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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Iain Gray

Scottish Labour

MSP for East Lothian (Constituency) 2007 - present day

Former MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands (Constituency) 1999 - 2003

About Iain Gray

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Iain is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Iain is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Iain does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Iain does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Iain has had 12 previous roles

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

25 May 2016 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Labour

25 May 2016 - 01 March 2021

Party Spokesperson on Skills

Scottish Labour

10 January 2018 - 01 November 2018

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Member

28 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

08 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2013 - 08 January 2015

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

18 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Public Audit Committee

Convener

19 September 2012 - 03 September 2013

Welfare Reform Committee

Member

18 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Conveners Group

Member

18 January 2012 - 03 September 2013

Scottish Commission for Public Audit

Member

22 December 2011 - 18 January 2012

Public Audit Committee

Member

13 June 2007 - 20 September 2007

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

Register of interests

Iain'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 Iain Gray. The date of their initial statement was 18 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

In January 2016 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse (of Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7RG) two annual memberships of Musselburgh Racecourse for 2016 with a value of approximately £420. On 23 December 2016 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the racecourse for 2017 with a value of approximately £440. In January 2018 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the race course, value approximately £460. In January 2019 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the race course, value approximately £420. In January 2020 I received from Musselburgh Racecourse two further annual memberships for the race course, valued at £420 including VAT, individually the badges are priced at £210. [Amended interest 23 December 2016, Amended interest 16 January 2018, Amended interest 23 January 2019, Amended interest 6 February 2020].

Overseas visits

From 11 to 14 November 2018 I visited Bosnia as part of a delegation organised by Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. Costs, which were £627, were met by Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland) (a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) No SCO46540 of Turcan Connell Solicitors Princes Exchange Earl Grey Street Edinburgh EH3 9EE). [Registered 22 November 2018]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of Unite The Union.

I am the Chair of the J.P Mackintosh memorial lecture East Lothian Committee. I receive no remuneration for this role.

On 23 September 2013 I became a Director and Chair of the Hibernian Community Foundation, a charitable organisation. This post is voluntary and without remuneration.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Iain Gray 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

Education (Attainment Gap)

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "My apologies to the cabinet secretary for extending his sentence for slightly longer, but I promise that it will not be for too long…

Education and Skills Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

Coronavirus and Education

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "I want to ask about the Covid-19 education recovery group—CERG—which the cabinet secretary has referred to once or twice…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

College Staff (Industrial Action)

1. Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding planned industrial action by college staff this week. (S5T-02721)"

Chamber meeting date: 11 March 2021

Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "The cabinet secretary has just commented on some survivors who are now elderly…

Chamber meeting date: 11 March 2021

Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Iain Gray (East Lothian) (Lab): "I have lodged amendments 9 and 10 to the bill to ensure that the sustainability of services that are provided by organisations that are hoping to participate in the redress scheme will be a factor that is taken into consideration when ministers are assessing what amounts to a fair and meaningful contribution from those organisations. At stage 2, I…

Votes

How Iain Gray has voted in Parliament

Find out how Iain Gray 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 abstained

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 not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Iain Gray 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-35235

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to prioritising COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers in the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) priority groups 5 to 9, and whether it has held discussions with the JCVI regarding this."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35044

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of households in East Lothian have access to superfast broadband, and how this compares with the average for local authority areas in (a) the Lothians and (b) Scotland."

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse on 3 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35109

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support the safe restart of meaningful indoor visiting at care homes, and when it expects this to resume."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 24 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34905

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on public awareness campaigns to promote section 1 of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 between (a) 1 November 2019 and 6 November 2020 and (b) 7 November 2020 to date."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 17 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34902

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with organisations representing the interests of children and young people about public awareness campaigns to promote the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 since the bill was passed."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 17 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34906

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Law Society of Scotland regarding the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 since the bill was passed in October 2019."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 17 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34904

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what public awareness campaigns it has run since the commencement of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 on 7 November 2020."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 17 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35045

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much funding for the delivery of new affordable homes was allocated to East Lothian in each year since 2016-17, and how this compares with the local authority area average in each year."

Answered by: Kevin Stewart on 16 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34326

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Universities Scotland regarding the (a) future of Erasmus and (b) participation of institutions from Scotland in the proposed Turing scheme, which aims to replace participation in Erasmus."

Answered by: Richard Lochhead on 5 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34324

Asked by: Gray, Iain, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 January 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) the UK Government, (b) the European Commission and (c) Universities Scotland regarding how students from Scotland might continue to participate in the Erasmus scheme, similar to students from Northern Ireland, and what funding it could provide toward this."

Answered by: Richard Lochhead on 5 February 2021

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