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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. S6W-03794

Asked by: Nicoll, Audrey, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Date lodged: 14 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support mental health and wellbeing in local communities.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Kevin Stewart on 15 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03793

Asked by: MacDonald, Gordon, Edinburgh Pentlands, Date lodged: 14 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration has been given to the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adjust to the decision to end Scottish Government overseas trade support and promotion activities solely focused on fossil fuel goods and services.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Ivan McKee on 15 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03421

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Date lodged: 30 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-03183 by Mairi Gougeon on 28 September 2021, whether it will publish a timetable covering the current parliamentary session for the reform of crofting law.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 15 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02753

Asked by: Dowey, Sharon, South Scotland, Date lodged: 8 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a timetable of operations regarding the fulfilment of SEPA's environmental obligations relating to Tarbolton Moss Landfill Site.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 15 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03351

Asked by: Greene, Jamie, West Scotland, Date lodged: 28 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported data from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service stating that the average time taken to complete a fatal accident inquiry increased by eight months to 939 days in 2020-21.

Current Status: Answered by Dorothy Bain on 15 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03784

Asked by: MacDonald, Gordon, Edinburgh Pentlands, Date lodged: 13 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made during year three of Fair Start Scotland, and what impact COVID-19 has had on performance and service delivery.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Richard Lochhead on 14 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03692

Asked by: Beattie, Colin, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Date lodged: 11 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that it is using every opportunity to use government funding to promote fair work and pay people the real living wage.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Ivan McKee on 14 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03339

Asked by: Kerr, Stephen, Central Scotland, Date lodged: 27 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many police drivers are trained in standard response driving, and what proportion of the force this represents.

Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 13 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03486

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Date lodged: 5 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the average number of hours per week that convicted prisoners spend on purposeful activity (a) across the prison estate and (b) in each penal establishment has been in each year since 2016-17, also broken down by those on (i) short sentences, (ii) long sentences and (iii) remand.

Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 13 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03358

Asked by: Chapman, Maggie, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 28 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it reviewed the human rights implications of Police Scotland's work in Sri Lanka, and whether it will publish the paper that was presented at a meeting of Police Scotland’s International Development Board on 19 May 2021 regarding its work with the police force in Sri Lanka, which led to a decision at that meeting to pause the programme.

Current Status: Answered by Keith Brown on 13 October 2021