Debates between John Bercow and Ross Thomson

There have been 8 exchanges between John Bercow and Ross Thomson

1 Wed 4th September 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (49 words)
2 Thu 18th July 2019 Business of the House 2 interactions (112 words)
3 Wed 4th July 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for International Development
2 interactions (29 words)
4 Tue 26th June 2018 Points of Order 3 interactions (311 words)
5 Wed 20th June 2018 NATO
Ministry of Defence
5 interactions (503 words)
6 Tue 16th January 2018 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
Attorney General
2 interactions (199 words)
7 Thu 16th November 2017 Prayers 5 interactions (177 words)
8 Thu 6th July 2017 Jobcentre Plus: Closures
Department for Work and Pensions
2 interactions (82 words)

Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Wednesday 4th September 2019

(5 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
Mr Speaker Hansard

Order. I appeal to the House to calm down. There are a very large number of noisy private conversations taking place, which, at the very least, is rather discourteous to and disrespectful of the people of Wales.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard

9. What steps the Government are taking to strengthen the Union. [912232]

Business of the House
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Thursday 18th July 2019

(7 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jul 2019, 11:13 a.m.

Unless I am misinformed, I think that was the hon. Lady’s first intervention in the Chamber. I congratulate her on it and express the hope that we will hear a lot more from her in the days, weeks and months to come.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jul 2019, 11:13 a.m.

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?

Oral Answers to Questions
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Wednesday 4th July 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for International Development
Mr Speaker Hansard

Order. I will take Questions 7 and 9, but there will be no time for supplementaries.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard

7. What steps she is taking to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. [906245]

Points of Order
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Tuesday 26th June 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Speaker Hansard

I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for her point of order. The short answer is that I have received no indication of any plan on the part of a Minister to deliver an oral statement to the House on the subject. However, she has flagged up her very real concern and dissatisfaction, which will have been heard on the Treasury Bench. There are many days to go between now and the summer recess and it is a matter to which, I suspect, she will wish to return, quite conceivably, on the Floor of the House.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard
26 Jun 2018, 11:30 a.m.

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 spectacular political flip-flop, as it backed Heathrow expansion but then abstained when it came to the vote. I would be very grateful if you could look into this issue to see whether we can define flip-flopping in the Standing Orders.

Mr Speaker Hansard
26 Jun 2018, 11:30 a.m.

No looking into the matter by the Chair is required. I will not say that the visage of the hon. Gentleman displays a puckish grin. Rather, I would say that he is finding it difficult to contain his own excitement and hilarity at the point that he has just made. The notion of flip-flopping, as the hon. Gentleman describes it, has never found its way into the Standing Orders of the House, and I would not advise him to bet a large sum of money on the likelihood of it doing so. He has made his own point with his customary alacrity and he looks well pleased with his efforts.

NATO
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Wednesday 20th June 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Defence
Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard

rose—

Mr Speaker Hansard

Order. Because the hon. Lady was on the list, I will call Carol Monaghan next, but I hope the hon. Gentleman will be accommodated.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Jun 2018, 6:40 p.m.

If the hon. Member for Aberdeen South (Ross Thomson) could confine himself to four minutes or less, that would be appreciated by the House. I call Ross Thomson.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard
20 Jun 2018, 6:40 p.m.

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 defence is situated at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. NATO, however, is more than just a military organisation. It is also a political organisation that seeks to promote democratic values. It is a vehicle for promoting democracy, individual rights, freedom and the rule of law.

In 2006, NATO members agreed to commit a minimum of 2% of their GDP to spending on defence, to demonstrate political will towards collective defence and to ensure that each member’s defence capacity is reflective of NATO’s overall military capability. In 2014, members signed up to the defence investment pledge, calling on all members not already meeting the 2% spending guideline to stop their cuts to defence budgets and move to 2% within a decade. Frustratingly, far too few NATO member states make significant contributions to the hardware of NATO. Six of the G7 which are in NATO do not do that. The United States spends more on defence than the other 28 members put together. Only four NATO allies spend 2% of their economic output on defence, including the United Kingdom. It is incredible that the richest country in Europe, Germany, spends only 1.2% of its GDP on defence. Understandably, Angela Merkel’s offer to raise that to 1.5% is seen by Washington as insultingly low. It is reasonable for the US to expect its European partners in NATO to contribute more, which is why successive US Presidents have been losing their patience.

There is a new global reality in security and NATO needs to adapt its capabilities to deal with threats. NATO now recognises that cyber-attacks are possible grounds for invoking article 5, meaning that weak national cyber-defences are a potential invitation to a wider conflict. Member states therefore need to build up their own strength and resilience on this front. It is important that we seek a common minimum standard of hybrid defence spending, as it is so varied across Europe.

NATO, not the EU, has been the foundation of Europe’s security. NATO is a source of hope and a safeguard of democracy and freedom. That is why it is vital for the UK to remain a proud contributor to NATO and to take a leadership role to renew NATO to meet the security challenges of today’s global reality, so that we can preserve peace and global freedom.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Tuesday 16th January 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Attorney General
Mr Speaker Hansard

I have done no such thing. I have been a very good boy!

Ross Thomson Hansard

I was not talking about the questions asked but about the answer given. That is the broken record. The First Minister has always had the opportunity to accept the result of 2014. She never has and she never will. That is why independence transcends everything else for the SNP. It does not speak in the national interest, but only ever in the nationalist interest.

To conclude, powers will come back from Europe and will be exercised directly in Scotland by the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government Ministers. I know that the Scottish Government do not have a great track record when it comes to managing things in Scotland, so I understand their trepidation about any other powers going to the First Minister. That is no doubt why they want to keep all those powers in Brussels.

At least those of us on the Government side actually want devolution—not the kind of crazy centralisation that we have seen from the SNP. That is the hallmark of its Government and of the party here. That is why on this side we will stand up for Scotland and deliver for Scotland.

Prayers
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Thursday 16th November 2017

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Speaker Hansard

On today’s Order Paper it is noted that on 18 November 1917, Captain The Hon. Neil James Archibald Primrose, PC, MC, Royal Bucks Hussars, Member for Wisbech, died from wounds received in action at the Third Battle of Gaza, Palestine. We remember him today.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard

1. What recent progress her Department has made on reaching the Government’s superfast broadband target for the end of 2017. [901877]

Break in Debate

Mr Speaker Hansard
16 Nov 2017, 10:40 a.m.

I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that Her Majesty has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts:

Finance (No. 2) Act 2017

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Act 2017

Northern Ireland Budget Act 2017

New Southgate Cemetery Act 2017.

I am sure that the Northern Ireland Budget Act 2017 will be of great interest in particular to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), when he has concluded his intense and, I am sure, extremely urgent conversation with the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane).

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard

1. What recent progress her Department has made on reaching the Government’s superfast broadband target for the end of 2017. [901877]

Jobcentre Plus: Closures
Debate between John Bercow and Ross Thomson
Thursday 6th July 2017

(2 years, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Work and Pensions
Mr Speaker Hansard
6 Jul 2017, 11:51 a.m.

We are always grateful to you, Mr Docherty-Hughes, for your observations from a sedentary position. No doubt we will be hearing more of them in due course.

Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South) (Con) Hansard
6 Jul 2017, 11:51 a.m.

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?