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Written questions and answers

Written parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government 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 from them. 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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Question ref. S6W-02221

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 16 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to implement the principles of Mental Health Awareness Week in the public sector workplace.

Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 3 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02119

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 9 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has received from the UK Government in Barnett consequentials as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how much of this funding is yet to be (a) spent and (b) allocated.

Current Status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 2 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02374

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 20 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce a firework licensing system whereby adults would be required to apply for a licence and complete an online safety training course before they could purchase fireworks, and, if so, how much it estimates it would cost (a) an individual to apply for such a licence and (b) to administer such a system.

Current Status: Answered by Ash Denham on 2 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02220

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 16 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many of its employees were dismissed during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 in (a) Scotland and (b) the Grampian region.

Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 31 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-02219

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 16 August 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the number of NHS employees that were dismissed during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 in (a) Scotland and (b) the NHS Grampian region.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 31 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01391

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 13 July 2021 R

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding whether the people who received the Novavax vaccine as part of the clinical trial, which includes 400 volunteers from the NHS Grampian area (a) will be given a "fully vaccinated" status and allowed to partake in any greater freedoms that this status may soon bring, (b) will be able to download their vaccination status from the NHS Inform website, and, if so, by what date and, if Novavax is not approved, when these volunteers can expect to be offered an alternative vaccine.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 23 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01858

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 26 July 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on making improvements to the Toll of Birness junction on the A90.

Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 20 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01487

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 15 July 2021 R

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comment by the First Minister on 13 July 2021 that, “We are determined to make sure that volunteers who have participated in the Novavax trials are not disadvantaged in any way. Work is on-going to ensure that their vaccine status is correctly shown on NHS systems, so that that can be relied on… I gave the assurance that we will continue to do everything that we can to make sure that those who have participated in the Novavax trials are not disadvantaged”, whether it will provide further detail of what work is being carried out, and what progress has been made with this.   

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 16 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01217

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 5 July 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken in conjunction with the UK Government to ensure that those who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in India (batch numbers 4120Z001, 4120Z002, and 4120Z003) are treated equally to other vaccine receivers and will not face additional travel restrictions.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 9 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-01824

Asked by: Lumsden, Douglas, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 23 July 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on facemasks being mandatory in schools, and, in light of the challenges with communication and participation faced by pupils with hearing difficulties, whether it will consider providing an exemption, in time for the start of the new academic year, for classrooms in which there is a pupil with hearing difficulties.

Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 9 August 2021