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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 19 April 2024
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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.

Question reference: S6W-24127

  • 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 what the (a) longest and (b) average time spent on remand was for people under the age of 18 in (i) 2020-21, (ii) 2021-22, (iii) 2022-23 and (iv) 2023 to date.

Question reference: S6W-23960

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) number and (b) proportion of homes it anticipates will need to be supported by heat networks in order to meet targets for decarbonising home heating.

Question reference: S6W-23963

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021 and its 2022 Heat networks delivery plan, whether it will provide an update on whether it has set a 2035 target for heat networks.

Question reference: S6W-23961

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much (a) capital and (b) pre-capital support it has provided to heat network projects to date, and how many properties either have been or are set to be connected to heat networks as a result of any such support.

Question reference: S6W-23962

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the estimated capital cost will be of meeting its existing heat network targets, and what proportion of this capital cost it has committed to providing (a) to date and (b) in its Budget for 2024-25.

Question reference: S6W-23949

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government which local authorities have published Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES), and whether it anticipates that any local authorities will not publish LHEES by the end of 2023.

Question reference: S6W-23959

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide the estimated capital cost for local authorities to deliver any local authority-led heat network schemes that are currently in development, and how much financial support it is providing to local authorities to help deliver any such developments.

Question reference: S6W-24091

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 19 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the on-farm seasonal slaughter arrangements for poultry, and what conclusions were reached from any such assessment.