Results 161–180 of 187 for speaker:Michelle Thomson

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.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Apprentices: Taxation (22 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of level of revenue that will be raised from the new apprenticeship levy; and what additional funding he plans will be available for apprenticeships in England.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Apprentices: Scotland (22 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make available to the Scottish Government additional resources as a result of plans to increase funding for apprenticeships in England.

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Does my hon. Friend agree with concerns expressed by the British Insurance Brokers Association, which stated that the rise in IPT is actually a tax on protection and will affect behaviour by limiting people from taking on that protection? It also states that that will affect young people disproportionately, and it is regressive in that it disproportionately affects families in lower socio-...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I beg to move an amendment, after “importation”, insert “other than in relation to Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service”. The amendment stands in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee East (Stewart Hosie). On this final day of the Budget debate, we have heard a great deal about debt and deficit, the Budget itself, and the recently released productivity...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and I thank the House of Commons Library for some excellent work on GDP per capita and GDP per hours worked, including in relation to Ireland. I shall come on to that. Where the UK stands in relation to Germany, France, Italy, the USA, Canada and so on provides some useful benchmarks for relative economic performance. The fact that the UK lags...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: We know that at its heart the sell-off of RBS is an attempt to balance the books, but the issue that I pointed out earlier is that banks such as RBS are still not lending enough to small businesses. That is vital. I referred to challenger banks. I come from a business background and speak to many people. That is what I hear from them about what they consider to be a critical issue. For us,...

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 46 — Gaelic Media Service (6 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The SNP has 95% of MPs.

Business of the House: English Votes on English Laws (2 Jul 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The Leader of the House said: “and they will give the decisive vote on tax measures”. For me, that is the nub of it. We have heard much talk today of huge new powers for the Scottish Parliament. Let us look at the facts: 70% of tax decisions and 84% of welfare decisions will remain in this House. That amounts to patsy powers. That is why we have such a contingent of Scottish National...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Productivity (30 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: Given that we are five years into the long-term economic plan and regrettably our productivity is 17% lower than the average among G7 economies, with growth in the EU 5% over the same period, why does the Minister believe that productivity will rise during the lifetime of this Parliament, since it fell during the last Parliament?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Productivity (30 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: The Scottish Government, of course, are focused on growing our economy, using our four Is—innovation, internationalisation, investment and inclusion. Will the Minister support the Scottish National party call for a change to remove the sudden decrease in the investment allowance from £500,000 down to £25,000 from 1 January 2016 to help continue our success?

Business of the House (18 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: If the Leader of the House is unwilling or unable to confirm how many versions of the Chilcot report he has seen, can he definitively confirm that the Government have seen some? A simple yes or no would suffice.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I commend the Chief Secretary on his speech. He has clearly been reading the SNP manifesto, given his comments on female participation in the workplace and the gravitational pull of London. I hope that he enjoyed reading it. Productivity in the UK is indeed low, and it has shrunk by 0.7% over the past seven years. It is now 17% lower than the average in the G7 economies, and that has had an...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 Jun 2015)

Michelle Thomson: I am going to address that point. The much-vaunted recent growth has brought us back only to a certain point. When judged against nations smaller in population size—those with between 3 million and 10 million people—the sluggishness of UK plc is laid bare for all to see. Sweden’s productivity is 18% higher than that of the UK; Denmark’s is 26% higher and Norway’s an incredible 77%...


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