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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Richard Lochhead

Scottish National Party

MSP for Moray (Constituency) 2006 - present day

Former MSP for North East Scotland (Region) 1999 - 2006

About Richard Lochhead

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5712
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

80 South Street
Elgin
Moray
IV30 1JG

Phone: 01343 545077
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Richard is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Richard is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Richard has 1 parliamentary and government role

Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Richard does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Richard has had 15 previous roles

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

29 September 2016 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

16 November 2017 - 06 September 2018

Education and Skills Committee

Member

06 September 2016 - 30 March 2017

Education and Skills Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Member

04 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

04 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

30 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

30 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

11 June 2003 - 14 September 2004

European and External Relations Committee

Convener

11 June 2003 - 14 September 2004

Conveners Group

Member

04 June 2003 - 11 June 2003

European and External Relations Committee

Member

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 08 January 2003

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

02 November 2000 - 07 January 2001

European Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Rural Affairs Committee

Member

Register of interests

Richard'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 Richard Lochhead 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: 26 January 2023

Energy Sector Workforce (Retraining and Upskilling)

The Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work (Richard Lochhead): "The oil and gas sector and its highly skilled workforce have long been at the forefront of energy innovation and have a really important role to play in Scotland’s energy transition…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Gender Pay Gap

The Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work (Richard Lochhead): "In 2022, Scotland’s median gender pay gap for full-time employees was 3.7 per cent, which was lower than the figure for the United Kingdom, which was 8.3 per cent. That has been the case since 2003…

Chamber meeting date: 18 January 2023

Oil and Gas Exploration

The Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work (Richard Lochhead): "The oil and gas sector and its highly skilled workforce have long been at the forefront of energy innovation and have an important role to play in Scotland’s energy transition…

Chamber meeting date: 22 December 2022

Autism Spectrum (Employment Gap)

The Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work (Richard Lochhead): "There are no official statistics available on autism spectrum employment gaps, but Scottish Government policies and approaches—supported by our key stakeholders, including disabled people’s organisations—are person centred and focus on what a person can do and wants to do, and what they may need support with, irrespective of what their impairment…

Chamber meeting date: 22 December 2022

Maternity Services in Moray

Richard Lochhead (Moray) (SNP): "I agree with Douglas Ross that the cross-party spirit around this issue is important. I share his concern that it has taken far too long to get to where we are today, but we cannot change the past. We have to shape the future…

Votes

How Richard Lochhead has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Lochhead has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07666

Suspension of Standing Orders

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 26, 2023

Result 85 for, 25 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07643.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Katy Clark, Rhoda Grant, Mark Griffin, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 21 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07614.2

Delivering the Homes Scotland Needs

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Gillian Martin, Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 69 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07613.2

Homeless Emergency

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 69 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07643

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 101 for, 21 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Richard Lochhead has asked

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

Question ref. S5W-17960

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to ensure that Scottish Ambulance Service emergency vehicles based in Moray are able to return to Moray following hospital transfers without being diverted to non-life-threatening calls when out of the area."

Answered by Jeane Freeman on 18 September 2018

Question ref. S5W-18126

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what powers local authorities have to tackle seagull populations on the grounds of health and safety or other factors that affect the quality of life for residents and communities, and what its position is on increasing these powers."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 30 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-18124

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government to what extent the impact of pylons or other infrastructure required to connect onshore renewables to the national grid infrastructure is taken into account when determining planning applications for wind farms."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 August 2018

Question ref. S5O-02317

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 August 2018

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-18462

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its proposals for Scotland’s role in the development of future UK trade arrangements."

Answered by Michael Russell on 29 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17957

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to introduce new measures to tackle littering from vehicles."

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 28 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17956

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase fines for littering."

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 28 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17951

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to its ministerial roundtable event on 27 June 2018, what steps it will take to tackle the impact of parcel delivery surcharges."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 27 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-18123

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the review of community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments, and what its position is on the case for community benefit to apply to communities affected by pylons or other infrastructure required to connect onshore renewables to the national grid, as is the case for…

Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 24 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17953

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that land being used for growing crops to feed anaerobic digesters is having a detrimental effect on Scottish agriculture and feed supplies."

Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22 August 2018

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