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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 12 July 2024
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Question reference: S6W-27907

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 30 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 11 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any impact of its Infrastructure Investment Plan on it meeting its climate ambitions.

Question reference: S6W-27867

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jim Fairlie on 6 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what policy measures it is considering in order to reach its commitment to restore 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands by 2030.

Question reference: S6W-27866

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jim Fairlie on 6 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has calculated how many hectares of degraded peatlands it has restored in 2022-23, in line with its commitment to restore 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands by 2030.

Question reference: S6W-27671

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jim Fairlie on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the commitment in the Fair Fares Review to develop policy to consider the best way to provide free bus travel to people seeking asylum, including delivery of the one-year £2 million funding commitment for 2024-25 that was announced in October 2023.

Question reference: S6F-03205

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 03 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 6 June 2024

To ask the First Minister by what date the Scottish Government will decide which of the National Park nominations will be taken forward to the next stage.  

Question reference: S6O-03540

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 6 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide further details of the process that it will follow to develop a Just Transition Plan for the Mossmorran industrial site.

Question reference: S6W-27668

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 29 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the role of new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, particularly the use of cross-pavement cable gullies for EV charging cables, in expanding the number of EV charge points and infrastructure in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-27526

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 14 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 29 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on phase 2 of the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB2) funding; a list of successful applicants to the fund, and whether it has any plans to introduce a future funding stream targeted to smaller community transport operators.  

Question reference: S6W-27670

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 28 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Plugged-in Communities Grant Fund will reopen for applications in 2024-25.

Question reference: S6W-27455

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 13 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 28 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason non-compliance with the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice 2013 is a criminal offence in the rest of the UK, but not in Scotland, and whether it has any plans to introduce a criminal offence for such non-compliance.