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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 25 September 2023
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Question reference: S6W-21615

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 5 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-19419 by Fiona Hyslop on 5 July 2023, whether any more local authorities have submitted assessments to identify any roads that are appropriate for the adoption of 20mph speed limits.

Question reference: S6O-02561

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recommendations regarding taxation policy in Oxfam GB's analysis, Payment Overdue: Fair ways to make polluters across the UK pay for climate justice.

Question reference: S6W-21092

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 September 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Lorna Slater on 7 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.

Question reference: S6W-20448

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 07 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 29 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-19420 by Fiona Hyslop on 3 July 2023, whether it will provide an update on the delivery of an online reporting system for dangerous driving following its meeting with Police Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-20438

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 07 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 29 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a progress update on the National Speed Management Review.

Question reference: S6W-19945

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 4 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10670 by Jenny Gilruth on 23 September 2022, whether any noise monitoring and enforcement trials have been introduced by any road authority in Scotland within the last five years.

Question reference: S6W-19944

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 4 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10670 by Jenny Gilruth on 23 September 2022, whether it will provide an update on the inclusion of noise monitoring in Transport Scotland's remote sensing programme for vehicle emissions.

Question reference: S6W-19647

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 03 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul McLennan on 31 July 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what consideration it has given to introducing compulsory sale orders for vacant properties.

Question reference: S6W-19916

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Gillian Martin on 31 July 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to encouraging the nesting of (a) swifts and (b) other birds through changing building standards.

Question reference: S6W-19417

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 27 July 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has completed the review into public funding for bus operators in Scotland, and, if so, what the review has recommended.