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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 30 January 2023
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Question reference: S6W-13033

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many local planning authorities raised concerns about future drive-through developments during the public consultation period on the draft fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) from 10 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Question reference: S6W-13028

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential economic impact of Policy 27, part (d) in the revised fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).

Question reference: S6W-13030

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the late inclusion of Policy 27, part (d) in the revised fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), what its reasoning is for not consulting further with industry.

Question reference: S6W-13032

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence it has to support specifically limiting drive-through facilities above and beyond other development proposals including commercial leisure uses, offices, community and cultural facilities.

Question reference: S6W-13034

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish more information on how the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) can be amended in future, and what that process will include.

Question reference: S6W-13029

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the late inclusion of Policy 27, part (d) in the revised fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), whether it considered any need to consult further with industry, in light of the change from the initial consultation and in line with section 3CA, part (5) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.

Question reference: S6O-01716

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 14 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the letter it received from the Grampian Local Medical Committee stating that “General Practice continues to be scapegoated as a profession in order to mask the failings of the Scottish Government”.

Question reference: S6W-12419

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 21 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 7 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many jobs have been created in renewables in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

Question reference: S6O-01659

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects police officer numbers to be restored to the previous target of 17,234 officers.

Question reference: S6W-11856

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Ivan McKee on 18 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what the purpose was of any financial assistance that it, or its agencies, provided to Stoneywood Mill pre-2022.