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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Edward Mountain

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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

About Edward Mountain

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6143
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Edward is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Edward is a member of 2 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Edward has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Edward does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Edward has had 5 previous roles

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

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Edward'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 Edward Mountain. The date of their initial statement was 02 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a partner in and owner of 50% of Delfur Fishings, of Moray, a rod and line salmon fishing. I expect to spend 1 hour a week on this role. In 2017 I received £10,000 income from this fishery. [Amended interest 24 November 2016, Amended interest 24 April 2018]

I am a Partner in Delfur Farms Farming Partnership, of Moray, a farming business with ancillary residential lettings. I receive remuneration in the form of utilities and insurance for my home of between £35,001 and £40,000. I expect to spend 2 to 4 hours a week on this role. [Amended interest 24 November 2016]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

From 14 August 2018 I own dog kennels in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own approximately 500 acres of farmland in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £3,000,001 and £3,500,000. [Registered 15 August 2018, Amended 28 May 2019]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. This farmhouse is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a croft in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Registered 15 August 2018]

I own a 50% share of a rod and line salmon fishing in Moray, operated by Delfur Fishings, which has a total market value of between £8,200,001 and £8,300,000. The property yields a gross annual income in the range £230,001 – £240,000. Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions placed on fishings, the estimated gross annual income in 2020 is no more than £40,000. [Amended interest 24 November 2016, Amended Interest 18 August 2020]

From 14 August 2018 I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £300,001 and £400,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £400,001 and £500,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Registered 15 August 2018]

From 14 August 2018 I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property. [Registered 15 August 2018]

Interest in shares

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 25 April 2019]

I own ordinary shares in HSBC with a value of £53,707. [Registered 24 April 2018, Amended interest 4 April 2019]

I own preference shares in a structured instrument created by BNP Paribas with a value of £39,744. [Amended interest 24 April 2018, Amended interest 4 April 2019]

Voluntary

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A cheque for £100 was made payable to Moray Riding for the Disabled and issued and posted by PA Advocacy on 4 October 2017. [Registered 24 October 2017]

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A bank transfer of £100 was made payable to MacMillan Cancer Research, Speyside Branch after notifying the details on 1 December 2020. [Registered 22 December 2020]

On Saturday 8th February 2020, I attended the Scotland v England Rugby match at Murrayfield as a guest of BT. The approximate cost of the hospitality was £250. [Registered 27 February 2020]

On Wednesday 22 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with Serco Group Plc, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration. [Registered 23 November 2017]

I am an unremunerated Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (usual cost of membership is in the region of £356). [Registered 22 December 2020]

On Wednesday 16 November 2016 I attended a dinner hosted by the Port of Cromarty Firth, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration. [Registered 17 November 2016]

On 1 November 2017 I attended the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Annual Dinner 2017 in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration. [Registered 2 November 2017]

On 2 October 2019 I attended the Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony and Dinner at The Sheraton Grand Hotel as a guest of Scottish Land and Estates. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration. [Registered 10 October 2019]

I completed an MSP survey for Savanta ComRes and, in return, a donation of £75 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled. [Registered 27 February 2020].

On 6 February 2017, I received a cheque for £100 to my nominated charity of 'Guide Dogs for the Blind', from ScottishPower Energy Retail Ltd. [Registered 10 February 2017]

On 9 March 2019, as a guest of BT Scotland, I attended the Six On Nations Rugby match at Murrayfield. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration. [Registered 4 April 2019]

I completed an MSP survey for ComRes Ltd and, in return, a donation of £50 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled. [Registered 24 April 2018]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 22 August 2019]

On Tuesday 14 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with EE (hosted by Kate Forbes MSP and Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland, Managing Director BT Regions) in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration. [Registered 16 November 2017]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Edward Mountain 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: 21 January 2021

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Before I begin, I would like to make a declaration of interests, in that I am a member of a family farming partnership. As convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, I am pleased to speak in this stage 1 debate…

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2021

Organ Transplant Patients (Covid-19 Vaccine)

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I know that a lot of joint work has gone into identifying the priority for vaccine delivery. Organ donation that leads to a transplant is one of the greatest gifts that can be given and, indeed, received…

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Rail Services

The Convener: "Item 2 is an evidence session on rail services, with witnesses from Abellio ScotRail and Network Rail…

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Interests

The Convener (Edward Mountain): "Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the committee’s first meeting in 2021. I ask everyone to put their mobile phones on silent. This meeting will be conducted virtually, with all of our members and witnesses participating remotely…

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 16 December 2020

Rural Development (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 [Draft]

The Convener (Edward Mountain): "Good morning, and welcome to the 34th meeting in 2020 of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. I ask everyone to ensure that their mobile phones and house phones—if they are at home—are on silent…

Votes

How Edward Mountain has voted in Parliament

Find out how Edward Mountain 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 Edward Mountain 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. S5O-04965

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether all children with learning disabilities in early years education are being identified and diagnosed to ensure that they are receiving targeted support."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33218

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding Lot 1 of the R100 high-speed broadband programme, whether it is on track to finalise the contract award to BT by the end of 2020; when the contract award with BT will be finalised, and when it will announce the revised delivery schedule for Lot 1."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 7 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33217

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding Lot 1 of the R100 high-speed broadband programme, how many properties (a) are eligible and (b) have applied for each level of the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme, and, in the event that applications are made to the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme prior to its link-up with the UK Government’s Rural…

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 3 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33353

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the further funding to support additional COVID-19 spending across health and social care services, how much (a) has already been transferred and (b) will be made available in the current financial year to each NHS board; how many tranches of payments this will include; on what dates each tranche of…

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33215

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will launch its Consultation on Scottish Court Fees 2021-2024."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33216

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the construction of the proposed HMP Highland, which company was awarded the public contract published on 26 August 2020 to provide specialist professional advisory services relating to the development of the new prison facility; how much this cost; what actions were required to address specific planning…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5O-04790

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on funding level 2 of SVQ training for social care workers, given their role during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33103

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many children in (a) the NHS Highland region and (b) Scotland are currently on the waiting list to have a neurological assessment under the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 18 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33106

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the current waiting time is for children in (a) the NHS Highland region and (b) Scotland who are waiting to be added onto the waiting list to having a neurological assessment under the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 18 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33107

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the length of time for children waiting to have a neurological assessment under the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, including those waiting to be added to, as well as those already on, the waiting list."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 18 November 2020

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