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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 19 June 2024
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Question reference: S5W-05192

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 8 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the EU derogation being sought, whether the opening of a razor clam fishery would only take place following a full stock assessment.

Question reference: S5W-05190

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 8 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the total (a) tonnage and (b) value of whitefish catches was from within the Scottish inshore waters area in each of the last 10 years.

Question reference: S5W-05171

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 7 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) briefing, SB 16-94 The Living Wage: Facts and Figures, which shows that Dumfries and Galloway as the highest proportion of employees earning below the living wage.

Question reference: S5W-04827

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 18 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what responsibility local authorities have for the upkeep of core paths.

Question reference: S5W-04828

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 18 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government which organisation is responsible for the health and safety of walkers on core paths.

Question reference: S5W-04920

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 22 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to encourage tourism from Northern Ireland.

Question reference: S5W-04923

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 22 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 5 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many planning appeals in respect of wind turbine applications in Dumfries and Galloway have been received in the last three years, and how many were successful.

Question reference: S5W-04924

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 22 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 1 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the economic impact of agriculture in Dumfries and Galloway.

Question reference: S5O-00436

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the money raised by local authorities should be kept in their areas.

Question reference: S5W-04826

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 18 November 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 30 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what mechanism is in place to report safety concerns on core paths, and to whom these concerns should be reported.