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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Kate Forbes

Scottish National Party

MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Kate Forbes

Contact details

Contact online

Website: kate-forbes.scot

Post-d: @_kateforbes

Facebook: Kate's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Contact at local office

12 High Street
Dingwall
IV15 9RU

Phone: 01349 863 888
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Kate is a member of 1 cross-party group

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gaelic

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Kate does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Kate does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Kate has had 11 previous roles

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

19 May 2021 - 28 March 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy

Scottish Government

18 February 2020 - 19 May 2021

Cabinet Secretary for Finance

Scottish Government

28 June 2018 - 18 February 2020

Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy

Scottish Government

14 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution

Scottish Government

19 April 2018 - 28 June 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 28 June 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

19 April 2018 - 28 June 2018

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 19 April 2018

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

07 November 2017 - 19 April 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

07 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2016

Finance Committee

Member

Register of interests

Kate'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 Kate Forbes. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 24 February 2018 I attended the Scotland v England match at Murrayfield as a guest of Liberty Steel (a steel manufacturer of Dalzell Works, Park Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PU). The value of this was approximately £600.

Overseas visits

On 9 October 2023 I gave a series of lectures to students at Wheaton College, Illinois, USA on the subjects of women in politics, the Scottish and British electoral systems and the current state of Scottish and British politics. I arrived on 6 October 2023 and departed on 10 October 2023. The College (of 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois) paid the approximate costs of £4000 for travel, accommodation and subsistence for me, my husband and my daughter. I do not consider that this visit meets the political activities test. [Registered 6 November 2023]

On 21 to 24 October 2019 I travelled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA to give several lectures at the University of the North Carolina. The costs of the visit were approximately £1,200 and were met by Scottish Heritage USA (an organisation that recognises and enhances the original bonds of ancestral and national character among the peoples of Scotland and North America of 315 North Page Road, Building 2, Suite 10, Pinehurst, NC 28370).

From 9 to 18 February 2018 I was part of a Tearfund humanitarian delegation travelling to Nepal to learn how projects in relation to child trafficking, earthquake relief and flood prevention 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).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 4 June 2021, I and my partner were guests on board the MV Seaflower as part of a visit to the Isle of Rona in my constituency at the invitation of the owner’s uncle, Mr Campbell Grant. This visit was an ordinary part of the company’s daily tours. The market price per person for travel and lunch is £120, so the full value of the visit was £240. [Registered 30 June 2021]

On 21 November 2021 I attended the Scotland v Japan match at Murrayfield, as a guest of Sir Peter Vardy, with my husband and step-daughter. The value of each ticket was approximately £48, creating a total value of £144. [Registered 11 December 2021]

From 9 to 13 November 2023 I attended a conference in Liverpool as a delegate to develop and grow professional transatlantic relationships with a focus on tackling prejudice and hate. The costs, which were met by British-American Project (a not for profit leadership network, of British-American Project UK, UK Correspondence PO Box 3682, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1PY) and include accommodation and hospitality, are estimated at a value of £1700. I do not consider that this visit meets the prejudice test or the political activities test. [Registered 29 November 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Kate Forbes 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: 22 February 2024

Scottish Income Tax Rate Resolution 2024-25

Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP): "Will the minister give way?"

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 21 February 2024

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP): "Some of this has been covered already, but I will pick up on comments that were made by stakeholders about the purposes in schedule 1. I am sure that the cabinet secretary is quite sympathetic to the idea of future proofing any legislation…

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 21 February 2024

Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Kate Forbes: "Stakeholders have shared some concerns about the capacity for other birds to be added without scrutiny…

Chamber meeting date: 20 February 2024

National Health Service (Capital Projects)

Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP): "Although I fully appreciate that the capital settlement for the Scottish Government from the UK Government is dire, the news could not have come at a worse point, because progress is finally being made on planning for a new Belford hospital in Fort William after years of being promised one. NHS Highland has been asked to suspend that work. Even if…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 8 February 2024

Review of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement

Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP): "This may be a bit of a political question. SAFE has identified a number of areas where it would like progress, such as programmes to join or new provisions and regulations to make…

Votes

How Kate Forbes has voted in Parliament

Find out how Kate Forbes has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12252

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Joe FitzPatrick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Angela Constance
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 84 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215.1

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Carol Mochan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12214

Improving Access to Primary Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Kate Forbes has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03120

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what value it places on the Screen Machine."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-24999

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Programme for Government commitment to pilot a new aquaculture consenting process to help deliver a more streamlined regime across Scotland."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 31 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24472

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-22531 by Paul McLennan on 13 November 2023, by what date in early 2024 it will provide an implementation update on short-term let licensing."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 23 January 2024

Question ref. S6O-02799

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle the increasing risk of wildfires in rural areas."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 November 2023

Question ref. S6O-02747

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will provide an update on its work to ensure that the crèche facility can offer more than four hours per week per child."

Taken in the Chamber on 23 November 2023

Question ref. S6W-22532

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 October 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will commence its post-implementation review into short-term let licensing; what the scope, remit and nature of this work is; what the timeline is for the completion of the review, and when it plans to report to (a) ministers and (b) the Parliament on its findings."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 13 November 2023

Question ref. S6W-22531

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 October 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, as part of its post-implementation review into short-term let licensing, whether it plans to undertake any stakeholder engagement and consultation ahead of the review, and what the nature of any stakeholder involvement in the review will be."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 13 November 2023

Question ref. S6O-02727

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its commitment to develop a model for Scotland to challenge men’s demand for prostitution."

Taken in the Chamber on 15 November 2023

Question ref. S6W-22393

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24 October 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when the First Minister’s Investor Panel will report, and whether it has made any comments or recommendations regarding the Scottish Government’s proposal to issue a bond."

Answered by Neil Gray on 25 October 2023

Question ref. S6O-02570

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is progressing its integrated transport plan for Fort William to reduce congestion and increase resilience and reliability on the trunk road network."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 September 2023

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