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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Michael Matheson

Scottish National Party

MSP for Falkirk West (Constituency) 2007 - present day

Former MSP for Central Scotland (Region) 1999 - 2007

About Michael Matheson

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

Phone: 01324 629271
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

15A East Bridge Street
Falkirk
FK1 1YB

Phone: 01324 629271
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Michael is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Michael is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Michael does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Michael does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Michael has had 29 previous roles

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

29 March 2023 - 08 February 2024

Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care

Scottish Government

19 May 2021 - 29 March 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport

Scottish Government

26 June 2018 - 19 May 2021

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Scottish Government

18 May 2016 - 26 June 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Scottish Government

25 November 2014 - 18 May 2016

Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Scottish Government

25 May 2011 - 25 November 2014

Minister for Public Health

Scottish Government

23 December 2010 - 22 March 2011

Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 22 March 2011

Health and Sport Committee

Member

11 February 2010 - 02 December 2010

End of Life Assistance Scotland Bill Committee

Member

03 March 2009 - 01 July 2010

European and External Relations Committee

Deputy Convener

26 February 2009 - 03 March 2009

European and External Relations Committee

Member

01 November 2006 - 02 April 2007

Justice 2 Committee

Member

01 March 2006 - 02 April 2007

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee

Member

23 September 2004 - 31 October 2006

Enterprise and Culture Committee

Member

13 September 2004 - 11 September 2006

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish National Party

13 September 2004 - 11 September 2006

Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish National Party

30 September 2004 - 21 February 2006

Education Committee

Substitute Member

16 June 2004 - 30 September 2004

Edinburgh Tram Line One Bill Committee

Member

03 September 2003 - 29 September 2004

Justice 2 Committee

Substitute Member

04 June 2003 - 21 September 2004

Justice 1 Committee

Member

01 May 2003 - 13 September 2004

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

01 May 2003 - 13 September 2004

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish National Party

09 October 2001 - 31 March 2003

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

13 January 2000 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Equal Opportunities

Scottish National Party

13 July 1999 - 31 March 2003

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish National Party

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Justice 1 Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

13 January 2000 - 07 January 2001

Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 13 January 2000

Equal Opportunities Committee

Member

Register of interests

Michael'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 Michael Matheson. The date of their initial statement was 24 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

I own, jointly with my wife, a house in the Highland Council local authority area, with a market value of between £150,001 and £200,000. The property generates an income of between £10,001 to £15,000 per annum. However, it does not make a profit due to running costs.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 12 August 2023 I and my wife attended a football game as guests of the board of Queen’s Park Football Club (of Lesser Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, Glasgow G42 9BA). I was invited on an individual basis. The value of the tickets was approximately £200. [Registered 30 November 2023]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Michael Matheson 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: 1 February 2024

Hernia Operations (Waiting Times) (NHS Dumfries and Galloway)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "The Scottish Government meets national health service boards on a regular basis. We also commission and work closely with the centre for sustainable delivery, which was set up to drive service improvement, innovation and redesign…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

General Practitioners and Consultants (Recruitment and Retention) (Rural Areas)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "Improving recruitment and retention of GPs and other doctors is vital to Scotland’s health in all localities, including rural areas…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

General Practitioners and Consultants (Recruitment and Retention) (Rural Areas)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "Improving recruitment and retention of GPs and other doctors is vital to Scotland’s health in all localities, including rural areas…

Chamber meeting date: 1 February 2024

Hernia Operations (Waiting Times) (NHS Dumfries and Galloway)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "The Scottish Government meets national health service boards on a regular basis. We also commission and work closely with the centre for sustainable delivery, which was set up to drive service improvement, innovation and redesign…

Chamber meeting date: 30 January 2024

Professor Sam Eljamel (Independent Clinical Review)

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care (Michael Matheson): "The national clinical director is not involved in establishing the independent clinical review. Although Professor Leitch is part of the same directorate as those officials, he is not one of the officials undertaking that work…

Votes

How Michael Matheson has voted in Parliament

Find out how Michael Matheson has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12922

Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Angela Constance, Almond Valley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 22, 2024

Supported by: Siobhian Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Result 60 for, 0 against, 62 abstained, 7 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12882

Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Result 20 for, 95 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12867.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Alexander Burnett, Sharon Dowey, Tim Eagle, Russell Findlay, Pam Gosal, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Liam Kerr, Douglas Ross, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 53 for, 60 against, 5 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-12872

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 88 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12855

Repealing the Hate Crime Act

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, April 15, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Result 64 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 11 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Michael Matheson has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-26516

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to the electricity transmission networks in Scotland to build infrastructure to meet its net zero targets."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 18 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26882

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering any further legislation to tackle street litter."

Answer expected on 1 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-26883

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 April 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-26518 by Gillian Martin on 15 April 2024, whether it will detail the proposals and timeline for the delivery of the recommendations of the Transmission Network Short Life Working Group."

Answer expected on 1 May 2024

Question ref. S6W-26521

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what further support it can provide to the bus building industry in Scotland to help it compete in a global market."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26555

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what further steps it is taking to ensure that bus operators improve the (a) punctuality and (b) reliability of services for bus users."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26520

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with the UK Government regarding support for the bus building industry in Scotland."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26523

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider implementing national regulations for electric vehicle charging tariffs for (a) pence per kilowatt hour and (b) overstay fees that are applied by local authorities and other public bodies through ChargePlace Scotland."

Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26513

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to further support local authorities to address any antisocial behaviour in social housing."

Answered by Paul McLennan on 17 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26522

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered amending the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Contingency Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 to include local resilience structures for MSPs in their constituencies or regions, including notifications and communications with all relevant partners."

Answered by Angela Constance on 15 April 2024

Question ref. S6W-26517

Asked by: Matheson, Michael, Falkirk West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27 March 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider any further planning or regulatory assistance that could be put in place for the electricity transmission networks in Scotland in relation to infrastructure projects."

Answered by Gillian Martin on 15 April 2024

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