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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 24 February 2024
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Question reference: S6W-25746

  • Asked by: Martin Whitfield, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government when it will fulfil the 2007 Scottish National Party manifesto commitment to abolish student debt.

Question reference: S6W-25737

  • Asked by: Colin Smyth, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to brachycephalic dog breeds, what steps it has taken to enforce the condition in Annex B of its publication, Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: guidance for dog breeders, which states that "No dog may be kept for breeding if it can reasonably be expected, on the basis of its genotype, conformation, behaviour or state of health, that breeding from it could have a detrimental effect on its health or welfare or the health or welfare of its offspring".

Question reference: S6W-25644

  • Asked by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24951 by Jenny Gilruth on 20 February 2024, whether it has reviewed the independent report, Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education, and, in particular, the section on support for curriculum and assessment, which refers to feedback received that Education Scotland "did not provide equity in support across the profession", and whether it is carrying out any follow-up work in relation to such feedback.

Question reference: S6W-25703

  • Asked by: Sandesh Gulhane, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to end all non-residential social care charges in the current parliamentary session.

Question reference: S6W-25702

  • Asked by: Sandesh Gulhane, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024

    Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what methodology it uses to evaluate the sufficiency of current primary care provision.

Question reference: S6W-25707

  • Asked by: Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will offer free BRCA gene testing to anyone living in Scotland aged 18 or over with one or more Jewish grandparents, of any type of Jewish origin, in a similar way to NHS England's Jewish BRCA Testing Programme, in light of the reported finding that having a BRCA gene fault is associated with an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer, particularly breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer.

Question reference: S6W-25735

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-25234 by Fiona Hyslop on 22 February 2024, in light of the answer to question S6F-02532 not providing the information requested regarding timeframes for the ScotRail consultation on alcohol on trains, whether it will confirm by what date (a) the consultation will be completed and (b) a decision will be made on reallowing alcohol at certain times.

Question reference: S6W-25704

  • Asked by: Douglas Lumsden, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the targets set out in its Programme for Government 2023-24 regarding the improvement of cancer waiting times by April 2024.

Question reference: S6W-25728

  • Asked by: Alexander Burnett, MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the Court of Session reportedly charges £129.29 per hour to have audio recordings of court cases transcribed.

Question reference: S6W-25754

  • Asked by: Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: Friday, 23 February 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 8 March 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it (a) has allocated and (b) plans to allocate to Aberdeen City Council to assist with the local authority's investigatory works in relation to reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).