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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 19 April 2024
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Question reference: S5W-36069

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 29 April 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the availability and capacity of (a) the ophthalmic surgeon workforce and (b) the facilities required to carry out cataract surgery.

Question reference: S5W-36070

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 29 April 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to utilise additional services to deal with any backlog of patients awaiting cataract surgery.

Question reference: S5W-36068

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the risk posed to patients' (a) physical and (b) mental health when a patient does not receive cataract surgery within 18 weeks of referral.

Question reference: S5W-36109

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-34146 by Paul Wheelhouse on 19 January 2021, by what date it expects the remodelling work will be finalised.

Question reference: S5W-36112

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-34146 by Paul Wheelhouse on 19 January 2021, what plans it has to improve support for Community Fibre Partnerships in areas that have been excluded from the R100 programme or might have to wait a number of years to benefit from programme.

Question reference: S5W-36183

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the upgrading of the East Coast Main Line between Aberdeen and Dundee.

Question reference: S5W-36111

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-34146 by Paul Wheelhouse on 19 January 2021, what the incremental cost would be of flipping the premises that are due to be connected via Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).

Question reference: S5W-36108

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to replace Huawei equipment from the Scottish 5G network in line with the UK Government mandate that was published in July 2020.

Question reference: S5W-36110

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-34146 by Paul Wheelhouse on 19 January 2021, whether it has asked OpenReach to re-evaluate flipping the premises that are due to be connected via Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).

Question reference: S5W-35783

  • Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 05 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 19 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its announcement on 17 November 2020 regarding the allocation of £30 million to local authorities for the establishment of a Discretionary Fund, when it will publish a breakdown by local authority of the (a) number of grant applications (i) made, (ii) approved and (iii) declined and (b) value of payments made to date from the original £30 million fund.