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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

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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: S6W-28200

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 14 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the forecast in the Dental Workforce in Scotland 2021 report that the supply of dentists will fall short of the number required to maintain current registration rates.

Question reference: S6W-28201

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 14 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 25 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what impact it expects the reported reduction in the intake of students to Bachelor of Dental Surgery courses in 2021 and 2022 will have on the future dental workforce.

Question reference: S6W-28202

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 14 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 25 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the registration rate for NHS dentistry amongst children reportedly falling between 2019 and 2020, for the first time since 2006.

Question reference: S6W-28203

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 14 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 25 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the total registration rate for NHS dentistry amongst children has been in each of the last five years.

Question reference: S6W-28060

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 07 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Sanjeev Gupta, and whether it will publish the minutes of any recent meetings that it has had.

Question reference: S6W-28065

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10100 by Ivan McKee on 19 August 2022, whether it will provide the information requested regarding what prevented a direct sale of the asset without the Scottish Government owning the steelworks for a short period.

Question reference: S6W-28058

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12259 by Ivan McKee on 2 December 2022, whether any of the £7 million loan has been paid back, and on what date the last repayment was made by Liberty Steel.

Question reference: S6W-28067

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-06254 by Ivan McKee on 10 February 2022, whether there were any benefits to (a) Tata Steel and (b) Liberty Steel from the Scottish Government owning the Dalzell steelworks for a short period, and, if so, what any such benefits were.

Question reference: S6W-28062

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has received any representations from (a) IndustriALL Global Union and (b) IndustriALL Europe Union regarding reported concerns in relation to Liberty Steel's operations, in light of reports that the unions have asked the European Commission to set up a taskforce to look at Liberty Steel's operations.

Question reference: S6W-28064

  • Asked by: Willie Rennie, MSP for North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 19 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-06379 by Ivan McKee on 23 February 2022, whether its position, regarding what would happen in the event that there was any environmental remediation attached to the site in the future, remains the same.