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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 26 March 2023
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Question reference: S6W-15939

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 23 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many planning application appeals it has received in each of the last five years on the grounds of non-determination, where a local authority has been unable to reach a decision within six months, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) type of application.

Question reference: S6W-15987

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 16 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 23 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-13337 by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2023, whether it will provide an update on whether it has published the data, in light of it already being used for policy formulation and implementation, and of it committing to publishing it "early this year".

Question reference: S6W-15805

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 March 2023
  • Current Status: Holding Answer by Richard Lochhead on 23 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a list of all formal meetings between the Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work and companies in the offshore energy sector in the North East Scotland region, from 1 October 2022 to 1 March 2023.

Question reference: S6W-15920

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 19 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed Legal Services Regulation Reform Bill, what progress it has made towards (a) establishing a panel to review the future of the legal profession and (b) engaging with stakeholders representing the (i) consumer and (ii) legal perspective, as committed to in its response to the findings of the consultation analysis report on legal services regulation reform.

Question reference: S6W-15723

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the information set out at paragraph 2.162 on page 59 of its document, A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Full Business Case Stage 1, how it calculated the value of the "Improved amenity resulting from the reduction in litter" at £994 million; whether it will publish its workings and assumptions for calculating this figure, and what its position is on whether the figure will still be accurate in August 2023.

Question reference: S6W-15731

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
  • Current Status: Holding Answer by Lorna Slater on 22 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has carried out an assessment of the impact that the Deposit Return Scheme will have on (a) consumer purchasing behaviours and (b) inflation, and, if so, what assessment it has made.

Question reference: S6W-14796

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 22 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on the number of (a) Scottish and (b) non-Scottish firms that Cemre Marin Endustri has signed an agreement with to provide products and/or services, as part of the contract for the two vessels for Islay, awarded by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).

Question reference: S6W-16026

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 21 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 18 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide further clarification regarding the £25,000 working capital loan that has been made available to Ferguson Marine, including what the loan (a) is expected to be used for, (b) interest rate is and (c) repayment date is; what assurances it has received regarding the repayment of the loan, and whether the loan funding support was a requirement from BAE systems.

Question reference: S6W-15938

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 16 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 21 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many cyber-attacks have been recorded on (a) its and (b) its agencies’ computer and data systems since January 2021, and, in each case, what the suspected source was, and to what extent the attack (i) gained information and (ii) damaged systems.

Question reference: S6W-15937

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 17 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its announcement in June 2022 that £30 million would be spent “this financial year” to “accelerate the shift to zero emission transport”, how much of this funding it has spent to date, broken down by what it has been spent on; which geographical areas it has been spent in, and whether it has been allocated to (a) the corporate sector, (b) charitable organisations, (c) individuals and (d) others.