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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Jeremy Balfour

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Lothian (Region) 2016 - present day

About Jeremy Balfour

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @jeremyrbalfour

Facebook: Jeremy's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5961
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Jeremy is a member of 10 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Autism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Funerals and Bereavement

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Shared Parenting

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Jeremy does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Jeremy has 2 party roles

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Local Government

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Jeremy has had 6 previous roles

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

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Local Government and Communities Committee

Member

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Jeremy'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 Jeremy Balfour. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 21 to 23 August 2019 I travelled to Stockholm on a fact finding visit. The costs of the visit, for flights, were £223.38 and were met by UK Feminista (a charitable organisation which promotes equality between men and women of Omnibus Business Centre, North Road, London, N7 9DP).

From 20 to 30 August 2018 I was part of a Tearfund delegation travelling to Rwanda to learn how projects in relation to genocide reconciliation and new business projects are transforming lives. The costs of the visit amounted to £1,700 and were met by Tearfund Scotland (a Christian charity of 29 Canal St, Glasgow G4 0AD).

From 9 t o 13 October 2017, I participated in a cross-party visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan), at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the visit was £3,900 for return flights, and the hotel and ancillary expenses was £2,600. All costs were met by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

No registrable interests

Recent Activity

What was said

What Jeremy Balfour 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: 7 October 2021

Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "I thank all carers for what they have done, not only in the past 20 months, but day in, day out, often unseen and unpaid. Without those carers, society would be in a much worse place…

Chamber meeting date: 7 October 2021

Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "I welcome the final stage of the bill, and I am pleased that it will get all-party support. I thank the clerks and others who have got the bill through so quickly and smoothly. The Parliament has the power to implement the measure…

Social Justice and Social Security Committee meeting date: 7 October 2021

Pre-budget Scrutiny 2022-23

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "Thank you for your answers so far. I want to discuss income maximisation, particularly in relation to the situation that we will have in Scotland with more benefits being run from Scotland and benefits also being run from Westminster…

Chamber meeting date: 6 October 2021

Decision Time

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no."

Chamber meeting date: 30 September 2021

Young People (Employment)

Jeremy Balfour (Lothian) (Con): "The minister will be aware that, yesterday, figures came out on unemployment among people with disabilities. There are now more people with disabilities unemployed than there were this time last year…

Votes

How Jeremy Balfour has voted in Parliament

Find out how Jeremy Balfour 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 Jeremy Balfour 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-03799

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings and recommendations in the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care report, Every Story’s Ending, published in September 2021."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03691

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the forthcoming bonfire night celebrations, whether it will confirm what the outcome was of its consultation on the use of fireworks."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03468

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason NHS boards are reportedly not being provided with clear face masks to aid people who are hearing impaired, in light of these reportedly being provided to NHS trusts in England."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-03415

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there continues to be a delay to the implementation of the provisions in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 prohibiting pavement parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02806

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it is following World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 contact guidance that (a) contact tracing should include contacts in school, including classmates, teachers and other staff and (b) as well as testing all contacts with symptoms, there should be…

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02808

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its policy that schools remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, what its position is on whether (a) significant mitigations are needed in schools and (b) community transmissions must be kept to a minimum; what additional policies it will implement to ensure that children and young people do not face…

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 21 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02807

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the COVID-19 Delta variant, what its position is on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control statement that "children appear to be equally susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to other age groups"."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 21 September 2021

Question ref. S6O-00096

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to doubling the Scottish Child Payment in its forthcoming budget for 2022-23."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 2 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02206

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish the scientific evidence it used to determine that face coverings should continue to be required in places of worship, and by what date this restriction will be lifted."

Answered by: John Swinney on 27 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-00973

Asked by: Balfour, Jeremy, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on having a phased launch of the Deposit Return Scheme, with larger suppliers participating in the first phase and smaller and/or independent producers in the second after any initial issues that have been identified have been resolved, and what its response is to calls for the launch to be moved…

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 20 July 2021

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