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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Paul Wheelhouse

Scottish National Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2011 - present day

About Paul Wheelhouse

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

Phone: 01450 379572
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

8 Sandbed
Hawick
TD9 0HE

Phone: 01450 379572
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Paul is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Paul is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Paul has 1 parliamentary and government role

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Paul does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Paul has had 7 previous roles

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

18 May 2016 - 26 June 2018

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

Scottish Government

21 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

Scottish Government

06 September 2012 - 21 November 2014

Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Scottish Government

01 June 2011 - 06 September 2012

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

23 February 2012 - 06 September 2012

parliamentaryLiaisonOfficerToTheCabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy

Scottish Government

01 June 2011 - 06 September 2012

Finance Committee

Member

24 June 2011 - 22 February 2012

parliamentaryLiaisonOfficerToTheCabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment

Scottish Government

Register of interests

Paul's register of interests

MSP's 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 Paul Wheelhouse. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

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 formerly worked as a social and economic policy specialist, and through a 19 year career developed expertise in research and as expert witness in support of local plan inquiries, with a specific role in modelling school infrastructure needs of new residential developments. For a wide range of public and private sector clients I undertook: economic appraisal; policy evaluation; project appraisal and economic analysis; Further Education and Higher Education demand research/participation benchmarking and trends; strategic marketing/environmental analysis; education expert witness services; and analysis of demand and supply trends and market drivers in UK residential markets.

I am a former Secretary of Cockburnspath Community Council, Scottish Borders (2001-2005). This position was relinquished when I moved to Ayton.

I am a former Secretary of Berwickshire Community Council Forum and Environment Group, Scottish Borders (2004).

I am a former member of East Berwickshire Communities – a now disbanded consultative forum feeding into the EU funded Eyemouth and East Berwickshire Partnership, i.e. a local regeneration partnership serving the communities of Berwickshire.

I was a member of the following prior to relinquishing my memberships upon taking up my position as a Scottish Government junior minister (September 2012 – to date): I am a former member of Rail Action Group East Scotland (RAGES) which seeks, among its aims to reinstate local/commuter rail services between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed, with reopened/new stations at East Linton and Reston. I am a former member of Shelter Scotland. I am a former member of the Campaign for Borders Rail. I am a former member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). I am a former member of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA).

In addition, prior to my election in 2011, I was a member of Ayton Community Council, Scottish Borders (2006-2011). This position had to be relinquished with immediate effect upon my election as a MSP.

I am a former member of Eyemouth and East Berwickshire Partnership Tourism Grants Assessment Panel which was wound up once EU funding ceased.

