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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 21 April 2005

Question Time

General

1. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage pensioners and disabled people to use the concessionary travel scheme. (S2O-6463)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the powers of dispersal contained in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 have been applied correctly to the Beach Boulevard area of Aberdeen. (S2O-6331)

3. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting community recycling groups. (S2O-6277)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning will meet the Principal of Inverness College to discuss the college’s financial situation. (S2O-6427)

5. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines “zero waste” and what action would be needed for a zero waste policy to be put into practice. (S2O-6259)

6. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policies reflect the view that hardworking families are the cornerstone of a successful economy. (S2O-6304)

7. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it is taking to tackle healthcare-acquired infections. (S2O-6460)

8. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic and social impact of job cuts at BBC Scotland. (S2O-6445)

9. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that women are offered breast cancer screening as soon as possible after their 50th birthday. (S2O-6466)

10. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the New Deal has had on improving youth employment figures. (S2O-6406)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authority education departments on the management of the school estate in light of its mainstreaming policy. (S2O-6290)

2. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits Scottish tourism will see from Tartan Day. (S2O-6437)

3. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to develop activities such as learning, play, sport, art, music, drama and homework clubs for children after the school day ends. (S2O-6335)

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on tourism revenue of a thriving and diverse independent retail sector. (S2O-6266)

5. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to extend the provision of musical instrument tuition in schools. (S2O-6392)

6. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to increase teacher numbers, for example by encouraging graduates to access postgraduate teacher training. (S2O-6479)

7. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in increasing pupil attainment. (S2O-6431)

8. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of community schools. (S2O-6326)

9. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to remove the rights of parents to sit on school boards. (S2O-6356)

10. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the adult/pupil ratio is in schools and how this compares with 1999. (S2O-6395)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken under the Fresh Talent initiative to maximise the number of international students remaining in Scotland after graduation. (S2O-06384)

2. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to relieve pensioner poverty. (S2O-06390)

3. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce homelessness and increase the provision of affordable housing in Dundee. (S2O-06402)

4. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what its justification was for choosing the model of a company limited by guarantee for the Lennoxtown Initiative as the vehicle for spending public money in the regeneration of the village. (S2O-6351)

5. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the content of its revised planning guidance on opencast mining. (S2O-6399)

6. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to increase the rights of private sector tenants. (S2O-6375)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical difficulties it has encountered in assessing the suitability of local income tax as a means of replacing the council tax. (S2O-6285)

8. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive which Highland locations are currently being considered for the relocation of Executive and other public bodies’ departments. (S2O-6342)

9. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that the procurement policies of local and national government bodies interpret best value to include taking account of the benefits to the community from developing local community enterprises. (S2O-6318)

10. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it expects council tax revaluation to affect the residents of Edinburgh. (S2O-6339)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 28 April 2005

The following Members have been randomly selected for General and Themed Question Times for the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon next Wednesday. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Christine May

2. Mr John Home Robertson

3. Mrs Nanette Milne

4. Kate Maclean

5. Rob Gibson

6. Irene Oldfather

7. Des McNulty

8. Richard Lochhead

9. Chris Ballance

10. Ms Wendy Alexander

Environment and Rural Development

1. Mike Watson

2. Maureen Macmillan

3. Miss Annabel Goldie

4. Bristow Muldoon

5. Fiona Hyslop

6. Cathie Craigie

7. Eleanor Scott

8. Dennis Canavan

9. Jackie Baillie

10. Mark Ballard

Health and Community Care

1. Mr Stewart Maxwell

2. Christine Grahame

3. Patrick Harvie

4. Susan Deacon

5. Mr John Swinney

6. Linda Fabiani

7. Karen Whitefield

8. Mr Mark Ruskell

9. Sarah Boyack

10. Mrs Mary Mulligan



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