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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

X (previously known as Twitter): @Rachael2Win

Facebook: Rachael's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6970
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

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

Rachael is a member of 1 committee

Cross-party groups

Rachael is a member of 15 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dyslexia

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on End of Life Choices

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Fisheries and Coastal Communities

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gardening and Horticulture

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Independent Convenience Stores

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Outdoor Education

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scottish Horseracing and Bloodstock Industries

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Enterprise

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew's Day

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tourism

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women's Health

Deputy Convener

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 20 previous roles

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

25 May 2022 - 29 June 2023

Equalities Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Member

17 June 2021 - 01 February 2023

Rural Affairs Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Member

08 September 2021 - 25 May 2022

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Substitute Member

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Social Security

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

11 August 2020 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Older People

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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

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

18 February 2020 - 11 August 2020

Co-Chair

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

26 May 2016 - 02 May 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

26 May 2016 - 02 May 2017

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Business

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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

From 4 July to 8 July 2022 I visited Munich and Berlin, Germany, as part of a cross-Party delegation from the Scottish Parliament, meeting Parliamentarians, public officials and business representatives, as a guest of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The costs of the visit, including travel, accommodation, meals and translation services amounted to £1300 and were paid by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (a political research foundation of Munich, Germany). [Registered 1 August 2022]

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: 29 February 2024

Livestock Worrying

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "The devastating cost of dog attacks on livestock has doubled in Scotland since 2022. It is causing harm and distress to animals and financial hardship to farmers. The legislation really is not working, is it?"

Chamber meeting date: 29 February 2024

Flexible Workforce Development Fund

8. Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the open letter sent to MSPs from over 120 colleges, businesses and trade unions, on 5 February, urgently asking for the reinstatement of the flexible workforce development fund for Scotland’s colleges, which has been removed from the draft budget for 2024-25. (S6O-03141)"

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee meeting date: 28 February 2024

Sea Fish (Prohibition on Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2024 (SSI 2024/6)

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "It is supplementary to Rhoda Grant’s question. I believe that she is trying to meet the Scottish Government halfway, cabinet secretary…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

College Operational Expenditure Budget 2024-25 (Impact on Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

2. Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact of the £58.7 million reduction to the college operational expenditure budget for 2024-25 on the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency. (S6O-03111)"

Chamber meeting date: 21 February 2024

Land and Rivers Management (Support for Farmers)

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): "As Willie Rennie said, in the past few years, parts of Scotland have been devastated by extreme weather and flooding, which has exposed the Scottish National Party’s inability to deal with flooding in Scotland, leaving rural communities behind…

Votes

How Rachael Hamilton has voted in Parliament

Find out how Rachael Hamilton has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12093

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 63 for, 51 against, 1 abstained, 14 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12331

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Maree Todd, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Neil Gray, Jenni Minto
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Result 65 for, 50 against, 1 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12130

Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2024

Submitted by: Tom Arthur, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 12, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Joe FitzPatrick, Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 65 for, 0 against, 52 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12304

Recommendations of the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

Submitted by: Jenny Gilruth, Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, February 26, 2024

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Natalie Don
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 96 for, 20 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12317

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill (Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1)

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Supported by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Result 52 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Rachael Hamilton has asked

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

Question ref. S6W-25427

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what actions are being taken to tackle the reported encroachment of feral pigs in Scotland."

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25426

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the occupied range of feral pigs in Scotland, and the extent of any damage being caused by the pigs."

Answered by Jim Fairlie on 29 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03169

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the Bus Partnership Fund, including what the spending plans are for the £473.1 million that is reportedly unspent to date, and when the fund will be resumed."

Taken in the Chamber on 7 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25843

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been convicted of livestock worrying since the increased penalties were introduced in November 2021."

Answer expected on 13 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25425

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what actions are being taken to tackle the reported encroachment of muntjac deer in Scotland."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25424

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 9 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the occupied range of muntjac deer in Scotland, and the extent of any damage being caused by the species."

Answered by Lorna Slater on 28 February 2024

Question ref. S6W-25732

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether any consideration has been given to expanding the referrals criteria that are used by healthcare professionals in primary care to refer patients to Rapid Cancer Diagnostic Services."

Answer expected on 8 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25708

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has provided to Rape Crisis Scotland in each financial year since 2020-21, and how much it will provide in the financial year 2024-25."

Answer expected on 8 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25733

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what recent steps have been taken to improve diagnosis times for those affected by brain tumours."

Answer expected on 8 March 2024

Question ref. S6W-25734

Asked by: Hamilton, Rachael, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23 February 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to people with optic discs showing signs of papilloedema, whether cancer pathways exist in all NHS boards for optometrists to refer patients directly to secondary care."

Answer expected on 8 March 2024

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