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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alexander Burnett

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Aberdeenshire West (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Alexander Burnett

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5642
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

8 Castle Street
Huntly
Aberdeenshire
AB54 8BP

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Alexander is a member of 2 committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alexander does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alexander has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Europe

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on International Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Alexander has had 3 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

29 June 2017 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alexander's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Alexander Burnett. The date of their initial statement was 11 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am Director and Chairman of North Banchory Company Limited, of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. This is a property development and letting company. I continue to receive private medical insurance of approximately £2,000 per annum. I do not expect to receive a salary or pension contribution in the coming year and will register any contributions in the future in accordance with the rules. I expect to spend between 0 and 1 day per month on this role.

I am an unpaid Director of Leys Business Services Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. Leys Business Services Limited is a limited company providing IT, HR and HSQE support services to related companies and is a 50% owned related undertaking of North Banchory Company Limited and Bancon Development Holdings Limited.

I own and am a sole trader of AJA Burnett Estate, a property leasing and forestry undertaking managed by Leys Estate Group, Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. The level of profits and losses fluctuates. I anticipate to withdraw between £170,001 and £180,000 in 2021/22. I expect to spend between 0 and 1 day per month on this role.

I am a Director of Bancon Developments Holdings Limited, a company concerned with the building, contracting, dealing, developing and managing of property. I expect to receive remuneration in the range of £20,001 to £25,000 for the year ended 31 March 2022.

I am a member of St Andrew Street Development, of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. This is a Limited Liability Partnership concerned with the ownership and rental of investment property. My share of profits for the period to 28 February 2021 was nil and I estimate that my share of the profits for the year to 28 February 2022 will be nil. I will not devote any time to this role.

I am an unpaid Director of Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited is a limited company providing heat energy to residential and commercial consumers and is a 100% owned subsidiary (related undertaking) of North Banchory Company Limited.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I am a Trustee and potential beneficiary of the Fordie Trust. The Trust owns property in Aberdeenshire with a market value of between £5,400,001 and £5,500,000. The Property generates a gross annual income of between £70,001 and £80,000. I do not expect to receive any income from the Fordie Trust this session.

I am a Trustee and sole beneficiary of the Banchory Trust. The Trust owns property in Aberdeenshire with a market value of between £15,200,001 and £15,300,000. The Property generates a gross annual income of between £370,001 and £380,000. I do not expect to receive any income from the Banchory Trust this session.

I own AJA Burnett Estate in Aberdeenshire which encompasses agricultural land, residential and commercial lettings, wayleaves and recreational, arts, sporting and forestry interests. The market value of the property is in the range £13,500,001 - £14,000,000. The property generates a gross annual income of between £570,001 and £580,000.

Interest in shares

I hold 100 Ordinary £1 shares in Deeside Woodlands Products, a cooperative concerned with the production of timber products. The shares represent 14.3% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Inchmarlo Land Holdings Limited, a holding company. The shares represent 37.59% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited, a company providing heat energy to residential and commercial consumers. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital. As per the statutory accounts of 31 March 2020, the shares have a nil value and therefore fall below the threshold for registration on the basis of market value. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Bancon Developments Holdings Limited, a company concerned with the building, contracting, dealing, developing and managing of property. The shares represent 37.59% of the issued share capital, with a value of approximately £5,151,000 (draft figure at 31 March 2021).

I hold an Ordinary £1 share in St Nicholas Productions Limited, which promotes and engages in diversified theatrical, artistic and associated recreational enterprises connected with Leys Estate and the Banchory area, together with the provision of marketing and support services. The share represents 50% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Leys Business Services Limited, a limited company providing IT, HR and HSQE support services to related companies. The shares represent 50% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Horn Enterprises Limited, a dormant company. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through Inchmarlo Land Holdings Limited, I hold “A” Ordinary £1 shares in Inchmarlo Land Company Limited, a property letting, managing and development company. The shares represent 19.2% of the issued share capital, with a value of approximately £67,400 at 30 November 2020 per the draft statutory accounts. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in North Banchory Company Limited, a property development and letting company which also provides project management and energy consultancy services. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital, with a value of approximately £5,070,485. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Voluntary

I am a director of St Nicholas Productions Limited.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alexander Burnett has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Chamber meeting date: 18 May 2022

Business Motions

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect. I would have voted no."

Chamber meeting date: 18 May 2022

Adverse Weather Events

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "I start by thanking my colleague Tess White for securing this debate and giving us the opportunity to address the response to what were exceptional weather events…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 11 May 2022

Town Centres and Retail

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "I have two relatively specific questions. The first is for Stephen Lewis…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 4 May 2022

Town Centres and Retail

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "I know that we are pushed for time, so I will direct my question to Stuart Mackinnon, who represents both online and bricks-and-mortar businesses. An online or digital sales tax has been mooted in previous evidence sessions…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 27 April 2022

Town Centres and Retail

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "Thank you, convener. That leads nicely to my question. As Paul Gerrard mentioned, one solution in relation to plugging the gap for any reform in non-domestic rates and levelling up the retail playing field is a digital sales tax…

Votes

How Alexander Burnett has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alexander Burnett has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-04472

Long COVID

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Result 62 for, 29 against, 18 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04472.2

Long COVID

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Result 46 for, 62 against, 1 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04472.1

Long COVID

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Result 48 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04472.3

Long COVID

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Result 29 for, 62 against, 19 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04461.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Result 52 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alexander Burnett has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S6W-08591

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans to update the labelling requirement for honey products to prevent honey fraud."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08625

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-08258 by Jenny Gilruth on 12 May 2022, whether it will provide a breakdown of the numbers of electrical vehicle charging points by local authority area."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08592

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07899 by Maree Todd on 3 May 2022, whether it will confirm how it is supporting the Scottish honey industry."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08590

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what is being done to ease the reported delays within the justice system caused by continuous late-stage evidence disputations by the defence that force proceedings to be persistently rescheduled."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08287

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its employment policy is for determining the length of notice period for civil servants."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 17 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08283

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its total potential liability is if civil servants on employment contracts with notice periods of (a) between three and six, (b) six and (c) more than six months are paid in lieu of working their notice period."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 17 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08284

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many civil servants in Scotland have employment contracts with a notice period of (a) between three and six, (b) six and (c) more than six months."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 17 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08258

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many electric vehicle (EV) charging points there were in Scotland in 2019, and how many there are now."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08301

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures are being taken to ensure that visitors to parks and other areas for outdoor recreation are aware of the risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 12 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08300

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent actions it has taken to promote public awareness of Lyme disease, including its prevention and symptoms."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 12 May 2022

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