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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Mark Ruskell

Scottish Green Party

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2003 - 2007

About Mark Ruskell

Contact details

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 6468
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

67A King Street
Stirling
FK8 1BN

Phone: 01786 448 203
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Mark is a member of 9 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cycling, Walking and Buses

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on International Development

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Lung Health

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nordic Countries

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Nuclear Disarmament

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rail

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Co-Convener

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Mark has 1 parliamentary and government role

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Trustee

Party Roles

Mark has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Climate Change

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Green Party

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

Previous roles

Mark has had 8 previous roles

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

04 September 2018 - 13 September 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

29 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

28 May 2003 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on the Environment

Scottish Green Party

21 June 2005 - 02 April 2007

Party Spokesperson on Fisheries

Scottish Green Party

28 June 2006 - 02 April 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

09 September 2004 - 07 June 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Deputy Convener

30 June 2004 - 09 September 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Member

03 September 2003 - 30 June 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee

Substitute Member

Register of interests

Mark's register of interests

MSP's 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 Mark Ruskell. The date of their initial statement was 02 June 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

Until May 2017 I was a local authority councillor for Stirling Council (of Old Viewforth, 14-20 Pitt Terrace, Stirling FK8 2ET). I worked 15 hours per week in this role. Until 15 May 2016, when my salary ceased, I received remuneration of between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum. [Amended interest 28 October 2017]

Gifts

No registrable interests

Overseas visits

From 14 to 16 August 2018 I travelled to Norway on a study visit to explore Deposit Return Schemes. The costs of the visit were approximately £689, £220 for hotel, £319 for flights and around £150 for meals, which were met by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (a registered charity that funds the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society of Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG). [Registered 28 September 2018]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am an Honorary Associate Member of the British Veterinary Association. [Registered 28 October 2017]

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 28 October 2018]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Mark Ruskell 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.

Labour Market Trends

Mark Ruskell made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 16 July 2020

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Investing in energy efficiency is the cheapest and most effective way of creating jobs in the construction sector while also tackling the climate crisis and making homes cheaper to run…

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Further and Higher Education

Mark Ruskell made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 09 July 2020

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Despite the financial crisis at Perth College UHI, the institution has continued to fill management posts during lockdown, which has concerned lecturers and students with regard to the pressure that it is under to cut 21 teaching posts…

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Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Mark Ruskell made 10 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 17 June 2020

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "I declare an interest, as I am an honorary associate member of the British Veterinary Association…

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Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill

Mark Ruskell made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 17 June 2020

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "The Greens will back the bill tonight…

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018)

Mark Ruskell made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 16 June 2020

Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green): "Today’s statistics are final evidence that the Scottish Government has failed to have any positive impact on transport emissions. You get what you pay for…

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Written questions

Written questions Mark Ruskell 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.

S5W-30696 - Answered

13 July 2020

Ruskell, Mark: "To ask the Scottish Government whether university student accommodation providers charging tenants for storing belongings that they cannot retrieve is in line with COVD-19 regulations."

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S5W-30325 - Answered

30 June 2020

Ruskell, Mark: "To ask the Scottish Government whether the process of licensing fish farms includes consideration of the presence of seals in the vicinity and any previous incidence of conflict between fish farms and seals."

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S5W-30324 - Answered

30 June 2020

Ruskell, Mark: "To ask the Scottish Government whether the report on the use of acoustic deterrent devices on land constituting a fish farm, required under section 10C of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) Bill, will consider the use of other non-lethal seal deterrents and their effect on the welfare of marine mammals and other wildlife."

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S5W-30320 - Answered

30 June 2020

Ruskell, Mark: "To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to implement the measures on conservation of seals contained in section 10B of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill."

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S5W-30656 - Answered

13 July 2020

Ruskell, Mark: "To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will be taking to recover west coast cod and whiting stocks, in light of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) advice that they remain below safe biological limits."

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