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Chamber and committees

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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 2 April 2023
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Question reference: S6W-00030

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 14 May 2021
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Graeme Dey on 14 May 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what legislative consent memorandums it anticipates lodging in the Parliament in relation to the legislative programme of the UK Government announced in The Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021.

Question reference: S5O-05152

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting mental health services in the Renfrewshire South constituency.

Question reference: S5W-35556

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the rateable value is at which businesses receive 100% small business bonus relief on non-domestic rates, and what information it has regarding how this compares with England and Wales.

Question reference: S5W-35917

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Ivan McKee on 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how its refreshed national digital strategy will enable Scotland's people and economy to flourish in an increasingly digital world.

Question reference: S5W-35554

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 8 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the amount paid in income tax paid by people earning the UK median wage in each of the last two years, and how this compares with the rest of the UK.

Question reference: S5W-35822

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 08 March 2021
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Michael Russell on 8 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to publish details of its view regarding the UK Government’s activity in relation to devolution following Brexit.

Question reference: S5W-35555

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 26 February 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 2 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the average household water bill is, and what information it has regarding how this compares with England and Wales.

Question reference: S5O-05057

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 February 2021
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce health inequalities.

Question reference: S5O-05021

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 February 2021
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting rail services in the Renfrewshire South constituency.

Question reference: S5O-04888

  • Asked by: Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
  • Current Status: Awaiting answer

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that care home residents who are unable to go outside can still meet friends and family.