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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 24 March 2023
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Question reference: S6W-05914

  • Asked by: Neil Bibby, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what processes are in place to ensure Best Value and financial transparency in relation to any costs that will be, or are expected to be, incurred by the contract with Abellio during the transition from its franchise to a new rail operator.

Question reference: S6W-05984

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its engagement with the UK Government on the delivery of the Project Gigabit scheme in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-05913

  • Asked by: Neil Bibby, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what costs will be, or are expected to be, incurred by the contract with Abellio once its ScotRail franchise has concluded.

Question reference: S6W-05911

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Bioenergy Expert Panel, including when it was or will be established, when it will next meet, and what sectoral representation is on the panel.

Question reference: S6W-05923

  • Asked by: Miles Briggs, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the Home Energy Scotland loan scheme that provides up to £15,000 for energy efficiency improvements in homes.

Question reference: S6W-05950

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to support mobile operators to ensure that they have backup generators for rural mobile phone masts.

Question reference: S6W-05960

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Ash Regan on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what regulations govern domestic CCTV and Ring doorbell cameras in Scotland; whether any powers to change such regulations are devolved, and, if so, what plans it has to review the regulations that apply in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-05971

  • Asked by: Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Ash Regan on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what protections are in place to prevent legal aid being used to bring forward spurious cases in (a) general and (b) relation to family law.

Question reference: S6W-05972

  • Asked by: Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns regarding the recruitment of new volunteers at Children's Hearings Scotland and reported failures to update internal processes.

Question reference: S6W-05973

  • Asked by: Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 9 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Minister for Children and Young People will meet with people who have raised concerns about human rights compliance in relation to the treatment of volunteers at Children's Hearings Scotland.