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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 December 2022
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Question reference: S6W-12777

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Ivan McKee on 1 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made towards the National Strategy for Economic Transformation commitment to establish an investor panel, chaired by the First Minister.

Question reference: S6W-12775

  • Asked by: Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 1 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when the proposed consultation on adding trade union nominees to the boards of college institutions will be published.

Question reference: S6W-12359

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 16 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Jackson Carlaw (on behalf of the SPCB) on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what support it has been providing to Scottish Parliament staff during the cost of living crisis, and what further support it will be providing to staff over the course of the winter period.

Question reference: S6W-12394

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to comments made by the General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress regarding the forthcoming National Care Service Bill that reforms "could end up costing an awful lot of money for the Scottish Government at a time when that money could be better used to deal with a system that is in crisis in a much more immediate way".

Question reference: S6W-12448

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 22 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how much in-year additional health and social care funding, in addition to the spending commitments outlined in its 2022-23 budget, has been (a) allocated and (b) spent to date, broken down by (i) date of announcement and (ii) nature of expenditure.

Question reference: S6W-12444

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 22 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £165 million allocated to the National Care Service in its 2022-23 budget has been allocated and spent to date, broken down by expenditure.

Question reference: S6W-12435

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 24 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £830.6 million allocated to the additional support for Social Care in its 2022-23 budget, which was announced on 9 December 2021, has been (a) allocated and (b) spent to date, broken down by expenditure.

Question reference: S6W-12339

  • Asked by: Fulton MacGregor, MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 18 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what support it is giving to (a) local authorities and (b) third sector organisations in order to ensure that "The Promise" to care experienced children and young people is kept.

Question reference: S6W-12226

  • Asked by: Mark Ruskell, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 18 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the action it is taking to protect freshwater habitats from diffuse agricultural pollution.

Question reference: S6W-12338

  • Asked by: Jamie Greene, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 18 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 30 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of prison cells were not in use due to disrepair or poor estate conditions as of 15 November 2022, broken down by prison.