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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

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6769
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Claire is a member of 12 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-Operatives

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fair Trade

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Music

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poland

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Towns and Town Centres

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women in Enterprise

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Claire has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Conveners Group

Member

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

Party Roles

Claire has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Drugs Policy

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Claire has had 19 previous roles

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

20 September 2018 - 14 September 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Economy and Fair Work Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Deputy Convener

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

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 18 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

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 £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of up to £5,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of the Buffalo Farm Limited’s Founders Club. In exchange for a refundable joining fee, I receive an annual product voucher per Founders Club membership, issued annually in arrears and equal to 10% of each joining fee per annum. [Registered 10 June 2022]

On Saturday 5 February 2022 I attended the Scotland v England rugby match at BT Murrayfield as guests of Openreach. In addition to tickets for the match, the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £600. [Registered 10 February 2022]

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: 31 January 2023

Committee Announcements (Economy and Fair Work Committee)

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "I welcome the opportunity to highlight two inquiries that the Economy and Fair Work committee is undertaking…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Rail Patronage (Mid Scotland and Fife)

5. Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government how it is encouraging increased patronage on rail routes serving Mid Scotland and Fife. (S6O-01832)"

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

Budget 2023-24 (Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny)

Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab): "At this time last year, the Economy and Fair Work Committee’s focus was on support for business to recover from the pandemic, encourage investment and create good employment opportunities…

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 25 January 2023

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Claire Baker): "Good morning, and welcome to the third meeting in 2023 of the Economy and Fair Work Committee. Our first item of business is to decide whether to take item 3 in private. Are members content to do so? Members indicated agreement."

Economy and Fair Work Committee meeting date: 25 January 2023

Disability Employment Gap

The Convener: "Our next item of business is an evidence session on the disability employment gap. The committee has agreed to undertake some initial work to identify and address the barriers that limit the ability of disabled people to get and keep employment…

Votes

How Claire Baker has voted in Parliament

Find out how Claire Baker has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07812.2

Addressing the Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 53 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07812.3

Addressing the Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Maree Todd, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 67 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07813.1

Investing in the Future of Social Care

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 21 for, 95 against, 4 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07813

Investing in the Future of Social Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 6, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 67 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07812

Addressing the Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 6, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Result 65 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Claire Baker has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-14085

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government on what basis the remit of the Interim Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure was established."

Answered by Christina McKelvie on 27 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14082

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how the Interim Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure will engage, and share information, with any stakeholders not represented in its membership."

Answered by Christina McKelvie on 27 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14083

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how decisions were reached on the membership of the Interim Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure, including whether any limitations were imposed."

Answered by Christina McKelvie on 27 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14084

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps were taken to ensure that key stakeholders were included or represented in the Interim Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure."

Answered by Christina McKelvie on 27 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-14086

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what information from the work of the Interim Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure will be made publicly available."

Answered by Christina McKelvie on 27 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01837

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25 January 2023

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-13741

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when section 50 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, prohibiting pavement parking, will come into force."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 24 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01832

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is encouraging increased patronage on rail routes serving Mid Scotland and Fife."

Taken in the Chamber on 26 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13548

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 4 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how many homes in (a) Fife and (b) the Central Scotland region rely on liquefied petroleum gas for heating or hot water."

Answered by Patrick Harvie on 16 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01772

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is measuring progress on its Covid Recovery Strategy commitment to improve financial security for low-income households."

Taken in the Chamber on 18 January 2023

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