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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 26 March 2023
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Question reference: S6W-16158

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 21 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of its Public Sector Pay Strategy 2023-24, whether Skills Development Scotland guidance is now to be updated to reflect that all employers should pay the real Living Wage, including in relation to apprentices (a) aged 19 and under and (b) in their first year.

Question reference: S6W-16132

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to announce an updated timescale for the introduction of its National Litter and Flytipping Strategy, and, if so, what the updated timescale is.

Question reference: S6W-16131

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making towards the introduction of its National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

Question reference: S6W-16130

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to ensure that local authorities are properly resourced to provide waste management services and address littering.

Question reference: S6W-16133

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact of reductions to local authority budgets on levels of littering across Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-16093

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 19 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-15024 by Jenny Gilruth on 21 March 2023, whether (a) the Minister for Transport, (b) CMAL and (c) Transport Scotland officials have held meetings with representatives of Pentland Ferries, from 1 October 2022 to date, regarding the chartering of the MV Alfred for the Clyde and Hebrides network, and, if so, when any such meetings took place.

Question reference: S6O-02075

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to carrying out a review of the use of public private partnerships for public infrastructure projects.

Question reference: S6W-16023

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 21 March 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answer expected on 18 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has had any discussions with (a) commercial landlords, (b) local authorities and (c) community groups regarding developing a strategy to ensure that premises rented by M&Co Trading Limited are put to productive use once they default back to their owners.

Question reference: S6W-15950

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 14 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 21 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what data it holds on how many people have been excused as of right from jury duty in the past year, and, of those, how many were excused because they had (a) already served on a jury in the last five years and (b) been cited but not selected in the last two years.

Question reference: S6W-15953

  • Asked by: Katy Clark, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 14 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 21 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what data it holds on how many people have been cited for jury duty more than once in the past year.