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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 22 March 2007

Question Time

General

1. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the shortage of affordable housing in the Highland Council area. (S2O-12455)

2. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors compliance by local authorities with the provisions of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2004 and its associated code of guidance. (S2O-12449)

3. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support Highland Council in exercising compulsory purchase powers in relation to land adjacent to the former Nigg construction yard. (S2O-12476)

4. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to protect Scotland’s coasts from industrial pollution. (S2O-12442)

5. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact local income tax proposals, capped at 3p in the pound, would have on the revenue available to South Lanarkshire Council for investment in public services in Clydesdale. (S2O-12447)

6. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what business case has been received from Aberdeen City Council in relation to the construction of a 50-metre swimming pool in the city. (S2O-12443)

7. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the action being taken to improve care services for elderly people in Argyll and Bute. (S2O-12441)

8. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will increase the level of payments to those in receipt of free personal and nursing care from the £210 per week introduced in July 2002. (S2O-12472)

9. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it proposes to continue to take account of the charitable sector in its consultation on water and sewerage charges beyond 2010. (S2O-12453)

10. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in respect of the implementation of its agreement on the treatment of asylum seeker families reached with the Home Office in March 2006. (S2O-12444)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment its enterprise department has made of the contribution of the alginate industry to the Western Isles economy and how it supports that industry. (S2O-12462)

2. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution the knowledge transfer activities of Scottish colleges have made in terms of impact on business creation and growth. (S2O-12454)

3. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what form of parliamentary scrutiny there will be prior to the implementation of the regional transport partnerships’ strategies being collated by Transport Scotland under the 10 year National Transport Strategy. (S2O-12420)

4. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has in place to support manufacturing industry, what the value is of such support and how many jobs have been created or sustained by these measures. (S2O-12457)

5. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the significance of the former Nigg construction yard on the Cromarty Firth to be for the economic development of the Highlands and Scotland. (S2O-12467)

6. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on expanding access to broadband. (S2O-12421)

7. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it will be able to achieve a successful outcome to its negotiations about retaining a University of Glasgow presence at Crichton Campus, Dumfries. (S2O-12484)

8. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that small businesses are not disproportionately penalised by the full cost recovery charging schemes of non-departmental public bodies. (S2O-12489)

9. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being provided to those not in employment, enterprise or training in the Livingston parliamentary constituency. (S2O-12464)

10. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on funding for the Haymarket to Granton section of the Edinburgh tram line. (S2O-12445)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving access to legal aid. (S2O-12479)

2. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has, or discussions it is having, with the legal profession to benchmark and improve the competitiveness of Scottish legal services compared with those in other developed countries. (S2O-12415)

3. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is it taking to tackle youth crime in the Edinburgh West parliamentary constituency. (S2O-12481)

4. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what change there has been in the number of police officers serving West Lothian since 1999. (S2O-12463)

5. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland about prioritising community policing. (S2O-12480)

6. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the provisions of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 are used effectively. (S2O-12460)

7. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce what action it will take as a result of its consultation on the enforcement of environmental law. (S2O-12486)

8. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage police and local authorities in central Scotland to make better use of legislation to combat antisocial behaviour. (S2O-12452)

9. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive how much legal aid has been provided to those pursuing civil cases in the last year. (S2O-12432)

10. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards allocating Grampian Police a more equitable share of national funding. (S2O-12414)

Members Selected for General Question Time on 29 March 2007

The following members have been randomly selected for General Question Time on the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon on Wednesday 21 March. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Fergus Ewing

2. Scott Barrie

3. Alasdair Morgan

4. Mr Kenneth Macintosh

5. Eleanor Scott

6. Ms Wendy Alexander

7. Mrs Nanette Milne

8. Cathie Craigie

9. Mark Ballard

10. Mr John Swinney

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