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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 2 December 2022
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Question reference: S5W-35587

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 8 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Question reference: S5O-05052

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 24 February 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Developing the Young Workforce programme.

Question reference: S5W-33971

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 10 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 18 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the proposal for a public service obligation for Wick John o' Groats Airport.

Question reference: S5W-32971

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 02 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when COVID-19 home testing kits will be available in the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency.

Question reference: S5W-32930

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 30 October 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 10 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when large local authorities such as The Highland Council will be broken up into smaller county-size areas under the COVID-19 Strategic Framework to determine their tier level.

Question reference: S5W-32972

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 02 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 6 November 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what awareness raising has been undertaken in advance of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 coming into force.

Question reference: S5W-32897

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 October 2020
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 30 October 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the independent review of its air quality strategy, which was completed in August 2019.

Question reference: S5W-31275

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 18 August 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 26 August 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding whether the European Commission investigation into the complaint regarding the Northern Isles road equivalent tariff (RET) will be resolved.

Question reference: S5W-31244

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 17 August 2020
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Fergus Ewing on 18 August 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its plans are for setting out a statement of policy on food, in light of a Good Food Nation Bill no longer being introduced in the current parliamentary session.

Question reference: S5W-31079

  • Asked by: Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by John Swinney on 5 August 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when its response to the reports of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery and Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board Sub-Group will be published.