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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Paul Wheelhouse

Scottish National Party

MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2011 - present day

About Paul Wheelhouse

Contact details

Contact online

Twitter: @paulwheelhouse

Facebook: Paul's facebook

Committees

Paul is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Paul is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Paul has 1 parliamentary and government role

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Paul does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Paul has had 3 previous roles

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

18 May 2016 - 26 June 2018

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

Scottish Government

01 June 2011 - 06 September 2012

Finance Committee

Member

01 June 2011 - 06 September 2012

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

Register of interests

Paul'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 Paul Wheelhouse. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

In addition, prior to my election in 2011, I was a member of Ayton Community Council, Scottish Borders (2006-2011). This position had to be relinquished with immediate effect upon my election as a MSP.

I am a former member of Eyemouth and East Berwickshire Partnership Tourism Grants Assessment Panel which was wound up once EU funding ceased.

I am a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

I am a former education and economic consultant who provided services for both public and private sector clients. I now work full-time as a Member of the Scottish Parliament and junior Scottish Government minister and I have no second income outside my ministerial and MSP roles.

I previously worked for Pieda plc from 1992-1998 as an assistant economist and then as an economic consultant. From 1998 to 2009 I worked for DTZ Pieda Consulting/DTZ Consulting & Research as an economic consultant and later a senior economic consultant. From 2009 to 2010 I worked for BiGGAR Economics Ltd as senior consultant, before working as a freelance consultant for a short period prior to my election in 2011 and received no remuneration in that capacity after being elected to serve in the Parliament in 2011. Past Clients For the purposes of transparency, my past clients have included the following government organisations and agencies: • Scottish Funding Council • Scottish Enterprise • Scottish Government • Highlands & Islands Enterprise • Careers Scotland / Skills Development Scotland • East of England Development Agency • HEFCE • Learning & Skills Council (at England and Regional level) • National Museums of Scotland • North West Development Agency • Northern Ireland Office and, subsequently, Northern Ireland Assembly • One North East • South East England Development Agency My past clients have also included the City of Edinburgh Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Fife Council, Sanctuary Housing Association and Glasgow Housing Association. My past clients have also included the following bodies in the university and college sector: • University of Aberdeen • Argyll College • Borders College • University of Wales • Trinity College Carmarthen • Peterborough Regional College • Loughborough University • University of Glasgow • The Robert Gordon University • University of West of Scotland • Glasgow Metropolitan College • Elmwood College • Easter Bush Research Consortium • UHI Millennium Institute • Sabhal Mor Ostaig • Queen Margaret University • Universities for Milton Keynes • Heriot-Watt University • South Lanarkshire College • Motherwell College • Cumbernauld College • Anniesland College • Clydebank College My past clients have also included the following developers: • AWG Properties Ltd* • Bellway Homes* • EDI • Ediston Properties Ltd* • Elphinstone Land Ltd* • Elphinstone Estates Ltd • Hallam Land Management* • Hallhill Developments Ltd* • John Swan Ltd • John R Craig (as consortium lead for team including Scotia Homes and D Ferguson)* • J Rutherford (Earlston) Ltd* • Kier Group • Manor Forrest Ltd* • Moray Estates Development Co.* • Park Lane Developments* • Persimmon (East Scotland) Ltd* • Premier Property Group (PPG) / Murray Estates Residential Ltd/ Murray Estates Lothian Ltd* • Scotia Homes * • Scottish National Institute for the War Blinded* • Taylor Wimpey* • UNITE plc • UPP Developers marked with a star (*) indicate developers for whom I previously acted as an expert witness in relation to developments or have provided strategic advice for clients. In addition I have taken on this role at the following sites— • Land to East of Ratho Station – in 2004/05 - (Mr A Allison and Family and Park Lane Developments Ltd) • Lauder Barns, Scottish Borders (Mr J Damerell) I have no ongoing business relationship with any of the former clients that I have listed. Planning consultants For transparency I have worked with planning consultants including: DTZ, Barton Willmore Partnership, Jenkins and Marr, DPP, Keppie Planning, Robin Holder Associates, Turleys, and Turnberry Consulting. I have no ongoing business relationship with any of the consultants listed.

