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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 July 2024
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Question reference: S6W-28371

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 26 June 2024
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Angus Robertson on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when the Registrar General for Scotland will publish the next results from the 2022 Census.

Question reference: S6O-03586

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 06 June 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 13 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it would consider increasing the £500 annual training budget that is allocated to MSP offices for staff training.

Question reference: S6W-28044

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 04 June 2024
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on determining the future role and focus of Scotland’s national education agency.

Question reference: S6W-27213

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 02 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Paul McLennan on 14 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide further low interest rate loans to Lar Housing Trust, in light of the reported success of its pathfinder model, in order to advance construction of new affordable homes in Granton, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland, and, if so, when.

Question reference: S6W-26633

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 1 May 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to address the barriers to the implementation of the NICE guidelines on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) identified in the recent survey of NHS boards in Scotland, and how it is fostering consensus amongst the people involved in implementing the NICE guidelines.

Question reference: S6W-26192

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 15 March 2024
  • Current Status: Answered by Jenni Minto on 15 April 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the third supplementary to question S6O-02854 by Jenni Minto on 7 December 2023, what its response is to the reported concerns of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) organisations and people with ME regarding the way that the Scottish Good Practice Statement (SGPS) on ME-CFS was updated, including concerns that the key recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline were not inserted into the updated SGPS.

Question reference: S6O-03178

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 7 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how it is taking forward the work and priorities of its Ministerial Population Taskforce.

Question reference: S6O-03130

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 28 February 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving, in collaboration with Police Scotland, to the possibility of establishing a new Leith police station within the Scottish Government's Victoria Quay building.

Question reference: S6O-02947

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
  • Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 11 January 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to tackle violence in schools and the impact that this is having on both pupils and staff.

Question reference: S6W-24092

  • Asked by: Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 19 December 2023
  • Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Neil Gray on 20 December 2023

To ask the Scottish Government when the final Solar Vision and draft Bioenergy Policy Statement will be published.