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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michael Matheson

Scottish National Party

MSP for Falkirk West (Constituency) 2007 - present day

Former MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 1999 - 2007

About Michael Matheson

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

Phone: 01324 629271
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

15A East Bridge Street
Falkirk
FK1 1YB

Phone: 01324 629271
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Michael is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Michael is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michael does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michael does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Michael has had 29 previous roles

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

29 March 2023 - 08 February 2024

Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care

Scottish Government

19 May 2021 - 29 March 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport

Scottish Government

26 June 2018 - 19 May 2021

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Scottish Government

18 May 2016 - 26 June 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Scottish Government

25 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Scottish Government

25 May 2011 - 25 November 2014

Minister for Public Health

Scottish Government

23 December 2010 - 22 March 2011

Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Health and Sport Committee

Member

11 February 2010 - 02 December 2010

End of Life Assistance Scotland Bill Committee

Member

03 March 2009 - 01 July 2010

European and External Relations Committee

Deputy Convener

26 February 2009 - 03 March 2009

European and External Relations Committee

Member

01 November 2006 - 02 April 2007

Justice 2 Committee

Member

01 March 2006 - 02 April 2007

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee

Member

23 September 2004 - 31 October 2006

Enterprise and Culture Committee

Member

13 September 2004 - 11 September 2006

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish National Party

13 September 2004 - 11 September 2006

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish National Party

30 September 2004 - 21 February 2006

Education Committee

Substitute Member

16 June 2004 - 30 September 2004

Edinburgh Tram Line One Bill Committee

Member

03 September 2003 - 29 September 2004

Justice 2 Committee

Substitute Member

04 June 2003 - 21 September 2004

Justice 1 Committee

Member

01 May 2003 - 13 September 2004

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

01 May 2003 - 13 September 2004

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish National Party

09 October 2001 - 31 March 2003

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

13 January 2000 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Equal Opportunities

Scottish National Party

13 July 1999 - 31 March 2003

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish National Party

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Justice 1 Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

13 January 2000 - 07 January 2001

Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 13 January 2000

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Michael'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 Michael Matheson. The date of their initial statement was 24 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own, jointly with my wife, a house in the Highland Council local authority area, with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. The property generates an income of between £10,001 to £15,000 per annum. However, it does not make a profit due to running costs.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 12 August 2023 I and my wife attended a football game as guests of the board of Queen’s Park Football Club (of Lesser Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, Glasgow G42 9BA). I was invited on an individual basis. The value of the tickets was approximately £200. [Registered 30 November 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michael Matheson 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: 1 February 2024

Hernia Operations (Waiting Times) (NHS Dumfries and Galloway)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "The Scottish Government meets national health service boards on a regular basis. We also commission and work closely with the centre for sustainable delivery, which was set up to drive service improvement, innovation and redesign…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

General Practitioners and Consultants (Recruitment and Retention) (Rural Areas)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "Improving recruitment and retention of GPs and other doctors is vital to Scotland’s health in all localities, including rural areas…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

General Practitioners and Consultants (Recruitment and Retention) (Rural Areas)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "Improving recruitment and retention of GPs and other doctors is vital to Scotland’s health in all localities, including rural areas…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

Hernia Operations (Waiting Times) (NHS Dumfries and Galloway)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "The Scottish Government meets national health service boards on a regular basis. We also commission and work closely with the centre for sustainable delivery, which was set up to drive service improvement, innovation and redesign…

Chamber meeting date: 30 January 2024

Professor Sam Eljamel (Independent Clinical Review)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "The national clinical director is not involved in establishing the independent clinical review. Although Professor Leitch is part of the same directorate as those officials, he is not one of the officials undertaking that work…

Votes

How Michael Matheson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michael Matheson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 47 Amendment 2

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Result 28 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 8 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 47 Amendment 3

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Result 28 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 8 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 47 Amendment 7

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Result 28 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 8 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 47 Amendment 9

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Result 28 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 8 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 47 Amendment 6

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Michael Matheson has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-27592

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reported issues caused by the new ChargePlace Scotland payment system, what action it is taking to prevent a similar situation arising again."

Answer expected on 31 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27593

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether compensation will be offered by ChargePlace Scotland in relation to any inconvenience caused to drivers by its new payment system, particularly for commercial electric vehicle users, such as taxi drivers."

Answer expected on 31 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27590

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the timeframe is for the contract with SWARCO to operate ChargePlace Scotland, and what provisions are in the contract with SWARCO, including in relation to early termination for poor performance."

Answer expected on 31 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27591

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with ChargePlace Scotland regarding the roll-out of its new payment system and any issues that it has caused to drivers."

Answer expected on 31 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27152

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it is supporting the Scottish Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Cluster to produce low carbon hydrogen at scale, as set out in its Hydrogen Action Plan."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 15 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27172

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in driving technological progress and advancing innovation in Scotland through its Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, as set out in its Hydrogen Action Plan."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 15 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27160

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress has been made with electricity and gas network operators to realise system benefits of hydrogen, as set out in its Hydrogen Action Plan."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 14 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27158

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide an update on what progress has been made by SGN and National Grid to understand the role that hydrogen can play in meeting its heat decarbonisation targets, as set out in its Hydrogen Action Plan."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 14 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27157

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it has made in making Scotland a global centre of expertise for innovation in hydrogen mobility technologies, collaborating with international partners and growing Scotland's hydrogen mobility manufacturing base, as set out in its Hydrogen Action Plan."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 14 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-27148

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update regarding the £90 million Green Hydrogen Fund to support hydrogen pathfinder projects up to 2025-26, as set out in its Hydrogen Action Plan."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 14 May 2024

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