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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Emma Harper

Scottish National Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - present day

About Emma Harper

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6965
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Lower and Ground Floor
Holywood Trust Building
Old Assembly Close, Irish Street
Dumfries
DG1 2PH

Phone: 01387 255334
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Emma is a member of 17 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Diabetes

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Disability

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Health Inequalities

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Lung Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Mental Health

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scots Language

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Work

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wellbeing Economy

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wood Panel Industry

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Emma does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Emma does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Emma has had 10 previous roles

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

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

11 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Health and Sport Committee

Deputy Convener

07 November 2017 - 03 September 2019

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

16 November 2017 - 11 September 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 16 November 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

30 March 2017 - 07 November 2017

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 30 March 2017

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

06 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Emma'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 Emma Harper. The date of their initial statement was 13 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am the proprietor, jointly with my husband, of the Ferintosh Guest House (of 30 Lovers Walk, Dumfries, DG11LX). I receive remuneration of between £2,001 and £3,000 per annum. I do not undertake any paid work for the guest house; it is managed by my husband with support from one part-time employee.

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Scottish CND. [Registered 20 September 2021]

I was a past President of Dumfries Ladies Burns Club #1.

I currently remain a Registered Nurse and I am a member of NHS Dumfries & Galloway’s vaccination team. I will continue to be available as and if required to support further Covid/flu vaccinations in the upcoming months and I will update my register as necessary to declare any income derived when this occurs.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Emma Harper 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: 26 January 2023

Strategic Transport Projects Review 2

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "STPR2 makes a commitment to improve journey times on the Glasgow to Carlisle rail line, and the cabinet secretary rightly mentions the A75 and A77 arterial routes, which need improvement based on safety and efficiency concerns…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Farming (Help with Costs)

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "In addition to the increase in costs for farmers associated with the cost of living crisis and Brexit, farmers also experience attacks on their livestock by out-of-control dogs, which has financial and emotional impacts…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 25 January 2023

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

Emma Harper: "I was interested to learn that we received 11 responses to the committee’s call for views. Some of the responses specifically mentioned clause 42…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 25 January 2023

Shark Fins Bill

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP) (Committee Substitute): "The committee’s briefing papers state: “The global trade in shark fins is estimated to be 16-17,000 tonnes per year, resulting in the death of 97 million sharks annually…

Chamber meeting date: 24 January 2023

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Emma Harper (South Scotland) (SNP): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app froze for some reason. I would have voted no."

Votes

How Emma Harper has voted in Parliament

Find out how Emma Harper has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07666

Suspension of Standing Orders

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 26, 2023

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07643.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Katy Clark, Rhoda Grant, Mark Griffin, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 21 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07614.2

Delivering the Homes Scotland Needs

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Gillian Martin, Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 69 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07613.2

Homeless Emergency

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Christina McKelvie
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 69 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07643

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Result 101 for, 21 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Emma Harper has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-01792

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 January 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government how the Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 will improve rail infrastructure, journey times and rail connectivity across the South Scotland region."

Taken in the Chamber on 19 January 2023

Question ref. S6W-13387

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the National Carers Strategy."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 21 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-13038

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 9 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what funding has been allocated for the construction of Changing Places toilets in the South Scotland region since the creation of its £10 million Changing Places toilet fund."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 20 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-13366

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in developing health and social care workforce demand projections, in line with the National Workforce Strategy published in March 2022."

Answered by Humza Yousaf on 20 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-13353

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16 December 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide an update on the commitments that it made jointly with COSLA in its Statement of Intent, published in March 2021, and when it will set out further joint commitments with COSLA to continue to bring about improvements to the social care sector."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 19 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12183

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the supply and distribution of naloxone."

Answered by Angela Constance on 10 November 2022

Question ref. S6O-01507

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 October 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its discussions with the UK Government regarding any impact in Scotland of a potential veterinary agreement between the UK and the European Union to enable regulatory alignment of sanitary and phytosanitary products moving between the UK and the EU."

Taken in the Chamber on 3 November 2022

Question ref. S6O-01455

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 October 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the provision of community policing, including community safety patrols, in the South Scotland region."

Taken in the Chamber on 26 October 2022

Question ref. S6W-11316

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 5 October 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans to introduce a statutory obligation on Scottish public sector bodies to procure, where possible, from Scottish manufacturers and suppliers."

Answered by Ivan McKee on 17 October 2022

Question ref. S6W-11315

Asked by: Harper, Emma, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the further investigations into the increase of neonatal deaths in March 2022."

Answered by Maree Todd on 30 September 2022

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