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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 24 January 2008

Question Time

General

1. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in establishing the National Economic Forum. (S3O-2024)

2. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the work being done by City of Edinburgh Swimming in the Edinburgh South parliamentary constituency to develop elite Scottish swimming and whether it will guarantee that this will not be adversely affected by the restructuring of sportscotland. (S3O-1965)

3. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local health services are developed. (S3O-1966)

4. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the First Minister’s statements on the Lewis Chessmen are an expression of government policy. (S3O-1995)

5. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on issuing guidance to local authorities on houses in multiple occupation under the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. (S3O-2019)

6. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that gifted and talented children are properly supported in all schools. (S3O-1987)

7. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support rural branch GP surgeries. (S3O-1977)

8. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to consider whether it would ever be realistically possible for NHS Western Isles to repay its cumulative deficits of £3.6 million. (S3O-2036)

9. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive in what circumstances it considers that community midwife units are the best place for expectant mothers to give birth. (S3O-2018)

10. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the use of telephone numbers with the prefix 0845 by public agencies. (S3O-2048)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children in Scotland have been affected by the imprisonment of a parent or carer in the most recent year for which figures are available. (S3O-2032)

2. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support a national non-emergency telephone number across Scotland for people needing to contact the police. (S3O-1967)

3. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address forced marriages in Scotland. (S3O-1968)

4. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has had with the British Transport Police about the use of stop and search powers. (S3O-2000)

5. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures it proposes to extend or enhance existing community orders or introduce new forms of community orders to reduce short-term custody for non-violent offenders, especially women. (S3O-2027)

6. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in addressing antisocial behaviour. (S3O-1991)

7. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to implement its strategy to augment police numbers by the deferred retirement of existing police officers. (S3O-1980)

8. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact an increased number of police officers on the beat will have on crime reduction. (S3O-2045)

9. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will re-examine and report on the proposal for more funding for police recruitment, as specified in the Finance Committee’s report on the budget, and at which areas of the budget it will look to finance it. (S3O-2026)

10. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Fire Brigades Union on pension entitlement for its members. (S3O-2044)

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult on the establishment of a marine management plan for Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran. (S3O-2041)

2. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage new entrants into crofting if it reduces the Croft House Grant Scheme by £1 million. (S3O-1969)

3. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to assist farmers in nitrate vulnerable zones. (S3O-1970)

4. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive why it intends to change how low and intermediate-level radioactive waste from the civil nuclear industry is dealt with. (S3O-2005)

5. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to tackle fly-tipping in Glasgow, especially after the festive period. (S3O-2035)

6. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support local communities in using unused greenspace. (S3O-1996)

7. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for farmers in mid Scotland and Fife. (S3O-1983)

8. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in view of the fact that sea levels are rising and that the rise might exceed five metres by 2095, whether it plans to prepare contingency maps of areas that may have to be lost to the sea. (S3O-2056)

9. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in de-cluttering the environmental landscape. (S3O-2034)

10. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure the safe disposal of energy saving light bulbs, given the official advice from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on smashed low-energy bulbs. (S3O-2055)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 31 January 2008

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 23 January. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Elaine Smith

2. Ken Macintosh

3. Marlyn Glen

4. David Whitton

5. Irene Oldfather

6. Rob Gibson

7. Kenneth Gibson

8. Elizabeth Smith

9. Hugh O’Donnell

10. Jim Hume

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Gil Paterson

2. John Scott

3. Cathie Craigie

4. David McLetchie

5. Sarah Boyack

6. John Lamont

7. Patricia Ferguson

8. George Foulkes

9. James Kelly

10. Bill Wilson

11. Pauline McNeill

12. Ian McKee

13. Michael Matheson

14. Margo MacDonald

15. Claire Baker

16. Bill Butler

17. Robin Harper

18. Michael McMahon

19. Christina McKelvie

20. Malcolm Chisholm

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