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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

Urgent Questions aren't included in the Question and Answers search.  There is a SPICe fact sheet listing Urgent and emergency questions.

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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 2 October 2023
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Question reference: S6W-18535

  • Asked by: Sarah Boyack, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 16 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to address the growing needs for dentistry and GP services in Lothian, in light of data showing that, for example, the population of East Lothian has increased by 21.5% compared to Scotland’s average of 8.2% between 2001 and 2021.

Question reference: S6W-18340

  • Asked by: Craig Hoy, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 12 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with the Faculty of Dental Surgery, and what was discussed.

Question reference: S6W-18121

  • Asked by: Rhoda Grant, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 19 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 6 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the current (a) proposals and (b) timescales for the provision of a replacement (i) hospital, (ii) dental clinic and (iii) GP unit on the Isle of Barra, and whether it will propose scheduling a ministerial statement in order to provide a detailed update to the Parliament on these matters.

Question reference: S6W-17969

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 15 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 30 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has reportedly delayed its dental reform plans, which were initially due to be announced in April 2023, and what assessment it has made of the potential impacts of this decision on the dental sector, including the number of dentists conducting NHS work.

Question reference: S6W-17775

  • Asked by: Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 05 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 18 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure access to NHS dentistry for the residents of Langholm, in light of reports that a dental practice in Langholm will be closing and NHS patients will be deregistered.

Question reference: S6O-02291

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to improve patient access to dental services.

Question reference: S6W-17809

  • Asked by: Donald Cameron, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 17 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address reported local concerns about accessing a dentist in Campbeltown.

Question reference: S6W-17894

  • Asked by: Sarah Boyack, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 17 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether patients should be required to pay a deposit to register with an NHS dentist.

Question reference: S6O-02256

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 18 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its commitment to abolish NHS dental charges by the end of the current parliamentary session.

Question reference: S6W-17574

  • Asked by: Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 28 April 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 9 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government where residents in Dumfries and Galloway can find information on dentists accepting NHS patients elsewhere in Scotland, in light of reports that there are currently no practices in the region accepting new NHS patients.