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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 30 October 2008

Question Time

General

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with student organisations regarding alcohol policy and binge drinking in particular. (S3O-4619)

2. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to shorten police response times to non-emergency calls. (S3O-4618)

3. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of further job losses at Scotland’s largest Harris Tweed mill, Kenneth Mackenzie, and the potential impact on home weavers in the islands, what action the Scottish Government can take to save this old-established industry for the Western Isles. (S3O-4585)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet representatives from Transport Scotland. (S3O-4576)

5. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects Scottish Enterprise to complete and publish details of any reviews of major projects that it is carrying out. (S3O-4665)

6. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that the requirements of core policing are not compromised by the practice of private hire of police personnel. (S3O-4574)

7. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with HM Treasury. (S3O-4581)

8. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits it believes may be derived from the phasing out of private cleaning and catering contracts in the NHS. (S3O-4645)

9. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to help homeowners facing repossession. (S3O-4621)

10. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional households

in Tayside will be eligible under the new qualifying criteria for the central heating programme. (S3O-4641)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage sustainable development in Malawi. (S3O-4649)

2. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to support Scottish traditional arts and the Scots language. (S3O-4606)

3. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the importance of piping to Scotland’s economy. (S3O-4651)

4. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is changing its policy and spending programme priorities in relation to the European Union in response to the economic impact of the global financial crisis. (S3O-4604)

5. Not Lodged

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are applied by Scottish Screen when awarding grant assistance to feature film projects. (S3O-4588)

7. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to include Scottish programmes produced in English on BBC Alba, as highlighted in the final report of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission. (S3O-4584)

8. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to implement the recommendations contained in the Scoping and Mapping Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland report. (S3O-4587)

9. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to identify and quantify any risk to the national companies arising from withdrawal of commercial sponsorship for productions as a result of upheaval in the financial sector. (S3O-4620)

10. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what can be done to ensure the long-term future of the world heritage site at New Lanark and what role it sees the site playing in (a) Homecoming Scotland 2009, (b) the Curriculum for Excellence and (c) cultural tourism. (S3O-4636)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what negotiations it has had with Aberdeen City Council on teacher numbers. (S3O-4593)

2. Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any economies arising from co-operation between local authorities in the provision of school meals. (S3O-4635)

3. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to people who wish to retrain. (S3O-4624)

4. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will renegotiate the concordat with local government to provide sufficient funding to fulfil its commitment to provide free school meals for all P1 to P3 pupils. (S3O-4616)

5. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it will provide to Glasgow City Council to support schools that have a substantial number of pupils who do not have English as a first language. (S3O-4613)

6. Withdrawn

7. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still committed to matching the previous administration’s school building programme brick for brick. (S3O-4666)

8. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with City of Edinburgh Council regarding investment in school infrastructure. (S3O-4595)

9. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides for further education colleges in the West of Scotland. (S3O-4653)

10. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it provides to organisations that promote the interests of children and young people. (S3O-4630)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 6 November 2008

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 29 October 2008. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day.

General

1. Cathy Jamieson

2. John Scott

3. Gavin Brown

4. Elizabeth Smith

5. Ian McKee

6. Alex Johnstone

7. George Foulkes

8. David Stewart

9. Lewis Macdonald

10. Marlyn Glen

Health and Wellbeing

1. Brian Adam

2. Elaine Smith

3. Derek Brownlee

4. Karen Whitefield

5. Bill Butler

6. Kenneth Gibson

7. Bashir Ahmad

8. Rob Gibson

9. Michael McMahon

10. Charlie Gordon

11. Joe FitzPatrick

12. Willie Coffey

13. Alasdair Morgan

14. Nigel Don

15. Cathie Craigie

16. Gil Paterson

17. Christine Grahame

18. Dave Thompson

19. Mary Mulligan

20. James Kelly

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