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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 2 April 2023
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Question reference: S6W-16141

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 25 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, when it next negotiates NHS board terms and conditions with unions and staff representatives, whether it will take into account the Miscarriage Association's standards regarding pregnancy loss and miscarriage leave, in order to enable NHS boards to sign the Miscarriage Association's Pregnancy Loss Pledge.

Question reference: S6W-15520

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 16 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance is available from NHS Scotland for patients in island areas who are required to make multiple journeys to the mainland to receive vaccinations for overseas travel.

Question reference: S6W-15521

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 16 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance is available from NHS (a) Western Isles and (b) Orkney, (i) through the NHS board directly and (ii) in conjunction with mainland NHS boards, for patients requiring overseas travel vaccinations.

Question reference: S6W-15428

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 15 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence-based appraisals of fixed links as solutions to strategic problems were carried out in preparation of Strategic Transport Projects Review 2.

Question reference: S6W-15429

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 15 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what plans the Scottish Government has regarding the cost of rail fares from March 2023, following the end of the rail fares freeze that was announced by the First Minister on 6 September 2022.

Question reference: S6W-15430

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 15 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how its pilot scheme to remove peak rail fares will operate, and when it will publish the full details of the scheme.

Question reference: S6T-01262

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Monday, 13 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many children and young people it estimates have not taken up the free bus pass.

Question reference: S6W-15207

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 21 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 7 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has in place in the event of the avian flu virus infecting human populations, in light of reports of avian flu being detected in non-avian wild mammals.

Question reference: S6W-14813

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 6 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when the Fair Fares Review will be published.

Question reference: S6W-14765

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what funding is available to ensure that businesses can offer apprenticeships to fulfil any future demand for maritime roles, including skilled offshore wind, workboat, aquaculture and marine construction roles.