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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Richard Lochhead

Scottish National Party

MSP for Moray (Constituency) 2006 - present day

Former MSP for North East Scotland (Region) 1999 - 2006

About Richard Lochhead

Contact details

Contact online

X (previously known as Twitter): @richardlochhead

Facebook: Richard's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 01343 545077
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

80 South Street
Elgin
Moray
IV30 1JG

Phone: 01343 545077
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Richard is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Richard is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Richard has 1 parliamentary and government role

Minister for Business

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Richard does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Richard has had 33 previous roles

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

13 June 2023 - 08 May 2024

Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade

Scottish Government

29 March 2023 - 13 June 2023

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade

Scottish Government

19 May 2021 - 29 March 2023

Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work

Scottish Government

04 September 2018 - 19 May 2021

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Scottish Government

16 November 2017 - 06 September 2018

Education and Skills Committee

Member

29 September 2016 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

06 September 2016 - 30 March 2017

Education and Skills Committee

Member

08 June 2016 - 29 September 2016

European and External Relations Committee

Member

18 June 2014 - 18 May 2016

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment

Scottish Government

25 May 2011 - 18 June 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment

Scottish Government

17 May 2007 - 25 May 2011

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment

Scottish Government

03 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Fisheries

Scottish National Party

03 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

03 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish National Party

04 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

04 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

13 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

Party Spokesperson on Fisheries

Scottish National Party

13 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

13 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish National Party

30 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

30 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

11 June 2003 - 14 September 2004

European and External Relations Committee

Convener

11 June 2003 - 14 September 2004

conveners group

Member

30 May 2003 - 13 September 2004

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

30 May 2003 - 13 September 2004

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish National Party

04 June 2003 - 11 June 2003

European and External Relations Committee

Member

27 June 2001 - 31 March 2003

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish National Party

27 June 2001 - 31 March 2003

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish National Party

19 December 2001 - 31 March 2003

Party Spokesperson on Europe and External Relations

Scottish National Party

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 08 January 2003

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Rural Affairs Committee

Member

02 November 2000 - 07 January 2001

European Committee

Member

Register of interests

Richard'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 Richard Lochhead. The date of their initial statement was 02 June 2021.

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

I am a member of Moray Firth Credit Union.

I am an Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association.

I am Honorary President of Tomintoul Bowling Club.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Richard Lochhead 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: 1 May 2024

Carbon Emissions Targets

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade (Richard Lochhead): "As the member is aware, the Scottish Government proposed a 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 in the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, and a Scottish Labour amendment proposed a 75 per cent reduction, which the Climate Change Committee advised was likely to be unachievable. Although the cross-party ambition of Parliament was clear,…

Chamber meeting date: 1 May 2024

Common User Charge

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade (Richard Lochhead): "The United Kingdom Government recently published its common user charge fees for Government-run border control posts in England…

Chamber meeting date: 1 May 2024

Small Vessel Replacement Programme (Direct Award)

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade (Richard Lochhead): "As ministers have advised Parliament previously, a direct award of public contracts is possible only in strictly limited circumstances under public procurement rules…

Chamber meeting date: 1 May 2024

Net Zero Targets (Green Economy)

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade (Richard Lochhead): "The need to amend the statutory trajectory towards our ambitious net zero target is driven by legal necessity. It follows all parties setting a target that was considered beyond what could reasonably be achieved…

Chamber meeting date: 1 May 2024

International Workers Memorial Day 2024

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade (Richard Lochhead): "I thank Maggie Chapman for bringing the debate to the chamber, and I thank all the members who have taken part for their thoughtful and powerful contributions…

Votes

How Richard Lochhead has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Lochhead has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 46

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 104 for, 8 against, 0 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 50

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 7 for, 87 against, 18 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 43

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 48 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 35

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 49 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 17 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 28 Amendment 34

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Result 25 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Richard Lochhead has asked

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

Question ref. S5W-17960

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to ensure that Scottish Ambulance Service emergency vehicles based in Moray are able to return to Moray following hospital transfers without being diverted to non-life-threatening calls when out of the area."

Answered by Jeane Freeman on 18 September 2018

Question ref. S5W-18126

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what powers local authorities have to tackle seagull populations on the grounds of health and safety or other factors that affect the quality of life for residents and communities, and what its position is on increasing these powers."

Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 30 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-18124

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government to what extent the impact of pylons or other infrastructure required to connect onshore renewables to the national grid infrastructure is taken into account when determining planning applications for wind farms."

Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 August 2018

Question ref. S5O-02317

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-18462

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish its proposals for Scotland’s role in the development of future UK trade arrangements."

Answered by Michael Russell on 29 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17957

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to introduce new measures to tackle littering from vehicles."

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 28 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17956

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase fines for littering."

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 28 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17951

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to its ministerial roundtable event on 27 June 2018, what steps it will take to tackle the impact of parcel delivery surcharges."

Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 27 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-18123

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the review of community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments, and what its position is on the case for community benefit to apply to communities affected by pylons or other infrastructure required to connect onshore renewables to the national grid, as is the case for…

Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 24 August 2018

Question ref. S5W-17953

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 1 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns that land being used for growing crops to feed anaerobic digesters is having a detrimental effect on Scottish agriculture and feed supplies."

Answered by Fergus Ewing on 22 August 2018

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