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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 7 February 2008

Question Time

General

1. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the condition of the main cables on the Forth Road Bridge. (S3O-2243)

2. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any further consideration to the licensing and regulation of Mosquito ultrasonic youth deterrents. (S3O-2179)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received communications from Western Isles Council seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the Lewis wind farm proposal. (S3O-2251)

4. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it continues to allow housing developments without sea defences to be constructed on coastal areas where the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has determined that there is a high risk of flooding. (S3O-2217)

5. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. (S3O-2227)

6. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to support and encourage economic development in the south of Scotland. (S3O-2202)

7. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what value it places on international sporting events being hosted in Scotland and in what way it provides support. (S3O-2220)

8. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met Highland Council and what issues were discussed. (S3O-2244)

9. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what policy steps it will take to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions between now and 2011; how its performance will be measured, and whether it expects to achieve any reduction within that timescale. (S3O-2239)

10. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to improve access to NHS dental provision in Roxburgh and Berwickshire. (S3O-2157)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allow the Scottish Arts Council to make decisions about the best way to spend its budget without preventing it from providing continued support for cultural co-ordinators. (S3O-2236)

2. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will honour the previous administration’s commitment to provide funding to ensure an enhanced Scottish presence at Expo2010 in Shanghai. (S3O-2233)

3. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with new EU member states regarding concerns over human trafficking. (S3O-2189)

4. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its policy on the support of arts festivals in rural and island areas of Scotland. (S3O-2196)

5. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to commemorate and celebrate Voytek, the "soldier bear", who served in the Polish army during the Second World War and served out his retirement at Edinburgh Zoo. (S3O-2191)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the digital switchover in the Scottish borders will signal a review of the Scottish Government’s policy on providing public information broadcasts to people in the south of Scotland currently served by Borders television. (S3O-2177)

7. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the conclusion of its review of its international development policy. (S3O-2248)

8. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with its international development policy to ensure measurable and sustainable development in some of the world’s poorest countries. (S3O-2169)

9. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the progress of the cultural pathfinder projects. (S3O-2228)

10. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure the future success of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe and what discussions the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice about future public safety at the Festival and Fringe. (S3O-2210)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it is giving to universities on widening access and increasing student numbers. (S3O-2230)

2. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Perth College regarding its future. (S3O-2165)

3. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council about education services. (S3O-2229)

4. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what early intervention measures it intends to implement for vulnerable two-year-olds. (S3O-2212)

5. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources have been allocated for further evaluation of free school meals provision following the end of the local authority pilot schemes in March 2008. (S3O-2238)

6. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive when the alternative funding arrangements to PPP for school building programmes will be made available. (S3O-2219)

7. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reintroduce free milk to schools. (S3O-2200)

8. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle the increase in verbal and physical assaults on teachers in primary and secondary schools. (S3O-2168)

9. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what early indications there are of the level of success of the free school meals pilot in West Dunbartonshire. (S3O-2185)

10. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the new build/replacement schools programme proposed by North Lanarkshire Council. (S3O-2155)

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