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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 28 May 2024
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Question reference: S5W-33337

  • 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 when it will deliver its national flytipping strategy.

Question reference: S5W-33338

  • 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 assistance it provides to (a) local authorities to assist land managers in cleaning up and disposing flytipped waste and (b) SEPA and the Police to investigate and convict flytippers.

Question reference: S5W-33336

  • 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 measures it is implementing to deal with flytipping.

Question reference: S5W-33339

  • 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 urgent assistance it provides to land managers when responding to flytipping incidents of a hazardous nature.

Question reference: S5W-33259

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 16 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 26 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will update the COVID-19 guidance on the delivery of in-person private music tuition that is not covered in the school-based guidance, including for woodwind and brass instruments.

Question reference: S5O-04761

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reconviction statistics for the 2017-18 offender cohort.

Question reference: S5W-32296

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 October 2020
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 6 October 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when the Registrar General will publish the annual report for 2019.

Question reference: S5O-04660

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 September 2020
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the reported concerns of the National Sheep Association that the future trade deals with Australia and New Zealand negotiated by the UK Government could negatively impact Scotland’s sheep farmers.

Question reference: S5O-04634

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the estimate by the Scottish Fiscal Commission that 194,000 children under six will be eligible for the Scottish Child Payment.

Question reference: S5T-02384

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 14 September 2020
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15 September 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the call by the Director of ENABLE Scotland for routine testing of all frontline social care key workers in all settings.