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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 22 April 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03268

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact that stagnation has had on Scotland's public finances, in light of the final report of the Resolution Foundation's The Economy 2030 Inquiry, which found that the UK is a decade and a half into a period of stagnation.

Question reference: S6O-03047

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 January 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding any medicine shortages in Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-02939

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 10 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how its Budget for 2024-25 will support Police Scotland.

 

Question reference: S6W-22874

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 November 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Shona Robison on 8 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide further details of the timeline of requests made of it by the UK COVID-19 Inquiry in relation to informal communications.

Question reference: S6O-02613

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 27 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 5 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its timeframe is for the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Scotland’s Early Learning and School Age Childcare Profession.

Question reference: S6W-19590

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 June 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Neil Gray on 30 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on proposals for Investment Zones in Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-02383

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 07 June 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many paramedic students have accessed the Paramedic, Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary since its introduction in July 2021.

Question reference: S6W-18043

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 May 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Michael Matheson on 12 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide an update to the Parliament on NHS Lothian’s escalated position in relation to the delivery of mental health services.

Question reference: S6O-02241

  • Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 17 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many frontline police officers have been trained to use, and equipped with, naloxone.

Question reference: S6O-02170

  • Current Status: Withdrawn