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BUSINESS BULLETIN 108/1999 

Thursday 9 December 1999

Section D –  Oral questions selected for answer on 16 December 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-845)

 

2. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what statutory requirements it will put in place to ensure that new landlords responsible for ex-council housing stock following its transfer under the New Housing Partnership Initiative will be obliged to make provision for homeless people when local authority stock is transferred. (S1O-857)

 

3. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-619 by Lord Hardie on 18 November 1999, whether it will now make representations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority about delays in handling claims on behalf of victims of crime in Scotland. (S1O-852)

 

4. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a speculative bid may be made by a private company for the purchase of Penninghame and Dungavel Prisons and Dumfries Young Offenders Institute and whether it will rule out considering a positive response to an approach of this nature. (S1O-887)

 

5. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to safeguard the future of rural schools in Scotland. (S1O-881)

 

6. Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths there have been in the last five years from prostate cancer. (S1O-855)

 

7. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether poverty is increasing. (S1O-865)

 

8. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2202 by Mr Jim Wallace on 11 November 1999, what the time scale is of the UK interdepartmental working group examining the issue of parental chastisement of children and whether it proposes to conduct a separate consultation process in Scotland in order to take account of the different way in which Scotland’s legal system deals with child welfare. (S1O-850)

 

9. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what external consultation has taken place or will take place before the conclusion and publication of Partnership and Co-ordination, the Scottish Prison Service action on drugs revised guidance on the management of drug misuse by Scotland’s prisoners. (S1O-838)

 

10. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to offset any financial disadvantages which may be imposed on pig farmers due to new pig welfare legislation banning the stall and tether systems used in pig breeding which has yet to be imposed elsewhere in the European Union. (S1O-873)

 

11. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to safeguard the welfare of 700 foxhounds in the event of a ban of hunting with dogs being endorsed by the Scottish Parliament. (S1O-866)

 

12. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to support and develop a rural transport strategy. (S1O-864)

 

13. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will implement to encourage and support people in Scotland who wish to cease smoking cigarettes. (S1O-854)

 

14. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards for ownership of public assets will be put in place when local authorities wish to transfer ownership of leisure facilities to arms length trusts. (S1O-882)

 

15. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it plans to reduce the level of fatal and serious road accidents. (S1O-886)

 

16. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the implications for its budget if the cost of the Holyrood project increases beyond that currently planned for. (S1O-892)

 

17. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with housing organisations relating to a single social tenancy and the right to buy. (S1O-888)

 

18. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why the first priority in its childcare strategy as set out in Making It Work Together – A Programme for Government, of setting up a new national childcare information line by December 1999, has not been delivered. (S1O-868)

 

19. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to address the report of the National Audit Office on the Scottish Ambulance Service, particularly with regard to any shortcomings in Greater Glasgow. (S1O-871)

 

20. Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional funds will be made available to police forces in order that they can recruit and train new officers to replace those transferred to the new drugs enforcement agency. (S1O-875)

 

21. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Treasury in order to protect local bus operators in Scotland from the effects of any increases in fuel taxation. (S1O-843)

 

22. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce details and a timetable for the Strategic Environmental assessment of its policies, as outlined in the Programme for Government. (S1O-885)

 

23. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1298 by Mr Frank McAveety on 13 September 1999, whether it is yet in a position to consider changes to the working practices and decision-making process of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland. (S1O-884)

 

24. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to discontinue the practice of self-financing pay awards in local government. (S1O-877)

 

25. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the First Minister has met with the Chairperson of Scottish Homes since May 1999. (S1O-840)

 

26. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet representatives of the scallop farming industry and what items will be on the agenda. (S1O-867)

 

27. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the event that the proposed Public Private Partnership for the M77 Fenwick to Malletsheugh motorway cannot demonstrate value for money, it intends to fund the proposed stretch of motorway from its budget. (S1O-869)

 

28. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government about the closure of rural post offices and the potential for further closures. (S1O-861)

 

29. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation exercises the Minister for Children and Education has initiated since 1 July 1999. (S1O-841)

 

30. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that Fife Health Board and the Acute Services Trust reach agreement on a business plan for acute services in Fife. (S1O-836)

 

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-842)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues they discussed. (S1O-851)

 

3. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support exists in Scotland to assist schoolchildren suffering from dyslexia. (S1O-874)

 

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