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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 22 and 23 November 2006

22 November

Question Time

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

1. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether there has been a lower demand for parliamentary outreach meetings involving communities and projects in schools from some parts of the country than from others. (S2O-11320)

2. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has considered commissioning an independent review of the Members’ Allowances Scheme. (S2O-11321)

3. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information it holds on the average time taken between the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman deciding to investigate a case and the publication of the final report and, if it does not hold such information, what plans it has to introduce a procedure to monitor this issue. (S2O-11324)

4. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what sums it will seek to recover in legal claims associated with the Holyrood building project; which breaches of contract are involved in such actions, and whether it will seek to recover from the construction managers the losses incurred as a result of the trades package that was awarded to Flour City Architectural Metals (UK) Ltd. (S2O-11317)

5. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it is satisfied that the Non-Executive Bills Unit is adequately resourced to support the development of Members’ Bills. (S2O-11322)

6. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body which parliamentary employees are eligible for the Healthy Living and Well-Being Allowance; how many receive it, and what the total annual cost is of the scheme. (S2O-11319)

7. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will reconsider the use of a card-only till in the garden level restaurant. (S2O-11318)

8. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to what extent the lessons learned by other parliaments in relation to the allocation of allowances for staff costs will inform the legacy paper setting out options for a review of the Members’ Allowances Scheme. (S2O-11323)

23 November

General

1. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the regulations on the operation of next year’s local government elections. (S2O-11190)

2. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek any derogation for the Highlands from EU Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of farm animals during transport. (S2O-11179)

3. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive when amendments to the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 will be laid before the Parliament. (S2O-11183)

4. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the level of anorexia among young people. (S2O-11221)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to continue the new school building programme. (S2O-11226)

6. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has put in place to support the right of teachers to teach, and young people to learn, in a safe and disciplined environment. (S2O-11199)

7. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the restoration of Castle Tioram would provide benefits to Scotland’s tourism industry; whether it is satisfied with Historic Scotland’s position in respect of such a restoration, and what value it places on the significance of cross-party support from MSPs for its restoration. (S2O-11162)

8. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the level of housing association grants provided to housing associations in the Scottish Borders. (S2O-11173)

9. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to record and publish secondary school class sizes before May 2007. (S2O-11142)

10. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it has made in housing in the Linlithgow parliamentary constituency since 2003. (S2O-11222)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures the Justice Department is taking to help to address the level of road traffic accidents in Moray and across the Grampian area. (S2O-11161)

2. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent re-offending figures are for people given (a) prison sentences, (b) community service orders and (c) drug treatment and testing orders. (S2O-11169)

3. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how the latest knife crime campaign will reduce violence in communities across Scotland. (S2O-11204)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis has been made of drug and drink driving offences recorded in Fife and nationwide in 2005-06 compared with the previous year. (S2O-11175)

5. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the Minister for Justice will support the implementation of More Choices, More Chances: A Strategy to Reduce the Proportion of Young People not in Education, Employment or Training in Scotland in respect of the provision of youth justice services and how the impact of that support will be measured over time. (S2O-11140)

6. Not Lodged

7. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how the police and procurator fiscal service ensure that anti-racism legislation is applied equally inside and outside sporting arenas. (S2O-11163)

8. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the contract for Addiewell Prison has been signed with the private consortium involved and, if not, on what date it is due to be signed and what the cost of the prison will be to the public purse over the lifetime of the contract. (S2O-11192)

9. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will act on the recommendation of its Working Group on Hate Crime to introduce a statutory aggravation for crimes motivated by malice or ill-will towards an individual based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. (S2O-11201)

10. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to end overcrowding at HM Prison Inverness. (S2O-11138)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to build on economic successes of businesses across Scotland, in particular within the manufacturing and service sectors. (S2O-11208)

2. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it can offer to the 120 people to be made redundant by Young’s Seafood in Annan. (S2O-11223)

3. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards addressing traffic congestion on the A725 Bellshill bypass. (S2O-11216)

4. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what technology solutions it is considering to ensure that broadband can be delivered to locations that are currently out of reach. (S2O-11145)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding its proposal for an energy technologies institute. (S2O-11170)

6. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce road casualties. (S2O-11213)

7. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve co-ordination and assessment in providing needs packages for disabled higher education students. (S2O-11143)

8. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in moving freight from the A9 onto rail. (S2O-11211)

9. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the closure of the Solectron factory in Dunfermline could be avoided by learning any lessons from Motorola’s closure of its Bathgate facility. (S2O-11167)

10. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support elderly people who live in communities without a scheduled bus service and who find the “ring ‘n’ ride” service too inflexible for their needs. (S2O-11180)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 30 November 2006

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 on Wednesday 22 November. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Mike Pringle
2. Mr Charlie Gordon
3. Mr Frank McAveety
4. Jackie Baillie
5. Paul Martin
6. Gordon Jackson
7. Colin Fox
8. Dr Elaine Murray
9. John Home Robertson
10. Margaret Jamieson

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Murdo Fraser
2. Margaret Mitchell
3. Marilyn Livingstone
4. Tricia Marwick
5. Mr Alasdair Morrison
6. Mrs Nanette Milne
7. David McLetchie
8. Nora Radcliffe
9. Fiona Hyslop
10. Phil Gallie

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. John Swinburne
2. Ms Wendy Alexander
3. Rosie Kane
4. Bill Aitken
5. Frances Curran
6. Mr Andrew Welsh
7. Ms Sandra White
8. Ms Maureen Watt
9. Eleanor Scott
10. Linda Fabiani

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