I formerly worked as a social and economic policy specialist, and through a 19 year career developed expertise in research and as expert witness in support of local plan inquiries, with a specific role in modelling school infrastructure needs of new residential developments. For a wide range of public and private sector clients I undertook: economic appraisal; policy evaluation; project appraisal and economic analysis; Further Education and Higher Education demand research/participation benchmarking and trends; strategic marketing/environmental analysis; education expert witness services; and analysis of demand and supply trends and market drivers in UK residential markets.

I am currently an ordinary member of the ‘Friends of Eyemouth Fort’ – a volunteer group supporting the efforts to maintain the vegetation on the site, learn more about the archaeology and history of the Eyemouth Fort and to promote it as an educational resource and visitor attraction. This does not involve any remuneration or significant time commitment that conflicts with my parliamentary duties.

I am a former Secretary of Cockburnspath Community Council, Scottish Borders (2001-2005). This position was relinquished when I moved to Ayton.

I am a former member of East Berwickshire Communities – a now disbanded consultative forum feeding into the EU funded Eyemouth and East Berwickshire Partnership, i.e. a local regeneration partnership serving the communities of Berwickshire.

I was a member of the following prior to relinquishing my memberships upon taking up my position as a Scottish Government junior minister (September 2012 – to date): I am a former member of Rail Action Group East Scotland (RAGES) which seeks, among its aims to reinstate local/commuter rail services between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed, with reopened/new stations at East Linton and Reston. I am a former member of Shelter Scotland. I am a former member of the Campaign for Borders Rail. I am a former member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). I am a former member of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA).

I am a former Secretary of Berwickshire Community Council Forum and Environment Group, Scottish Borders (2004).

Recent Activity

What was said

What Paul Wheelhouse 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.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 17 March 2021

Digital Connectivity

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "Thank you, convener, and good morning to committee colleagues…

Chamber meeting date: 11 March 2021

Broadband Roll-out (Dumfries and Galloway)

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "Thinkbroadband reports that superfast coverage in Dumfries and Galloway stands at 87 per cent, up from 17 per cent in January 2014…

Chamber meeting date: 10 March 2021

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Unfortunately, my page did not reload and I was unable to vote, but I would have voted no."

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting date: 3 March 2021

Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "I will keep this brief. Good morning to you and colleagues. I welcome the opportunity to address the committee today in my capacity as Minister for Energy, Connectivity and Islands…

Chamber meeting date: 23 February 2021

Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands (Paul Wheelhouse): "I am delighted to have the opportunity to address members on the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill. I am also delighted that we have reached this stage, after many years of preparation and extensive stakeholder engagement…

Votes

How Paul Wheelhouse has voted in Parliament

Find out how Paul Wheelhouse has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Paul Wheelhouse 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. S4W-09164

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 August 2012

"To ask the Scottish Government how many convictions there have been each year under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering, and what proportion of those convicted received a (a) disqualification and (b) deprivation order."

Answered by: Kenny MacAskill on 3 September 2012

Question ref. S4W-07134

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to shorten the diagnosis time for Dystonia, which, according to the Dystonia Society, can take up to four years."

Answered by: Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2012

Question ref. S4W-07135

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Government what provisions are in place across all NHS boards for diagnosing and treating Dystonia."

Answered by: Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2012

Question ref. S4W-07133

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it (a) is taking, (b) could take, and (c) will take to raise awareness of Dystonia amongst public sector agencies and wider society."

Answered by: Nicola Sturgeon on 21 May 2012

Question ref. S4W-07043

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the speed limits on A-roads."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 16 May 2012

Question ref. S4W-07044

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Road Haulage Association regarding raising the speed limit for HGVs on A-roads."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 16 May 2012

Question ref. S4W-07045

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 2 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to alter the speed limit for HGVs on A-roads and, if so, for what reason."

Answered by: Keith Brown on 16 May 2012

Question ref. S4W-07085

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 May 2012

"To ask the Scottish Executive what legislative consent motions it will lodge in connection with the legislative programme to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on 9 May 2012."

Answered by: Bruce Crawford on 9 May 2012

Question ref. S4O-00688

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 February 2012

"To ask the Scottish Executive what the recent announcement of Total Income From Farming increase means for Scottish farming."

Answered by: Richard Lochhead on 9 February 2012

Question ref. S4W-05540

Asked by: Wheelhouse, Paul, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 February 2012

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many properties receive reduced or zero business rates under its rates relief package in each local authority area."

Answered by: John Swinney on 9 February 2012

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