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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: S5W-36212

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to mitigate any economic damage to the islands as a result of the operation of remote airport towers throughout the HIAL network.

Question reference: S5W-35788

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 05 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-35256 by Fergus Ewing on 4 March 2021, in light of the comment by the cabinet secretary that the "information required to estimate the total number of sea lice in salmon farms each year is not held by the Scottish Government and therefore we cannot provide such an estimate", whether it will provide the information that it holds on which the cabinet secretary based his comment that "data on average number of sea lice per fish indicates a downward trend in recent years".

Question reference: S5W-35920

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Ben Macpherson on 23 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to classify marine Special Protection Areas in Orkney waters, as recommended by the Scottish Natural Heritage and Joint Nature Conservation Committee report, ‘Final advice and recommendations on a network of proposed marine Special Protection Areas’, which was published on 6 December 2018.

Question reference: S5W-36149

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Ben Macpherson on 22 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what consultation (a) it and (b) its agencies undertook prior to the lodging of the Red Rocks and Longay Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2021 in respect of each of the prohibited activities.

Question reference: S5W-36147

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Ben Macpherson on 22 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what meetings it had with affected commercial and industry bodies regarding the Red Rocks and Longay Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2021; what was discussed, and whether these meetings changed its proposals.

Question reference: S5W-36148

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Ben Macpherson on 22 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence base it used to prohibit each activity in the Red Rocks and Longay Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area.

Question reference: S5W-36211

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has in place to prevent damage by irresponsible tourists in the Highlands and Islands when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Question reference: S5W-36213

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 19 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the roll-out of remote electronic monitoring equipment on Scottish inshore fishing vessels.

Question reference: S5W-35716

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 16 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what discussion it has had with Crown Estate Scotland regarding the potential impact on the ScotWind Leasing process of its greenports policy.

Question reference: S5W-35592

  • Asked by: John Finnie, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 02 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 15 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what actions it will take to address any concerns of coastal communities regarding damage to the marine environment from the further expansion of salmon farming before all the issues outlined in the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee's 2018 Report on the environmental impacts of salmon farming and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee's 2018 report, Salmon farming in Scotland, are resolved.