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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 local office

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

Cross-party groups

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

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

17 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Deputy Convener

29 June 2017 - 25 February 2020

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Substitute Member

18 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 17 September 2019

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

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.

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Food Production

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "Yesterday, the Westminster Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill Committee took evidence on gene editing…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 29 June 2022

Vegetable Plant Material and Fruit Plant and Propagating Material (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SSI 2022/203)

The Convener: "Our second item of business is consideration of three instruments that are subject to the negative procedure. I refer members to paper 3. Do members have any comment on the instruments? Members have no comments."

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 29 June 2022

Animals, Food and Feed, Plant Health, Plant Propagating Material and Seeds (Miscellaneous Amendments etc) Regulations 2022

The Convener: "The next item is consideration of consent notifications on two United Kingdom statutory instruments. I refer members to paper 4 and page 38. Do members any comments on either notification? Members have no comments…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 29 June 2022

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

The Convener (Finlay Carson): "Good morning. Welcome to the 22nd meeting of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee in 2022. I remind everyone using electronic devices to switch them to silent. I welcome Edward Mountain to the committee…

Chamber meeting date: 23 June 2022

In-patient Births (Galloway Community Hospital)

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con): "Although I understand that the NHS Scotland resource allocation committee is the regularly and independently reviewed system of working out funding allocations to health boards across Scotland, and that health boards are free to make decisions on where their priorities lie, we have already heard that the midwife-led community maternity unit in…

Votes

How Finlay Carson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Finlay Carson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-05235.3

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 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-09820

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans to introduce free rail travel in Dumfries and Galloway for anyone holding a bus pass."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 5 August 2022

Question ref. S6W-10142

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to respond to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation Contractual Practice in the UK Pig Sector."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10111

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action is being taken to increase the diagnostic capacity for myeloma."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10112

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to advising NHS boards to follow NICE guideline NG35 on the diagnosis and management of myeloma, published in 2018, in light of no SIGN guideline reportedly existing for myeloma."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09532

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what funding it is providing to support the early detection of blood cancers."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 25 July 2022

Question ref. S6W-09533

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many patients in Dumfries and Galloway are currently diagnosed with blood cancers."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 25 July 2022

Question ref. S6W-09534

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 1 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans are in place in Dumfries and Galloway for the early detection of blood cancers."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 25 July 2022

Question ref. S6W-09506

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether there are current SIGN guidelines for myeloma."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 25 July 2022

Question ref. S6W-09247

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that the majority of primary liver cancer cases in Scotland involve hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and that such cases tripled among men between 1997 and 2017, what steps it is taking to ensure equitable treatment for HCC in (a) the Galloway and West Dumfries constituency and (b) other rural…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 8 July 2022

Question ref. S6W-09246

Asked by: Carson, Finlay, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure equitable access to liver cancer treatment that includes both curative and palliative care."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 8 July 2022

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