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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Night Flights: Regional Airports (30 Mar 2017)

Michelle Thomson: What steps his Department is taking to (a) monitor and (b) regulate night flights at regional airports.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Night Flights: Regional Airports (30 Mar 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the Secretary of State for his answer. I acknowledge that the night flight proposals extend only to the three London airports, but given the anticipated growth in night flights generally, does that not seem rather short-sighted? We want such growth in airports because of the gross value added that that brings, but we have to recognise the rights of constituents everywhere, including...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs has spoken clearly in saying: “We have also taken note of the fact that UK citizens voted differently in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and also in Gibraltar, making it clear that the majority of them would wish to remain in the Union. It is difficult to imagine that those differences could...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Bereavement Benefits (13 Mar 2017)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who have claimed widowed parent's allowance and bereavement allowance in the last five years would have received less money under the new bereavement support payment scheme.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Bereavement Benefits: Parents (6 Mar 2017)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who will be affected by proposed changes to support for bereaved parents.

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I hope we can agree that it is due to the successful joint working of the BEIS Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee that this afternoon we have seen Sir Philip Green agree to pay £383 billion into the pension scheme.

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate. I commend the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr Wright) for his contribution and for his leadership of the Select Committee. I reiterate a point that he made: the productivity plan, “Fixing the foundations”, was published in July 2015. We should step back and think about the radical changes we have seen since then, because it is ever a moving...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I am aware of that, and I have had conversations with the Minister, Macquarie and the Green Investment Bank. The fundamental concern is that, potentially, Scotland risks losing an asset in terms of the headquarters in Edinburgh. Despite the assurances of the preferred bidder—let us call it Macquarie—I will be watching this matter very carefully, because there is a risk that we will lose...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. Part of the problem could be solved by devolving those powers to Scotland so that we can protect our own higher education sector. We have also heard this month from the chief executive of Innovate Finance, Lawrence Wintermeyer, who told the BBC that “Brexit has had a chilling impact on investment.” Investment is vital to industrial strategy and...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: Yes, indeed. It was a sensible aim at the time and it is one that Scotland still supports. I hope that the Prime Minister takes serious note of the Scottish Government’s proposals to keep Scotland in the EU. She could then come back to us having had substantive discussions of what is contained in the paper. Obviously, we would formulate a considered response, but Scotland regards the...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. I concur with what he is suggesting about entrepreneurs—our wealth creators—being given both the framework to succeed and the framework to fail. Does he agree that this is about looking at not just our innovation structures, but at more systemic issues such as banking? When a small business does fail, it is often hauled over the coals and...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: In this place, we habitually compare our productivity with that of the G7, but I recall a debate on this matter around this time last year for which I did some research into medium-sized countries such as Norway, where productivity levels are significantly higher than in any of the G7 countries. Is the hon. Gentleman going to explore how the scale of those medium-sized countries could be a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: The UK Green Investment Bank, which is co-located in Edinburgh, is being sold, and recent newspaper reports suggest that the contract could be concluded soon. That is happening despite the UK’s stated focus on research and development, and the fact that no realistic guarantees have yet been given as to the continuation of a proper headquarters and board based in Edinburgh. Will the Prime...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I appreciate that my hon. Friend is a trained teacher, but could I ask her to project a little more, over the noise of the many, many people who are protesting outside against Trump?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: There has been a lot of Sturm und Drang around this debate over the past couple of days. I will try to reflect how I feel about it. I have a sense of disbelief and despair at the decision that is about to be made, and significant doubt in the abilities of those who seek to give voice to my constituents in going any way towards meeting their needs. Let us be clear: 71% of my constituents in...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Michelle Thomson: Will my right hon. Friend help confirm my understanding that it was the Tories who wanted to safeguard British interests in the single market? Am I correct in recalling that in their manifesto?

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I can do that quickly, Mr Owen. I thank hon. Members for their contributions, including the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) and the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas), who always adds depth to our debates. I also thank the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead) . I make particular reference to the hon. Member for East Lothian...

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: rose—

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the Minister for his comments, but I need to press him on my specific comment about the risk appetite and the nature and type of projects. I fully accept and understand increased access to capital, but I made a specific point about the risk appetite that I hope the Minister will move on to.

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the sale of the Green Investment Bank. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen; I have not done so previously. I have sought the debate as an independent MP—independent as to party and mind—in the light of considerable concerns raised about the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank. I must signal my thanks to Macquarie...


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