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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 17 July 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03597

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that capital expenditure work has now been stopped at Raigmore Hospital, when it will publish its plan for the Moray maternity services redesign.

Question reference: S6T-02037

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 10 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 11 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether bowel cancer screening is being carried out to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage or whether it is being determined by NHS capacity for colonoscopies and treatment.

Question reference: S6O-03543

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 6 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the longest projected wait is, in years, for a neurodevelopmental assessment for a child currently on an NHS waiting list.

Question reference: S6F-03119

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 13 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 16 May 2024

To ask the First Minister, in light of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract expiring in September, when the Scottish Government will publish the tender process for the new contract. 

Question reference: S6O-03409

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 8 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out on any prospective rent rises following the expiry of the rent cap.

Question reference: S6W-26794

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 19 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that users of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) are exempt from any charges under the Low Emission Zones (LEZ) that are being set up across Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-03330

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 24 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the total cost has been of overseas trips undertaken by the Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, on behalf of the Scottish Government, since his appointment in 2021.

Question reference: S6O-03232

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with the Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning at Highland Council, and what was discussed.    

Question reference: S6W-25858

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 13 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23132 by Jenni Minto on 4 December 2023, whether it plans to meet the Scottish Stoma Forum to discuss the results of the recent information gathering exercise on the provision of stoma care and stoma specialist nurse coverage across Scotland.

Question reference: S6T-01854

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 11 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 12 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it will address the significant concerns raised by the chair of the Regulatory Review Group regarding its proposed Heat in Buildings Bill.