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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Edward Mountain

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2016 - present day

About Edward Mountain

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6143
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Regional Office
10 Drummond Street
Inverness
IV1 1QD

Phone: 01463 230 777
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Edward does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Edward has 2 party roles

Deputy Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Veterans

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Edward has had 5 previous roles

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

15 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Convener

15 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Conveners Group

Member

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Edward'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 Edward Mountain. The date of their initial statement was 10 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a partner in and owner of 50% of Delfur Fishings, of Moray, a rod and line salmon fishing. I expect to spend 1 hour a week on this role. In 2017 I received £10,000 income from this fishery.

I am a Partner in Delfur Farms Farming Partnership, of Moray, a farming business with ancillary residential lettings. I draw down capital to cover utilities and insurance for my home of between £35,001 and £40,000 per annum. I expect to spend 2 to 4 hours a week overseeing the business.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £300,001 and £400,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a croft in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own dog kennels in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000.

I own approximately 500 acres of farmland in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £3,000,001 and £3,500,000.

I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. This farmhouse is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a 50% share of a rod and line salmon fishing in Moray, operated by Delfur Fishings, which has a total market value of between £8,200,001 and £8,300,000. The property yields a gross annual income in the range £230,001 – £240,000. Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions placed on fishings, the estimated gross annual income in 2020 is no more than £40,000.

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £400,001 and £500,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

Interest in shares

I own ordinary shares in HSBC with a value of £55,588.

Voluntary

On Wednesday 16 November 2016 I attended a dinner hosted by the Port of Cromarty Firth, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On 1 November 2017 I attended the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Annual Dinner 2017 in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A bank transfer of £100 was made payable to MacMillan Cancer Research, Speyside Branch after notifying the details on 1 December 2020.

On 5th April 2022, I received a cheque for £55 for my nominated charity of Moray Riding for the Disabled from Savanta ComRes for completing a survey. [Registered 11 April 2020]

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A cheque for £100 was made payable to Moray Riding for the Disabled and issued and posted by PA Advocacy on 4 October 2017.

I completed an MSP survey for ComRes Ltd and, in return, a donation of £50 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled.

On Wednesday 22 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with Serco Group Plc, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On 9 March 2019, as a guest of BT Scotland, I attended the Six On Nations Rugby match at Murrayfield. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration.

On Saturday 8 February 2020, I attended the Scotland v England Rugby match at Murrayfield as a guest of BT. The approximate cost of the hospitality was £250.

On 6 February 2017, I received a cheque for £100 to my nominated charity of 'Guide Dogs for the Blind', from ScottishPower Energy Retail Ltd.

I am an unremunerated Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (usual cost of membership is in the region of £356).

On 2 October 2019 I attended the Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony and Dinner at The Sheraton Grand Hotel as a guest of Scottish Land and Estates. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration.

I completed an MSP survey for Savanta ComRes and, in return, a donation of £75 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled.

On Tuesday 14 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with EE (hosted by Kate Forbes MSP and Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland, Managing Director BT Regions) in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Edward Mountain 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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee meeting date: 12 May 2022

Cross-Party Group

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Colin, you mentioned working across other cross-party groups…

Chamber meeting date: 11 May 2022

Labour Shortages

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Keep going, keep going."

Chamber meeting date: 11 May 2022

Ferry Problems

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "The ferries crisis is not merely a catastrophic failure; it is the biggest and most expensive scandal of the SNP Government’s time in office so far…

Chamber meeting date: 4 May 2022

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Cairngorm Funicular Railway Repairs)

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "We now know that the Scottish Government has decided to make HIE fund the additional repairs to the Cairngorm funicular railway. That money will have to come from HIE’s annual budget. We know that the repair bill will be well in excess of £20 million…

Votes

How Edward Mountain has voted in Parliament

Find out how Edward Mountain has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-04621

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 65 for, 48 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04621.1

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 28 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04621.2

Update on Delivery of Social Security Benefits

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Supported by: Mark Griffin, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Result 49 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04580.3

Community Wealth Building – Delivering Transformation in Scotland’s Local and Regional Economies

Submitted by: Douglas Lumsden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Result 31 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04567.1

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 21 for, 97 against, 3 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Edward Mountain 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-07993

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether Crown Estate Scotland will be permitted to keep and use for the Crown Estate 9% of the gross revenue from the option fees raised via the ScotWind leasing process."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-04782

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when work will resume on developing proposals for an additional medical school in Scotland."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 17 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04450

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what legal advice it has taken regarding new lease requirements for MSPs’ constituency and regional offices."

Answered by: Jackson Carlaw on 25 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03082

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects people who have received one of their COVID-19 vaccine doses in Northern Ireland to be able to access their vaccination status through the (a) online PDF process and (b) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Helpline."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04142

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide an update on funding arrangements for the National Care Home Contract settlement for the financial year 2022-23."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 12 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03682

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-02328 by Keith Brown 31 August 2021, whether the contract to design and construct HMP Highland was awarded in September and, if so, to which company."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 27 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02364

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many specialist teaching staff vacancies there are in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools, broken down by local authority area."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 14 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02366

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many of the children currently awaiting a neuro-developmental assessment are (a) six years old or younger, (b) seven to 12 years old, (c) 13 to 16 years old and (d) older than 16 years of age."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 7 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02368

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is for a child to receive a neuro-developmental assessment, and what its position is on what the target waiting time should be."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 7 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02367

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of children currently awaiting a neuro-developmental assessment have a lead professional supporting them and their families, and of these, how many are in a (a) medical and (b) educational capacity."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 7 September 2021

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