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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alasdair Allan

Scottish National Party

MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for Western Isles (Constituency) 2007 - 2011

About Alasdair Allan

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01851 700357
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

20 Kenneth Street
Stornoway
HS1 2DR

Phone: 01851 700357
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Alasdair is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alasdair does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Alasdair does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Alasdair has had 9 previous roles

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

06 February 2019 - 04 May 2021

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

06 October 2020 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 06 October 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 01 September 2020

Justice Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 25 February 2020

Social Security Committee

Member

20 May 2010 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

14 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

Substitute Member

02 September 2008 - 20 May 2010

Local Government and Communities Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alasdair'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 Alasdair Allan. The date of their initial statement was 22 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

In 2017 and 2020 I ran competitions in schools in the Western Isles to design my official Christmas card. Ask Care Hire (a care hire company of, Isle of Benbecula) made donations of £200 in 2017 and £250 in 2020 to cover some of the costs of these cards. I did not profit personally from these donations but as the 2020 donation took me over the threshold for gifts I wished to add these to my Register for reasons of transparency.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

In October 2012 I received a gift of a large framed photograph of the isle of Harris for the wall of my office in Holyrood from the Morvern Gallery ltd, Barvas, Isle of Lewis. The estimated value of this gift is £400.

I am a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non- proliferation and Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

In 2015 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: AJ Martin Builders Ltd, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£60); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50).

I have a £25 share in Buth Tholastadh (the shop, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis). This is a community owned shop from which I derive no remuneration.

In 2014 I ran a Christmas card competition in local schools at my own expense. I offset the costs with the following donations from local businesses: Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Alex Martin Builders, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Ardhasaig filling station, Isle of Harris (£20).

In 2018 I organised a Christmas card competition in local schools. A number of local firms contributed towards offsetting my costs of doing this, though this year, I gave 50% of the below donations to the Iolaire centenary commemoration fund. The donations received were as follows: Creagorry Motors, Isle of Benbecula £200; Luskentyre Harris Tweed Company, Isle of Harris £50; Ken MacDonald and Co, Estate Agents, Isle of Lewis, £50; AJ Martin Builders, Isle of Lewis £50; Mr Alan Brown, £100; Harris Tweed Hebrides, Isle of Lewis, £100.

I am a member of Uist Wool, from which I receive no financial or other benefit.

Since 2016 I have been an honorary patron of the Helping Hand Trust, Scotland (a trust which is seeking to promote the Norwegian community and their culture in Scotland and to develop friendly ties between the two countries, through activities in and around the former Norwegian Seaman’s Church in Leith). I derive no financial gain from this connection.

In 2017 I ran a competition in schools in the Western Isles to design my official Christmas card. The following donations were made by local firms to cover some of the costs of these cards; Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, £100; Lighting Electrical, Stornoway, £100; Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Isle of Barra, £50; and Bob Golland Plumbing, Isle of Lewis, £20. For one further sponsor of this competition, see the “gifts” section of the register.

I am a member of the Western Isles Credit Union, where I have had a token amount of £5 invested since 2009. I do this to indicate my support for the Credit Union movement and receive no material financial benefit.

On 3 July 2010 I visited Grimersta Lodge (Uig, Isle of Lewis), in my constituency. The visit included a day’s fishing. The costs of the fishing (£300) were met by Grimersta Lodge.

I am a member of Amnesty International from which I derive no remuneration.

On Friday 20 July 2018 I visited the Shiant Isles to see the work undertaken by a seabird recovery project. This visit was organised and facilitated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland. The total cost was £60 and this was paid for by the ‘Shiant Isles Restoration Project’. The project is an EU LIFE funding project, delivered by Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland.

I am a member of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. I derive no financial benefit from this.

I am a member of the Harris Development Trust from which I derive no remuneration.

In September 2021, ThunderPoint Publishing are due to publish my book “Tweed Rins tae the Ocean”. Any royalties due to me are being divided equally between two charities. These are the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative and the Maimi Martin Fund (which provides education for girls in Malawi). Any monies will be paid directly by the publishers to the charities.

I am a member of the Saltire Society, from which I derive no remuneration.

In 2013 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); SBA architects, Stornoway (£25); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Macleod Garages Stornoway (£40); Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50); and Alex Martin Builders Ltd, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£100).

In 2019 I ran a competition among schools in my constituency to design my official Christmas card. I received the following amounts of sponsorship: Horshader Community Development Trust - £250; Hebridean Energy - £100; Bob Golland Plumbing and Heating - £40; Ken MacDonald & Co - £100; and The Blue Pig Studio, Carloway - £50

I am a member of Dualchas Bharraigh (Barra Heritage Society) (Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XD). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

I am a member of Coisir Sgir’ a Bhac (Back Gaelic Choir). I have been involved with this choir since 2006 and subsequently become a paid up member. I receive no remuneration from this membership.

