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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

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

Until 10 December 2021 I owned 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 were ordinary shares which had a market value of £700,000. [Amended interest 13 December 2021, Ceased interest 13 December 2021]

Voluntary

I am a trustee of Lochaber Rural Education Trust.

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.

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: 29 June 2022

Point of Order

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer…

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I am genuinely grateful to the Scottish Government for bringing the debate to the chamber. It is an important debate, not least in terms of the integrity of the United Kingdom and regarding our wider relations with the European Union…

Chamber meeting date: 28 June 2022

Independence Referendum

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Given the centrality that the First Minister accords to the Lord Advocate in the process, and having set the precedent a few years ago with the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, will the First Minister commit as a matter of urgency to having the Lord Advocate appear in the chamber to answer questions from…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 23 June 2022

Channel 4

Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Good morning. My questions are around Channel 4 in Scotland. In 2018, you launched the 4 all the UK strategy, which has resulted in significant investment…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 23 June 2022

Scotland’s Census

Donald Cameron: "Good morning to the panel. I want to ask about the target. There has been a suggestion this morning and in your letter to us of yesterday that the target was 90 per cent or thereabouts…

Votes

How Donald Cameron has voted in Parliament

Find out how Donald Cameron has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.3

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 85 for, 25 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 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. S6W-09552

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government (a) what its position is on and (b) whether it supports the continued use of Asulox for the purposes of bracken control."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09551

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has made to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding the potential impact on Scotland of HSE's consideration of the application to re-licence the use of Asulox for the purposes of bracken control."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09316

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will match the amount of grant funding that it offers to farmers and crofters through its Agriculture Transformation Fund with that of the UK Government’s Slurry Infrastructure grant."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09317

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the UK Government’s Slurry Infrastructure grant offering funding of between £25,000 and £250,000, for what reason its Agriculture Transformation Fund only offers grants up to £20,000 towards slurry infrastructure investment."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09072

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans the National Records of Scotland has to scan copies of the paper returns of Scotland’s Census 2022, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08962

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what actions the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is taking to assist ferry operators in the (a) prevention and (b) control of fires relating to electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08742

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much each local authority received of the £7 million that was committed for the provision of free music tuition in schools in the 2021-22 academic year."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08741

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to continue funding free music tuition in schools, and, in light of £7 million being committed for the 2021-22 academic year, what funding will be available for local authorities in the 2022-23 academic year."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08429

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) financial and (b) delivery guarantees, if any, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd obtained from the Cemre Marin Endustri shipyard in relation to the two proposed vessels for Islay."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 23 May 2022

Question ref. S6W-08104

Asked by: Cameron, Donald, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has conducted any research into any dangers posed by lithium-ion battery fires in electric vehicles on ferries."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 11 May 2022

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