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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 23 September 2010

Question Time

General

1. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with the UK Environment Agency regarding the management of the River Esk in the south of Scotland. (S3O-11376)

2. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it has issued to public bodies regarding the awarding of contracts to consultants. (S3O-11406)

3. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to improve freight rail services in south west Scotland. (S3O-11418)

4. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with the banking sector regarding the provision of services in rural areas. (S3O-11444)

5. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with teachers and teaching unions to determine whether guidelines will be required for the implementation of maximum-sized primary one classes. (S3O-11384)

6. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given instructions to police forces regarding how people whose roadside walls, fences or buildings have been damaged as a result of vehicle accidents access their reports. (S3O-11382)

7. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it has taken to improve the A92. (S3O-11403)

8. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason it has not used the EU directive for reserving contracts for supported factories and businesses to award a contract to sheltered workshops. (S3O-11410)

9. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect bird-of-prey populations. (S3O-11432)

10. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects the forthcoming teacher numbers statistics to show an increase or decrease in teacher employment and for what reasons. (S3O-11423)

Health and Wellbeing

1. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met the chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what issues were discussed. (S3O-11411)

2. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with the UK Government regarding the future of the Independent Living Fund since July 2010. (S3O-11405)

3. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what legal requirements regarding equality legislation local authorities have to take account of when considering changes to services for vulnerable groups. (S3O-11467)

4. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any patient concerns regarding the proposed closure of the breast cancer ward at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. (S3O-11426)

5. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that rural areas are fairly treated by the NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee formula. (S3O-11393)

6. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting access to health information for people with a visual impairment. (S3O-11391)

7. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the findings regarding the effects of deprivation on life expectancy made by the Registrar General for Scotland in the latest annual review of demographic trends. (S3O-11468)

8. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on there being no CT scanner available in Orkney and what the implication of this is for patients. (S3O-11389)

9. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support children and young people with cleft palates and related conditions. (S3O-11388)

10. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met the chair of NHS Forth Valley and what issues were discussed. (S3O-11457)

11. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the UK Government’s approach to the reform of housing benefit. (S3O-11417)

12. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS operations were cancelled in the last financial year. (S3O-11413)

13. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to the use of community benefit clauses in its housing strategy. (S3O-11434)

14. Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being put in place to minimise the impact of the closure of triage ward 6 at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen on healthcare in the region. (S3O-11397)

15. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that best use is made of emergency care resources and that accident and emergency departments are able to function effectively. (S3O-11395)

16. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effects on the NHS of the implementation of the European working time directive in relation to junior doctors’ hours. (S3O-11392)

17. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, following its advice on capital allocations to NHS boards, what safeguards it has put in place to ensure an equitable share of resources will be available to NHS Grampian and Tayside. (S3O-11390)

18. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the current GP out-of-hours service offers value-for-money for the taxpayer and best meets the needs of the patient. (S3O-11465)

19. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the rate of absence due to sickness was in days lost per full-time equivalent employee in each NHS board in the last year. (S3O-11381)

20. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements have been made in health services in West Lothian since 2007. (S3O-11446)

Members selected for General and Themed Questions on 30 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 22 September. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin on Thursday 23 September.

General

1. Des McNulty

2. Jim Tolson

3. Joe FitzPatrick

4. Alasdair Allan

5. Bill Aitken

6. Murdo Fraser

7. Mike Rumbles

8. Mary Mulligan

9. Mr Frank McAveety

10. Bob Doris

Justice and Law Officers

1. Iain Smith

2. Jamie McGrigor

3. Pauline McNeill

4. Sarah Boyack

5. Marlyn Glen

6. Richard Baker

7. Robert Brown

8. Willie Coffey

9. Johann Lamont

10. Anne McLaughlin

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Lewis Macdonald

2. Alison McInnes

3. Duncan McNeil

4. James Kelly

5. John Wilson

6. Mary Scanlon

7. Sandra White

8. Tom McCabe

9. Ross Finnie

10. Nigel Don

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