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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

Committees

Donald is a member of 2 committees

Cross-party groups

Donald is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Donald has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Donald has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Donald has had 15 previous roles

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

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

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Europe and External Relations

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 03 September 2019

Election Co-ordinator

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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 09 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am 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 attend 5 board meetings per year, lasting half a day each, and receive remuneration of between £25,001 and £30,000 per annum. [Amended interest 31 July 2017]

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. [Amended interest 6 February 2017, Amended interest 11 December 2018]

I was a non-executive director of Slitco Ltd, a private limited investment company (of Lovat Estates Office, Station Road, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7DA). I attended one meeting per year (lasting half a day) until my resignation on 1 June 2016. For the month of May 2016 I was paid £575.38. Following my resignation as a director I will not receive any further remuneration.

Since becoming an MSP on 6 May 2016 up until 10 October 2018, I was a practising, self-employed Advocate and member of the Faculty of Advocates (Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF). During this time period, I spent 8 days in total working as an Advocate and earnt £20,660, although a significant proportion of those earnings was in relation to other work undertaken before being elected on 5 May 2016 but paid after that date. As of 10 October 2018, I altered my status to that of “non-practising”, meaning I am unable to accept instructions and will accordingly undertake no further work as an Advocate during my time as a MSP. [Amended interest 6 February 2017, amended interest 6 April 2018, amended interest 30 October 2018]

Gifts

No registrable interests.

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

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 £6,500,001 and £6,600,000. The property yields a gross annual income in the range £450,001 – £460,000. After costs and losses are taken into account, the net income from the business (for the year April 2016 to April 2017) was £0. Although this business trades in my name, I do not receive any taxable income from it. [Amended interest 6 February 2017, amended interest 6 April 2018]

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 trustee of Lochaber Rural Education Trust.

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: 18 March 2021

A83 (Rest and Be Thankful)

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Since last summer, the closure of the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful pass has caused misery for Argyll residents who use that lifeline route, with months of disruption…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Covid-19 Recovery Plan (Highlands and Islands)

8. Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it has a Covid-19 economic recovery plan for the Highlands and Islands region. (S5O-05137)"

COVID-19 Committee meeting date: 18 March 2021

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No 2) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/117)

The Convener (Donald Cameron): "Good morning. I bring the meeting back into session. This is the 11th meeting in 2021 of the COVID-19 Committee. This morning, the committee has already considered in private its legacy report under agenda item 1…

Chamber meeting date: 18 March 2021

Drug Deaths and Harms

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I will be happy to move the amendment in the name of Brian Whittle, which I support and have signed. I am grateful to be opening the debate for the Scottish Conservatives on this very important issue…

Chamber meeting date: 17 March 2021

Testing Strategy

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I thank the minister for the advance copy of her statement. This week, we passed the one-year point from when the United Kingdom first entered a nationwide lockdown. On a more positive note, as of today, 26…

Votes

How Donald Cameron has voted in Parliament

Find out how Donald Cameron 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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 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. S5W-32661

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of people eligible for a flu vaccination are planned to be vaccinated within the (a) first phase from October and (b) second phase from December 2020."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35939

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of the extra £896 million allocated to the health portfolio in its budget, due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-32659

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of the NHS supply of flu vaccines has already been dispensed, and how actual uptake compares with estimated uptake."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-32662

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the average time is between someone (a) being invited for a flu vaccination and being able to book an appointment and (b) booking and having an appointment for a flu vaccination."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33861

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when the new national protocol allowing healthcare support workers to administer vaccinations will come into effect."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-32665

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it (a) is spending on promoting the flu vaccination programme this year and (b) spent in each of the last five years."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35190

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether third sector staff who are not registered with the Care Inspectorate but who are contracted by NHS boards and health and social care partnerships to provide care and support to clients will receive the £500 payment for health and social care staff."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 19 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33908

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) NHS and (b) social care staff in total will be vaccinated as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 19 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33650

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to prioritise end-of-life patients for a COVID-19 vaccine."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 19 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35162

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government on how many occasions the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline has been unable to reschedule appointments due to faults with the booking system, and over which dates these faults occurred."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 17 March 2021

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