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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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John Swinney

Scottish National Party

MSP for Perthshire North (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for North Tayside (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About John Swinney

Contact details

Contact online

Website: johnswinney.scot

Post-d: @johnswinney

Facebook: John's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01250 876576
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

17-19 Leslie Street
Blairgowrie
PH10 6AH

Phone: 01250 876576
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

John is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

John is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

John has 1 parliamentary and government role

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery

Scottish Government

Party Roles

John does not have any party roles

Previous roles

John has had 9 previous roles

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

30 October 2004 - 02 April 2007

Audit Committee

Substitute Member

20 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Finance Committee

Deputy Convener

15 September 2005 - 20 September 2005

Finance Committee

Member

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

European and External Relations Committee

Convener

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

Conveners Group

Member

15 September 2004 - 28 September 2004

European and External Relations Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 01 November 2000

Finance Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 26 September 2000

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Convener

24 August 1999 - 26 September 2000

Conveners Liaison Group

Member

Register of interests

John'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 John Swinney. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the "Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama" event as a guest of West Coast Capital (a Private Equity Firm). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £500, which was met by West Coast Capital.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a Director of the Logierait Bridge Company. I do not receive any remuneration in relation to this role.

Recent Activity

What was said

What John Swinney 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: 26 May 2022

Ferries (Construction Contract)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "First, I note that I am answering questions today because the First Minister is still unwell with Covid. For many obvious reasons, I wish her a very speedy recovery. Applause…

Chamber meeting date: 26 May 2022

Electricity Bill (E.ON Energy)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "On the basis of the information that Christine Grahame has put to me, that is a serious situation. I know Christine Grahame well, and she is an assiduous constituency member of the Parliament. I am absolutely certain that she will pursue E…

Chamber meeting date: 26 May 2022

Fornethy House Residential School (Survivors Campaign)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "There are a couple of different issues in that question. Mr Smyth’s last point was whether every effort would be made to ensure that perpetrators of abuse are brought to justice. Properly, that is a matter for Police Scotland and the Crown…

Chamber meeting date: 26 May 2022

Food and Drink Prices and Shortages

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "Through Brexit, Covid and, now, the illegal war in Ukraine, we have seen how resilient the food sector is despite all the challenges that it has faced. Food supply continues to be strong…

Chamber meeting date: 26 May 2022

Falklands War

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "It is understandable that non-essential travel to the Falklands was suspended in 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions, but I very much agree with Mr Dey, who pursued many such issues for some time, as Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans…

Votes

How John Swinney has voted in Parliament

Find out how John Swinney 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 voted for

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 voted against

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 voted against

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 voted against

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 voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions John Swinney 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. S2O-12498

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve signage for access to the Cairngorms from the A9."

Answered by: Tavish Scott on 29 March 2007

Question ref. S2W-31428

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it expects to incur in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers versus The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application)."

Answered by: Johann Lamont on 16 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31427

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it has incurred to date in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application)."

Answered by: Johann Lamont on 16 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31401

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what professional qualifications are held by staff employed by Fisheries Research Services at Freshwater Laboratory Faskally."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 7 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31400

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff employed by Fisheries Research Services at (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally have length of service of (i) less than one year, (ii) one to two years, (iii) three to nine years, (iv) 10 to 20 years and (v) more than 20 years."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31404

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacant staff posts at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally have had to be re-advertised in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31403

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants there were for staff vacancies at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31492

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how much it expects the Scottish Information Commissioner to apply for from the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s central contingency fund for (a) legal costs and (b) court costs in defending the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s…

Answered by: John Scott on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31402

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff vacancies there were at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31405

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what the staff turnover was at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

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