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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Maurice Golden

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for North East Scotland (Region) 2021 - present day

Former MSP for West Scotland (Region) 2016 - 2021

About Maurice Golden

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @mgoldenmsp

Facebook: Maurice's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Contact at local office

80 Rosemount Place
Aberdeen
AB25 2XN

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Maurice is a member of 11 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Animal Welfare

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Creative Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Future of Football in Scotland

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Independent Convenience Stores

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

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

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wellbeing Economy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Wood Panel Industry

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Maurice does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Maurice does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Maurice has had 12 previous roles

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

08 September 2021 - 29 June 2023

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Substitute Member

23 September 2021 - 29 June 2023

Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee

Member

08 September 2021 - 22 September 2021

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

29 June 2017 - 25 February 2020

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Substitute Member

27 April 2017 - 20 February 2020

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

14 June 2016 - 29 June 2017

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Deputy Convener

29 September 2016 - 29 June 2017

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

28 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 14 June 2016

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

Register of interests

Maurice'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 Maurice Golden. The date of their initial statement was 13 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 22 June 2021 I attended the Scotland vs. Croatia football game, the ticket cost was £175 and hospitality was £50. On 5 February 2022 I attended the Scotland vs. England Rugby game, the ticket cost was £117 and hospitality was £60pp. The cumulative value of these gifts is £402 and therefore over the threshold for registration in the gifts category. The costs were met by Heiniken UK (a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded alcoholic drinks of 3-4 Broadway Park, South Gyle Broadway, Edinburgh, EH12 9JZ). [Registered 14 February 2022]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

From 9 to 15 February 2018 I was part of a Tearfund humanitarian delegation travelling to Nepal to learn how projects in relation to child trafficking, earthquake relief and flood prevention are transforming lives. The costs of the visit amounted to £1,300 and were met by Tearfund Scotland (a Christian charity of 29 Canal St, Glasgow G4 0AD). I do not consider that this visit meets the prejudice test.

From 31 July to 5 August 2016 I was part of a fact finding political delegation to Israel and the West Bank for Scottish Conservative MSPs. The costs of the visit amounted to £2,000 and were met by Conservative Friends of Israel (of CFI Ltd, PO Box 72288, London, SW1P 9LB). I do not consider that this visit meets the prejudice test.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Maurice Golden 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: 28 February 2024

Cultural Organisations in Stirling (Funding)

Maurice Golden (North East Scotland) (Con): "Creative Scotland’s regular funding network consists of 121 organisations, but only 12 organisations located in the north-east received funding, compared with 81 in the central belt…

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 21 February 2024

Youth Violence (PE1947)

Maurice Golden (North East Scotland) (Con): "I am interested in the justice system response in the widest possible sense. I welcomed the comments from Mr Watters about the three tiers…

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 21 February 2024

Home Reports (PE1957)

Maurice Golden: "Yes, I am, in the context of the petition. However, the petitioner might want to consider looking at another issue in the same area—the effectiveness of home reports. In respect of the specific ask of the petition, I agree with Mr Ewing’s points."

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee meeting date: 21 February 2024

Dog Boarding Kennels (Fire Safety) (PE2058)

Maurice Golden: "I think that we should write to the Scottish Government to ask when its analysis of the responses to its consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals will be published and whether it will give specific consideration to fire safety in the forthcoming animal boarding regulations. In that letter, it would be worth while highlighting…

Chamber meeting date: 20 February 2024

Gas and Electricity Standing Charges

Maurice Golden (North East Scotland) (Con): "The motion is classic nationalism and is designed to pit one group of people against another. It is unhelpful, unwarranted and founded in ignorance."

Votes

How Maurice Golden has voted in Parliament

Find out how Maurice Golden has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12093

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 63 for, 51 against, 1 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12331

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Maree Todd, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Neil Gray, Jenni Minto
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 65 for, 50 against, 1 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12130

Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024

Submitted by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 12, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 65 for, 0 against, 52 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12304

Recommendations of the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 26, 2024

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Natalie Don
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 96 for, 20 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12317

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill (Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1)

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 52 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Maurice Golden has asked

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

Question ref. S6O-03176

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of assaults by pupils in schools."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25445

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the proposed introduction of a similar ban in Scotland, what meetings (a) it has and (b) its agencies have had with (i) the French government and (ii) other relevant stakeholders in France regarding banning the disposal of unsold goods."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25813

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how many dogs that have been taken in by enforcement agencies in each of the last five years were reunited with their owners."

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25808

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24995 by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024, what its position is on whether an updated estimate of the cost of food waste would be useful in illustrating any benefits for households of reducing food waste."

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25811

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) microchipping notices have been issued in relation to a microchipping breach and (b) fines have been issued to non-compliant owners under the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016."

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25810

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to review the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016, with particular consideration given to enforcement, consistency of processes and punishments across local authorities."

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25812

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on how many dogs that have been taken in by enforcement agencies, in each of the last five years, were (a) microchipped, (b) not microchipped and (c) microchipped but without up-to-date details…

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25809

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-24987 by Lorna Slater on 21 February 2024, what reasons were provided by schools for not taking part in the project."

Answer expected on 12 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25337

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 7 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what measures it currently supports to provide those in the heritage restoration sector with opportunities to develop expertise and skills in climate resilience."

Answered by Kaukab Stewart on 27 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25444

Asked by: Golden, Maurice, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide the most recent list, broken down by local authority, of projects funded, or confirmed to be funded if not already begun, through the Recycling Improvement Fund."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 22 February 2024

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