Section D: Oral Questions

Portfolio Questions selected for answer on 28 January 2015

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Graeme Pearson: To ask the Scottish Government how many vacant beds there are in secure units for looked-after children. (S4O-03941)

2. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Government how it supports college students to complete their studies. (S4O-03942)

3. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government what work it is carrying out to streamline the process for the registration of new teachers. (S4O-03943)

4. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Dumfries and Galloway Council regarding its plans for Dumfries Learning Town. (S4O-03944)

5. Tavish Scott: [Not Lodged]

6. Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Government whether it anticipates the university student population contracting or expanding over the next five years. (S4O-03946)

7. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on agreeing educational outcomes with COSLA as part of the local government settlement. (S4O-03947)

8. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to colleges in West Scotland to improve the fabric of their buildings. (S4O-03948)

9. Gordon MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government how many college students are achieving qualifications that are recognised and valued by employers. (S4O-03949)

10. Roderick Campbell: To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to local authorities for fostering programmes. (S4O-03950)

11. Alex Rowley: To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting colleges and other adult learning providers to improve adult literacy and numeracy and what progress has been made in tackling poor basic skills levels in adults. (S4O-03951)

12. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to monitor the pay of university principals. (S4O-03952)

13. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government what educational principles will underpin the Higher Education Governance Bill. (S4O-03953)

14. Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils in Aberdeen are being provided with free school meals following its recently introduced policy. (S4O-03954)

15. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government how it is engaging with schools to encourage pupils to consider careers in the oil and gas industry. (S4O-03955)

16. George Adam: To ask the Scottish Government whether it has met the target for full-time equivalent places at colleges. (S4O-03956)

17. Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Government what the average college bursary funding is compared with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (S4O-03957)

18. Mark Griffin: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to implement the recommendations of Jackie Brock’s report on safeguarding vulnerable children. (S4O-03958)

19. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Government what progress North East Scotland College has made following the recent merger. (S4O-03959)

20. Liz Smith: To ask the Scottish Government what progress the SQA has made on the development of the Scottish Baccalaureate qualification. (S4O-03960)

General Questions selected for answer on 29 January 2015

1. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in setting the objectives and budget for Wave Energy Scotland. (S4O-03961)

2. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Government what progress the NHS is making toward meeting the demand for organ donations. (S4O-03962)

3. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to grow the North Ayrshire economy. (S4O-03963)

4. Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with the proposal to exempt restoration-related coal production from carbon taxes. (S4O-03964)

5. Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to assist people with autistic spectrum disorder to gain employment. (S4O-03965)

6. Anne McTaggart: [Not Lodged]

7. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Ayrshire and Arran and what matters were discussed. (S4O-03967)

8. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure that roads in rural areas are gritted. (S4O-03968)

9. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government when it will introduce legislation on developing a new type of tenancy for the private rented sector. (S4O-03969)

10. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Government when it will next meet NHS Lanarkshire. (S4O-03970)

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