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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 22 July 2024
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Question reference: S6W-28551

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its timetable is for publishing the statutory guidance to support local transport authorities when utilising bus franchising powers under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019.

Question reference: S6W-28569

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans' report, Enhancing Accessibility: Venues and Visual Impairment.

Question reference: S6W-28549

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will emulate the bus franchising process in England by permitting local transport authorities to make the final decision on franchising proposals once the audit of financial implications and public consultation has been completed.

Question reference: S6W-28547

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish its timetable for bringing the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 fully into force, and by what date it will lay the regulations required under the Act that will (a) require local transport authorities to provide people who are planning journeys with greater levels of, and improved information about, bus services in their area, (b) set out the process for the formation and operation of a panel to assess franchising proposals and (c) introduce ticketing arrangements and schemes that amend the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 Act.

Question reference: S6W-28546

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the findings from previous regional pilot schemes for free bus travel for people seeking asylum, including those in Glasgow and Aberdeen, and how it used these findings to inform the national pilot scheme set out in the New Scots Strategy Delivery Plan.

Question reference: S6W-28545

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of the New Scots Strategy Delivery Plan, how the national pilot scheme for free bus travel for people seeking asylum will be evaluated, and whether this will be carried out while the pilot (a) is in place or (b) has concluded.

Question reference: S6W-28544

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of the New Scots Strategy Delivery Plan, what the timeline is for the (a) development of and (b) delivery process for the national pilot scheme for free bus travel for people seeking asylum.

Question reference: S6W-28538

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 July 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 August 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether all Scottish Ministers routinely use ministerial despatch boxes and folders, similar to UK Government ministers.

Question reference: S6W-28333

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 24 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 10 July 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will (a) instruct Amey Consulting to reverse the decision to fence off the Kingston DIY community skatepark and (b) support the group of skateboarders to improve the environment under the motorway viaduct in the area.

Question reference: S6W-28323

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 24 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 10 July 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-28146 by Fiona Hyslop on 21 June 2024, whether it will provide the information requested regarding when the East Kilbride line will have an all-day, four-train-per-hour "turn up and go" timetabled service.