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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: S6W-14065

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 26 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to co-ordinate a whole-government approach to tackling health inequalities, as referred to by the recent Health, Social Care and Sport Committee report, Tackling health inequalities in Scotland, and The Health Foundation report, The state of health and health inequalities in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-14066

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 19 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 26 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to increase male participation rates in higher education, in light of reports that poorer health outcomes for men are compounded by reduced earnings potential.  

Question reference: S6W-14222

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to generate a green steelmaking capability in Scotland with electric arc furnaces using (a) scrap steel or (b) direct reduced iron (DRI) as the main feed materials.

Question reference: S6W-14212

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) how it works with Capital Credit Union to promote any benefits of credit union membership to (a) SPCB and (b) MSP staff.

Question reference: S6W-13623

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Christine Grahame on 24 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider allowing members of the public to request to have a loved one's 100th birthday recognised through a greetings card sent on behalf of the Scottish Parliament in situations where the recipient's contribution to Scottish public life is considered significant.

Question reference: S6W-13622

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Christine Grahame on 24 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider sending greetings cards on behalf of the Scottish Parliament to residents of Scotland who are due to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Question reference: S6W-13884

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 12 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 24 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to support Tayside Mental Health Services with staff support and retention, in light of the suggestion in the final report of the Independent Oversight and Assurance Group on Tayside's Mental Health Services, that workers need resource, support and leadership.

Question reference: S6W-00261

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status: Answered by on

To ask the Scottish Government whether the bursary for student paramedics will be in place before the start of the next academic year in September.

Question reference: S6W-08238

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status: Answered by on

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to provide Care and Repair with further funding, in addition to the £500,000 previously committed, to support older and vulnerable people to upgrade their fire alarms in line with new regulations, in light of reports that some people contacting Care and Repair for support are being told it has no funding available to support them with installing new fire alarms.

Question reference: S6W-08228

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status: Answered by on

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to increase awareness of the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme, in light of the cost of living crisis.