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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Mark Ruskell

Scottish Green Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2003 - 2007

About Mark Ruskell

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6468
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Unit 23
Stirling Business Centre
Wellgreen
Stirling
FK8 2DZ

Phone: 01786 448 203
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Mark is a member of 15 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Autism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Europe

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Lung Health

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Migration

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nature and Climate

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Sustainable Transport

Deputy Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mark has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Commission For Public Audit

Member

Party Roles

Mark has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Climate

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Transport

Scottish Green Party

Previous roles

Mark has had 12 previous roles

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

14 June 2017 - 25 October 2021

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

29 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

16 September 2020 - 04 May 2021

COVID19 Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

13 September 2018 - 16 September 2020

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Deputy Convener

04 September 2018 - 13 September 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

29 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2006 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

09 September 2004 - 07 June 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Deputy Convener

30 June 2004 - 09 September 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

03 September 2003 - 30 June 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Mark'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 Mark Ruskell. The date of their initial statement was 02 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until May 2017 I was a local authority councillor for Stirling Council (of Old Viewforth, 14-20 Pitt Terrace, Stirling FK8 2ET). I worked 15 hours per week in this role. Until 15 May 2016, when my salary ceased, I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum.

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 14 t o 16 August 2018 I travelled to Norway on a study visit to explore Deposit Return Schemes. The costs of the visit were approximately £689, £220 for hotel, £319 for flights and around £150 for meals, which were met by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (a registered charity that funds the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society of Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am an Honorary Associate Member of the British Veterinary Association.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Mark Ruskell 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.

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 22 September 2022

Scotland’s Census

Mark Ruskell: "I wonder whether, at this stage, there are particular lessons to be learned about the hard-to-count groups…

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 22 September 2022

Pre-budget Scrutiny

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "The evidence this morning has been powerful…

Chamber meeting date: 21 September 2022

Oil and Gas Exploration Licences

3. Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is regarding the impact in Scotland of the reported plans of the United Kingdom Government to grant up to 130 new oil and gas exploration licences. (S6T-00873)"

Chamber meeting date: 21 September 2022

Court Backlogs (Impact on Remand for Young People)

6. Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it is addressing court backlogs that are reportedly leading to young people being held on remand for longer than 140 days in young offenders institutions. (S6O-01353)"

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting date: 20 September 2022

Role of Local Government in Delivering Net Zero

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Reading the submissions, I was struck by the lack of consistency across councils when it comes to setting targets, the scope of the targets and the plans that are being developed to meet those targets. Why is that? Is that a problem?"

Votes

How Mark Ruskell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mark Ruskell 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 voted for

Vote Passed

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 voted against

Vote Defeated

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 voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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

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

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Mark Ruskell 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-10617

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 26 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what incentives exist to encourage solar farm developers to offer forms of community financial benefit."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 23 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10670

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 31 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the introduction of noise cameras on certain roads."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 23 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-11050

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will list the 1,000 Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) that Scottish Water announced it will be monitoring as part of its Improving Urban Waters Route Map, and where monitoring data from these CSOs will be published."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10992

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Programme for Government 2021-22 commitment to publish a programme of work and analysis to better understand Scotland’s energy requirements as it transitions to net zero."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10993

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 20 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress with its consideration on joining the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10539

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 24 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is, regarding any potential impact on Scotland, to the reported UK Government policy proposal to require cyclists to be licensed and to display a number plate."

Answered by: Patrick Harvie on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10307

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-09016 by Jenny Gilruth on 23 June 2022, whether it will provide updated figures on how many young people have now received a free bus pass through the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel scheme, broken down by local authority, based on the latest information…

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10304

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what level of carbon production associated with energy generation it considers as low-carbon."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10719

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 31 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring that every child leaves school with the ability to cycle safely."

Answered by: Patrick Harvie on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10308

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many journeys have been completed by young people using a free bus pass through the Young Persons' (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel scheme, based on the latest information available."

Answered by: Jenny Gilruth on 12 September 2022

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