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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 3 October 2023
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Question reference: S6W-20895

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 29 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on rejoining international surveys on literacy and numeracy, and in what year it will be possible to make comparisons between Scotland and other European countries.

Question reference: S6W-21354

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 28 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to make changes to the General Revenue Grant if its proposals to change the council tax multipliers for properties in bands E to H are implemented, and, if so, what effect this would have on the distribution of funding among different local authorities.

Question reference: S6O-02615

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 27 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 5 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will make a public apology, in light of reports that it did not deliver its policy of 100% coverage of superfast broadband by December 2021.

Question reference: S6W-20894

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 27 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many P1 children have taken (a) one part and (b) both parts of the National Standardised Assessments for Scotland since 20 September 2018, broken down by (i) school year and (ii) local authority area.

Question reference: S6W-20900

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 27 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils at Scottish schools currently speak English as a second language.

Question reference: S6W-20899

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 27 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what it has done to support schools in teaching about the climate emergency.

Question reference: S6W-20902

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 27 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has fully implemented the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, and what its latest statutory guidance is on the conduct of relationships, sexual health and parenthood education for schools.

Question reference: S6W-21355

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 26 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether local authorities would retain all of the additional council tax revenue raised from properties within their local area under its proposals to change the council tax multipliers for properties in bands E to H.

Question reference: S6W-20898

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 26 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils have had musical instrument lessons at school in each year since 2016.

Question reference: S6W-20897

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 26 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many classrooms in Scotland are inaccessible to wheelchair users.