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Richard Thomson

Scottish National Party - Gordon

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

(since February 2021)

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

(since February 2021)

Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Treasury - Financial Secretary)

(since February 2021)
4 APPG memberships (as of 21 Apr 2021)
Cleaning and Hygiene, Hydrogen, Management, Pensions
1 Former APPG membership
State Pension Inequality for Women
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business and Industry)
7th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2021


Oral Question
Monday 17th May 2021
15:15
Department for Work and Pensions
Topical Question No. 12
If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
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Oral Question
Wednesday 19th May 2021
11:30
Wales Office
Oral Question No. 30
what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the adequacy of the fiscal settlement
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Department Event
Wednesday 19th May 2021
11:30
Wales Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 May 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Wales
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Department Event
Wednesday 16th June 2021
11:30
Northern Ireland Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
16 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Northern Ireland
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Department Event
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
11:30
HM Treasury
Oral questions - Main Chamber
22 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Wednesday 30th June 2021
11:30
Wales Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
30 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
National Security and Investment Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 44 Scottish National Party No votes vs 0 Scottish National Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 358 Noes - 269
Speeches
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Business of the House

I have noticed that whenever my colleagues from the SNP have a question for the Prime Minister, regardless of the …

Written Answers
Thursday 1st April 2021
Dementia: Prescription Drugs
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the change in …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 15th December 2020
Oil and Gas UK Awards
That this House congratulates the winners and finalists of the OGUK Awards, which brings the offshore oil and gas industry …
Bills
Wednesday 10th March 2021
Electrical Safety (Online Sales) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to apply electrical safety regulations to goods advertised for sale on online marketplaces; to require online marketplaces to …
Tweets
Sunday 9th May 2021
10:21
MP Financial Interests
Monday 11th May 2020
1. Employment and earnings
Until 24 April 2020, I received £1,910.92 a month from Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Westburn Rd, Aberdeen AB16 5GB, for …
EDM signed
Tuesday 11th May 2021
Fire and rehire tactics
That this House observes the widespread and growing use of fire and rehire tactics by employers over recent months; condemns …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Richard Thomson has voted in 210 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(11 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(10 debate interactions)
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(24 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(23 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(13 debate contributions)
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Gordon Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.


Latest EDMs signed by Richard Thomson

11th May 2021
Richard Thomson signed this EDM on Tuesday 11th May 2021

Fire and rehire tactics

Tabled by: Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
That this House observes the widespread and growing use of fire and rehire tactics by employers over recent months; condemns the actions of a number of companies in threatening staff with termination if reductions to wages and conditions are not agreed to; notes the widespread legal prohibition on such employment …
45 signatures
(Most recent: 12 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 41
Labour: 1
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alliance: 1
12th April 2021
Richard Thomson signed this EDM on Monday 26th April 2021

Military trial, detention and treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities

Tabled by: Tommy Sheppard (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh East)
That this House notes with concern that Israeli forces continue to arrest, detain and try several hundred Palestinian children in the Israeli military court and detention system each year despite evidence that that process is rife with international law violations; further notes that Israel is the only country in the …
51 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 21
Scottish National Party: 19
Liberal Democrat: 5
Alba Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Richard Thomson, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Richard Thomson has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Richard Thomson has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Richard Thomson


A Bill to apply electrical safety regulations to goods advertised for sale on online marketplaces; to require online marketplaces to remove electrical products from their websites within 24 hours of them being reported as unsafe; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 10th March 2021

Richard Thomson has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


18 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 27 February 2020, Official Report, column 467, what (a) vetting and (b) authorisation is required for people employed on a contractor basis as a special adviser.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQs 18593, 18594, 18595, 18596, 18597 on 2 March 2020.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
3rd Mar 2020
What recent assessment he has made of public attitudes towards nuclear energy.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy tests public attitudes towards nuclear energy, and a wide range of other BEIS issues, through our Public Attitude Tracker.

Questions on nuclear energy were asked in Wave 29, in March 2019.

This demonstrated that 35% of the public supported nuclear energy, 23% opposed nuclear energy and 38% neither supported nor opposed nuclear energy.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Nov 2020
What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that there are no barriers to creative professionals from the EU working in the UK after the transition period.

