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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 11 September 2008

Question Time

General

1. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on a nationally-funded school building programme to help deliver school buildings around Scotland, including a new Eastwood High School and a new Barrhead High School. (S3O-4100)

2. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its position remains that a reduction in class sizes to 18 for primaries 1 to 3 will be achieved in the lifetime of this parliamentary session, as stated by the First Minister on 5 September 2007. (S3O-4082)

3. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met officials from Glen Oaks Housing Association. (S3O-4127)

4. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will compensate NHS boards for the costs of running hospital car parks, following the recent announcement of the abolition of hospital car parking charges. (S3O-4091)

5. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds statistics on work-related assaults and, if so, what they were for 2006-07 and 2007-08. (S3O-4156)

6. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action can be taken to reduce the burden on patients, their families and staff caused by car parking charges at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and other hospitals with PFI contracts. (S3O-4135)

7. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with chairs of NHS boards about staffing levels. (S3O-4087)

8. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are employed to determine whether water supplied at slaughter houses for the purpose of cleaning vehicles used for the transport of cattle is adequate for purpose. (S3O-4143)

9. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many single outcome agreements signed by Scottish Ministers state that all primary 1 to 3 classes will have fewer than 18 pupils by 2011. (S3O-4170)

10. Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is providing for youth organisations to promote positive lifestyles and encourage personal growth and good citizenship among young people. (S3O-4150)

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital funding mechanism, apart from the existing schools regeneration project, will be available to West Dunbartonshire Council for schools over the next three years. (S3O-4078)

2. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the merits of its economic strategy in relation to the Council of Economic Advisers’ recommendations on education, skills and lifelong learning. (S3O-4121)

3. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the threat of closure of the Vestas factory at Campbeltown and local concerns about the delay in re-establishing the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry service, whether it will support the establishment of a new ferry route between Campbeltown and mainland Ayrshire. (S3O-4114)

4. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports individual credit unions and regional networks of such unions. (S3O-4168)

5. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has had with HM Treasury about funding mechanisms. (S3O-4140)

6. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been towards a replacement Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service. (S3O-4160)

7. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to alleviate financial difficulties faced by Scots as a result of the current economic situation. (S3O-4164)

8. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the recording and reporting at a local level of outcomes achieved by the restructured enterprise network. (S3O-4131)

9. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities about the impact of the proposed sale of Glasgow Airport by BAA. (S3O-4147)

10. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote sustainable procurement, following publication of its joint report with Quality Meat Scotland, Buying Red Meat: Putting into practice the Scottish Government’s public procurement and sustainable development strategy. (S3O-4152)

11. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council about the council’s current budget plans. (S3O-4079)

12. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students will be liable to pay local income tax. (S3O-4124)

13. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the higher than expected level of inflation is having on the Scottish Government’s efficiency savings target. (S3O-4116)

14. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many renewable energy projects have been the subject of an objection to the relevant planning application by Scottish Natural Heritage in each of the last three years. (S3O-4146)

15. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the feasibility study by Aberdeenshire Council, whether it will provide the council with funding of £8.9 million to stabilise the Bervie Braes in Stonehaven. (S3O-4171)

16. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging the transport of freight by rail and sea rather than road. (S3O-4175)

17. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support the post office network in Scotland. (S3O-4136)

18. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make available further financial resources to existing Scottish Business Improvement District (BID) companies, such as the Enterprising Bathgate BID Company, to improve their viability and sustainability over the longer term. (S3O-4155)

19. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide full statistics on the take-up of the small business bonus scheme. (S3O-4161)

20. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards meeting its targets on renewable energy. (S3O-4144)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 18 September 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 10 September 2008. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Tricia Marwick

2. Jackson Carlaw

3. Bob Doris

4. Aileen Campbell

5. Dave Thompson

6. Jim Tolson

7. Ted Brocklebank

8. Claire Baker

9. Charlie Gordon

10. Jamie Stone

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Jeremy Purvis

2. Nanette Milne

3. Patrick Harvie

4. John Farquhar Munro

5. Michael McMahon

6. Alison McInnes

7. Elizabeth Smith

8. John Wilson

9. Nigel Don

10. Pauline McNeill

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Hugh O’Donnell

2. Rob Gibson

3. David Stewart

4. Bill Aitken

5. Shirley-Anne Somerville

6. Derek Brownlee

7. Robin Harper

8. Cathy Peattie

9. Iain Gray

10. Johann Lamont

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