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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.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Edward is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Edward does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Edward has 2 party roles

Deputy Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Veterans

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Edward has had 5 previous roles

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

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 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.

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.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable 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 dog kennels in the Moray local authority area with a market value of up to £50,000.

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 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 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 with gross rental income of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions placed on fishings, the estimated gross annual income in 2020 is no more than £40,000.

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.

Interest in shares

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

Voluntary

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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: 13 July 2021

Covid-19

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "What work has the Scottish Government undertaken with health boards on reducing the pressure on our centralised hospitals and unacceptable excessive waiting times by fully utilising our community hospitals, some of which have recently been mothballed, to help in the treatment and care of elective surgery cases?"

Chamber meeting date: 15 June 2021

Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "The catastrophic mismanagement of the ferries contract that the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee identified seems to continue to grow arms and legs…

Chamber meeting date: 15 June 2021

Dr Gray’s Maternity Unit

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I thank my colleague Douglas Ross for securing this members’ business debate and for all the work that he is doing standing up for mothers in Moray…

Chamber meeting date: 10 June 2021

Justice System

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I congratulate members who are giving their maiden speeches this afternoon and for the insight that they have brought to the Parliament…

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Social Justice and Fairness Commission Report

Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands) (Con): "I want to pick up on the point about a land value tax. I should declare that I own and farm 500 acres. Last year, mixed farm incomes were £8,100, on average, which is hardly enough to survive on…

Votes

How Edward Mountain has voted in Parliament

Find out how Edward Mountain has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 24 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 30 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00479

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Supported by: George Adam
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 90 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 13

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 59 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 14

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 23 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Edward Mountain 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-01000

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-00523 by Mairi Gougeon on 21 June 2021, whether it will set out the information provided broken down by (a) domestic and (b) foreign vessels."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 2 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00522

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many fishing vessels have been boarded for inspection by Marine Scotland in each month between (a) January and May 2020, and (b) January and May 2021, broken down by the nationality of the vessel."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 22 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00523

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the total catch is that has been landed by domestic and foreign vessels in Scottish ports in each month between (a) January and May 2020 and (b) January and May 2021."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S5W-35324

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of people on the transplant list had received their COVID-19 vaccination by 22 January 2021, and what impact the change in its prioritisation policy towards this group had."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 11 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33218

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding Lot 1 of the R100 high-speed broadband programme, whether it is on track to finalise the contract award to BT by the end of 2020; when the contract award with BT will be finalised, and when it will announce the revised delivery schedule for Lot 1."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 7 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33217

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding Lot 1 of the R100 high-speed broadband programme, how many properties (a) are eligible and (b) have applied for each level of the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme, and, in the event that applications are made to the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme prior to its link-up with the UK Government’s Rural…

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 3 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33353

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the further funding to support additional COVID-19 spending across health and social care services, how much (a) has already been transferred and (b) will be made available in the current financial year to each NHS board; how many tranches of payments this will include; on what dates each tranche of…

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 2 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33216

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the construction of the proposed HMP Highland, which company was awarded the public contract published on 26 August 2020 to provide specialist professional advisory services relating to the development of the new prison facility; how much this cost; what actions were required to address specific planning…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33215

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will launch its Consultation on Scottish Court Fees 2021-2024."

Answered by: Ash Denham on 26 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-33106

Asked by: Mountain, Edward, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the current waiting time is for children in (a) the NHS Highland region and (b) Scotland who are waiting to be added onto the waiting list to having a neurological assessment under the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 18 November 2020

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