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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 14 December 2006

Question Time

General

1. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on tourism and the local economy will be if the Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining does not open for its annual season at Easter. (S2O-11414)

2. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is planned to address the decline in the number of blood donors. (S2O-11446)

3. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to introducing a priority medical list for the central heating programme. (S2O-11471)

4. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the total cost to local authorities of refunding charges for assisting with meal preparation that were incorrectly made following the introduction of free personal care. (S2O-11432)

5. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-Budget report will be on Scotland’s essential services, particularly in respect of education. (S2O-11430)

6. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been taken to tackle truancy in schools. (S2O-11477)

7. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review its procedures in respect of the procurement of public contracts. (S2O-11436)

8. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support gardening and horticultural activities, including the provision of allotments, in towns and cities. (S2O-11463)

9. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive how the mental health strategy will ensure that those in need receive the appropriate level of care. (S2O-11473)

10. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland fulfils its remit to represent individuals with the full range of long-term conditions and the small voluntary groups that support them. (S2O-11427)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the use of speed warning signs on trunk roads in towns and villages. (S2O-11429)

2. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer or HM Treasury officials to discuss the Scottish economy; how many such meetings have taken place, and what information it has on what steps are being taken by HM Treasury to improve Scotland’s IMD competitiveness rating relative to the United Kingdom as a whole. (S2O-11418)

3. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what flexibility Transport Scotland has in the allocation of its budget. (S2O-11428)

4. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has examined the free public transport scheme operated in Hasselt in Belgium and whether it has considered replicating it in Scotland. (S2O-11435)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority regarding the location of the UK national nuclear archive. (S2O-11449)

6. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive at what point the cost to the provider of a one-person journey negates the value of the Ring ‘n’ Ride service. (S2O-11489)

7. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that the upgrade to the Raith interchange will take place. (S2O-11420)

8. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on assessing safety improvements on roads. (S2O-11452)

9. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the provision of a Maybole bypass. (S2O-11433)

10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the redevelopment of Haymarket Station to enable improved access for all passengers. (S2O-11460)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive which policies it intends to re-evaluate, in light of the 15% increase in the number of persistent young offenders. (S2O-11493)

2. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that fingerprint experts at the Scottish Criminal Record Office will be treated in a fair manner when the organisation becomes part of the Scottish Forensic Science Service in April 2007. (S2O-11478)

3. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the operation of the youth court, given the critical evaluation it received from the University of Stirling academics commissioned to review the project. (S2O-11496)

4. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports increased use of custodial sentences for children and young people. (S2O-11492)

5. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reducing youth offending in the Lothians. (S2O-11494)

6. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how police forces across Scotland are planning to comply with the Disability Equality Duty. (S2O-11466)

7. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve policing of town centres on Friday and Saturday nights. (S2O-11458)

8. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to modernise the civil courts. (S2O-11484)

9. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of incidents involving the misuse of airguns in the Grampian Police area. (S2O-11459)

10. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time is that it takes to consider proposals for local byelaws to ban drinking of alcohol in public spaces. (S2O-11443)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 21 December 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 13 December. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Alex Neil
2. Mr Frank McAveety
3. Mr Charlie Gordon
4. Irene Oldfather
5. Mark Ballard
6. Richard Baker
7. Karen Gillon
8. Dr Elaine Murray
9. Stewart Stevenson
10. Richard Lochhead

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Marilyn Livingstone
2. Derek Brownlee
3. Eleanor Scott
4. Chris Ballance
5. Mr Andrew Arbuckle
6. Jeremy Purvis
7. Brian Adam
8. Ms Sandra White
9. Scott Barrie
10. Mr Alasdair Morrison

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Jackie Baillie
2. Marlyn Glen
3. Iain Smith
4. Mike Rumbles
5. Helen Eadie
6. Mr Mark Ruskell
7. David McLetchie
8. Jim Mather
9. Gordon Jackson
10. Colin Fox

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