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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Brian Whittle

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Brian Whittle

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @BrianWhittle

Facebook: Brian's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5623
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Brian is a member of 2 committees

Cross-party groups

Brian is a member of 16 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Aviation

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Diabetes

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Industrial Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Member

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

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sport

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Transport

Member

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

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Brian does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Brian has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Biodiversity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Brian has had 5 previous roles

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

29 June 2017 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 25 February 2020

Public Petitions Committee

Member

17 November 2016 - 29 June 2017

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Brian'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 Brian Whittle. The date of their initial statement was 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

On 22 March 2022, I became Director of Trackside Consultancy, a business advice consultancy of Regent Court, 70 West Regent Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 2QZ. I do not undertake any work within parliamentary time and work a maximum of 12 hours per month. I received remuneration of £1000 on 16th May 2022 and £1000 on 19th May 2022. I received remuneration of £1000 on 29 June 2022 and £1000 on 7 July 2022. I received remuneration of £1200 on 13 January 2023. [Registered 19 April 2022; Amended interest 26 July 2022, Amended interest 1 February 2023]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

On 22nd March 2022, I acquired 95 ordinary shares, with a nominal value of £1 per share, representing 95% of the issued share capital in Trackside Consultancy, a business advice consultancy of Regent Court, 70 West Regent Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G2 2QZ. [Registered 19 April 2022]

Voluntary

No registrable interests

Recent Activity

What was said

What Brian Whittle 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: 31 January 2023

Youth Vaping

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "I thank Siobhian Brown for bringing the debate to the chamber. Given the length of the debate and the number of people who want to speak in it, it is clear that we are debating an issue of real concern, and it is one that I have spoken about before…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Blue Economy

2. Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to how its blue economy vision for Scotland can support developing industries within the blue economy in the drive to net zero. (S6O-01805)"

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "This bill is about the UK Government taking a pragmatic approach to policy making that allows legislation to better keep up with the speed of scientific advancement, which a great deal of existing legislation fails to do…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Childcare

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "I thank my colleague Meghan Gallacher for bringing this debate to the chamber and thank all the PVI sector nurseries for their continued updates and briefings on the roll-out of the 1,140 hours of childcare…

Chamber meeting date: 24 January 2023

Prestwick Airport (Funding)

1. Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments by the Auditor General for Scotland suggesting that Prestwick airport will continue to require millions of pounds in continued public funding while it remains in public ownership. (S6T-01128)"

Votes

How Brian Whittle has voted in Parliament

Find out how Brian Whittle 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 voted against

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 voted against

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 voted for

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 voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Brian Whittle has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-14626

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns that guidance on what would be considered a GS1 compliant barcode within the Deposit Return Scheme has not yet been published; what discussions it has had with (a) Circularity Scotland and (b) SEPA regarding this, and when it expects this guidance to be published."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14622

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns raised by producers regarding the open-ended nature of the producer agreement and the potential for Circularity Scotland, as a private company, to increase the supplementary producer fee to cover any costs arising from its or producers' decisions."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14619

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that drink producers and retailers are considering reducing product ranges in Scotland due to Circularity Scotland’s reported failure to provide necessary information to producers ahead of the registration deadline, and concerns about inadvertently not being able to follow any…

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14618

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that producers are considering seeking legal advice over Circularity Scotland’s reported inability to provide necessary information about the Deposit Return Scheme, creating a barrier to registration, and thus impacting their ability to sell in Scotland."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14627

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns that Biffa, the Deposit Return Scheme’s logistics partner, has not published a transitional plan for the transfer of waste collection services, and what discussions it has had with (a) Circularity Scotland, (b) SEPA and (c) Biffa regarding this."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14623

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns that the use of Circularity Scotland, a private company, as the managing entity for the Deposit Return Scheme, will result in less transparency and reduced parliamentary scrutiny of the Deposit Return Scheme."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14625

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that producers and retailers are receiving conflicting information regarding the Deposit Return Scheme from SEPA and Circularity Scotland."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14621

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether specific funding has been allocated to SEPA to allow it to prosecute any retailers in breach of Deposit Return Scheme regulations."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14624

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what oversight mechanisms it has in place to monitor the decisions made by Circularity Scotland in respect of the Deposit Return Scheme."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

Question ref. S6W-14620

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported concerns raised by stakeholders that guidance on glass weight tolerance for the Deposit Return Scheme has not yet been published; what discussions it has had with Circularity Scotland regarding this, and when it expects this guidance to be published."

Answer expected on 3 March 2023

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