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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 April 2023
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Question reference: S6W-15932

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 27 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Biffa’s contract as the logistics service provider for the Deposit Return Scheme, what (a) type and (b) number of lorries have been negotiated for the scheme’s launch on 16 August 2023, and what its response is to reports that Biffa is (i) buying and (ii) manufacturing new lorries for the implementation of the scheme.

Question reference: S6W-15931

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 14 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 27 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the potential carbon footprint of the vehicles that will be used in the Deposit Return Scheme, and what it is doing to limit any carbon emissions.

Question reference: S6O-02078

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to address the reported second year of consecutive contraction in the number of businesses that are based in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-16024

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 21 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 18 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it plans to publish the findings of its consultation on the draft of the new physical intervention in schools guidance.

Question reference: S6O-02030

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how much financial support it will provide to the third sector across Edinburgh and the Lothians to support refugees from Ukraine in the financial year 2023-24.

Question reference: S6O-01907

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support local, independent food and drink businesses in rural areas.

Question reference: S6W-14328

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 26 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 2 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps the Scottish Prison Service is taking to (a) identify and (b) provide treatment for prisoners with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Question reference: S6W-13763

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 24 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration was given to reintroducing temporary non-domestic rates relief for the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors ahead of the draft Scottish Budget 2023-24.

Question reference: S6W-13765

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 24 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment of the economic impact of the reforms to the Small Business Bonus Scheme relief thresholds was carried out in advance of the publication of the draft Scottish Budget 2023-24.

Question reference: S6W-13762

  • Asked by: Daniel Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 24 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of the full cost of its advertisement, Winter Pressures Advert.