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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 15 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-28119

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-27769 by Kaukab Stewart on 5 June 2024, which stated that 35% of successful external applicants declared a disability, what the exact number is of external recruits to Scottish Government jobs who declared a disability. 

Question reference: S6W-27950

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 31 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 10 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it considers workers in the so-called gig economy as part of the work that it is undertaking to make Scotland "a leading Fair Work Nation by 2025".

Question reference: S6W-27947

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 31 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jim Fairlie on 10 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it has made regarding the delivery of a railway station in Winchburgh, including in relation to (a) developing the business case and (b) meeting the cost.

Question reference: S6W-28082

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 07 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 21 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of the suspension of the GP sustainability loan scheme on health inequalities.

Question reference: S6W-27951

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 31 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 7 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is acting to improve the safety of food delivery drivers, in light of a recent survey by Heriot-Watt University that found that 81% of food delivery drivers feel unsafe.

Question reference: S6O-03557

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 12 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with local authorities regarding any further allocation from its Budget, including for housebuilding.

Question reference: S6W-28037

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact that its recent announcement of up to £8.8 million for diabetes technology will have on waiting times for an insulin pump for type 1 diabetic adults in NHS Lothian, which are reportedly expected to increase to 10 years by the end of 2024.

Question reference: S6W-27768

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Kaukab Stewart on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made towards meeting its target of disabled people representing 19% of its workforce, as set out in its 2019 Recruitment and Retention Plan for Disabled People.

Question reference: S6W-27769

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Kaukab Stewart on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made towards meeting its target of 25% of its external recruits being disabled people by 2025, as set out in its 2019 Recruitment and Retention Plan for Disabled People.

Question reference: S6W-27619

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 16 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it first became aware of any dangers of aging reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).