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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 2 October 2023
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Question reference: S6W-21930

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 02 October 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 30 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) timescales and (b) processes it has in place to legislate to end so-called conversion practices in Scotland; what it anticipates such a ban will entail or encompass, and whether it considers there will be adequate time for consultation to allow for all views to be heard on the matter while still being able to legislate within the current parliamentary session, in light of other current legislative pressures.

Question reference: S6W-21902

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what five subjects have most commonly been raised by members of the public through correspondence with the First Minister and cabinet secretaries in the last six months, and in how many instances each topic was raised.

Question reference: S6W-21901

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how much financial support it has given to credit unions in each year since 2015, broken down by the amount awarded to each union.

Question reference: S6W-21890

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to strengthen any deterrence or repercussions for making malicious calls to the emergency services, in light of reports that 219 malicious calls were made to the Scottish Ambulance Service between January and August 2023, with a year-on-year increase in such behaviour.

Question reference: S6W-21900

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 29 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) units have been achieved by prisoners in each year since 2018, broken down by subject.

Question reference: S6W-21586

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by George Adam on 29 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to maximise registration to the electoral register, in light of research by the Electoral Commission indicating that as many as one million people in Scotland are either incorrectly registered to vote or missing completely.

Question reference: S6W-21314

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2023
  • Current Status: Holding Answer by Fiona Hyslop on 29 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions have taken place with relevant stakeholders regarding the potential for direct cargo and passenger or vehicle ferry routes from Scotland to the European continent.

Question reference: S6W-21864

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it anticipates that Glasgow Prestwick Airport will be returned to private commercial operation and ownership; what work is being undertaken to market the commercial opportunity; how much has been spent in total to date on marketing the airport as such an opportunity, and whether any bids or offers have been received in general terms since it was initially announced to be available for purchase.

Question reference: S6W-21867

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it monitors NHS Scotland and its procurement contracts and practices to ensure that they comply with all relevant laws governing corruption, bribery, fraud and theft and conform to adequate due diligence, in light of its status as a public body under the direction of the Scottish Ministers.

Question reference: S6W-21768

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 26 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the recommendations included in the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry Report by Lord Hardie that sanctions should be considered for individuals or companies who "knowingly submit misleading information to councillors", and that once it is established that the information and/or report was misleading, “Ministers should consider whether there is a need for a statutory criminal offence involving strict liability”.