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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: S6W-14327

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 26 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider implementing a plan to research any possible link between chronic urinary tract infections and endometriosis as part of the Women's Health Plan, and what action it is taking to improve specialist appointment waiting times for those experiencing chronic urinary tract infections.

Question reference: S6W-14330

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 26 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what work it is considering with local authorities to ensure that vaping products and e-cigarettes are properly disposed of and recycled, including examining how trading standards relate to this issue.

Question reference: S6W-14331

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 26 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance, advice and/or support is provided to retail outlets that sell vaping and e-cigarette products in relation to the disposal and recycling of those products.

Question reference: S6W-14332

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 26 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 9 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to maintain and expand access to free meals for children and adults, in light of reports of services being at risk due to funding pressures affecting local authorities and charities.

Question reference: S6W-14321

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to (a) reduce any in-work poverty among the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) workforce and (b) ensure that the funding model enables (i) private and (ii) third sector ELC providers in partner settings to pay the Living Wage to all staff, not just those delivering the funded entitlement.

Question reference: S6W-13359

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 25 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) support it has provided to and (b) recent engagement it has had with the Edinburgh-based renewables firm, Red Rock Power, and whether it will reconsider any relationship it has with the company in light of reports that it is linked to the endangerment of the world’s rarest ape, the Tapanuli orangutan, through the construction of the Batang Toru dam in Indonesia by its parent company, the Chinese state-owned, State Development and Investment Corporation.

Question reference: S6W-14044

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 25 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to provide any additional financial support to people in abusive relationships during the cost of living crisis, in order to enable them to leave their abusive partners in situations where they are financially reliant on them, and what its position is on the reported suggestion by Women's Aid to introduce an emergency support fund for this purpose.

Question reference: S6W-14290

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will increase the funded childcare entitlement to the equivalent of 50 hours a week.

Question reference: S6W-14282

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to involve the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on (a) Chronic Pain, (b) Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions, (c) Long Covid and (d) Women's Health in the work of bodies that have a chronic pain remit, including the National Care Service Lived Experience Experts Panel.

Question reference: S6W-14263

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many doctors are currently assigned to Drug Treatment and Testing Order services, broken down by NHS board.