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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

X (previously known as 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 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Brian is a member of 13 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 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 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

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Brian does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Brian has 3 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Economic Growth

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Brian has had 16 previous roles

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

08 September 2021 - 08 February 2024

Substitute Member

17 June 2021 - 14 July 2023

COVID19 Recovery Committee

Member

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Biodiversity

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

21 May 2021 - 28 June 2023

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Public Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Mental Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Substitute Member

26 May 2016 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 25 February 2020

Public Petitions Committee

Member

26 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health Education

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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. I received remuneration of £1200 on 9 November 2023 and £2400 on 10 November 2023. I received remuneration of £2000 on 9 February 2024 [Registered 19 April 2022; Amended interest 26 July 2022, Amended interest 1 February 2023, Amended interest 23 November 2023, Amended interest 29 February 2024]

Gifts

On 10 February 2024 I was a guest of the renewable energy department at Scottish Gas (of One Waterfront Avenue, Edinburgh, EH5 1SG) at the Scotland vs France Rugby International. I would estimate the value of the hospitality at £500. [Registered 29 February 2024]

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: 27 March 2024

Prestwick Airport (Former Chairman)

7. Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the former chairman of Prestwick airport resigned his post to lead a bid to purchase the airport. (S6O-03266)"

Chamber meeting date: 27 March 2024

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "I am concerned that a farm that is local to me has been bought over and planted with trees. Does the cabinet secretary think that there is scope in the bill for a presumption against planting trees on good-quality farmland?"

Chamber meeting date: 26 March 2024

Higher Education (Access)

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "I agree with the minister that it is extremely important that we give equal access across all SIMD areas, and the progress is welcome. Is he not concerned that the income coming into universities is increasingly coming from abroad now…

Chamber meeting date: 26 March 2024

Smoking and Vaping

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "I welcome the recognition that vaping is a significant health issue in Scotland, the UK and further afield. I put it on record that, if I had my way, I would give access to vaping only through prescriptions…

Chamber meeting date: 26 March 2024

Smoking and Vaping

Brian Whittle (South Scotland) (Con): "I welcome the recognition that vaping is a significant health issue in Scotland, the UK and further afield. I put it on record that, if I had my way, I would give access to vaping only through prescriptions…

Votes

How Brian Whittle has voted in Parliament

Find out how Brian Whittle has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12111

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Result 89 for, 0 against, 31 abstained, 9 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12642

Widening Access - Equality of Access to Higher Education

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, March 25, 2024

Supported by: Natalie Don, Jenny Gilruth
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Result 69 for, 49 against, 1 abstained, 10 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12642.2

Widening Access - Equality of Access to Higher Education

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, March 25, 2024

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Result 22 for, 97 against, 1 abstained, 9 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12642.1

Widening Access - Equality of Access to Higher Education

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, March 25, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Result 31 for, 69 against, 20 abstained, 9 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12535

Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Jim Fairlie, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, March 18, 2024

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

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-26300

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-26130 by Gillian Martin on 19 March 2024, as part of its work to explore other avenues with the onshore renewables industry to maximise benefits flowing into communities, whether it has specifically considered maintaining community benefit schemes and community shared ownership…

Answered by Gillian Martin on 3 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26049

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) how many meeting room bookings within the Scottish Parliament estate have been made in each of the last two years, broken down by those that were made by (a) ministers or ministerial staff, (b) SPCB staff, (c) non-ministerial MSPs or MSP staff and (d) anyone else."

Answered by Claire Baker (on behalf of the SPCB) on 25 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26136

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many gigawatts worth of battery storage developments have secured planning permission to date."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 25 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26132

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers non-domestic battery energy storage to be a "small scale renewable" under the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4)."

Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 22 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26128

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the development of a national strategy for energy storage developments in the context of planning."

Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 22 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26127

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will list the spatial principles in the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) in order of priority."

Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 22 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26134

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of any impact on land value in rural areas of its reported decision to consider battery storage developments as generating stations in relation to planning consents under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 21 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26131

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many applications for battery storage sites were granted by the Energy Consents Unit between 2013 and 2023."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 21 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03266

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the former chairman of Prestwick Airport resigned his post to lead a bid to purchase the airport."

Taken in the Chamber on 27 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-26135

Asked by: Whittle, Brian, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether productive farmland is an ecosystem service provided by soils."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 20 March 2024

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