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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 24 February 2024
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Question reference: S6O-03089

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what role the Scottish Land Commission will play in tackling the legacy of vacant and derelict land, including in relation to examining the issue of empty and derelict buildings within an urban setting.

Question reference: S6O-03041

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 24 January 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 1 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it matches up the skills required in the economy with the courses on offer at Scotland's colleges and universities.

Question reference: S6O-02966

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 17 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what its provisional revenue allocation is for local authorities for 2024-25.  

Question reference: S6O-02911

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 December 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that the UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership may have on its New Scots integration strategy.

Question reference: S6O-02889

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 14 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its cladding remediation programme.

Question reference: S6O-02806

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 29 November 2023

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the budget for its Mental Health Directorate having increased substantially in the past three years, how it plans to measure the impact of this spend, including outcomes for people with mental health conditions.

Question reference: S6O-02608

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 27 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 5 October 2023

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to improve rail services in the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency.

Question reference: S6O-02541

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 September 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what opportunities the development of a Scottish Education Exchange Programme would present for young people in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley.

Question reference: S6O-02472

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 September 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress towards the decarbonisation of buildings and the schemes of assistance that are available to the public to help them make the transition.

Question reference: S6W-19892

  • Asked by: Willie Coffey, MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 11 July 2023
  • Current Status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 7 August 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what the most recent average level of Council Tax is for a Band D property in Scotland, and what information it has on how this compares with the level in (a) England and (b) Wales.