Results 101–120 of 187 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

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...

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I am happy to support my hon. Friend on that point. I also note the valuable work he is doing around Scottish limited partnerships. I hope he has great success in that. The limited liability partnerships used to date by the GIB may indeed be UK-domiciled and registered for tax purposes, but the point is—we cannot forget this—that if the underlying funds or owners are controlled offshore,...

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I am extremely happy to acknowledge that point, and I agree; I suspect the hon. Lady may have read the next section of my speech. She has absolutely hit the nail on the head. I was discussing what reinvestment would be made in the UK economy after any asset sales. How much influence fundamentally would the so-called golden share have if much of the activity is controlled outwith the UK? I am...

Green Investment Bank (25 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: I absolutely agree, and I sum up by asking: is this the right time for a sale to anybody in the light of Brexit, when the focus fundamentally must be on innovation and positioning ourselves to take advantage of key growth sectors?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Aviation: Impact Assessments (24 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph B.18 of the Civil Aviation Authority's Guidance on the application of the airspace change process document, published in March 2016, whether guidance will be issued to airports on their needing to conduct an impact assessment on livestock, animals and biodiversity.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Green Investment Bank: Edinburgh (19 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to safeguard the Green Investment Bank's headquarters in Edinburgh and the jobs it supports after the planned privatisation of that bank.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Green Investment Bank: Privatisation (17 Jan 2017)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what safeguards his Department has put in place to prevent the immediate sale of assets by a new owner of the Green Investment Bank after its planned privatisation.


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