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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.

20 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Finance Committee

Deputy Convener

30 October 2004 - 02 April 2007

Audit Committee

Substitute Member

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.

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: 2 February 2023

Ferries Task Force (Orkney)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "The transport minister and I had a useful meeting with representatives of Orkney Islands Council earlier this week…

Chamber meeting date: 2 February 2023

Commissions and Commissioners (Costs)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "The financial resources that are sought by such office-holders to support their respective functions are provided for in relevant acts, which are a matter for the Parliament…

Chamber meeting date: 2 February 2023

Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "The Scottish Government, like Governments all over the world, has been faced with a difficult set of choices in setting its budget…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Budget 2023-24 (Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "Today’s debate is an important part of the Parliament’s scrutiny of the Scottish budget, and I appreciate the engagement across the committees in preparation for the debate. It has been a particularly challenging budget to develop…

Chamber meeting date: 24 January 2023

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery (John Swinney): "That is not a point of order."

Votes

How John Swinney has voted in Parliament

Find out how John Swinney has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07727

Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater, Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 2, 2023

Result 68 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07710.2

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07735.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Roz McCall, Liz Smith, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 54 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07734.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Ross, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions John Swinney has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those 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-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-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-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-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-31399

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

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff are employed by Fisheries Research Services at (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally, also broken down by grade."

Answered by Sarah Boyack 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

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-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

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