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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 February 2023
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Question reference: S6W-14585

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12522 by Patrick Harvie on 9 December 2022, whether it has concluded reviewing its "cost estimates to deliver the heat transition on this basis", and when it plans to "provide a further update" in order to answer the question.

Question reference: S6W-14594

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many people, who had elective surgery in NHS Lanarkshire in 2022, were treated (a) by NHS Lanarkshire (b) by another health board and (c) in a private hospital, broken down by procedure.

Question reference: S6W-14604

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how schools can access free safety gloves, clothing and litter pickers to help keep children safe when participating in litter picks.

Question reference: S6W-14579

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of the Forest Research study, Revised valuation of flood regulation services of existing forest cover to inform natural capital accounts, on the benefits of Scotland's woodlands in assisting with flood prevention measures, how it plans to incorporate the protection of woodlands, or the development of new woodland areas, into its land management plans.

Question reference: S6W-14558

  • Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure adequate availability of rented accommodation for students, in light of reports that a lack of available and affordable housing is having an adverse impact on students' mental health and wellbeing.

Question reference: S6W-14584

  • Asked by: Stephanie Callaghan, MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with COSLA about ensuring resilience within local authorities to continue delivering externally-commissioned statutory services in the event of provider failure.

Question reference: S6W-14606

  • Asked by: Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether any interim findings will be made available by Police Scotland regarding its ongoing pilot project in the west of Scotland to train officers to recognise gambling addiction and screen people in custody.

Question reference: S6W-14595

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the average cost of elective surgery procedures in NHS Lanarkshire was in 2022, broken down by procedure, and by whether patients were treated (a) by NHS Lanarkshire (b) by another health board and (c) in a private hospital.

Question reference: S6W-14575

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide an update regarding the selection process for the chairs of the short-life working groups tasked with implementation of the delivery of the framework for pain management service delivery.

Question reference: S6W-14574

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities have received funding in the last six months to provide free (a) bus passes and (b) rail cards to people seeking asylum.