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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Liam McArthur

Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for Orkney Islands (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for Orkney (Constituency) 2007 - 2011

About Liam McArthur

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @Liam4Orkney

Facebook: Liam's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5815
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

14 Palace Road
Kirkwall
Orkney Islands
KW15 1PA

Phone: 01856 876541
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

Cross-party groups

Liam is a member of 10 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on End of Life Choices

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Islands

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Japan

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on MS

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rugby Development in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liam has 3 parliamentary and government roles

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Conveners Group

Convener

Deputy Presiding Officer

Scottish Parliament

Party Roles

Liam has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on the Climate Emergency

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Liam has had 15 previous roles

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

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Liberal Democrats

22 June 2021 - 26 August 2021

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Deputy Convener

17 June 2021 - 22 June 2021

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

19 May 2016 - 20 May 2021

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

08 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Justice Committee

Member

06 October 2016 - 04 May 2021

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

08 November 2016 - 04 May 2021

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

29 August 2017 - 04 May 2021

Presiding Officer's Advisory Group

Member

25 May 2011 - 19 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

01 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Member

23 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

21 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Finance Committee

Member

Register of interests

Liam'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 Liam McArthur. The date of their initial statement was 20 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

From 27 to 28 October 2011 I participated in a trip to the Elgin-Franklin oil and gas installation to learn more about the industry and how it operates. Total E&P UK (an oil and gas exploration and production company of Crawpeel Road, Altens, Aberdeen, AB12 3FG) met the costs of this visit which were approximately £1,750. This included coach and helicopter transport, accommodation and safety clothing.

Since January 2022, I have been receiving the support of an additional staff member, for four days per week, to support the development of my proposed Member’s Bill on Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults. The post is funded by three permissible donors: Friends at the End (a Scottish registered charity working to promote end of life choices, of 4 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE); Dignity in Dying (a not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for a change in the law on assisted dying, of 181 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2JT); Humanist Society Scotland (a Scottish registered charity that promotes humanist views and campaigns for assisted dying, of Suite 25, 4 Lochside Way, Edinburgh, EH12 9DT). From the end of June 2022 until January 2023, this staff member’s work on the proposed Bill will decrease to one day per week. The total value of this support will amount to £26,250 with individual donations as follows: Friends at the End - £8,750, Dignity in Dying - £8,750, Humanist Society Scotland - £8,750. [Registered 3 May 2022, Amended interest 14 October 2022, Amended interest 24 October 2022]

Overseas visits

From 7 to 11 October 2014 I was part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs who visited the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the invitation of the Director General, Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). The delegation held meetings with a number of Government departments, trade and cultural organisations including; President MA Ying-Jeou and Madame Ma, Scottish Development International (Taiwan Office), Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City Council, Straits Exchange Foundation, British Trade and Cultural Office, Hsinchu Science Park, Green Energy and Environment Research Lab, King Car Whisky Distillery and the National Centre for Traditional Arts. The cost of the visit was; air ticket £2,780, accommodation £528, bus £133, high speed rail £12, food £163, tickets for 101, opera and hot spring £59. The total cost was £3,675 met in its entirety by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). I also received gifts, which included a vase, a tie and tie pin, a glass ornament and a book. The value of the items are below the threshold for registration in the gifts category.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a Girl Guide Ambassador.

I am the Chair of the Orkney Japan Association.

In August 2010 I became an honorary patron of the British Veterinary Association. My role involves raising awareness of the BVA’s role and receiving information on activities and attitudes of the BVA, including access to the members only section of the BVA website. This role is unremunerated. I estimate that the value of gaining access to the website is below the threshold for registration in the gifts category. On 12 August 2021 I became a lifetime member. [Amended interest 27 August 2021]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Liam McArthur 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 November 2022

Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact)

The Deputy Presiding Officer (Liam McArthur): "I ask those people who are leaving the chamber and the public gallery to do so as quickly and quietly as possible, as Parliament is still in session…

Chamber meeting date: 24 November 2022

National Drugs Mission

The Deputy Presiding Officer: "I can give you some time back."

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2022

Orkney Islands Council (Scottish Budget)

1. Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands) (LD): "To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Orkney Islands Council regarding the Scottish budget 2022-23. (S6O-01581)"

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2022

Primary Care

The Deputy Presiding Officer (Liam McArthur): "The next item of business is a debate on motion S6M-06899, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on protecting primary care…

Chamber meeting date: 23 November 2022

Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme

The Deputy Presiding Officer (Liam McArthur): "The next item of business is a debate on motion S6M-06898, in the name of Mark Griffin, on the cost of living: mortgage rescue scheme…

Votes

How Liam McArthur has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liam McArthur has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06924

The National Drugs Mission: Taking Concrete Action to Tackle Stigma

Submitted by: Angela Constance, Almond Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 24, 2022

Result 90 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06924.1

The National Drugs Mission: Taking Concrete Action to Tackle Stigma

Submitted by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Supported by: Stephen Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 24, 2022

Result 28 for, 67 against, 23 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06899

Protecting Primary Care

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, November 21, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Result 66 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06898.1

Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Result 30 for, 91 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06898

Cost of Living: Mortgage Rescue Scheme

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, November 21, 2022

Supported by: Daniel Johnson, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Result 72 for, 49 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Liam McArthur has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6W-12543

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve reporting of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) escape incidents."

Answer expected on 9 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12542

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents have been recorded of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) escaping from (a) onshore and (b) offshore power generation sites in each of the last three years."

Answer expected on 9 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12544

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the prevention of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) escape incidents."

Answer expected on 9 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12541

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether there is any duty on those operating in Scotland or its waters to report gas escapes, and if this is the case, what the threshold escape volume of CO2-equivalent gas for reporting is, in light of The Guardian article from 8 November 2022, World’s ‘most potent greenhouse gas’ escaped during…

Answer expected on 9 December 2022

Question ref. S6W-12059

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to promote future take-up of the First Home Fund, including in rural and island communities."

Holding Answer by Shona Robison on 24 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-12060

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what islands impact assessment has been carried out in connection with the First Home Fund."

Holding Answer by Shona Robison on 24 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-12061

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to open the First Home Fund in the future."

Holding Answer by Shona Robison on 24 November 2022

Question ref. S6O-01635

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to Age Scotland's report, Keeping the Doors Open."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-12123

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of the impact of the Deposit Return Scheme on existing recycling services provided by island local authorities."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 23 November 2022

Question ref. S6W-12121

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 November 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of the net environmental impact of the Deposit Return Scheme in island communities."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 23 November 2022

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