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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 5 November 2009

Question Time

General

1. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make with regard to the BBC Trust’s review of BBC Alba. (S3O-8339)

2. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on Scotland’s cultural heritage. (S3O-8298)

3. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Transport Scotland, Network Rail and train operating companies about the development of rail services in Ayrshire. (S3O-8343)

4. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all local authorities pay the minimum national allowance to kinship carers. (S3O-8282)

5. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Funding Council on the distribution of the remaining amount of additional revenue funding for colleges in 2010-11. (S3O-8352)

6. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting concessionary travel schemes. (S3O-8299)

7. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the protection of Scotland’s charities in the event that the Lloyds TSB Foundation and the Lloyds Banking Group fail to agree a settlement in their funding dispute. (S3O-8275)

8. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the policing costs of the forthcoming meeting of the G20 finance ministers in St Andrews and what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government about meeting these costs. (S3O-8320)

9. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in supporting young farmers and helping new entrants to farming. (S3O-8338)

10. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive who will comprise its delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. (S3O-8346)

Health and Wellbeing

1. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been with implementation of the Energy Assistance Package. (S3O-8300)

2. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to put its homeless services out to tender. (S3O-8279)

3. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it has taken in the last six months to remove the perceived postcode lottery and improve the availability of infertility services and standards for patients across Scotland. (S3O-8277)

4. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will bring forward proposals for the regeneration areas in Glasgow and details of how in particular the areas of Gallowgate and Laurieston in the Glasgow Shettleston constituency will be affected. (S3O-8288)

5. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the non-statutory pilot to elect board members of NHS Lothian. (S3O-8311)

6. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how many simultaneous users of the clinical portal the system is being designed to handle and how long it will take for a typical electronic patient record request to be completed and delivered when the system is used at maximum capacity. (S3O-8345)

7. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to attract and provide incentives for NHS dentists to relocate to the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-8330)

8. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in rural areas. (S3O-8309)

9. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to combat fuel poverty. (S3O-8329)

10. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to promote the development and promotion of healthy living centres in Glasgow given the long-term health inequalities that exist in the city. (S3O-8319)

11. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to identify and support the 600,000 people estimated to have pre-diabetes. (S3O-8304)

12. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider changing the method of classifying causes of stillbirth. (S3O-8281)

13. Not Lodged

14. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to recent figures showing more than 3,500 additional winter deaths in 2008-09. (S3O-8291)

15. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in building and bringing into use the new psychogeriatric hospital at Migdale, Sutherland. (S3O-8317)

16. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on tackling health inequalities. (S3O-8357)

17. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the ruling by the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General that minimum pricing is "not necessary in order to protect public health" and represents a distortion of competition, whether it is satisfied that a policy of minimum pricing will not be ruled to contravene EC law. (S3O-8341)

18. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards reducing the number of smokers in Tayside. (S3O-8315)

19. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional capacity to help reduce waiting times will be created when the Scottish Regional Treatment Centre is taken into full NHS control. (S3O-8340)

20. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to bring forward legislation to introduce the principle of presumed consent for organ donation. (S3O-8327)

Members selected for General and Themed Questions on 12 November 2009

The following members have been randomly selected for General and Themed Question Times on the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon on Wednesday 4 November. These will then appear in this Section of the Business Bulletin on Thursday 5 November.

General

1. Johann Lamont

2. Ross Finnie

3. Tom McCabe

4. Rhoda Grant

5. Cathy Peattie

6. Irene Oldfather

7. Stuart McMillan

8. Elaine Smith

9. John Scott

10. Charlie Gordon

Justice and Law Officers

1. Pauline McNeill

2. Helen Eadie

3. John Lamont

4. John Park

5. Elizabeth Smith

6. Ken Macintosh

7. Margo MacDonald

8. Des McNulty

9. Robert Brown

10. Nigel Don

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Mary Mulligan

2. Derek Brownlee

3. Mike Pringle

4. Jim Tolson

5. Jackie Baillie

6. Patrick Harvie

7. Lewis Macdonald

8. Bill Wilson

9. Joe FitzPatrick

10. Gil Paterson

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