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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 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-25290

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 26 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many drugs deaths there have been in custody (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of total deaths in custody in each of the last five years, also broken down by drug category or categories implicated, including cases involving (i) synthetic opioids (ii) synthetic benzodiazepines and (iii) other synthetic drugs.

Question reference: S6W-25323

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 26 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the average length of time that prison inmates were confined to their cells per day was for each of the last 12 months, broken down by prison institution.

Question reference: S6W-25379

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 08 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) area and (b) proportion of publicly owned land is currently allocated for rewilding.

Question reference: S6W-25013

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 19 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the Used Electric Vehicle Loan scheme was closed, and whether it is considering reopening this, or opening a similar scheme, in the future.

Question reference: S6W-24935

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Siobhian Brown on 16 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23748 by Siobhian Brown on 20 December 2023, to which religion the "religious grounds" referred to are relevant, and how many couples it estimates this encompasses. 

Question reference: S6W-25012

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 15 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how (a) many applications to the Used Electric Vehicle Loan scheme were (i) received and (ii) approved and (b) much money was provided in loans, in each month that the scheme was active.

Question reference: S6W-25011

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 15 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has made any projections for any inflation-based losses incurred on interest-free loans issued through its new and used electric vehicle loan schemes, and, if so, whether it will publish these projections.

Question reference: S6W-25015

  • Asked by: Liam McArthur, MSP for Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 15 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how much and (b) what proportion of money in total distributed through its (i) Electric Vehicle Loan scheme and (ii) Used Electric Vehicle Loan scheme (A) has been repaid to date and (B) it anticipates will be repaid.

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.