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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: S4O-00912

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 April 2012
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 26 April 2012

To ask the Scottish Executive how much support has been given to businesses in Dumfries and Galloway by the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Question reference: S4O-00818

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 March 2012
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive what independence and control over oil revenue would mean for household income in Scotland, given the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2010-11 (GERS) statistics.

Question reference: S4O-00598

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 January 2012
  • Current Status: Answered by Alex Neil on 19 January 2012

To ask the Scottish Executive how Dumfriesshire and East Lothian will benefit from the Infrastructure Investment Plan 2011.

Question reference: S4O-00407

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 16 November 2011
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the effect on psychiatric patients of the Healing Spaces project not being installed at the Midpark Hospital in Dumfries.

Question reference: S4O-00374

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 09 November 2011
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive how many and what proportion of prisoners were previously looked-after children.

Question reference: S4O-00229

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 September 2011
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive how police and fire service reform will enhance the services' accountability in Dumfries and Galloway.

Question reference: S4O-00147

  • Current Status: Withdrawn

Question reference: S4O-00095

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 June 2011
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to implement the Detect Cancer Early initiative and how it will work in practice.

Question reference: S4O-00079

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 June 2011
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to the South of Scotland Alliance bid for a share of the Broadband Delivery UK Fund.

Question reference: S4O-00037

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 June 2011
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been created and what other economic benefits have arisen in Dumfries and Galloway as a result of the University of Glasgow’s Crichton campus since 2007.