Register of Interests

Member's Name: Jamie Hepburn

Constituency: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

Date on which initial statement lodged: 20 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:
NONE

Gifts:
On 31 July 2009 I hosted an information session jointly with EAGA plc (a provider of residential energy efficiency solutions, of EAGA House, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1DB) at Cumbernauld Town Hall, at which a number of organisations were present. The purpose of the session was to provide advice to members of the public, primarily on energy efficiency. The total cost of the event, which was met by EAGA plc, was between £1,001 and £2,000.

On 16 March 2010 I and my parliamentary assistant attended a buffet lunch hosted by the Director General of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK (Edinburgh Office) (an organisation representing the interests of Taiwan and the views of the Taiwanese government in Scotland of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7PE) together with approximately 50 representatives of Cumbernauld Action Care for the Elderly who had been invited by the Director General at my suggestion. The event took place at Mings Restaurant in Cumbernauld. The cost of the event, which was met by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, was between £501 and £1,000.

From 28 October 2014 I have participated in a programme with Inclusion Scotland who arranged for a temporary member of staff to be placed into my office. The placement is intended to run until February 2015. Inclusion Scotland (a consortium of organisations of disabled people, disabled individuals and social partners of 4th Floor, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ) will meet the costs of providing this support. I estimate the value of the support to be between £3,001 and £5,000. [Registered 28 October 2014]

Overseas Visits:
From 9 to 11 September 2011 I visited Barcelona at the invitation of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (a political party active in campaigning for independence for Catalonia) to participate in a number of events to mark the Catalan National Day. Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (of C/Calabria, 166, 08015, Barcelona) met the costs of flights to and from Barcelona (€292.59) and accommodations costs (€129.62). [Registered 7 October 2011, Amended interest 23 November 2011]

Heritable Property:
NONE

Interest In Shares:
NONE

Voluntary:
I am a member of Amnesty International.

I am a member of Jags Trust.

I am a member of the 1820 Society.

I am a member of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

I am a member of the Scottish steering committee of the People’s Charter.

On 13 September 2008 I attended the Clyde v Partick Thistle game at Broadwood Stadium as a guest of North Lanarkshire Council who met the costs of the tickets, hospitality and transport to the ground. The value of this gift is estimated to be below £570.

On 28 October 2008 I met with the Ukrainian Consul in Edinburgh and received a gift of two bottles of vodka and a book. The value of this gift is estimated to be below £570.

On 29 July 2009 I received a gift of a decorative vase from Steven, R.Y. Chu, Director General of the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom, Edinburgh Office. The value of this gift is estimated to be below £570.

On 7 September 2009 I received a gift of a copy of “An incredible journey…the First story” and an umbrella from First Bus Glasgow. The value of this gift is estimated to be below £570.

I received a gift of a personalised bottle of whisky in a presentation box with two whisky glasses by the company Matisse, through the Taipei Representative Office in Edinburgh, to mark the establishment of the Cross-Party Group on Taiwan, of which I am a member. The value of this gift is estimated to be below £570.

On 23 July 2010 I was presented with a copy of “Airdrie Savings Bank – A History” by the Chief Executive of Airdrie Savings Bank on a visit to the Bank’s headquarters. I estimate the value of the book to be in the region of £20.

On 27 May 2011 I received gifts of a plaque and a book from representatives of the Commune de Croy in Switzerland. I have donated the gifts to the Croy Historical Society which is based in my constituency. I estimate the total value of these gifts to be less than £570.

I am a member of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

I am a member of the Poverty Alliance. [Registered 29 October 2012]

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