All 16 results for speaker:Ross Thomson in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Ross Thomson: The Minister mentioned income taxes. He is right that the First Minister, in conversation on her programme for government, not only mentioned increased taxes but spoke about her “cast-iron mandate” for independence. Yet she never once mentioned tax increases in her manifestos in 2016 or for the 2017 snap general election. If she is to talk about mandates, there is no mandate for...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Ross Thomson: The SNP has been in power for a decade now and throughout its time in office, the approach to dealing with any issue has been that control from Edinburgh is inherently better. The SNP Administration under Nicola Sturgeon have been characterised by illiberal reforms such as the named person scheme, where the Government did not trust parents to the extent that they wanted to assign a state...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Daesh (17 Oct 2017)

Ross Thomson: What diplomatic steps his Department is taking to assist the international campaign to bring Daesh to justice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Daesh (17 Oct 2017)

Ross Thomson: I thank the Minister for his answer. Will he confirm what discussions he has had with key partners in the region with regard to the reconstruction and stabilisation of the area for the long term in a post-Daesh world?

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Ross Thomson: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Ross Thomson: Following our successful Offshore Europe exhibition last week in Aberdeen, can the Prime Minister assure me and my constituents that support for the oil and gas industry will be at the heart of the industrial strategy so that we can maximise economic recovery in the North sea? Does she agree that the biggest threat to the industry would be the instability of a second, divisive independence...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Ross Thomson: The hon. Lady says that we have to protect the income of hard-working households, yet although the First Minister had made a promise not to increase basic rate income tax, she now, in her programme for government, talks about increasing it, which will hurt the very people whom the hon. Lady is talking about protecting.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Ross Thomson: Let us cut through the political smoke and mirrors that we have heard in this debate and be clear about what the Bill actually sets out to do. On the day the UK leaves the EU, we need to be ready and prepared to take back control of all the laws and regulations that for the last 40 years have been entirely controlled by Brussels. This Bill enables us to carry out the express will of the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Ross Thomson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Ross Thomson: The Minister talks about knife crime being exported out of London and other cities; it plagues the whole of the United Kingdom. Education, justice and health are devolved matters in Scotland, but will she commit to engaging with the Scottish Government to look at how we could adopt a consistent approach to dealing with this issue across the United Kingdom?

Knife Crime (6 Sep 2017)

Ross Thomson: I congratulate the hon. Lady on bringing this important debate to the Chamber. Sadly, a young boy in my constituency lost his life while at school because another pupil had taken a knife with him. Every parent should be able to send their child to school in the knowledge that they will be safe there. Does the hon. Lady agree that there is some merit in looking at teachers’ powers and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Agreement with the DUP: Funding for Scotland (19 Jul 2017)

Ross Thomson: Will my right hon. Friend update the House on the benefits to the north-east of Scotland brought about by the UK Government’s Aberdeen city region deal? Does he share my concern at the dither and delay of the SNP Government in improving the rail journey times between Aberdeen and the central belt, which may take until the 2020s? We need urgency from the Scottish Government.

Jobcentre Plus: Closures (6 Jul 2017)

Ross Thomson: In Aberdeen, Greyfriars House will close and staff will move to the front-facing jobcentre at Ebury House. Can the Secretary of State reassure my constituents that the level and quality of service and support they receive will not diminish following the decision, and what improvements can they expect to see in the level of service?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Israel and Palestinian Talks (5 Jul 2017)

Ross Thomson: I draw Members’ attention to my entry in the register for a trip to Israel and the west bank last year. The Balfour declaration of 1917 is one of the most significant and important letters in history. When incorporated into the Mandate of Palestine in 1922, the historical connection between the Jewish people and Palestine was recognised, and it has demonstrated the UK’s crucial...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Ross Thomson: Is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury aware that the Scottish Government set pay for 485,000 public sector workers, which is close to 90% of all public sector workers in Scotland? Does she agree with the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 10 May in the Scottish Parliament, when the Scottish Government voted against a pay increase for NHS staff, that “we believe...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Ross Thomson: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) and thank her for her contribution. I have had the great privilege of representing the city of Aberdeen, its communities and its people over the past five years—first as a councillor and then as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the North East Region. I am truly humbled and honoured that the people of...


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