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BUSINESS BULLETIN 94/1999

Thursday 18 November 1999

Section D –  Oral questions selected for answer on 25 November 1999

 

 

Question Time

 

1. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail what specific matters of mutual interest were discussed at the last meeting between the First Minister and the Prime Minister and what specific matters will be discussed at the next meeting. (S1O-690)

 

2. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to promote continuing professional development of teachers working in remote and sparsely populated rural areas of Scotland. (S1O-727)

 

3. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to ensure that publicly funded organisations maintain category A and B listed buildings and structures within their ownership. (S1O-669)

 

4. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reimburse farmers and crofters for the costs incurred in presenting their applications to the Agricultural Business Improvement Scheme. (S1O-709)

 

5. Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to ensure that the findings of the Millan Committee are taken account of during the passage of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill. (S1O-672)

 

6. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were applied to the "mothballing" of the special unit at Peterhead Prison. (S1O-725)

 

7. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from and what meetings it has had with Perth and Kinross Council regarding ensuring that their budget is in line with guideline figures next financial year. (S1O-722)

 

8. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in its programme of tackling dampness in Scotland’s housing stock. (S1O-715)

 

9. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the provision of witness support schemes such as the one recently piloted in Hamilton. (S1O-677)

 

10. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on enterprise policy proposals in advance of the publication of the pre-budget statement. (S1O-676)

 

11. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what delays have occurred processing student loan applications this year, and whether it will hold a public enquiry into the Student Loan Company. (S1O-691)

 

12. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current review of business rates will address the particular concerns of small businesses. (S1O-731)

 

13. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current level is of housing debt owed by Glasgow City Council. (S1O-711)

 

14. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government on the consumer strategy white paper and its potential impact on Scotland. (S1O-726)

 

15. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have entered, and successfully completed, teacher training courses over the last ten years. (S1O-721)

 

16. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Railtrack regarding safety at railway level crossings in Scotland. (S1O-689)

 

17. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the revaluation of non-domestic rates will have on small businesses in East Renfrewshire. (S1O-717)

 

18. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that the NHS drugs budget for 1999-2000 is adequate to cover the increasing costs of "patient packs". (S1O-712)

 

19. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the advice to be given on the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/1840) as amended. (S1O-733)

 

20. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning testing procedures to ensure that they conform with other European Union member states in the interpretation of the relevant EU guidelines. (S1O-710)

 

21. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is prepared in principle to allow a consortium of private interests to construct the M74 link considered in the recent Strategic Roads Review, and whether it would allow Scottish Enterprise to assist in funding the M74 link from its own annual budgets. (S1O-696)

 

22. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to prevent the growing number of incidents of tuberculosis amongst badgers in the North of England spreading into Scotland, with possible serious consequences for our dairy herd. (S1O-695)

 

23. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to ensure that National Health Service dental treatment is available to all sections of Scottish society. (S1O-698)

 

24. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Ayrshire local authorities regarding concerns over the lack of detailed information available about funding for the recently announced new stretch of the M7 (S1O-704)

 

25. Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take following the publication of Greater Glasgow Health Board’s health report into the Paterson’s landfill site at Mount Vernon. (S1O-699)

 

26. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to conduct a comprehensive review of its policy and procedures in relation to amnesic shellfish poisoning. (S1O-723)

 

27. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would consider redrafting its guidance on the Carers Act and, if not, whether it would consider amending existing legislation to entitle carers under the age of 16 years to request an assessment of their needs. (S1O-729)

 

28. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to support the coal industry in Scotland with specific reference to the transportation of coal by rail. (S1O-728)

 

29. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings the First Minister has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Employment since May 1999. (S1O-679)

 

30. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that travellers have appropriate access to primary health care services. (S1O-700)

 

 

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 they discussed. (S1O-674)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues were discussed. (S1O-705)

3. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help Scottish local authorities switch from landfill as the main waste disposal option. (S1O-688)

 

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