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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 February 2023
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Question reference: S6W-14080

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 25 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many school pupils have been assessed and/or declared themselves as having a disability in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020 and (d) 2021, and, of those, how many were assessed and/or declared themselves as being (i) deaf or having a hearing impairment, (ii) blind or having a visual impairment and (iii) deafblind.

Question reference: S6W-13806

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 12 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many points of order were made in Session 5, broken down by party.

Question reference: S6W-13805

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 12 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many points of order have been made to date in Session 6, excluding those made in relation to the recording of a vote made using the voting app, broken down by MSP.

Question reference: S6O-01802

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 January 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what work is underway to assess the impact of vapes on public health.

Question reference: S6O-01685

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the papers on taxation policy recently published by the Scottish Trades Union Congress and Institute for Public Policy Research Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-12565

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 25 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 7 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07643 by Maree Todd on 25 April 2022, when the meeting between its officials and the Scottish Huntington’s Association took place; what its officials understood “the need for further provisions and service development” for Huntington’s disease to be as a result of this meeting, and what it has done since the meeting to bring about these changes in order to improve services for Huntington’s disease families in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-12566

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 25 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 7 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will support the introduction of a SIGN guideline on Huntington’s disease by working with NICE and the UK and devolved governments and agencies in order to share expertise and contribute to UK-wide coverage tailored to each health and social care system.

Question reference: S6F-01600

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 28 November 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 December 2022

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to reports that alcohol sport sponsorship can cause harm to vulnerable groups such as young people and those in recovery.

Question reference: S6O-01612

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to reduce the risk of game birds raised as poultry spreading avian flu when they are released from captivity.

Question reference: S6O-01542

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government how the £50 million allocated for the Ukraine Longer Term Resettlement Fund is addressing any issues of insecurity faced by affected Ukrainians.