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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Gail Ross

Scottish National Party

MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Gail Ross

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Cross-party groups

Gail is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Gail does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Gail does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Gail has had 10 previous roles

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

01 September 2020 - 03 December 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 01 September 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

03 September 2019 - 05 September 2019

Public Petitions Committee

Member

30 March 2017 - 03 September 2019

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Member

15 June 2016 - 03 September 2019

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Deputy Convener

14 June 2016 - 28 June 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the First Minister

Scottish Government

29 September 2016 - 30 March 2017

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

06 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

Public Audit Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2016

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

Register of interests

Gail'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 Gail Ross. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until 22 November 2016 I was a local authority councillor for Highland Council (of Glenurquhart Road, Inverness). I worked 8 hours per week and received between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. This included use of a council laptop. I donated my council salary to local charities. From 22 November 2016 I no longer hold this office and therefore no longer receive any remuneration. [Amended interest 04 January 2017]

Until 22 November 2016 I was a local authority councillor for Highland Council (of Glenurquhart Road, Inverness). I worked 8 hours per week and received between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. This included use of a council laptop. I donated my council salary to local charities. From 22 November 2016 I no longer hold this office and therefore no longer receive any remuneration. [Amended interest 04 January 2017]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 11 June to 14 June 2017 I undertook a visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina as part of the Remembering Srebrenica delegation. The total cost of this trip was met by Remembering Srebrenica (a project of Ummah Help at Newland House, 137-139 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8UA) and was £591.00. [Registered 11 July 2017]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own, jointly with my husband, a flat in the Highland local authority area. The market value of the property is between £50,001 and £100,000 per annum. I receive gross income of up to £5,000 per annum.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am Honorary Vice- President of Friends of the Far North Line. [Registered 03 February 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

I am the chairperson of the Wick Harbourfest Committee.

I am an advisory board member for Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.

I am the Political Education Officer of the SNP Wick Branch. Until March 2017 I was the Convener of the branch. [Amended interest 30 August 2017]

I am the chairperson of the Wick Harbourfest Committee.

I am the Political Education Officer of the SNP Wick Branch. Until March 2017 I was the Convener of the branch. [Amended interest 30 August 2017]

I am a member of the Garbh Allt Community Initiative. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 27 September 2018]

On 8 November 2017 I joined the board of Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. [Registered 12 November 2017]

I am an advisor to the Board of North Highland College. [Registered 11 September 2018]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 14 February 2018]

I am a patron of Home-start Caithness.

I am on the board of directors for North Highland College UHI.

On 18 August 2017 I was given a tartan bag from ANTA in Easter Ross. The value of this gift was £60. [Registered 23 August 2017]

I am an associate member of Wick RBLS Pipe Band.

I am a trustee of the Mey Games. I do not receive any remuneration for this post. [Registered 29 November 2018]

I am a member of the Scottish Rural Parliament.

I am a member of the Scottish Sheep Shearing Association. [Registered 11 September 2018]

On 8 November 2017 I joined the board of Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. [Registered 12 November 2017]

I am an associate member of Wick RBLS Pipe Band.

I am a patron of Home-start Caithness.

I am on the board of directors for North Highland College UHI.

I am a patron of Caithness Broch Project. [Registered 11 September 2018]

I am a member of the Garbh Allt Community Initiative. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 27 September 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Gail Ross 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: 24 March 2021

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP): "Will the member take an intervention?"

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal (PE1651)

Gail Ross: "I concur with what has been said. The right thing to do is to let the consultation run its course. The petitioners and anyone else who has been following the petition can feed into the consultation…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

Island Lifeline Ferry Ports (Parking Charges) (PE1722)

Gail Ross: "There has been a certain element of reassurance from various councils. I note that there are two outstanding responses from councils and I believe that one of those is Highland Council, which is not surprising…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices (PE1517)

Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP): "I thank our family of campaigners, some of whom have joined us today, for all their work. I include Alex Neil in that as well…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

A77 (Upgrade) (PE1657)

Gail Ross: "I do not have much to add, and I bow to the knowledge of the local members. I wish that there was an unlimited pot of money that we could use to upgrade all the roads in Scotland that desperately need it…

Votes

How Gail Ross has voted in Parliament

Find out how Gail Ross has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Gail Ross 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. S5W-35587

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5O-05052

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Developing the Young Workforce programme."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 24 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-33971

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the proposal for a public service obligation for Wick John o' Groats Airport."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-32971

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when COVID-19 home testing kits will be available in the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-32930

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when large local authorities such as The Highland Council will be broken up into smaller county-size areas under the COVID-19 Strategic Framework to determine their tier level."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32972

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what awareness raising has been undertaken in advance of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 coming into force."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 6 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-32897

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the independent review of its air quality strategy, which was completed in August 2019."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 30 October 2020

Question ref. S5W-31275

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding whether the European Commission investigation into the complaint regarding the Northern Isles road equivalent tariff (RET) will be resolved."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 26 August 2020

Question ref. S5W-31244

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what its plans are for setting out a statement of policy on food, in light of a Good Food Nation Bill no longer being introduced in the current parliamentary session."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 18 August 2020

Question ref. S5W-31079

Asked by: Ross, Gail, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 4 August 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when its response to the reports of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery and Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board Sub-Group will be published."

Answered by: John Swinney on 5 August 2020

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