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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 3 December 2023
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Question reference: S6W-23229

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 13 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many convictions of corporations there have ever been for the (a) common law offence of culpable homicide and (b) statutory offence of corporate homicide, and which corporations were convicted.

Question reference: S6W-23227

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 13 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many prosecutions have ever been brought against corporations for the (a) common law offence of culpable homicide and (b) statutory offence of corporate homicide, and which corporations these were against.

Question reference: S6W-23228

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to potential reforms of homicide law in the current parliamentary session.

Question reference: S6W-23230

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many prosecutions for (a) murder and (b) culpable homicide have been brought against healthcare professionals in Scotland in the last 10 years relating to the discharge of their duties or exercise of their powers treating patients, and, of these, how many resulted in a conviction.

Question reference: S6W-23226

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to potential reforms of corporate criminal liability.

Question reference: S6W-23185

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 11 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding the content of COVID-19 warnings used in official communications, in particular in relation to the emphasis on "clean hands" and "two metres distance" and the lack of mention of ventilation, since the emergence of evidence that COVID-19 primarily spreads via aerosols and not fomites.

Question reference: S6W-23186

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 11 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding the presence of COVID-19 warnings in official communications since the final lifting of restrictions.

Question reference: S6W-22800

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 21 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-21911 by Angela Constance on 24 October 2023, what action it is taking in response to the finding by the University of Edinburgh's Child Safety, Justice and Recovery Research Group in its North Strathclyde Bairns Hoose Evaluation: Phase One Report, published in March 2023, that the use of joint investigative interviews (JIIs) has had “little impact” on children and that child witnesses are still required to attend court “in almost all cases”.

Question reference: S6W-22767

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 07 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 14 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many FTE dedicated mental health staff have there been operating in (a) prisons and (b) police custody suites in each quarter of the last three years.

Question reference: S6W-22761

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 07 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 14 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of police custody suites currently have full-time access to dedicated mental health professionals, in line with Action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027.