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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-04506

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Date lodged: 18 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) whether the central register of interests held by the People and Culture Office is (a) published and publicly available in the interests of transparency and (b) monitored regularly to prevent breaches of the code of conduct for SPCB staff, including clerks, and whether any breaches of the code of conduct for SPCB staff, including clerks, are recorded.

Current Status: Answered by Jackson Carlaw on 2 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04345

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Date lodged: 15 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that fire alarms are out of stock due to unprecedented demand, how it will ensure that they are available to purchase at affordable prices, ahead of the new regulations that come into force in February 2022.

Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 2 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04665

Asked by: Bibby, Neil, West Scotland, Date lodged: 29 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-04126 by Ivan McKee on 12 November 2021, whether it will list the members of the Aerospace and Defence Industry Group.

Current Status: Answered by Ivan McKee on 2 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04505

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Date lodged: 18 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) how many staff employed by the SPCB have been (a) advised by their office or group head to declare a potential conflict of interest and (b) in a circumstance that might reasonably give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest, due to a financial, political or professional reason, in (i) Session 5 and (ii) Session 6 to date, broken down by the committee or team that the staff were supporting.

Current Status: Answered by Jackson Carlaw on 2 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04304

Asked by: Greene, Jamie, West Scotland, Date lodged: 12 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the RSPB report, Birdcrime 2020, which states that there were 26 confirmed incidents of raptor persecution in Scotland in 2020.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 1 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04167

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Date lodged: 5 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many rejected applications to the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme have been appealed, and of those how many (a) were upheld following appeal and (b) are awaiting a decision, in each year since 2015.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 1 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04495

Asked by: Nicoll, Audrey, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Date lodged: 16 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what assessment was made of users' safety when updating the Scottish Parliament garage entry system.

Current Status: Answered by Claire Baker MSP (on behalf of the SPCB) on 1 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04540

Asked by: Webber, Sue, Lothian, Date lodged: 19 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether local authorities that have signed contracts, which may be up to 25 years, to provide aluminium, plastics and glass to waste management companies will be compensated if or when they are no longer able to provide these volumes as a result of a proportion being captured by the deposit return scheme.

Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 1 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04570

Asked by: Gibson, Kenneth, Cunninghame North, Date lodged: 22 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how much North Ayrshire Council will pay in Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) payments in the financial year 2021-22.

Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 1 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04576

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Date lodged: 22 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £25 million Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Ventilation Fund has been used to date, and to whom it has been distributed.

Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 1 December 2021