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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 26 May 2024
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Question reference: S6W-27683

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many scheduled ScotRail train services were delayed by at least 15 minutes in financial year (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24. 

Question reference: S6W-27682

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the average delay was on scheduled ScotRail services that were delayed in financial year (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24. 

Question reference: S6W-27684

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many complaints ScotRail received in financial year (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24, broken down by the nature of the complaint. 

Question reference: S6W-27681

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the total cost was of providing (a) bus and (b) taxi replacement services for any cancelled scheduled ScotRail train services in financial year (i) 2021-22, (ii) 2022-23 and (iii) 2023-24.

Question reference: S6W-27680

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 5 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government how many scheduled ScotRail trains were cancelled in financial year (a) 2021-22, (b) 2022-23 and (c) 2023-24. 

Question reference: S6W-27661

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether the Aberdeen Route Upgrade contractors framework agreements have been awarded, and, if not, for what reason, and when they will be.

Question reference: S6W-27667

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering adopting the European Train Control System (ETCS) on Scotland's Railway, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Question reference: S6W-27662

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what the current size of the ScotRail Class 43 fleet is; how many are required to be operational on a normal working day; how many are operational on average on any given day; how any shortfalls are covered; whether diesel multiple units (DMUs) are substituted in from other services, and what impact such action has on those other scheduled services.

Question reference: S6W-27660

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether an order for new ScotRail electric and battery electric multiple units (EMUs and BEMUs) was placed in 2023 as envisaged in the ScotRail fleet replacement plan.

Question reference: S6W-27663

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 4 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether the ScotRail rolling stock procurement plan is paused; whether procurement of new railway rolling stock is on track to deliver on the decarbonisation action plan, and whether diesel-powered passenger trains will be removed from the ScotRail network by 2035 as planned.