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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

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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 Security and Older People

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Shirley-Anne does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Shirley-Anne has had 7 previous roles

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

19 May 2016 - 28 June 2018

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

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 31 May 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 am a member of the SSPCA.

I am a member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

I am a member of the RSPB.

Until March 2016 I was a volunteer Trustee for Shelter.

I am a member of the National Trust for Scotland.

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.

Equalities and Human Rights Committee meeting date: 18 March 2021

Human Rights

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "Good morning, convener. It is a real pleasure to give evidence to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee today…

Chamber meeting date: 4 March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "In a year when we have had precious little to celebrate, I am delighted to have the opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements of women across Scotland…

Social Security Committee meeting date: 4 March 2021

Social Security (Up-rating) (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

Shirley-Anne Somerville: "This provides an opportunity to assist the committee with its consideration of the draft order and draft regulations, which are required to uprate devolved social security benefits in April 2021…

Social Security Committee meeting date: 4 March 2021

Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

Shirley-Anne Somerville: "I am delighted to be here to talk about the Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Regulations 2021…

Social Security Committee meeting date: 4 March 2021

Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [Draft]

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People (Shirley-Anne Somerville): "I am delighted to be here to talk about the regulations for child disability payment. CDP will be the first regularly recurring disability benefit to be delivered by Social Security Scotland…

Votes

How Shirley-Anne Somerville has voted in Parliament

Find out how Shirley-Anne Somerville 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 Shirley-Anne Somerville 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. 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-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-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-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

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-33307

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 prepare and train unskilled, low skilled and other hard-to-employ groups for employment in the renewables and low-carbon sector."

Answered by: Jim Mather on 6 May 2010

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