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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 9 December 2023
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Question reference: S6W-23236

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of any examples of the appropriate use of Asulox for controlling bracken having had a detrimental effect on human health in the last 10 years.

Question reference: S6W-23237

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 7 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of any examples of environmental harm caused by the appropriate use of Asulox for the control of bracken in the last 10 years.

Question reference: S6W-23262

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 27 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 6 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of all the stakeholder groups that it engaged with when producing its paper, Our marine sector in an independent Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-23614

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 05 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 19 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to improve social care provision in rural communities.

Question reference: S6W-23085

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 November 2023
  • Current Status: Holding Answer by Mairi McAllan on 5 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government which organisations representing local communities affected by Storm Babet have been part of any meetings involving its Storm Babet recovery taskforce up to 16 November 2023.

Question reference: S6W-23086

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 4 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has spoken to any farmers whose crops or livestock have been affected by Storm Babet as part of its Storm Babet recovery taskforce, as of 16 November 2023.

Question reference: S6W-23083

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 4 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands has received a request under rule 9 of the Inquiry Rules 2006 for evidence regarding any WhatsApp messages and informal communications with cabinet secretaries, ministers, senior civil servants or advisers, on Scottish Government-issued or personal devices, in relation to matters for which she had responsibility in her former role as (a) Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment between January and December 2020, (b) Minister for Public Health and Sport between December 2020 and May 2021 and (c) Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands between May 2021 and January 2022; whether the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands has provided any such messages to the UK COVID-19 Inquiry, and, if so, how many.

Question reference: S6W-22179

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 16 November 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 27 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether Scottish Prison Service guidelines on the management of trans prisoners are compliant with its policy of gender self-identification that is open to every person over the age of 16 with a Scottish birth register entry or who is ordinarily resident in Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-02766

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 November 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the just transition secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding whether a national strategy for battery energy storage system sites could form part of Scotland’s plans for a just transition.

Question reference: S6W-22182

  • Asked by: Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 12 October 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 14 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is currently running any marketing or recruitment campaigns to encourage more GPs to work in NHS boards in predominantly rural areas such as the Scottish Borders and the Highlands.