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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.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mark has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

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 11 previous roles

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

29 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

16 September 2020 - 04 May 2021

COVID19 Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Substitute 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.

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2022

National Entitlement Cards

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "This week, we have seen tens of thousands of young people successfully applying for national entitlement cards, which will open the door to free bus travel across Scotland at the end of this month…

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2022

Scotland’s Marine Assessment 2020

2. Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Thank you, Presiding Officer. I, too, have had some technical difficulties. To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands last met Marine Scotland to discuss Scotland’s marine assessment 2020. (S6O-00609)"

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2022

Car Travel

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "I welcome the route map, which represents a really big step towards bringing about a green transport revolution. I also welcome the fact that the minister has recognised the role of demand management measures such as workplace parking levies…

Chamber meeting date: 12 January 2022

Energy Strategy

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Will the cabinet secretary update the chamber on how the cost of nuclear energy currently compares with that of renewables?"

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting date: 11 January 2022

Role of Local Government in Delivering Net Zero

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "I thank the witnesses for their contributions. I will focus on transport. Witnesses have mentioned some of the challenges around transport and its contribution to climate emissions reductions…

Votes

How Mark Ruskell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mark Ruskell has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-02761.2

Tackling Drug Related Deaths Through the First Year of the National Mission

Submitted by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 13, 2022

Result 34 for, 70 against, 19 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02761.1

Tackling Drug Related Deaths Through the First Year of the National Mission

Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 13, 2022

Result 23 for, 100 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02747.3

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services

Submitted by: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Stephen Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Result 34 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02747.1

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services

Submitted by: Carol Mochan, South Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Result 55 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02747.2

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Result 54 for, 69 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

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-05651

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 11 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-04188 by Maree Todd on 16 November 2021, whether sportscotland has allocated funding to support the development of a tennis centre at Park of Keir for financial year 2022-23."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05652

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 11 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-04188 by Maree Todd on 16 November 2021, whether sportscotland allocated capital funding to support the development of a tennis centre at Park of Keir for financial year 2021-22."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05581

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 7 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many fines for vehicle idling have been (a) issued and (b) paid in each year since 2016, also broken down by local authority."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05579

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 7 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to tackle idling of private vehicles, and whether it will introduce further measures to tackle idling."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05580

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 7 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with COSLA regarding the use of local authority powers to tackle vehicle idling."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05516

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 7 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in each year for which records are available, what emissions have been reported for the incineration of (a) household waste, (b) commercial and industrial waste and (c) all waste included in its Climate Change Plan."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05517

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 7 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what changes in emissions are modelled in its Climate Change Plan that are based on the introduction of the biodegradable municipal landfill ban, and whether these changes are attributed to the waste sector."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05518

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 7 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government under which sector emissions from waste incineration are reported in its Climate Change Plan."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05368

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 24 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how the findings from the Decarbonising the Scottish transport sector report commissioned by Transport Scotland, which concluded that a significant reduction in aviation demand is required to meet Scotland’s 2030 emissions reduction target, will inform the final aviation…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05366

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 24 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether the recommendations on aviation in the Climate Change Committee report, Progress in reducing emissions in Scotland – 2021 Report to Parliament, will be addressed in its aviation strategy."

Awaiting answer

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