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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alexander Burnett

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Aberdeenshire West (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Alexander Burnett

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @AJABurnett

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5642
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

8 Castle Street
Huntly
Aberdeenshire
AB54 8BP

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

Committees

Alexander is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Alexander is a member of 8 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Autism

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Care Leavers

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Construction

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Funerals and Bereavement

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Oil and Gas

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rugby Development in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alexander has 1 parliamentary and government role

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

Party Roles

Alexander has 1 party role

Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Alexander has had 16 previous roles

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

08 September 2021 - 22 September 2022

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 2021 - 22 September 2022

Economy and Fair Work Committee

Member

20 May 2022 - 20 September 2022

Deputy Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

21 May 2021 - 20 May 2022

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

21 May 2021 - 20 May 2022

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Europe

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

21 May 2021 - 20 May 2022

Deputy Party Spokesperson on International Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Islands

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

26 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alexander'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 Alexander Burnett. The date of their initial statement was 11 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a member of St Andrew Street Development, of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. This is a Limited Liability Partnership concerned with the ownership and rental of investment property. My share of profits for the period to 28 February 2021 was nil and I estimate that my share of the profits for the year to 28 February 2022 will be nil. I will not devote any time to this role.

I am an unpaid Director of Leys Business Services Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. Leys Business Services Limited is a limited company providing IT, HR and HSQE support services to related companies and is a 50% owned related undertaking of North Banchory Company Limited and Bancon Development Holdings Limited.

I am a Director of Bancon Developments Holdings Limited, a company concerned with the building, contracting, dealing, developing and managing of property. I expect to receive remuneration in the range of £20,001 to £25,000 for the year ended 31 March 2022.

I own and am a sole trader of AJA Burnett Estate, a property leasing and forestry undertaking managed by Leys Estate Group, Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. The level of profits and losses fluctuates. I anticipate to withdraw between £170,001 and £180,000 in 2021/22. I expect to spend between 0 and 1 day per month on this role.

I am Director and Chairman of North Banchory Company Limited, of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. This is a property development and letting company. I continue to receive private medical insurance of approximately £2,000 per annum. I do not expect to receive a salary or pension contribution in the coming year and will register any contributions in the future in accordance with the rules. I expect to spend between 0 and 1 day per month on this role.

I am an unpaid Director of Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited of Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU. Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited is a limited company providing heat energy to residential and commercial consumers and is a 100% owned subsidiary (related undertaking) of North Banchory Company Limited.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I am a Trustee and sole beneficiary of the Banchory Trust. The Trust owns property in Aberdeenshire with a market value of between £15,200,001 and £15,300,000. The Property generates a gross annual income of between £370,001 and £380,000. I do not expect to receive any income from the Banchory Trust this session.

I own AJA Burnett Estate in Aberdeenshire which encompasses agricultural land, residential and commercial lettings, wayleaves and recreational, arts, sporting and forestry interests. The market value of the property is in the range £13,500,001 - £14,000,000. The property generates a gross annual income of between £570,001 and £580,000.

I am a Trustee and potential beneficiary of the Fordie Trust. The Trust owns property in Aberdeenshire with a market value of between £5,400,001 and £5,500,000. The Property generates a gross annual income of between £70,001 and £80,000. I do not expect to receive any income from the Fordie Trust this session.

Interest in shares

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in North Banchory Company Limited, a property development and letting company which also provides project management and energy consultancy services. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital, with a value of approximately £5,070,485. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold 100 Ordinary £1 shares in Deeside Woodlands Products, a cooperative concerned with the production of timber products. The shares represent 14.3% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Leys Business Services Limited, a limited company providing IT, HR and HSQE support services to related companies. The shares represent 50% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this session.

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Inchmarlo Land Holdings Limited, a holding company. The shares represent 37.59% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Bancon Developments Holdings Limited, a company concerned with the building, contracting, dealing, developing and managing of property. The shares represent 37.59% of the issued share capital, with a value of approximately £5,151,000 (draft figure at 31 March 2021).

