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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: S6W-16136

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 21 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to achieve 100% broadband coverage across the whole of (a) Scotland and (b) the South Scotland region.

Question reference: S6W-16137

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 21 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that there is 100% broadband coverage for rural properties that currently rely on the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Question reference: S6W-15847

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angus Robertson on 23 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in digital technologies within the cultural sector in each of the last five years.

Question reference: S6W-15846

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what data it holds on the number of jobs that have been supported by the cultural sector in each of the last five years, and what projections it has made of future employment growth in this area.

Question reference: S6W-15787

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-14973 by Michael Matheson on 2 March 2023, what action has been taken following the meeting on 15 February 2023 regarding the use of diesel generators at Arecleoch and Glen App wind farms.

Question reference: S6W-15788

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 17 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-14975 by Michael Matheson on 2 March 2023, whether there are any plans to conduct any monitoring or investigations at (a) Arecleoch and (b) Glen App wind farms.

Question reference: S6W-15789

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 16 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it is working with Skills Development Scotland to increase the number of funded electrician apprenticeships in 2023.

Question reference: S6W-14974

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 10 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns regarding the health and safety of workers and poor environmental management practices in connection with allegations that Scottish Power has used diesel generators to power 71 wind turbines after a fault developed.

Question reference: S6W-14976

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 10 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to meet with Scottish Power in relation to reported concerns regarding the health and safety of workers and poor environmental management practices in connection with allegations that Scottish Power has used diesel generators to power 71 wind turbines after a fault developed.

Question reference: S6W-14897

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 7 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £50 million Ukraine Longer Term Resettlement Fund, launched in September 2022, has been distributed to (a) each local authority and (b) registered social landlords.