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Section D: Oral questions selected for answer on 20 November 2008

Question Time

General

1. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to renew and regenerate the schools estate. (S3O-4906)

2. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the construction industry to retain its skills base during the economic downturn. (S3O-4888)

3. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the guidelines issued to NHS boards regarding end-of-life choices are sufficiently clear. (S3O-4852)

4. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to upgrade the Glenwood Health Centre in Glenrothes. (S3O-4939)

5. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council on the possibility of a dedicated TV channel for the South of Scotland. (S3O-4854)

6. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the concerns raised in Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons report on HMP Peterhead, published in October 2008. (S3O-4914)

7. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to legislate on the subject of high hedges and, if so, when. (S3O-4853)

8. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that incidence of and mortality from Clostridium difficile are reported on a hospital-by-hospital basis. (S3O-4868)

9. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Scottish Government’s pledge of £100 million to alleviate a chronic housing shortage will be spent in Edinburgh. (S3O-4871)

10. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to reduce the number of babies being raised in prison, in light of recent media coverage on the matter. (S3O-4937)

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm that HM Revenue and Customs has not been involved in the preparation of proposals by the Scottish Government on collection of the local income tax. (S3O-4890)

2. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive proposals from COSLA for amendments to the formula for distributing government funding to local authorities. (S3O-4913)

3. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in achieving efficiency savings targets. (S3O-4885)

4. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on improving public transport access to Edinburgh Airport since 2007. (S3O-4921)

5. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools it envisages will be built under the Scottish Futures Trust in this parliamentary session. (S3O-4866)

6. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met Highland Council and what issues were discussed. (S3O-4905)

7. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will promote the urgent need for banks to give additional flexible support to small and medium-sized businesses. (S3O-4930)

8. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage local authorities to bring derelict and disused land back into productive use. (S3O-4908)

9. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish Government infrastructure investment projects are being accelerated for early delivery. (S3O-4918)

10. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in respect of the strategic transport projects review. (S3O-4873)

11. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the 2% efficiency savings target set for local government. (S3O-4895)

12. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to tourism in Fife. (S3O-4923)

13. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the current economic climate, whether it will reinstate funding in order to give Scotland a higher profile at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. (S3O-4891)

14. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what action ministers are taking to support businesses in the north east, in light of the current financial climate. (S3O-4931)

15. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Scottish Enterprise Grampian on proposals for a feasibility study into the potential redevelopment of the Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen. (S3O-4869)

16. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to bring forward transport infrastructure investment ahead of the strategic transport projects review. (S3O-4915)

17. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support small businesses through the credit crunch. (S3O-4942)

18. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support cycling as a sustainable method of transport. (S3O-4917)

19. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to actively engage tourist businesses in Ayrshire and across Scotland in the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations to ensure that the tourism industry achieves the maximum benefit from the celebrations and that Scottish businesses are better marketed abroad. (S3O-4863)

20. Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth last met COSLA. (S3O-4876)

Members Selected for General and Themed Question Times on 27 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 19 November 2008. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin the following day

General

1. Bill Aitken

2. Bashir Ahmad

3. Marilyn Livingstone

4. Tricia Marwick

5. Kenneth Gibson

6. Roseanna Cunningham

7. John Scott

8. Robin Harper

9. Peter Peacock

10. Alex Neil

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Patrick Harvie

2. Irene Oldfather

3. Cathy Peattie

4. John Lamont

5. John Wilson

6. Karen Whitefield

7. Rob Gibson

8. Elaine Murray

9. Tom McCabe

10. Gil Paterson

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Pauline McNeill

2. Rhona Brankin

3. George Foulkes

4. Robert Brown

5. Bill Butler

6. Liam McArthur

7. Patricia Ferguson

8. Bill Wilson

9. Cathie Craigie

10. Nanette Milne

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