We recognise the importance of access to talent for creative and cultural sectors and regularly engage with industry representatives on changes which affect creative professionals from the EU working in the UK after the transition period.

We will ensure our economy is ready to attract the best and brightest from around the world as we introduce our new points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of extending the duration of the graduate work visa.

Extensive engagement has taken place across the government, both at a ministerial level and official level, throughout the development of the future immigration system, including on the new graduate and student routes and other points-based routes.

The graduate route, launching in summer 2021, represents our continued commitment to support the UK’s education sector and our strong desire to make a truly world-leading offer to international students, allowing new graduates the opportunity to remain in the UK to work or to look for work after their studies. This is already a substantial improvement on the UK’s previous post-study work offer of 4 months (6 months under the limited pilot programme). Since we had originally announced the details of the graduate route last September, the government announced a further change, extending the post-study work period to 3 years for PhD graduates.

We believe that 2 years (3 years for PhD graduates) is a fair and generous amount of time to allow international graduates to have unrestricted access to the UK labour market, enabling them to gain valuable work experience and to kick-start their careers. We also believe this will help to ensure that the UK continues to be an attractive destination for international students. We will of course keep the operation of the graduate route under review once it has been implemented.

At the end of their leave as a graduate, international students who wish to stay and work in the UK for longer will also be eligible to switch into employment immigration routes. We are reviewing and simplifying the employment routes as part of the government’s work on the future borders and immigration system to ensure that they meet the UK’s needs.

The government also recently published and updated bespoke guidance for students impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, setting out important flexibilities at this time. This includes confirming that those studying by distance/blended learning will be eligible to apply for the graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet other requirements of the route.

We now have a world-class student visa offer befitting our world-class higher education sector, which will only improve once the student route is operational later this year and student visa processes are further streamlined.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
7th Sep 2020
What recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on visas and immigration rules for international students studying in the UK after the transition period.

My department engages across Government and with the Devolved Administrations on a regular basis, including through a programme of meetings which was introduced to discuss the future immigration system after the publication of the Immigration White Paper in December 2018.

EU students in the UK on, or prior to, 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – the deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

From October 2020, all students (EU and non-EU) will be able to apply for a visa via the Student and Child Student routes, which will build on the current Tier 4 visa system. When the Student route opens there will be a number of improvements which will further streamline the immigration process. This will include extending the visa application window for prospective students to six months and allowing international students to apply for further leave as a Student or switch into other routes from inside the UK (in-country switching). Changes to the new Student route have been developed via extensive engagement with the sector and have been based upon the Law Commission’s report on the simplification of the Immigration Rules.

In addition, Government announced that PhD graduates will benefit from three years of leave in the UK under the new Graduate route when it is introduced in Summer 2021. International students graduating with undergraduate or master’s degrees will be able to stay in the UK to work, or look for work, for two years after graduation. This will continue to improve the UK’s globally competitive offer to international students.

Government has published, and updated, bespoke guidance for students setting out important flexibilities at this time. These have included enabling international students to complete distance/blended learning for the upcoming academic year, provided students’ sponsors intend to transition to face-to-face learning as soon as circumstances allow, and confirming that those studying by distance/blended learning will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet other requirements of the route.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to reply the correspondence dated 8 September 2020, 30 October 2020 and 10 December 2020 from Stewart Stevenson MSP, regarding development of a contingency sheep compensation scheme.

I apologise for the delay in responding. A reply has been prepared and will be issued very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Jan 2021
What steps his Department is taking to reduce disruption to cross-border travel as a result of the end of the transition period.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement will allow for smooth travel to and from the EU, Covid-19 restrictions allowing.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the change in the number of people with dementia who have been prescribed anti-psychotics during the covid-19 outbreak.

NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to monitor the monthly data published by NHS Digital on the prescribing of anti-psychotic medication for people diagnosed with dementia. They continue to have regular conversations with regional clinical network leads and local services to understand the patterns in prescribing and potential reasons for trends being seen.

The data is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/recorded-dementia-diagnoses

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of care home (a) staff and (b) residents have received a (i) first dose and (ii) second dose of a covid-19 vaccination to date.

