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Section D – Oral questions selected for answer on 16 September 2010

Question Time

General

1. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are under way to ensure that the 26,000 renewable energy jobs that it envisages being created over the next decade are of a sufficient quality to place Scotland in a competitive position in relation to other European nations. (S3O-11334)

2. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what advantages there will be for Central Scotland as a result of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvements Programme. (S3O-11335)

3. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what issues it and Transport Scotland raised with the City of Edinburgh Council before handing over each instalment of funding for the Edinburgh tram project. (S3O-11356)

4. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Midlothian Council concerning the future of Midlothian Snowsports Centre. (S3O-11354)

5. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that digital technology could play a significant role in helping Scotland achieve its carbon reduction targets. (S3O-11349)

6. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to help secure public access to the Pathfinder broadband network in the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-11370)

7. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that Scottish companies, the local economy and the Scottish workforce benefit directly from the Forth Replacement Crossing project. (S3O-11319)

8. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with public bodies regarding plans to merge those with overlapping functions. (S3O-11305)

9. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the introduction of a three-mile limit in the Firth of Clyde within which there would be a moratorium on commercial fishing. (S3O-11332)

10. Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the retention of the forensic services laboratory in Aberdeen. (S3O-11320)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken by the Minister for Culture and External Affairs to promote Scottish tourism in continental Europe. (S3O-11313)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has had with the UK Government with a view to ensuring that Scottish travellers affected by the volcanic ash emissions earlier this year receive the compensation due to them from airlines. (S3O-11317)

3. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made toward modernising the National Trust for Scotland. (S3O-11333)

4. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Opera regarding its proposed reorganisation. (S3O-11325)

5. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee will take place and what issues will be discussed. (S3O-11348)

6. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote music in Fife. (S3O-11352)

7. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports architecture. R (S3O-11330)

8. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is developing its marketing strategy to increase awareness of the Edinburgh festivals in mainland Europe. (S3O-11341)

9. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has made representations to the UK Government with regard to changing British Summer Time. (S3O-11294)

10. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken since 2007 to support the development of the computer games sector in Dundee. (S3O-11346)

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Not Lodged

2. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the OECD report, Education at a Glance 2010. (S3O-11336)

3. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many working days were lost in each of the last five years due to school staff being granted authorised absence from normal duties to undertake trade union related activities and what the cost was to the taxpayer. (S3O-11296)

4. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will safeguard the future of rural schools. (S3O-11300)

5. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to colleges to establish wind turbine technician apprenticeship courses. (S3O-11322)

6. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to reduce the educational achievement gap between children living in poverty and their classmates. (S3O-11311)

7. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last reviewed its guidance to local authorities on school transport. (S3O-11367)

8. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place regarding full university status for the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-11373)

9. Not Lodged

10. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is being given to supporting the development of a twin campus for the newly created City of Glasgow College. (S3O-11329)

Members selected for General and Themed Questions on 23 September 2010

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 15 September. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin on Thursday 16 September.

Question Time

General

1. John Lamont

2. Bill Butler

3. Cathy Jamieson

4. Aileen Campbell

5. Margo MacDonald

6. Jamie McGrigor

7. Claire Baker

8. Helen Eadie

9. Elaine Murray

10. Paul Martin

Health and Wellbeing

1. Patricia Ferguson

2. Rhona Brankin

3. Sandra White

4. Ken Macintosh

5. Jeremy Purvis

6. Hugh O’Donnell

7. Bill Wilson

8. Liam McArthur

9. Jim Hume

10. Michael Matheson

11. Hugh Henry

12. Karen Gillon

13. John Park

14. Nicol Stephen

15. Iain Smith

16. Mike Pringle

17. Alison McInnes

18. Maureen Watt

19. Derek Brownlee

20. Angela Constance

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