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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

Mark is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mark has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Scottish Commission For Public Audit

Member

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

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

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Economy Energy and Fair Work 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

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: 23 June 2021

Town Centres (Economic Recovery)

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Empty town centre properties are being repurposed into spaces to house artists’ studios, venues and workshops, including Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline and Creative Stirling’s hub…

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Legacy Papers

Mark Ruskell: "Thank you, convener. I congratulate you and Fiona Hyslop on your appointments. I look forward to working with colleagues across the committee. It is good to hear some early areas of consensus emerging…

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting date: 22 June 2021

Interests

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "I have nothing to declare."

Chamber meeting date: 17 June 2021

Autism Assessments (NHS Fife)

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Families in Fife who are waiting for autism assessments for their children are at crisis point. There have been no assessments since the start of the pandemic, and there is now a backlog of more than 1,000 children waiting for support…

Chamber meeting date: 15 June 2021

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics 2019

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Three years of missed targets shows that we need that transformative step change. We have already seen what is possible with renewable electricity, in which this country has taken a great lead in the UK…

Votes

How Mark Ruskell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mark Ruskell 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 not voted

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 for

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 not voted

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 not voted

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 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-00723

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government which organisation is conducting the gateway review into the deposit return scheme for drinks containers, as announced by the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment in March 2021."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 21 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00726

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether Ministers will publish the findings of the gateway review into the deposit return scheme for drinks containers in full, prior to making a decision on whether to accept its recommendations."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 21 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00724

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the terms of reference are for the gateway review into the deposit return scheme for drinks containers."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 21 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00722

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 15 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, following the announcement that a deposit return system for cans and bottles will launch in Ireland by the end of September 2022, whether it has contacted the Irish Government to ask for advice on setting up such a system efficiently, given the significant delays to the deposit return scheme in Scotland."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 21 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00882

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many wild wrasse landings there have been at each (a) creek and (b) aquaculture facility in each week since 1 May 2021, broken down by weight, and how many were reported by the wrasse fishers through (i) their standard reporting requirements and (ii) the new weekly reporting required under the point 11 of the…

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 7 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00881

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many wild wrasse fishing vessel catches have been inspected by Marine Scotland Compliance since 1 May 2021, and what infringements of licence derogation conditions have been identified."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 30 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00285

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 27 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to incorporate Sea Eagle Management Scheme payments into wider agricultural support payments post-Brexit."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00466

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 3 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the resolution of the Parliament on the debate on motion S5M-15096 on 11 December 2018, what progress it has made on delivering remote electronic monitoring for all of Scotland's fishing vessels, and when this will be fully rolled out."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 17 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00287

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 27 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many independently verified livestock predation incidents have been recorded by independent veterinary post-mortem testing in each of the last five years."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 16 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00335

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 1 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the Smart Ticketing Delivery Strategy 2018, and whether it anticipates any delays in its implementation due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 16 June 2021

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