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Chamber and committees

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. S5W-34000

Asked by: Kerr, Liam, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 10 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance on 9 December 2020 (Official Report, c.13), whether it will confirm the amount that is being allocated to (a) the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and (b) Police Scotland to cover the "pandemic-related income shortfalls" that were referred to by the cabinet secretary, and from which budget stream this money is being sourced.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 24 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34197

Asked by: Greer, Ross, West Scotland, Date lodged: 21 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of early years centres in each local authority area provide free meals, also broken down by (i) how many and (ii) what percentage of eligible children take up the offer.

Answered by: Maree Todd on 24 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33937

Asked by: Briggs, Miles, Lothian, Date lodged: 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the First Minister referred to the imminence of Christmas as a factor only in relation to Edinburgh's COVID-19 restriction level during her statement on 8 December 2020 (Official Report, c. 11).

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33926

Asked by: Findlay, Neil, Lothian, Date lodged: 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many hospital patients have been discharged to hospices (a) untested and (b) after testing positive for COVID-19.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33950

Asked by: Wells, Annie, Glasgow, Date lodged: 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the legislation guaranteeing an extra year of funded childcare for parents who defer their child’s entry to P1 will reportedly not come into effect until 2023.

Answered by: Maree Todd on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33936

Asked by: Briggs, Miles, Lothian, Date lodged: 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it made the decision to add the imminence of Christmas as a factor in determining COVID-19 restriction levels for local authorities; what modelling it did regarding the imminence of Christmas in each area, and whether it will publish this.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33993

Asked by: Boyack, Sarah, Lothian, Date lodged: 10 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment in the recently-published Scottish House Condition Survey that (a) before taking account the impact of COVID-19, one in four households live in fuel poverty, (b) progress in tackling fuel poverty is too slow and (c) there has been an increase in fuel poverty in remote rural areas.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33923

Asked by: Johnson, Daniel, Edinburgh Southern, Date lodged: 9 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the First Minister on 8 December 2020 (Official Report, c. 11), what the political rationale was behind the decision to keep Edinburgh under Level 3 of the COVID-19 restrictions; what discussions were held with public health officials regarding the most appropriate Level for the area and whether any of the officials recommended moving the city into Level 2, and whether it will publish the full public health data on which the final decision was based.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34233

Asked by: McMillan, Stuart, Greenock and Inverclyde, Date lodged: 22 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its Heat in Buildings Strategy.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34207

Asked by: Mackay, Rona, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Date lodged: 22 December 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, what progress is being made with the recruitment of apprentices.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 23 December 2020