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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: S5O-01521

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 22 November 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 30 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to public services in remote and rural areas.

Question reference: S5W-12496

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 November 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11327 by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017, what forecast it made of the cost of each scheme for each year, and how this compared with the actual figure.

Question reference: S5W-12495

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 November 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11327 by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017, what forecast it made of the number of applications to each scheme for each year.

Question reference: S5W-12494

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 09 November 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11327 by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017, for what reason there has been an increase in the proportion of applications for the Crofting Agricultural Grants Scheme being rejected, and what action it is taking to address this.

Question reference: S5W-11213

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 September 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it spent per capita on foundation apprenticeships in 2016-17, and what the uptake was.

Question reference: S5W-11212

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 13 September 2017
  • Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent per capita on Employability Fund placements in each of the last five years, and what the uptake has been.

Question reference: S5W-11324

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government by how much the budget for the (a) Crofters Agricultural Grant Scheme and (b) Small Farmers Grant Scheme has been reduced for the next six years, and for what reason it chose to do so.

Question reference: S5W-11318

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to promote the (a) Crofters Agricultural Grant Scheme and (b) Small Farmers Grant Scheme to potential applicants.

Question reference: S5W-11320

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made into the effects of reducing the budget for the (a) Crofters Agricultural Grant Scheme and (b) Small Farmers Grant Scheme.

Question reference: S5W-11327

  • Asked by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications each year to the (a) Crofters Agricultural Grant Scheme and (b) Small Farmers Grant Scheme (i) have been approved, (ii) have been rejected and (iii) remain unprocessed, and how many rejections were appealed, broken down by the number of appeals that were upheld.