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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 30 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-00450

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 17 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance is available for students in further and higher education who are experiencing difficulties in affording their rent.

Question reference: S6W-00514

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 07 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 16 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has determined a different appropriate social-distancing limit in places of worship from that in the hospitality sector, and what differences there were in the risk assessments used in each case to reach this position.

Question reference: S6W-00448

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 07 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 16 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the impact of the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, what plans it has to review the social distancing limit in places of worship and reduce this to one metre.

Question reference: S6W-00445

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 15 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how much money it has invested in the Central Scotland parliamentary region in each year since 2019 to directly support businesses in creating jobs.

Question reference: S6W-00392

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 15 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has allocated to business support for the purpose of COVID-19 recovery and how much of that total has been allocated directly to businesses.

Question reference: S6W-00441

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 15 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide updated funding figures on its website for the national public bodies directory.

Question reference: S6W-00449

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 14 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many apprenticeships schemes have (a) been started and (b) completed in the Central Scotland parliamentary region in each year since 2019.

Question reference: S6W-00379

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 02 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 10 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether an economic impact assessment has been conducted in respect to the lockdown restrictions in the Falkirk Council area, and, if so, whether it will publish this assessment.

Question reference: S6W-00278

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 May 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 7 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance is issued to Ministers on the use of social media in relation to government announcements made on personal social media accounts that block some people from seeing them.

Question reference: S6W-00279

  • Asked by: Stephen Kerr, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 27 May 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 4 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many businesses in each local authority area have received support from each of the COVID-19 emergency funds that it has created.