Through Inchmarlo Land Holdings Limited, I hold “A” Ordinary £1 shares in Inchmarlo Land Company Limited, a property letting, managing and development company. The shares represent 19.2% of the issued share capital, with a value of approximately £67,400 at 30 November 2020 per the draft statutory accounts. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Horn Enterprises Limited, a dormant company. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

I hold an Ordinary £1 share in St Nicholas Productions Limited, which promotes and engages in diversified theatrical, artistic and associated recreational enterprises connected with Leys Estate and the Banchory area, together with the provision of marketing and support services. The share represents 50% of the issued share capital. The market value of the shares falls below the threshold for registration. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Through North Banchory Company Limited, I hold Ordinary £1 shares in Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited, a company providing heat energy to residential and commercial consumers. The shares represent 100% of the issued share capital. As per the statutory accounts of 31 March 2020, the shares have a nil value and therefore fall below the threshold for registration on the basis of market value. I do not expect to receive any dividend from this company during this Session.

Voluntary

I am a director of St Nicholas Productions Limited.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alexander Burnett 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: 27 March 2024

Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact)

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "I, too, thank Audrey Nicoll for bringing the motion to the chamber for debate. The energy sector supports hundreds of thousands of livelihoods in the north-east and is vital to Scotland and the UK economy…

Chamber meeting date: 6 March 2024

Income Tax

1. Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the impact of its current income tax policy, in light of reports that higher taxes could deter experienced professionals from moving to Scotland. (S6O-03158)"

Chamber meeting date: 10 January 2024

Historic Environment Scotland Sites (Reopening)

8. Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the reopening of Historic Environment Scotland sites following the completion of work to make them safe for the public, including when the remaining sites will reopen. (S6O-02933)"

Chamber meeting date: 14 December 2023

Antisocial Behaviour on Buses

Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "As other members have said, many of us have heard about examples in our constituencies of young people travelling around to cause havoc under the Scottish Government’s free bus travel scheme for those aged under 22…

Chamber meeting date: 7 December 2023

Teacher Induction Scheme

5. Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of Aberdeenshire secondary school parent councils calling for changes to the teacher induction scheme. (S6O-02850)"

Votes

How Alexander Burnett has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alexander Burnett has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12922

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Angela Constance, Almond Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 22, 2024

Supported by: Siobhian Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Result 60 for, 0 against, 62 abstained, 7 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12882

Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Result 20 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12867.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Tim Eagle, Russell Findlay, Pam Gosal, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Douglas Ross, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 53 for, 60 against, 5 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12872

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 88 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12855

Repealing the Hate Crime Act

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 64 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Alexander Burnett has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6W-26433

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many domestic abuse cases resulted in the accused receiving an absolute discharge in each of the last five years."

Answered by Angela Constance on 22 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26478

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the current waiting time is for a complaint to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) to be allocated to a complaints reviewer, and what the average length of time is for the conclusion of such a review."

Answered by Siobhian Brown on 22 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26479

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the size is of any backlog of cases that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) has, and what the SPSO is doing to reduce any such backlog."

Answered by Siobhian Brown on 22 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26434

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in each of the last five years, how many domestic abuse case trials that went ahead had been delayed by (a) between one and two years, (b) between two and three years and (c) three years or longer."

Answered by Angela Constance on 16 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26361

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) discussions it has had regarding and (b) consideration it has given to the use of integrated cognitive behaviour treatment (I-CBTE) for patients with eating disorders and anorexia."

Answered by Maree Todd on 16 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26362

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been carried out of the number of eating disorder patients who are neurodivergent."

Answered by Maree Todd on 16 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26363

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what pathways of support and treatment are available to eating disorder patients who may require non-standardised care."

Answered by Maree Todd on 16 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26858

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government under whose ministerial remit its support for Scottish Men's Sheds Association falls."

Answer expected on 29 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26525

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the Energy Consents Unit should submit planning applications under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 to be considered at a public local inquiry, where the relevant local authority has objected to the planning application."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 15 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26526

Asked by: Burnett, Alexander, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the views of north east Scotland communities and campaign groups are fully considered by the Energy Consents Unit when assessing planning applications under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 15 April 2024

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