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The Economy (24 Oct 2019)

Ross Thomson: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell). The Government’s Queen’s Speech sets out a bold and ambitious domestic agenda, focusing on the priorities of the people: sorting Brexit, investing in public services, tackling crime, boosting productivity and attracting investment. The Government are committed to creating new jobs and helping...

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Ross Thomson: I recently visited the ARCHIE Foundation at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. It does amazing work to help my constituents and parents who are going through difficult and distressing times by offering emotional support, accommodation and other facilities. Will my right hon. Friend agree to a debate on what more we can do to support amazing charities such as the ARCHIE Foundation?

International Trade: Freeports (17 Oct 2019)

Ross Thomson: What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the economic merits of freeports.

International Trade: Freeports (17 Oct 2019)

Ross Thomson: Given Aberdeen’s new harbour expansion, which is supported in part by UK Government investment, and a growing cluster of subsea businesses near Aberdeen International airport, does my hon. Friend agree that freeport status for Aberdeen could help to turbocharge the engine room of the Scottish economy?

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Ross Thomson: I warmly welcome my good friend to the Dispatch Box—he is doing a great job—and if he wants to visit Aberdeen on his way up to Moray, he will be more than welcome. Can he give a commitment that in future trade talks with the US his Department will prioritise the export market for the great iconic Scottish whisky industry, and does he agree that as we leave the EU we have the opportunity...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Ross Thomson: I agree with what my hon. Friend is saying. As he says, following the referendum, the division—particularly in terms of language—is still there. It is unhelpful when people who serve in government, such as Mike Russell, describe the 13 Scottish Conservative MPs as traitors by referring to the Ragman Rolls. This is the nationalist perspective in Scotland now. It is yet another example of...

Girls’ Education: Business of the House (5 Sep 2019)

Ross Thomson: During the summer recess, I met the wonderful international volunteers at Simeon Care in my constituency. May we have a debate that would celebrate and recognise the important role of international volunteers in our communities, so that charities such as Simeon can flourish?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Strength of the Union (4 Sep 2019)

Ross Thomson: What steps the Government are taking to strengthen the Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Strength of the Union (4 Sep 2019)

Ross Thomson: Does my hon. Friend agree that all four nations of our United Kingdom benefit from the close bonds of our Union and that, as we leave the EU with powers returning from Brussels, we can strengthen those bonds even further?

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (4 Sep 2019)

Ross Thomson: I know that, like me, my right hon. Friend has deep concerns about the unfair retrospective loan charge. It is tearing families apart, driving people to despair and reportedly some to suicide. With more than 8.000 people signing my petition saying that we cannot go on like this, can he advise the House on what urgent action his Government will be taking to address this?

G7 Summit (3 Sep 2019)

Ross Thomson: Canada is in the Commonwealth, and is a close friend, ally and defence to trade. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on the nature of his discussions with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Biarritz?

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: I know that my right hon. Friend, from his head to his toes, is a committed and passionate Unionist. Does he therefore agree that, as we leave the European Union on 31 October as one UK, and as powers come back to this country from Brussels, we can strengthen the bonds of our four nations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: A year ago, Lewis Pugh was completing his long swim along the length of the English channel, from Land’s End to Dover. That incredible feat highlighted the need for full protection of our seas. What plans does the Minister have to expand the number of areas of UK waters under full marine protection?

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: *No heading* (25 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: What steps he is taking to tackle marine pollution.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Drug Consumption Room (Glasgow) (24 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: Scotland’s drug death rate is three times higher than in the rest of the UK. Does my right hon. Friend therefore agree that in addition to UK-wide action, the Scottish Government should be using their substantial powers over healthcare, education, housing and criminal justice to tackle this?

Persecution of Christians Overseas (18 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: I congratulate the Members who helped secure today’s debate on this very important matter. The persecution of Christians around the globe is felt by many both within and outwith the Church, in my constituency and further afield. Leaving Christians overseas vulnerable to persecution would be a gross abdication of the global responsibilities that this country has worked ceaselessly to uphold...

Business of the House (18 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: On Tuesday, we learned that drug-related deaths in Scotland have reached their highest level on record—three times higher than the rest of the UK and the highest in the developed world. After 10 years in government, that is a shameful stain on the SNP’s record. This needless loss of life is a national emergency, so will the Leader of the House agree to hold an urgent debate in Government time?

20 Years of Devolution (11 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cardiff North (Anna McMorrin), and I want to add my thanks to the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) for securing today’s really important debate, in which we can celebrate 20 years of devolution. In 2016, I was elected to the Scottish Parliament. It was a privilege to serve in Holyrood, and it is also a huge privilege...

20 Years of Devolution (11 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and there is not much more that I can say, because I wholeheartedly agree with him that there is far more scope for us to work together, to collaborate and share—for example, by sharing best practice and sharing policy that has been a success. Just because it has happened elsewhere in the United Kingdom does not mean that we should not do the...

20 Years of Devolution (11 Jul 2019)

Ross Thomson: I thank the hon. Lady. There is a lot of merit in what she has suggested; it would be a constructive way to resolve disputes. As has been said, devolution is not the end of the road; it is a process, not just an event. I wish to say as part of my contribution today that we often, even in this place, view devolved issues in a very binary way—either a matter is entirely reserved, so it is...


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