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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 19 April 2024
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Question reference: S6W-25445

  • 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 28 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the proposed introduction of a similar ban in Scotland, what meetings (a) it has and (b) its agencies have had with (i) the French government and (ii) other relevant stakeholders in France regarding banning the disposal of unsold goods.

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-24988

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much food waste has been produced by its operations in Scotland in each year since 2016.

Question reference: S6W-24996

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Review of the 2019 Food Waste Reduction Action Plan, whether it will provide an update on what its position is regarding the feasibility of its target of reducing food waste by 33% by 2025.

Question reference: S6W-25241

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much food waste has been produced in Scotland in each year since 2016.

Question reference: S6W-25341

  • Asked by: Maurice Golden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Gillian Martin on 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the contribution of the nuclear industry to Scotland's economy.

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.

Question reference: S6W-25286

  • 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 whether it will provide an update on the work that has been carried out to develop circular economy roadmaps for the sectors that are listed in its updated Climate Change Plan, alongside the development of a waste route map.

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-24998

  • 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 22 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government which food waste initiatives it has funded since 2013; how much each initiative cost, and what (a) food waste and (b) carbon impact reduction each initiative achieved.