Results 121–140 of 180 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

Un International Day: Violence Against Women (8 Dec 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I am going to relay an event that happened to me many years ago. I want to give a very personal perspective to help people, both in this place and outside, understand one element of sexual violence against women. When I was 14, I was raped. As is common, it was by somebody who was known to me. He had offered to walk me home from a youth event. In those days, everybody walked everywhere—it...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (6 Dec 2016)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of children who can enter the UK of the provisions of her Department's guidance, Implementation of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 in France.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unskilled Migration: Employment Levels (5 Dec 2016)

Michelle Thomson: The UK relies on more than 80,000 seasonal workers to pick its fruit and veg every year, with the Financial Times recently suggesting that 98% of those workers come from within the EU. Will the Government commit to protecting access for seasonal workers from the EU to safeguard our agricultural sector going forward?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Double Taxation: Developing Countries (25 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's objectives are in negotiating double taxation treaties with developing countries.

BHS: Industrial Strategy (20 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I certainly look forward to hearing other contributions to this debate and to taking part in the Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry on this important area. In October 2015, in light of problems with the UK steel industry, I asked the then Minister if she regretted the Government’s lack of an industrial strategy. She said, “You could have had all the...

BHS (20 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I would like to begin my contribution to this important debate by joining others in thanking the Chairs of the combined Select Committees and pointing out that any suggestion that their report was not a robust, detailed, evidence-led inquiry can be rebutted. It ran for months and had many sessions; the session with Sir Philip Green alone lasted for six hours. I support the view that, from its...

BHS (20 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. The code goes on to say in the sentence I was quoting: “The directors should lead by example and ensure that good standards of behaviour permeate throughout all levels of the organisation.” The code applies only to listed companies with a premium listing of equity shares, but that does not absolve a private owner from any responsibility. Time...

BHS (20 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I absolutely agree. Many of us will have received hundreds of letters and emails from our constituents on this subject. It is on this point that the argument turns for me. The corporate governance code is not there to provide a loose set of rules that companies are invited to think about now and again. It is fundamentally a framework for behaviour in business. Business is not just about the...

BHS (20 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I rise to note something on the banking crisis and to refer to the Minister’s remarks earlier. Does the hon. Lady agree that, with issues such as the banking crisis and how the state deals with the continuing RBS saga concerning the Global Restructuring Group, how quickly and effectively agencies deal with the matters that we call out is pivotal?

BHS (20 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is somewhat ironic for Sir Philip, who has complained bitterly about an outcome with which he does not agree, to be able to pay handsomely for an 81-page report from two eminent QCs, given that I imagine the pensioners and employees are not, unfortunately, able to resort to such a tactic?

Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts (11 Oct 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I rise to present this petition on behalf of the many residents of Edinburgh West in the same terms as the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South. The Petition of residents of Edinburgh West. [P001757]

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (15 Sep 2016)

Michelle Thomson: A constituent of mine has raised concerns about the number of road accidents involving young people. The most recent research from Swansea University supports his case that young drivers aged between 17 and 21 are five times more likely to crash than drivers over 70. With this in mind, will the Minister agree to look at policies such as a graduated driver licensing scheme?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Licensing (15 Sep 2016)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce a graduated driving licensing system for young drivers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Policy Implications of Leaving the EU (11 Jul 2016)

Michelle Thomson: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on welfare spending.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (9 Jun 2016)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for funding of broadband provision in Scotland of the UK voting to leave the EU.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Education (16 Mar 2016)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that children's right to education is protected across the world.

Scotch Whisky Industry — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (9 Mar 2016)

Michelle Thomson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mrs Moon. Hon. Members might wonder what on earth my link with whisky is, as the Member for Edinburgh West. Well, here you go. BenRiach Distillery Company, which is, in fact, based in Speyside was built by John Duff in 1898. The hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Brendan O’Hara) will note that that was 10 years after the formation of Celtic...

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Michelle Thomson: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate. In general terms, I have to describe the Bill as a missed opportunity. On the occasions that I have spoken in the House, I have reiterated my support for enterprise and how important I consider business to be, particularly small business, not just in creating wealth and jobs, but for the vital role it plays in our society and on...

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Michelle Thomson: The hon. Lady may have noticed that the Chancellor said: “With the turbulent conditions we see in financial markets, I hope you agree with me that now is not the right time for that share offer.” Does she agree that if it is not the right time for Lloyds, why is it the right time for GIB?

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

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