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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Edward Mountain

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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

About Edward Mountain

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @1edmountain

Facebook: Edward's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6143
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Regional Office
10 Drummond Street
Inverness
IV1 1QD

Phone: 01463 230 777
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Edward is a member of 5 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Uplands Management

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Edward has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Edward has 1 party role

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Veterans

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Edward has had 8 previous roles

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

08 September 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Substitute Member

08 September 2022 - 20 September 2022

Net Zero Energy and Transport Committee

Member

21 May 2021 - 20 May 2022

Deputy Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

15 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Convener

15 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Conveners Group

Member

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Edward'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 Edward Mountain. The date of their initial statement was 10 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a partner in and owner of 50% of Delfur Fishings, of Moray, a rod and line salmon fishing. I expect to spend 1 hour a week on this role. In 2017 I received £10,000 income from this fishery.

I am a Partner in Delfur Farms Farming Partnership, of Moray, a farming business with ancillary residential lettings. I draw down capital to cover utilities and insurance for my home of between £35,001 and £40,000 per annum. I expect to spend 2 to 4 hours a week overseeing the business.

Gifts

On Monday 28th November 2022, I received £1200 from MacDonald Hotels & Resorts (Whiteside House, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 2RX) as sponsorship for my 2022 Christmas card. [Registered 14 December 2022]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a 50% share of a rod and line salmon fishing in Moray, operated by Delfur Fishings, which has a total market value of between £8,200,001 and £8,300,000. The property yields a gross annual income in the range £230,001 – £240,000. [Amended interest 22 November 2022]

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. This cottage is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own dog kennels, which is a potential building site, in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. [Amended interest 22 November 2022]

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £300,001 and £400,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a house in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £400,001 and £500,000 with gross rental income of between £10,001 and £15,000 per annum.

I own approximately 500 acres of farmland in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £3,000,001 and £3,500,000.

I own a croft in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000.

I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. This farmhouse is a service occupancy and I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a farmhouse in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income from this property.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a cottage in the Moray local authority area with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

I own ordinary shares in HSBC with a value of £55,588.

Voluntary

On Wednesday 22 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with Serco Group Plc, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On Wednesday 16 November 2016 I attended a dinner hosted by the Port of Cromarty Firth, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On 6 February 2017, I received a cheque for £100 to my nominated charity of 'Guide Dogs for the Blind', from ScottishPower Energy Retail Ltd.

I am an unremunerated Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (usual cost of membership is in the region of £356).

On 1 November 2017 I attended the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Annual Dinner 2017 in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

On Tuesday 14 November 2017, I attended a private dinner with EE (hosted by Kate Forbes MSP and Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland, Managing Director BT Regions) in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration.

I completed an MSP survey for ComRes Ltd and, in return, a donation of £50 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled.

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A bank transfer of £100 was made payable to MacMillan Cancer Research, Speyside Branch after notifying the details on 1 December 2020.

On 9 March 2019, as a guest of BT Scotland, I attended the Six On Nations Rugby match at Murrayfield. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration.

On Tuesday 8th November 2022, I attended a private dinner with Serco Group, in Edinburgh. The value of this hospitality was below the threshold for registration. [Registered 22 November 2022]

On 2 October 2019 I attended the Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony and Dinner at The Sheraton Grand Hotel as a guest of Scottish Land and Estates. The value of the gift falls below the threshold for registration.

On 5th April 2022, I received a cheque for £55 for my nominated charity of Moray Riding for the Disabled from Savanta ComRes for completing a survey. [Registered 11 April 2020]

I completed an MSP survey for Savanta ComRes and, in return, a donation of £75 was made to Moray Riding for the Disabled.

On Saturday 8 February 2020, I attended the Scotland v England Rugby match at Murrayfield as a guest of BT. The approximate cost of the hospitality was £250.

I took part in an MSP survey and for completing it, a donation was made to a charity nominated by me. A cheque for £100 was made payable to Moray Riding for the Disabled and issued and posted by PA Advocacy on 4 October 2017.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Edward Mountain 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: 2 February 2023

Maternity Services (Caithness)

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "Can the cabinet secretary confirm whether the Scottish Government has reviewed the conclusions of the risk assessments for each maternity patient in labour who has been transferred from Caithness general hospital to Raigmore hospital…

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee meeting date: 2 February 2023

Correspondence (Proxy Voting Scheme)

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "This is a really difficult subject. Every member has probably had to experience such circumstances at some stage…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2023

Census 2022

7. Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will start publishing information collected via Scotland’s census 2022. (S6O-01842)"

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2023

Electoral Reform

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I have enjoyed the richness of the debate this afternoon. We have had longer speeches and better debating. It has been more friendly, less combative and constructive. It is a lesson in what we should do in the Parliament and we should learn from it…

Chamber meeting date: 26 January 2023

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

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I am pleased to give an overview of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee’s scrutiny of the 2023-24 budget…

Votes

How Edward Mountain has voted in Parliament

Find out how Edward Mountain 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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Edward Mountain has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-01842

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will start publishing information collected via Scotland’s Census 2022."

Taken in the Chamber on 1 February 2023

Question ref. S6W-13301

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when all six rural hospitals in Scotland each will have three general surgery consultants."

Answered by Humza Yousaf on 11 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13552

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 4 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-13389 by Patrick Harvie on 21 December 2022, what discussions it has had with the private rented sector regarding rent cap provisions under the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022, and whether it is its intention to expire the rent cap provision in the private…

Answered by Patrick Harvie on 10 January 2023

Question ref. S6O-01742

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions have taken place with the Royal Household regarding the Coronation of His Majesty The King, in relation to events across the Highlands and Islands."

Taken in the Chamber on 11 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-12736

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10644 by Michael Matheson on 26 September 2022, whether it will provide an update on its consideration of whether the gross revenue from the option fees raised via the ScotWind leasing process should fall within the scope of the existing 9% agreement with Crown Estate Scotland,…

Answered by Michael Matheson on 16 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01702

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when the National Treatment Centre - Highland will be fully operational."

Taken in the Chamber on 15 December 2022

Question ref. S6F-01608

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 December 2022

"To ask the First Minister how many single-crewed ambulances, responding to an emergency, have been deployed in the last six months."

Taken in the Chamber on 8 December 2022

Question ref. S6O-01554

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when HMP Highland will become operational and whether it will accommodate female occupants."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11511

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 October 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government on what specific date it will announce the delivery timeline for the dualling of the A96 Inverness to Nairn (including Nairn Bypass) scheme."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-11510

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 October 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what the total amount is that has been spent so far on the A96 Corridor Review, and what the project’s total budget is."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 November 2022

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