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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 10 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 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 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 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

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 Biodiversity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Digital Economy

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

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

Remuneration and related undertaking

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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.

Chamber meeting date: 14 January 2021

Managing Scotland’s Fisheries

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the cabinet secretary has taken up parliamentary time with one of his infamous rages, rather than coming up with solutions to what should be short-term issues…

Chamber meeting date: 14 January 2021

Fly-tipping

4. Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in tackling fly-tipping. (S5O-04916)"

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

A77 (Upgrade) (PE1657)

Finlay Carson: "I again thank the committee for the broad non-party-political position that it has taken. That position reflects that of the communities that the A75 and A77 are routed through…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Rural Scotland (Healthcare Needs) (PE1845)

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "Thank you for the opportunity to speak to the petition, which I very much support…

Chamber meeting date: 23 December 2020

Education (Attainment Gap)

1. Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on closing the attainment gap between pupils from the most and least deprived backgrounds. (S5O-04873)"

Votes

How Finlay Carson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Finlay Carson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23815.2

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 30 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23815

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Supported by: Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 30 against, 1 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.3

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Supported by: Anas Sarwar
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 94 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23768

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 21, 2020

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5 SP Bill 77 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

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.

Question ref. S5O-04873

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on closing the attainment gap between pupils from the most and least deprived backgrounds."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04854

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to the courts system to allow criminal jury trials to proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04759

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is providing to the UK Government with its review of transport infrastructure."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-32967

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to extend free dental treatment to women for a year after the birth of their child, in light of the impact of COVID-19 on accessing treatment."

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 11 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32792

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the system that is currently being used for the roll-out of the flu vaccination programme will also be used for the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine once one is available."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 9 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32229

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the scientific and medical evidence on which the most recent COVID-19 restrictions are based."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 9 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32331

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the changes to the COVID-19 restrictions, whether it will provide an update on what funding streams are available to assist squash clubs."

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 2 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32228

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it plans to introduce to assist local and community sports clubs in allowing spectators back in, and what financial measures will be implemented to help mitigate the impact of lost revenue due to spectators not being permitted to attend games."

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick on 27 October 2020

Question ref. S5O-04691

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Scottish Growth Scheme."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-32007

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the further restrictions imposed on 23 September 2020, what plans it has to introduce testing for staff working in supported living accommodation that is regulated by the Care Inspectorate."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 October 2020

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