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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 25 June 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03646

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 19 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the Scottish National Investment bank is operating legally, in light of reports that the advisory group that was meant to be established by the Scottish Ministers has not yet been established.  

Question reference: S6O-03469

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much it spent in 2023-24 on safety improvements to trunk roads in the North East Scotland region.

Question reference: S6W-27066

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will significantly increase investment aimed at reducing rail journey times to the north east and north of Scotland, in the event that it proceeds with proposals to use Air Departure Tax for "demand management".

Question reference: S6W-27063

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential economic impact of using Air Departure Tax for "demand management".

Question reference: S6W-27064

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has assessed the potential impact upon Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sector of using Air Departure Tax for "demand management".

Question reference: S6W-27065

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will update its economic assessment of Air Departure Tax in Scotland in order to better reflect the current state of the Scottish economy.

Question reference: S6W-27062

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has held with its New Deal for Business Group regarding using Air Departure Tax for "demand management".

Question reference: S6W-27001

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S6W-20679, S6W-22695 and S6W-24757 by Neil Gray on 31 August 2023, 15 November 2023 and 1 February 2024 respectively, whether it will provide an update on the establishment of an advisory group as required under section 29 of the Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020.

Question reference: S6O-03368

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 April 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the implications are for future tax revenue of reports that the economic recovery outlook for Scotland continues to lag behind the UK average.

Question reference: S6W-26765

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 09 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Kaukab Stewart on 19 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has provided to Sistema Scotland in the financial years (a) 2023-24 and (b) 2024-25.