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Devolution and Growth Across Britain (3 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Mr Deputy Speaker, thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to give my maiden speech—and, indeed, for reminding the House that I should be heard uninterrupted. That makes me feel a little more at ease. Within this speech I intend to give the House a sense of who I am, both as the new Member for Edinburgh West and also as the shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Minister....

Carcraft — [Hywel Williams in the Chair] (10 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you, Mr Williams, for giving me the opportunity to take part in this debate. I must declare the reverse position of other Members, if you like. I am the Member for Edinburgh West and a representative of the Scottish National party, and hon. Members will be aware that Carcraft had no branches in Scotland. Nevertheless, speaking as a shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills,...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I commend the Chief Secretary on his speech. He has clearly been reading the SNP manifesto, given his comments on female participation in the workplace and the gravitational pull of London. I hope that he enjoyed reading it. Productivity in the UK is indeed low, and it has shrunk by 0.7% over the past seven years. It is now 17% lower than the average in the G7 economies, and that has had an...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I am going to address that point. The much-vaunted recent growth has brought us back only to a certain point. When judged against nations smaller in population size—those with between 3 million and 10 million people—the sluggishness of UK plc is laid bare for all to see. Sweden’s productivity is 18% higher than that of the UK; Denmark’s is 26% higher and Norway’s an incredible 77%...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I am inclined to agree with my hon. Friend, and I shall address that point further in a moment.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but he is, quite frankly, wrong. I shall also cover that point later in my speech. The sad fact is that the recent growth in UK GDP has been driven not by increased productivity and not by a focus on increased investment levels or high-value sectors. Instead, it has been delivered with zero-hours contracts, often paying the minimum wage and...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comment, but I would point out that that we did not make the steel in Scotland and that it was a decision of the Scottish Government, not the Scottish Executive. I was about to highlight some key areas that the Scottish Government’s economic strategy promotes. They include internationalisation, which helps firms to compete in international markets, to...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. I absolutely agree with them, and I am going to cover that issue further in my remarks. We must equip our people, who live in and give to Scotland, with the skills— supporting them with free university education—the health, the ambition and the engagement to contribute to making Scotland a great place. I mentioned manufacturing, and the SNP...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Of course I welcome those things. What I am suggesting is that we can do much better and that we have the ambition in Scotland. I hear a lot of talk, but not enough about substantive ambition. We need to do a lot more and we in Scotland are ready for that. Delivering more meaningful economic powers to the Scottish Parliament, not the extremely limited ones included in the Scotland Bill, would...

Business of the House (18 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: If the Leader of the House is unwilling or unable to confirm how many versions of the Chilcot report he has seen, can he definitively confirm that the Government have seen some? A simple yes or no would suffice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Productivity (30 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Given that we are five years into the long-term economic plan and regrettably our productivity is 17% lower than the average among G7 economies, with growth in the EU 5% over the same period, why does the Minister believe that productivity will rise during the lifetime of this Parliament, since it fell during the last Parliament?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Productivity (30 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The Scottish Government, of course, are focused on growing our economy, using our four Is—innovation, internationalisation, investment and inclusion. Will the Minister support the Scottish National party call for a change to remove the sudden decrease in the investment allowance from £500,000 down to £25,000 from 1 January 2016 to help continue our success?

Business of the House: English Votes on English Laws (2 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The Leader of the House said: “and they will give the decisive vote on tax measures”. For me, that is the nub of it. We have heard much talk today of huge new powers for the Scottish Parliament. Let us look at the facts: 70% of tax decisions and 84% of welfare decisions will remain in this House. That amounts to patsy powers. That is why we have such a contingent of Scottish National...

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 46 — Gaelic Media Service (6 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The SNP has 95% of MPs.

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I beg to move an amendment, after “importation”, insert “other than in relation to Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service”. The amendment stands in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee East (Stewart Hosie). On this final day of the Budget debate, we have heard a great deal about debt and deficit, the Budget itself, and the recently released productivity...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and I thank the House of Commons Library for some excellent work on GDP per capita and GDP per hours worked, including in relation to Ireland. I shall come on to that. Where the UK stands in relation to Germany, France, Italy, the USA, Canada and so on provides some useful benchmarks for relative economic performance. The fact that the UK lags...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: We know that at its heart the sell-off of RBS is an attempt to balance the books, but the issue that I pointed out earlier is that banks such as RBS are still not lending enough to small businesses. That is vital. I referred to challenger banks. I come from a business background and speak to many people. That is what I hear from them about what they consider to be a critical issue. For us,...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Does my hon. Friend agree with concerns expressed by the British Insurance Brokers Association, which stated that the rise in IPT is actually a tax on protection and will affect behaviour by limiting people from taking on that protection? It also states that that will affect young people disproportionately, and it is regressive in that it disproportionately affects families in lower socio-...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Apprentices: Taxation (22 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he plans to apply when assessing which businesses will be required to pay the new apprenticeship levy.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Apprentices: Taxation (22 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an estimate of the number of businesses in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK that will be required to pay the new apprenticeship levy.


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