Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP

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Shirley-Anne Somerville

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  • Member for: Dunfermline
  • Region: Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Party: Scottish National Party

Shirley-Anne is a member of the following Committees:

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Parliamentary Activities

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Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

Yes, because if we have got to the point where people require a lawyer, for example, that is a barrier that we need to look at. In everything that we do, we need to be careful that, although...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

You raise an important point about ensuring that people are never put off from going through the next stage in the process, should they require to do so. The committee will be aware that we ...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

I fully take that point on board. When we look at our inclusive communications and at how the policy initiatives will operate in practice, we will ask how the principle of openness and trans...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

For the aspects that are or will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, we are trying to use information that is already available and to ensure that we can access as much of that as possib...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

On your first point, I reassure you that the audio recording will be for the claimant’s benefit. However, if they do not wish it to be made, we will respect that wish. Of course there would ...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

It will certainly have an impact. Like many members, including the convener, I have had cases in which constituents have said that they were not asked the questions and certainly did not giv...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

Very much so. That applies to the redetermination process in the agency and, if a decision requires to go to an appeal and to a tribunal, the capacity will be there for that, too....



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

The level of appeal success shows that the current system is broken, because the appeal success rate should be nowhere near as high as that—that demonstrates a fault somewhere in the system....



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

That is not necessarily something for the charter, although the Government is not writing the charter, so we will see what comes from the process that is being developed for that. That issue...



Social Security Committee 04 October 2018 [Draft] : 04 October 2018


Shirley-Anne Somerville

When we are looking at all aspects of social security, it is particularly important that we take account of the challenges that arise from where people are living, particularly if that is in...

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult
S5M-14059.2: Scotland’s Role in the Development of Future UK Trade Arrangements (Adam Tomkins)
Meeting Date: 25/09/2018
Result - For: 29, Against: 84 Abstain: 0
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AgainstDefeated
S5M-14059: Scotland’s Role in the Development of Future UK Trade Arrangements (Ivan McKee)
Meeting Date: 25/09/2018
Result - For: 84, Against: 0 Abstain: 29
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ForCarried
S5M-13995.1: Violence Reduction in Scotland, Progress and Future Priorities (Liam Kerr)
Meeting Date: 20/09/2018
Result - For: 27, Against: 86 Abstain: 0
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AgainstDefeated
S5M-13995: Violence Reduction in Scotland, Progress and Future Priorities (Humza Yousaf)
Meeting Date: 20/09/2018
Result - For: 86, Against: 0 Abstain: 26
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ForCarried
S5M-13945.1: Primary 1 Tests (John Swinney)
Meeting Date: 19/09/2018
Result - For: 61, Against: 63 Abstain: 0
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ForDefeated
S5M-13945: Primary 1 Tests (Liz Smith)
Meeting Date: 19/09/2018
Result - For: 63, Against: 61 Abstain: 0
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AgainstCarried
S5M-13876.1: Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story (Donald Cameron)
Meeting Date: 13/09/2018
Result - For: 62, Against: 58 Abstain: 0
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AgainstCarried
S5M-13876.2: Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story (Mike Rumbles)
Meeting Date: 13/09/2018
Result - For: 117, Against: 0 Abstain: 2
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ForCarried
S5M-13876: Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story (Fergus Ewing)
Meeting Date: 13/09/2018
Result - For: 62, Against: 0 Abstain: 58
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AbstainCarried
S5M-13813.2: The Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 (Monica Lennon)
Meeting Date: 11/09/2018
Result - For: 88, Against: 29 Abstain: 0
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ForCarried

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Motion S5M-14160: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2018 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-14156: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/09/2018 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-14157: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/09/2018 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-14101: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/09/2018 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-06113: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/06/2017 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-04286.1: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/02/2017 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-02511: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/11/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-02418: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/11/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-01792: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2016 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S5M-00431: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/06/2016 Show Full Motion >>
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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Question S3O-13323: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-39851: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-39781: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/02/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-37554: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/11/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-33478: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/04/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3O-10348: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/04/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-33305: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/04/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-33304: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/04/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-33306: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/04/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-33307: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/04/2010 Show Full Question >>

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