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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 14 July 2024
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Question reference: S6W-05467

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 31 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to include any new national parks as a national development in the forthcoming National Planning Framework 4, in light of the national spatial strategy, which is set out in the draft framework. 

Question reference: S6W-05470

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 31 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it expects future national parks to be smaller in scale than existing national parks, as referred to in its shared policy programme with the Scottish Green Party. 

Question reference: S6W-05466

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 31 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to go further than the commitment it made in its shared policy programme with the Scottish Green Party to designate "at least one new National Park", and designate more than one new national park by the end of this parliamentary session.   

Question reference: S6W-05469

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 31 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how the concepts of progressive land use and progressive development, as referred to in its shared policy programme with the Scottish Green Party regarding the designation of new national parks, relate to sustainable land use and sustainable development. 

Question reference: S6W-05468

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 31 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of what is meant by "relevant legal conditions" in relation to the designation of new national parks, as referred to in its shared policy programme with the Scottish Green Party. 

Question reference: S6O-00694

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 2 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what consultation it will undertake with COSLA and individual local authorities on the COVID-19 Strategic Framework that is currently being developed.

Question reference: S6W-05487

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 January 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 21 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the five commitments regarding stroke made in its 2019-20 Programme for Government.

Question reference: S6W-05429

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 24 December 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 13 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to publish the results of its consultation on a Sectoral Marine Plan for offshore wind for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas Decarbonisation.

Question reference: S6O-00604

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 12 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what the environmental priorities will be for the new Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Question reference: S6W-04803

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 December 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 22 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the (a) direct and (b) wider impact on the (i) retail and (ii) tourism sector in (A) the Lothians and (B) Scotland of the UK Government's decision to withdraw tax-free shopping from the start of 2021, and what representations it has made to UK ministers on the matter.