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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 29 November 2007

Question Time

General

1. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to redeploy the expertise of employees of sportscotland should it decide to abolish the organisation. (S3O-1476)

2. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to increase the provision of respite care and breaks for carers. (S3O-1423)

3. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the tripartite working group to address housing issues in Renfrewshire is continuing to meet and, if so, when it will next meet. (S3O-1464)

4. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to co-ordinate responses from planning authorities on the issues of coastal erosion and flooding. (S3O-1395)

5. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in establishing a full, public judicial inquiry into the McKie case, as promised by the SNP prior to the election. (S3O-1417)

6. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of sign language interpreters for deaf people. (S3O-1446)

7. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made on whether to go ahead with the Scottish Police Services Authority campus at Gartcosh. (S3O-1440)

8. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report back on the consultation on the replacement of planning guideline NPPG11 on sport, physical recreation and open space. (S3O-1410)

9. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget in 2008-09 will be for the new fund to be deployed by community planning partnerships and into which the Community Regeneration Fund, the Community Voices Programme and Working for Families will be rolled. (S3O-1392)

10. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will undertake to prioritise mental health and wellbeing. (S3O-1420)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration will be given by Learning and Teaching Scotland to including the Scots language in the experiences and outcomes headings in respect of language in the curriculum for excellence. (S3O-1437)

2. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide assurances that the future of higher education will be safeguarded. (S3O-1466)

3. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to raise educational attainment. (S3O-1390)

4. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has as part of its lifelong learning strategy to ensure that staff across the economy, including in the public sector and government departments, have access to training and education for continuous development and for the transfer of skills. (S3O-1456)

5. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding to universities will be reduced as a result of the proposed abolition of the graduate endowment and, if so, by how much. (S3O-1424)

6. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital resources are available to fund physical improvements to schools in which no rationalisation of educational provision is possible. (S3O-1400)

7. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is taking to improve reading, writing and arithmetic in primary schools. (S3O-1381)

8. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve pre-school education. (S3O-1418)

9. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on school closures. (S3O-1467)

10. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will bring forward funding to build new schools in Aberdeenshire in 2008-09. (S3O-1469)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to deliver the SNP manifesto pledge of doubling Scotland’s international aid budget. (S3O-1427)

2. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out its position on a Gaelic-language digital service. (S3O-1474)

3. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the institutions of the European Union and the UK Government on SNP manifesto commitments on reducing regulation. (S3O-1379)

4. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with local authorities in relation to the delivery of cultural policy. (S3O-1432)

5. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture is giving to schools, such as Pitteuchar East primary in Glenrothes, to develop relationships with schools in Malawi and other parts of the world. (S3O-1454)

6. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders to obtain their views on improving the effectiveness of the transposition process of EU directives into Scottish law. (S3O-1421)

7. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that cultural entitlements are developed in every part of Scotland. (S3O-1409)

8. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has had with the institutions of the European Union, particularly in relation to Choosing Scotland’s Future: A National Conversation. (S3O-1435)

9. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for introduction of the Gaelic digital channel. (S3O-1430)

10. Not Lodged

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 6 December 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 28 November. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Mr Frank McAveety

2. Keith Brown

3. Tavish Scott

4. Mike Pringle

5. Charlie Gordon

6. Marlyn Glen

7. Rhona Brankin

8. Cathy Peattie

9. Stuart McMillan

10. Robin Harper

Health and Wellbeing

1. Derek Brownlee

2. Robert Brown

3. Patricia Ferguson

4. Peter Peacock

5. Jim Hume

6. Margaret Curran

7. Alasdair Allan

8. Bill Kidd

9. Karen Whitefield

10. Michael McMahon

11. Christine Grahame

12. Cathy Jamieson

13. Michael Matheson

14. Liam McArthur

15. Bob Doris

16. Jamie McGrigor

17. Tom McCabe

18. Bill Aitken

19. Jamie Stone

20. Alasdair Morgan

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