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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 29 January 2023
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Question reference: S6W-14428

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 27 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 10 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-09982 by Jenny Gilruth on 16 August 2022, how much funding is currently available in the current financial year to help purchase (a) new and (b) used electric vehicles through interest-free loans.

Question reference: S6O-01863

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 2 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work of the ferries task force with Orkney Islands Council.

Question reference: S6W-14220

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its consultation on proposals to improve energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings.

Question reference: S6W-14198

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 20 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 3 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when the Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board will report on its findings and proposals.

Question reference: S6W-14177

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 20 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 3 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the timeframe for implementation of the Air Departure Tax.

Question reference: S6W-14199

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 20 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 3 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Climate Change Committee’s assessment in its Progress in reducing emissions in Scotland – 2022 Report to Parliament that "Agroforestry and hedgerows offer the opportunity to increase carbon stocks on farms while allowing agricultural production to continue", and whether it will commit to producing (a) targets and (b) delivery reports for agroforestry and hedgerows.

Question reference: S6W-14120

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 19 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, with reference to the recently published Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill, whether its commitment to make changes in relation to the provision of secure accommodation and the regulation of secure accommodation services, including those services that take children from other parts of the UK, will include secure transportation services.

Question reference: S6W-14049

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates the Scottish Prison Service will publish its revised mental health strategy for people in custody.

Question reference: S6W-14048

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the findings in the report, Still Nothing to See Here?, on prison deaths and fatal accident inquiry outcomes, and whether it accepts the report’s findings regarding the Scottish Prison Service’s suicide prevention strategy, Talk To Me.

Question reference: S6W-14050

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Scottish Prison Service regarding the development and publication of its revised mental health strategy for people in custody, which was originally due in 2021.