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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Jeremy Balfour

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2016 - present day

About Jeremy Balfour

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @jeremyrbalfour

Facebook: Jeremy's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5961
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Jeremy is a member of 22 cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Jeremy does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Jeremy has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Jeremy has had 6 previous roles

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

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Jeremy'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 Jeremy Balfour. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 20 to 30 August 2018 I was part of a Tearfund delegation travelling to Rwanda to learn how projects in relation to genocide reconciliation and new business projects are transforming lives. The costs of the visit amounted to £1,700 and were met by Tearfund Scotland (a Christian charity of 29 Canal St, Glasgow G4 0AD).

From 9 t o 13 October 2017, I participated in a cross-party visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan), at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the visit was £3,900 for return flights, and the hotel and ancillary expenses was £2,600. All costs were met by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).

From 21 to 23 August 2019 I travelled to Stockholm on a fact finding visit. The costs of the visit, for flights, were £223.38 and were met by UK Feminista (a charitable organisation which promotes equality between men and women of Omnibus Business Centre, North Road, London, N7 9DP).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

No registrable interests

Recent Activity

What was said

What Jeremy Balfour 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: 24 May 2022

ScotRail (Revised Timetable)

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "The minister will be aware that the Edinburgh international festival is just around the corner. At that time, many people travel into the city from other parts of Scotland to go to the theatre or to shows…

Chamber meeting date: 24 May 2022

Health and Social Care

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "I would like to declare an interest. It will not have escaped the notice of people in the Parliament that I have a disability and that, as such, I rely on carers to help me in my life. Without them, my life would be more difficult…

Chamber meeting date: 19 May 2022

Remote and Rural Communities (Lothian)

5. Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to remote and rural communities in the Lothian region. (S6O-01106)"

Social Justice and Social Security Committee meeting date: 19 May 2022

Low Income and Debt Inquiry

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "Good morning and thank you all very much for coming. I will follow up Paul McLennan’s questions. I am not sure who will want to jump in on my question…

Votes

How Jeremy Balfour has voted in Parliament

Find out how Jeremy Balfour has voted recently.

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 voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04607.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 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 Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 53 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04607

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 96 for, 24 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04567

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Maree Todd, Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 68 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04567.2

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Jeremy Balfour 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-08035

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 April 2022

"To ask the Government how it plans to mitigate fuel poverty among social housing tenants, in light of the recent energy price cap increase and the data from the Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce showing that over one third of social tenants already experience fuel poverty."

Answered by: Patrick Harvie on 13 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08470

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, how many (a) emergency calls and (b) ambulance call-outs recorded in the Scottish Ambulance Service call log have included the field search "abortion", in each of the last five years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08038

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what involvement SQA psychologists had in the development of the pre-COVID-19 pandemic advice and guidance that the SQA provided to schools regarding the examinations diet."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08039

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there is no statistical data available from the SQA that could be used to asses whether there are any differences in pass rates for exams taken (a) pre-COVID-19 pandemic and (b) during the pandemic for those (i) with a neuro-divergent diagnosis and (ii) without such a diagnosis."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 10 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08136

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that some Scottish Child Payments and Child Disability Payments were not made on time in the week beginning 11 April 2022, and whether it will confirm how many individuals did not receive their payments on time."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 6 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08036

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 April 2022

"To ask the Government whether it plans to increase investment in local advice services, including government-funded services and those provided by housing associations, to help provide people with advice and support amid the reported cost of living crisis, in line with the recommendation of the Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce."

Answered by: Patrick Harvie on 5 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08037

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 April 2022

"To ask the Government whether it plans to introduce emergency redress funding for social tenants facing higher fuel bills as a result of work to decarbonise their energy supplies, in line with the recommendation of the Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce."

Answered by: Patrick Harvie on 5 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08140

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the total funding available from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for an Occupational Therapy Masters is reportedly £10,000 when the tuition fees for the two-year course at Queen Margaret University amount to £20,000, plus living expenses, in light of reports that, in England,…

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 4 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-07595

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 31 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position, including that of Transport Scotland, is on the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to enforce School Streets, and whether there are any barriers, including legal ones, that could prevent using ANPR cameras in such a way."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07458

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it has supported former Hong Kong residents who have resettled in Scotland."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 25 March 2022

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