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Chamber and committees

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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 9 December 2022
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Question reference: S6O-01677

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on the delivery of its Covid Recovery Strategy of the Auditor General's comments that it underspent its budget by £2 billion in the financial year 2021-22.

Question reference: S6W-12562

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 25 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 7 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on planned road safety precautions for winter weather, and how much has been allocated for (a) gritter services and (b) emergency road repairs.

Question reference: S6W-11631

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 20 October 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 5 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) ScotRail and (b) Network Rail regarding Ayr Station and the Station Hotel.

Question reference: S6W-12539

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 24 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 1 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many social homes it has built in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022.

Question reference: S6W-12218

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 1 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what the cost for agency nurses has been in the current financial year to date, and what it estimates the cost will be for the whole of the current financial year.

Question reference: S6W-12217

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Angus Robertson on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how the number of people employed in the creative industries sector has changed between 2018, when it was reportedly 87,000, and 2022, and what the employment figures in the sector represent as a percentage of total employment in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-12219

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 29 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what the current nurse retention rate is, given as a percentage, for nurses who completed a funded degree programme in nursing and midwifery in 2022.

Question reference: S6W-12213

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Angus Robertson on 29 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many foreign trips for its ministers are planned in the next six months; how many air miles in total these trips will cover, and what the total estimated cost of the trips is.

Question reference: S6W-12216

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 24 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how the National Partnership for Culture is progressing, and whether it will provide examples of any opportunities that it has identified to date for individuals and organisations.

Question reference: S6W-12214

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 24 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on its Creative Communities programme in the last year.