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

Question Time

General

1. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the proposed infant feeding strategy, including plans for replacing the post of National Breastfeeding Advisor. (S3O-1371)

2. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients benefit from the NHS Minor Ailments Scheme. (S3O-1361)

3. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase NHS dental provision in Argyll and Bute. (S3O-1297)

4. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Government is aware of the work being undertaken by Moose in the Hoose in promoting lifelong learning in the Edinburgh South parliamentary constituency, and in the city as a whole, by introducing residents of care homes and sheltered housing to the benefits of the computer as a valuable communication tool. (S3O-1319)

5. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue funding the four Scottish centres of excellence in music. (S3O-1331)

6. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the board of NHS Ayrshire and Arran. (S3O-1366)

7. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision about the future of sportscotland and how it intends to replicate the work done by sportscotland on behalf of many Scottish sporting bodies. (S3O-1314)

8. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the announcement by the then Minister for Health and Community Care on 29 March 2006, what progress is being made on new premises for Dalkeith Medical Centre. (S3O-1336)

9. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits will be for the whole of Scotland as a result of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (S3O-1323)

10. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve neonatal services. (S3O-1332)

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent study on the cost of freezing council tax over the next three financial years while maintaining current levels of service provision for each local authority. (S3O-1293)

2. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what support Scottish Enterprise will provide to small businesses. (S3O-1315)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the resources allocated in the recent spending review will be ring-fenced to deliver the SNP’s manifesto commitments. (S3O-1373)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current estimated building costs are for the Waverley railway line to Galashiels. (S3O-1294)

5. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment its enterprise department has made of the potential economic benefit to the north east of the establishment of a 50m swimming pool in Aberdeen. (S3O-1313)

6. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides for the post office network in Scotland. (S3O-1375)

7. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development prioritised spending between government departments for his statement on the spending review. (S3O-1353)

8. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on its review of public sector procurement policy. (S3O-1301)

9. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will promote to enhance the economic development of Scottish cities. (S3O-1345)

10. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on the Scottish budget would be of the revenue consequences of increasing the justice department budget sufficiently to allow police numbers to increase by a total of 1,000. (S3O-1292)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, in respect of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Act 2007, whether it will reconsider its recent decision not to proceed with the proposed study into the impact of a ban on large retailers trading on New Year’s Day. (S3O-1337)

2. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is in dialogue with foreign agencies with regard to controlling child abuse on the internet. (S3O-1327)

3. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers will be brought out of retirement as part of its strategy to retain more police in active service. (S3O-1352)

4. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to redeploy existing police officers in north-east communities. (S3O-1324)

5. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for expansion of the open prison estate. (S3O-1295)

6. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 500 intended new police officers will be committed to Northern Constabulary. (S3O-1312)

7. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of community wardens. (S3O-1372)

8. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it believes that Scotland’s law on culpable homicide can be developed. (S3O-1344)

9. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that the £30 million spent annually on community wardens would better be spent providing a greater number of additional police officers. (S3O-1303)

10. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the prisons budget was spent in 2005-06 on education and other reoffending reduction strategies. (S3O-1306)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 29 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 21 November. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Jim Tolson

2. Cathy Peattie

3. Bill Wilson

4. Helen Eadie

5. Des McNulty

6. Nigel Don

7. John Wilson

8. Mr Frank McAveety

9. Malcolm Chisholm

10. Irene Oldfather

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Aileen Campbell

2. Jim Hume

3. Rhona Brankin

4. Ian McKee

5. Dr Richard Simpson

6. Charlie Gordon

7. Mary Scanlon

8. Mary Mulligan

9. Tavish Scott

10. Mike Rumbles

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Karen Whitefield

2. John Farquhar Munro

3. David McLetchie

4. John Scott

5. Tricia Marwick

6. John Park

7. Paul Martin

8. Gavin Brown

9. Ted Brocklebank

10. Patrick Harvie

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