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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-25530

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Siobhian Brown on 28 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government on what date it plans to publish its consultation on the minimum age of marriage, in light of the concluding observation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child that all marriages of under-18s should be prohibited in Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-03118

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 28 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting events to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the birth of Robert the Bruce, which takes place on 11 July this year.

Question reference: S6O-02979

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 18 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to make rail travel more affordable and attractive for passengers in the Mid Scotland and Fife region.

Question reference: S6W-23165

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 07 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 21 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of (a) any financial impact of NHS Scotland’s individual NHS boards referring patients to NHS England for magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) treatment, (b) whether individual NHS England trusts have the adequate resources to allow proper access by patients from Scotland to MRgFUS treatment in light of this cross-border referral system and (c) how much NHS Scotland has spent on referring patients from Scotland for MRgFUS treatment in England in each year since 2019.

Question reference: S6W-21859

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 October 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 8 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comments by the then Cabinet Secretary for Justice, during the stage 1 debate on the Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill on 21 January 2021, that the Scottish Government wants to work with bereaved families to produce a bill that could help to address the issues raised, but in a way that is within the Parliament’s devolved competence, and in light of Health and Safety Executive statistics on work-related fatal injuries in Great Britain in 2023, what its position is on whether the higher fatality rate in Scotland can be attributed to a greater proportion of people working in higher risk jobs; which employment areas it considers to be higher risk, and what sector-specific action it can take to address any increased risk.

Question reference: S6W-21861

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 October 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 7 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, as part of its regular discussions with the Scottish Law Commission on its work programme, whether it can confirm if the commission is looking specifically at work-related involuntary act culpable homicide as part of its review of homicide law.

Question reference: S6W-21860

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 October 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 7 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates it will receive the Scottish Law Commission’s findings and recommendations from its review of homicide law, which is due to report in 2023.

Question reference: S6O-02708

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 01 November 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 9 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports small businesses in the Mid Scotland and Fife region.

Question reference: S6W-21891

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 27 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to support Heart Research UK in its aim to prevent, treat and cure heart disease cases in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-21896

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 27 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to educate people about the different heart disease symptoms that are suffered by men and women.