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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 16 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-28123

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it recognises the use of the value of prevented fatality (VPF) approach as a suitable calculation to quantify the impact of public policy, and, if so, whether it has used a VPF approach to assess the potential impact of the proposed overnight closure of the minor injury units in Huntly, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

Question reference: S6O-03616

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 20 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support schools in rural communities.

Question reference: S6W-28105

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 11 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 25 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-27677 by Jenny Gilruth on 4 June 2024, whether it will clarify what the (a) format and (b) anticipated timing is of its consideration of the Teacher Induction Scheme.

Question reference: S6W-27864

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 29 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 7 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration Scottish Forestry has given to allocating funds from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund to support the full reopening of Aboyne Bridge.

Question reference: S6W-28046

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24804 by Jenni Minto on 5 February 2024, how much of the £190 million of funding from the Primary Care Improvement Fund in 2023-24 was provided to each NHS board for the development of Community Treatment and Care (CTAC) services.

Question reference: S6W-27677

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans to review the Teacher Induction Scheme to ensure that it is fully equipped to serve the needs of schools in rural areas.   

Question reference: S6W-27675

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 3 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) intake targets are met, particularly in relation to STEM subjects. 

Question reference: S6W-27691

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 3 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to offer more training programmes in audiology to help tackle the reported workforce shortage.

Question reference: S6W-27676

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 3 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work being carried out by the Strategic Board for Teacher Education. 

Question reference: S6W-27693

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 3 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provides to each NHS board for audiology services.