Training Application Service. (S2O-12347)

2. Not Lodged

3. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that the experience of patients informs the development of healthcare. (S2O-12362)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the proposal by Pfizer to distribute its medicines through a single UK wholesaler will have on small pharmacies, particularly those in rural areas of the Highlands. (S2O-12372)

5. Not Lodged

6. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the recent increase in the cost of prescriptions will have on patients with chronic conditions. (S2O-12390)

7. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to NHS boards to take account of co-location and dispersal of non-patient interface services to meet best value and efficient government objectives. (S2O-12370)

8. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is improving the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts in Fife. (S2O-12374)

9. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the list of conditions exempt from prescription charges. (S2O-12404)

10. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Capital Investment Group agreed at its meeting on 6 March 2007 with the recommendation of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s expert body that PPP/PFI should not be the preferred procurement route for the modernisation of maternity services at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital. (S2O-12341)

Environment and Rural Development

1. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to progress flood prevention schemes throughout Scotland. (S2O-12387)

2. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the implementation of the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 in respect of access to the countryside. (S2O-12342)

3. Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Natural Heritage regarding levels of compensation paid under management agreements following the introduction of the Single Farm Payment. (S2O-12396)

4. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has reviewed the current structure of Scottish Water since its creation. (S2O-12340)

5. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how the fishing and fish processing industries in the north east will benefit from the latest round of funding allocated through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance programme. (S2O-12360)

6. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it can support and learn from local residents such as those in Neilston responsible for the successful community buyout of the former Clydesdale Bank. (S2O-12376)

7. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the volume of regulation dealt with by farmers. (S2O-12393)

8. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in consulting on amending the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 in respect of ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Firth of Forth. (S2O-12408)

9. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work towards a target of zero waste in Scotland. (S2O-12392)

10. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made through the National Waste Plan towards achieving recycling and composting rates of 30% by 2008 and 55% by 2020. (S2O-12365)

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

General

1. Maureen Macmillan
2. Mr Charlie Gordon
3. Mr Jamie Stone
4. Scott Barrie
5. Karen Gillon
6. Richard Baker
7. Jackie Baillie
8. Mike Rumbles
9. Margaret Jamieson
10. Bill Butler

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Mr Alasdair Morrison
2. Marilyn Livingstone
3. Rob Gibson
4. Christine May
5. Peter Peacock
6. Mr John Swinney
7. Chris Ballance
8. Shiona Baird
9. Mrs Mary Mulligan
10. Malcolm Chisholm

Justice and Law Officers

1. Nora Radcliffe
2. Jim Mather
3. Margaret Smith
4. Bristow Muldoon
5. Jeremy Purvis
6. Mr Duncan McNeil
7. Mr Mark Ruskell
8. Dr Sylvia Jackson
9. Rosie Kane
10. Richard Lochhead

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