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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.

  • 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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Dates of parliamentary sessions
  1. Session 1: 12 May 1999 to 31 March 2003
  2. Session 2: 7 May 2003 to 2 April 2007
  3. Session 3: 9 May 2007 to 22 March 2011
  4. Session 4: 11 May 2011 to 23 March 2016
  5. Session 5: 12 May 2016 to 5 May 2021
  6. Current session: 12 May 2021 to 4 June 2023
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Question reference: S6W-18526

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 02 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 16 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports of the Minister for Transport's concerns about strangers sharing cabins on the Serco NorthLink Ferries, what consideration it has given to obtaining vessels with single occupancy cabins.

Question reference: S6W-18528

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider making freight rates on Serco NorthLink Ferries available in advance on a rolling basis.

Question reference: S6W-18516

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how many people are currently on the waiting list for a cataract operation within NHS Shetland.

Question reference: S6W-18530

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-17312 by Kevin Stewart on 25 April 2023, what progress it has made towards confirming fares for Serco NorthLink Ferries, and whether it will provide an update on when bookings will be opened for dates beyond 30 September 2023.

Question reference: S6W-18517

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what communication it has had with NHS Shetland regarding the reported backlog of ophthalmic surgery, including cataract operations, for patients resident in Shetland, and what steps are being taken to reduce waiting times.

Question reference: S6W-18529

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has in place to ensure sufficient freight capacity on Serco NorthLink Ferries during the autumn 2023 livestock sales season.

Question reference: S6W-18527

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when freight rates on Serco NorthLink Ferries, for dates beyond 30 September 2023, will be made available.

Question reference: S6W-18531

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 01 June 2023
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 15 June 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-17312 by Kevin Stewart on 25 April 2023, whether it will consider opening Serco NorthLink Ferries for rolling bookings beyond 30 September 2023 now, and highlighting to travellers that the fares are not fixed and may increase, with payment taken at a later date.

Question reference: S6W-17944

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 30 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the investigation by the BBC programme, Panorama, into pregnancy advice centres outside the NHS giving misleading information about abortion, which found that more than a third of these services gave misleading medical information or unethical advice, and sometimes both, what its response is to Stanton Healthcare East of Scotland obtaining charitable status to operate a pregnancy advice centre in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-17943

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 May 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 25 May 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what evidence it used in relation to its decision not to reinstate shared cabins on the Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick NorthLink ferry route following the lifting of all of its COVID-19 restrictions and the statement by the World Health Organization that COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency.