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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-26278

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 19 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 17 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on staff employed by (a) MSPs and (b) political parties being part of its expert advisory groups.

Question reference: S6W-26367

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 16 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to introduce a new reporting system to record incidents of physical and verbal abuse in schools.

Question reference: S6W-26732

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what immediate action it is taking to improve certainty for investors in the build-to-rent sector.

Question reference: S6W-26733

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting planning authorities to streamline their planning processes.

Question reference: S6W-26735

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting local authorities to ensure that there is sufficient staff to invest in a significant scaling up of the prevention of homelessness activity.

Question reference: S6W-26734

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to revising planning policies and/or regulations to facilitate faster decision making on certain types of applications, such as the delivery of affordable homes.

Question reference: S6W-26103

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul McLennan on 20 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) discussions it has had regarding and (b) assessment it has made of using the PAS 9980 code of practice as the basis for the single building assessment in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-26104

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul McLennan on 20 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on what alterations would need to be made to the PAS 9980 code of practice in order for it to work within the context of the Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022.

Question reference: S6W-25479

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 12 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 9 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is future-proofing the tertiary education sector against any geopolitical shocks.

Question reference: S6W-25484

  • Asked by: Pam Gosal, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul McLennan on 6 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with local authorities regarding any pressures on housing and homelessness services as a result of its decision to remove local connection requirements for accessing homelessness services.