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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alasdair Allan

Scottish National Party

MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for Western Isles (Constituency) 2007 - 2011

About Alasdair Allan

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @alasdairallan

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01851 700357
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

20 Kenneth Street
Stornoway
HS1 2DR

Phone: 01851 700357
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Alasdair is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alasdair does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alasdair does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Alasdair has had 8 previous roles

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

06 September 2018 - 06 October 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 01 September 2020

Justice Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 25 February 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

18 May 2016 - 28 June 2018

Minister for International Development and Europe

Scottish Government

06 December 2011 - 18 May 2016

Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages

Scottish Government

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

02 September 2008 - 20 May 2010

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alasdair'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 Alasdair Allan. The date of their initial statement was 31 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I was previously honorary vice president of Energy Action Scotland. On 5 October 2009 I presented awards at Energy Action Scotland’s annual conference at Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Energy Action Scotland (a not for profit organisation bringing together agencies in Scotland to address fuel poverty and related problems, of Suite 4a, Ingram House, 227 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DA) provided me with dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast at Dunblane Hydro Hotel, the value of which was approximately £189, and which therefore falls within the up to £500 bandwidth. On 5 November 2010 I spoke at a conference held by Energy Action Scotland at the Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank. Energy Action Scotland provided bed and breakfast, the value of which was £123 and which therefore falls within the up to £500 bandwidth. I resigned from this post as of 25 May 2011.

Gifts

In 2017 and 2020 I ran competitions in schools in the Western Isles to design my official Christmas card. Ask Care Hire (a care hire company of, Isle of Benbecula) made donations of £200 in 2017 and £250 in 2020 to cover some of the costs of these cards. I did not profit personally from these donations but as the 2020 donation took me over the threshold for gifts I wished to add these to my Register for reasons of transparency. [Registered 22 December 2020]

Overseas visits

From 6 to 9 June 2008 I visited Lleida and Barcelona in Catalunya for the purposes of speaking at a conference on culture and national identity. The cost of the visit was £460 and was met by Omnium Cultural (an organisation which promotes and studies Catalan culture of Diputació, 276 ppal, 08009 Barcelona, Catalunya).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

No registrable interests.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

On Friday 20 July 2018 I visited the Shiant Isles to see the work undertaken by a seabird recovery project. This visit was organised and facilitated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland. The total cost was £60 and this was paid for by the ‘Shiant Isles Restoration Project’. The project is an EU LIFE funding project, delivered by Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland. [Registered 4 October 2018]

In 2015 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: AJ Martin Builders Ltd, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£60); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50).

I am a member of Comunn Eachdraidh Eiriosgaidh (Eriskay Historical Society) (c/o the community hall, Eriskay). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

IIn 2020, I ran a competition in local schools to design my official Christmas card and received the following sponsorship to partially offset costs for printing, etc. The donations received were as follows: The Scottish Salmon Company, Isle of Lewis, £100.00; Ken MacDonald Lawyers and Estate Agents, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, £50.00; Hebridean Tea Store, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, £50; The Island Spirit Whisky Shop, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, £40. For one further sponsor of this competition, see the “gifts” section of the register. [Registered 22 December 2020]

I am a member of the Norwegian Scottish Association in Edinburgh. I gain no financial benefit from this membership.

[Ceased Interest removed from entry: 19 December 2018]

In October 2012 I received a gift of a large framed photograph of the isle of Harris for the wall of my office in Holyrood from the Morvern Gallery ltd, Barvas, Isle of Lewis. The estimated value of this gift is £400.

I have a £25 share in Buth Tholastadh (the shop, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis). This is a community owned shop from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of Coisir Sgir’ a Bhac (Back Gaelic Choir). I have been involved with this choir since 2006 and subsequently become a paid up member. I receive no remuneration from this membership.

A similar competition was run in 2009 when I received sponsorship of £50 from Maclain Ltd, Cnoc an Locha, Middlequarter, North Uist, and of £50 from the Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris.

I am a member of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. I derive no financial benefit from this.

On 11 October 2008 and 16 May 2009 I received dinner, bed and breakfast at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Isle of Harris. The castle was not open to the public at the time but I estimate the value of this to be £250 on each occasion.

I am a member of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

I received two tickets to the Hebridean Celtic Festival on 18 July 2008 from the Hebridean Celtic Festival Organising Committee. The total value of the tickets was £50.

