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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alexander Burnett

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Aberdeenshire West (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Alexander Burnett

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5642
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Alexander is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Alexander is a member of 7 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Oil and Gas

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alexander does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alexander has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Islands

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Alexander has had 6 previous roles

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

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

26 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Alexander'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 Alexander Burnett. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a member of St Andrew Street Development LLP, of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. This is a Limited Liability Partnership concerned with the ownership and rental of investment property. My share of profits for the year to 31 August 2017 was £1,740. I estimate that my share of profits for the year to 31 August 2018 will be between £1,001 and £2,000. I will not devote any time to this role. [Amended interest 14 December 2017].

I am an unpaid Director of Leys Business Services Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. Leys Business Services Limited is a limited company providing IT, HR and HSQE support services and is a 50% owned related undertaking of North Banchory Company Limited. [Registered 29 May 2018]

I am Director and Chairman of North Banchory Company Limited, of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. This is a property development and letting company. Until March 2018, I received a basic salary of £6,273 per annum. I continue to receive private medical insurance of approximately £1,500 per annum and, periodically, lump sum pension contributions. I do not expect to receive a salary or pension contribution in the coming year and will register any contributions in the future in accordance with the rules. I expect to spend between 0 and 1 day per month on this role. [Amended interest 14 December 2017; Amended interest 5 May 2018].

I am an unpaid Director of JIGSAW Energy Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. JIGSAW Energy Limited is dormant limited company and is a 100% owned subsidiary (related undertaking) of North Banchory Company Limited.

I am a Director of Bancon Developments Holdings Limited, a company concerned with the building, contracting, dealing, developing and managing of property. I expect to receive remuneration in the range of £10,001 to £15,000 for the year ended 31 March 2018 and in the range of £20,001 to £25,000 in the year ending 31 March 2019. [Registered 05 May 2018]

I am an unpaid Director of Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited is a limited company providing heat energy to residential and commercial consumers and is a 100% owned subsidiary (related undertaking) of North Banchory Company Limited.

I own and am a sole trader of AJA Burnett Estate, a property leasing and forestry undertaking managed by Strutt & Parker, St Nicholas House, 68 Station Road, Banchory, AB31 5YJ. The level of profits and losses fluctuates. I anticipate to withdraw between £160,000 and £170,000 in way of personal remuneration in 2017/18 based on historical figures. I expect to spend between 0 and 1 day per month on this role. [Amended interest 14 December 2017].

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I am a Trustee and sole beneficiary of the Banchory Trust. The Trust owns property in Aberdeenshire with a market value of between £14,600,001 and £14,700,000. The Property generates a gross annual income of between £430,001 and £440,000. I do not expect to receive any income from the Banchory Trust this session.

I own AJA Burnett Estate in Aberdeenshire which encompasses agricultural land, residential and commercial lettings, wayleaves and recreational, arts, sporting and forestry interests. The market value of the property is in the range £10,000,001 - £10,100,000. The property generates a gross annual income of between £520,001 and £530,000. [Amended interest 14 December 2017].

I am a trustee and potential beneficiary of the Fordie Trust. The Trust owns property with a market value of between £3,700,001 and £3,800,000. The Property generates a gross annual income of between £70,000 and £80,000. I do not expect to receive any income from the Fordie Trust this session. [Amended interest 14 December 2017].

Interest in shares

I hold an Ordinary £1 share in St Nicholas Productions Limited, which promotes and engages in diversified theatrical, artistic and associated recreational enterprises connected with Leys Estate and the Banchory area, together with the provision of marketing and support services. The share represents 50% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in North Banchory Company Limited, a property development and letting company. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital, with a market value of approximately £10,874,387 at 31/10/17 per Management Accounts. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session. [Amended interest 14 December 2017, Amended interest 29 May 2018].

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Bancon Developments Holdings Limited, a company concerned with the building, contracting, dealing, developing and managing of property. The shares represent 37.59% of the issued share capital, with a market value of approximately £5,016,698 at 31/03/17 per Statutory Accounts. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session. [Amended interest 14 December 2017, Amended interest 29 May 2018].

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold an Ordinary £1 share in JIGSAW Energy Limited, a dormant company. The share represents 100% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited, a company providing of heat energy to residential and commercial consumers. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital, with a market value of approximately £386,876 at 31/10/17 per Management Accounts. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session. [Amended interest 14 December 2017, Amended interest 29 May 2018].

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Horn Enterprises Limited, a company involved in investment and financing of development opportunities. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 18 December 2018]

I hold 100 Ordinary £1 shares in Deeside Woodlands Products, a cooperative concerned with the production of timber products. The shares represent 14.3% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through Inchmarlo Land Holdings Limited, I hold “A” Ordinary £1 shares in Inchmarlo Land Company Limited, a property letting, managing and development company. The shares represent 19.17% of the issued share capital, with a market value of approximately £114,024 at 31/10/17 per Management Accounts. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session. [Amended interest 14 December 2017, Amended interest 29 May 2018].

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Inchmarlo Land Holdings Limited, a holding company. The shares represent 37.59% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Leys Business Services Limited, a limited company providing IT, HR and HSQE support services. The shares represent 50% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this session. [Registered 29 May 2018]

Voluntary

I am a director of St Nicholas Productions Limited.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 8 May 2019]

Until April 2017, I was a director, member and shareholder of Deeside Woodland Products, a cooperative.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 18 December 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alexander Burnett 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.

Finance and Constitution Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Budget 2021-22

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "My question is on the same area. Most people will be pretty shocked by the overall request for a 17 per cent increase in the budget, most of which comes in the staff cost provision, as you pointed out…

Chamber meeting date: 22 December 2020

UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The vote is not coming through on my screen. I would have voted no."

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 16 December 2020

Autism Support (PE1837)

Alexander Burnett: "Thank you for having me back for a second time this morning. I would just like you to know my interest as a co-founder of the cross-party group on autism…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 16 December 2020

Tick-borne Diseases (Treatment) (PE1662)

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "I thank the committee for allowing me to speak today. I will not go over all the detail that has been given in the papers, but there are two main areas that I think justify keeping the petition alive and looking at the issue further…

Chamber meeting date: 9 December 2020

Budget Update

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests…

Votes

How Alexander Burnett has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alexander Burnett has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23815.2

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 30 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23815

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Supported by: Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 30 against, 1 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.3

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Supported by: Anas Sarwar
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 94 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23768

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 21, 2020

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5 SP Bill 77 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alexander Burnett 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-34308

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has been made of electric vehicle charging installations that require upgrading; what its plans are to ensure that all electric vehicles will be compatible with the new second generation electric vehicle charging devices, and what assessment it has made to certify that all existing first generation…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33913

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether funeral directors and crematorium staff will be part of the second phase of key workers receiving the COVID-19 vaccine."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 22 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34194

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether police officers will be included on the priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33880

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will bring forward additional succession law reforms following the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33879

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to amend the (a) Trusts (Scotland) Act 1921 and/or (b) common law to broaden the circumstances whereby an executor or trustee can be removed."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33882

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the prevalence of executors who are considered problematic."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33884

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to take forward the Scottish Law Commission's 2014 proposals to modernise the powers for removal of executors."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33881

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the ability of legislation and common law to allow executors to be removed where they are not carrying out the responsibilities and duties of that role."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33870

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the actions being taken by the Scottish Dispute Resolution Delivery Group."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33883

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the cost of applying to the Court of Session is prohibitive for most families dealing with executors considered problematic."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 18 December 2020

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