Section D: Oral Questions

Portfolio Questions selected for answer on 13 November 2013

Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

1. Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Government what funding strategy it has to facilitate a high-speed rail link between Scotland and London. (S4O-02562)

2. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of the Scottish Futures Trust. (S4O-02563)

3. Jenny Marra: To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on the Tay Estuary Rail Service. (S4O-02564)

4. John Mason: To ask the Scottish Government how many passengers there have been on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line via Airdrie since it reopened. (S4O-02565)

5. Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Water and other bodies about improvements to drainage infrastructure in urban areas. (S4O-02566)

6. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Community Transport Association and what assistance it can provide to this sector, in light of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s report on community transport. (S4O-02567)

7. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Highland Council about the infrastructure and capital investment required to meet the needs of communities in the Highlands and Islands. (S4O-02568)

8. Willie Rennie: To ask the Scottish Government what steps the Scottish Futures Trust has taken to ensure that non-profit distributing model investment achieves forecast levels. (S4O-02569)

9. Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to make transport accessible, affordable and available for disabled people. (S4O-02570)

10. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on Transport Scotland’s public exhibitions on plans to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2039 and whether the information provided at these will be available online. (S4O-02571)


Culture and External Affairs

1. Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how it will promote the culture of Greater Glasgow and West Scotland before and during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (S4O-02572)

2. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government on the decision to refuse visas for Chinese teachers working in Scotland through the Confucius Hub system. (S4O-02573)

3. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it had with the new US Ambassador to the UK on his recent visit to the Parliament. (S4O-02574)

4. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Creative Scotland. (S4O-02575)

5. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Government how the Scottish Ten is using the latest laser technology to examine data from the Eastern Qing Tombs in China. (S4O-02576)

6. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to keep rural theatres open as accessible cultural hubs. (S4O-02577)

7. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what the outcomes were of the President of Turkey’s recent visit to Scotland. (S4O-02578)

8. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will support the development of a major new performance venue in the city as part of a new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. (S4O-02579)

9. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it can provide from the culture and external affairs budget to the paddle steamer, the Maid of the Loch, so that it can sail again on Loch Lomond. (S4O-02580)

10. Aileen McLeod: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the creative arts in Dumfries and Galloway. (S4O-02581)

General Questions selected for answer on 14 November 2013

1. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Government what impact it considers reduced opening times at police stations such as Giffnock will have on residents’ feelings of safety and security. (S4O-02582)

2. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has had with the Minister for Housing and Welfare regarding the environmental benefits of measures to tackle fuel poverty. (S4O-02583)

3. Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what training and advice the Scottish Prison Service gives staff regarding pensions entitlement and contributions. (S4O-02584)

4. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Government what progress the Detect Cancer Early Programme has made. (S4O-02585)

5. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the increase in crimes of violence and indecency in Dumfries and Galloway in the period April to September 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. (S4O-02586)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Government whether it has dropped plans to withdraw recognition from the Orkney Fish Producers Organisation. (S4O-02587)

7. Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth has had with the First Minister regarding the economic opportunities arising from his recent visit to China. (S4O-02588)

8. Roderick Campbell: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report of the Review of Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation in Scotland. (S4O-02589)

9. Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with energy suppliers regarding increases in gas and electricity prices. (S4O-02590)

10. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what issues were discussed. (S4O-02591)

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