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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 27 September 2023
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Question reference: S6W-20847

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 25 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 25 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provided for youth work in (a) 2007, (b) 2015 and (c) 2023, broken down by local authority area.

Question reference: S6W-21155

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 08 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 22 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter of 16 June 2023 from the Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health to the COVID-19 Recovery Committee, setting out its response to the report, Long COVID, whether it will provide further details of the fourth paragraph of its response to the recommendation at paragraph 180 of the report, which starts, "The Strategic Network is taking forward a dedicated workstream to agree the outcomes, indicators, monitoring and evaluation that will be collected and used to accelerate progress on and inform the planning and delivery of services".

Question reference: S6W-21154

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 08 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 22 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what metrics it will use to ensure that future funding considerations for long COVID meet any increasing need for services.

Question reference: S6W-21153

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 08 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 22 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it is engaging with people from BAME backgrounds who are affected by long COVID, and how it is assessing, monitoring and addressing their needs.

Question reference: S6W-21150

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 08 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 22 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the commencement date is for the five remaining long COVID pathways not yet active in NHS boards, as of July 2023.

Question reference: S6W-21148

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 08 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 22 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is pursuing to address any health inequalities experienced by people with long COVID, including inequities between NHS boards.

Question reference: S6W-21159

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 08 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 22 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it is using health data to inform better provision of long COVID services where these exist.

Question reference: S6W-21027

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 07 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 21 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when the carer awareness training will be developed, and what resources are being set aside, as set out in its recent publication, Scottish Mental Health Law review: Our Response.

Question reference: S6W-20846

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 25 August 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 20 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason SEPA reportedly only requires 4% of Scottish Water combined sewage overflow monitors to be reported to it, and whether SEPA will be requiring any of the 1,000 new monitors that Scottish Water is installing by the end of 2024 to be reported to it.

Question reference: S6W-21436

  • Asked by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 19 September 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 3 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has ever met with the Institution of Structural Engineers regarding the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in public buildings, and, if so, when the first such meeting took place, and whether the papers and minutes from any such meetings will be published.