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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

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 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 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 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 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 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 up to £50,000. 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 £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 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]

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. [Amended interest 24 November 2016]

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 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 £150,001 and £200,000 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 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 £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 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 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 dog kennels in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. [Registered 15 August 2018]

Interest in shares

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 25 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]

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

Voluntary

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 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]

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].

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

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]

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 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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

Biography

Overview

I joined the army in 1980 and my military service took me to Cyprus, Uganda, Germany, Canada, Spain and Egypt. After leaving the army, I qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1997, becoming a senior partner for an Inverness-based firm in 2006.

I am one of seven regional MSPs for the Highlands and Islands, having been elected on 6 May 2016.

What motivated you to become an MSP?

I am passionate about campaigning on local issues that matter to the people of the Highlands and Islands. My main campaigning interests include healthcare provision, improving infrastructure, and renewing the Highland school estate. I also support a strong local economy, and I am passionate about agriculture and fisheries.

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.

Decision on Taking Business in Private

Edward Mountain made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee - 24 June 2020

The Convener (Edward Mountain): "Good morning, and welcome to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s 16th meeting in 2020…

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Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Food and Drink (Impact of Covid-19)

Edward Mountain made 27 Contributions to this discussion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee - 24 June 2020

The Convener: "Item 2 is an evidence session with stakeholders on the impact of Covid-19 on agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and food and drink. I welcome our panel…

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Plant Health (Official Controls and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/176)

Edward Mountain made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee - 24 June 2020

The Convener: "Item 3 is consideration of two negative instruments…

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Plant Breeders’ Rights (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

Edward Mountain made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee - 24 June 2020

The Convener: "Item 4 is on the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018…

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Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Edward Mountain made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 17 June 2020

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I support the member’s intention to stop the damaging of badger setts, which we should not condone. I am a farmer, as is listed in the register of members’ interests…

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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.

S5W-29797 - Answered

09 June 2020

Mountain, Edward: "To ask the Scottish Government what guidance the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has given to NHS boards regarding the roadmap to recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak, and when the cabinet secretary will review each board's roadmap."

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S5W-29844 - Answered

10 June 2020

Mountain, Edward: "To ask the Scottish Government whether there will be a limit on the number of families that will be allowed to stay in self-catering accommodation when they become available to access on 15 July 2020."

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S5W-29799 - Answered

09 June 2020

Mountain, Edward: "To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport will next meet with the Chief Executive of NHS Highland."

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S5W-29800 - Answered

09 June 2020

Mountain, Edward: "To ask the Scottish Government when it was last given an update from NHS Highland regarding the development of the North of Scotland Elective Care Centre."

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S5W-29795 - Answered

09 June 2020

Mountain, Edward: "To ask the Scottish Government how many pupils with additional support needs (ASN) pupils have not had daily access to an ASN teacher during the COVID-19 lockdown, broken down by local authority."

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