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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Liz Smith

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2007 - present day

About Liz Smith

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Cross-party groups

Liz is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liz does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Liz has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Environment

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Land Reform

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Liz has had 15 previous roles

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

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

20 February 2020 - 14 August 2020

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Chief Whip

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

08 June 2016 - 25 February 2020

Education and Skills Committee

Member

19 May 2016 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Public Audit and Postlegislative Scrutiny Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

19 March 2014 - 19 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

27 February 2014 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

07 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 June 2011 - 27 February 2014

Education and Culture Committee

Member

23 June 2011 - 10 September 2013

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Member

03 October 2007 - 22 March 2011

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

27 June 2007 - 28 September 2007

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Liz'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 Liz Smith. The date of their initial statement was 19 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

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 member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 19 February 2019]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 19 February 2019]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Liz Smith 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: 23 March 2021

Motion of No Confidence

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Tomorrow, every seat in the Parliament becomes vacant again. All business in the chamber comes to an end, after which we await the verdict of the voters on 6 May, which is just six weeks away. As the First Minister said, that is as it should be…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Motion of No Confidence

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Tomorrow, every seat in the Parliament becomes vacant again. All business in the chamber comes to an end, after which we await the verdict of the voters on 6 May, which is just six weeks away. As the First Minister said, that is as it should be…

Chamber meeting date: 10 March 2021

Littering

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Is it not true that part of the issue is the powers that local authorities have to deal with litter and fly-tipping…

Chamber meeting date: 10 March 2021

University of St Andrews (Degrees in Medicine and Dentistry) Bill: Stage 3

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "I, too, pay a personal tribute to Jeane Freeman, whom I have always found to be responsive to any questions that I have had…

Chamber meeting date: 10 March 2021

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I seek guidance on timings. This is one of the best debates that I have heard in the Parliament, and it is important that members are allowed to have their say on these important issues…

Votes

How Liz Smith has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liz Smith 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 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 Liz Smith 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-35206

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the (a) Welsh Government (b) Northern Ireland Executive and (c) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the operability of Scotland's deposit return scheme with other planned schemes across the UK."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 23 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35204

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it still anticipates its deposit return scheme will be operational by July 2022."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 23 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35202

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the trials of digital deposit return schemes in Wales and Northern Ireland, and whether these schemes could be used in Scotland."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 23 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35205

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of the current economic situation, and whether this will have any impact on the implementation date of July 2022 for its deposit return scheme."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 23 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35203

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will appoint a scheme administrator for its deposit return scheme before the end of the current parliamentary session."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 23 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-34907

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to provide information about how Regional Land Use Partnerships will be funded; whether that funding will be sourced from the agricultural budget, and what its reasons are for its position on the matter."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 12 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-33932

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on 8 December 2020 (Official Report, c…

Answered by: John Swinney on 22 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34291

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area have been treated in hospital solely for COVID-19 since 1 December 2020, also broken down by how many received treatment in intensive care units."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 20 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34289

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many daily (a) admissions to and (b) discharges from hospitals there have been in each NHS board area since 1 December 2020."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 20 January 2021

Question ref. S5W-34288

Asked by: Smith, Liz, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area have died since 1 December 2020 with COVID-19 recorded as the primary cause of death."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 20 January 2021

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