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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 20 April 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03342

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to help resolve the industrial dispute by lecturers.

Question reference: S6W-26871

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 16 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 30 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a list of any procurement legislation that requires public contracts for (a) new ferries and (b) operators of ferry service contracts to be put out to competitive tender.

Question reference: S6W-26870

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 16 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 30 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a list of any contracts that Transport Scotland has awarded to external consultants in connection with the Ardrossan Harbour upgrade since 2016 to date. 

Question reference: S6T-01899

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 25 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 26 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to tackle child poverty.

Question reference: S6O-03289

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 28 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to support tenants, in light of reports of accelerating rents.

Question reference: S6W-26009

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 07 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 15 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to introduce legislation that would prevent any person who is subject to sexual offender notification requirements from being a councillor.

Question reference: S6W-25759

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 26 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether the Scottish Prison Service will commence work on the replacement of HMP Greenock in 2025-26.

Question reference: S6T-01838

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 04 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 5 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to resolve industrial action in the further education sector.

Question reference: S6W-25646

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 1 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how much Peel Ports Group has received in harbour dues relating to Ardrossan Harbour, since the company acquired the harbour in 2003.

Question reference: S6W-25647

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 1 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of the (a) closure of the Irish Berth at Ardrossan and (b) transfer of the Arran service from Ardrossan to Troon on the Performance Regime in Part 3, Schedule 15, of the current Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract with CalMac Ferries.