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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Kate Forbes

Scottish National Party

MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Kate Forbes

Contact details

Contact online

Website: kate-forbes.scot

Twitter: @_kateforbes

Facebook: Kate's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Contact at local office

12 High Street
Dingwall
IV15 9RU

Phone: 01349 863 888
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Kate is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Kate is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Kate has 1 parliamentary and government role

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Kate does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Kate has had 7 previous roles

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

29 September 2016 - 28 June 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

19 April 2018 - 28 June 2018

Health and Sport Committee

Member

19 April 2018 - 28 June 2018

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 19 April 2018

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

07 November 2017 - 19 April 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

07 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2016

Finance Committee

Member

Register of interests

Kate'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 Kate Forbes. The date of their initial statement was 07 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 24 February 2018 I attended the Scotland v England match at Murrayfield as a guest of Liberty Steel (a steel manufacturer of Dalzell Works, Park Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PU) . The value of this was approximately £600.

Overseas visits

From 9 to 18 February 2018 I was part of a Tearfund humanitarian delegation travelling to Nepal to learn how projects in relation to child trafficking, earthquake relief and flood prevention 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).

On 21 to 24 October 2019 I travelled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA to give several lectures at the University of the North Carolina. The costs of the visit were approximately £1,200 and were met by Scottish Heritage USA (an organisation that recognises and enhances the original bonds of ancestral and national character among the peoples of Scotland and North America of 315 North Page Road, Building 2, Suite 10, Pinehurst, NC 28370).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 21 November 2021 I attended the Scotland v Japan match at Murrayfield, as a guest of Sir Peter Vardy, with my husband and step-daughter. The value of each ticket was approximately £48, creating a total value of £144. [Registered 11 December 2021]

On 4 June 2021, I and my partner were guests on board the MV Seaflower as part of a visit to the Isle of Rona in my constituency at the invitation of the owner’s uncle, Mr Campbell Grant. This visit was an ordinary part of the company’s daily tours. The market price per person for travel and lunch is £120, so the full value of the visit was £240. [Registered 30 June 2021]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Kate Forbes 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: 30 June 2022

Scottish Government-funded Bodies (Pay Settlements)

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (Kate Forbes): "Negotiations on pay settlements are a matter for our public sector bodies, as the employers, and the relevant staff representatives or trade unions. It is right for employers and trade unions to follow the recognised collective bargaining procedures."

Chamber meeting date: 30 June 2022

High-speed Broadband (Rural Areas)

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (Kate Forbes): "The latest Office of Communications figures show that more than 2.6 million homes and businesses across Scotland can now access superfast broadband speeds…

Chamber meeting date: 28 June 2022

Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (Kate Forbes): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no. My app would not connect."

Social Justice and Social Security Committee meeting date: 23 June 2022

Resource Spending Review

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (Kate Forbes): "I thank the committee for its input to the resource spending review. As I have said publicly, this is a particularly challenging time to be setting out our resource spending review…

Chamber meeting date: 22 June 2022

Budget (Infrastructure)

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy (Kate Forbes): "The Scottish Government’s capital budget for this financial year provides more than £6.4 billion of capital investment. All future final spending commitments will, of course, be outlined during the annual budget process in the usual way."

Votes

How Kate Forbes has voted in Parliament

Find out how Kate Forbes has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06063

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Angus Robertson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Mairi Gougeon, Neil Gray, Jenni Minto, Evelyn Tweed
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 79 for, 29 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06063.2

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Rhoda Grant
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 41 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06063.3

Scotland’s Population – Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Result 31 for, 77 against, 0 abstained, 21 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Kate Forbes 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-17196

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11 June 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure minimum disruption to travellers using the A9 during works to lay fibre optic cabling alongside the road."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 25 June 2018

Question ref. S5W-17000

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 May 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact Brexit will have on protecting the designation, exports and global reputation of Scotch whisky."

Answered by: Fergus Ewing on 18 June 2018

Question ref. S5O-02235

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 6 June 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what support is provided to pregnant mothers who receive a pre-natal diagnosis of foetal disability."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 14 June 2018

Question ref. S5W-17006

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 May 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the First Minister's visit to Brussels on 28 May 2018."

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop on 12 June 2018

Question ref. S5W-16832

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 May 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to regulate the cosmetic hair transplant industry."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 6 June 2018

Question ref. S5W-16831

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 May 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with the implementation of the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group's recommendation of a three-phase approach to the regulation of cosmetic interventions."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 6 June 2018

Question ref. S5W-16980

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31 May 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in its discussions with the UK Government on the devolution of air passenger duty."

Answered by: Derek Mackay on 1 June 2018

Question ref. S5O-02043

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25 April 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on protecting young people's right to religious observance, education and freedom of religious belief in schools."

Answered by: John Swinney on 2 May 2018

Question ref. S5W-15701

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government how much the average payment per patient will be (a) nationally and (b) in NHS (i) Highland, (ii) Western Isles, (iii) Orkney and (iv) Shetland under the new GP contract, including for global sum location and incomes/expenses protection."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 10 April 2018

Question ref. S5W-15780

Asked by: Forbes, Kate, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 3 April 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it can provide regarding the Minister for International Development and Europe’s visit to Zambia in February 2018."

Answered by: Alasdair Allan on 4 April 2018

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