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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 16 April 2024
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Question reference: S6W-26188

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill, which aims to exonerate people who were wrongfully convicted as a result of the reported issues with the Post Office accounting system, Horizon, not applying to Scotland, what action it will take to ensure that the exoneration of anyone wrongly convicted in Scotland will not be delayed and will not take longer to be effected than in England and Wales.

Question reference: S6W-26748

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much the "hate monster" public information campaign has cost.

Question reference: S6W-26677

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 04 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a list of the (a) names and (b) occupations or roles of the members of the Zero Emission Social Housing Taskforce.

Question reference: S6W-26645

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the oral evidence by representatives of the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) to the Economy and Fair Work Committee on 21 June 2023, what information it has on when the loan of £9 million from SNIB to Circularity Scotland was drawn down, including what sums were paid to Circularity Scotland by SNIB and on what dates, and whether it will publish any documents that it has on this matter, including any correspondence that it has had with SNIB regarding any such payments and the loan generally.

Question reference: S6W-26646

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the oral evidence by the Chair of the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) to the Economy and Fair Work Committee on 21 June 2023, in which he referred to SNIB's "notes" on its engagement with the UK Government on the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, whether it will publish any information that it has on these "notes", and whether it will publish any correspondence that it has had with the Scottish National Investment Bank on the Act.

Question reference: S6W-26643

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to sue the UK Government in respect of any losses that the (a) Scottish Government and (b) Scottish National Investment Bank incurs as a result of the Deposit Return Scheme not proceeding.

Question reference: S6W-26641

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the most recent estimate of the sum available to be distributed to creditors of Circularity Scotland from the liquidators, from the assets held at the time of the liquidation, which were reported to be £2.1 million, and what information it has received on the total level of fees and outlays (a) paid to date and (b) still to be paid to the liquidators.

Question reference: S6W-26644

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of it stating that the UK Government is responsible for the Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland not proceeding, which will reportedly result in an estimated loss of £9 million of public funding, whether, following the completion of the liquidation of Circularity Scotland, it will attempt to recover any such losses from the UK Government.

Question reference: S6W-26642

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what security, guarantee or other assurance was provided to Biffa in relation to its obligations under the contract that it entered into with Circularity Scotland, and whether it will publish the full details of these, including any letters or other written documentation.

Question reference: S6W-26487

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the proposals for minimum energy efficiency standards and deadlines to be imposed from 2028 under the forthcoming Heat in Buildings Bill, what its response is to reports that the proposals could have the effect of forcing existing landlords to withdraw properties from the private rental market, and whether it has carried out any study or research into whether the proposals could have the potential impact of reducing the number of properties available for private let.