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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Donald Cameron

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2016 - present day

About Donald Cameron

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6989
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Donald is a member of 9 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Carers

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Chronic Pain

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dyslexia

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gàidhlig

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Donald does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Donald has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Donald has had 11 previous roles

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

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Europe and External Relations

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Election Co-ordinator

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 06 September 2018

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Health and Sport Committee

Member

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2016 - 09 March 2017

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Donald's register of interests

MSP's 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 Donald Cameron. The date of their initial statement was 09 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a non-executive director of Murray Income Trust, a PLC (of 7th Floor, 40 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BY) listed on the London Stock Exchange, which is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. I attend 5 board meetings per year, lasting half a day each, and receive remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum. [Amended interest 31 July 2017]

I was a non-executive director of Slitco Ltd, a private limited investment company (of Lovat Estates Office, Station Road, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7DA). I attended one meeting per year (lasting half a day) until my resignation on 1 June 2016. For the month of May 2016 I was paid £575.38. Following my resignation as a director I will not receive any further remuneration.

Since becoming an MSP on 6 May 2016 up until 10 October 2018, I was a practising, self-employed Advocate and member of the Faculty of Advocates (Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF). During this time period, I spent 8 days in total working as an Advocate and earnt £20,660, although a significant proportion of those earnings was in relation to other work undertaken before being elected on 5 May 2016 but paid after that date. As of 10 October 2018, I altered my status to that of “non-practising”, meaning I am unable to accept instructions and will accordingly undertake no further work as an Advocate during my time as a MSP. [Amended interest 6 February 2017, amended interest 6 April 2018, amended interest 30 October 2018]

I am a non-executive director of Edinburgh Worldwide Investment Trust a PLC (of Calton Square, 1 Greenside Row, Edinburgh EH1 3AN) listed on the London Stock Exchange, which is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. I attend 5 board meetings per year, lasting half a day each, and receive remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum. [Amended interest 6 February 2017, Amended interest 11 December 2018]

Gifts

No registrable interests.

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own Achnacarry Estate, a landholding in the Highland local authority area which supports a commercial, forestry and agricultural business, with income from: residential property lets; agricultural and crofting lets (including agricultural subsidy); holiday lets (including income from boating/ fishing/ caravans/ camping); fish-farming rental; renewable energy (hydro-electric/ biomass heating); telecoms sites; deerstalking/ shooting; and utility wayleaves. The approximate value of the estate is between £6,500,001 and £6,600,000. The property yields a gross annual income in the range £450,001 – £460,000. After costs and losses are taken into account, the net income from the business (for the year April 2016 to April 2017) was £0. Although this business trades in my name, I do not receive any taxable income from it. [Amended interest 6 February 2017, amended interest 6 April 2018]

Interest in shares

I own 9.45 per cent of Green Highland Renewables (Achnacarry) Limited, a company which was created to invest in the development, construction and maintenance of three hydro-electric schemes on Achnacarry Estate (see under Heritable Property above). These are ordinary shares which have a market value of £700,000.

Voluntary

I am a trustee of Lochaber Rural Education Trust.

I am a trustee of Lochaber Rural Education Trust.

Biography

Overview

Originally from Lochaber, I graduated from the University of Oxford and City University London, before qualifying as an Advocate at the Scottish Bar in 2005. I practised across Scotland, focusing on public, agricultural and crofting law.

Prior to entering Parliament, I was appointed a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government from 2009 to 2016.

What motivated you to become an MSP?

I always took an interest in domestic and international politics, partly because my uncle – Michael Ancram – was a long-serving Member of Parliament and Minister under two Conservative governments.

I took a particular interest in the Scottish Parliament when I attended a debate in 1999, not long after it had been convened.

As a Highlander, I have seen governments of all political stripes fail to address the many unique difficulties our region faces. I want to provide a voice for those rural communities that feel left behind, and this drives me in what I do as an MSP.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Donald Cameron 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.

Economic Recovery

Donald Cameron made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "As colleagues have intimated, we welcome the report’s publication, and we express thanks to Benny Higgins and others for putting it together so quickly…

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Approach to the Committee’s Inquiry

Donald Cameron made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints - 22 June 2020

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I echo what Jackie Baillie said about the importance of the committee meeting physically as soon as possible in August, in whatever way the Parliament and the members of the committee might deem suitable…

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Brexit

Donald Cameron made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Finance and Constitution Committee - 19 June 2020

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I have two questions on the continuity bill, cabinet secretary. The first is about the workload involved. I believe that the EU produces approximately 2,000 laws, directives and regulations per year…

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Covid-19: Next Steps

Donald Cameron made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 18 June 2020

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "On a similar topic, hospitality businesses, be they pubs, cafes, hotels or restaurants, are in despair. They will be bitterly disappointed by the statement and the lack of detail in it. For that sector, every day matters at this time of year…

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Covid-19 (Safe Reopening)

Donald Cameron made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 18 June 2020

1. Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update of its plans to safely reopen sectors of the economy. (S5O-04420)"

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Written questions

Written questions Donald Cameron 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.

S5W-30231 - Unanswered

24 June 2020

Cameron, Donald: "To ask the Scottish Government, with regard to the Corran Narrows ferry service, what its response is to The Highland Council’s position that councillors need to decide whether to “invest and retain the service in house or transfer responsibilities to Transport Scotland based on the principles set out in the Scottish Ferries…

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S5W-29686 - Answered

05 June 2020

Cameron, Donald: "To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers regarding plans to allow self-catering accommodation businesses to trade again when it is safe to do so."

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S5W-29684 - Answered

05 June 2020

Cameron, Donald: "To ask the Scottish Government what safety measures and guidance it is putting in place to allow self-catering accommodation businesses to trade again when it is safe to do so."

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S5W-29685 - Answered

05 June 2020

Cameron, Donald: "To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with local authorities regarding plans to allow self-catering accommodation businesses to trade again when it is safe to do so."

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S5W-29687 - Answered

05 June 2020

Cameron, Donald: "To ask the Scottish Government whether it has an indicative date for (a) certain types of and (b) all self-catering accommodation to trade again."

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