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BUSINESS BULLETIN 19/1999

Thursday 17 June 1999

Section D –  Oral questions selected for answer on 24 June 1999

 

Question Time

 

1. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executivewhether it intends to bring forward proposals for a review of the structure and function of the Scottish Arts Council. (S1O-82)

 

2. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce measures to assist smaller business premises in relation to the impact of the non-domestic rates revaluation to take effect from 1 April 2000. (S1O-75)

 

3. Mike Watson : To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to strengthen its relationship with the voluntary sector in Scotland. (S1O-108)

 

4. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the funding of area tourist boards operates on a sustainable basis for the next financial year. (S1O-72)

 

5. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on devolving responsibilities to schools as part of an overall drive to push up school standards. (S1O-103)

 

6. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on how it intends to improve the standard of early years provision in Scotland. (S1O-110)

 

7. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to assist people with disabilities living in existing public sector housing. (S1O-78)

 

8. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to introduce a distinct scheme to promote safety improvements in the Scottish fleet in view of the termination of the Fishing Vessel (Safety Improvements)(Grants) Scheme 1995 (S.I.1995/1609), and given the special circumstances of the Scottish fishing industry. (S1O-66)

 

9. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fulfil its commitment to develop a national cultural strategy. (S1O-113)

 

10. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote sport and other physical activities in schools. (S1O-100)

 

11. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle the level of teenage pregnancies in Scotland. (S1O-74)

 

12. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the commitment in respect of the Skye Bridge to freeze tolls at their current level to other bridges and transport infrastructure schemes, in particular to the Forth, Tay and Erskine bridges. (S1O-79)

 

13. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide details by Parliamentary constituency of the number of pensioners who will benefit from the five-fold increase in the Winter Fuel Allowance. (S1O-104)

 

14. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the current method of target setting in schools. (S1O-80)

 

15. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish figures regarding the numbers of Scottish students exempt from the payment of any tuition fees. (S1O-117)

 

16. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to establish a power of general competence for local government in Scotland. (S1O-68)

 

17. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to implement to alleviate fuel poverty among people with disabilities. (S1O-96)

 

18. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to reduce dental decay in children under the age of 14. (S1O-111)

 

19. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to alter the operational boundaries of Dumfries & Galloway Police Force or Dumfries & Galloway Fire Brigade. (S1O-89)

 

20. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has within the Scottish criminal justice system to address the issue of domestic violence. (S1O-98)

 

21. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the criteria used for distributing government grants to local authorities in Scotland. (S1O-101)

 

22. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the total cost of abolishing Skye bridge tolls with immediate effect. (S1O-83)

 

23. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on improving standards in Scottish schools. (S1O-107)

 

24. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to include Jordanhill School in its plans to return all directly funded schools to local authority control. (S1O-122)

 

25. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote the involvement of local citizens in the democratic renewal of communities across Scotland. (S1O-114)

 

26. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a statement on improving the quality of bus services in Scotland. (S1O-120)

 

27. Mr Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many disabled students in Scotland it intends will benefit from the extension of the non-means tested Disabled Students Allowance to full time students. (S1O-124)

 

28. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to reduce child poverty in Scotland. (S1O-106)

 

29. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to affirm its commitment to a maximum working week of 56 hours for junior doctors in Scotland. (S1O-87)

 

30. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the New Community Schools initiative and its plans to enhance the current programme. (S1O-112)

 

Open Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive to outline its plans for economic development and employment creation in Scotland. (S1O-91)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what failures of educational provision by local authorities the creation of a statutory duty on them to raise standards in the proposed Education Bill is intended to redress. (S1O-86)

 

3. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give an indicative timetable for the completion of the Scottish Strategic Roads Review and for reporting its findings to the Parliament. (S1O-93)

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