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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Murdo Fraser

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2001 - present day

About Murdo Fraser

Contact details

Contact online

Website: murdofraser.uk

Post-d: @murdo_fraser

Facebook: Murdo's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5293
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

The Control Tower
Perth Airport
Scone
PH2 6PL

Phone: 01738 553990
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Murdo is a member of 2 committees

Cross-party groups

Murdo is a member of 11 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Germany

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Independent Convenience Stores

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on India

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Co-Convener

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Murdo has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

Party Roles

Murdo has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Covid Recovery

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Murdo has had 26 previous roles

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

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

COVID19 Recovery Committee

Member

13 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

26 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Deputy Convener

24 April 2020 - 20 August 2020

COVID19 Committee

Convener

24 April 2020 - 20 August 2020

Conveners Group

Member

21 April 2020 - 24 April 2020

COVID19 Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 26 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Finance Committee

Member

23 November 2011 - 23 March 2016

Conveners Group

Member

23 November 2011 - 23 March 2016

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Convener

23 June 2011 - 26 January 2012

Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

16 November 2011 - 23 November 2011

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

15 June 2011 - 16 November 2011

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

01 June 2011 - 15 June 2011

Public Audit Committee

Member

11 December 2008 - 22 March 2011

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

16 September 2009 - 22 March 2011

Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

Substitute Member

27 June 2007 - 10 September 2009

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

20 June 2007 - 10 December 2008

Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 20 June 2007

Audit Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Enterprise and Culture Committee

Member

14 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2003 - 25 August 2005

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Education Culture and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

27 September 2001 - 31 March 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

18 December 2002 - 26 March 2003

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Consolidation Scotland Bill Committee

Convener

05 December 2002 - 18 December 2002

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Consolidation Scotland Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Murdo'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 Murdo Fraser. The date of their initial statement was 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I received a payment of book royalties of £320 from Birlinn Ltd. (of West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS) on 12 August 2016. On 31 August 2017 I received a further payment of book royalties of £127 from Birlinn Ltd.

I received a fee of £300 from Culture & Sport Glasgow (of PO Box 26816, Glasgow G2 9AF) for speaking at the Aye Write! Book Festival on 12th March 2016.

Gifts

As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s football team, I played in inter-Parliamentary tournaments in support of the Community Shield in Cardiff on 12 August 2006 and in London on 4 August 2007. Both events were sponsored by McDonalds. In 2006 I received accommodation and hospitality totalling between £501 and £1,000. In 2007, I received accommodation and hospitality totalling approximately £570. As part of the event I was also given a gift of six match tickets for the Community Shield with a total value of £450. I gave these tickets to constituents.

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the “Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama” event in Edinburgh as a guest of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd (an equity investment and specialist advice company, of 205 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QD). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £2,400 which was met by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd.

I received support services from an intern from CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) who worked as a volunteer in my office from September 2010 to July 2011. CARE (of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF) is a mainstream Christian charity that provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. The value of this gift is between £3,001 and £5,000.

I received support services of an intern, who worked in my office for 4 days a week, from October 2015 to July 2016. The post was partly paid by me, and the intern also received a bursary of £7,150 as a member of the educational Leadership Programme of the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF. The value of the material support provided to me by CARE was £7,150.

After opening an exhibition of paintings by the artist John Lowrie Morrison on 24 March 2007, I received a gift of a painting from the artist, the approximate value of which is between £501 and £1000.

Overseas visits

From 10 to 14 November 2019 I attended an international conference on Federalism in Munich, Germany, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1400 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany).

From 12 August to 17 August 2018 I participated in a visit, by the Cross-Party Group Building Bridges with Israel, to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. During the course of the visit the CPG travelled extensively across Israel and in addition visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I met with many organisations and individuals to hear and discuss issues of concern and areas for possible future engagement. The costs of my visit were met by the Embassy of Israel in the United Kingdom (MFA) (of 2 Palace Green, Kensington, London W8 4QB) and in respect of my travel, accommodation and hospitality are estimated to be of the value of £2,200.

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 £1460 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany). [Registered 1 August 2022]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a half-share of a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 and from which I receive gross rental income of up to £5,000.

I own a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £300,00 and £400,000. I acquired this property in 2003 and from 2003 until 1 February 2010 used this property as a residential home. As of 1 February 2010 I receive a gross rental income from this property of between £10,001 and £15,000.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

I am a Trustee of the Guardians of Scotland Trust, a Scottish charity (SCO43198).

I am Honorary Vice-President of Energy Action Scotland, a registered charity.

I am a Member of the Law Society of Scotland.

I am a Patron to the Scottish Asian Pakistan Foundation (unremunerated).

I am a trustee of the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, a registered charity.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Murdo Fraser 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

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

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Could Mr Gibson therefore clarify whether all members of his committee would sign up to the comments that he has just made?"

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Housing

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "I remind people of my entry in the register of members’ interests: I own a share in two properties that are let on the private rental market…

Chamber meeting date: 19 January 2023

A9 Dualling

8. Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government when the final design for the dualling of the A9 Perth to Inverness road between the Pass of Birnam and the Tay crossing will be published. (S6O-01795)"

COVID-19 Recovery Committee meeting date: 19 January 2023

Monitoring Covid-19 Recovery

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Good morning, and thank you for your evidence this morning. I will pick up a couple of the issues that the convener highlighted at the start…

COVID-19 Recovery Committee meeting date: 19 January 2023

Budget Scrutiny 2023-24

Murdo Fraser: "Good morning, cabinet secretary and colleagues. I am interested in exploring a little bit further how Covid-related measures will be funded in the budget for the coming year…

Votes

How Murdo Fraser has voted in Parliament

Find out how Murdo Fraser 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 against

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 against

Vote Passed

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 for

Vote Defeated

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 for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Murdo Fraser has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-01882

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how its budget settlement for local authorities will support the future delivery of quality public services."

Taken in the Chamber on 8 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-14436

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its position on treating myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) as a neurological disorder, what it is doing to address the absence of NHS neurology services in Scotland for people with ME."

Answer expected on 10 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-13834

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) a neurological disease, and that it should be treated as such."

Answered by Maree Todd on 24 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01795

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when the final design for the dualling of the A9 Perth to Inverness road between the Pass of Birnam and the Tay Crossing will be published."

Taken in the Chamber on 19 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01760

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact its draft Budget for 2023-24 will have on schools."

Taken in the Chamber on 12 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01726

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to review the legislation on licensing of short-term let accommodation, in light of the reported unintended consequences for existing providers that have emerged."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12641

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what due diligence was done into the financial health of Recycling Technologies prior to a reported award of £1.7 million in public funds from Zero Waste Scotland in 2018."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 9 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01706

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that NHS boards comply with public procurement rules in relation to the purchase and operation of specialist medical equipment."

Taken in the Chamber on 15 December 2022

Question ref. S6T-01018

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 December 2022

"To ask Scottish Government what its response is to comments from the Auditor General that it underspent its budget by £2 billion in the financial year 2021-22."

Taken in the Chamber on 6 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01669

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment is made of the financial health of businesses and the viability of projects prior to the award of a grant of public funds."

Taken in the Chamber on 8 December 2022

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