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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Tom Arthur

Scottish National Party

MSP for Renfrewshire South (Constituency) 2016 - present day

About Tom Arthur

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

Phone: 0131 348 5863
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Tom is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Tom is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Tom has 1 parliamentary and government role

Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Tom does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Tom has had 11 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

25 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Social Security Committee

Member

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

19 April 2018 - 25 February 2020

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Member

10 May 2017 - 13 December 2018

Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission Scotland Bill Committee

Convener

08 June 2016 - 06 September 2018

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Member

16 November 2017 - 19 April 2018

Economy Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Member

14 June 2017 - 14 December 2017

Writers to the Signet Dependants Annuity Fund Amendment Scotland Bill Committee

Member

10 May 2017 - 21 November 2017

Edinburgh Bakers Widows Fund Bill Committee

Convener

08 June 2016 - 16 November 2017

Health and Sport Committee

Member

19 April 2017 - 10 May 2017

Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission Scotland Bill Committee

Member

19 April 2017 - 10 May 2017

Edinburgh Bakers Widows Fund Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Tom's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Tom Arthur. The date of their initial statement was 08 June 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

On 12 August I attended the Edinburgh Military Tattoo held at Edinburgh Castle as a guest of Poppyscotland (a charity supporting ex-Servicemen and women and their families in Scotland of New Haig House, Edinburgh EH7 4HQ). The value of the ticket plus hospitality amounted to £400.

Overseas visits

From 9 October to 13 October 2016 I was part of a cross party group delegation to Taiwan. The main purpose of this trip was to attend the National Day celebration, also to get to know Taiwan's political, economic, cultural, social developments, bilateral relations between Scotland and Taiwan, bilateral relations between Taiwan and China, and Taiwan's international participation. It was a comprehensive design aimed to let the MSPs know where Taiwan stands in East Asia and in the world, hoping that it could help to promote and strengthen the ties and exchanges between Scotland and Taiwan. During the trip we visited the capital city Taipei, in north Taiwan, as well as two other cities Taichung and Nantou, in central Taiwan. The cost of the trip was £6,000, which included round trip flights, meals, accommodation, transportation and tickets to cultural activities/ official visits. All costs were met by the Taiwanese Government via their Representative in Scotland. The trip was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei Representative Office in the UK, 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE. I can confirm I received gifts of under £250 which were a miniature sculpture and a bottle of Taiwanese whiskey.

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a former director and shareholder at Velvet Music Ltd.

I am a member of the Musicians Union.

I am a former freelance piano teacher.

I own a £1 share in Barrhead Housing Association.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Tom Arthur has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Chamber meeting date: 23 December 2021

Local Bridge Maintenance Fund (Local Authority Applications)

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "The Scottish Government received 131 applications for funding from the local bridge maintenance fund, at a total estimated value of £107.7 million. A total of 74 applications from 19 local authorities have been approved."

Chamber meeting date: 22 December 2021

Small Businesses (Non-domestic Rates)

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "We are extending the retail, hospitality and leisure relief by 50 per cent for the first three months of 2022-23, capped at £27,500 per ratepayer…

Chamber meeting date: 22 December 2021

Employee-owned Businesses

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "An independent inquiry into employee ownership recognised that, as of March 2019, Scotland is leading the way, with 111 of the 370 employee-owned business in the United Kingdom…

Chamber meeting date: 21 December 2021

“The 2020/21 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts”

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "I welcome the Auditor General’s opinion on the accounts. This is the 16th consecutive year that the accounts have received an unqualified opinion, demonstrating the Scottish Government’s sound and transparent management of the country’s finances…

Chamber meeting date: 16 December 2021

Town Centres (Support)

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "We have been working with partners, including local government and Scotland’s Towns Partnership, to build on the success of the town centre first principle and the 2013 town centre action plan, supported by the regeneration capital grant fund, the £50 million town centre fund and business improvement districts. In 2020 we commissioned an…

Votes

How Tom Arthur has voted in Parliament

Find out how Tom Arthur has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-02761.2

Tackling Drug Related Deaths Through the First Year of the National Mission

Submitted by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 13, 2022

Result 34 for, 70 against, 19 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02761.1

Tackling Drug Related Deaths Through the First Year of the National Mission

Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 13, 2022

Result 23 for, 100 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02747.3

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services

Submitted by: Craig Hoy, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Stephen Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Result 34 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02747.1

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services

Submitted by: Carol Mochan, South Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Result 55 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-02747.2

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care Services

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Result 54 for, 69 against, 0 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Tom Arthur has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S6W-00030

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14 May 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what legislative consent memorandums it anticipates lodging in the Parliament in relation to the legislative programme of the UK Government announced in The Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021."

Answered by: Graeme Dey on 14 May 2021

Question ref. S5O-05152

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting mental health services in the Renfrewshire South constituency."

Answered by: Clare Haughey on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35917

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how its refreshed national digital strategy will enable Scotland's people and economy to flourish in an increasingly digital world."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 11 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35556

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the rateable value is at which businesses receive 100% small business bonus relief on non-domestic rates, and what information it has regarding how this compares with England and Wales."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 11 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35554

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the amount paid in income tax paid by people earning the UK median wage in each of the last two years, and how this compares with the rest of the UK."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35822

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 8 March 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to publish details of its view regarding the UK Government’s activity in relation to devolution following Brexit."

Answered by: Michael Russell on 8 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-35555

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what the average household water bill is, and what information it has regarding how this compares with England and Wales."

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham on 2 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33578

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to help small businesses access digital technology."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 30 November 2020

Question ref. S5W-31994

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23 September 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to publish information on multi-year capital budgets, and provide further clarity on future levels of public sector investment."

Answered by: Kate Forbes on 24 September 2020

Question ref. S5W-30992

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29 July 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its understanding of the communicability of COVID-19."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 30 July 2020

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