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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 23 February 2024
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Question reference: S6W-25680

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it will engage with stakeholders, including educational institutions, industry partners and international organisations, in order to implement its International Education Strategy effectively.

Question reference: S6W-25691

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it remains committed to expanding the number of Rapid Cancer Diagnostic Services to ensure population-based coverage.

Question reference: S6W-25687

  • Asked by: Sarah Boyack, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will publish its Energy and Just Transition Strategy.

Question reference: S6W-25672

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its estimate of the future potential costs of delivering a new national digital academy.

Question reference: S6W-25616

  • Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what specific measures are being taken to address any high levels of pneumonia (mycoplasma pneumoniae) infections recorded in recent Public Health Scotland data.

Question reference: S6W-25675

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its work to deliver on the 2021 Scottish National Party manifesto commitment to "ensure every child in Scotland leaves school with the ability to cycle safely", and how much it has spent on this work in each year since 2016.

Question reference: S6W-25729

  • Asked by: Rona Mackay, MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 February 2024
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answer expected on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the implementation of the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022.

Question reference: S6W-25660

  • Asked by: Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 6 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the latest year for which data is available, what the cost was of administering the Empowering Communities Programme, and what the (a) headcount, (b) FTE staff count, (c) total number of staffing hours and (d) total cost of staff salaries was.

Question reference: S6W-25645

  • Asked by: Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 6 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the Coalfields Regeneration Trust small grants were deemed to be in breach of procurement rules.

Question reference: S6W-25666

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 6 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether free wraparound childcare is available to all low-income families.