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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 4 December 2022
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Question reference: S6W-11884

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S6W-10939, S6W-10940 and S6W-10941 by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022, whether it has any plans to promote, including through the launch of a national campaign, the proposed change that will enable parents to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds, prior to the implementation date of 1 August 2023.

Question reference: S6W-11883

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what funding decisions require to be taken prior to the implementation date of the proposed change that will enable parents to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds.

Question reference: S6W-11888

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, from the implementation date of the proposed change that will enable parents to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds, what data it expects to receive from local authorities regarding the number of four-year-olds for whom parents have accessed such automatic deferral funding.

Question reference: S6W-11887

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10939 by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022, whether additional sectors and professionals, including health visitors, GPs, and allied health professionals, be supported to understand the proposed change that will enable parents to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds.

Question reference: S6W-11889

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10940 by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022, whether it has any plans to provide support for parents who cannot access online platforms, such as Parent Club, to access information and advice regarding parent and child rights in relation to the school starting age, and whether it will have a role in providing any other support for parents to help them understand their legal rights to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds.

Question reference: S6W-10941

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 08 September 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a timeline regarding the proposed change that will enable parents to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds.

Question reference: S6W-10939

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 08 September 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how (a) local authorities and (b) partnership providers will be supported to understand the proposed change that will enable parents to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds.

Question reference: S6W-10940

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 08 September 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider providing parents with an information pack when their child turns three years old, regarding parent and child rights in relation to the school starting age.

Question reference: S6W-09554

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 01 July 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 29 July 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update, regarding the funded rate for the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years sector, on the Ipsos Scotland report on the provision of 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare.

Question reference: S6O-01272

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23 June 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to address the reported increase in incidences of violence in schools.