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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 23 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-15916

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 13 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 27 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in the event that any bids that it receives for National Park status cover contiguous or overlapping areas, whether the Scottish Ministers will be able to consider combining those bids into one larger National Park.

Question reference: S6W-15991

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 16 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 25 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has been advised by the UK Government of any Barnett consequential funding regarding the announcement in the Spring Budget of a one-year fund made up of £40 million to make swimming pools more energy efficient in the long term and £23 million in grants to leisure centres with swimming pools that are facing immediate cost pressures, including in relation to energy bills.

Question reference: S6W-16167

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Michael Matheson on 24 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) decarbonisation seabed leasing round, and what the next steps are for INTOG.

Question reference: S6W-15824

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 21 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it engages with the Ministry of Defence regarding objections to wind farm projects within the 50km safeguarding zone at Eskdalemuir.

Question reference: S6O-02036

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to celebrate and mark St Andrew's Day 2023.

Question reference: S6O-01929

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Hydrogen Action Plan, including regarding the role that local authorities can play in defining demand.

Question reference: S6W-14698

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 06 February 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 13 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how much funding has been allocated for the construction of Changing Places toilets in the current parliamentary session, and by what date it expects this will be made available.

Question reference: S6O-01893

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 February 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 9 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the findings of the Local Governance Review.

Question reference: S6O-01844

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any benefits to the structure of legal aid payments of the agreement on Scottish court legal aid fees between the Scottish Government, Scottish Solicitors Bar Association and the Law Society.

Question reference: S6W-13681

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 09 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 20 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12681 by Màiri McAllan on 13 December 2022, whether detailed marine spatial plans, as opposed to broad spatial areas, will be provisionally set in the new National Marine Plan (NMP2), in line with section 11(2)(a)(ii) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, unless and until superseded by regional plans agreed under the terms of that same Act.