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Emergency questions

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 urgent questions 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.

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