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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 15 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-27537

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 31 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Claire Baker on 14 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of reports of a group of protesters forcing entry into a parliamentary constituency office in Glasgow on 21 February 2024 and intimidating parliamentary staff in their place of work, and Police Scotland's subsequent description of the incident as a "peaceful protest", what discussions it (a) has had and (b) plans to have with Police Scotland to clarify whether such incidents are considered acceptable.

Question reference: S6W-28146

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when the East Kilbride line will have an all-day, four-train-per-hour "turn up and go" timetabled service.

Question reference: S6W-28147

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what it can do to extend the scope of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to cover all public procurement of goods and services.

Question reference: S6W-28148

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will introduce a national licensing provision to allow pubs to trade until 1.00 am during EURO 2024 fixtures, as has been done in England.

Question reference: S6W-27876

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 12 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when East Kilbride will have an all-day, four-train-per-hour "turn up and go" assisted travel service.

Question reference: S6W-27835

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 11 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of adding a question on the extent of fair working conditions and pay to the key quality indicators assessed in social care settings by the Care Inspectorate.

Question reference: S6W-27952

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 31 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 11 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has modelled the potential impact on public revenue in Scotland of reducing the VAT registration threshold to £30,000, which would be the same level as projected for 2027 under Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment, from the current £90,000 threshold.

Question reference: S6W-28099

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 10 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 24 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the oil and gas sector supply chain employment levels have been in Scotland in each of the last 10 years.

Question reference: S6W-28081

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 10 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 24 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Transport Scotland being cited as a co-lead for a number of actions in the Glasgow City Centre District Regeneration Framework for Cowcaddens, published in November 2022, what Transport Scotland is doing to support work to (a) "undertake an accessibility audit of streets leading up to the M8, ensuring fair access for pedestrians and cyclists from all walks of life, and making sure connections across the barriers are prioritised", (b) undertake "junction assessments with the express aim of simplifying the connections between the M8 and the city and humanising streets connecting to the junctions through conducing a Junction Rationalisation Study", (c) "design up interventions and test/model in order to identify additional measures needed to ensure successful delivery, rather than allowing the modelling to steer or dictate the design process" and (d) "snip the motorway junctions and humanise city streets leading to and from the motorway" and "undertake design and delivery of new uses and programmes on now available land to further stitch the city back together".

Question reference: S6W-27809

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 10 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the current average waiting times for adult (a) autism and (b) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessments.