Member's Name: David Stewart
Constituency: Highlands and Islands
Date on which initial statement lodged: 02 June 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.
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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:
During November/December 2010, Stagecoach Buses Ltd (of 6 Burnett Road, Inverness, IV1 1TF) provided a benefit in kind of a sign for display on the back of a Stagecoach bus in relation to a road safety awareness campaign in the Highlands and Islands region which had been promoted by my office. The value of this benefit in kind was between £5,001 and £10,000.
In connection with my road safety awareness campaign in the Highlands and Islands region, I secured sponsorship from Inverness Taxis which provided 3,000 business cards with the ‘Deadly Mates’ graphic printed on one side (and the company’s details on the other side). The value of this sponsorship was £700.
From 10 to 17 October 2009, my wife and I were part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs who visited the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the invitation of the Director General, Edinburgh Office, Taipei Representative Office in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). The delegation held a number of meetings with Taiwan Government Departments, the Legislative Yuan, Taipei City and Kaohsiung County and representatives in Taiwan of the UK Government (British Trade and Cultural Organisation), Scottish Development International and the British Council. The delegation visited Taipei, Kaohsiung and Kinmen Island. The costs of the visit per person were: return flights to Taiwan (£960), accommodation (£690), meals (£350) and transport (£125). All costs (which totalled £4,250) were met by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei, Republic of China. The delegation also received hospitality (including meals, tea and biscuits), the costs of which are included in the amounts outlined above, and small souvenirs from a number of the bodies we met during our official tour, such as the President of the Parliament. These gifts included an address book, a framed print, a belt, books and packets of tea. I estimate the value of these gifts to be below £570.
From 27 February to 3 March 2012 I visited South Africa on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Scotland Branch to deliver a speech on the public petitions system in the Scottish Parliament. The costs of the visit were £6,208 for travel and £643 for accommodation. These costs were met by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (of Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Cnr. President and City Hall Streets (formerly Loveday), Johannesburg (CBD), 2001 , South Africa). [Registered 15 March 2012]
Interest In Shares:
I am a member of UNISON.
I am an unremunerated Director of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Trust.
From June to December 2010, my office promoted a road safety awareness campaign in the Highlands and Islands Region focusing on risks for younger drivers and their passengers. To support this campaign I received a range of support, details of which are set out below. Stagecoach Bus displayed posters inside 180 local buses. Stagecoach does not charge for the display of adverts which support local communities and there are therefore no costs involved for this support. The Eastgate Centre, Inverness displayed six A2 posters. The Eastgate Centre does not normally allow external organisations to advertise and did not charge for the display of the posters; however, a nominal value of £200 is associated with this support. The six A2 posters displayed in the Eastgate Centre were produced by A4 Design and Print, Inverness. A4 Design and Print did not charge for the production of these posters; the estimated value of this support is £100. Mac Signs, Inverness provided a pull-up advertisement, the normal cost of which would be £95, for display in the Rose Street Car Park in Inverness. The Love to Love nightclub in Inverness agreed to display posters in the venue. The nightclub does not normally allow external organisations to advertise and there is therefore no cost associated with this support. Moray Forth Radio broadcast 40 radio adverts in support of this campaign. The total cost of these adverts was £900. The costs for the radio adverts were met by two businessmen in the Inverness area who provided £450 each. The Ink Shop, Inverness, provided 1000 leaflets the normal cost of which would be £138. These leaflets were distributed in Halfords and MacDonald’s branches. No charge was made by either Halfords or MacDonald’s for the distribution of these leaflets and neither company routinely allows members of the public to distribute leaflets through their branches; there is therefore no cost associated with this support. Stagecoach Buses provided 500 pens branded with the campaign details, the normal cost of which would be £160. MacRae and Dick provided a liveried Mazda sports car for use in the campaign. The total value of the provision and use of the car, including £60 to livery the car in the campaign graphics, was less than £570. I did not receive any donations in connection to this campaign direct.
Following the promotion of my road safety campaign, Stagecoach provided one rear bus advert with the words ‘North of Scotland Driving Awareness Team’ at the end of the advert. The North of Scotland Driving Awareness Team is now responsible for promoting the campaign. The advert was displayed from 15 February 2011 and is to last for around one year. On 15 February Stagecoach also provided pens for school children to promote the above campaign at the value of around £200.
From 6 to 10 February 2012, MacRae and Dick provided a liveried Mazda 2.0 MPS sports car for use in the road safety campaign promoted by the North of Scotland Driving Awareness Campaign. The car was used to carry out visits to schools in the Highlands and Islands region in connection with the campaign. The total value of the provision and use of the car, including the use of the car, the livery of the car in the campaign graphics, the cost of petrol and insurance, was less than £570. [Registered 8 February 2012]
As part of my campaign work around the area of road safety a DVD was produced and distributed to all schools within the Highlands and Islands Region. Stagecoach provided £5,000 direct to the producer of the DVD. I did not receive any funds personally nor sought the funding for the DVD. [Registered 21 February 2012]