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Parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The questions provide a means for MSPs to get factual and statistical information.

  • Written questions must be answered within 10 working days (20 working days during recess)
  • Other questions such as Topical, Portfolio, General and First Minister's Question Times are taken in the Chamber

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Dates of parliamentary sessions
  1. Session 1: 12 May 1999 to 31 March 2003
  2. Session 2: 7 May 2003 to 2 April 2007
  3. Session 3: 9 May 2007 to 22 March 2011
  4. Session 4: 11 May 2011 to 23 March 2016
  5. Session 5: 12 May 2016 to 5 May 2021
  6. Current session: 12 May 2021 to 9 December 2022
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Question reference: S6W-13040

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether hydrogen, as an alternative to natural gas, is a viable solution to decarbonising heat in homes.

Question reference: S6W-13027

  • Asked by: Neil Bibby, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12031 by Mairi Gougeon on 17 November 2022, which 16 organisations that applied to the Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund progressed from the technical check stage to the assessment stage; which organisation failed the technical check process, and what the technical check was that it failed.

Question reference: S6W-13056

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Gumtree, Pets4Homes, Facebook and other relevant online platforms regarding the illegal trade and sale of puppies, and when it last discussed this matter with Police Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-13008

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the planned action in its Bairns’ Hoose project plan to "engage with key stakeholders to identify the potential number of Bairns' Hoose' required to ensure access for all children in line with our Programme for Government commitment", whether it has carried out this work, and, if so, what the required number is.

Question reference: S6W-13059

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03423 by Kevin Stewart on 25 October 2021, what the Office of the Public Guardian in Scotland (OPG) backlog is of power of attorney applications from September 2021 to date, and what support it is offering OPG to address this backlog.

Question reference: S6W-13033

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many local planning authorities raised concerns about future drive-through developments during the public consultation period on the draft fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) from 10 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Question reference: S6W-13071

  • Asked by: Rhoda Grant, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is increasing the budget provisions to local authorities to enable them to provide the required nutritious school meals for children.

Question reference: S6W-13051

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the response rate was to its consultation, Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation, and when it will publish its response.

Question reference: S6W-13067

  • Asked by: Rhoda Grant, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a requirement on local authorities to provide a hot meal as part of school meals.

Question reference: S6W-13064

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-08334 by Tom Arthur on 17 May 2022, whether it will provide an update on phase 3 of the review of permitted development rights.