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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Claire Baker

Scottish Labour

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Claire Baker

Contact details

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Committees

Cross-party groups

Claire is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Claire has 1 parliamentary and government role

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Party Roles

Claire has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Claire has had 20 previous roles

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

19 December 2017 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Labour

11 January 2018 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Deputy Convener

09 January 2018 - 11 January 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

28 November 2017 - 09 January 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Labour

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

19 September 2012 - 08 January 2015

Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee

Substitute Member

23 June 2011 - 19 September 2012

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

14 June 2011 - 21 December 2011

Education and Culture Committee

Deputy Convener

01 June 2011 - 14 June 2011

Education and Culture Committee

Member

02 October 2008 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

15 September 2010 - 22 March 2011

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

02 October 2008 - 15 September 2010

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

01 May 2008 - 01 October 2008

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Public Petitions Committee

Member

20 September 2007 - 01 May 2008

Audit Committee

Member

27 June 2007 - 01 May 2008

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Claire'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 Claire Baker. The date of their initial statement was 19 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

In December 2010 I received a donation of £500 from ASDA Glenrothes Store (of Fullerton Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QB) towards the costs of producing and printing my Christmas cards. This interest, registered on a voluntary basis in the previous session of the Parliament, is now included in the gifts category as a result of the change in the threshold value for registration of gifts.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own, jointly with my husband, a flat in Aberdeen with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Unite the Union.

I am a member of the Co-Operative Party.

I am a member of the RSPB.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Claire Baker 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: 24 March 2021

Cervical Screening Appointments (Backlog)

2. Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is planning to address the backlog in cervical screening appointments that has arisen because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and whether this will include offering human papillomavirus self-testing. (S5O-05147)"

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Seasonal Workers Pilot

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "Yesterday, Focus on Labour Exploitation and Fife Migrants Forum published a report on the risk of abuse and exploitation that the seasonal workers pilot presents…

Chamber meeting date: 17 March 2021

Domestic Homicide Reviews

4. Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made with its commitment in the 2017 equally safe delivery plan to develop multi-agency domestic homicide reviews. (S5O-05117)"

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee meeting date: 11 March 2021

Cultural Sector (Impact of Covid-19)

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "Good morning to Iain Munro and Isabel Davis. I have met Iain during the process—I have some questions for you, Iain. You gave a helpful introduction to how funding decisions have been made…

Chamber meeting date: 10 March 2021

University of St Andrews (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill: Stage 3

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "I am pleased to close the debate on behalf of Scottish Labour, and to welcome the anticipated passing of the bill at decision time. Jeane Freeman has always been a committed cabinet secretary who fights her corner…

Votes

How Claire Baker has voted in Parliament

Find out how Claire Baker 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 abstained

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 voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Claire Baker 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-35756

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, as part of the COVID-19 recovery process, what research it is undertaking into the impact of the pandemic on BAME groups, and how the needs of Polish people are being (a) identified and (b) addressed."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35753

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how health data on minority ethnic groups is collected and collated."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35754

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to identifying Polish people as a minority ethnic group in order to provide disaggregated health data for them."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35755

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 5 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government (a) whether and (b) how the needs of Polish people in Scotland are taken into account in its allocation of funding to organisations that support BAME people."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 15 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35752

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that public health information about COVID-19 is (a) available in languages other than English and (b) accessible via internet search engines when searches are made in languages other than English."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34916

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to vaccination by occupational risk as part of the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination programme, as referenced in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advice on priority groups dated 30 December 2020."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 11 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35673

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for HPV self-test kits to be provided nationally."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 5 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35672

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements are in place to address the reported backlog in appointments for cervical screening, and whether a priority system is being used in scheduling these."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 5 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-34915

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will prioritise the vaccination of teachers as part of the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination programme."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34909

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of how the Supreme Court judgement on the FCA business interruption insurance test case will impact on businesses and insurance policies in Scotland."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 19 February 2021

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