Section D: Oral Questions

Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 2 May 2012

Question Time

General

1. Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the types of marriage ceremony available to couples. (S4O-00939)

2. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what map scale is used to assess land eligible for agricultural support under the Integrated Administration and Control System 2012. (S4O-00940)

3. Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take as a result of the Court of Session judgement on the Moonzie Farm rent review case in relation to Section 13 rent reviews to ensure that the views of tenant farmers and tenants are taken into consideration . (S4O-00941)

4. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number and value of outstanding fines and penalties levied by the courts, the fiscal service and the police. (S4O-00942)

5. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to widen access to services for victims of domestic abuse in Glasgow. (S4O-00943)

6. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve transport infrastructure in Aberdeen. (S4O-00944)

7. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what checks and investigations have been carried out into care homes formerly operated by Southern Cross Healthcare. (S4O-00945)

8. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making to deliver a pilot of revenue generating projects from climate challenge funding that will promote carbon reduction through financially sustainable projects. (S4O-00946)

9. Jean Urquhart: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in light of the UK Government’s decision not to renew the contract for the Emergency Towing Vessel service in the Pentland Firth and other northern waters. (S4O-00947)

10. Jenny Marra: To ask the Scottish Executive what HIV prevention resources are in place in NHS Tayside. (S4O-00948)

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

1. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with North Ayrshire Council regarding the proposed changes to council tax benefit by the UK Government. (S4O-00949)

2. Humza Yousaf: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports entrepreneurs and small business start-ups in Glasgow. (S4O-00950)

3. Aileen McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports research and development in the small and medium-sized enterprise sector in South Scotland. (S4O-00951)

4. Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages the use of credit unions. (S4O-00952)

5. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities regarding the recovery of community charge and council tax arrears. (S4O-00953)

6. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance is provided to West Dunbartonshire Council to tackle unemployment. (S4O-00954)

7. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are in relation to the introduction of a local income tax. (S4O-00955)

8. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much support has been given to businesses in East Kilbride by the small business bonus scheme. (S4O-00956)

9. Chic Brodie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been created in the renewables industry in the last year. (S4O-00957)

10. James Dornan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that council staff who are earning less than £21,000 per year should receive a minimum pay rise of £250. (S4O-00958)

11. Hugh Henry: [Not lodged]

12. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports employment in the steel industry in North Lanarkshire. (S4O-00960)

13. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that Greenock and Inverclyde is not disproportionately affected by the current economic climate. (S4O-00961)

14. Liz Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase economic activity in Perth. (S4O-00962)

15. Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of jobs in the renewable energy sector in West Scotland. (S4O-00963)

16. Jim Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what correspondence it has had with the Chief Secretary of the Treasury regarding regional pay. (S4O-00964)

17. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government about the financial implications of the proposals in the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill on the public sector. (S4O-00965)

18. David Torrance: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance packages are available for people seeking work in the voluntary sector in Fife. (S4O-00966)

19. Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recently reported comments by the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, whether it will regulate so-called pay-day loans. (S4O-00967)

20. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recipients of feed-in tariff payments for renewable electricity production and heat incentives will have their contracts honoured in the event of energy policy being fully devolved. (S4O-00968)

Members selected for General and Themed Questions on 10 May 2012

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 2 May 2012. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin on Thursday 3 May 2012.

Question Time

General

1. Duncan McNeil

2. Kenneth Gibson

3. Sandra White

4. Aileen McLeod

5. Jamie Hepburn

6. Annabel Goldie

7. Sarah Boyack

8. David Stewart

9. Mark McDonald

10. Paul Martin

Justice and the Law Officers

1. Stewart Maxwell

2. Paul Wheelhouse

3. Kezia Dugdale

4. Willie Coffey

5. Mary Fee

6. Elaine Murray

7. Maureen Watt

8. Neil Findlay

9. James Dornan

10. Dennis Robertson

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Colin Beattie

2. Graeme Pearson

3. John Park

4. Humza Yousaf

5. Patricia Ferguson

6. Bob Doris

7. Adam Ingram

8. Alison McInnes

9. Alex Fergusson

10. Angus MacDonald

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