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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Claire Baker

Scottish Labour

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Claire Baker

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6769
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Claire is a member of 12 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Men's Violence Against Women and Children

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poland

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Towns and Town Centres

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women in Enterprise

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Claire has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Conveners Group

Member

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

Party Roles

Claire has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Drugs Policy

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Claire has had 19 previous roles

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

20 September 2018 - 14 September 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Economy and Fair Work Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Deputy Convener

11 January 2018 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Deputy Convener

09 January 2018 - 11 January 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

28 November 2017 - 09 January 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

19 September 2012 - 08 January 2015

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Substitute Member

23 June 2011 - 19 September 2012

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

14 June 2011 - 21 December 2011

Education and Culture Committee

Deputy Convener

01 June 2011 - 14 June 2011

Education and Culture Committee

Member

02 October 2008 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

15 September 2010 - 22 March 2011

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

02 October 2008 - 15 September 2010

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

01 May 2008 - 01 October 2008

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Public Petitions Committee

Member

20 September 2007 - 01 May 2008

Audit Committee

Member

27 June 2007 - 01 May 2008

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Claire'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.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Claire Baker 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: 8 September 2022

National Mission on Drugs

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "I thank the minister for advance sight of the statement, and I welcome the appointment of David Strang as the chair of the national mission oversight group…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 7 September 2022

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Claire Baker): "Good morning and welcome to the 19th meeting in 2022 of the Economy and Fair Work Committee. I have apologies from Gordon MacDonald, and I welcome John Mason who is attending in his place as committee substitute…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 7 September 2022

Registers of Scotland

The Convener: "Our next item of business is an evidence session on the activities and performance of Registers of Scotland. Registers of Scotland is a non-ministerial office and part of the Scottish Administration…

Chamber meeting date: 6 September 2022

Drug Deaths

1. Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government how it is responding to the report, Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2021, which was published on 28 July 2022. (S6T-00841)"

Chamber meeting date: 30 June 2022

Dundee Drugs Commission

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "I thank the Dundee drugs commission for the power of work that it has undertaken over the past four years…

Votes

How Claire Baker has voted in Parliament

Find out how Claire Baker has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06102

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 50 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06073

Addressing NHS Waiting Times

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Meghan Gallacher, Liam Kerr, Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 52 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06102.3

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 29 for, 64 against, 23 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06102.1

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 51 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06071

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts

Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Liam Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 64 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Claire Baker 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-10208

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the 1,330 drug-related deaths recorded in 2021, in how many of these cases were toxicology results outstanding after (a) one month (b) three months (c) six months (d) nine months, (e) 12 months and (f) 15 months, broken down by (i) alcohol and drug partnership and (ii) NHS board."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 29 August 2022

Question ref. S6W-10131

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what advice and support the Never Use Alone phone line, run by the charity We Are With You, provides."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10130

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people have used the Never Use Alone phone line, run by the charity We Are With You, since its launch, and, of those, how many have been referred to (a) drug treatment services and (b) other forms of support."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08008

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to implement the reported upcoming UK Government’s Alcohol Treatment Guidance; if it does, whether this implementation will be supported by a framework of standards, and, if so, how, and against which indicators will outcomes be monitored in order to ensure improvement."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-07987

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the career development of highly-skilled clinical researchers."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 3 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-06604

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support increased use of online courts."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 11 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06907

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to improve the prospects and resilience of Scotland’s seabird populations, in light of them reportedly being internationally important but in decline."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 11 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06905

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in the light of the reported 49% decline in the index of breeding seabirds in Scotland since the 1980s, what assessment it has made of the impact of the reported increased mortality of seabirds recorded along the North Sea coasts in autumn 2021."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 10 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06906

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what research it has undertaken or is aware of on the likely causes of the reported increased seabird mortality recorded along the North Sea coasts in Autumn 2021."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 10 March 2022

Question ref. S6W-06904

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 February 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider developing and funding a rolling programme of island restoration, invasive species management and biosecurity across Scotland’s islands in order to build resilience in the seabird populations, in light of them reportedly being internationally important but in decline."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 10 March 2022

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