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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Alison Harris

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Alison Harris

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Alison is a member of 2 committees

Cross-party groups

Alison is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Alison has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

Party Roles

Alison has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Children

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Young People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Alison has had 21 previous roles

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

25 February 2020 - 16 December 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Fair Work

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Children

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

17 November 2016 - 10 September 2019

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

16 May 2018 - 10 September 2019

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 10 September 2019

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

19 April 2017 - 13 December 2018

Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission Scotland Bill Committee

Member

06 September 2017 - 14 December 2017

Writers to the Signet Dependants Annuity Fund Amendment Scotland Bill Committee

Convener

19 April 2017 - 21 November 2017

Edinburgh Bakers Widows Fund Bill Committee

Member

14 June 2017 - 06 September 2017

Writers to the Signet Dependants Annuity Fund Amendment Scotland Bill Committee

Member

17 November 2016 - 29 June 2017

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2016 - 17 November 2016

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

29 September 2016 - 17 November 2016

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Deputy Convener

16 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

08 June 2016 - 16 June 2016

Public Audit Committee

Member

Register of interests

Alison'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 Alison Harris. The date of their initial statement was 24 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a principal of Alison A Harris Chartered Accountants, an accountancy practice (of 40 Gartcows Crescent, Falkirk). I will work in this post for one day per month. [Amended interest 15 August 2016]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own a third share of a house in Falkirk with a market value of between £250,001 and £300,000. The gross rental income is between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum of which I receive one third.

Interest in shares

I own 50% of ordinary shares in the Georgian Heritable Company Ltd, a property development company (which is currently dormant). The market value of the shares is £1 per share. I resigned as managing director of this company on 10 May 2016. I received no remuneration from this company.

I own 66.67% of ordinary shares in the Georgian Finance Company Ltd, a property rental company. The market value of the shares is £1 per share. I resigned as managing director of this company on 10 May 2016. I received no remuneration from this company.

Voluntary

I am the financial director of Relationship Scotland (couple counselling central Scotland). I receive no remuneration from this voluntary role.

I am the treasurer of the 1st Falkirk Scouts. I receive no remuneration from this voluntary role.

From 7 to 13 October 2018, I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK Edinburgh Office (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan). I met a number of government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the flight was £4,135, and the cost of the hotel and ancillary expenses was £835. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 13 November 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Alison Harris 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.

Equalities and Human Rights Committee meeting date: 18 March 2021

Human Rights

Alison Harris (Central Scotland) (Con): "Good morning. The subject of human rights has officially been added to the committee’s remit. What impact, if any, will that have on the scrutiny of human rights in the Scottish Parliament?"

Chamber meeting date: 4 March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

Alison Harris (Central Scotland) (Con): "It is a privilege to be closing today for the Conservatives…

Equalities and Human Rights Committee meeting date: 25 February 2021

Equality and Human Rights Commission and Scottish Human Rights Commission

Alison Harris (Central Scotland) (Con): "The committee has made calls this session for the development of human rights budgeting…

Equalities and Human Rights Committee meeting date: 11 February 2021

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Alison Harris (Central Scotland) (Con): "Amendment 2 would ensure that the courts “must” rather than “may” consider the sources of interpretation, while recognising that they are not determinative…

Chamber meeting date: 4 February 2021

Out-of-school Care Services

3. Alison Harris (Central Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with third sector and community organisations providing out-of-school care services. (S5O-04979)"

Votes

How Alison Harris has voted in Parliament

Find out how Alison Harris has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Alison Harris 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-27236

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what timetable it has set to bring forward legislation to automatically entitle four-year-olds who are born between August and December to funded early learning and childcare in line with statutory provision for three- and four-year-olds when their parents use their legal right to defer entry to P1, as agreed by the…

Answered by: Maree Todd on 2 March 2020

Question ref. S5W-27186

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 January 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there was a reduction of 1,007 in estimated FTE additional local authority staff required by April 2021 for the expansion to 1,140 hours of funded childcare between the June 2019 and December 2019 delivery progress reports."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 26 February 2020

Question ref. S5W-26886

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 January 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the 100% business rates relief for day nurseries will continue after 2020-21."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 21 January 2020

Question ref. S5O-03666

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 October 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of antisocial behaviour incidents."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 10 October 2019

Question ref. S5W-25050

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 August 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that private, voluntary and independent childcare providers, in partnership with local authorities to deliver funded childcare, receive their payments within a consistent and sustainable timeline."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 30 September 2019

Question ref. S5W-25051

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 August 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that some partner providers that deliver funded childcare, in partnership with local authorities, are receiving payments several months after delivering the entitlement."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 30 September 2019

Question ref. S5W-25052

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 August 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the revenue funding allocated to local authorities for the expansion of funded childcare to 1,140 hours includes provision for the reported increases of up to 50% in wage costs since 2016 in private, voluntary and independent sector settings."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 30 September 2019

Question ref. S5W-24910

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 August 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that the best outcome for a child is not being delivered when a local authority denies them an extra year of funded childcare in situations where their parent has used their legal right to defer their entry into primary school for a year due to their birthday falling between the start…

Answered by: Maree Todd on 23 September 2019

Question ref. S5W-24909

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 August 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to address the issue with children who turn five between the start of the school term and the end of December not being entitled to an extra year of funded childcare, compared with those who turn five in January and February who are."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 23 September 2019

Question ref. S5W-24851

Asked by: Harris, Alison, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 August 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the assertion that those local authorities that have adopted the cost-modelling approach following the publishing of the guidance for setting out sustainable rates from August 2020 have not delivered a fair or sustainable funding rate for private, voluntary and independent childcare providers."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 20 September 2019

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