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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 29 February 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03176

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of assaults by pupils in schools.

Question reference: S6W-25813

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how many dogs that have been taken in by enforcement agencies in each of the last five years were reunited with their owners.

Question reference: S6W-25808

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24995 by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024, what its position is on whether an updated estimate of the cost of food waste would be useful in illustrating any benefits for households of reducing food waste.

Question reference: S6W-25811

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) microchipping notices have been issued in relation to a microchipping breach and (b) fines have been issued to non-compliant owners under the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016.

Question reference: S6W-25810

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to review the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016, with particular consideration given to enforcement, consistency of processes and punishments across local authorities.

Question reference: S6W-25812

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how many dogs that have been taken in by enforcement agencies, in each of the last five years, were (a) microchipped, (b) not microchipped and (c) microchipped but without up-to-date details.

Question reference: S6W-25809

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 27 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24987 by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024, what reasons were provided by schools for not taking part in the project.

Question reference: S6W-25337

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Kaukab Stewart on 27 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it currently supports to provide those in the heritage restoration sector with opportunities to develop expertise and skills in climate resilience.

Question reference: S6W-25444

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide the most recent list, broken down by local authority, of projects funded, or confirmed to be funded if not already begun, through the Recycling Improvement Fund.

Question reference: S6W-25287

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 06 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government Office for the Internal Market (OIM) regarding the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill, and whether it has asked the OIM if the proposals in the Bill for (a) restricting the disposal of unsold goods and (b) charges for single-use items could affect the UK internal market.