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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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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 6 October 2022
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questionRefLabel S5W-14790

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 21 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what environmental assessment it has undertaken regarding reports of 21,700 farmed salmon escaping at Loch Snizort.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 5 March 2018

questionRefLabel S5W-14788

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 21 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what advice it gives to salmon farmers to protect against the escape of stock into the wild.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 5 March 2018

questionRefLabel S5W-13892

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 16 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it will undertake with the supermarket chain, Iceland, following its pledge to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand products, and whether it will encourage more retailers to adopt this approach.

Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 25 January 2018

questionRefLabel S5O-01693

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 10 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact is on teacher numbers of immigration policy.

Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 17 January 2018

questionRefLabel S5W-13064

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 29 November 2017

 To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of (a) homes, (b) businesses and (c) SMEs (i) nationally and (ii) in rural areas has been offered access to fibre broadband as a result of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, and what estimate it has made of what this would have been had the programme not been implemented.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 7 December 2017

questionRefLabel S5W-13060

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 29 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of (a) homes, (b) businesses and (c) SMEs (i) nationally and (ii) in rural areas has been offered access to superfast broadband in each year since 2014, and what information it has regarding how this compares with (A) England, (B) Wales and (C) Northern Ireland.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 7 December 2017

questionRefLabel S5W-13059

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 29 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the UK Government has sought its advice in light of the recent announcement that UK ministers plan to offer access to superfast broadband to 100% of premises in England.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 7 December 2017

questionRefLabel S5W-13005

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 27 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it held with partners at the recent Arctic Circle Forum in Edinburgh.

Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 6 December 2017

questionRefLabel S5W-12512

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 7 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many women were screened using mobile breast-screening units in 2016.

Current Status: Answered by Aileen Campbell on 21 November 2017

questionRefLabel S5W-12783

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Date lodged: 15 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the membership of the National Council of Rural Advisers.

Current Status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Fergus Ewing on 16 November 2017