I am a member of the Saltire Society, from which I derive no remuneration.

In 2019 I ran a competition among schools in my constituency to design my official Christmas card. I received the following amounts of sponsorship: Horshader Community Development Trust - £250; Hebridean Energy - £100; Bob Golland Plumbing and Heating - £40; Ken MacDonald & Co - £100; and The Blue Pig Studio, Carloway - £50. [Registered 21 January 2020]

I am a member of the Harris Development Trust from which I derive no remuneration.

[Ceased interest removed from entry 15 January 2018]

On 3 July 2010 I visited Grimersta Lodge (Uig, Isle of Lewis), in my constituency. The visit included a day’s fishing. The costs of the fishing (£300) were met by Grimersta Lodge.

In 2018 I organised a Christmas card competition in local schools. A number of local firms contributed towards offsetting my costs of doing this, though this year, I gave 50% of the below donations to the Iolaire centenary commemoration fund. The donations received were as follows: Creagorry Motors, Isle of Benbecula £200; Luskentyre Harris Tweed Company, Isle of Harris £50; Ken MacDonald and Co, Estate Agents, Isle of Lewis, £50; AJ Martin Builders, Isle of Lewis £50; Mr Alan Brown, £100; Harris Tweed Hebrides, Isle of Lewis, £100. [Registered 19 December 2018]

I am a member of the Western Isles Credit Union, where I have had a token amount of £5 invested since 2009. I do this to indicate my support for the Credit Union movement and receive no material financial benefit.

I am a member of Amnesty International from which I derive no remuneration.

On 13 January 2014 I was presented with a copy of the book "From the Land Comes the Cloth" by Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis. The value of the book is £125.

In 2017 I ran a competition in schools in the Western Isles to design my official Christmas card. The following donations were made by local firms to cover some of the costs of these cards; Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, £100; Lighting Electrical, Stornoway, £100; Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Isle of Barra, £50; and Bob Golland Plumbing, Isle of Lewis, £20. For one further sponsor of this competition, see the “gifts” section of the register. [Registered 18 December 2017, Amended interest 22 December 2020]

In 2014 I ran a Christmas card competition in local schools at my own expense. I offset the costs with the following donations from local businesses: Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Alex Martin Builders, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Ardhasaig filling station, Isle of Harris (£20).

In October 2009 I was appointed for a period as a member of the Scottish Government’s Scots Language Working Group. I received no remuneration, expenses or benefit in kind for this post.

In September 2021, ThunderPoint Publishing are due to publish my book “Tweed Rins tae the Ocean”. Any royalties due to me are being divided equally between two charities. These are the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative and the Maimi Martin Fund (which provides education for girls in Malawi). Any monies will be paid directly by the publishers to the charities. [Registered 23 December 2020]

I am member of Royal British Legion Scotland. I derive no financial benefits from this membership.

In 2013 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); SBA architects, Stornoway (£25); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Macleod Garages Stornoway (£40); Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50); and Alex Martin Builders Ltd, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£100).

Since 2016 I have been an honorary patron of the Helping Hand Trust, Scotland (a trust which is seeking to promote the Norwegian community and their culture in Scotland and to develop friendly ties between the two countries, through activities in and around the former Norwegian Seaman’s Church in Leith). I derive no financial gain from this connection. [Registered 05 September 2016, Amended Interest 19 December 2017]

I am a member of the Robert Burns World Federation, from which I derive no remuneration.

From 3 to 7 July 2009 I visited St. Kilda in my constituency. The National Trust for Scotland (Charlotte Square, Edinburgh) met the costs of my visit which comprised a return helicopter flight from Benbecula to St. Kilda and bunkhouse accommodation on St. Kilda. I estimate the value of the flights and accommodation to be £200.

A similar competition was run in 2008 when I received sponsorship of £100 from Macaulay Askernish Ltd and of £150 from AJ Martin Builders (Isle of Lewis).

A similar competition was run in 2010 when I received sponsorship of £80 AJ Martin Builders (Isle of Lewis), £20 from the Isle of Barra Hotel, Isle of Barra, and £10 from the Scarasta House Hotel, Isle of Harris.

In 2012 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Rodel Hotel, Rodel, Isle of Harris (£50); Luskentyre Harris Tweed Ltd, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris (£25); AMK Plant and Tipper Hire Ltd, 4 New Park, Callanish, Isle of Lewis (£25); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Island Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); Alex Martin Builders, 55 Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Tangasdale, Isle of Barra (£50).

