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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Finlay Carson

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Finlay Carson

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5890
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Finlay is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Finlay has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Finlay does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Finlay has had 5 previous roles

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

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

17 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Deputy Convener

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 25 February 2020

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 17 September 2019

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

Register of interests

Finlay'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 Finlay Carson. The date of their initial statement was 09 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a partner in J and F Carson, a farming and property letting partnership (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). I received £13,000 in drawings from the partnership in 2020. In 2021 I will be remunerated by way of profit share and I estimate I will spend up to 14 hours per annum on this role.

I am a Director of Conchieton Solutions, an IT consultancy firm (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). I received dividends of £2,000 on 1 June 2020 and £2,000 in June 2021. I estimate that, over the next session, I will spend 5 hours per annum on this role.

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

From 14 to 16 August 2018 I travelled to Norway on a study visit to explore Deposit Return Schemes. The costs of the visit were approximately £689, £220 for hotel, £319 for flights and around £150 for meals, which were met by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (a registered charity that funds the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society of Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG). I believe that the interest does not meet the prejudice test.

On 23 February 2018 I and my daughter attended the Scotland v France rugby match at Murrayfield as guests of BT Openreach. In addition to tickets for the match the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £1000. I do not consider that this meets the prejudice test but wish it to be registered in the voluntary section of my register.

On 9 March 2019 I attended the Scotland v Wales rugby match at Murrayfield as guests of BT Scotland. In addition to the ticket for the match, the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £500. I believe that the interest does not meet the prejudice test.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Finlay Carson 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.

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Interests

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "I declare an interest in a farming and letting business, and I am a member of NFU Scotland."

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Convener

The Convener (Finlay Carson): "Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words, and I am absolutely delighted and honoured to take on the role as committee convener…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Legacy Papers

The Convener: "Item 4 is a provisional discussion of the legacy papers produced at the end of session 5 by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Deputy Convener

The Convener: "Item 3 is choice of deputy convener. The Parliament has agreed that only members of the Scottish Liberal Democrats are eligible for nomination as deputy convener. I understand that Liam McArthur is the party’s nominee…

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Road and Rail Infrastructure (South of Scotland)

5. Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government when it next expects to make an investment announcement for road and rail infrastructure in the south of Scotland. (S6O-00005)"

Votes

How Finlay Carson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Finlay Carson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 24 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 30 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00479

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Supported by: George Adam
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 90 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 13

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 59 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 14

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 23 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Finlay Carson 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-00761

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many wind farm applications it has (a) approved, or (b) refused in the last 24 months, broken down by local authority area."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 1 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00760

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many wind farm applications it has determined in the last 24 months due to a local authority's non-determination, broken down by local authority area."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 1 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00759

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many wind farm applications it has approved through the applicant appeal process in the last 24 months, broken down by local authority area."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 1 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00905

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish details of the bid process for the creation of Green Ports."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 23 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00607

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when family members who are double-vaccinated against COVID-19 and wearing face coverings and outdoors will be able to take a burial cord at a funeral in a level 1 protection area."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00570

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that women who are pregnant, following the death of a baby, are prioritised for access to the continuity of carer model."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00606

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when restrictions relating to burials will be reviewed to reflect the most update situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S5W-36029

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme will encourage nursery children to drink cow's milk and not cheaper alternatives."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-36030

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will continue its partnerships with dairies to delivery milk direct to nurseries."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 23 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35883

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it has cost SEPA to restore data, following the recent cyber-attack that it experienced."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 19 March 2021

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