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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Mark Griffin

Scottish Labour

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2011 - present day

About Mark Griffin

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6397
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Mark is a member of 2 committees

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Substitute Member

Cross-party groups

Mark is a member of 8 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Carers

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Deafness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Housing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scottish Horseracing and Bloodstock Industries

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew's Day

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mark does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Mark has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Labour

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Mark has had 30 previous roles

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

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Labour

31 May 2021 - 10 April 2023

Party Spokesperson on Housing

Scottish Labour

01 March 2021 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

01 March 2021 - 04 May 2021

Chair of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party

Scottish Labour

01 March 2021 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Labour

01 March 2021 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Fair Work

Scottish Labour

08 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Member

25 May 2016 - 02 September 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Labour

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Labour

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Chief Whip

Scottish Labour

06 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Schools

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Children

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Science

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Workplace Issues

Scottish Labour

15 September 2015 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Deputy Convener

23 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

02 September 2015 - 23 March 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

08 January 2015 - 15 September 2015

Education and Culture Committee

Member

03 September 2013 - 02 September 2015

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

06 January 2015 - 24 August 2015

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Gaelic Language

Scottish Labour

03 September 2013 - 08 January 2015

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

Member

10 July 2013 - 16 December 2014

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Labour

12 June 2013 - 21 January 2014

Burrell Collection Lending and Borrowing Scotland Bill Committee

Member

19 September 2012 - 03 September 2013

Education and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

22 December 2011 - 03 September 2013

Public Audit Committee

Member

01 June 2011 - 21 December 2011

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Member

Register of interests

Mark'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 Mark Griffin 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

Local Authorities

Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab): "In an attempt to repair the damaged relationship with local government, it has been reported, as Mr Kerr has said, that the cabinet secretary has offered to restore the £63 million that was previously cut from council budgets…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Housing (Glasgow)

Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab): "The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations released YouGov polling that showed that 80 per cent of people believe that we are in the grip of a housing emergency. Indeed, a number of authorities have declared an emergency, with more to follow…

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1

Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab): "I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I was an owner of a private rented property in the North Lanarkshire Council area until July last year…

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee meeting date: 6 February 2024

Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Why was there no public consultation when it came to developing the proposals in the bill?"

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee meeting date: 30 January 2024

Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Mark Griffin (Central Scotland) (Lab): "Good morning. We have heard from witnesses concerns that certain key terms in the bill are not as clearly defined as they could be. People have talked about the meaning of “development”, “premises” and “risk to human life”…

Votes

How Mark Griffin has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mark Griffin 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 against

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 abstained

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 against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Mark Griffin has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-25715

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the competing work priorities are that have resulted in the planned publication of the Scottish Housing Market Review in January 2024 being suspended."

Answer expected on 8 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25660

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the latest year for which data is available, what the cost was of administering the Empowering Communities Programme, and what the (a) headcount, (b) FTE staff count, (c) total number of staffing hours and (d) total cost of staff salaries was."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25661

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many Empowering Communities Programme grant awards for 2023-24 were paid to organisations in each month since April 2023, also broken down by the (a) recipient organisation and (b) amount of each grant award, and what the total value was of these awards."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25663

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many recipient organisations of an Empowering Communities Programme grant award were dissolved before their grant was paid, in each of the last five years."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03135

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government to where within the education budget it reallocated any unused funds for teaching bursaries in 2023-24."

Taken in the Chamber on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25346

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 7 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government who the single point of contact is in (a) the Scottish Government and (b) local government for the National Acquisition Plan."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 20 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25310

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 6 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the objectives set out in policy priority mandate letter from the First Minister to the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, what its position is on whether the the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice is making acceptable progress on the delivery of affordable homes towards its 2032 target of 110,000…

Answered by Paul McLennan on 19 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25347

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-21426 by Paul McLennan on 2 October 2023, whether it will provide updated tables, based on the latest information available."

Answer expected on 11 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25365

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-20844 by Paul McLennan on 13 September 2023, how many applications from (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities have been (i) received and (ii) approved for the National Acquisition Plan since its answer."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25311

Asked by: Griffin, Mark, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 7 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24818 by Angela Constance on 5 February 2024, whether it will provide clarification on whether anyone has been convicted of offences under section 56 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 since it came into force."

Answer expected on 6 March 2024

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