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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 21 December 2006

Question Time

General

1. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement about the future of Careers Scotland. (S2O-11503)

2. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to reduce crime in town centres. (S2O-11562)

3. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it encourages transport partnerships and local authorities to specify the provision of vehicles that are fully accessible to passengers whose mobility is impaired, when procuring subsidised bus services. (S2O-11552)

4. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage recycling over the festive period. (S2O-11571)

5. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what it expects road traffic levels to be in 2021, in light of the statement in Audit Scotland’s overview of the performance of transport in Scotland that "latest forecasts estimate that traffic will grow by a further 27 per cent by 2021". (S2O-11574)

6. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that a skilled workforce is available to the oil and gas industry. (S2O-11544)

7. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Faslane 365 demonstrations are having on local police numbers in Clydesdale. (S2O-11550)

8. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve safety on trunk roads. (S2O-11570)

9. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to conclude negotiations with prison staff over pay increases, in light of additional pressure on staff resulting from overcrowding in prisons and a 1995 agreement to complete negotiations by the end of October every year. (S2O-11522)

10. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what most recent representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the future of the rural post office network. (S2O-11536)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps sportscotland is taking to encourage the uptake of sport in areas of multiple deprivation. (S2O-11557)

2. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons it has learned about education reform from other countries. (S2O-11505)

3. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs and what income marine wildlife tourism brings to the island of Mull. (S2O-11578)

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed Culture Bill will ensure that everybody has the right to participate in the cultural life of the community and enjoy the arts, as required by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (S2O-11575)

5. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is being made in Scotland for the preparation of facilities for the 2012 London Olympics and possible 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. (S2O-11533)

6. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of community schools. (S2O-11527)

7. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many secondary school teaching posts are vacant. (S2O-11500)

8. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent closure of the Chirnsyde community initiative, what urgent steps it has taken to ensure that a replacement leisure facility is available for young people in the Milton area of Glasgow and to ensure that future warnings about young people’s safety being compromised by the actions of management committees are addressed effectively. (S2O-11501)

9. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides to community sports initiatives, such as the Fife Soccer Sevens Development Association. (S2O-11543)

10. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the provision of new public private partnership schools will have on young people in the Western Isles. (S2O-11567)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve public services in West Dumbartonshire. (S2O-11542)

2. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total gap has been between public expenditure in Scotland and revenues raised since 1999. (S2O-11551)

3. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is given to local planning authorities on the inclusion of requirements to provide affordable housing when determining planning applications. (S2O-11526)

4. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support lone-parent families across Scotland. (S2O-11535)

5. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in taking forward the recommendation of the Housing Improvement Task Force to formulate legislation that provides protection for purchasers of new homes. (S2O-11549)

6. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its role is in deciding whether appeals against the rejection of planning applications for supermarkets proceed to public local inquiry. (S2O-11577)

7. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it continues to support the policy of housing stock transfer and, if so, whether it will work with councils to develop alternative models for stock transfer in areas where ballots have rejected stock transfer proposals. (S2O-11513)

8. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any progress in identifying the cost of achieving the savings attributed to the Efficient Government initiative and whether it now has baseline outcome data to measure the impact that these savings have had on departmental performance. (S2O-11538)

9. Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the additional funding announced for local authorities will alleviate the financial burden of people in most need. (S2O-11555)

10. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its policy on PFI projects, in light of the findings by Edinburgh University’s Centre for International Public Health that payments from NHS boards across Scotland to private financiers will increase from the current £107 million to £510 million per year by 2011. (S2O-11504)

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