Results 1–20 of 224 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 May 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I read the report of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee with interest but noticed that it did not include all types of housing providers. The Scottish Property Federation has said: “We believe that the overall impact of this Bill could be to weaken the PRS by fuelling a perception of regulation and risk for investors that will undermine efforts to attract capital...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 May 2022)

Michelle Thomson: Will the member give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 May 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I put on record that I have an interest in buy-to-let property, but not in institutional investors, as per my earlier point. Is the member aware that a survey by the National Residential Landlords Association that was published in November 2021 showed that 28 per cent of landlords in England and Wales were seeking to exit the market as a direct consequence of section 24, which is an unfair...

Scottish Parliament: Ineos Group Ltd (Grangemouth Refinery Restructuring Discussions) (10 May 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I am aware of the Grangemouth future industry board, which has already been mentioned. We can all agree that Grangemouth is a hub for skilled manufacturing and high-value employment. Will the minister give a little more detail about the role that the board will play in ensuring that, regardless of any restructuring, Grangemouth continues to be a key part of the transition to net zero?

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (27 Apr 2022)

Michelle Thomson: The disrespect that the UK Government regularly displays in its dealings with the Scottish Parliament and Government, and by extension its arrogant dismissal of the democratic voice of the Scottish people, must be resisted. At the same time as the Tories fall into line to defend a law-breaking Prime Minister, they want to give away more powers to Boris Johnson’s Government. Having...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (27 Apr 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I am sorry to interrupt the member. He is giving a fine speech, all of which I agree with thus far. However, he is the first member in the debate who has clearly recognised that macroeconomic policy fundamentally resides with Westminster. That is something that the Scottish Tories either do not know or do not understand. Would he agree with that?

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (27 Apr 2022)

Michelle Thomson: Murdo Fraser has chosen to miss out a bit: “When the Internal Market Act became law, it was evident that devolution had been blurred, some would say undermined.” That was in the report too, or did he just miss that bit?

Scottish Parliament: Ukraine (Displaced People) (20 Apr 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the minister for his statement. I have been approached by a constituent who offered, and which offer has been accepted, a place in their home for a Ukrainian family using their own direct social media connections. I am aware that there will be considerations around ensuring safety and that various checks will be required, but my constituent is asking how they can proceed, which...

Scottish Parliament: Technology Sector (19 Apr 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the cabinet secretary for her statement and celebrate the ambition that is contained in it, particularly the actions regarding women. My question is specific to my constituency of Falkirk East. It concerns data flows as a critical enabling technology. Only recently, US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a joint declaration on co-operation...

Scottish Parliament: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Impact of Spring Statement) (31 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact of the United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer’s spring statement will be on Scotland’s SMEs. (S6O-00954)

Scottish Parliament: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Impact of Spring Statement) (31 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I thank the minister for that very strong answer. He highlights the accelerating inflation, rising national insurance and so on, to which I would add borrowing costs. Much more should have been done to support SMEs. Will the minister meet me to discuss some ideas that I have about further specific actions that can be taken to support SMEs in my constituency of Falkirk East and across the sector?

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero (Fiscal Measures) (23 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what ministerial discussions have taken place regarding whether its net zero ambitions could be supported through the introduction of new fiscal measures. (S6O-00906)

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero (Fiscal Measures) (23 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: Not only will the ambitious net zero targets set by the Scottish Government require to be funded; the frameworks need to be developed, too. That cannot be done in isolation without consideration, by those with the full fiscal levers, of what measures could be utilised. Given the scale of the challenge and the fact that the majority of green tax powers are reserved to the UK Government, does...

Scottish Parliament: Subsidy Control Bill (17 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Consequentials (16 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: The UK Government’s failure to follow through on its promise of additional funding and the mitigations that were then provided by the Scottish Government highlight the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing the additional support that people need. However, we know that that will go only so far, so does the cabinet secretary agree that this Tory cost of living crisis is hugely...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill (9 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: It is right to agree to the motion and allow Westminster, at long last, to legislate on economic crime. However, the bill is only at the second reading stage in the House of Lords, and there are some 47 pages of amendments from the House of Commons alone. Therefore, today we are debating the motion before the content of the bill is clear, and it might well emerge deeply flawed. It should not...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day 2022 (3 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. Today, I dedicate my speech for international women’s day 2022 to the women of Ukraine, and I call on the minister and all members who speak in the debate to do likewise. [ Applause .] In normal times, I would outline a few of the key facts about women in Ukraine: equality and respect for women in Ukraine, as is the case in many countries, is still proving...

Scottish Parliament: Food Production (3 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comments of National Farmers Union president Minette Batters, who stated that the UK Government is “focused on anything other than domestic food production”. (S6O-00805)

Scottish Parliament: Food Production (3 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I note that the Scottish National Party Government has a strong commitment to active farming and food production. Nevertheless, given the recent comments of the chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink on the additional costs, complexity and risks that Brexit has put on food and drink businesses that are looking to do business with the European Union, does the minister share my concerns that...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (2 Mar 2022)

Michelle Thomson: I have not forgotten that it was an utterly disingenuous vote leave campaign led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson that has led Scotland to this point. Although I await further developments with interest, as it stands, the UK structural funds are a mess. As I see it, there are five summary issues. First, there has not been—and I still have limited confidence that there will be—any...


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