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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Liam McArthur

Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for Orkney Islands (Constituency) 2011 - present day

Former MSP for Orkney (Constituency) 2007 - 2011

About Liam McArthur

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5699
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Liam is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Liam is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Liam has 2 parliamentary and government roles

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Branch Executive

Member

Deputy Presiding Officer

Pàrlamaid na h-Alba

Party Roles

Liam has 2 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Liam has had 12 previous roles

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

19 May 2016 - 20 May 2021

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

06 October 2016 - 04 May 2021

Justice SubCommittee on Policing

Member

08 November 2016 - 04 May 2021

Education and Skills Committee

Substitute Member

08 June 2016 - 04 May 2021

Justice Committee

Member

29 August 2017 - 04 May 2021

Presiding Officer's Advisory Group

Member

25 May 2011 - 19 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

01 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Education and Culture Committee

Member

23 June 2011 - 23 March 2016

Public Audit Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Finance Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Member

21 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 02 September 2008

Finance Committee

Member

Register of interests

Liam'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 Liam McArthur. The date of their initial statement was 20 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Gifts

From 27 to 28 October 2011 I participated in a trip to the Elgin-Franklin oil and gas installation to learn more about the industry and how it operates. Total E&P UK (an oil and gas exploration and production company of Crawpeel Road, Altens, Aberdeen, AB12 3FG) met the costs of this visit which were approximately £1,750. This included coach and helicopter transport, accommodation and safety clothing.

Overseas visits

From 7 to 11 October 2014 I was part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs who visited the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the invitation of the Director General, Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh Office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). The delegation held meetings with a number of Government departments, trade and cultural organisations including; President MA Ying-Jeou and Madame Ma, Scottish Development International (Taiwan Office), Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City Council, Straits Exchange Foundation, British Trade and Cultural Office, Hsinchu Science Park, Green Energy and Environment Research Lab, King Car Whisky Distillery and the National Centre for Traditional Arts. The cost of the visit was; air ticket £2,780, accommodation £528, bus £133, high speed rail £12, food £163, tickets for 101, opera and hot spring £59. The total cost was £3,675 met in its entirety by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). I also received gifts, which included a vase, a tie and tie pin, a glass ornament and a book. The value of the items are below the threshold for registration in the gifts category.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am the Chair of the Orkney Japan Association.

In August 2010 I became an honorary patron of the British Veterinary Association. My role involves raising awareness of the BVA’s role and receiving information on activities and attitudes of the BVA, including access to the members only section of the BVA website. This role is unremunerated. I estimate that the value of gaining access to the website is below the threshold for registration in the gifts category.

I am a Girl Guide Ambassador.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Liam McArthur 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: 10 June 2021

Justice System

Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands) (LD): "I welcome the cabinet secretary, Jamie Greene and Maggie Chapman to their new roles and Pauline McNeill back to her old stomping ground. She will find that many of the issues have not moved on a great deal since she was last on the justice brief…

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Island Lifeline Services (Disruption)

The Deputy Presiding Officer: "Jamie Greene has a brief supplementary question."

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Island Communities (Scottish Government Priorities)

The Deputy Presiding Officer: "I will try to get the supplementary questions in. They need to be brief, as do the responses."

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Farming and Food Production Future Policy Group

The Deputy Presiding Officer: "Collette Stevenson joins us remotely."

Chamber meeting date: 9 June 2021

Sand Eel Fishing (European Union Quota)

The Deputy Presiding Officer: "That concludes portfolio questions."

Votes

How Liam McArthur has voted in Parliament

Find out how Liam McArthur has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-00294.2

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 57 for, 58 against, 6 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00294.4

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Maggie Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 93 for, 2 against, 26 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-00294.3

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 53 for, 60 against, 7 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00294.1

Justice: Recover, Renew, Transform

Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result 28 for, 93 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-00278.2

Addressing the Climate Emergency

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Result 113 for, 7 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Liam McArthur 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. S6W-00010

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will introduce a bursary for student paramedics in time for the start of the 2021-22 term."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 7 June 2021

Question ref. S6W-00497

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the timeline for the Islands Connectivity Plan."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00406

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what work it has undertaken to establish a new programme of international exchange; when it expects such a programme to be established, and for what reason this was not included in its plans for the first 100 days of the parliamentary session."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00468

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 3 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, to bring them in line with other forms of travel, what consideration it has given to reviewing social-distancing requirements on board ferries."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00009

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to publish the Island Communities Impact Assessment for its new young person’s free bus travel scheme, and whether it will provide an update on its consideration of including ferry fares within this policy."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 27 May 2021

Question ref. S6W-00011

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to introduce Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) on Northern Isles routes."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 27 May 2021

Question ref. S6W-00135

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 20 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the sport pathways for disabled people (a) nationally and (b) in the Highlands and Islands region, and what plans it has to improve existing pathways."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00086

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 18 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to reducing social distancing requirements to one metre in places of worship."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00012

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consult with island communities ahead of the introduction of the proposed "Island Bond", and when it anticipates this will take place."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-00008

Asked by: McArthur, Liam, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 13 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the (a) survey and remodelling work in the R100 North of Scotland lot area and (b) estimated timetable for the roll-out of superfast broadband in this area."

Awaiting answer

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