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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 9 December 2022
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Question reference: S6W-13065

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) remit, (b) lifespan, (c) terms of reference and (d) work programme is for the joint working group on local government finance; how frequently it will meet, and whether (i) agendas, (ii) minutes and (iii) papers will be published.

Question reference: S6W-13021

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 08 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 22 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of current rates of inflation for the construction industry on the non-domestic rates revaluation of public sector properties, based on rebuild costs.

Question reference: S6W-12688

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 8 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) repossessed and (b) empty dwellings have an unoccupied exemption from council tax, and how many have had that exemption for (i) six months or more, (ii) 12 months or more and (iii) two years or more.

Question reference: S6W-12689

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 8 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many repossessed dwellings have received an exemption from council tax in each month since May 2016.

Question reference: S6W-12902

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on administering the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund.

Question reference: S6W-12903

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 06 December 2022

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what value of Tenant Hardship Loan Fund loans have (i) been (A) repaid and (B) written off and (ii) yet to be repaid and remain outstanding.

Question reference: S6T-01023

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 6 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that local government directors of finance have written to the finance secretary regarding an unprecedented £1 billion budget gap, and of COSLA stating that the current spending plans will lead to job losses.

Question reference: S6W-12633

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 5 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many properties have been (a) entered on and (b) deleted from the valuation roll in accordance with the Council Tax (Dwellings and Part Residential Subjects) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 since the regulations came into force, broken down by (i) assessor and (ii) local authority area.

Question reference: S6W-12420

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Monday, 21 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Ben Macpherson on 5 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what information is has on how many people are in receipt of (a) Adult Disability Payment or (b) Personal Independence Payments in Scotland as a result of COVID-19 or Long COVID.

Question reference: S6W-12769

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 16 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether the scoping work to assess future housing skills needs and associated provision, that was due to commence in July 2022, has been completed.