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Financial Conduct Authority (1 Feb 2016)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you, Mr Hoyle. I add my thanks to the hon. Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb) for the work that he has done through the all-party parliamentary group and more widely. People whom I knew in a previous life before I came to this place are very appreciative of that work. I will address my remarks primarily to the fact that the FCA process of redress simply does not work for businesses that...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Trade, Exports, Innovation and Productivity (13 Jan 2016)

Michelle Thomson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to be the final speaker before the debate is summed up. I must say that I have enjoyed it immensely. The quality of speeches by Members on both sides of the House has been fantastic. I have a little warning for the hon. Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on the use of the term “doom”. In Scotland, we say that facts are...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Trade, Exports, Innovation and Productivity (13 Jan 2016)

Michelle Thomson: Yes. As I said at the start, facts are chiels that winna ding, but there is a much bigger picture. My hon. Friend the Member for Dundee East said that the downsizing in manufacturing has been going on for decades, not just for a small snapshot in time. I do not propose to go through the figures that have been quoted extensively in this debate, but I will quote one apt point that was made by...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Trade, Exports, Innovation and Productivity (13 Jan 2016)

Michelle Thomson: Absolutely. We can probably all agree that we should look to do better on that. Productivity has been discussed at length. A solution to the so-called productivity puzzle remains as elusive as ever. We know that the component parts are complex. Not only does the UK perform badly when compared with the G7, but it does even worse when compared with what I call the M8—the top performing...

UK Musicians Performing Overseas — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (25 Nov 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I declare an interest as a former professional musician. I graduated from what was the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. My studies there were the most fantastic start in life—an immersion in the world of music, studying the technical elements and history, and of course working on, living, sleeping and breathing that interest along...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Fees and Charges (25 Nov 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what purposes her Department used the income it raised from visa applications in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Fees and Charges (24 Nov 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average amount people spent on visa applications before being granted entry to the UK in the last year for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Fees and Charges (24 Nov 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department no longer publishes accounts of the revenue stream from visa services previously published by the UK Border Agency.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Fees and Charges (23 Nov 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue her Department has raised from each category of visa in each of the last three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Onshore Wind Power: Planning (4 Nov 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The provision of an extra runway for either Gatwick or Heathrow is likely to require related infrastructure improvements, to be met from the public purse. Given that the money spent will include a population share of the financial consideration from Scottish taxpayers, will it be taxation without representation or can the Secretary of State guarantee that Scottish MPs will have a vote on an...

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Steel Industry (28 Oct 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Do not people in lower income groups tend, in general terms, to spend money in their local communities, and will the cuts not therefore remove potential investment and growth from those communities?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 8 - Annual investment allowance (17 Sep 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Much of what I say will be in support of the comments made by the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South. The Scottish National party also considers the allowance a vital investment tool, particularly for small businesses. The fact that it can be claimed during a year of investment rather than over a number of years is particularly beneficial for encouraging investment and therefore...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 8 - Annual investment allowance (17 Sep 2015)

Michelle Thomson: In that case, I would be interested to understand why it is not set at £500,000. Surely, if it was, businesses would be doubly delighted. What is the economic thinking behind not making it permanent at that level?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: EU Membership: Business (15 Sep 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Firms such as Nestlé and automotive companies such as Hyundai and Ford have indicated that a Brit exit could result in their scaling back. The UK automotive industry employs more than 700,000 people and accounts for 3% of GDP, according to KPMG. Does the Secretary of State really believe that it is worth risking foreign investment in the UK to solve an ideological battle within the Tory party?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships (15 Sep 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I am delighted that the Secretary of State has learned the value of apprenticeships from Scotland. Our Parliament has created 25,000 places each year during its lifetime. It has now exceeded its target and brought the number up to 35,000 annually. Moreover, every apprentice in Scotland is guaranteed a job once their training is completed. As part of the plans to impose an employer levy, has...

Bill Presented — Devolution (London) Bill: Clause 43 — Insurance premium tax: standard rate (8 Sep 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I will do something that feels slightly unusual and address my brief remarks to clause 43. We know that there is a planned increase from 6% to 9.5%—an increase of 58%—but let us not forget that that also applies to administration costs. Throughout the debate, the figures have been evaluated and we have realised that the increase to house contents cover will affect about 20 million people....

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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