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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 online

Twitter: @dajcameron

Facebook: Donald's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6989
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Donald is a member of 2 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 has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Donald has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Donald has had 15 previous roles

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

20 August 2020 - 02 September 2020

COVID19 Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

06 February 2019 - 13 August 2020

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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 Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Environment

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 Land Reform

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

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

Remuneration and related undertaking

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]

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.

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]

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.

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.

Chamber meeting date: 20 January 2021

Drugs Policy

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "The First Minister will be aware of project ADDER—addiction, disruption, diversion, enforcement and recovery—which is a whole-system approach that has been launched by the UK Government to tackle the cause of drug deaths, with support for law enforcement, treatment and recovery. The Welsh Government has signed up to that programme, but the Scottish…

Chamber meeting date: 20 January 2021

Health and Care Workforce

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I was slightly thrown earlier, as I was expecting to open the debate for the Conservatives, but Maurice Golden, being the experienced improvisation artist that he is, did that so ably that I am sure that no one noticed…

Health and Sport Committee meeting date: 19 January 2021

Scrutiny of NHS Boards (NHS Highland)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Good morning. On vaccination, are you able to give us any sense of percentages in relation to residents in care homes? Can you reassure us that GP practices in rural parts of the NHS Highland region will get the vaccine on time…

COVID-19 Committee meeting date: 14 January 2021

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No 11) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/3)

The Convener (Donald Cameron): "Good morning, and welcome to the second meeting in 2021 of the COVID-19 Committee. We have received apologies from Monica Lennon and Beatrice Wishart. David Stewart and Alex Cole-Hamilton join us as their substitutes—welcome…

Votes

How Donald Cameron has voted in Parliament

Find out how Donald Cameron has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23903

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 100 for, 1 against, 21 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23910

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 118 for, 1 against, 2 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23911

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 96 for, 5 against, 18 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23894.1

Protecting Scotland’s Health and Care Workforce

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Supported by: Maurice Golden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 56 for, 62 against, 5 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23894.3

Protecting Scotland’s Health and Care Workforce

Submitted by: Jeane Freeman, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon, Clare Haughey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Result 64 for, 58 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

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.

Question ref. S5W-34433

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a detailed cost breakdown and variance analysis comparing the original contract price and the current completion cost estimate for the two vessels under construction at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 21 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34432

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the current completion cost estimate is for the two vessels under construction at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 20 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34434

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the expected in-service dates are for the two vessels under construction at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 20 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34651

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) bed and breakfast establishments and (b) self-catering accommodation businesses in areas subject to Level (i) 3 and (ii) 4 restrictions are ineligible for the top-up grant as part of the Strategic Framework Business Fund, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34571

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to recruit retired and former NHS staff to assist in the COVID-19 vaccination programme."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34527

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish on a daily basis the number of health and social care staff who have received their (a) first and (b) second dose of COVID-19 vaccine."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34431

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide the budgeted annual subsidy requirements of the two new vessels currently under construction at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow once they are in service."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34524

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish on a daily basis the number of people who have received their (a) first and (b) second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, broken down by age group."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34525

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish on a daily basis its stock level of each COVID-19 vaccine."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34437

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of any grant funding or access arrangements for third party-owned terminals to be used following the completion of the two new vessels currently under construction at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow."

Awaiting answer

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