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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 19 April 2024
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Question reference: S6W-26107

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Emma Roddick on 20 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates that the equality impact assessment for the proposed anti-racism observatory will be completed, and how it is ensuring that all communities affected by racialisation and racism will have an equal opportunity to participate in the (a) assessment and (b) development of the observatory.

Question reference: S6W-25983

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 18 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government which financial institution has provided the Bank Refund Guarantee (BRG) for the two new vessels for the Little Minch routes between Uig, Lochmaddy and Tarbert that are under contract at Cemre Marin Endustri in Turkey.

Question reference: S6W-25920

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 14 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to improve the pathway from primary care to diagnostic tests for patients with suspected cancer.

Question reference: S6W-25921

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 14 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting patients who are on waiting lists for cancer diagnostic tests or cancer treatment.

Question reference: S6W-25923

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 14 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer among any demographics that may be less likely to seek medical help or engage with clinical services.

Question reference: S6W-25924

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 14 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will confirm the budget for the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for 2024-25.

Question reference: S6W-25922

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 13 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds have equal access to primary care.

Question reference: S6W-25825

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 11 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the recent statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy that the Scottish Government is "investing £24 million in Sumitomo Energy", whether it will confirm what debt or equity investment stake the Scottish Government has acquired in Sumitomo Corporation.

Question reference: S6W-25849

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 5 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on reducing the working week in the NHS to 36 hours as part of the 2022-23 pay deal.

Question reference: S6W-25684

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 4 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the most recent public sector net debt to GDP ratio is in Scotland, and whether time series data on this measure is available.