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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 17 July 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03610

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 20 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the provision of emergency homeless accommodation in the West Scotland region.

Question reference: S6W-27740

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 6 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-27228 by Angela Constance on 17 May 2024, whether it will provide the information requested regarding the details of any communications that it has had with the (a) Lord President of the Court of Session and (b) Judicial Office for Scotland regarding a public inquiry into criminal prosecutions relating to the takeover of Rangers FC, since the Scottish Government announced in February 2021 that it was committed to such an inquiry, and for what reason it did not provide this information in its answer.

Question reference: S6W-27397

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 21 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23002 by Angela Constance on 11 December 2023, in light of reports that the proceedings have concluded, whether it will now provide details of any payments it has made towards the legal costs of Sheriff Jack Brown in relation to his fitness for judicial office tribunal proceedings, and, if so, where these will be published.

Question reference: S6W-27658

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 16 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 31 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-27231 by Angela Constance on 13 May 2024, whether it will provide the information requested regarding whether it has sought from (a) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and (b) Police Scotland a full list of criminal offences that can be disposed of by way of a Recorded Police Warning, and for what reason it did not provide this information in its answer.

Question reference: S6O-03544

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 6 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to revise the terms of reference that it has set for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Question reference: S6F-03185

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 30 May 2024

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to reports of a National Crime Agency warning about synthetic opioids being linked to rising numbers of deaths.  

Question reference: S6W-27399

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Christina McKelvie on 28 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of any drug-free wings within the Scottish Prison Service estate.

Question reference: S6W-27398

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 23 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of (a) the number of paediatric pathologists based in Scotland and (b) any paediatric pathology services that have been acquired from elsewhere in the UK, over the past 24 months.

Question reference: S6W-27233

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 17 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of any communications that it has had in the last 24 months with (a) the Scottish Football Association and (b) individual football clubs regarding the potential threat posed by organised crime groups.

Question reference: S6W-27227

  • Asked by: Russell Findlay, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 17 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of any communications that it has had in the last 24 months with the office of the Scottish Information Commissioner regarding the vulnerable persons database that is operated by Police Scotland.