On 5 July 2019 I joined Comunn Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac (Back History Association). I derive no financial benefit from this. [Registered 5 July 2019]

In November 2007 I received sponsorship from AJ Martin Builders (of Isle of Lewis) of £200 and from the Western Isles SNP Constituency Association of £100. This money was to pay for the cost of printing a Christmas card designed by a competition in local schools.

I am a member of Dualchas Bharraigh (Barra Heritage Society) (Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XD). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

I am a member of Uist Wool, from which I receive no financial or other benefit.

In 2016 I ran a Christmas card competition in local schools, and offset the cost of printing, etc, through donations from the following local companies: £250 from the Crown Hotel, Stornoway, £100 from Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, £50 from Alex Martin Builders, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis, £30 from Scarista House Hotel, Isle of Harris, and £30 from WJ MacDonald Butchers, Stornoway. [Registered 13 January 2017]

I am an associate member of Storas Uibhist (South Uist Community Trust) from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non- proliferation and Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

Biography

Overview

I've been the MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar since 2007, and also a minister in the Scottish Government from 2011 to 2018. I've lived on the Isle of Lewis since 2006, although I'm originally from Selkirk in the Borders. After studying Scottish languages and literature at Glasgow and Aberdeen universities, I went on to work for the SNP, and later for the Church of Scotland's press office.

What motivated you to become an MSP?

I joined the SNP when I was 18, long before I thought of being a politician. I've always thought that the best way for Scotland to tackle poverty, promote a renewable future, or get rid of nuclear weapons, is for Scotland to have the power to fix these things herself.

It's a real privilege to represent a dozen islands across the west of Scotland, and try to help people with the very particular problems that islanders often face.

I'm interested in bringing new economic life to depopulated communities, and to securing a future for the Gaelic language.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alasdair Allan 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.

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints meeting date: 3 March 2021

Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "You have mentioned that the process was not declared unlawful…

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints meeting date: 2 March 2021

Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "I will address my questions to the Lord Advocate, but if he wishes to bring in the Crown Agent—Inaudible.—person to answer—Inaudible.—to include him in the conversation…

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints meeting date: 26 February 2021

Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "As has rightly been made clear by the convener, we are of course not here to look at incidents; we are here to consider how complaints against you were handled, Mr Salmond…

Chamber meeting date: 25 February 2021

Lifeline Ferry Services (Isle of Barra)

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "At the weekend, I spoke to constituents from the Isle of Barra, who had had only one ferry from the mainland in the previous 10 days, which meant that perishable essentials such as bread and milk were several days old on arrival, having travelled on a convoluted route via other islands. The islanders faced a similar situation last winter, due to a…

Chamber meeting date: 18 February 2021

Ferries Plan

7. Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its latest ferries plan. (S5O-05023)"

Votes

How Alasdair Allan has voted in Parliament

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Motion ref. S5M-24038

Scottish Parliamentary Standards (Sexual Harassment and Complaints Process) Bill

Submitted by: Bill Kidd, Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Result 119 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24057

Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gordon Lindhurst, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Supported by: Andy Wightman
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Result 62 for, 0 against, 56 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24275

Campaign Recess

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 95 for, 1 against, 21 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24263

Scotland’s Recovery

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, March 1, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 84 for, 34 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24263.2

Scotland’s Recovery

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 84 for, 33 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alasdair Allan has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S5W-35771

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 5 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on introducing COVID-19 lateral flow device testing for the crews of Marine Scotland vessels."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-05102

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 3 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to enhance the capacity of the Crofting Commission."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35683

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when local authorities will be able to make payments to businesses eligible for support from the Bed and Breakfasts Paying Council Tax Grant."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35666

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in relation to its Coronavirus (COVID-19) review of its international development programme, announced on 1 September 2020."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35590

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the £1.3 million allocated to the Complex Mesh Removal Surgical Service during 2021-22."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35088

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in procuring a new booking system for CalMac."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 24 February 2021

Question ref. S5O-05023

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its latest ferries plan."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35116

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting seafood businesses which export to the EU."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 10 February 2021

Question ref. S5O-04993

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures its Budget will provide to support people into employment."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34418

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it will give to extending financial support to businesses in areas subject to Level 3 restrictions, such as the Western Isles, whose income has been adversely impacted by mainland Scotland going into lockdown."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 3 February 2021

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