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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Mark Ruskell

Scottish Green Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2003 - 2007

About Mark Ruskell

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6468
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

67A King Street
Stirling
FK8 1BN

Phone: 01786 448 203
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Mark is a member of 9 cross-party groups

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 International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Lung Health

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rail

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mark has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

Party Roles

Mark has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

Previous roles

Mark has had 9 previous roles

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

13 September 2018 - 16 September 2020

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Deputy Convener

04 September 2018 - 13 September 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

29 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

21 June 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Fisheries

Scottish Green Party

28 June 2006 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

28 May 2003 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

09 September 2004 - 07 June 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Deputy Convener

30 June 2004 - 09 September 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

03 September 2003 - 30 June 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Mark'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 Mark Ruskell. The date of their initial statement was 02 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until May 2017 I was a local authority councillor for Stirling Council (of Old Viewforth, 14-20 Pitt Terrace, Stirling FK8 2ET). I worked 15 hours per week in this role. Until 15 May 2016, when my salary ceased, I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. [Amended interest 28 October 2017]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

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). [Registered 28 September 2018]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am an Honorary Associate Member of the British Veterinary Association. [Registered 28 October 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 28 October 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Mark Ruskell 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.

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee meeting date: 25 January 2021

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

Mark Ruskell: "It is good to hear the answer to that last question. The information sharing needs to be seamless. I will ask about bringing forward the regulations…

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee meeting date: 25 January 2021

Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land) Regulations 2020 [Draft]

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "I welcome the minister to his new portfolio. I have a couple of questions about public accessibility of the new register. You will have seen from evidence that we have taken that people have a real desire to access the information…

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee meeting date: 25 January 2021

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Order 2020 (SI 2020/1557)

Mark Ruskell: "The United Kingdom emissions trading scheme is a long-running saga, and another instrument has come forward to put it into place…

Chamber meeting date: 21 January 2021

Place-based Economic Development Zones

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Simply renaming free ports “green ports” does not guard against the race to the bottom in standards. In its submission to the survey, Forth Ports identified a new gas-fired power—Inaudible.—as a key net zero project. Will the minister—Inaudible…

Chamber meeting date: 21 January 2021

Rural Economy (Impact of European Union Exit)

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Delays to exports of fresh produce have led to growing concern about mountains of food waste…

Votes

How Mark Ruskell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mark Ruskell has voted recently.

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 for

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 for

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

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

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Mark Ruskell 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-34621

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 18 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how the proposed update to fire alarm regulations take account of alarm scrappage and recycling."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 25 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34739

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 22 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it allocated to the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) elements (a) Area-based Schemes, (b) Loans and Cashback, (c) Warmer Homes Scotland and (d) Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Advice and Support in 2020-21."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34737

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 22 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact the mechanical harvest of seaweed might have on kelp beds, and what work it has commissioned on this."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34738

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 22 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it last carried out a review of the health of kelp beds."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04943

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 13 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the roll-out of providing naloxone for frontline police officers to respond to suspected overdoses."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34030

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 14 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the condition is of each feature on designated sites in the Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, broken down by whether they are the responsibility of a public body."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 11 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34391

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-28898 and S5W-29681 by Joe FitzPatrick on 15 May and 18 June 2020 respectively, in light of it currently waiting for a needs assessment review, a Scottish Health Council lived experience report and NHS Information Services data, and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport's…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34392

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-28898 and S5W-29681 by Joe FitzPatrick on 15 May and 18 June 2020 respectively, whether the National Neurological Framework is the mode for delivering services to people with ME; which neurology departments currently offer services to people with ME, and what assurances it can…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-34205

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-31967 by Clare Haughey on 5 October 2020, whether (a) the funded training of additional psychological therapists is available to NHS staff only, (b) it is funding training in (i) clinical and (ii) applied psychology for people who do not work in the NHS, and (c) it is funding…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33922

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 9 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-33328 by Roseanna Cunningham on 2 December 2020, whether NatureScot will publish its monitoring programme that led it to conclude that “there is little evidence to show that gamebirds are causing damage to European sites in Scotland”."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 18 December 2020

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