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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 27 January 2023
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Question reference: S6O-01765

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 12 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Question reference: S6O-01662

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

Question reference: S6W-12524

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Angus Robertson on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Supreme Court judgement on the reference by the Lord Advocate to the Supreme Court on whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate for an independence referendum.

Question reference: S6O-01579

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 16 November 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of recently reported warnings by the Bank of England that the UK is about to enter the longest recession since the 1930s, what assessment it has made of the impact that this could have on its Covid Recovery Strategy.

Question reference: S6O-01462

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 19 October 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to tackle skills shortages.

Question reference: S6W-11314

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 30 September 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by George Adam on 3 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to increase transparency regarding the Crown consent process and how bills apply to the Crown.

Question reference: S6W-10567

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 August 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 24 August 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when details will be made available regarding year six of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, and when it will commence.

Question reference: S6O-01303

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29 June 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recently reported views of Professor Catherine Barnard regarding the impact on Scotland’s food and drink exports of a potential trade war between the UK and the EU.

Question reference: S6W-08994

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 1 June 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its rail decarbonisation programme and the rolling programme of rail electrification schemes.

Question reference: S6O-01094

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 May 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 18 May 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are available to stakeholders seeking to manage invasive species and mitigate their impact.