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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

Urgent Questions aren't included in the Question and Answers search.  There is a SPICe fact sheet listing Urgent and emergency questions.

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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: S6O-00527

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 15 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the latest Open with Care guidance is for care homes, in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Question reference: S6O-00490

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 01 December 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 8 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration was given to increasing the maximum spend on both long and short campaigns for the forthcoming Scottish local council elections in May 2022.

Question reference: S6W-04448

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 29 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to meet the third sector organisations that are proposing the establishment of a statutory so-called future of work commission to help improve workplace wellbeing.

Question reference: S6W-04449

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 29 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to bring together public, private and third sector stakeholders to inform and drive the policy decisions that will help reset working lives in a positive way that supports both good mental health and economic productivity.

Question reference: S6W-04447

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 26 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it has introduced to ensure that workplaces safeguard the mental wellbeing of their staff.

Question reference: S6O-00459

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the veterans secretary has had with skills agencies regarding maximising employment opportunities for veterans.

Question reference: S6W-03872

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 October 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 17 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how its commitment to establishing a National Register of Ancient Woodlands relates to the existing Ancient Woodland Inventory.

Question reference: S6W-03870

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 October 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 17 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of its commitment to establishing a National Register of Ancient Woodlands, and how it plans to work with planners and developers to protect ancient woodland and with land managers to enhance and restore ancient woodland conditions.

Question reference: S6W-03871

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 21 October 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 15 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to strengthen policy on ancient woodland and veteran tree protection in National Planning Framework 4.

Question reference: S6O-00419

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 11 November 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 18 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the Scottish Parliament’s budget is for both inbound and outbound school visits.