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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

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5699
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Liam is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liam has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Deputy Presiding Officer

Scottish Parliament

Party Roles

Liam has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Liam has had 13 previous roles

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

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

08 November 2016 - 04 May 2021

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

06 October 2016 - 04 May 2021

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

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

23 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Member

03 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

13 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Finance Committee

Member

21 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute 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.

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 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.

I am a Girl Guide Ambassador.

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 June 2021

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

The Deputy Presiding Officer (Liam McArthur): "I remind members that social distancing measures are in place in the chamber and around the Holyrood campus. I ask that you take care and observe the measures, including when exiting and entering the chamber…

Chamber meeting date: 23 June 2021

School Sports Events

Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands) (LD): "5. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to schools to enable them to hold modified sports events that can be attended by parents and carers. (S6O-00061)"

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Interests

Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands) (LD): "Other than being an islander, I have no registrable interests to declare in relation to the committee, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests."

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Legacy Papers

Liam McArthur: "First, I want to thank the committee for choosing me as deputy convener. Like you, convener, I feel that it is a real privilege…

Chamber meeting date: 22 June 2021

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

The Deputy Presiding Officer: "I call Alex Cole-Hamilton. You have around six minutes, Mr Cole-Hamilton. 17:09"

Votes

How Liam McArthur has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liam McArthur has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 24 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 30 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00479

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Supported by: George Adam
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 90 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 13

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 59 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 14

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11 23 June 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Liam McArthur 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-00732

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to allowing women aged 70 and over to self-refer for breast cancer screening."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 2 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00734

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government on what basis it took the decision to stop women aged 70 and over from self-referring for breast cancer screening."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 2 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00733

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of those screened for breast cancer were women aged 70 and over, in each year since 2010."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 2 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00731

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has received in the last 12 months from (a) Cancer Research UK, and (b) other cancer charities, regarding arrangements for breast cancer screening for women aged 70 and over."

Answered by: Maree Todd on 2 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00651

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 14 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has plans for NHS Scotland to combine medical records in a database shared with third parties, similar to proposals set out by NHS Digital for England."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 1 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00906

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 18 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-00406 by Jamie Hepburn on 17 June 2021, whether it plans to match the timeframes announced by the Welsh Government in establishing an alternative model of international exchange."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 28 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00720

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-00307 by Ivan McKee on 7 June, whether it will provide an update on whether dancing is permitted at weddings in level 0 protection areas."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 24 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00406

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what work it has undertaken to establish a new programme of international exchange; when it expects such a programme to be established, and for what reason this was not included in its plans for the first 100 days of the parliamentary session."

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn on 17 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00497

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the timeline for the Islands Connectivity Plan."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 16 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00468

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 3 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, to bring them in line with other forms of travel, what consideration it has given to reviewing social-distancing requirements on board ferries."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 16 June 2021

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