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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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John Swinney

Scottish National Party

MSP for Perthshire North (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for North Tayside (Constituency) 1999 - 2011

About John Swinney

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @johnswinney

Facebook: John's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Committees

John is not a member of any 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

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Scottish Government

Party Roles

John does not have any party roles

Previous roles

John has had 9 previous roles

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

30 October 2004 - 02 April 2007

Audit Committee

Substitute Member

20 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Finance Committee

Deputy Convener

15 September 2005 - 20 September 2005

Finance Committee

Member

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

European and External Relations Committee

Convener

28 September 2004 - 14 September 2005

Conveners Group

Member

15 September 2004 - 28 September 2004

European and External Relations Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 01 November 2000

Finance Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 26 September 2000

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Convener

24 August 1999 - 26 September 2000

Conveners Liaison Group

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 Swinney. The date of their initial statement was 23 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the "Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama" event as a guest of West Coast Capital (a Private Equity Firm). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £500, which was met by West Coast Capital [Registered 22 June 2017]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a Director of the Logierait Bridge Company. I do not receive any remuneration in relation to this role.

Recent Activity

What was said

What John Swinney 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

Digital Exclusion (Glasgow Schools)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney): "The Scottish Government worked with local authorities through the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers, and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland to establish the scale of need across Scotland. Councils and schools know their learners and families best.…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Gaelic-medium Education (Glasgow)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney): "The Scottish Government has regular discussions with Glasgow City Council on matters relating to Gaelic-medium education, and we have been delighted to support the expansion of provision within the city…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Schools (Full-time Return of Pupils)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney): "To date, we have committed more than £375 million to local authorities and schools as part of education recovery…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

School Closures (Support for Pupils)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney): "The term “lost learning” is not an appropriate description of the challenges that we face, and focusing on it does a disservice to the work of school staff across the country…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Education (Attainment Gap)

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills (John Swinney): "Our mission to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap remains central to our plans…

Votes

How John Swinney has voted in Parliament

Find out how John Swinney 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 not voted

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 John Swinney 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. S2O-12498

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 March 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve signage for access to the Cairngorms from the A9."

Answered by: Tavish Scott on 29 March 2007

Question ref. S2W-31428

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it expects to incur in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers versus The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application)."

Answered by: Johann Lamont on 16 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31427

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much expenditure it has incurred to date in (a) legal and (b) court costs in pursuing the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s application)."

Answered by: Johann Lamont on 16 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31401

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what professional qualifications are held by staff employed by Fisheries Research Services at Freshwater Laboratory Faskally."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 7 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31404

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many vacant staff posts at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally have had to be re-advertised in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31403

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many applicants there were for staff vacancies at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31400

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff employed by Fisheries Research Services at (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally have length of service of (i) less than one year, (ii) one to two years, (iii) three to nine years, (iv) 10 to 20 years and (v) more than 20 years."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31492

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how much it expects the Scottish Information Commissioner to apply for from the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s central contingency fund for (a) legal costs and (b) court costs in defending the case of The Scottish Ministers v The Scottish Information Commissioner (William Alexander’s…

Answered by: John Scott on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31402

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff vacancies there were at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

Question ref. S2W-31405

Asked by: Swinney, John, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 January 2007

"To ask the Scottish Executive what the staff turnover was at Fisheries Research Services’ (a) Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and (b) Freshwater Laboratory Faskally in each year since 2000."

Answered by: Sarah Boyack on 6 February 2007

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