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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 27 September 2023
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Question reference: S6O-02487

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what additional resources will be made available to NHS Highland, in light of reports of an estimated annual overspend of over £55 million.

Question reference: S6W-19659

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 03 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 25 July 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its plans are for the HMP Inverness site once HMP Highland is constructed and operational.

Question reference: S6W-18947

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 26 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12736 by Michael Matheson on 16 December 2022, whether it will provide an update on whether Crown Estate Scotland will be permitted to keep and use for the Crown Estate 9% of the gross revenue from the option fees raised via the ScotWind leasing process.

Question reference: S6O-02431

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 June 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 28 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the total cost of its Building a New Scotland papers, including civil servants' time and printing costs.

Question reference: S6W-18231

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 6 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the priority set out in the 2020 document, Recovery and Redesign: An Action Plan for Cancer Services, to "work with the Scottish Hepatobiliary Network and support clinical consensus on redesign of pancreatic...cancer pathways", whether it has completed this work, and, if so, what actions resulted from this.

Question reference: S6F-02211

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 June 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 8 June 2023

To ask the First Minister whether extra resources will be made available to local authorities for additional rangers to help with the reported upcoming tourist influx in rural Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-02329

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of Creative Scotland’s total awards funding was allocated to the Highlands and Islands in the last financial year.

Question reference: S6W-18232

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 31 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many CT scanners are currently in operation within NHS Scotland.

Question reference: S6T-01410

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 30 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 30 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether orthopaedic appointments and surgeries, when they do not require the use of general anaesthetic, should be carried out in local community hospitals.

Question reference: S6O-02300

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many mothers from Moray it anticipates will give birth at Raigmore each year until the new service at Dr Gray's is up and running, in light of its decision in December 2022 not to continue with model 4.