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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 21 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-27294

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Gillian Martin on 15 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will remove the ban on wood burning stoves in new build homes, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Question reference: S6W-27295

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul McLennan on 14 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will repeal the short-term lets regulations, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Question reference: S6T-01989

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 13 May 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in the event that the reported legal action raised against it by Biffa and any potential actions by other companies that incurred expenditure in expectation of the Deposit Return Scheme being implemented are successful and lead to any financial losses, whether it will consider suing the UK Government in respect of any such losses, in light of its reported position that the UK Government is responsible for the scheme not proceeding in Scotland.

Question reference: S6W-26861

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-26188 by Angela Constance on 15 April 2024, in the event that the Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill does not apply to Scotland, what consideration it is giving to how Scottish legislation would define any case involving the Horizon system in relation to which a person who was wrongfully convicted in Scotland should be exonerated, and whether it will propose a parliamentary debate on the issues arising from the Post Office Horizon system in Scotland following a ministerial update to the Parliament.

Question reference: S6W-26639

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the First Minister's attendance at the meeting of the Conveners Group on 27 March 2024, and his statement that, if the details of some of the cases in Scotland were made public, people would be "horrified" if these convictions were overturned, whether it will detail which specific cases the First Minister was referring to; what specific advice he had received in relation to that assertion, and what consideration he has made of the individual cases in Scotland, and, if it cannot or will not detail which specific cases the First Minister was referring to, what its position is on how this will impact on any people who were wrongfully convicted in Scotland and who are still awaiting exoneration.

Question reference: S6W-26638

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the First Minister's attendance at the meeting of the Conveners Group on 27 March 2024, and his statement that, if the details of some of the cases in Scotland were made public, people would be "horrified" if these convictions were overturned, whether it will publish any (a) advice and/or speaking notes that were provided to the First Minister as part of his attendance and (b) briefing that he has been provided on the cases in Scotland involving the Post Office's Horizon IT system.

Question reference: S6W-26636

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 23 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 7 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that the consultants, Deloitte, provided evidence to the Post Office in 2017 suggesting that errors in the Horizon IT system or remote tampering could have caused the financial losses that were being investigated, what its position is on whether any convictions in Scotland that involved evidence related to the Horizon IT system (a) can be considered safe and (b) should be quashed.

Question reference: S6W-27298

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will withdraw the Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Question reference: S6W-27296

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will remove the requirements relating to compulsory compliance with minimum energy efficiency and the installation of decarbonised heating systems from its proposed Heat in Buildings Bill, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Question reference: S6W-27297

  • Asked by: Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 03 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 20 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will drop its proposed changes to deer management, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.