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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Shirley-Anne Somerville

Scottish National Party

MSP for Dunfermline (Constituency) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Lothians (Region) 2007 - 2011

About Shirley-Anne Somerville

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Contact at local office

Unit 2
15 Pitreavie Court
Dunfermline
Fife
KY11 8UU

Phone: 01383 871 986
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Shirley-Anne is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Shirley-Anne is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Shirley-Anne has 1 parliamentary and government role

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Shirley-Anne does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Shirley-Anne has had 10 previous roles

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

19 May 2021 - 29 March 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Scottish Government

28 June 2018 - 19 May 2021

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People

Scottish Government

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2018

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Scottish Government

27 March 2008 - 22 March 2011

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

Scottish Government

06 September 2007 - 22 March 2011

Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

Member

13 April 2010 - 27 July 2010

William Simpsons Home Transfer of Property etc Scotland Bill Committee

Convener

26 February 2009 - 03 June 2010

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

18 March 2010 - 13 April 2010

William Simpsons Home Transfer of Property etc Scotland Bill Committee

Member

26 November 2009 - 09 April 2010

Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill Committee

Member

06 September 2007 - 26 June 2008

Education Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Shirley-Anne'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 Shirley-Anne Somerville. The date of their initial statement was 10 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 the RSPB.

I am a member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Shirley-Anne Somerville 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: 22 February 2024

Benefits Uptake

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "The Scottish Government asserts that social security is a human right, and we are committed to helping people to access the support that they are entitled to…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Nappies (Cost)

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "We want to give children the best start in life and we are using our new social security powers to make that happen…

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Best Start Grant (Falkirk East)

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "We have made it easier for families to get the best start grant school age payment, with people in receipt of the Scottish child payment now paid the school age payment automatically. There is no need to apply separately…

Chamber meeting date: 20 February 2024

Social Security

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "Thank you, Presiding Officer."

Chamber meeting date: 8 February 2024

Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "I am aware that Alex Cole-Hamilton does not have much time left, so I presume that he is getting from the long list of things that we should spend more money on to telling us where he is going to cut budgets to allow that to happen."

Votes

How Shirley-Anne Somerville has voted in Parliament

Find out how Shirley-Anne Somerville has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12252

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Joe FitzPatrick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Angela Constance
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 84 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215.1

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Carol Mochan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12214

Improving Access to Primary Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Questions

Questions Shirley-Anne Somerville has asked

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

Question ref. S3O-13323

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 March 2011

"To ask the Scottish Executive whether it continues to support the introduction of minimum pricing as a means of tackling problems with alcohol."

Answered by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 March 2011

Question ref. S3W-39851

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24 February 2011

"To ask the Scottish Executive how much it and its agencies invested in the renewables and community renewables industry between (a) 2003 and 2007 and (b) 2007 and 2011."

Answered by Jim Mather on 9 March 2011

Question ref. S3W-39781

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22 February 2011

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs it estimates will be created under its plans for a low-carbon economy by 2014-15."

Answered by John Swinney on 24 February 2011

Question ref. S3W-37554

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16 November 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive when it will fulfil the requirement of section 35 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to set out a report on proposals and policies for meeting annual emissions targets for 2010 to 2022."

Answered by Stewart Stevenson on 17 November 2010

Question ref. S3W-33478

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30 April 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Edinburgh Napier University’s decision to discontinue its Communication, Advertising and PR undergraduate degree (a) how many applicants will be affected by this decision and (b) what recourse applicants who are negatively affected will have to ensure they can begin their chosen area of study."

Answered by Michael Russell on 13 May 2010

Question ref. S3W-33306

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has regarding the potential impact of jobs in the renewables and low-carbon sector on tackling long-term unemployment."

Answered by Jim Mather on 6 May 2010

Question ref. S3W-33304

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive what estimates it has regarding the geographical spread of potential future jobs in the renewables and low-carbon sector."

Answered by Jim Mather on 6 May 2010

Question ref. S3W-33305

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs in the renewables and low-carbon sector expected to be created over the next 20 years will be (a) low, (b) semi and (c) highly skilled."

Answered by Jim Mather on 6 May 2010

Question ref. S3W-33303

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs in the renewables and low-carbon sector are expected to be created in the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 20 years."

Answered by Jim Mather on 6 May 2010

Question ref. S3W-33308

Asked by: Somerville, Shirley-Anne, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21 April 2010

"To ask the Scottish Executive what specific measures it has in place, or plans to put in place, to assist small businesses to take advantage of future opportunities in the renewables and low-carbon sector."

Answered by Jim Mather on 6 May 2010

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