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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 3 October 2023
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Question reference: S6T-01579

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 02 October 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 3 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the reported proposed rationalisation of the Police Scotland estate.

Question reference: S6W-20925

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 05 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 20 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has reportedly (a) reduced funding for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) and (b) instructed the CRT to end its grant programme.

Question reference: S6T-01551

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of a planned strike by school support staff, including janitors, cleaners, caterers and school support assistants, over pay and conditions.

Question reference: S6T-01497

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 04 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 5 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many public buildings are currently at risk due to the exposure of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete.

Question reference: S6O-02477

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its target for renewable heating systems in homes.

Question reference: S6W-20025

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 18 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 15 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many schools were in good or satisfactory condition, from 2016-17 to date, (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority.

Question reference: S6W-20029

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 18 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 15 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils are currently learning in a school that requires major rebuilding or refurbishment, broken down by local authority.

Question reference: S6W-20026

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 18 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 14 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the number of school buildings that currently pose a risk to life, (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority.

Question reference: S6W-20023

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 18 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 14 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the total current overspend costs are on building new (a) schools and (b) nursery buildings, broken down by local authority area.

Question reference: S6W-20027

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 18 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 14 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the cost was of using external designers for school building projects, from 2016-17 to date, (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority.