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-36060

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

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what its position is on the ending of automatic early release of prisoners.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36123

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

To ask the Scottish Government how many complaints it has received about the COVID-19 vaccination helpline and booking service.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-32661

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Date lodged: 19 October 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of people eligible for a flu vaccination are planned to be vaccinated within the (a) first phase from October and (b) second phase from December 2020.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36241

Asked by: FitzPatrick, Joe, Dundee City West, Date lodged: 12 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of its energy efficiency investment in housing in Dundee in each year since 2016, also broken down by area.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36128

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

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has (a) received or (b) requested an update from Police Scotland or the Scottish Police Authority on the launch of the service-wide staff survey; whether the results will be comparable to the 2015 survey either (i) in part or (ii) in full, and on what date the results will be published.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36069

Asked by: Macdonald, Lewis, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the availability and capacity of (a) the ophthalmic surgeon workforce and (b) the facilities required to carry out cataract surgery.

Holding Answer by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36075

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

To ask the Scottish Government what the average number of hours per week that prisoners were engaged in purposeful activity has been in each of the last 12 months, broken down by institution.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36125

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

To ask the Scottish Government on what date will reliable real-time data to inform local and national suicide prevention be available, following reports on 3 October 2021 that the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and Public Health Scotland are investigating ways to extract such data.

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36020

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Date lodged: 11 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-33536 by John Swinney on 10 December 2020, whether it will publish an analysis of the returns before the end of the current parliamentary session.

Answered by: John Swinney on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35939

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Date lodged: 10 March 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the extra £896 million allocated to the health portfolio in its budget, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holding Answer by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021