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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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John Scott

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Ayr (Constituency) 2000 - present day

About John Scott

Contact details

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Committees

Cross-party groups

John is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

John has 1 parliamentary and government role

Congress Of Local And Regional Authorities Of The Council Of Europe

Member

Party Roles

John does not have any party roles

Previous roles

John has had 27 previous roles

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

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Farming

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 June 2017 - 18 September 2019

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 18 September 2019

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

05 September 2017 - 10 September 2019

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Deputy Convener

29 June 2017 - 05 September 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

14 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Convener

08 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

14 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Conveners Group

Member

26 May 2016 - 28 June 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Sustainable Development

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 14 June 2016

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

05 June 2013 - 23 March 2016

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

01 February 2012 - 23 March 2016

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

Substitute Member

07 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 04 June 2013

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

20 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Deputy Convener

27 June 2007 - 12 November 2008

Public Petitions Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 20 June 2007

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

21 May 2003 - 24 May 2007

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

02 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Parliamentary Bureau

Substitute Member

11 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Public Petitions Committee

Deputy Convener

14 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2003 - 25 August 2005

Communities Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2003 - 08 October 2003

Education Committee

Substitute Member

04 June 2003 - 11 June 2003

Public Petitions Committee

Member

28 June 2001 - 31 March 2003

Transport and the Environment Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

30 March 2000 - 28 June 2001

Public Petitions Committee

Member

Register of interests

John'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 John Scott. The date of their initial statement was 25 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a partner in Messrs W. Scott and Son, Girvan, a farming concern. I work 14 hours per month for which I receive remuneration of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Amended interest 19 June 2017]

Gifts

On 22 April 2017 my wife and I attended Ayr Racecourse as guests of the Ladbrokes Coral Group plc (a betting firm of 5th Floor, The Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ). The value of the tickets was £295 each and therefore the combined value of the gift to my wife and me was £590. [Registered 28 April 2017]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own agricultural land and property with a market value of between £800,001 and £900,000 which produces a gross annual income of between £190,001 and £200,000. From 6 March 2009, part of the Farm’s income comes from a contract with CRE Energy Ltd to provide access over the farm for the purpose of maintaining a windfarm on adjoining land. All of the above income is used annually to run, maintain and invest in the farm. [Amended interest 19 June 2017]

I own a cottage in South Ayrshire with a market value of between £50,001 and £100,000 and have done so since June 2015. I receive a gross income from this cottage of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Registered 24 March 2020.]

I own a flat in South Ayrshire with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000. I receive gross income from this flat of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum.

I own a flat in South Ayrshire with a market value of between £250,001 and £300,000. I receive a gross income from this flat of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum. [Amended interest 19 June 2017, Amended interest 24 March 2020]

Interest in shares

I own 100% of Water Distribution and Energy Services Ltd, a water retailing company. This company is registered but not trading.

Voluntary

I am an unremunerated honorary member of the British Veterinary Association.

I am an unremunerated Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society. [Amended interest 19 June 2017]

I am a member of the National Farmers Union of Scotland.

I am an unremunerated co-opted regional branch member and honorary fellow of the Moredun Institute.

Recent Activity

What was said

What John Scott 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

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): "Thank you for your indulgence, Presiding Officer. I have very little to say except to welcome the passage of the bill and declare an interest—Interruption. I thank the cabinet secretary for her sedentary intervention…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices (PE1517)

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): "I am grateful to the committee for allowing me to speak at the final meeting of the session of the Public Petitions Committee. Further to what Jackson Carlaw has just said, I, too, think that the petition should be kept open…

Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 24 March 2021

A77 (Upgrade) (PE1657)

John Scott: "Yes, please, convener, and thank you for letting me speak. I pay tribute to Finlay Carson and Brian Whittle for the work that they have done on the issue. They have done the heavy lifting in driving forward some of this work in the Parliament…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps)

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): "The First Minister is aware of the continuing anxieties and tensions in our communities resulting from vaccination anxiety, the worry about appointments for other illnesses being delayed and the lack of contact with friends and loved ones…

Chamber meeting date: 16 March 2021

Covid-19

John Scott (Ayr) (Con): "The First Minister will be aware that two primary schools in my Ayr constituency have had to close, having reopened, because staff had caught Covid or had to self-isolate…

Votes

How John Scott has voted in Parliament

Find out how John Scott 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 for

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 for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions John Scott 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-35184

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to promote the employment of physician associates within the NHS."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 25 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34153

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will confirm the exact level of funding that will be made available to coach companies and tour operators from the "almost £6 million" fund that it announced on 9 December 2020."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34152

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date in January coach companies and tour operators will be able to claim from the "almost £6 million" fund that it announced on 9 December 2020, and how long it anticipates it will take to process applications and distribute funding."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-34154

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the maximum grant will be that coach companies and tour operators can claim from the "almost £6 million" fund that it announced on 9 December 2020."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 23 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-22958

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 May 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that fire breaks are adequately maintained by swiping or other methods on Forestry Commission Scotland-owned land and forests, following reports of many moorland wildfires in 2019, and what analysis it has carried out of the effectiveness of this work recently."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 14 May 2019

Question ref. S5W-21496

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 February 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what technical measures have been put in place to prevent incorrect letters from being issued again to participants in the Beef Efficiency Scheme."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 12 March 2019

Question ref. S5W-21725

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 February 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it paid out under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) 2017."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 26 February 2019

Question ref. S5W-21498

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 February 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it can take to support the sectors in the recently released Total Farm Income (TFI) figures where the decline in income is greatest."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 26 February 2019

Question ref. S5W-21495

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 February 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what the reason was for incorrect warning letters being issued to farmers taking part in the Beef Efficiency Scheme."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 26 February 2019

Question ref. S5W-21497

Asked by: Scott, John, Ayr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 February 2019

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the decline in total farm income from £729 million in 2017 to £672 million in 2018."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 26 February 2019

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