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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 13 March 2008

Question Time

General

1. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the withdrawal of Housing Estates Renewal funding from the Mayfield Community Regeneration Project in Arbroath will be used to offset local and national reductions in Housing Association Grant, reported to be 25% in Tayside in 2008-09. (S3O-2563)

2. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to implement the findings of the Commissioner for Children and Young people in Scotland’s report on the moving and handling of young people with disabilities. (S3O-2612)

3. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address and highlight the dangers of underage drinking. (S3O-2607)

4. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale is in place for the public local inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. (S3O-2646)

5. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how housing and regeneration isses will be developed by community planning partnerships. (S3O-2621)

6. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the historically low detection and conviction rate for rape and sexual assault. (S3O-2591)

7. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting tourism in the Scottish Borders. (S3O-2650)

8. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the water and sewerage charge exemption scheme beyond 2010. (S3O-2606)

9. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date its review into the structure of Scottish Water will begin. (S3O-2566)

10. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress local authorities have made in implementing single status agreements. (S3O-2616)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to improve performance in schools located in areas of deprivation. (S3O-2605)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the numbers of sixth year school pupils who are unable to access the full range of subjects at advanced higher level. (S3O-2557)

3. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the establishment of Skills Development Scotland. (S3O-2614)

4. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in calculating the cost of implementing its policy on reducing class sizes. (S3O-2640)

5. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it considers that school buildings should be accessible to wider community youth projects outwith school hours. (S3O-2561)

6. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support the smallest rural primary schools and recognise the particular strains on teaching resources where pupils across a range of age groups are being taught in the same classroom. (S3O-2647)

7. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports parents and families. (S3O-2581)

8. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in delivering the SNP manifesto commitment to increase the entitlement to free nursery education for three and four-year-olds from 400 to 600 hours a year. (S3O-2639)

9. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its commitment to reduce class sizes to 18 in primaries one to three can be ignored by local authorities where the reduction is not considered to be in the best interests of pupils in particular schools. (S3O-2645)

10. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what value it places on school library services in supporting the school curriculum and pupil learning.

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to promote the Gaelic language. (S3O-2589)

2. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support the performing arts in the regions of Scotland. (S3O-2601)

3. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to enhance Scotland’s reputation internationally. (S3O-2559)

4. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to revise the "One Scotland. Many Cultures" campaign. (S3O-2627)

5. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken, or plans to take, to urge the UK Government to hold a referendum on the EU Lisbon Treaty. (S3O-2592)

6. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the Scottish Arts Council provides sufficient support for The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen when it reopens in June. (S3O-2651)

7. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase resources to the National Theatre of Scotland to enable it to increase its ability to tour Scotland and foreign destinations. (S3O-2656)

8. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the importance of the role of cultural projects, such as the North Edinburgh Arts Centre in Muirhouse, in the regeneration of local communities. (S3O-2654)

9. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Galleries of Scotland with a view to some of the £125 million art collection recently donated by Anthony d’Offay to the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland being permanently located and displayed in some of Scotland’s remoter areas, such as Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. (S3O-2655)

10. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what links it is planning to establish with Venezuela. (S3O-2638)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 20 March 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 12 March. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Bob Doris

2. Gavin Brown

3. Andrew Welsh

4. Shirley-Anne Somerville

5. Claire Baker

6. Jackson Carlaw

7. Helen Eadie

8. Hugh Henry

9. Andy Kerr

10. Alison McInnes

Health and Wellbeing

1. Bill Butler

2. Malcolm Chisholm

3. Elaine Murray

4. Nigel Don

5. Richard Baker

6. John Farquhar Munro

7. Michael Matheson

8. Keith Brown

9. Johann Lamont

10. Hugh O’Donnell

11. Dr Richard Simpson

12. John Scott

13. Alex Johnstone

14. Bill Wilson

15. Marlyn Glen

16. Sandra White

17. Alasdair Allan

18. Peter Peacock

19. Bashir Ahmad

20. David Whitton

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