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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

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]

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

I am a patron of Home-start Caithness.

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

I am the chairperson of the Wick Harbourfest Committee.

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

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

I am the chairperson of the Wick Harbourfest Committee.

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

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]

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]

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

I am an associate member of Wick RBLS Pipe Band.

I am a member of the Scottish Rural Parliament.

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

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

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

I am an associate member of Wick RBLS Pipe Band.

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

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

I am a patron of Home-start Caithness.

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.

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…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 13 January 2021

Stocking of Salmon Rivers (Consultation) (PE1782)

Gail Ross: "It seems as though we have a successful outcome, so I congratulate the petitioner. Obviously, he is welcome to bring the issue back to Parliament if he is dissatisfied with the way things go. He does not need to wait for a full year for that…

Votes

How Gail Ross has voted in Parliament

Find out how Gail Ross 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 against

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 for

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 for

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 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. 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

Question ref. S5W-29813

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 9 June 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how much (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure is allocated to islands and remote rural areas during the period covered by the Scottish Budget for 2020-21, and what proportion of each is allocated to support businesses and social enterprises that support or enhance biodiversity."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 June 2020

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