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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

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 13 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

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 Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Election Co-ordinator

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 Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Party Spokesperson on Sport

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

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 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.

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]

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: 25 February 2021

Decision Time

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to vote. I would have voted yes."

Chamber meeting date: 24 February 2021

Crown Office (Correspondence)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I refer to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am a member of the Faculty of Advocates. It is fundamental to democracy in Scotland that the Parliament is free to conduct its business without external pressure from Government agencies…

Health and Sport Committee meeting date: 23 February 2021

Social Care Inquiry

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "My questions are on fair work and support for unpaid carers. My first question is broad: in terms of fair work, how does the panel feel the value of the social care sector should be best recognised?"

COVID-19 Committee meeting date: 18 February 2021

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No 16) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

The Convener: "Under agenda item 2, the committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Michael Russell MSP; Professor Jason Leitch, who is the national clinical director for the Scottish Government; and Sam Anson, who is the deputy director of improvement attainment and wellbeing, also for the Scottish…

COVID-19 Committee meeting date: 18 February 2021

Citizens Panel

The Convener (Donald Cameron): "Good morning, and welcome to the sixth meeting in 2021 of the COVID-19 Committee. We have received apologies from Monica Lennon. I welcome Alex Rowley, who joins us as her substitute…

Votes

How Donald Cameron has voted in Parliament

Find out how Donald Cameron has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24224

Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill

Submitted by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Supported by: Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Result 88 for, 31 against, 5 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24224.1

Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill

Submitted by: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Result 53 for, 62 against, 10 abstained, 4 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24224.2

Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Result 22 for, 60 against, 41 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24225

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Supported by: Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Result 88 for, 1 against, 35 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24206.3

Fair Funding for Local Government

Submitted by: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Supported by: Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Result 65 for, 51 against, 0 abstained, 13 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-35563

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of its revised COVID-19 Strategic Framework, whether it has considered further reducing restrictions in Level 3 areas for island communities that have consistently low cases of COVID-19, earlier than outlined."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35529

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has produced regarding offering hospital patients aged (a) 60 to 69, (b) 70 to 79 and (c) 80 or over a COVID-19 vaccination prior to discharge, and under what circumstances it (i) must and (ii) must not be offered."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35499

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will reopen the Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund to support seafood processors who are unable to access the new Seafood Producers Resilience Fund."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35317

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the £4.25 million funding for domestic abuse charities that it announced in September 2020 has been extended to September 2021."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35318

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-32076 by Jeane Freeman on 23 October 2020, whether it will provide an update on how many of the 250 community link workers (a) have been recruited and (b) are in post."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35114

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the average time taken has been between it receiving an external offer to help with COVID-19 diagnostic testing and it responding to the offer."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 16 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35112

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many offers to help with COVID-19 diagnostic testing it has received in each month since March 2020 that it has (a) subsequently taken up and (b) not yet responded to."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 16 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35190

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

"To ask the Scottish Government whether third sector staff who are not registered with the Care Inspectorate but who are contracted by NHS boards and health and social care partnerships to provide care and support to clients will receive the £500 payment for health and social care staff."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35162

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government on how many occasions the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline has been unable to reschedule appointments due to faults with the booking system, and over which dates these faults occurred."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-35129

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has required NHS boards to set a maximum distance that people should travel to receive their COVID-19 vaccine."

Awaiting answer

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