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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Donald Cameron

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2016 - present day

About Donald Cameron

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @DAJCameron

Facebook: Donald's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6990
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Donald is a member of 4 cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Donald does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Donald has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on External Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Donald has had 11 previous roles

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

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee

Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Member

02 September 2020 - 04 May 2021

COVID19 Committee

Convener

02 September 2020 - 04 May 2021

Conveners Group

Member

20 August 2020 - 02 September 2020

COVID19 Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

06 February 2019 - 13 August 2020

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Member

29 June 2017 - 06 September 2018

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Health and Sport Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 March 2017

Justice Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Donald'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 Donald Cameron. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 2 November 2021, when I retired from the role, I was a non-executive director of Murray Income Trust, a PLC (of 7th Floor, 40 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BY) listed on the London Stock Exchange, which is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. I attended 5 board meetings per year, lasting half a day each, and received remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum. [Amended interest 8 November 2021]

I am a non-executive director of Edinburgh Worldwide Investment Trust a PLC (of Calton Square, 1 Greenside Row, Edinburgh EH1 3AN) listed on the London Stock Exchange, which is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. I attend 5 board meetings per year, lasting half a day each, and receive remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum.

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own Achnacarry Estate, a landholding in the Highland local authority area which supports a commercial, forestry and agricultural business, with income from: residential property lets; agricultural and crofting lets (including agricultural subsidy); holiday lets (including income from boating/ fishing/ caravans/ camping); fish-farming rental; renewable energy (hydro-electric/ biomass heating); telecoms sites; deerstalking/ shooting; and utility wayleaves. The approximate value of the estate is between £8,490,001 and £8,500,000. In the tax year 2020-2021, the property yielded a gross annual income in the range £830,001 to £840,000. This is a gross figure and does not take account of costs and losses to the business.

Interest in shares

I own 9.45 per cent of Green Highland Renewables (Achnacarry) Limited, a company which was created to invest in the development, construction and maintenance of three hydro-electric schemes on Achnacarry Estate (see under Heritable Property above). These are ordinary shares which have a market value of £700,000.

Voluntary

I am a non-practising member of the Faculty of Advocates (Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF), meaning I am unable to accept instructions and will accordingly undertake no work as an Advocate during my time as a MSP.

I am a trustee of Lochaber Rural Education Trust.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Donald Cameron 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: 25 November 2021

Covid-19 Recovery (Arts Sector)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I was recently contacted by a small mobile cinema business that operates in the Highlands and Islands regarding concerns about Covid vaccination passports…

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2021

Covid-19 (International Development Support)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I thank the minister for prior sight of her statement and the support that she has outlined…

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2021

Report of the Citizens Assembly of Scotland (Government Response)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "The final report details the cost to date of the citizens assembly. What is the budget for upcoming assemblies? How much does the Scottish Government plan to spend on assemblies throughout this parliamentary session?"

Chamber meeting date: 18 November 2021

Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Is Willie Rennie aware that the UK Government engaged all the devolved Administrations, including the Scottish Government, in developing the funds, and that it sought advice on projects at the shortlisting stage, including on deliverability but also on alignment with existing provision?"

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 18 November 2021

UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (Draft Policy Statement and Draft Annual Report)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Good morning to you both. My question is for Ms Snowden. In your submission, you comment on the need for consultation, which is a point that the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities also makes in its submission…

Votes

How Donald Cameron has voted in Parliament

Find out how Donald Cameron has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-02158.3

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda in Scotland

Submitted by: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Supported by: Daniel Johnson, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Result 23 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02158.1

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda in Scotland

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Result 23 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02158

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda in Scotland

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Kate Forbes, Ben Macpherson, Ivan McKee, Lorna Slater
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Result 65 for, 51 against, 1 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-02158.2

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda in Scotland

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Supported by: Stephen Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Result 29 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02139.2

Removing the Cap on Funded Places for Frontline Medical Students

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Donald Cameron 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. S6W-03874

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages onshore and offshore wind farm developers to work with businesses in Scotland in the construction and installation of wind turbines."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 22 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03877

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it offered CS Wind UK Ltd any financial incentives and/or subsidies in order to avoid it entering into administration."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 17 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04236

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many patients waited longer than the period specified in the referral to treatment time guarantee to receive orthopaedic treatment in NHS Highland in each year since 2007, and what the reasons for delays in treatment were."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 17 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03878

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has conducted any assessment of the value of any public subsidies provided to CS Wind UK Ltd, and if so, whether it will publish this information."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 16 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03876

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with CS Wind UK Ltd following the announcement that it has entered into administration."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 16 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03879

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it has offered to employees of CS Wind UK Ltd following the announcement that it has entered into administration."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 16 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03875

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding the announcement that CS Wind UK Ltd has entered into administration."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 16 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03109

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether NHS Scotland has offered GP practices financial incentives to hold patient appointments remotely and, if so, (a) how much was offered and (b) to how many practices."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 15 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03106

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many nurses have taken early retirement in NHS (a) Highland, (b) Western Isles, (c) Orkney, (d) Shetland and (e) Grampian in each year since 2007."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 15 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-03105

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many consultants have taken early retirement in NHS (a) Highland, (b) Western Isles, (c) Orkney, (d) Shetland and (e) Grampian in each year since 2007."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 November 2021

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