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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Rachael Hamilton

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency) 2017 - present day

Former MSP for South Scotland (Region) 2016 - 2017

About Rachael Hamilton

Contact details

Contact online

Committees

Cross-party groups

Rachael is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Rachael does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Rachael has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Older People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Rachael has had 11 previous roles

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

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Co-Chair

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

28 June 2017 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

28 June 2017 - 18 February 2020

Party Spokesperson on Culture

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

17 May 2018 - 10 September 2019

Public Petitions Committee

Member

21 June 2017 - 17 May 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 02 May 2017

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 17 November 2016

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Member

Register of interests

Rachael'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 Rachael Hamilton. The date of their initial statement was 01 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

From 6 to 10 September 2018 I travelled to Quingdao, Shandong Province, China to participate as a panellist in the World Tourism Cities Federation Summit. The costs of the visit were met by the BBC (a public services broadcaster, of Portland Place London W1A 1AA). The trip cost a total of £1,234. [Registered 13 September 2018].

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

I own a 50% share of a house in the Scottish Borders with a market value of between £90,001 and £100,000. I receive no rental income for this property. [Amended interest 26 September 2018]

Interest in shares

I own 49% of the issued share capital in Borders Hotels Ltd. (of the Green, St Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0EW). These are ordinary shares with a market value of £161,158. The company is a privately owned limited company therefore market value is difficult to determine. The value given is the net asset value based on the latest accounts filed with Companies House.

Voluntary

No registrable interests.

No registrable interests.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Rachael Hamilton 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: 11 March 2021

Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I did not hear you. I think that you said amendment 19C, but it did not come up on my voting app. I would have voted no."

Chamber meeting date: 10 March 2021

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

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted yes on amendment 6."

Chamber meeting date: 4 March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "I am delighted to open for the Scottish Conservatives in this international women’s day debate. Like others in the chamber, I am committed to ensuring that harassment, sexism, misogyny and discrimination against women are rooted out…

Social Security Committee meeting date: 4 March 2021

Social Security (Up-rating) (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

Rachael Hamilton: "Inaudible.—the situation in which the uprating was not carried out for the Scottish child payment in February, but—Inaudible.—2021-22. I think that I am correct about that…

Social Security Committee meeting date: 4 March 2021

Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

Rachael Hamilton: "This is quite a niche question, cabinet secretary. How easy is it to change the regulations that set out the process for applications for blue badges…

Votes

How Rachael Hamilton has voted in Parliament

Find out how Rachael Hamilton 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 for

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 not voted

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 for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Rachael Hamilton 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. S5W-36034

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will prioritise the COVID-19 vaccination of mountain rescue workers."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 19 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35670

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what progress the Invasive Non-native Species Action Group has made regarding (a) rhododendron ponticum and (b) other species, and how many times it met in 2020."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 16 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35669

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 2 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on whether it plans to introduce so-called vaccination passports in Scotland."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35323

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when key agricultural workers will receive their COVID-19 vaccination and, in light of the approach of the lambing and calving seasons, whether it will consider bringing the date forward."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 10 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35511

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will allow garden centres to reopen, as part of the route map out of lockdown."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 10 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35438

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to decarbonise the Borders Railway."

Answered by: Michael Matheson on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35572

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has with (a) SEPA and (b) local authorities regarding major flood defences."

Answered by: Ben Macpherson on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35265

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 68 actions outlined in the Recovery and redesign: cancer services - action plan announced on 9 December 2020 to "both redesign cancer services to benefit patients, and increase our services’ overall resilience to future rises in COVID-19 prevalence" have been progressed."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 5 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35571

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when the pages on the SEPA website regarding river levels will be fully instated, following the recent cyber attack."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 4 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35266

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what public awareness campaign it has promoted to increase the uptake of cervical screening tests and address disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 2 March 2021

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