Section D: Oral Questions

Portfolio Questions selected for answer on 04 February 2015

Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights

1. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Government how building standards can be improved to help mitigate and adapt to climate change. (S4O-03971)

2. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to people facing poverty. (S4O-03972)

3. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Unison regarding equal pay claims from 2005. (S4O-03973)

4. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government how it will support town centre regeneration in Dumfriesshire in 2015-16. (S4O-03974)

5. Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on preventing youth homelessness. (S4O-03975)

6. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle poverty in the Highlands and Islands. (S4O-03976)

7. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Government how it will support and develop the third sector across the South Scotland region. (S4O-03977)

8. Mike MacKenzie: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help bring empty properties back into use as housing. (S4O-03978)

9. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding transfer of responsibility for the electoral registers. (S4O-03979)

10. Jim Eadie: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the devolution of benefits. (S4O-03980)

Fair Work, Skills and Training

1. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve access to modern apprenticeships for disabled young people. (S4O-03981)

2. Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how it will roll out the Work Programme once it is devolved. (S4O-03982)

3. Jamie McGrigor: [Not Lodged]

4. Mark Griffin: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to establish a future jobs fund for Scotland. (S4O-03984)

5. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on implementing the recommendations of the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. (S4O-03985)

6. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages engineering apprenticeships. (S4O-03986)

7. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that the Glasgow Curriculum and Estates Plan’s proposed transfer of activity to the city centre does not have a detrimental effect on the training needs of people from deprived communities in Maryhill and Springburn. (S4O-03987)

8. Clare Adamson: To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote the IT industry as a career choice. (S4O-03988)

9. John Pentland: To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that the agency and contract staff it employs enjoy fair terms and conditions. (S4O-03989)

10. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to incentivise businesses to pay the living wage. (S4O-03990)

General Questions selected for answer on 05 February 2015

1. Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Government how many women in the last year have been treated with mesh or tape products to treat pelvic prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. (S4O-03991)

2. Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making toward meeting the target of 11% of demand for heat being met by renewables by 2020. (S4O-03992)

3. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve survival rates from brain cancers. (S4O-03993)

4. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to encourage industry to move from road haulage to rail freight. (S4O-03994)

5. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will order a review of the National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders. (S4O-03995)

6. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government what further steps it will take following the oil jobs summit in Aberdeen on 2 February 2015. (S4O-03996)

7. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for pupil assessment in schools. (S4O-03997)

8. Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with its partners about railway timetabling and capacity in the north east. (S4O-03998)

9. Cameron Buchanan: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce new initiatives to help people with chronic migraine disorder. (S4O-03999)

10. Margaret McCulloch: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the review of out-of-hours GP services in NHS Lanarkshire. (S4O-04000)

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