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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Fergus Ewing

Scottish National Party

MSP for Inverness and Nairn (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About Fergus Ewing

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @FergusEwingSNP

Facebook: Fergus's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01463 713004
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

112 Church Street
Inverness
Highland
IV1 1EP

Phone: 01463 713004
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Fergus is a member of 5 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Beer and Pubs

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Oil and Gas

Convener

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

Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Fergus does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Fergus does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Fergus has had 13 previous roles

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

31 March 2022 - 27 April 2023

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 2021 - 31 March 2022

Education Children and Young People Committee

Member

08 September 2021 - 31 March 2022

Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

09 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Local Government and Transport Committee

Deputy Convener

23 September 2004 - 09 May 2006

Local Government and Transport Committee

Member

10 June 2003 - 21 September 2004

Finance Committee

Deputy Convener

04 June 2003 - 10 June 2003

Finance Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Substitute Member

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Deputy Convener

07 November 2000 - 07 January 2001

Rural Affairs Committee

Deputy Convener

17 June 1999 - 23 November 2000

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Member

02 November 2000 - 07 November 2000

Rural Affairs Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 01 November 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

Register of interests

Fergus'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 Fergus Ewing. The date of their initial statement was 24 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own a house in Lossiemouth which has a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000 and from which I derive income of up to £5,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 02 May 2023]

I own ordinary shares in Findlay Park American (an investment trust) with a value of £49,327. [Amended interest 1 May 2022]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 02 May 2023]

Voluntary

No registrable interests

Recent Activity

What was said

What Fergus Ewing 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: 20 February 2024

A96 Dualling (Inverness to Aberdeen)

Fergus Ewing (Inverness and Nairn) (SNP): "On 19 February 2021, the then cabinet secretary for transport, Michael Matheson, announced that the made orders for the Nairn bypass and the dualled section of the A96 from Inverness would be issued that summer…

Chamber meeting date: 7 February 2024

Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship

Fergus Ewing (Inverness and Nairn) (SNP): "In the next financial year, businesses in the hospitality sector south of the border in the United Kingdom will receive 75 per cent rates relief; here, they will receive zero relief…

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 7 February 2024

A9 Dualling Project

Fergus Ewing (Inverness and Nairn) (SNP): "Good morning, cabinet secretary and witnesses. In his evidence, Alex Neil said that he believed that there was more than sufficient capital to deliver the project…

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 7 February 2024

Peat (Ban on Extraction and Use in Horticulture) (PE1945)

Fergus Ewing: "I just want to emphasise the latter part of that suggestion and say that we interfere with crofters’ traditional extraction of peat at our peril."

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 7 February 2024

Child Protection (Public Bodies) (PE1979)

Fergus Ewing: "I thought that Mr Barnett’s comments were apposite and that we could perhaps learn from the cited example of the experience in England. I want to ask about the establishment of an independent national whistleblowing officer…

Votes

How Fergus Ewing has voted in Parliament

Find out how Fergus Ewing has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12203.1

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Jeremy Balfour, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 30 for, 87 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12203.2

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Supported by: Neil Bibby, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 53 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12210

Appointment of Scottish Minister

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 58 for, 8 against, 21 abstained, 42 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12211

Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 57 for, 9 against, 21 abstained, 42 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12203

Building a New Scotland - Social Security in an Independent Scotland

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Jamie Hepburn, Paul McLennan, Emma Roddick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Fergus Ewing has asked

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

Question ref. S6F-02848

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19 February 2024

"To ask the First Minister, regarding the delivery of the Scottish Government's recently published depopulation action plan, what will be different about this approach, which is described as "local by default, national by agreement", particularly towards the approval of new developments supported by local communities."

Taken in the Chamber on 22 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25018

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed introduction of a non-domestic rates public health supplement on retailers, as set out in its Budget for 2024-25, whether it will provide further details of what its position is on whether the introduction of such a levy is consistent with the New Deal for Business Group’s…

Answered by Tom Arthur on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25020

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed introduction of a non-domestic rates public health supplement on retailers, as set out in its Budget for 2024-25, whether it has estimated the level of additional retail sales that would be required each year by retailers to offset the cost of the surtax."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25022

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed introduction of a non-domestic rates public health supplement on retailers, as set out in its Budget for 2024-25, whether the surtax would only be liable on those parts of a store that sell alcohol."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25019

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed introduction of a non-domestic rates public health supplement on retailers, as set out in its Budget for 2024-25, whether it has published any reports or analysis on the effectiveness of the previous iteration of the surtax, which was in place from 2012 to 2015."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25021

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed introduction of a non-domestic rates public health supplement on retailers, as set out in its Budget for 2024-25, whether firms that are liable for the surtax would be subject to the highest non-domestic rates of any properties levied in the UK."

Answered by Tom Arthur on 16 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25002

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the debate in the Parliament on Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) on 9 November 2022, what progress it is making on the delivery of the £100 million investment for the forestry sector to increase woodland creation."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 15 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25078

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Decision 004/2023 of the Scottish Information Commissioner, whether it will list the (a) name and (b) job title of each of its civil servants that were appointed to the secretariat that assisted James Hamilton in his investigation into whether the former First Minister had complied with the Scottish…

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25080

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government under whose ministerial direction the redactions to the Hamilton Report were made; whether it will provide the name of the lead official in charge of such redactions; how many civil servants were involved in the process of redaction; whether it will provide, where possible, the (a) names and (b) job titles of those…

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25081

Asked by: Ewing, Fergus, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish any record of correspondence, notes, emails, text or WhatsApp messages, as well as the documents themselves, in the month of March 2021, between or on behalf of James Hamilton and civil servants or Scottish Government ministers, regarding the redactions made to the version of the Hamilton…

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

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