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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-02663

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 September 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 9 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-35396 by Kevin Stewart on 1 March 2021, what steps it is taking to ensure that developments that may have the effect of worsening the climate emergency and reported nature emergency are not included in National Planning Framework 4.

Question reference: S6O-00151

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 08 September 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 16 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of any sectorial skills and labour shortages in Scotland following Brexit.

Question reference: S6W-01913

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 25 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government which ordnance disposal method will be used for the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project, and whether bubble curtains will be used.

Question reference: S6W-02024

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 30 July 2021
  • Current Status: Holding Answer by Ash Denham on 18 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many victims of modern slavery have received support and assistance after a conclusive determination that they were a victim of modern slavery under (i) section 9(3)(c) of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 and (ii) regulation 3(4) of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 (Support for Victims) Regulations 2018 in each of the last three financial years, and for how many days that support was provided.

Question reference: S6W-02023

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 30 July 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Ash Denham on 18 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential implications of the UK Government's Nationality and Borders Bill for victims of modern slavery in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-02025

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 30 July 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Ash Denham on 18 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the potential implications of the Nationality and Borders Bill for how support for victims of modern slavery is provided for in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-01915

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 16 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the increase in online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic on the deliverability of its Deposit Return Scheme.

Question reference: S6W-01914

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 16 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to consider the impact of Circularity Scotland’s policies on small businesses.

Question reference: S6W-00739

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 1 July 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to allow the public to receive confirmation of their COVID-19 vaccination status online.

Question reference: S6W-00578

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 09 June 2021
  • Current Status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 June 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its responsibilities regarding children's rights and child protection, what action it can take to protect young people from accessing harmful material online; what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the decision not to implement Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017, which is aimed at offering such protection, and whether it has asked the UK ministers to reconsider this decision.