Results 21–40 of 180 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

Scottish Parliament: Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I t is difficult to imagine that any rational person with a commitment to Scotland could possibly object to the Government motion. Predictably, we can therefore rely on the opposition of the Tories. If the introduction by the UK Government of a shared prosperity fund and a so-called levelling up agenda signals anything, it is a recognition of the historic and systemic failure of successive UK...

Scottish Parliament: Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I think that the member missed the point about the say that our democratically elected Scottish Government had in that. The levelling up fund will ostensibly be allocated on the basis of need. However, the definition of need that it uses was developed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for England without any consultation with the Scottish Government. The first stage...

Scottish Parliament: Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Agenda (18 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I put on record that of course I welcome a few roundabouts, but I regret the fact that the payment for a few roundabouts is more of our Scottish money coming from Westminster. If the summit of the Conservatives’ ambition is for more of our money to come from Westminster, a couple of roundabouts and, let us not forget, a Scottish family on “Gogglebox”, that is not good enough. I am...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (17 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My application failed. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (16 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I speak as someone who, for many years, has been concerned about banking in general, and I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests: I remain an ambassador for the all-party parliamentary group on fair business banking at Westminster. I am grateful that, for once, I can make a positive speech about an important aspect of banking that is helping investment...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (16 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: On the issue of risk, we know that, habitually, there is often a problem with the attitude of main high street banks to risk. We should reflect carefully on where the SNIB can contribute, and I would welcome Murdo Fraser’s comment on that point.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Services Regulation (10 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the views of consumers are adequately heard in its consultation on legal services regulation reform. (S6O-00339)

Scottish Parliament: Legal Services Regulation (10 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I declare that I am an interested party, as I have a current complaint. Section A of the consultation, which is on potential regulatory models, requires strong responses from consumers, particularly those such as me who have recent direct experience of the current system. At present, I believe that the system is heavily biased against the consumer’s interest. Will the minister meet me to...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Procurement and Fair Work Practices (2 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: Given that the debate is being held during COP26, I will raise a point regarding our net zero and climate change ambitions. The Scottish Government has published some excellent guidance on many aspects of procurement that will effectively influence our future direction and enable judgment to be applied when awarding public sector contracts. Invitation-to-tender documents specify the...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Procurement and Fair Work Practices (2 Nov 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I am delighted to hear Stephen Kerr speaking in the chamber, but he must understand that the Scottish Government has an obligation to spend public money effectively, so the screening processes must be rigorous. Surely there are two sides to the equation.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Endowment Funds (28 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: It is clear that the serious governance flaws stem back to 1978 and the UK Government legislation of that time that enshrined the conflict of interest. I note that the cabinet secretary said: “Fully adopting the recommendations will require legislative change and it will first require the precise mechanisms for that change to be determined.” I have a couple of questions. Can the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Covid Recovery Strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: I am sure that Mr Johnson recognises that the Scottish Government is fatally constricted by not having borrowing powers. When we are faced with a crisis such as the current one, being able to borrow in order to grow the economy is utterly fundamental. Will Mr Johnson join me in asking the UK Government to grant those powers?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Retail Sector (26 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: In my constituency of Falkirk East, many retailers did a great job of being innovative throughout the pandemic, and demonstrated their fundamental value to our communities. However, at present, small local retailers are at a huge disadvantage compared with online-only giants, who can avoid local taxation, often do not pay anywhere near their full share of national taxes and do not invest in...

Scottish Parliament: Sewage Sludge Spreading (7 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to publish the James Hutton Institute report on the impact on human health and the environment arising from the spreading of sewage sludge on land. (S6O-00262)

Scottish Parliament: Sewage Sludge Spreading (7 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: My constituents in Falkirk East are anxious for the report to be published. The spreading of sewage sludge was raised as a concern with my predecessor, Angus MacDonald, and has now been raised with me. The smell and inconvenience generate multiple complaints, but it is the potential risk to human health that is most concerning. Can the minister confirm whether the Scottish Government has...

Scottish Parliament: Supreme Court Judgment (6 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: As the much-respected Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh has made abundantly clear, the referral of the bills to the Supreme Court by the UK law officers was as much a political decision as a legal one. They were under no duty to refer. Their decision was political. The effect of the ruling on the UNCRC bill is to deny a range of rights to Scottish children....

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the World (6 Oct 2021)

Michelle Thomson: The presidency of the United Nations Security Council is currently held by Ireland. Four of the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council have populations smaller than Scotland’s, as have 77 member countries of the United Nations. Small and medium-sized countries matter on the global stage—in particular, when it comes to leading progressive and humanitarian values rather than...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 (30 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020. (S6O-00217)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 (30 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 was passed by Westminster in the full knowledge, as has been stated, that it conferred the right to alter the powers of the Scottish Parliament without our permission. Although UK ministers may give some limited commitment to allow for policy divergence, the 2020 act fundamentally changes the relationship with all devolved institutions. Is that...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Impact on Supply Chain and Labour Market (30 Sep 2021)

Michelle Thomson: In the world of Brexiteers, the Tory and Labour parties and even some reporting outlets, it has become common to lay the blame for trade and supply chain problems on the pandemic rather than on Brexit. Problems are presented as a short-term shock instead of there being an acknowledgement of real long-term supply chain issues, despite evidence to the contrary. Earlier this year, the Office for...


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