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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 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 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

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]

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: 21 January 2021

Rural Economy (Impact of European Union Exit)

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "The cabinet secretary says that he will keep working with stakeholders to find and implement solutions. The problem is that Mr Ewing needs to come up with solutions now…

Chamber meeting date: 21 January 2021

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

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "Good afternoon, Presiding Officer."

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee meeting date: 19 January 2021

Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/416)

Finlay Carson: "I have some questions on the same subject. There were initially some flaws in the methodology, which had to be changed…

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee meeting date: 19 January 2021

Climate Change Plan

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "I am quite concerned that we have not had a straight answer to Mark Ruskell’s question. We are talking about offshoring with regard to not just the economic impact and how that might work out, but the carbon impact…

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…

Votes

How Finlay Carson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Finlay Carson 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 voted for

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 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. S5W-34588

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) bills, (b) regulations and (c) consultations it has postponed since March 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, broken down by portfolio area."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 22 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34589

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the responses from local authority stakeholders to the consultation on short-term lets, whether it will provide grants or loans to councils to assist with the costs of setting up a licensing scheme, and how many have (a) requested and (b) indicated that they might require additional funding."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 21 January 2021

Question ref. S5O-04959

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the support being provided to businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04916

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 6 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in tackling fly-tipping."

Awaiting answer

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

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