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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 9 December 2023
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Question reference: S6W-23397

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set up a committee to examine the reported rising excess death rate in Scotland, in light of data from the National Records of Scotland showing that 3,255 excess deaths have taken place in 2023 so far.

Question reference: S6W-23201

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many WTE training posts were not created in relation to the £3 million saving from the reprofiling of the Health workforce - Expansion Posts budget line, as set out in the letter of 21 November 2023 from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance to the Finance and Public Administration Committee.

Question reference: S6W-23204

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter of 21 November 2023 from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance to the Finance and Public Administration Committee, what the total Primary Care Reform and Delivery budget was in 2023-24, and which parts of the Primary Care Reform and Delivery budget in 2023-24 have experienced “reductions, slippage and reprofiling”.

Question reference: S6W-23147

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported growing demand for more intensive palliative care interventions.

Question reference: S6W-23146

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the finding by Marie Curie that, by 2040, 60,000 people will be estimated to die with palliative care needs in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-23565

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s mid-year registration data reports, which show that Scotland has the lowest recruitment rate of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK.

Question reference: S6W-23628

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK National Screening Committee's recommendation in June 2022 that a national targeted lung cancer screening programme be implemented across the four home nations, for what reason this programme has not been rolled out to date in Scotland, and when this screening programme will commence.

Question reference: S6W-23141

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Natalie Don on 6 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support care experienced people who reportedly face significant inequalities in areas such as health, socio-economic deprivation, education, employment and housing.

Question reference: S6W-23144

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Natalie Don on 6 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support care experienced people, in light of the finding of the Independent Care Review, in 2020, that care experienced people are more likely to experience poor health, homelessness, financial difficulties, substance abuse and other disadvantages.

Question reference: S6W-23142

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Natalie Don on 6 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what strategies it is implementing to provide extra protection for the rights of care experienced people, in light of the finding of Who Cares? Scotland that over 80% of care experienced adults want extra protection for their rights enshrined in law.