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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 22 May 2024
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Question reference: S5W-35336

  • 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 be extended to 2021-22 and, if so, what pans it has for it that year.

Question reference: S5T-02654

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 February 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 9 February 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures published by the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, which state that people with a learning disability are three times more likely to die of COVID-19 and twice as likely to experience serious disease.

Question reference: S5W-34942

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 February 2021
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Clare Haughey on 4 February 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what data is available on the impact of COVID-19 on people in Scotland with a learning disability.

Question reference: S5O-04998

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

To ask the Scottish Government what measures in its Budget will provide support for town centres.

Question reference: S5W-34594

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 January 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 26 January 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether frontline health care staff in each NHS board area who work in private practices will receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the same time as NHS health care workers.

Question reference: S5W-33755

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 14 January 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether the £500 bonus scheme for NHS and social care workers is being extended to those who live in Scotland but are employed by NHS trusts in northern England.

Question reference: S5W-33756

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether the £500 bonus scheme for NHS and social care workers will apply to people who are employed on zero-hours contracts.

Question reference: S5W-33340

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on extending householder responsibility to ensure that waste is disposed of legally.

Question reference: S5W-33341

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is consider introducing further punitive action that can be taken against illegal waste carriers.

Question reference: S5W-33335

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 30 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on establishing a national flytipping database that will include information about incidents on private land and published annually.