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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: S6O-02099

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 30 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will provide an update on pay negotiations with trade unions representing Scottish Parliament staff.

Question reference: S6W-16098

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 19 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how its proposed new cancer strategy will address the findings of the Cancer Research UK report, Cancer in the UK: Deprivation and cancer inequalities in Scotland, including the finding that more deprived populations (a) are less likely to take up cancer screening invitations, (b) are less aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and (c) report more barriers to seeking help for potential symptoms.

Question reference: S6O-02092

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 30 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on investment in research and coordinated care services to support those living with long Covid.

Question reference: S6W-16019

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 21 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 18 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what its position is regarding the impact in Scotland of the UK's agreement to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), including whether ECT membership is consistent with achieving climate change targets, and what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding ECT membership.

Question reference: S6W-15618

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 March 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 21 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) Transport Scotland and (b) East Ayrshire Council regarding any potential risks on the A76 at Mauchline that may have been heightened by recent housing developments.

Question reference: S6W-15617

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of Scotland's preparedness for any future pandemics.

Question reference: S6W-15615

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether its work to prepare Scotland for any future pandemics is conducted (a) across Scottish Government portfolios and (b) alongside the work of other governments in the rest of the UK.

Question reference: S6W-15606

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to increase the number of acute care beds for people who require short-stay specialised beds.

Question reference: S6W-15608

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it is assisting NHS boards in their action to tackle any staff shortages in the South Scotland region.

Question reference: S6W-15607

  • Asked by: Carol Mochan, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the current average waiting time is for a gynaecological consultation in (a) Scotland and (b) each NHS board, and how it plans to reduce these waiting times.