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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

Twitter: @richardlochhead

Facebook: Richard's facebook

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 Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Richard does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Richard has had 15 previous roles

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

29 September 2016 - 06 September 2018

Culture Tourism Europe and External Relations Committee

Member

16 November 2017 - 06 September 2018

Education and Skills 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

04 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

04 May 2006 - 02 April 2007

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

30 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

30 September 2004 - 07 April 2006

European and External Relations Committee

Substitute Member

11 June 2003 - 14 September 2004

European and External Relations Committee

Convener

11 June 2003 - 14 September 2004

Conveners Group

Member

04 June 2003 - 11 June 2003

European and External Relations Committee

Member

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

16 May 2002 - 08 January 2003

Procedures Committee

Substitute Member

02 November 2000 - 07 January 2001

European Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Rural Affairs 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 08 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

I received the following donations to support my 2017 Christmas card competition. Spey Media Ltd (£100); Springfield Properties (£800); Greers (Britannia) (£50); Forsyths Ltd (£100); Baxters (£250); Robertson Group (Scotland) Ltd (£250); Walkers Shortbread Ltd (£250) and Mrs L McPherson (£40). Once production and postage costs were deducted and a prize for the winning entry purchased, a donation was made to charity of £1018.63. [Registered 17 January 2018].

I am Honorary President of Tomintoul Bowling Club. [Registered 17 January 2018].

I am an Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association. [Registered 24 November 2016]

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: 24 March 2021

West College Scotland Campus (Investment)

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Richard Lochhead): "Since the financial year 2014-15, there has been investment of £20,650,274 in the West College Scotland campus."

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Higher Education Students (Return to University)

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Richard Lochhead): "Universities will continue to adhere to the limit of 5 per cent of students for in-person learning at any one time until 26 April. There will be some limited flexibility above the 5 per cent limit for some specialised and postgraduate courses…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

West College Scotland Campus (Investment)

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Richard Lochhead): "Since the financial year 2014-15, there has been investment of £20,650,274 in the West College Scotland campus."

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

College Staff (Industrial Action)

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Richard Lochhead): "My most recent discussions were with Colleges Scotland yesterday and were about the latest round of negotiations, which is taking place as we speak…

Chamber meeting date: 24 February 2021

Student Final Year Grading (Lockdowns)

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Richard Lochhead): "The Scottish Government expects universities and colleges to be mindful of the continuing impact of Covid-19 on students and their studies, ensure that there is fairness to all learners and maintain the integrity and credibility of qualifications…

Votes

How Richard Lochhead has voted in Parliament

Find out how Richard Lochhead 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 Richard Lochhead 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-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. 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

Question ref. S5W-18039

Asked by: Lochhead, Richard, Moray, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 6 August 2018

"To ask the Scottish Government what the outcome was of the visit by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to Dr Gray’s Hospital regarding the future of women's and children’s services."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 21 August 2018

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