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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 14 July 2024
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Question reference: S5F-04836

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 22 February 2021
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25 February 2021

Question to be taken in Chamber.

Question reference: S5W-33757

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 03 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by James Wolffe QC on 17 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents involving snaring have been reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland in each calendar year since 2017, also broken down by how many subsequent (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were.

Question reference: S5W-33874

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 16 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what COVID-19-related business support is available to cattery and kennel businesses, in light of reports that some have been advised that their business does not fall into a category where such support is available.

Question reference: S5W-33875

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 14 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to businesses that are not required to close by the COVID-19 restrictions but are experiencing financial difficulties because of the impact of the pandemic and the restrictions that are in place elsewhere on the amount of business that they can carry out.

Question reference: S5W-33494

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area have been provided with hotel accommodation in which to self-isolate since 23 March 2020.

Question reference: S5W-33684

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 02 December 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that (a) people on low incomes, (b) older people and (c) vulnerable people are supported to (i) acquire, (ii) install and (iii) maintain in working order the smoke and heat alarm equipment specified in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019.

Question reference: S5W-33275

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 16 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that dentists who commenced their vocational training year in August 2019 are facing a reduction in pay of 50% due to insufficient COVID-19 top-up payments.

Question reference: S5W-33189

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that positive COVID-19 test results reach relevant health professionals, such as general practitioners, promptly.

Question reference: S5W-33173

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of international evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to COVID-19 severity, what studies it (a) has undertaken and (b) is undertaking to monitor the effect of vitamin D levels on COVID-19 severity.

Question reference: S5W-33175

  • Asked by: Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  • Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what studies it (a) has undertaken and (b) is undertaking on vitamin D blood levels.