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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 26 May 2024
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Question reference: S5W-06230

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 16 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 31 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it was first made aware (a) formally and (b) informally of the decision by NHS Tayside to close the Mulberry Unit at Stracathro Hospital temporarily, and when it was made aware that NHS Tayside was contemplating reducing services provided by the unit.

Question reference: S5W-06331

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 19 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 31 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish details of the (a) budgetary and (b) other planning it used when developing the so-called "free week" of ScotRail travel, and what discussions it has had with the ScotRail Alliance regarding the proposal.

Question reference: S5W-06278

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 19 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 31 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the capital spend was by (a) it and (b) Transport Scotland on non-local authority road building in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

Question reference: S5W-06255

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 27 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures published by The Courier on 13 January 2017, which suggest that Tayside and Fife ambulance response times are the worst in the country.

Question reference: S5W-06280

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 27 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what investment it is making to improve disabled access to train stations and the rail network.

Question reference: S5W-06534

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 25 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 26 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00336 by Humza Yousaf on 24 January 2016 (Official Report, c. 4), whether the minister’s comments that “those who have a bus pass will keep that bus pass” and “there will be no change to the scheme for those with a disability” is consistent with the comment in the Draft Budget 2017-18 that it will “constrain payments under the concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled people as a result of a negotiated settlement with the bus sector and develop options in consultation with stakeholders to safeguard the scheme's longer-term sustainability”, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Question reference: S5W-06279

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 18 January 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 26 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the condition of the fleet of ferries owned by the Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and their performance standards, and when individual ferries are due to be renewed.

Question reference: S5W-05879

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 December 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 25 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether there has been a review, or an update provided, of the Arrangements for NHS Patients Receiving Healthcare Services Through Private Healthcare Arrangements guidance, since it was issued on 25 March 2009.

Question reference: S5W-05880

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 December 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 25 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has produced on the interface between NHS and private health treatment, and whether it will publish this.

Question reference: S5W-05881

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 December 2016
  • Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 25 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether all NHS boards have policies on dealing with requests from patients to combine NHS and private healthcare.