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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

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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: S6W-24994

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it allocated to support food redistribution projects in (a) 2022-23 and (b) 2023-24.

Question reference: S6W-24995

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the 2021 estimate for food waste, whether it will provide an updated estimate of the cost to households of unnecessary food and drink purchases, as set out in the report, Household food and drink waste in Scotland 2014.

Question reference: S6W-24992

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much public funding has been spent on communications related to food waste reduction in each year since 2016.

Question reference: S6W-24990

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the status is of the schools food waste pilot that began in autumn 2021, and what progress has been made on establishing a baseline for school food waste.

Question reference: S6W-24986

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to use the data gathered in the 2021 Scottish Food Waste Estimate to estimate the (a) quantity and (b) carbon impact of food waste attributable to the (i) education and (ii) health sector.

Question reference: S6W-24989

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many food waste champions have been appointed since 2019, broken down by (a) the sector they represented, (b) any monetary reimbursement they received and (c) their engagement impact, as set out in the 2019 Food Waste Reduction Plan.

Question reference: S6W-24983

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what work it is doing to review the proportion of contamination in food waste collections.

Question reference: S6W-24985

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) tonnage, (b) carbon impact and (c) increase from the baseline is of food waste attributable to the public sector in the data gathered in the 2021 Scottish Food Waste Estimate.

Question reference: S6W-24993

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many food redistribution services are currently available in each local authority area, and how much food was redistributed in each area in the most recent year for which data is available.

Question reference: S6W-25599

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 19 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 4 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has been advised by NHS Tayside that child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) waiting times are expected to worsen.