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Section D – Oral questions selected for answer on 23 December 2010

Question Time

General

1. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on island businesses of the removal of business-related travel from the Air Discount Scheme. (S3O-12450)

2. Not Lodged

3. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the importance of services such as Community Mothers in the support and promotion of breastfeeding. (S3O-12524)

4. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area. (S3O-12482)

5. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider reinstating the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project once the £2.2 billion borrowing capacity proposed in the Scotland Bill starts to become available and whether it will halt the planned sale of land while options are assessed. (S3O-12489)

6. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive how many medical professionals are employed by NHS Grampian compared with May 2007. (S3O-12484)

7. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it takes to support the ski industry. (S3O-12437)

8. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the change has been in the number of nurses employed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran since May 2007. (S3O-12470)

9. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Prison Service’s prisoner escort contract is due to be renewed and what negotiations are taking place. (S3O-12527)

10. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has recently had with Highland Council regarding the proposed Inverness bypass. (S3O-12525)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to protect Gaelic language and culture given the current economic position. (S3O-12452)

2. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs plans to repeat The Gathering in future years. (S3O-12499)

3. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it undertakes to ensure that official exchanges with the countries it provides aid to are carried out to the highest ethical standards. (S3O-12487)

4. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the 2010 Brussels Declaration on Sign Language in the European Union, which emphasises the importance of Deaf culture in society and urges it to be protected and promoted nationally and regionally. (S3O-12496)

5. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the Maid of the Loch to be a cultural asset and, if so, what assistance it will provide to the Loch Lomond Steamship Company to help her sail again. (S3O-12490)

6. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to be informed which Scottish sites have been added to the tentative list for nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. (S3O-12438)

7. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it has in the regulation of activities in Antarctica. (S3O-12473)

8. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it makes available to juvenile pipe bands outwith the education sector. (S3O-12481)

9. Not Lodged

10. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the potential impact of the 2010-11 Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme. (S3O-12449)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of looked after children entered into a higher education course in the last year. (S3O-12455)

2. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it considers the real-terms reduction in college bursary funding announced in the 2011-12 draft budget will have on further education students. (S3O-12508)

3. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students from other parts of the United Kingdom attending Scottish universities will be required to pay tuition fees as a result of the recent decisions by the UK Parliament. (S3O-12497)

4. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are in receipt of Educational Maintenance Allowance in East Kilbride. (S3O-12505)

5. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its most recent assessment was of class sizes for primary one to three pupils. (S3O-12500)

6. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement careers advisors give pupils to interest them in pursuing a career in farming. (S3O-12439)

7. Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action local authorities are required to undertake when proposing the closure of a primary school. (S3O-12477)

8. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with Aberdeen City Council on its education budget and teacher numbers. (S3O-12491)

9. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the real-terms change to the college student support budget will be in 2011-12, as a result of funding remaining at the 2010-11 level. (S3O-12522)

10. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many higher education institutions have recognised the Scottish Baccalaureate.( S3O-12453)

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