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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 26 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-11501

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 11 October 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 28 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether legislative and/or regulatory change would be required to provide for any investment zones in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-11499

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 11 October 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 28 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that any Scottish investment zones are delivered in line with its commitment to keep pace with EU environmental standards under the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

Question reference: S6O-01485

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 26 October 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 2 November 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made regarding increasing the employment rate for disabled people.

Question reference: S6W-11744

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 25 October 2022
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 26 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress to improve the resilience and capacity of the fleet for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service.

Question reference: S6W-11233

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 September 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 19 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what budget it has allocated for (a) the prevention of the destruction of the marine environment and (b) efforts to police marine protection, including by vessels operated by (i) Marine Scotland and (ii) any other authorities.

Question reference: S6W-11264

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 30 September 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 7 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to fulfil its commitments to protect nature in Scotland and maintain or exceed EU environmental standards, in light of the reported plans by the UK Government to dismantle laws protecting nature.

Question reference: S6W-11234

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 29 September 2022
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 4 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many vessels are used to control fishing and farming activity in Marine Protected Areas.

Question reference: S6O-01441

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 6 October 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the Communication Workers Union has organised strikes for Royal Mail workers next month, including in Scotland.

Question reference: S6T-00893

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 26 September 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27 September 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the UK Government's fiscal statement last week.

Question reference: S6O-01399

  • Asked by: Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29 September 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has had discussions with Ofgem regarding reported higher standing charges for energy in the Highlands and Islands.