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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-03489

Asked by: Baillie, Jackie, Dumbarton, Date lodged: 6 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) shortest, (b) median and (c) longest waiting time has been for a toxicology report to be completed in each of the last 10 years.

Current Status: Answered by Dorothy Bain on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03038

Asked by: Leonard, Richard, Central Scotland, Date lodged: 16 September 2021

Submitting member has a registered interest.

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd has had with (a) CalMac Ferries, (b) shipbrokers and (c) shipowners regarding the charter of vessels to increase carrying capacity on routes in the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract.

Current Status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03213

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Date lodged: 28 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent report published by the University of Northampton, Sustainable Grouse Shooting?, which stated that “We believe that our conclusions, detailed above, are supported by the currently available evidence. However, we are conscious of the danger of legislation being driven by public (non-evidence based) perceptions of issues such as animal welfare, muirburn, rewilding etc. It is important that policy makers are presented with evidence, in a form that they find useful. This report will help in the production of this useful evidence”, and whether it will take the findings of the report into account when making decisions regarding how it supports grouse moor management.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03300

Asked by: Kerr, Liam, North East Scotland, Date lodged: 27 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S6W-02678 to S6W-02684 and S6W-02686 by Richard Lochhead on 22 September 2021, whether it will (a) provide a copy of, or signposting to, the "co-design and co-delivery approach" that is referred to, (b) clarify what the "programme of broad engagement" will be and when it will be begin, (c) clarify what is meant by "the area" and whether it is geographical, or based on subject or discipline and (d) provide a timetable for the completion of the "detailed policy design work and implementation planning".

Current Status: Answered by Richard Lochhead on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03543

Asked by: McNeill, Pauline, Glasgow, Date lodged: 7 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many cases of teachers returning a positive COVID-19 PCR test there have been in each month since August 2021.

Current Status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03488

Asked by: Baillie, Jackie, Dumbarton, Date lodged: 5 October 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the number of toxicology reports that remain outstanding because of the reported backlog.   

Current Status: Answered by Dorothy Bain on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02961

Asked by: Briggs, Miles, Lothian, Date lodged: 14 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time has been for cleft pallet surgery for babies in each year since 1999.

Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03407

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Date lodged: 30 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take to assess any damage that chemical pollutants have caused in waterways and rivers.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03403

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Date lodged: 30 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to monitor watercourses for the presence of (a) painkillers, (b) anti-inflammatories, (c) antidepressants and (d) over-the-counter medicines.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03211

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Date lodged: 28 September 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the country’s grouse moors, and, in light of the recent report published by the University of Northampton, Sustainable Grouse Shooting?, which stated that “It is unlikely that the alternative uses [to grouse shooting] that are proposed by some groups for the moorlands would deliver the same positive economic impacts, at least for a number of generations”, what analysis it has carried out of the economic impact of these moors.

Current Status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021