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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 4 June 2023
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Question reference: S4O-00591

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19 January 2012

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the building of more socially rented housing in the east end of Glasgow.

Question reference: S5O-00646

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status:

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee's report on the economic impact of leaving the EU.

Question reference: S6O-00409

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status:

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether members' annual reports can be delivered after 4 February 2022 and, if not, what the reasons are for its position on the matter.

Question reference: S6O-00666

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status:

To ask the Scottish Government how many people whose biological sex is male are currently in women’s prisons in Scotland.

Question reference: S6O-00875

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged:
  • Current Status:

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has received an additional £290 million from the UK Government to support households facing financial difficulties as a result of the reported cost of living crisis.

Question reference: S6O-02140

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 26 April 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider making proven and not proven the two available verdicts in the criminal courts.

Question reference: S6W-16180

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Tom Arthur on 24 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the introduction of its proposed Scottish Aggregates Levy Bill.

Question reference: S6O-01949

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 February 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 2 March 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether current funding for colleges is fair, when compared to the funding received by universities.

Question reference: S6O-01920

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 23 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether housing associations should remain independent where possible, rather than being subsumed by larger organisations.

Question reference: S6O-01864

  • Asked by: John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 2 February 2023

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether any increased number and cost of commissions and commissioners for which it is responsible will mean resources being diverted away from frontline services.