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BUSINESS BULLETIN 56/1999

Thursday 16 September 1999

 

Section D –  Oral questions selected for answer on 23 September 1999

 

Question Time

1. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the high value of sterling was a major factor in the recent job losses at Agritay Ltd in Dundee. (S1O-361)

 

2. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the introduction of an independent appeal mechanism for farmers suffering penalties in relation to their European Union subsidy claims. (S1O-368)

 

3. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of response there has been through consultation on the Housing Green Paper, to the anti-social tenant measures outlined therein. (S1O-373)

 

4. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the establishment of the Dumfries and Galloway Economic Forum. (S1O-342)

 

5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what it intends to do to address the inequalities in health between men and women in Scotland. (S1O-366)

 

6. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a Scottish equivalent of the National Roads Maintenance Condition Survey in England. (S1O-367)

 

7. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Scottish Power regarding the site and future use of the former Kincardine Power Station. (S1O-350)

 

8. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with the Scottish Prison Service in relation to women offenders. (S1O-360)

 

9. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive when work will commence on the scheduled major improvements to the A9 at Berriedale and between Navidale and the Ord of Caithness. (S1O-352)

 

10. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in the opening of a new rail station at Dysart. (S1O-348)

 

11. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what selection criteria have been employed in determining the membership of the new board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. (S1O-375)

 

12. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that enhanced powers to seize the assets of organised criminals, similar to those of the Criminal Assets Bureau in the Republic of Ireland, would help the fight against dealers in illegal drugs. (S1O-365)

 

13. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans does it have for investment in housing and housing maintenance where tenants reject stock transfer proposals by ballot. (S1O-374)

 

14. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what options are being considered in relation to the establishment of an appeals mechanism for crofters and farmers who are suffering penalties incurred from the current EU subsidy system and whether the claims mechanism when introduced will be allocated retrospectively. (S1O-369)

 

15. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-267 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 9 September 1999, whether it will make a statement on the up-to-date position on the teachers’ pay dispute. (S1O-363)

 

16. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the community planning process currently being undertaken by Scottish local authorities. (S1O-372)

 

17. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance will it give local authorities on the implementation of an Article 4 direction to restrict permitted development and require application to be made for the erection of all telecommunications equipment, regardless of height. (S1O-376)

 

18. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering measures to improve concessionary travel schemes for pensioners. (S1O-346)

 

19. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to set up a national register for deaf people. (S1O-344)

 

20. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to halve the female prison population by the end of the year 2000. (S1O-345)

 

21. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will arrange for ministers to set aside time on a regular basis for meetings with MSPs, and particularly committee conveners and party spokesmen who have constituency or policy issues to raise with them. (S1O-356)

 

22. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to regulate the use of barbed tape/razor wire as a means of restricting public access to Scottish hills, mountains and historic sites. (S1O-371)

 

23. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding Regional Selective Assistance. (S1O-357)

 

24. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise Ltd’s decision to award the contract for Holyrood North Phase Five to Drew Construction Ltd, who have sub-contracted the supply of kerb and drainage channel stone to Granit Union of Inverness who will source that stone in China, what steps it will take to ensure that Scottish taxpayers’ money is used to foster Scottish jobs by using Scottish products in future contracts awarded by Local Enterprise Councils. (S1O-355)

 

25. Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it is giving to Scottish League football clubs to build new or redevelop existing stadia. (S1O-362)

 

26. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the allocation within the Scottish Departmental Expenditure Limits for expenditure (outturn estimated and planned) by the Secretary of State and Advocate General for Scotland in 1998-1999 and 1999-2000, in cash terms. (S1O-341)

 

27. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the potential benefits of the completion of the M74 extension to the Glasgow economy and, given these benefits, whether it will fund the project. (S1O-343)

 

28. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to address the situation, described in the Scottish Prison Officers report Work and Health in the Scottish Prison Service, whereby the level of prison officer dissatisfaction has risen over the last five years from 10% to almost 40%. (S1O-349)

 

29. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce the level of dependency on the private car for those resident in rural areas in the South of Scotland, and if so, to detail these plans. (S1O-351)

 

30. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to relieve traffic congestion on the M8 motorway at Paisley. (S1O-347)

 

 

Open Question Time

1. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the First Minister has met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 1 July 1999 to discuss matters relating to the public expenditure survey and its implications for the Scottish block. (S1O-364)

 

2. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the details of its education policy. (S1O-358)

 

3. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the current position in regard to the establishment of the Council of the Isles. (S1O-354)

 


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