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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 27 January 2023
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Question reference: S6W-14041

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 1 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what additional support it can offer to local authorities to help them to deal with consumer-related complaints within caravan parks.

Question reference: S6W-13314

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 16 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 16 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12331 by Lorna Slater on 5 December 2022, for what reason it does not hold information on the number of successful hen harrier nests on RSPB and non-RSPB nature reserves in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, and whether it will take steps to obtain this information prior to introducing any legislation on the licensing of grouse moors.

Question reference: S6W-13279

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 15 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 12 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding the capacity of the police to process short-term lets applications.

Question reference: S6W-13278

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 15 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 12 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has had any discussions with Police Scotland which have resulted in a delay in implementing the short-term lets legislation. 

Question reference: S6W-13313

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 16 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 10 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-20621 and S5W-26208 by Roseanna Cunningham on 8 January and 22 November 2019, whether it will make an assessment of the implications for its policies of the reported greater success rate of hen harrier nests on non-RSPB nature reserves compared to RSPB nature reserves.

Question reference: S6W-12875

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether minimum unit pricing has achieved its aims, in light of reports that 2021 saw the highest number of alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland since 2008.

Question reference: S6W-12873

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of reports that the heaviest 5% of drinkers are consuming 10% more since the introduction of minimum unit pricing.

Question reference: S6W-12872

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 15 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in light of reported evidence that shows some people dependent on alcohol reduce other expenditure, such as on food and utilities.

Question reference: S6W-12874

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 05 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 13 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to alcohol-dependent people with mental health problems.

Question reference: S6W-12462

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 22 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 8 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a date set for the publication of the Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (STPR2).