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Chamber and committees

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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 4 June 2023
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Question reference: S6W-18579

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 16 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans to add National Entitlement Cards to ScotRail ticket machines as an option to access concessionary train tickets for the card holder and their companions.

Question reference: S6W-18521

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of the planned reorganisation or closure of ChargePlace Scotland, what analysis has been undertaken that indicates that reorganising or closing ChargePlace Scotland would create the market conditions for greater private investment.

Question reference: S6W-18522

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether any analysis has been undertaken that indicates the potential available private finance for investment in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Scotland, and, if so, how much this is estimated to be.

Question reference: S6W-18520

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether any additional duties will be placed on local authorities as a result of any planned reorganisation or closure of ChargePlace Scotland, and, if so, whether any additional funding will be provided to support the administration of any such additional duties.

Question reference: S6W-18519

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement has taken place with local authorities in relation to the reported planned reorganisation or closure of ChargePlace Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-18518

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will confirm any planned changes to ChargePlace Scotland, and any costs associated with its reorganisation or closure.

Question reference: S6O-02320

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what options it foresees for the future of Ferguson Marine after ferries 801 and 802 are built.

Question reference: S6F-02152

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 22 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25 May 2023

To ask the First Minister for what reason consultants have reportedly been hired to advise on the next Clyde and Hebrides ferry contract.

Question reference: S6W-17822

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 18 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to purchase any additional rolling stock for the ScotRail fleet.

Question reference: S6W-17821

  • Asked by: Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 18 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to Phase 1 of ScotRail's procurement programme, what progress has been made towards procuring a new fleet of suburban trains to enter passenger service between 2027 and 2030.