Section D: Oral Questions

Portfolio Questions selected for answer on 09 October 2013

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

1. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its planned investment in 2014-15 using the non-profit distributing model has decreased by £164 million since September 2012. (S4O-02472)

2. Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how its small business bonus scheme has helped businesses in West Scotland. (S4O-02473)

3. Hanzala Malik: To ask the Scottish Government what programmes it has to reduce underemployment among black and ethnic minority people and support them into employment. (S4O-02474)

4. Graeme Pearson: [Not Lodged]

5. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Government how many jobs will be directly created as a result of offshore wind farm developments. (S4O-02476)

6. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Government what economic opportunities will arise from the decommissioning of oil and gas installations. (S4O-02477)

7. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Government what economic measures the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth can introduce to help improve towns. (S4O-02478)

8. Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding economic development. (S4O-02479)

9. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Government how it monitors the Business Gateway contract in Lanarkshire. (S4O-02480)

10. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how it supports Fife’s economy. (S4O-02481)

11. Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has with the UK Government regarding economic development programmes. (S4O-02482)

12. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met South Lanarkshire Council to discuss economic development. (S4O-02483)

13. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the findings of the second report of the Fiscal Commission Working Group. (S4O-02484)

14. Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress on the proposed community empowerment and renewal bill. (S4O-02485)

15. Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Scottish Government how its economic policy protects family budgets. (S4O-02486)

16. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Government what avenues of redress are available to residents and community councils involved in local authority planning disputes. (S4O-02487)

17. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for pensions in an independent Scotland. (S4O-02488)

18. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Government what the level of local government funding is per head of population for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. (S4O-02489)

19. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Government when it will set out the 2014-15 funding allocation for local government. (S4O-02490)

20. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that companies in receipt of government grants do not use so-called zero-hours contracts. (S4O-02491)

General Questions selected for answer on 10 October 2013

1. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Government how many additional accident and emergency consultants and nurses have been recruited under the unscheduled care action plan. (S4O-02492)

2. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Government how many people in Fife have been affected by fuel poverty in the last three years. (S4O-02493)

3. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Government how much funding has been provided to Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association to replace poor quality social housing with new-build social housing. (S4O-02494)

4. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government what public consultation there will be on the proposed closure of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service control rooms. (S4O-02495)

5. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to encourage people to both buy locally and eat Scottish fish. (S4O-02496)

6. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service regarding the planned closure of control rooms across Scotland. (S4O-02497)

7. Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding the timescale for improvements to the Haudagain roundabout. (S4O-02498)

8. Graeme Dey: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on promoting climate justice. (S4O-02499)

9. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with relevant agencies in Ayrshire about the hospitalisation of people under 18 as a consequence of underage drinking. (S4O-02500)

10. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service regarding proposals to close the Fire Service College at Gullane. (S4O-02501)

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