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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 26 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-13676

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 06 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 19 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how much is allocated in the proposed Scottish Budget 2023-24 to (a) Warmer Homes Scotland, (b) its Area Based Schemes, (c) Home Energy Scotland loans and (d) the Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund and "fabric first" projects, and how each of these compares with the allocations in (i) 2021-22 and (ii) 2022-23.

Question reference: S6W-14102

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Patrick Harvie on 19 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the expected status of the provisions within Part 1 of the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 for the period after 31 March 2023, in light of the Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights' statement to the Parliament on 12 January 2023.

Question reference: S6W-13670

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 06 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 17 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is, regarding any impact in Scotland, on the role that increases in alcohol duty play as a public health measure to reduce alcohol-related harms.

Question reference: S6W-13669

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 06 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 17 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on alcohol-related harms and other public health impacts in Scotland of alcohol duty freezes.

Question reference: S6W-13544

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 04 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 16 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when the timetable for submission of funding applications for regional climate action hubs will be announced, and what the anticipated duration of funding support will be for the hubs.

Question reference: S6W-13671

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 06 January 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 12 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact in Scotland of the UK Government’s decision to extend the freeze on alcohol duty rates until 1 August 2023.

Question reference: S6W-13368

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 5 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the savings will be in 2023-24 as a result of the decision to freeze the headline business rate, broken down by industry sector.

Question reference: S6W-13367

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 5 January 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the savings will be in 2023-24 as a result of the decision to increase the starting threshold for the higher property rate, broken down by industry sector.

Question reference: S6W-12680

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 13 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on addressing any socioeconomic impacts on marine industries affected by the need for a just transition to a low-impact fishing industry.

Question reference: S6W-12681

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 13 December 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether the next National Marine Plan will include detailed marine spatial plans for mobile and static fishing gears.