Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament is in recess ahead of the election on 6 May.

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Chamber and committees

Written questions and answers

Written parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government 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 from them. 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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Question ref. S5W-36210

Asked by: Ballantyne, Michelle, South Scotland, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will conduct an investigation into the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on domestic abuse rates.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36040

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many people convicted of possession, without intent to supply, of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis, (d) amphetamines, (e) ecstasy and (f) other drugs in each year since 2016-17 received (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a community payback order, including a requirement to carry out a drug treatment programme, (iii) a drug treatment and testing order, (iv) a fine and (v) any other disposal.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35942

Asked by: Fee, Mary, West Scotland, Date lodged: 10 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many compassionate visits to prisons have taken place since 26 December 2020, broken down by prison.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36028

Asked by: Kerr, Liam, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-35328 by Humza Yousaf on 1 March 2021, what the qualifying criteria was for the asymptomatic tests that Scottish Prison Service staff were able to access from their NHS boards, and how many asymptomatic tests that were offered under the criteria were used by Scottish Prison Service staff.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35928

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Date lodged: 10 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many sputum samples have been tested in the past year in relation to a diagnosis of bronchiectasis.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35960

Asked by: MacDonald, Angus, Falkirk East, Date lodged: 10 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what specific consideration it gave to all full-time SPFL football clubs that compete below the Championship level when the frameworks were finalised for the distribution of grants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and whether it plans to provide additional support to each of these clubs on an equal basis, regardless of the division that they play in.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35919

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Date lodged: 10 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) design capacity, (b) number of occupants and (c) occupancy rate was in each prison in each of the last 12 months.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36122

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time has been for callers to the COVID-19 vaccination helpline and booking service, broken down by week.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35957

Asked by: Cole-Hamilton, Alex, Edinburgh Western, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the COVID-19 vaccine rollout appears to be demonstrably slower in the City of Edinburgh than in other areas.

Holding Answer by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35911

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 10 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many beavers were translocated from Tayside in the calendar year 2020.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 24 March 2021