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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 16 April 2024
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Question reference: S6W-24708

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 7 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6F-02720 by Humza Yousaf on 18 January 2024, which states that “all homes and businesses in Scotland can currently access a superfast broadband service”, whether it will provide the evidentiary basis for this statement. 

Question reference: S6W-24707

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Monday, 22 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 6 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6F-02720 by Humza Yousaf on 18 January 2024 that “all homes and businesses in Scotland can currently access a superfast broadband service”, how many properties in Orkney currently have access to superfast broadband, defined as access to download speeds between 30-300mbps.

Question reference: S6W-24754

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 6 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6F-02720 by Humza Yousaf on 18 January 2024, whether the First Minister plans to request the addition of a correction in the Official Report in relation to his claim that "All homes and businesses across Scotland can currently access a superfast broadband service", in light of Ofcom statistics reportedly showing that superfast availability across Scotland is at 94.7%.

Question reference: S6W-24681

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 19 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 2 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23961 by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024, what plans are (a) in place and (b) being considered for future expansion of existing projects supported through Scotland’s Heat Network Fund (SHNF) and the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), and, based on these plans, whether it will provide an estimate of the (i) number of additional properties that could be connected and (ii) amount of heating and cooling in terawatt-hours that these additional connections would equate to.

Question reference: S6W-24680

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 19 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 2 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23961 by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024, how many terawatt-hours of heating and cooling these existing projects will deliver.

Question reference: S6W-24581

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 29 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-20497 by Jenni Minto on 28 August 2023, whether it will provide an update on the timeline for producing a draft strategy for consultation.

Question reference: S6W-24119

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 16 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many instances there have been where a person under the age of 18 was held on remand in a prison facility for adults in (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, (c) 2022-23 and (d) 2023 to date.

Question reference: S6W-24123

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 16 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many hours of outdoor exercise prisoners had, on average, per day, in each of the last 12 months.

Question reference: S6W-24124

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 16 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many instances there have been in the last 12 months, in the form of the total prisoner days, where a prisoner has been allowed less than one hour of outdoor exercise on any given day.

Question reference: S6W-24128

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 16 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many people under the age of 18 entered remand in (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, (c) 2022-23 and (d) 2023 to date.