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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-01944

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 February 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether all victims of crime are given notice in advance of their case going to court.

Question reference: S6O-01842

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will start publishing information collected via Scotland’s Census 2022.

Question reference: S6W-13553

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 04 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angus Robertson on 13 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-13303 by Angus Robertson on 16 December 2022, whether it will provide the full production costs, including staff costs.

Question reference: S6W-13301

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 16 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 11 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when all six rural hospitals in Scotland each will have three general surgery consultants.

Question reference: S6W-13552

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 04 January 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-13389 by Patrick Harvie on 21 December 2022, what discussions it has had with the private rented sector regarding rent cap provisions under the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022, and whether it is its intention to expire the rent cap provision in the private sector in March 2023.

Question reference: S6O-01742

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 11 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions have taken place with the Royal Household regarding the Coronation of His Majesty The King, in relation to events across the Highlands and Islands.

Question reference: S6W-12736

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 16 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10644 by Michael Matheson on 26 September 2022, whether it will provide an update on its consideration of whether the gross revenue from the option fees raised via the ScotWind leasing process should fall within the scope of the existing 9% agreement with Crown Estate Scotland, and, if it is the case that this consideration is ongoing, what the timetable is for a conclusion to be reached.

Question reference: S6O-01702

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when the National Treatment Centre - Highland will be fully operational.

Question reference: S6F-01608

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 8 December 2022

To ask the First Minister how many single-crewed ambulances, responding to an emergency, have been deployed in the last six months.

Question reference: S6O-01554

  • Asked by: Edward Mountain, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 16 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when HMP Highland will become operational and whether it will accommodate female occupants.