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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 19 April 2024
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Question reference: S6W-26891

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether open net salmon farming is a sustainable method of food production, in light of the article published in Nature on 7 March 2024, which found that mass die-offs on salmon farms have been increasing over the last decade in every country where salmon farming operates, including Scotland, and that increasing mortality results in increased waste along the supply chain, including wild-caught fish and soy used for feed, wrasse used as cleaner fish, and medicines and chemicals used for treatments.

Question reference: S6W-26888

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it will announce its decision on whether it will be adopting the recommendations by the UK Government's Animal Welfare Committee on farmed fish welfare.

Question reference: S6W-26889

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what work it has done to assess any impact of salmon farm mass mortality events on the welfare of (a) salmon farm workers and (b) local communities, in light of the article published in Nature on 7 March 2024, which found that mass die-offs on salmon farms have reportedly been increasing over the last decade in every country where salmon farming operates, including Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-26890

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what work is being done to reduce any reliance the salmon farm industry has on new technological measures to mitigate against reported rising fish mortalities, in light of the finding in the article published in Nature on 7 March 2024 that the "risks [of mass mortality events] are often introduced [by human cause] and can increase in frequency and scale when dependent on technology and infrastructure to produce in environments not naturally conducive to the scale of production".

Question reference: S6W-26283

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 19 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 17 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government to which agricultural grants the new Fair Work conditionality in public sector grants will apply.

Question reference: S6W-26284

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 19 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 16 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether the new Fair Work conditionality in certain agricultural grants will extend to temporary workers in Scotland on a seasonal worker visa.

Question reference: S6F-03007

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 15 April 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 18 April 2024

To ask the First Minister, in light of the recent report by the Climate Change Committee, how the Scottish Government plans to accelerate action to ensure that Scotland achieves net zero by 2045.

Question reference: S6O-03320

  • Current Status: Withdrawn

Question reference: S6W-26607

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 02 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 30 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what action has been taken since the publication of the Future Planners Project Report, which highlights the need for an additional 700 new planners over the next 10 to 15 years.

Question reference: S6W-25559

  • Asked by: Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 26 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the licensing conditions for wrasse harvesting and its evidence base for carrying out an appropriate assessment of wrasse fisheries management in special areas of conservation, what the maximum recorded age is for each species of wrasse.