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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Margaret Mitchell

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2003 - present day

About Margaret Mitchell

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5639
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Margaret is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Margaret has 1 parliamentary and government role

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Party Roles

Margaret has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Community Safety

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Margaret has had 16 previous roles

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

14 June 2016 - 20 August 2020

Conveners Group

Member

06 February 2019 - 20 February 2019

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

06 October 2016 - 27 October 2016

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

10 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Justice Committee

Member

13 March 2013 - 23 March 2016

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

16 November 2011 - 11 September 2013

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Member

23 June 2011 - 07 March 2013

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 16 November 2011

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

19 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Conveners Group

Member

27 June 2007 - 16 June 2010

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 19 June 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

03 September 2003 - 02 April 2007

Justice 2 Committee

Substitute Member

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Justice 1 Committee

Member

22 May 2003 - 10 October 2005

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice and Home Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Register of interests

Margaret'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 Margaret Mitchell. The date of their initial statement was 31 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 11 to 14 November 2014 I participated in a fact-finding and educational seminar on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem Jerusalem. The total costs of the trip, including travel and accommodation, were £1,600 and a portion of these costs were met by Yad Vasham Resource Centre (£450) (a non-profit education and dialogue organisation of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem) with the majority of the costs being met by the Council of Christians and Jews. The trip included a visit to Ramallah to meet with an official from the Palestinian Authority. [Amended interest 22 February 2017]

From 13 to 18 August 2005 I visited Taiwan to observe and study the economy, its public services and its relationship with its neighbours. The Republic of China Government met the costs of the visit, £1,965.

From 8 October to 14 October 2013, I participated in a cross-party visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the invitation of the Director General, Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). The delegation attended National Day, met President Ma and held meetings with a number of government department ministers as well as representatives from trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the visit was £2,050 for return flights, £725 for hotel accommodation, £191 for meals and £142 for transport. All costs (which totalled £3,108) were met by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I own 1% of the issued share capital in Fairfield Properties Limited, a property investment company.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Margaret Mitchell 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.

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints meeting date: 2 March 2021

Decision on Taking Business in Private

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "I say at the outset that I welcome the Lord Advocate’s decision that today’s evidence session, in which he is giving evidence as the Scottish Government’s chief legal adviser, will be held fully in public…

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints meeting date: 2 March 2021

Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Margaret Mitchell: "I thank the Lord Advocate for his opening statement. I am familiar with both the Lord Advocate and the Crown Agent from my previous role as convener of the Justice Committee. We have had a good and productive working relationship in the past…

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing meeting date: 1 March 2021

Brexit and Policing

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con): "My first question is for DCC Kerr. You said that the public has to be patient, which I think is absolutely right. What you have said this morning is encouraging. When I was looking over the papers, I was conscious that there were a lot of acronyms…

Votes

How Margaret Mitchell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Margaret Mitchell has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24038

Scottish Parliamentary Standards (Sexual Harassment and Complaints Process) Bill

Submitted by: Bill Kidd, Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Result 119 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24057

Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Gordon Lindhurst, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Supported by: Andy Wightman
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Result 62 for, 0 against, 56 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24275

Campaign Recess

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 95 for, 1 against, 21 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24263

Scotland’s Recovery

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, March 1, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 84 for, 34 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24263.2

Scotland’s Recovery

Submitted by: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Result 84 for, 33 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Margaret Mitchell 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-34846

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether teachers, across all local authorities, who undertake assessments for dyslexia are appropriately trained and skilled."

Answered by: John Swinney on 4 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34847

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, as part of its response to the 2020 report on the review of additional support for learning implementation, whether it plans to investigate issues regarding the qualifications and training provided for teachers to enable them to competently assess for dyslexia, in light of concerns that, in a number of local…

Answered by: John Swinney on 4 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34845

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, as part of its response to the 2020 report on the review of additional support for learning implementation, whether it will provide evidence to show how young people will not be subject to a so-called “postcode lottery” in relation to access to support."

Answered by: John Swinney on 4 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34842

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what quality assurance measures are in place in local authorities in relation to the identification of secondary school pupils with dyslexia; what its position is on whether these measures are (a) appropriate and robust in relation to the levels of identification and (b) addressing the issue of low identification…

Answered by: John Swinney on 4 February 2021

Question ref. S5O-04936

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when the next evaluation will be carried out of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements project, in line with the Scottish Trunk Road Infrastructure Project Evaluation guidance."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34110

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many projects have been funded via the Agricultural Transformation Programme; how much funding each project has been awarded to date, and how it plans to distribute the remainder of the £40 million fund before the end of the financial year."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 24 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-32724

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when the standards for a Barnahus response to children and young people who have been victims and witnesses of violence in Scotland will be put out for consultation."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 16 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-31581

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many applications there have been for legal aid under the Advice and Assistance (Proceedings for Recovery of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 in each year since they came into force, and how many of those applications have been successful."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 17 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-31580

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to raise awareness of the Advice and Assistance (Proceedings for Recovery of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2017."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 17 September 2020

Question ref. S5O-04497

Asked by: Mitchell, Margaret, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of the prison estate and whether it is fit for purpose."

Awaiting answer

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