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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Beatrice Wishart

Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for Shetland Islands (Constituency) 2019 - present day

About Beatrice Wishart

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @beatricewishart

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6296
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Beatrice is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Beatrice is a member of 21 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Colleges and Universities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Long Covid

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Maritime and Shipbuilding

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Medicinal Cannabis

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Men's Violence Against Women and Children

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Mental Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Muscular Dystrophy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nature and Climate

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Convener

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

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poverty

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Skills

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Space

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Uplands Management

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on WASPI

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Beatrice does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Beatrice has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Connectivity

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Beatrice has had 10 previous roles

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

01 September 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Deputy Convener

31 August 2021 - 01 September 2021

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 31 August 2021

Education Children and Young People Committee

Member

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Liberal Democrats

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Liberal Democrats

10 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Education and Skills Committee

Member

25 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

05 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Member

18 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

21 April 2020 - 04 May 2021

COVID19 Committee

Member

Register of interests

Beatrice'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 Beatrice Wishart. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2021.

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

Until 1 March 2022, when I stood down, I was a Trustee for Shetland Women's Aid. [Amended interest 1 March 2022, Ceased interest 1 March 2022]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Beatrice Wishart 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: 2 February 2023

ME Services

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "I thank Sue Webber for bringing this important debate to the chamber. I also thank #MEAction Scotland and Action for ME, which provided briefings before the debate…

Chamber meeting date: 2 February 2023

Additional Support for Learning

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "Another impact of Covid-19 has been a sharp increase in concerns about children’s speech, language and communication development. That is a phenomenon that has been recorded by health visitors…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2023

Legal Aid Fees

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "It is important that solicitors are paid adequately to keep performing the important work that they do to represent people and keep the wheels of justice turning. There is a shortage of local legal aid solicitors…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "I thank Fergus Ewing for bringing this debate to the chamber today…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Landlords (Guidance on Damp Prevention)

Beatrice Wishart (Shetland Islands) (LD): "What more can the Scottish Government do to provide practical tools and guidance to landlords to measure damp, condensation and mould, and to provide advice and support to tenants to establish the correct insulation and ventilation for modern and older homes, in order to prevent instances such as that involving the two-year-old who died in England?"

Votes

How Beatrice Wishart has voted in Parliament

Find out how Beatrice Wishart has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07727

Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater, Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 2, 2023

Result 68 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07710.2

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 24 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07735.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Roz McCall, Liz Smith, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 54 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07734.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Ross, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Beatrice Wishart has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-14580

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 2 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many operators of vessels have been prosecuted for turning off their Automatic Identification System (AIS) in waters around (a) Scotland and (b) Shetland in each of the last five years."

Answer expected on 2 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-13777

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 12 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel scheme, how many (a) cards were issued and (b) new applications were received on (a) 1 September 2022 and (b) 1 January 2023."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 25 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13658

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12743 by Jenny Gilruth on 23 December 2022, what progress has been made on confirming Northern Isles Ferry Services fares and opening Serco NorthLink Ferries bookings for dates beyond 31 March 2023."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 23 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13663

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-11067 by Maree Todd on 3 October 2022, when the updated Scottish Good Practice Statement incorporating the key changes in practice from the NICE guideline will be published on the Scottish Government's website."

Answered by Maree Todd on 19 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01818

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 18 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it is having with NHS Shetland to address waiting times for NHS dentistry and orthodontic treatment."

Taken in the Chamber on 25 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13780

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update regarding its work on the Digital Identity Scotland (DIS) Programme."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 18 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-12743

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 5 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when the Serco NorthLink Ferries booking system will open for bookings for dates beyond 31 March 2023."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 23 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-13196

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the energy sector regarding the creation of local tariffs to provide cheaper energy to (a) households and (b) businesses to help people in areas across Scotland with high levels of fuel poverty."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 21 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-13195

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the energy sector regarding the creation of a local tariff for Shetland to help any households that are currently facing fuel poverty."

Answered by Michael Matheson on 21 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12765

Asked by: Wishart, Beatrice, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 1 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what the target timescale is for making payments under the Low Carbon Transport Business Loan scheme, and what (a) number and (b) percentage of payments have met this target, in each of the last three years."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 16 December 2022

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