I previously worked for Pieda plc from 1992-1998 as an assistant economist and then as an economic consultant. From 1998 to 2009 I worked for DTZ Pieda Consulting/DTZ Consulting & Research as an economic consultant and later a senior economic consultant. From 2009 to 2010 I worked for BiGGAR Economics Ltd as senior consultant, before working as a freelance consultant for a short period prior to my election in 2011 and received no remuneration in that capacity after being elected to serve in the Parliament in 2011. Past Clients For the purposes of transparency, my past clients have included the following government organisations and agencies: • Scottish Funding Council • Scottish Enterprise • Scottish Government • Highlands & Islands Enterprise • Careers Scotland / Skills Development Scotland • East of England Development Agency • HEFCE • Learning & Skills Council (at England and Regional level) • National Museums of Scotland • North West Development Agency • Northern Ireland Office and, subsequently, Northern Ireland Assembly • One North East • South East England Development Agency My past clients have also included the City of Edinburgh Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Fife Council, Sanctuary Housing Association and Glasgow Housing Association. My past clients have also included the following bodies in the university and college sector: • University of Aberdeen • Argyll College • Borders College • University of Wales • Trinity College Carmarthen • Peterborough Regional College • Loughborough University • University of Glasgow • The Robert Gordon University • University of West of Scotland • Glasgow Metropolitan College • Elmwood College • Easter Bush Research Consortium • UHI Millennium Institute • Sabhal Mor Ostaig • Queen Margaret University • Universities for Milton Keynes • Heriot-Watt University • South Lanarkshire College • Motherwell College • Cumbernauld College • Anniesland College • Clydebank College My past clients have also included the following developers: • AWG Properties Ltd* • Bellway Homes* • EDI • Ediston Properties Ltd* • Elphinstone Land Ltd* • Elphinstone Estates Ltd • Hallam Land Management* • Hallhill Developments Ltd* • John Swan Ltd • John R Craig (as consortium lead for team including Scotia Homes and D Ferguson)* • J Rutherford (Earlston) Ltd* • Kier Group • Manor Forrest Ltd* • Moray Estates Development Co.* • Park Lane Developments* • Persimmon (East Scotland) Ltd* • Premier Property Group (PPG) / Murray Estates Residential Ltd/ Murray Estates Lothian Ltd* • Scotia Homes * • Scottish National Institute for the War Blinded* • Taylor Wimpey* • UNITE plc • UPP Developers marked with a star (*) indicate developers for whom I previously acted as an expert witness in relation to developments or have provided strategic advice for clients. In addition I have taken on this role at the following sites— • Land to East of Ratho Station – in 2004/05 - (Mr A Allison and Family and Park Lane Developments Ltd) • Lauder Barns, Scottish Borders (Mr J Damerell) I have no ongoing business relationship with any of the former clients that I have listed. Planning consultants For transparency I have worked with planning consultants including: DTZ, Barton Willmore Partnership, Jenkins and Marr, DPP, Keppie Planning, Robin Holder Associates, Turleys, and Turnberry Consulting. I have no ongoing business relationship with any of the consultants listed.

I am a former education and economic consultant who provided services for both public and private sector clients. I now work full-time as a Member of the Scottish Parliament and junior Scottish Government minister and I have no second income outside my ministerial and MSP roles.

I am a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

I am currently an ordinary member of the ‘Friends of Eyemouth Fort’ – a volunteer group supporting the efforts to maintain the vegetation on the site, learn more about the archaeology and history of the Eyemouth Fort and to promote it as an educational resource and visitor attraction. This does not involve any remuneration or significant time commitment that conflicts with my parliamentary duties.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Paul Wheelhouse 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.

Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Paul Wheelhouse made 8 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 03 December 2020

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "I am delighted to open the debate on the bill and that we have reached this point in the process…

Burntisland Fabrications

Paul Wheelhouse made 3 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 02 December 2020

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "Will the member take an intervention?"

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Ship-to-ship Oil Transfers (PE1637)

Paul Wheelhouse made 35 Contributions to this discussion

Public Petitions Committee - 12 November 2020

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "Good morning to all colleagues on the committee. I thank you for the opportunity to give evidence today…

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Island Lifeline Ferry Ports (Parking Charges) (PE1722)

Paul Wheelhouse made 15 Contributions to this discussion

Public Petitions Committee - 12 November 2020

Paul Wheelhouse: "Thank you, convener. I am pleased to be here to answer your questions in consideration of petition PE1722…

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Energy Inquiry

Paul Wheelhouse made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 28 October 2020

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "I am grateful to the member for taking an intervention, and I will keep it brief. This is just to correct the record: the Scottish energy advisory board has met a number of times since 2017. I will provide details to the committee convener."

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Votes

How Paul Wheelhouse has voted in Parliament

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Motion ref. S5M-23014

Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland (Amendment) Bill

Submitted by: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Friday, October 9, 2020

Supported by: Bill Bowman, Tom Mason, John Mason
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Result 109 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23537.1

BiFab

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

Result 61 for, 2 against, 58 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23537

BiFab

Submitted by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, November 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23536.2

Business Support

Submitted by: Kate Forbes, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Fiona Hyslop, Ben Macpherson, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23536

Business Support

Date lodged: Monday, November 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 96 for, 23 against, 1 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Motions made by Paul Wheelhouse in Parliament

Find out what motions Paul Wheelhouse has submitted recently.

Written questions

Written questions Paul Wheelhouse 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.

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