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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 19 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-24859

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 8 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that thousands of people in the Galloway and West Dumfries constituency have been deregistered as NHS dental patients, and the reported lack of NHS dental services, what measures it is considering to ensure the continuation of free dental prescriptions.

Question reference: S6W-24869

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 8 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason dentists treating patients privately are reportedly unable to issue NHS prescriptions, in light of reported concerns that this means that patients who are unable to get NHS dental appointments have to pay for both appointments and any medication.

Question reference: S6W-24927

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 29 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 7 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how its national Good Food Nation Plan will support food production in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-24868

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 5 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its evaluation is of the provision of NHS dental services in Dumfries and Galloway in the last year.

Question reference: S6W-24861

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 5 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a complete breakdown of the fee structure for NHS dental payments (a) before and (b) after 1 November 2023.

Question reference: S6W-24814

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 5 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what work has been done to upgrade the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) funding formula, and when any update will be published.

Question reference: S6W-24863

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 January 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 5 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government for how long NHS Dumfries and Galloway has qualified for the Scottish Dental Access Initiative.

Question reference: S6O-03077

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 8 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on transport infrastructure projects in the south of Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-03002

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 24 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support and improve the network of community hospitals.

Question reference: S6W-24254

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 22 December 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 17 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether the forthcoming Regional Marine Plans will be required to identify locations where seaweed cultivation is to be supported.