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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Gail Ross

Scottish National Party

MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Gail Ross

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5927
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

106 High Street
Invergordon
IV18 0DR

Phone: 01349 888255
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Gail is a member of 10 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cycling, Walking and Buses

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Prevention and Healing of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scottish Gypsy/Traveller Community

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Gail does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Gail does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Gail has had 10 previous roles

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

01 September 2020 - 03 December 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 01 September 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 05 September 2019

Public Petitions Committee

Member

30 March 2017 - 03 September 2019

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Member

15 June 2016 - 03 September 2019

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Deputy Convener

14 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the First Minister

Scottish Government

29 September 2016 - 30 March 2017

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

06 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

Public Audit Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2016

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Gail'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 Gail Ross. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 22 November 2016 I was a local authority councillor for Highland Council (of Glenurquhart Road, Inverness). I worked 8 hours per week and received between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. This included use of a council laptop. I donated my council salary to local charities. From 22 November 2016 I no longer hold this office and therefore no longer receive any remuneration. [Amended interest 04 January 2017]

Until 22 November 2016 I was a local authority councillor for Highland Council (of Glenurquhart Road, Inverness). I worked 8 hours per week and received between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. This included use of a council laptop. I donated my council salary to local charities. From 22 November 2016 I no longer hold this office and therefore no longer receive any remuneration. [Amended interest 04 January 2017]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 11 June to 14 June 2017 I undertook a visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina as part of the Remembering Srebrenica delegation. The total cost of this trip was met by Remembering Srebrenica (a project of Ummah Help at Newland House, 137-139 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8UA) and was £591.00. [Registered 11 July 2017]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own, jointly with my husband, a flat in the Highland local authority area. The market value of the property is between £50,001 and £100,000 per annum. I receive gross income of up to £5,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a patron of Home-start Caithness.

I am on the board of directors for North Highland College UHI.

I am a trustee of the Mey Games. I do not receive any remuneration for this post. [Registered 29 November 2018]

I am an associate member of Wick RBLS Pipe Band.

I am a member of the Scottish Rural Parliament.

I am a member of the Scottish Sheep Shearing Association. [Registered 11 September 2018]

I am an advisor to the Board of North Highland College. [Registered 11 September 2018]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

On 18 August 2017 I was given a tartan bag from ANTA in Easter Ross. The value of this gift was £60. [Registered 23 August 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

I am Honorary Vice- President of Friends of the Far North Line. [Registered 03 February 2017]

I am the chairperson of the Wick Harbourfest Committee.

I am an advisory board member for Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.

I am the Political Education Officer of the SNP Wick Branch. Until March 2017 I was the Convener of the branch. [Amended interest 30 August 2017]

I am a member of the Garbh Allt Community Initiative. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 27 September 2018]

I am on the board of directors for North Highland College UHI.

I am a patron of Home-start Caithness.

On 8 November 2017 I joined the board of Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. [Registered 12 November 2017]

I am an associate member of Wick RBLS Pipe Band.

I am a patron of Caithness Broch Project. [Registered 11 September 2018]

I am a member of the Garbh Allt Community Initiative. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 27 September 2018]

I am the chairperson of the Wick Harbourfest Committee.

On 8 November 2017 I joined the board of Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. [Registered 12 November 2017]

I am the Political Education Officer of the SNP Wick Branch. Until March 2017 I was the Convener of the branch. [Amended interest 30 August 2017]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Gail Ross 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)

Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP): "Can the cabinet secretary explain to my constituents in the fishing industry, of which there are many, how the UK compensation scheme will replace the income that they have lost over the past few weeks?"

Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee meeting date: 14 January 2021

“The 2019/20 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts”

Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP): "Good morning to the Auditor General and our other witnesses. I want to go into the subject of whole-sector accounts…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

A77 (Upgrade) (PE1657)

Gail Ross: "I, too, support that action. I have nothing else to add."

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Mental Health Treatment (Consent) (PE1627)

Gail Ross: "I, too, record my thanks to Annette McKenzie. It is no small feat to get a parliamentary committee inquiry and then a debate in the chamber; that is a huge achievement in itself…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Housing Legislation (Review) (PE1756)

Gail Ross: "I agree that the adult support and protection improvement plan is dealing with some of the issues, and I note the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, which we hope will be passed in March 2021…

Votes

How Gail Ross has voted in Parliament

Find out how Gail Ross has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23958

Prioritising COVID-19 Vaccination and Economic Recovery

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Result 65 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23958.3

Prioritising COVID-19 Vaccination and Economic Recovery

Submitted by: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Jeane Freeman, Jenny Gilruth, Mairi Gougeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Result 65 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23803

Post-mortem Examinations (Defence Time Limit) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Result 26 for, 90 against, 1 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23917

Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 21, 2021

Result 26 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

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

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Gail Ross 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-04976

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what mental health and wellbeing support is available to expectant women and new mothers."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33971

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the proposal for a public service obligation for Wick John o' Groats Airport."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-32971

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when COVID-19 home testing kits will be available in the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-32930

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when large local authorities such as The Highland Council will be broken up into smaller county-size areas under the COVID-19 Strategic Framework to determine their tier level."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32972

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what awareness raising has been undertaken in advance of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 coming into force."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 6 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32897

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the independent review of its air quality strategy, which was completed in August 2019."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 30 October 2020

Question ref. S5O-04533

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to local authorities in their response to COVID-19."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-31275

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding whether the European Commission investigation into the complaint regarding the Northern Isles road equivalent tariff (RET) will be resolved."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 26 August 2020

Question ref. S5W-31244

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its plans are for setting out a statement of policy on food, in light of a Good Food Nation Bill no longer being introduced in the current parliamentary session."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 18 August 2020

Question ref. S5W-31079

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 4 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when its response to the reports of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery and Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board Sub-Group will be published."

Answered by: John Swinney on 5 August 2020

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