Register of Interests

Member's Name: Alasdair Allan

Constituency: Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Date on which initial statement lodged: 18 May 2011

All MSPs are required to provide details of their interests under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12). The Register of Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament lists details of interests registered under categories such as remuneration, heritable property and gifts. More information about the exact nature of information required under each category of interest can be found at Volume 2: sections 1 and 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Information on the exact nature of the requirement under each category can be found in the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12).

Election expenses are not detailed on the Register of Interests as candidate spending returns are collated by the Electoral Commission. Details of spending and donations for all candidates at the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary election are available on the Electoral Commission’s website.  Donations made to MSPs, other than in relation to Scottish Parliamentary elections, may also require to be registered with the Electoral Commission.  Details of such donations are published regularly by the Electoral Commission.


Remuneration and related undertaking:
I was previously honorary vice president of Energy Action Scotland. On 5 October 2009 I presented awards at Energy Action Scotland’s annual conference at Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Energy Action Scotland (a not for profit organisation bringing together agencies in Scotland to address fuel poverty and related problems, of Suite 4a, Ingram House, 227 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DA) provided me with dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast at Dunblane Hydro Hotel, the value of which was approximately £189, and which therefore falls within the up to £500 bandwidth. On 5 November 2010 I spoke at a conference held by Energy Action Scotland at the Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank. Energy Action Scotland provided bed and breakfast, the value of which was £123 and which therefore falls within the up to £500 bandwidth. I resigned from this post as of 25 May 2011.

Gifts:
NONE

Overseas Visits:
In August 1999 I visited Boston and Washington DC as part of a cross-party delegation of political parties promoting the Northern Irish peace process. The costs of the visit amounted to £1,500 and were met by the Irish Institute, Boston College (a research and education organisation of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA).

From 6 to 9 June 2008 I visited Lleida and Barcelona in Catalunya for the purposes of speaking at a conference on culture and national identity. The cost of the visit was £460 and was met by Omnium Cultural (an organisation which promotes and studies Catalan culture of Diputació, 276 ppal, 08009 Barcelona, Catalunya).

Heritable Property:
NONE

Interest In Shares:
NONE

Voluntary:
I have a £25 share in Buth Sgalpaigh (the shop, Isle of Scalpay, Harris). This is a community owned shop from which I derive no remuneration.

I have a £25 share in Buth Tholastadh (the shop, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis). This is a community owned shop from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of Amnesty International from which I derive no remuneration.

I am an associate member of Storas Uibhist (South Uist Community Trust) from which I derive no remuneration.

In November 2007 I received sponsorship from AJ Martin Builders (of Isle of Lewis) of £200 and from the Western Isles SNP Constituency Association of £100. This money was to pay for the cost of printing a Christmas card designed by a competition in local schools.

A similar competition was run in 2008 when I received sponsorship of £100 from Macaulay Askernish Ltd and of £150 from AJ Martin Builders (Isle of Lewis).

A similar competition was run in 2009 when I received sponsorship of £50 from Maclain Ltd, Cnoc an Locha, Middlequarter, North Uist, and of £50 from the Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris.

A similar competition was run in 2010 when I received sponsorship of £80 AJ Martin Builders (Isle of Lewis), £20 from the Isle of Barra Hotel, Isle of Barra, and £10 from the Scarasta House Hotel, Isle of Harris.

I am a member of the Harris Development Trust from which I derive no remuneration.

I received two tickets to the Hebridean Celtic Festival on 18 July 2008 from the Hebridean Celtic Festival Organising Committee. The total value of the tickets was £50.

I am a member of the Robert Burns World Federation, from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of the Saltire Society, from which I derive no remuneration.

I am a member of the CLI Gaidhlig (the Gaelic Learners’ Association) from which I derive no remuneration.

On 11 October 2008 and 16 May 2009, I received dinner, bed and breakfast at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Isle of Harris. The castle was not open to the public at the time but I estimate the value of this to be £250 on each occasion.

I am a member of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

From 3 to 7 July 2009 I visited St. Kilda in my constituency. The National Trust for Scotland (Charlotte Square, Edinburgh) met the costs of my visit which comprised a return helicopter flight from Benbecula to St. Kilda and bunkhouse accommodation on St. Kilda. I estimate the value of the flights and accommodation to be £200.

In October 2009, I was appointed as a member of the Scottish Government’s Scots Language Working Group. I receive no remuneration, expenses or benefit in kind for this post.

I am a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non- proliferation and Disarmament, from which I derive no remuneration.

On 3 July 2010 I visited Grimersta Lodge (Uig, Isle of Lewis), in my constituency. The visit included a day’s fishing. The costs of the fishing (£300) were met by Grimersta Lodge.

I am a member of Comunn Eachdraidh Eiriosgaidh (Eriskay Historical Society) (c/o the community hall, Eriskay). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

I am a member of Dualchas Bharraigh (Barra Heritage Society) (Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XD). I receive no remuneration for this membership.

I am a member of Coisir Sgir’ a Bhac (Back Gaelic Choir). I have been involved with this choir since 2006 but have only recently become a paid up member. I receive no remuneration from this membership.

I am a member of the Western Isles Credit Union, where I have had a token amount of £5 invested since 2009. I do this to indicate my support for the Credit Union movement and receive no material financial benefit.

I am a member of Uist Wool, from which I receive no financial or other benefit. [Registered 20 April 2012]

I am a member of An Sulaire Trust, a charity which preserves historic boats in the Western Isles, for which I derive no financial or other material benefits. [Registered 3 August 2012]

In October 2012, I received a gift of a large framed photograph of the isle of Harris for the wall of my office in Holyrood from the Morvern Gallery ltd, Barvas, Isle of Lewis. The estimated value of this gift is £400. [Registered 31 October 2012]

In 2012, I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Rodel Hotel, Rodel, Isle of Harris (£50); Luskentyre Harris Tweed Ltd, Luskentyre, Isle of Harris (£25); AMK Plant and Tipper Hire Ltd, 4 New Park, Callanish, Isle of Lewis (£25); Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Island Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (£50); Alex Martin Builders, 55 Vatisker, Isle of Lewis (£50); and Isle of Barra Beach Hotel, Tangasdale, Isle of Barra (£50). [Registered 20 November 2012]

In 2013, I ran a competition in local schools for a design for my Christmas card. The costs of printing were offset by sponsorship from: Alex Murray Construction Ltd, Isle of Lewis (£50); SBA architects, Stornoway (£25); Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris (£50); Macleod Garages Stornoway (£40) and Hebrides Art Ltd, Isle of Harris (£50). [Registered 30 October 2013, Amended interest 14 November 2013]

I am member of Royal British Legion Scotland. I derive no financial benefits from this membership. [Registered 19 November 2013]

On 13 January 2014 I was presented with a copy of the book From the Land Comes the Cloth by Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis. The value of the book is £125. [Registered 13 January 2014]