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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-01697

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the open letter signed by over 500 businesses asking for the Deposit Return Scheme to be delayed beyond next summer.

Question reference: S6W-12065

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 28 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on the number of patients that have participated in clinical trials in each year since 2015, broken down by (a) clinical speciality and (b) gender.

Question reference: S6W-12064

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 28 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many ongoing clinical trials there are in the NHS Research Scotland research area portfolio of (a) stroke, (b) cancer, (c) cardiovascular, (d) diabetes and (e) neuroprogressive and dementia.

Question reference: S6W-12063

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 28 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what the annual budget was for each of the NHS Research Scotland research networks and speciality groups, in each year since 2016.

Question reference: S6W-11052

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 11 October 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 25 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what issue it is seeking to address by proposing to implement a new licensing scheme for muirburn.

Question reference: S6O-01409

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29 September 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the funding of extra-curricular activities in schools.

Question reference: S6W-10103

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 July 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 16 August 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what budget it has allocated for smoking cessation services in (a) each of the last five financial years, including 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23, and what budget it has provisionally allocated for smoking cessation services over the remainder of the current parliamentary session.

Question reference: S6W-09488

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 30 June 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 18 July 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to extending the sunset clause on minimum unit pricing until June 2023, when Public Health Scotland plans to publish its final, overarching report on the policy.

Question reference: S6W-09437

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 13 July 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of mixed-sex wards in NHS hospitals in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-09420

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 5 July 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when the recommendations of the Ventilation Short-Life Working Group (a) were submitted to the Scottish Government and (b) will be published, and what the reasons are for any delay.