Results 1–20 of 217 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'

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar (4 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: Strong concerns have been expressed this afternoon, and I join those calls for the demolitions to be halted. Israel has provided welfare for the rapidly growing Bedouin communities and proposed solutions to improve their quality of life. Does the Minister recognise that Israel is trying to work with those communities to resolve this undeniably sensitive situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh (4 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: What steps she is taking to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh (4 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: Save the Children reports that just over 70% of school-age Rohingya children in Bangladesh are currently out of school. Will the Department help to lead a significant scale-up of education programming in the refugee camps?

Uncontrolled Shark Fishing in the Atlantic — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: I beg to move, That this House has considered uncontrolled shark fishing in the Atlantic high seas. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. When I secured this debate, it raised a few eyebrows. Colleagues asked why I had chosen this issue. I might already have a bit of a reputation in this place for campaigning on things that are cute and cuddly, such as...

Uncontrolled Shark Fishing in the Atlantic — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I wholeheartedly agree. Sharks are not just vulnerable; as I have tried to articulate, they face an existential threat. From the movies we watch, the programmes we see and popular culture, we have a misplaced fear of sharks, but it has been clear over the decades that sharks have more to fear from us than we do from them. It is the...

Uncontrolled Shark Fishing in the Atlantic — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that important intervention. I am hugely jealous of his having been able to swim with sharks off the coast of Cornwall—it is still on my bucket list to go cage diving with a great white. I know that many campaigners, including the Shark Trust, have been actively trying to engage with the European Union, often to no avail. He is right that when we take...

Pets (Theft) (3 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to make the theft of pets an offence; to apply certain post-conviction powers under those Acts to such an offence; and for connected purposes. Yesterday, I joined many hon. Members from across the House to support the petition, signed by over 100,000...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: It really is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Sharma. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill), as well as to the Petitions Committee, for taking this issue forward. I also pay a heartfelt tribute to Dr Daniel Allen, who started this petition and who is in the Gallery today, and to all those campaigners who have worked so tirelessly to move...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Ross Thomson: I could not agree with the hon. Lady more. We have a real emotional connection to our pets, just as we have that emotional connection to members of the family. When we lose family members, we grieve; when we lose our pets, we grieve in the same way, and it should be treated in the same way. As it stands, our law does not take true account of the real value of our pets. As the law stands, our...

Business of the House (28 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: In my constituency and across the wider NHS Grampian area, there has been a surge in deaths over the past year linked to the use of the drug alprazolam, a tranquiliser that is commonly marketed under the brand name of Xanax. The drug is not available on the NHS, but an investigation by my local newspaper, the Evening Express, showed that the drug can be obtained within minutes online. The...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: You mentioned the lack of free-market forces. Do you agree with your shadow Chancellor when he says that he wants to overthrow capitalism and bring down Britain’s system of free enterprise? That would mean fewer jobs, less money for public services and untold damage to the Scottish economy. Do you agree with his position?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Points of Order (26 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your guidance on a matter of procedure. Is there any provision in the Standing Orders of this House that defines the notion or action of flip-flopping? If not, could “Erskine May” be updated to include this, because it happens increasingly frequently in this House? Yesterday, within 24 hours, the Scottish National party orchestrated the most...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: NATO was born during the cold war when signatories to the treaty were united by their fear of Soviet aggression, which had been exacerbated by the Berlin blockade. They sought to deter that aggression by working in partnership with America, which protected them through the possession of an atomic bomb. Under article 5, an attack against one was an attack against all, which is why collective...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

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NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: Before I get on to my speech, I want to say that the language used in this debate about Scotland versus the Tories and our being anti-Scottish does not help to heal the divisions that we have in Scotland. It is because of that kind of rhetoric that my office regularly gets targeted by vandals. Only a couple of weeks ago, someone who is not a constituent of mine was arrested for intimidating...

Medicinal Cannabis: Upskirting (18 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: I am delighted to welcome Gina and Ryan as guests today in the Gallery. Does the Minister agree that the upskirting campaign led by the extraordinary Gina Martin, supported by her lawyer and fellow Aberdonian Ryan Whelan, is worthy of the praise of this House? We owe Gina so much for her courage in raising this issue and fighting for change. That should be put on the record, because we need...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: I should just like to point out that I do not need a script; I make my own notes. My right hon. Friend said in his statement that the Sewel convention stated that this Parliament would not normally legislate in devolved areas without the consent of the Scottish Parliament. However, Mike Russell, Scotland’s own Brexit Minister, stated that these were not normal times, when he introduced...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Continuation of North-South co-operation and the prevention of new border arrangements (12 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: At a time when President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the most difficult of partners, can show that an agreement can be reached, is it not telling that the only person who cannot reach an agreement is Nicola Sturgeon, because all the SNP cares about is grievance and independence?

Hezbollah’s Rocket Arsenal: Southern Lebanon — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: Just before my right hon. Friend moves on to that important part of his remarks, would he not accept that the UK Government should judge Hezbollah by the totality of its actions in terms of criminality, drugs smuggling, terrorism and militant activities? By proscribing Hezbollah, we would send the strongest possible message that the UK abhors terrorism in all its forms.

Hezbollah’s Rocket Arsenal: Southern Lebanon — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Ross Thomson: Does my hon. Friend agree that support for terrorist proxies, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, poses a serious threat to Israel and its borders? Does he also agree that a massive failing in the Iran nuclear deal was the immediate lifting of sanctions, which allowed Iran to plough millions into proxies such as Hezbollah and Hamas?


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