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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Murdo Fraser

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2001 - present day

About Murdo Fraser

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5293
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Murdo is a member of 1 committee

COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Deputy Convener

Cross-party groups

Murdo is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Murdo does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Murdo has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Covid Recovery

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Murdo has had 26 previous roles

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

17 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

COVID19 Recovery Committee

Member

13 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints

Member

26 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Deputy Convener

24 April 2020 - 20 August 2020

COVID19 Committee

Convener

24 April 2020 - 20 August 2020

Conveners Group

Member

21 April 2020 - 24 April 2020

COVID19 Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 26 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

Finance Committee

Member

23 November 2011 - 23 March 2016

Conveners Group

Member

23 November 2011 - 23 March 2016

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Convener

23 June 2011 - 26 January 2012

Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

16 November 2011 - 23 November 2011

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

15 June 2011 - 16 November 2011

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

01 June 2011 - 15 June 2011

Public Audit Committee

Member

11 December 2008 - 22 March 2011

Public Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

16 September 2009 - 22 March 2011

Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

Substitute Member

27 June 2007 - 10 September 2009

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

20 June 2007 - 10 December 2008

Audit Committee

Deputy Convener

13 June 2007 - 20 June 2007

Audit Committee

Member

04 June 2003 - 02 April 2007

Enterprise and Culture Committee

Member

14 September 2005 - 02 April 2007

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2003 - 25 August 2005

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

16 May 2002 - 31 March 2003

Education Culture and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

27 September 2001 - 31 March 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

18 December 2002 - 26 March 2003

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Consolidation Scotland Bill Committee

Convener

05 December 2002 - 18 December 2002

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Consolidation Scotland Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Murdo'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 Murdo Fraser. The date of their initial statement was 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I received a payment of book royalties of £320 from Birlinn Ltd. (of West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS) on 12 August 2016. On 31 August 2017 I received a further payment of book royalties of £127 from Birlinn Ltd.

I received a fee of £300 from Culture & Sport Glasgow (of PO Box 26816, Glasgow G2 9AF) for speaking at the Aye Write! Book Festival on 12th March 2016.

Gifts

As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s football team, I played in inter-Parliamentary tournaments in support of the Community Shield in Cardiff on 12 August 2006 and in London on 4 August 2007. Both events were sponsored by McDonalds. In 2006 I received accommodation and hospitality totalling between £501 and £1,000. In 2007, I received accommodation and hospitality totalling approximately £570. As part of the event I was also given a gift of six match tickets for the Community Shield with a total value of £450. I gave these tickets to constituents.

After opening an exhibition of paintings by the artist John Lowrie Morrison on 24 March 2007, I received a gift of a painting from the artist, the approximate value of which is between £501 and £1000.

I received support services from an intern from CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) who worked as a volunteer in my office from September 2010 to July 2011. CARE (of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF) is a mainstream Christian charity that provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. The value of this gift is between £3,001 and £5,000.

On Friday 26 May 2017 I attended the “Remarks by the Honourable Barack H Obama” event in Edinburgh as a guest of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd (an equity investment and specialist advice company, of 205 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QD). The cost of hospitality for the evening was £2,400 which was met by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd.

I received support services of an intern, who worked in my office for 4 days a week, from October 2015 to July 2016. The post was partly paid by me, and the intern also received a bursary of £7,150 as a member of the educational Leadership Programme of the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF. The value of the material support provided to me by CARE was £7,150.

Overseas visits

From 10 to 14 November 2019 I attended an international conference on Federalism in Munich, Germany, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1400 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany).

From 12 August to 17 August 2018 I participated in a visit, by the Cross-Party Group Building Bridges with Israel, to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. During the course of the visit the CPG travelled extensively across Israel and in addition visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I met with many organisations and individuals to hear and discuss issues of concern and areas for possible future engagement. The costs of my visit were met by the Embassy of Israel in the United Kingdom (MFA) (of 2 Palace Green, Kensington, London W8 4QB) and in respect of my travel, accommodation and hospitality are estimated to be of the value of £2,200.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a half-share of a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £100,001 and £150,000 and from which I receive gross rental income of up to £5,000.

I own a flat in Edinburgh with a market value of between £300,00 and £400,000. I acquired this property in 2003 and from 2003 until 1 February 2010 used this property as a residential home. As of 1 February 2010 I receive a gross rental income from this property of between £10,001 and £15,000.

Interest in shares

No registrable interests.

Voluntary

I am Honorary Vice-President of Energy Action Scotland, a registered charity.

I am a Trustee of the Guardians of Scotland Trust, a Scottish charity (SCO43198).

I am a trustee of the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, a registered charity.

I am a Member of the Law Society of Scotland.

I am a Patron to the Scottish Asian Pakistan Foundation (unremunerated).

Recent Activity

What was said

What Murdo Fraser 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: 24 June 2021

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "I associate myself with the Presiding Officer’s comments, and those of the Deputy First Minister, about Andrew Welsh. Andrew Welsh and I served together on a number of committees in the Parliament…

Chamber meeting date: 24 June 2021

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "My contribution will be brief. Yesterday, I was happy to support Jackie Baillie’s amendments that sought 14 days’ advance notice, on the principle that as much parliamentary scrutiny as possible should be encouraged…

Chamber meeting date: 23 June 2021

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am a member of the Law Society of Scotland, and I own a property from which I derive rental income…

COVID-19 Recovery Committee meeting date: 23 June 2021

Deputy Convener

Murdo Fraser: "Thank you very much. I look forward to working with you and the other members of the committee in the weeks and months ahead."

COVID-19 Recovery Committee meeting date: 23 June 2021

Interests

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con): "Acting convener, you are doing a fine job so far. As per my entry in the register of members’ interests, I am a member of the Law Society of Scotland, although I am not currently practising as a solicitor…

Votes

How Murdo Fraser has voted in Parliament

Find out how Murdo Fraser has voted recently.

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 against

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 voted for

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 voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 22

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Result 33 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 1 Amendment 11

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Result 59 for, 117 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Murdo Fraser 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-00399

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what area of land Forestry and Land Scotland and its predecessor, Forest Enterprise Scotland, has disposed of in each year since 2007-08, also broken down by how much was raised."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 22 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00943

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) ceasing to be managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Scottish Government from 30 June 2021, what plans are in place to support communities to tackle climate and nature emergencies in the future."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00407

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what area of land Forestry and Land Scotland and its predecessor, Forest Enterprise Scotland, has purchased in each year since 2007-08, also broken down by (a) how much this cost and (b) what area has subsequently been planted for woodland creation."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 21 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00808

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the health of the grey partridge population."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00809

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to preserve and increase the stock of grey partridge."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00810

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what financial assistance is available to farmers and landowners who wish to preserve and increase the existing stock of grey partridge on their land."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00248

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of a colony of honeybees having to be destroyed in the Stanley area of Perthshire due to the discovery of a hive at an apiary being infected with American Foulbrood (AFB), how common is AFB in Scotland, and what measures it is taking to limit how often it occurs."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 3 June 2021

Question ref. S5W-35688

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 3 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason Perth Airport is not included in the Non Domestic Rates (Coronavirus Reliefs) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, and what consideration it has given to excluding other similar-sized airports."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35013

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it expects to raise from each sector from the Higher Property Rate in 2021-22."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 18 February 2021

Question ref. S5W-35012

Asked by: Fraser, Murdo, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 5 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many premises in each sector will be liable for the Higher Property Rate in 2021-22."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 18 February 2021

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