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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 18 December 2008

Question Time

General

1. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review of the antisocial behaviour strategy will be published. (S3O-5320)

2. Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to alleviate Aberdeen’s affordable housing shortage. (S3O-5318)

3. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor the safety of food products imported from European countries and the rest of the world. (S3O-5348)

4. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the system of distinction awards for hospital consultants is in the interests of the NHS. (S3O-5338)

5. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that vulnerable older people in Argyll and Bute receive the most appropriate care services for their needs. (S3O-5261)

6. Not Lodged

7. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to carers of people in the community with mental health problems. (S3O-5281)

8. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the competitiveness of Scottish universities. (S3O-5317)

9. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the number of people breaching community service orders. (S3O-5252)

10. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many redundancies it would expect as a result of the proposals for Forestry Commission land outlined in its consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill. (S3O-5300)

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of railway stations. (S3O-5337)

2. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next plans to meet the chief executive of Scottish Water and what will be discussed. (S3O-5266)

3. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives from the Institute of Asian Professionals to discuss the current economic climate. (S3O-5324)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how the local government finance settlement will impact on frontline local authority services. (S3O-5264)

5. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the financial impact on small businesses of roadworks. (S3O-5310)

6. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will work with local authorities to improve public transport. (S3O-5327)

7. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to assist the construction industry through the economic downturn. (S3O-5302)

8. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for new transport projects in Fife. (S3O-5263)

9. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in relation to the project to reopen the Waverley line between Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. (S3O-5265)

10. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in improving transport links to the Highlands. (S3O-5298)

11. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment models the Scottish Futures Trust has recommended to local authorities for infrastructure projects for which they require funding. (S3O-5270)

12. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held in the last month with local authority, enterprise company and local business representatives in the Scottish Borders with a view to boosting the local economy. (S3O-5333)

13. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the reported statement of Professor John Kay, a member of its Council of Economic Advisors, that the not-for-profit-distribution method is "PFI with window dressing". (S3O-5268)

14. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support vital infrastructure projects in the far north. (S3O-5319)

15. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to discuss with SEStran the proposed reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link. (S3O-5336)

16. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers will next meet the chair and chief executive officer of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. (S3O-5309)

17. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding to the City of Edinburgh Council for tram line 1b and, if not, whether it will allow the line to be funded through tax increment financing based on the regeneration of Granton waterfront. (S3O-5267)

18. Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with COSLA about the Scottish Futures Trust. (S3O-5269)

19. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the importance of the insurance sector to the Scottish economy. (S3O-5305)

20. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost to double track the railway line between Aberdeen and Inverness. (S3O-5254)

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