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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Finlay Carson

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Finlay Carson

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @fincarson

Facebook: Finlay's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5890
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

107 King Street
Castle Douglas
DG7 1LZ

Phone: 01556 504991
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Finlay is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Finlay is a member of 11 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dementia

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Digital Participation

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fishing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Future of Football in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Shared Parenting

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Finlay does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Finlay has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Natural Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Finlay has had 11 previous roles

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

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 25 February 2020

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Animal Welfare

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Digital Economy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Biodiversity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 17 September 2019

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Fisheries

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Register of interests

Finlay'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 Finlay Carson. The date of their initial statement was 09 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a Director of CMS Broadband Ltd, an IT consultancy firm (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). Prior to my election I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. I have received nothing since March 2016 and will take no salary during this session of Parliament. [Amended interest 13 September 2017]

I am a partner in J and F Carson, formerly a farming business, and currently a property partnership (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). I have not received remuneration for this role since my election in 2016. [Amended interest 13 September 2017]

I am a former Councillor with Dumfries and Galloway Council, (of English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD). I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000, which I donated to local organisations in my ward. I spent approximately 16 hours per week on the role. I stood down from the role on 4 May 2017. [Amended interest 13 September 2017]

I am a Director of CMS Broadband Ltd, an IT consultancy firm (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). Prior to my election I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. I have received nothing since March 2016 and will take no salary during this session of Parliament. [Amended interest 13 September 2017]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

From 14 to 16 August 2018 I travelled to Norway on a study visit to explore Deposit Return Schemes. The costs of the visit were approximately £689, £220 for hotel, £319 for flights and around £150 for meals, which were met by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (a registered charity that funds the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society of Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG). I believe that the interest does not meet the prejudice test. [Registered 7 May 2019]

I attended the Scotland v Wales rugby match at Murrayfield on Sat 9th of March as guests of BT Scotland. In addition to the ticket for the match, the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £500. I believe that the interest does not meet the prejudice test. [Registered 7 May 2019]

On 23 February 2018 I and my daughter attended the Scotland v France rugby match at Murrayfield as guests of BT Openreach. In addition to tickets for the match the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £1000. I do not consider that this meets the prejudice test but wish it to be registered in the voluntary section of my register. [Registered 14 March 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Finlay Carson 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.

Green Recovery Inquiry

Finlay Carson made 5 Contributions to this discussion

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee - 15 September 2020

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "We have touched on some of the priorities in the Government’s programme, such as investment in low carbon and supporting skills…

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Dirty Camping

Finlay Carson made 4 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 09 September 2020

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "I thank Murdo Fraser for securing the debate. The £3 million VisitScotland scheme to encourage holidays at home in Scotland has resulted in more staycations, but communities have largely been left to clean up the consequences…

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Green Recovery Inquiry

Finlay Carson made 12 Contributions to this discussion

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee - 08 September 2020

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "I will pull us back to focus more on what this session is about—the green recovery. We all understand that there needs to be a just transition; I will focus on some of the environment policies…

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Programme for Government 2020-21

Finlay Carson made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 02 September 2020

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "Will the member remind us when the commitment to the R100 programme was first made in the chamber and how many years late the programme will be when it is delivered?"

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UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Finlay Carson made 4 Contributions to this discussion

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee - 01 September 2020

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "We have heard a lot about the issues with the internal market white paper, but, unfortunately, we have not heard very much about the huge positives of having a smooth internal market with no barriers and how important that is to the rural economy and thousands of businesses across Scotland. It is unfortunate that we are hearing about the division…

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Votes

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Finlay Carson 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-31490 - Answered

31 August 2020

Carson, Finlay: "To ask the Scottish Government whether Forestry and Land Scotland is planning to introduce an annual scheme to allow motorhomes and campervans to park overnight in forest car parks."

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S5W-31445 - Answered

27 August 2020

Carson, Finlay: "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the carbon savings achieved by each wind farm in each of the last five years."

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S5W-31344 - Answered

21 August 2020

Carson, Finlay: "To ask the Scottish Government what plans there are to introduce battery-powered trains on the Stranraer rail link, and what the timescale is."

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S5W-31343 - Answered

21 August 2020

Carson, Finlay: "To ask the Scottish Government what scoping work is being carried out regarding the introduction of bi-mode trains on the Stranraer rail link."

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S5W-31345 - Answered

21 August 2020

Carson, Finlay: "To ask the Scottish Government what exploratory work is being carried out to decarbonise the Stranraer rail link."

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