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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 30 January 2023
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Question reference: S6O-01039

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 27 April 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 4 May 2022

To ask what assessment the Scottish Government has made of the potential impact on Scotland of the outcome of the French presidential election.

Question reference: S6W-07435

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 17 March 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 29 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the UK Government regarding a lifetime commitment to thalidomide health grants and support beyond 2023.

Question reference: S6W-07436

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 17 March 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 29 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the most recent known levels of charges for (a) NHS prescriptions and (b) eye tests in Scotland, and how this compares with (i) England and (ii) Wales.

Question reference: S6W-07369

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 11 March 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Nicola Sturgeon on 11 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what further steps it is taking to respond to the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

Question reference: S6W-06476

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 11 February 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 8 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether the onshore wind turbines planning advice guidance will be updated to reflect considerations for applications for turbines of 200m and over that are in close proximity to individual rural dwellings or settlements, and to require turbines of 150m and over to be illuminated.

Question reference: S6W-06477

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 11 February 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 8 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what considerations it will put in place for onshore wind turbine planning consents (a) in areas where the onshore installed power generation is already at a high level and (b) where rural communities feel that they are already contributing significantly towards renewable targets.

Question reference: S6W-06475

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 11 February 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 2 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what impact new offshore installed power generation will have on the reported concerns regarding onshore landscape capacity.

Question reference: S6O-00807

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 23 February 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 3 March 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what support it will provide to dairy farmers to promote sustainability and fairness in the supply chain.

Question reference: S6O-00676

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 19 January 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to extend financial support for outdoor clothing to early learning and childcare settings.

Question reference: S6O-00657

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 20 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the designation of UNESCO biosphere reserves in Scotland as areas of significance for sustainable development and climate change.