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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 3 September 2009

Question Time

General

1. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with VisitScotland. (S3O-7658)

2. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a timetable for implementation of the measures contained in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. (S3O-7652)

3. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the UK Government on the proposed high-speed rail link connecting central Scotland to London. (S3O-7640)

4. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to further develop the biotechnology industries in Aberdeen. (S3O-7618)

5. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are being used to select the 55 schools to be built by 2018 under the Scottish Futures Trust. (S3O-7653)

6. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive in what way the new Scottish Clinical Leadership and Excellence Award Scheme for hospital consultants will reward outstanding performance in a fairer manner. (S3O-7636)

7. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with Orkney Islands Council to find an acceptable alternative site for the Stromness Ferry Terminal lorry parking and marshalling area if a new school is built on the existing site. (S3O-7605)

8. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place on the draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill. (S3O-7666)

9. Not Lodged

10. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what screening currently takes place for newborn babies in Scotland. (S3O-7685)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consultation has taken place regarding the future of district courts in Ayrshire. (S3O-7665)

2. Not Lodged

3. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it reconciles freezing council tax with its guarantee to increase police numbers and maintain law and order, when Scotland’s biggest police force is reporting a cash shortfall of up to £34.7 million. (S3O-7660)

4. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering bringing forward proposals for changes to the eligibility criteria for receipt of legal aid. (S3O-7680)

5. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to change the scrutiny process for quasi-judicial matters. (S3O-7606)

6. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address knife crime in Paisley. (S3O-7648)

7. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are on the streets of Scotland compared to May 2007. (S3O-7624)

8. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were required to guard Kafeel Ahmed in a Glasgow hospital from 30 June to 2 August 2007. (S3O-7591)

9. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it considers surveillance material of lawful demonstrations and gatherings should be retained by the police. (S3O-7609)

10. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the provision of adequate tied police houses in rural areas as a means of ensuring that police cover is maintained in these areas. (S3O-7619)

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to implement the provisions of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 that relate to reduction of excess packaging. (S3O-7616)

2. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what support the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment provides to local authorities to allow local residents to make use of unused derelict lands in urban areas for the purpose of community growing projects, gardens and orchards. (S3O-7631)

3. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the farming industry regarding the introduction of electronic identification for sheep in December 2009. (S3O-7598)

4. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reached a decision on the future of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. (S3O-7682)

5. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to implement measures contained in the National Food and Drink Policy. (S3O-7641)

6. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the Western Isles fishing community and processing industry on the future of prawn fishing. (S3O-7686)

7. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Minister for Environment is taking to ensure that local authorities undertake their legal obligation under the Allotments acts to provide allotments if there is a proven demand. (S3O-7615)

8. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is prepared to fund new approaches to waste management which will be required from local authorities, as outlined in the Zero Waste Plan. (S3O-7654)

9. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistical information it has documenting closures of pubs, village stores, post offices and schools affecting rural communities in Scotland and the impact of those closures on rural communities. (S3O-7629)

10. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have had with North Lanarkshire Council to discuss the implications of the Zero Waste Plan. (S3O-7675)

Members selected for General and Themed Questions on 10 September 2009

The following members have been randomly selected for General and Themed Question Times on the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon on Wednesday 2 September. These will then appear in this Section of the Business Bulletin on Thursday 3 September.

General

1. Hugh O’Donnell

2. Tom McCabe

3. Mike Rumbles

4. Bill Aitken

5. Pauline McNeill

6. John Scott

7. Angela Constance

8. Patrick Harvie

9. Mary Scanlon

10. Des McNulty

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Nigel Don

2. Margaret Smith

3. Helen Eadie

4. Paul Martin

5. Johann Lamont

6. Ross Finnie

7. Ian McKee

8. Anne McLaughlin

9. Michael Matheson

10. Ken Macintosh

11. Bob Doris

12. Rhoda Grant

13. Irene Oldfather

14. Mary Mulligan

15. Jim Tolson

16. Gil Paterson

17. Alasdair Morgan

18. Christina McKelvie

19. Cathy Peattie

20. Ms Wendy Alexander

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