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Written questions and answers

Written 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 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-08218

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 26 April 2022

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its Rare Disease Action Plan.

Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08219

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 26 April 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has made available for the creation and implementation of its Rare Disease Action Plan in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the last five years.

Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-07777

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 4 April 2022

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of paragraph 28 of the Audit Scotland report, New vessels for the Clyde and Hebrides, stating that “it is not clear what discussions took place between Scottish ministers and Transport Scotland about the contract award...there is no documented evidence to confirm why Scottish ministers were willing to accept the risks of awarding the contract to FMEL, despite CMAL’s concerns...we consider that there should have been a proper record of this important decision”, whether there was ministerial direction in relation to a decision that was not supported by the evidence.

Current Status: Answered by Kate Forbes on 4 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-06268

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 4 February 2022

To ask the Scottish Government whether young people who have received an email confirmation that they will receive a travel card for free bus travel, but have not received it, are able to claim back their bus travel costs between 1 February 2022 and the date on which they received their card, and if this is the case, what the process is for them to do so. 

Current Status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 3 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-05217

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 20 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the timeline for plans to pilot free school breakfast provision in primary and special schools.

Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 17 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-03703

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 12 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to (a) attract more and (b) retain (i) neurology specialists and (ii) MS nurses.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 20 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04040

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 3 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has given to local authorities regarding parent-teacher consultations, and whether any such guidance specifies (a) whether they should be virtual or in-person meetings, (b) the time of day that meetings should take place and (c) any position on the importance of meeting any requirements for engagement between parents and teachers.

Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 10 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03701

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 12 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to new medicines for people living with progressive forms of MS.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 8 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03702

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 12 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the reported backlog with the provision of (a) MS and (b) other neurology services.

Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 29 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03704

Asked by: Whitfield, Martin, South Scotland, Date lodged: 12 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support people who have (a) MS and (b) other neurological conditions with managing their condition while they are waiting for treatment.

Current Status: Answered by Maree Todd on 29 October 2021