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BUSINESS BULLETIN 75/1999

Thursday 21 October 1999

Section D –  Oral questions selected for answer on 28 October 1999

   

Question Time

1. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the increase in money for education that will be available in 2000/2001 to each of Fife, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Angus and Perth and Kinross councils as a consequence of the 80 million extra spending for education announced by the Finance Minister on 6 October. (S1O-464)

 

2. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure that accounts rendered to the Scottish Legal Aid Board are settled timeously. (S1O-483)

 

3. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from North Ayrshire Council about the impending deficit in the Council’s Direct Labour Organisation. (S1O-472)

 

4. Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to use Scotland House to secure new markets and jobs in the expanding European Community. (S1O-451)

 

5. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive, given current planning presumptions against major out of town retail developments, whether any further major out of town retail developments will be permitted in, or in proximity to, the Renfrewshire council area. (S1O-454)

 

6. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to use its own Scottish indicators to measure poverty in Scotland. (S1O-448)

 

7. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm that its health priorities are unchanged and that it stands by its manifesto pledge on waiting lists. (S1O-491)

 

8. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its decision not to grant the application by the Federation of Small Businesses for the setting up of an inquiry under Section 211 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act (1973) into the manner and consequences of the divestment or "externalisation" of 11 residential homes formerly run by Dumfries and Galloway Council. (S1O-480)

 

9. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact is of the reduction by 1 million in its social work budget made by East Lothian Council as a consequence of reductions in local government funding. (S1O-488)

 

10. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the UK Minister for Agriculture in his efforts to assist the UK pig industry by requesting financial aid from Europe to eliminate the cost burden caused by BSE. (S1O-482)

 

11. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to ensure that employment opportunities in rural areas do not suffer as a result of transport restrictions on rural economic development as laid out in the national planning policy guidelines. (S1O-467)

 

12. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it intends to take to meet the demands of the European Union Natura 2000 directive on habitat protection. (S1O-481)

 

13. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the increase in money for education that will be available in 2000/2001 to Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire councils as a consequence of the 80 million extra spending for education announced by the Finance Minister on 6 October. (S1O-461)

 

14. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the increase in money for education that will be available in 2000/2001 to Moray council as a consequence of the 80 million extra spending for education announced by the Finance Minister on 6 October. (S1O-471)

 

15. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has received concerning the discretionary relief from business rates allowed to charity shops. (S1O-453)

 

16. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the change to Objective 2 status will have in Dundee, specifically in relation to the exclusion of the science park and the University campus from the new Objective 2 boundary. (S1O-473)

 

17. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what is on the agenda for the next meeting between the First Minister and the Prime Minister. (S1O-457)

 

18. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the time-scale is for the implementation of a review of fuel poverty and energy efficiency in Scotland. (S1O-468)

 

19. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to approve the construction of grade-separated junctions at the Glamis and Kirriemuir junctions of the A90 to Forfar bypass. (S1O-458)

 

20. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the increase in money for education that will be available in 2000/2001 to City of Edinburgh and West Lothian councils as a consequence of the 80 million extra spending for education announced by the Finance Minister on 6 October. (S1O-465)

 

 

21. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of recent scientific reports concerning the safety of genetically modified crops and the distance over which cross pollination can occur, what action is being proposed regarding the planting of experimental genetically modified crops. (S1O-474)

 

22. Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether spending on mental health in Scotland has fallen behind spending on the NHS in Scotland in general and, if so, why. (S1O-450)

 

23. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Scottish Tourist Board and what matters were discussed. (S1O-470)

 

24. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the timescale for submissions to the McCrone inquiry into teachers’ pay and conditions. (S1O-489)

 

25. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation restricting the use of lead shot for shooting. (S1O-492)

 

26. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the increase in money for education that will be available in 2000/2001 to North Lanarkshire, Falkirk and East Ayrshire councils as a consequence of the 80 million extra spending for education announced by the Finance Minister on 6 October. (S1O-463)

 

27. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet the Shetland Health Board in Shetland to enable the Board to present its views on the proposed Arbuthnott formula, and whether it will then give further consideration to any proposals which the Board makes. (S1O-459)

 

28. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to relax capping limits for Scottish local authorities. (S1O-479)

 

29. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to commission an independent legal opinion to determine the validity of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundary Order 1999. (S1O-475)

 

30. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of its intention to remove the statutory basis of the SJNC, it will set out a timetable for the implementation of the relevant legislation to ensure that the current maximum composite class size of 25 is maintained, that the current maximum class size of 33 in the upper primary and secondary is maintained, and that the current maximum class size of 20 in practical classes is maintained. (S1O-462)

 

 

Open Question Time

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues were discussed. (S1O-485)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings the First Minister has had with the leader of the SNP and whether further meetings between them are planned. (S1O-477)

 

3. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive which NHS pay bargaining groups have settled their 1999/2000 pay negotiations, which have yet to agree and what percentage pay rises have been agreed by those bargaining groups which have settled. (S1O-484)

  

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