Robert Smith

Former Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

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Former Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Trade and Industry
  • Treasury
  • Scotland
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands
  • Fuel Poverty
  • Renewable Energy
  • Post Offices
  • Prisoners' Transfers

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Consolidation, &c., Bills (Joint Committee) (6 Dec 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (19 Jan 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jul 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (20 Dec 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, International Development Committee (16 Apr 2007 to 19 Jan 2009)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) (1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2006)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (1 Jun 2005 to 1 Jun 2006)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland) (10 May 2005 to 10 Mar 2006)
  • Member, Accommodation and works Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Standing Orders Committee (24 Oct 2001 to 5 May 2005)
  • Member, Unopposed Bills (Panel) (17 Oct 2001 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Trade & Industry Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 25 Oct 2005)
  • Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) (10 Jun 2001 to 10 Mar 2006)
  • Member, Scottish Affairs Committee (1 Nov 1999 to 11 May 2001)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.

5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
Name of donor: BP International Ltd
Address of donor: Chertsey Road, Sunbury on Thames TW16 7BP
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Tickets to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow for my wife and I, with coach transfer, accommodation, meals and hospitality, at a total value of £710.
Date of receipt of donation: 31 July 2014
Date of acceptance of donation: 31 July 2014
Donor status: company, registration 542515
(Registered 27 August 2014)
6. Overseas visits
Address of donor: C/O Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, 6 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EQ
Destination of visit: Hong Kong
Date of visit: 23-31 May 2014
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights, in-country transport, accommodation, meals, wi-fi access and laundry with a total value of £10,621.32
Purpose of visit: All Party Parliamentary China Group delegation visit to understand more about the political and economic environment in Hong Kong and the progress towards universal suffrage and to engage with and support bids by British business.
(Registered 25 June 2014; updated 30 June 2014)
8. Land and Property
Farm and cottages in Aberdeenshire, from which rental income is received.
Flat in Glasgow, from which rental income is received.
9. Registrable shareholdings
(b) Glaxosmithkline; pharmaceuticals.
(b) Legal and General; life assurance.
(b) Rio Tinto; mineral extraction.
(b) Shell Transport and Trading; oil-integrated.

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