Millionaire Tory MSP Alexander Burnett has been sanctioned by Holyrood after he failed to register an interest when asking questions at the Parliament.

MSPs unanimously agreed the Conservative be barred from lodging any written questions for two weeks after Holyrood's October recess.

It comes after former SNP MSP Christian Allard made a complaint Burnett had failed to register an interest he had in a housing development in Banchory when he put forward five questions in August 2016.

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The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life investigated the matter and concluded the MSP for Aberdeenshire West was in breach of the regulations.

Standards Committee convener Clare Adamson said: "We consider that the breach justifies the imposition of a sanction on Alexander Burnett."

She added the committee wanted the sanction to relate to the breach that had occurred, and stated for that reason they were recommending the MSP be prohibited from lodging parliamentary questions for written answer for a period of two weeks.

The ban will run from October 23 to November 5.

As well as being the director and chairman of a property development and letting company in Banchory, the Tory MSP register of interests show he is also the owner of what he describes as a ''property leasing and forestry undertaking'' there and owns an estate with a market value of about £10 million.