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Written 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 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-06139

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 3 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of changes in work patterns and increased hybrid working impacting on commuting, whether it will consider, as part of ScotRail moving into public ownership, liaising with VisitScotland to discuss increasing tourism on the rail network by combining rail tickets with discounted entrance charges to participating national attractions.

Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 3 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06138

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 3 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what the advice is for choirs in relation to COVID-19; (a) whether and (b) when face coverings should be used during rehearsals and performances with social distancing, and (i) whether and (ii) when social distancing should be maintained during rehearsals and performances.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 8 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-05857

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 21 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will take action to stop the culling, through NatureScot, of Greenland barnacle geese on Islay, in light of the reported strain already on the species population due to the effects of bird flu on the Svalbard population on the Solway, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 3 February 2022

Question ref. S6W-04379

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 15 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of guidance published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on 1 September 2021, advising that patients with severe immunosuppression should receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, whether people with Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance will be included in the clinically high-risk cohort and therefore eligible to receive a third primary dose.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 7 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-03710

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 13 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-27833 by James Wolffe QC on 13 March 2020, what progress has been made with regard to the possible introduction of diversionary driving courses, including a Speed Awareness Course, as an alternative to prosecution.

Current Status: Answered by Dorothy Bain on 29 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02721

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 3 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what data it has on the number of people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine but who are unable to have one due to needle phobia; what support is provided to such people, and, for the purposes of COVID-19 vaccination certification, whether such a phobia is considered a valid exemption, and, if so, what evidence would be required to secure an exemption.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 21 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02022

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 29 July 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-26335 by Kevin Stewart on 25 November 2019, whether it will consider amending the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 to curtail peat extraction permissible under current licences.

Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 24 August 2021

Question ref. S5W-32877

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 28 October 2020

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will reconsider the policy of permitting Members' offices four mobile devices only, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic leading to an increase in the number of staff who are working from home and who require their own office device to be in contact with constituents who might not have internet access.

Current Status: Answered by David Stewart MSP (on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate B on 11 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32795

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 26 October 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to prevent training days organised by dog trainers that involve the use of electric shock collars from taking place.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 3 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32794

Asked by: Grahame, Christine, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Date lodged: 26 October 2020

To ask the Scottish Government which animal welfare organisations it has had meetings with in the last two years regarding electric shock collars.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 30 October 2020