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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 9 cross-party groups

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 Lung Health

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 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 17 previous roles

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

14 June 2017 - 09 March 2022

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

26 May 2016 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Green Party

26 May 2016 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

26 May 2016 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Green Party

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

29 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Rural Economy and Connectivity 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

21 June 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Fisheries

Scottish Green Party

28 May 2003 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

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: 21 February 2024

Activities Involving Animals (Licensing)

5. Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "I apologise to members in the chamber: I need to leave early to attend a committee meeting. To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its response to its consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals. (S6O-03090)"

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee meeting date: 1 February 2024

National Outcomes

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "The “Promoting Scotland Internationally” report is really interesting, and I want to pick up on a couple of points."

Chamber meeting date: 31 January 2024

Music Industry (Support for Venues)

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "This February, the band Enter Shikari will perform in Edinburgh, not only to celebrate their new LP but to prove a point…

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee meeting date: 30 January 2024

Budget Scrutiny 2024-25

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "It is good to hear about the increased budget for NatureScot and the strategic focus on bringing down consenting times and contributing to that renewables growth. I want to ask Mairi Gougeon about the pressures on the marine directorate…

Chamber meeting date: 24 January 2024

Dementia (Support)

7. Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the support that is available for people living with, or affected by, dementia. (S6O-03004)"

Votes

How Mark Ruskell has voted in Parliament

Find out how Mark Ruskell has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12252

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Joe FitzPatrick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Angela Constance
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 84 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215.1

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Carol Mochan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12214

Improving Access to Primary Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Mark Ruskell has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6O-03131

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 21 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Scottish Prison Service’s work to address reported noise disturbance at HMP Stirling."

Taken in the Chamber on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03090

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 14 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its response to its consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals."

Taken in the Chamber on 21 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25230

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 8 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, as an employer located in the zone, how it is preparing for the enforcement of the Edinburgh Low Emission Zone."

Answer expected on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25307

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 6 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how the bathing water site designation process will be revised."

Answer expected on 5 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-24788

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 24 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to request advice from the Climate Change Committee regarding the appropriate value of the multiplier to be applied to greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, as required by section 2C(3)(h) of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 as amended."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 5 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25193

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 2 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when the guidance for conducting transport assessments for planning applications will be updated in line with the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4)."

Answer expected on 1 March 2024

Question ref. S6O-03004

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 17 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the support that is available for people living with, or affected by, dementia."

Taken in the Chamber on 24 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24040

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 22 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-23014 by Neil Gray on 28 November 2023, until such time as the review of the carbon calculator is completed, how it plans to comply with policy 5(c)(ii) of the National Planning Framework 4 by ensuring that developers correctly calculate emissions from the development versus the…

Answered by Neil Gray on 16 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24041

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 19 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given as part of its planning reform programme to require greater public transparency of developers’ actions to meet the planning conditions attached to large-scale developments."

Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 11 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-24038

Asked by: Ruskell, Mark, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 19 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government whether sportscotland continues to allocate any funding to support the development of a tennis centre at Park of Keir."

Answered by Maree Todd on 9 January 2024

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