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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

Urgent Questions aren't included in the Question and Answers search.  There is a SPICe fact sheet listing Urgent and emergency questions.

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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 22 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-26553

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Neil Gray on 18 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that the 62-day cancer treatment standard is met in NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Question reference: S6W-26493

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 26 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Christina McKelvie on 16 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what public information campaigns or actions it will undertake in advance of the proposed increase in alcohol minimum unit pricing in autumn 2024, to minimise the potential of any friction between customers and shop staff.

Question reference: S6W-26175

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Emma Roddick on 5 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported concerns of the tourism industry regarding the potential impact on travellers to and from Scotland, what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the introduction of both the EU Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), and whether it plans to work with the UK Government on a joint awareness campaign.

Question reference: S6T-01878

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the cost and impact of the transfer of HMP Kilmarnock into public ownership.

Question reference: S6W-26002

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Siobhian Brown on 18 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to commence, by regulations, the remaining provisions of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.

Question reference: S6W-25567

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 16 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 15 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether there are any prisons in the female estate of the Scottish Prison Service where a transgender woman will not be held in custody, irrespective of the individual circumstances of that prisoner.

Question reference: S6W-25568

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 16 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 15 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether there are any prisons in the male estate of the Scottish Prison Service where a transgender man will not be held in custody, irrespective of the individual circumstances of that prisoner.

Question reference: S6W-25569

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 16 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 15 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many prisoners who are currently being held in custody have a Gender Recognition Certificate, broken down by prison.

Question reference: S6W-25571

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 15 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 14 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the report of the independent review of the skills delivery landscape, which stated that success would be where “every individual in Scotland has equitable access to the learning opportunities required to reach a positive destination in their working life”, what steps it is taking to ensure that those living in the South Scotland region have the same access as others across Scotland to traditional building skills apprenticeship training.

Question reference: S6W-25969

  • Asked by: Sharon Dowey, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 04 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-18204 by Kevin Stewart on 2 June 2023, whether it will provide an update on when the Scottish aviation strategy is scheduled to be published.