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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Liz Smith

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Liz Smith

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @mspliz

Facebook: Liz's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6762
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

The Control Tower
Perth Airport
Scone
Perth
PH2 6PL

Phone: 01738 553990
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Liz is a member of 3 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Colleges and Universities

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sport

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liz does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Liz has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Liz has had 15 previous roles

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

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

20 February 2020 - 14 August 2020

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

08 June 2016 - 25 February 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

19 March 2014 - 19 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

27 February 2014 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

07 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 27 February 2014

Education and Culture Committee

Member

23 June 2011 - 10 September 2013

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

03 October 2007 - 22 March 2011

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

27 June 2007 - 28 September 2007

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Liz'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 Liz Smith. The date of their initial statement was 15 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 4 July to 8 July 2022 I visited Munich and Berlin, Germany, as part of a cross-Party delegation from the Scottish Parliament, meeting Parliamentarians, public officials and business representatives, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1030 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany). [Registered 2 August 2022]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of the National Trust for Scotland.

I am a member of the John Muir Trust.

I am a member of Friends of the Black Watch.

I am a member of the Munro Society.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Liz Smith 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: 7 December 2022

Scottish Education System

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "When parents send their children to school, they want three things. First, they want their children to be able to read, write and count properly—and I will not let anyone tell me that that is old fashioned…

Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting date: 6 December 2022

Budget Scrutiny 2023-24 (United Kingdom Context)

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "I want to ask a technical question on the back of commentary by some economists that, following the end of lockdown and the severe restrictions that we all faced when we were unable to do some things, service industries are beginning to be rebooted…

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2022

Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "I thank Labour for bringing this debate to the chamber, as I believe that the public wants us as a Parliament to concentrate on the issues that matter most to them…

Finance and Public Administration Committee meeting date: 22 November 2022

Budget (Scotland) Act 2022 Amendment Regulations 2023 [Draft]

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Good morning. Can I bring you back to the question that the convener asked about the transfer from capital to resource budgets? As far as I am concerned, for most of the time that I have been in this Parliament, such transfers have not been possible…

Votes

How Liz Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liz Smith has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07133.2

International Human Rights Days

Submitted by: Rachael Hamilton, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Result 29 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07133.1

International Human Rights Days

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Result 23 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07133

International Human Rights Days

Submitted by: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Supported by: Ben Macpherson, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Result 86 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07111.3

The State of the Scottish Education System

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07120.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Supported by: 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 Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Result 30 for, 91 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Liz Smith has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-12621

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what the reasons are for the reported removal of average speed cameras on the A9 between the Keir and Broxden roundabouts."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 7 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12295

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what budget it has allocated for the rates relief available under the Non-Domestic Rates (Reverse Vending Machine Relief) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 in each year since it came into effect."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12294

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has received in the last year regarding the rates relief available under the Non-Domestic Rates (Reverse Vending Machine Relief) (Scotland) Regulations 2020."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 1 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12293

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to its Emergency Budget Review, when it anticipates the joint taskforce with COSLA, regulatory agencies and business will convene, and when it anticipates it will conclude its work."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 29 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-11844

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has recently undertaken a review of devolved regulations and regulatory burdens affecting businesses, and, if so, when it will publish the conclusions of this work."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 18 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-11905

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 4 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans to introduce new legislation regarding prompt payment, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter."

Holding Answer by Ivan McKee on 18 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-11911

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 4 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Scottish National Party manifesto commitment, what the cost would be of bringing the higher non-domestic property rate into line with that in England, broken down by industry sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 18 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-10698

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 31 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many commercial properties in each local authority area are subject to the higher property rate in 2022-23, broken down by business sector."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 28 September 2022

Question ref. S6F-01387

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 September 2022

"To ask the First Minister what the response has been from stakeholder groups regarding the Scottish Government’s proposals to introduce a freeze on rent."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10702

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 31 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government which local authorities are (a) using and (b) seeking to use their powers under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to reduce business rates in 2022-23."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 26 September 2022

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