In the Scottish Parliament, emergency questions allow MSPs to call Scottish Government ministers to make a statement on an important issue at short notice.
The procedure is similar to
in the House of Commons,
urgent assembly questions
in the National Assembly for Wales, and
questions for urgent oral answer
in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The presiding officer decides whether the question is of sufficient public importance to take up time in the chamber. If the emergency question is approved, the day's business will be altered to fit around it.