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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Emma Harper

Scottish National Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Emma Harper

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Contact at local office

Lower and Ground Floor
Holywood Trust Building
Old Assembly Close, Irish Street
Dumfries
DG1 2PH

Phone: 01387 255334
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Emma is a member of 18 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Civil Nuclear Industry

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Diabetes

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Disability

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Lung Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Medicinal Cannabis

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scots Language

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Work

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wellbeing Economy

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wood Panel Industry

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Emma does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Emma does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Emma has had 14 previous roles

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

31 October 2023 - 20 February 2024

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Substitute Member

18 April 2023 - 29 June 2023

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

01 February 2023 - 29 June 2023

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Substitute Member

08 September 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Substitute Member

11 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Deputy Convener

03 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

07 November 2017 - 03 September 2019

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

16 November 2017 - 11 September 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 16 November 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

30 March 2017 - 07 November 2017

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 30 March 2017

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

06 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Emma'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 Emma Harper 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: 17 April 2024

Livestock Worrying

2. Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to reiterate the harms caused to both livestock and farmers by livestock worrying. (S6O-03293)"

Chamber meeting date: 17 April 2024

Scotch Whisky Industry

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "I am really pleased to speak in the debate, and I thank Ivan McKee for bringing it to the chamber. Before I begin, I declare that I, like Ivan McKee, am a member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee…

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands)

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "I will link my question to the Highlands and Islands region, because South Scotland faces similar challenges."

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "Rhoda Grant mentioned market gardening. There are some really good producers that produce a lot of local produce for delivery in a very small area. Does she agree that we need to think about how we support smaller producers such as market gardeners?"

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands)

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "I will link my question to the Highlands and Islands region, because South Scotland faces similar challenges."

Votes

How Emma Harper has voted in Parliament

Find out how Emma Harper has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12882

Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Result 20 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12867.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Tim Eagle, Russell Findlay, Pam Gosal, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Douglas Ross, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 53 for, 60 against, 5 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12872

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 88 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12855

Repealing the Hate Crime Act

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 64 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12855.4

Repealing the Hate Crime Act

Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Katy Clark
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 20 for, 97 against, 1 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Emma Harper has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6O-03332

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assist the Scottish Prison Service in the recruitment of new officers, in light of reported concerns regarding an ageing prison officer workforce."

Taken in the Chamber on 24 April 2024

Question ref. S6O-03293

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to reiterate the harms caused to both livestock and farmers by livestock worrying."

Taken in the Chamber on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26657

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 3 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported announcement from DADDS dental practice in Dumfries that it is to close, which will reportedly lead to the deregistration of 4,000 NHS patients, whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to support access to dental care for people residing within the Dumfries and Galloway…

Answer expected on 1 May 2024

Question ref. S6O-03188

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 6 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the rural affairs secretary has had with the health secretary regarding implementing the commitments contained within the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Act 2022."

Taken in the Chamber on 13 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25486

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to ensure early and consistent diagnosis of severe asthma across the NHS."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25835

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its further consultation paper on restricting promotions of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt."

Answered by Jenni Minto on 27 February 2024

Question ref. S6F-02874

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2024

"To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the latest reported figures highlighting the impact of livestock worrying in Scotland."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25612

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress regarding its plans for delivering on its new Dementia Strategy for Scotland."

Answered by Maree Todd on 19 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25463

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to continue direct payments in the new rural support framework."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 9 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03057

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has held with South of Scotland Enterprise regarding any preliminary analysis of the outcome of its recently implemented four-day working week pilot."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 February 2024

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