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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Finlay Carson

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Finlay Carson

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @fincarson

Facebook: Finlay's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5890
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

107 King Street
Castle Douglas
DG7 1LZ

Phone: 01556 504991
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Finlay is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Finlay is a member of 5 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Autism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cancer

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Science and Technology

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Shared Parenting

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Finlay has 1 parliamentary and government role

Conveners Group

Member

Party Roles

Finlay does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Finlay has had 5 previous roles

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

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Member

17 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Deputy Convener

29 June 2017 - 25 February 2020

Substitute Member

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 17 September 2019

Member

Register of interests

Finlay'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 Finlay Carson. The date of their initial statement was 09 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a Director of Conchieton Solutions, an IT consultancy firm (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). I received dividends of £2,000 on 1 June 2020 and £2,000 in June 2021. I estimate that, over the next session, I will spend 5 hours per annum on this role.

I am a partner in J and F Carson, a farming and property letting partnership (of Conchieton Business Centre, Conchieton, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TA). I received £13,000 in drawings from the partnership in 2020. In 2021 I will be remunerated by way of profit share and I estimate I will spend up to 14 hours per annum on this role.

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

On 9 March 2019 I attended the Scotland v Wales rugby match at Murrayfield as guests of BT Scotland. In addition to the ticket for the match, the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £500. I believe that the interest does not meet the prejudice test.

From 14 to 16 August 2018 I travelled to Norway on a study visit to explore Deposit Return Schemes. The costs of the visit were approximately £689, £220 for hotel, £319 for flights and around £150 for meals, which were met by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (a registered charity that funds the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society of Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG). I believe that the interest does not meet the prejudice test.

On 23 February 2018 I and my daughter attended the Scotland v France rugby match at Murrayfield as guests of BT Openreach. In addition to tickets for the match the hospitality included food and drink. I understand that the cost of this hospitality was approximately £1000. I do not consider that this meets the prejudice test but wish it to be registered in the voluntary section of my register.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Finlay Carson 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.

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 6 October 2021

Decision on Taking Business in Private

The Convener (Finlay Carson): "Good morning. Welcome to the seventh meeting in session 6 of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee. I remind members who are using electronic devices to switch them to silent mode…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 6 October 2021

Official Controls (Transitional Staging Period) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/297)

The Convener: "09:40 We move to agenda item 2. I refer members to paper 2. The Official Controls (Transitional Staging Period) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 are made using powers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 6 October 2021

The Animal Health, Plant Health, Seeds and Seed Potatoes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2021

The Convener: "We move to agenda item 4. I refer members to papers 5 and 6. The committee will now consider the first two of five statutory instrument consent notifications…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 6 October 2021

Scotland’s Island Communities

The Convener: "We move to agenda item 5. Before questions from members, I invite our panellists to make a brief presentation on the national islands plan survey and its findings…

Votes

How Finlay Carson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Finlay Carson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01554

Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Supported by: Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 118 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 7

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 3

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 2

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 50 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Finlay Carson 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-03407

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take to assess any damage that chemical pollutants have caused in waterways and rivers."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03403

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to monitor watercourses for the presence of (a) painkillers, (b) anti-inflammatories, (c) antidepressants and (d) over-the-counter medicines."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03402

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to carry out immediate research to understand the full risks to birds and fish of over-the-counter medicines entering into waterways."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 20 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03405

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to better equip wastewater treatment works to address the issue of medical drugs being discharged into treated water."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 19 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03406

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to improve wastewater treatment facilities to prevent chemical pollutants from entering the environment."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 19 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03715

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the cat ID chipping scheme currently being rolled out in England to help track any improvements in kitten breeding and trading following the new licensing of breeding regulations, whether it plans to introduce the scheme in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02791

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many GP practices there are, and what percentage of these practices currently have (a) musculo-skeletal practitioners, (b) primary care mental health nurses and (c) urgent care practitioners, broken down by NHS board."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02792

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure delivery on contractual obligations to provide (a) musculo-skeletal, (b) urgent care practitioners and (c) primary mental health nurses to all GP practices by 2021, and whether additional funding has been provided to NHS boards to enable delivery of this contractual obligation."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-02794

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many GP vacancies there are; where they are located, and what plans it has to recruit GPs."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 12 October 2021

Question ref. S6W-03389

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide funding to enable Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels and other volunteer groups to continue their work and deliver practical control measures to ensure red squirrels flourish in the future and, if so, how much will be made available."

Awaiting answer

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