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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-04042

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 4 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee’s seventh quinquennial review of schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, what assessment it has made of the potential removal of schedule 5 legal protection for (a) pine martens, (b) adders, (c) basking sharks and (d) other wildlife species in Scotland that (i) have not had a relevant International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessment and (ii) are in decline but have had a relevant IUCN assessment that did not signal imminent threat of national extinction, and whether it would support a recommendation to remove schedule 5 protection for any of these species.

Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04176

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 5 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that green incentives and loans for renewable energy efficiency measures for domestic properties are easy to understand and apply for, and that members of the public have access to the help and support they need to ensure that the application process itself is not a barrier to the assistance available.

Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 19 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04179

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 5 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to introducing free travel for under 22s on internal ferries, in line with free bus travel commitments; what distance under 22s travel on average on internal ferries per year, and what assessment has been made of the costs that under 22s would save per year under a system of free internal ferry travel for that age group.

Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 18 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04046

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 4 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee’s seventh quinquennial review of schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, what assessment it has made of the potential removal of schedule 5 legal protection for mountain hares, and whether it would support such a recommendation.

Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 18 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04044

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 1 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the legal purpose of section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended, is not only to prevent the national extinction of species, but also to maintain the species good ecological status.

Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 18 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03848

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 19 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on (a) the resumption of work on its Fuel Poverty Strategy and (b) the appointment of the statutory Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel.

Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 16 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04043

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 1 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it supports the proposed reforms to the methodology for designating animal and plant species with legal protection under Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as outlined by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in the information pack for its 7th Quinquennial Review of the Schedules 5 and 8, which was published on 1 July 2021.

Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 16 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04051

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 1 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many schools will offer cycling proficiency training to pupils in 2021-22.

Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04050

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 1 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils completed cycling proficiency training courses in each year since 2018-19, and how many are expected to do so in the 2021-22.

Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 15 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04052

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 1 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government when the Ferry Industry Advisory Group will next meet, and for what reason it has not met since October 2019.

Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 15 November 2021