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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 19 April 2024
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Question reference: S5W-35749

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 04 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the proposed timescale is for implementing recommendations in the Baroness Cumberlege Report that relate to sodium valproate.

Question reference: S5W-35748

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 04 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set up and fund a specialist centre for Foetal Valproate Spectrum disorder.

Question reference: S5W-35750

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 04 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on redress for victims of sodium valproate, as recommended in the Baroness Cumberlege Report.

Question reference: S5W-34976

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 04 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether its shielding list includes everyone with a health condition recorded on the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) clinically extremely vulnerable list.

Question reference: S5W-34975

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 04 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 8 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether its shielding list includes unpaid carers who are recorded on the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) clinically extremely vulnerable list.

Question reference: S5W-35527

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 8 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government when people who were rejected by the Close Contact Fund or Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund due to technical errors will be reconsidered for assistance. 

Question reference: S5W-35526

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 8 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether people who were rejected by the Close Contact Services Fund or the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund due to technical errors will be given more time to re-apply, or be able to appeal the rejection. 

Question reference: S5O-05106

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on broadband roll-out in Dumfries and Galloway.

Question reference: S5W-35338

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 19 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 1 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Climate Challenge Fund will allow the continuation and/or extension of some existing projects beyond two years.

Question reference: S5W-35335

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 19 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 1 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether groups in receipt of Climate Challenge Funding (CCF) that expect to report an underspend due to the COVID-19 pandemic, can use this money in alternate ways within the CCF remit.