The information requested is available at the following link:

www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of care home (a) residents and (b) staff have been offered each covid-19 dose to date; and how many have refused that vaccine.

The top four priority groups including those aged 70 years old and over, care home residents and staff, have now all been offered the vaccine.

Information regarding the number of people who refuse a vaccine is not collected and data on vaccination invitations issued is not centrally held.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to put in place a compensation framework for people who have received contaminated blood and for their families.

The Government remains committed to considering a framework for compensation, as well as actions to address disparities in financial and non-financial support for people infected and affected by contaminated blood across the United Kingdom.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Chinese Government on upholding religious freedoms in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of that country.

On 30 June, the UK read out a statement on behalf of 27 countries at the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council highlighting concerns about human rights violations in Xinjiang and urging China to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights meaningful access to the region. On 9 March, the Foreign Secretary raised the same concerns with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of how duty free in arrival stores will benefit the UK’s travel industry.

Duty-free on arrival did not form part of the Government's consultation on the potential approach to duty-free and tax-free goods arising from the UK’s new relationship with the EU, which took place in the Spring of 2020. The Government nonetheless acknowledged in the summary of responses to the consultation that some stakeholders had requested the introduction of duty-free on arrival. This set out that duty-free on arrival was not a scheme that the Government previously offered and was therefore not considering implementing the scheme at that time.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking in relation to (a) people and (b) companies that promoted payroll loan schemes.

The Government and HMRC are determined to continue to tackle promoters of tax avoidance schemes. This includes challenging the entities and individuals who promote disguised remuneration loan schemes.

On 19 March 2020, HMRC published their strategy for tackling promoters of tax avoidance schemes. The strategy sets out HMRC’s work to date and outlines how HMRC will continue to take robust action against promoters of tax avoidance. The Promoter Strategy is available on GOV.UK.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he plans to give to people who experienced mis-selling of schemes that are now subject to the Loan Charge.

While the Government sympathises with anyone who believes they were misled into using a disguised remuneration (DR) scheme, it is an individual’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their tax return and to understand the consequences of their decisions. It remains right that the Government takes action to tackle tax avoidance, which is unfair to the vast majority of taxpayers who pay the correct tax.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have been clear on their commitment to support all taxpayers who may need help to pay their Loan Charge liabilities. Where a taxpayer cannot afford to pay in full on time, HMRC will seek to agree payment by instalments with them. The payment plan agreed will be based on what the taxpayer can afford and there is no upper limit over how long HMRC can potentially spread payments.

HMRC have published settlement terms for taxpayers subject to the Loan Charge. These settlement terms are available on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disguised-remuneration-settlement-terms-2020/disguised-remuneration-settlement-terms-2020.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many contractors worked for HMRC while using disguised remuneration schemes.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are aware of 15 contractors who have used disguised remuneration (DR) schemes while engaged either by the department or by Revenue & Customs Digital Technology Services (RCDTS). In each of the cases, the contractors were engaged via an agency or a company providing a service.

HMRC do not engage in, or enter into, disguised remuneration schemes. It is possible for a contractor providing services to HMRC to use a disguised remuneration scheme without the department’s knowledge or participation. Where HMRC become aware of a contractor who is using a disguised remuneration scheme, they take robust compliance action, including the immediate termination of the engagement. Any contractor identified in the course of HMRC’s compliance work as a scheme user would be investigated in the same way as any other contractor.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of people in settlement discussions with HMRC on the Loan Charge have to date reached settlement.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are assuring disguised remuneration settlement data received to date. This includes data on those taxpayers who were unable to meet the 30 September settlement deadline for reasons beyond their control who are continuing settlement discussions.

Information on settlements will be included in HMRC’s report to Parliament on the implementation of the independent Loan Charge Review, due before the end of the year.

At the time of the independent review of the Loan Charge, about 12,000 employers and individuals still had the opportunity to keep clear of the Loan Charge by concluding settlement, having provided all the relevant information to HMRC by 5 April 2019. Indications are that as at 2 October about 60 per cent of these have either settled, informed HMRC that they had instead decided to report and pay the Loan Charge, or have been taken out of scope of the Loan Charge following the Government’s changes in response to the independent review.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)