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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

Twitter: @Rachael2Win

Facebook: Rachael's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6972
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

7 Abbey Court
Kelso
TD5 7JA

Phone: 01573 224862
Text relay calls welcome.

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

Committees

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 Islands

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Party Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Previous roles

Rachael has had 9 previous roles

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

25 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Culture Tourism Europe and External Affairs Committee

Substitute Member

20 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 20 August 2020

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

10 September 2019 - 25 February 2020

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

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 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

I am a director of Borders Hotels Ltd, a hospitality firm of the Green, St Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0EW. I received £2,000 in the form of dividends in the year end accounts which I then paid directly into the company.

Gifts

No registrable interests.

Overseas visits

No registrable interests.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests.

Heritable property

No registrable interests.

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 £120,518. 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.

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: 13 January 2022

Small Rural Businesses (Support)

Rachael Hamilton: "With its introduction of a licensing scheme, the Scottish National Party is about to put a wrecking ball through the rural short-term letting industry. Some organisations have quit the SNP Government’s working group…

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2022

Carbon-neutral Islands

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "The Scottish National Party Government is failing to deliver carbon-neutral islands, with a £20 million cut to the agricultural transformation fund for crofters, peatland restoration targets not achieved and a falling proportion of low-emission ferries—they have not been delivered. With net zero targets to meet, why is the Government failing to…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 12 January 2022

Budget Scrutiny 2022-23

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "I know that this session is focused on environmental questions, but I would like to take you back to a point that you made earlier, cabinet secretary. We know that future farm support is guaranteed until 2024…

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee meeting date: 12 January 2022

Impact of European Union Exit

Rachael Hamilton: "I want to pick up some of the conversations that the committee has had about depopulation of the islands…

Chamber meeting date: 11 January 2022

Covid-19 Update

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "Presiding Officer, “Do not run the risk of later regretting—or of leaving your family to regret—that you did not get the protection against illness and death that vaccination gives you.” Those are not my words, but the words of the First Minister…

Votes

How Rachael Hamilton has voted in Parliament

Find out how Rachael Hamilton has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-02853

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Result 87 for, 33 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-02839.1

Education Failures and Guaranteeing the 2022 Exam Diet

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Result 67 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-02839

Education Failures and Guaranteeing the 2022 Exam Diet

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 17, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Result 67 for, 53 against, 1 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-02852

Approval of SSI

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Result 68 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-02838

Protecting Local Government Funding in Scotland

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 17, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Result 65 for, 56 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

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. S6W-05761

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 January 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to funding available through Forestry and Land Scotland for starter farms, how much (a) is available in 2022-23, (b) was available in each financial year since 2007-08 and (c) will be available in future years."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05030

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of Storm Arwen, whether it plans to make any revisions to its targets for the (a) number and (b) species of trees to be planted, and what its position is on the suitability of particular land uses."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 10 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05015

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the cost of upgrading Scotland's agricultural slurry storage facilities."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 7 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05032

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date a review into the response to Storm Arwen will commence."

Answered by: John Swinney on 22 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-05031

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what points in its Programme for Government are addressed by the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-04546

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to establishing a gamekeeping taskforce."

Answered by: Mairi McAllan on 14 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-04667

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30 November 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the amount of affordable housing in rural communities, in light of reports that the projects that it is funding have only been able to build 131 homes up to November 2021."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 14 December 2021

Question ref. S6W-05036

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many miles of hedgerow have been (a) reinstated or (b) planted through agri-environment climate schemes."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-05033

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 13 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date it will carry out an assessment of the scale of tree damage caused by Storm Arwen."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-04927

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 December 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of its Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) on short-term let licensing, on what evidence it considers that the tourism sector will have recovered adequately by 31 March 2023 to ensure that the licensing scheme does not add to any burden currently being experienced by the…

Awaiting answer

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