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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 28 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-23929

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Claire Baker (on behalf of the SPCB) on 12 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Scottish Parliament has ever flown the flag of Palestine to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November.

Question reference: S6W-23930

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Claire Baker (on behalf of the SPCB) on 12 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the Scottish Parliament will fly the flag of Palestine to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November 2024.

Question reference: S6W-23956

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6O-01318 by Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2022, whether it expects patient satisfaction results in the Health and Care Experience Survey 2023-24 to have improved for any GP practices in Aberdeen that had results below the national average in the 2021-22 survey.

Question reference: S6W-23957

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6O-01318 by Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2022, what action it has taken to improve the services at any GP practices in Aberdeen that had patient satisfaction results below the national average in the Health and Care Experience Survey 2021-22.

Question reference: S6W-23755

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact of the reported 26% real-terms reduction to SEPA's funding since 2010-11 on the agency’s ability to carry out its statutory duties.

Question reference: S6W-23753

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns from environmental third sector organisations that a real-terms reduction in funding to environmental agencies could lead to Scotland failing to meet environmental and biodiversity targets.

Question reference: S6W-23958

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6O-01318 by Humza Yousaf on 7 September 2022, when the improvement plan for any GP surgeries in Aberdeen with poor patient satisfaction results will be published.

Question reference: S6W-23808

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 December 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12781 by Patrick Harvie on 14 December 2022, whether it still plans to introduce a system of national rent controls by the end of 2025.

Question reference: S6W-23809

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 December 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether the policy intention for a national system of permanent rent controls, when introduced, is for rents to be stabilised in real terms or to be reduced where appropriate.

Question reference: S6W-23810

  • Asked by: Mercedes Villalba, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 December 2023

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will take, beyond rent adjudication, to protect tenants in the period between the lifting of the rent cap on 1 April 2024 and the introduction of a national system of rent controls.