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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 7 and 8 November 2007

7 November

Question Time

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

1. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its justification is for the widespread provision of bottled water throughout the Parliament. (S3O-1289)

2. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it is satisfied with the running and effectiveness of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman’s office. (S3O-1288)

3. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has a domestic violence employment policy in place. (S3O-1287)

8 November

General

1. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect improvements on the A9 will have on communities through which it runs. (S3O-1127)

2. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources will be made available to develop sports facilities across Scotland. (S3O-1153)

3. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how the forthcoming spending review will support capital projects, such as the building and refurbishment of schools in South Lanarkshire. (S3O-1149)

4. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to tackle the overcrowding at Polmont Young Offenders Institution reported by the Chief Inspector of Prisons. (S3O-1182)

5. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will lift the £3,500 cap that it has introduced on the free central heating scheme. (S3O-1172)

6. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it aims to enhance the role and profile of farmers’ markets. (S3O-1125)

7. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to tackle climate change. (S3O-1148)

8. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what its timetable is for delivering the SNP manifesto commitment to consult on replacing the Supermarket Code of Conduct with independent regulation. (S3O-1103)

9. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it will make available for town centre regeneration over the next three years. (S3O-1151)

10. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet the SNP manifesto commitment to dual the A9 from Perth to Inverness, in light of the recent HITRANS report which estimates that dualling the A9 could boost the Highlands economy by almost £1 billion over the next 30 years. (S3O-1184)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has made to the UK Government regarding immigration to Scotland. (S3O-1106)

2. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it contributes to inquiries being conducted by European parliamentary committees. (S3O-1104)

3. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will give to public art in the regeneration of Scotland’s towns. (S3O-1147)

4. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to strengthen relations between Scotland and Cuba. (S3O-1168)

5. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal advice it has received about the possible consequences for devolved matters if the EU reform treaty is ratified, in particular the consequences for justice. (S3O-1100)

6. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture plays in supporting community groups in applying for EU funding. (S3O-1158)

7. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it considers that the Fèisean movement has made to the development of music, language, culture and confidence in the Highlands and Islands and more widely. (S3O-1165)

8. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make efforts to find a permanent public home for the "Making the Act of Union" exhibition after it leaves the Parliament. (S3O-1090)

9. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what its timetable is for delivering a doubling of its international aid budget. (S3O-1134)

10. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will apply when evaluating any requests it receives for support in establishing a major new film studio in Scotland. (S3O-1143)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce new guidelines to help schools tackle pupil indiscipline. (S3O-1099)

2. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that a new school is required to replace Dumbarton Academy. (S3O-1129)

3. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are being made to spread the teaching of Scottish traditional music and song in primary and secondary schools across Scotland. (S3O-1113)

4. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on its strategy on people not in education, employment or training. (S3O-1176)

5. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in respect of classroom assistants since the publication of the Equal Opportunities Commission’s report, Valuable Assets: A General Formal Investigation into the Role and Status of Classroom Assistants in Scotland’s Primary Schools. (S3O-1136)

6. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 11 October 2007 imposed any new requirements on local authorities in relation to the closure of inner-city schools. (S3O-1155)

7. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources have been allocated to the budget for Education and Lifelong Learning since May 2007. (S3O-1118)

8. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to further enhance the provision of nursery education. (S3O-1112)

9. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish plans to remove the burden of debt repayment for graduates. (S3O-1142)

10. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to increase support for poorer students. (S3O-1140)

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

General

1. Ted Brocklebank

2. Michael Matheson

3. John Scott

4. Murdo Fraser

5. Elizabeth Smith

6. Jim Tolson

7. Rhona Brankin

8. Gavin Brown

9. Cathie Craigie

10. Roseanna Cunningham

Health and Wellbeing

1. Kenneth Gibson

2. Bill Butler

3. Bill Aitken

4. Margaret Mitchell

5. David Stewart

6. David Whitton

7. Bill Kidd

8. Christine Grahame

9. Elaine Smith

10. Mr Frank McAveety

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. John Farquhar Munro

2. Helen Eadie

3. Des McNulty

4. Michael McMahon

5. Margaret Smith

6. Jackson Carlaw

7. Nanette Milne

8. Bob Doris

9. Stuart McMillan

10. Mike Pringle

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