On 13 January 2014 I was presented with a copy of the book "From the Land Comes the Cloth" by Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis. The value of the book is £125.

From 3 to 7 July 2009 I visited St. Kilda in my constituency. The National Trust for Scotland (Charlotte Square, Edinburgh) met the costs of my visit which comprised a return helicopter flight from Benbecula to St. Kilda and bunkhouse accommodation on St. Kilda. I estimate the value of the flights and accommodation to be £200.

I am member of Royal British Legion Scotland. I derive no financial benefits from this membership.

On 11 October 2008 and 16 May 2009 I received dinner, bed and breakfast at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Isle of Harris. The castle was not open to the public at the time but I estimate the value of this to be £250 on each occasion.

In 2020, I ran a competition in local schools to design my official Christmas card and received the following sponsorship to partially offset costs for printing, etc. The donations received were as follows: The Scottish Salmon Company, Isle of Lewis, £100.00; Ken MacDonald Lawyers and Estate Agents, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, £50.00; Hebridean Tea Store, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, £50; The Island Spirit Whisky Shop, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, £40. For one further sponsor of this competition, see the “gifts” section of the register.

I am a member of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

On 5 July 2019 I joined Comunn Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac (Back History Association). I derive no financial benefit from this.

I am a member of the Norwegian Scottish Association in Edinburgh. I gain no financial benefit from this membership.

I am a member of Comunn Eachdraidh Eiriosgaidh (Eriskay Historical Society) (c/o the community hall, Eriskay). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

I am a member of the Robert Burns World Federation, from which I derive no remuneration.

I am an associate member of Storas Uibhist (South Uist Community Trust) from which I derive no remuneration.

In 2016 I ran a Christmas card competition in local schools, and offset the cost of printing, etc, through donations from the following local companies: £250 from the Crown Hotel, Stornoway, £100 from Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, £50 from Alex Martin Builders, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis, £30 from Scarista House Hotel, Isle of Harris, and £30 from WJ MacDonald Butchers, Stornoway.

In 2012 I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Rodel Hotel, Rodel, Isle of Harris (£50); Luskentyre Harris Tweed Ltd, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris (£25); AMK Plant and Tipper Hire Ltd, 4 New Park, Callanish, Isle of Lewis (£25); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Island Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); Alex Martin Builders, 55 Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Tangasdale, Isle of Barra (£50).

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alasdair Allan 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.

Chamber meeting date: 13 July 2021

Covid-19

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "The very important physical distancing measures that have been put in place on ferries to prevent importation of the virus to island communities have nonetheless brought serious challenges to island life…

Chamber meeting date: 23 June 2021

National Gaelic Language Plan

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "Tha tòrr math air a bhith a’ tachairt ann an saoghal na Gàidhlig bhon àm ’s gun deach Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005 a stèidheachadh leis a’ Phàrlamaid seo…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 23 June 2021

Interests

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "I have nothing in particular to report, but I refer people to my entry in the register of members’ interests."

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 23 June 2021

Legacy Papers

Dr Allan: "I, too, congratulate both the convener and the new deputy convener. Patrick Harvie, in particular, covered some of the constitutional issues. We are obviously going to have to look at a referendum bill…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Interests

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP): "I have no particular interests to declare, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests."

Votes

How Alasdair Allan has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alasdair Allan has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 24 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 30 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00479

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Supported by: George Adam
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 90 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 13

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 59 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 14

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

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

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 23 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alasdair Allan 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. S6W-01684

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken within secondary schools to raise awareness of suicide prevention and the availability of mental health support."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-01038

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to chartering the MV Arrow to enhance freight capacity on the Stornoway-Ullapool route."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 15 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01037

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how the anticipated end to most requirements for physical distancing from 9 August 2021 will apply to ferries, and what plans are being made to prepare for this, including to ensure that the booking system is able to make equitable provision for islanders and tourists."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 15 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01370

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how climate change, and any subsequent rise in sea levels, might impact on island communities' (a) transport infrastructure, (b) housing and (c) agriculture, and what action it is taking in the lead-up to the COP26 to help ensure that these communities are future-proofed against this."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-01382

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date it will commence its review of arrangements for the provision of financial support for patient travel."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00997

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take in light of the UK Government’s announcement that it would rule out COVID-19 appeals on non-domestic properties on 25 March 2021, and introduce a £1…

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 24 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00613

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to update the guidance for seating at weddings to take account of the indoor hospitality numbers at COVID-19 protection levels 1 and 0."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 24 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00942

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its response to the three “harassment” reports that were published in March."

Answered by: Nicola Sturgeon on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00430

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what lessons will be learned from the incident over the weekend of 29 May 2021, which saw 17 lorries left behind in Stornoway due to a shortage of freight capacity."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 16 June 2021

Question ref. S5W-36078

Asked by: Allan, Dr Alasdair, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress in delivering the National Islands Plan."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 22 March 2021

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