To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will undertake to ensure that all written questions submitted prior to the dissolution of the Parliament will be answered in full and made available to the public and what the reasons are for its position on the matter.
The Scottish Executive will ensure that all written Scottish parliamentary questions lodged by 17 March (the last date for lodging parliamentary questions in this parliamentary session) will be answered by 31 March 2003. If, however, the information requested is not available by this date the answer will indicate that the minister will write to the member as soon as possible with the information requested. A copy of the letter will also be sent to the Parliament’s Chamber Desk for publication on the Parliament’s website.
These arrangements are in accord with the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report 2003 Changes to Standing Orders concerning legislative matters, motions and lodging written questions agreed by the Parliament on 5 March.