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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.

Contact at local office

49 High Street
Johnstone
PA5 8AJ

Phone: 01505 331990
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.

06 September 2018 - 04 May 2021

Finance and Constitution Committee

Member

25 February 2020 - 04 May 2021

Social Security 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 freelance piano teacher.

I own a £1 share in Barrhead Housing Association.

I am a member of the Musicians Union.

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

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: 31 January 2023

Retail Sector (Empty Shops)

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "Scotland’s retail sector is experiencing huge challenges in trading conditions, not least as it tries to recover from the impact of the pandemic…

Chamber meeting date: 25 January 2023

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "This SSI increases the rate of the additional dwelling supplement from 4 per cent to 6 per cent with effect from 16 December 2022…

Chamber meeting date: 18 January 2023

Business Rates Relief (Hospitality Businesses)

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "Having set out a strong non-domestic rates package in the draft budget, the Scottish Government has no current plans to introduce any further reliefs…

Chamber meeting date: 18 January 2023

Financial Policy (Decision Making)

The Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth (Tom Arthur): "The Scottish Government is aware of the risks and benefits arising from behavioural responses to policy proposals, and we actively work with stakeholders such as HM Revenue and Customs to monitor and continually improve the evidence base, to help to inform policy development. The Scottish Fiscal Commission is responsible for producing independent…

Votes

How Tom Arthur has voted in Parliament

Find out how Tom Arthur has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-07734.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Russell Findlay, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Alexander Burnett, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Ross, Sue Webber, Tess White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07735.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Supported by: Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Roz McCall, Liz Smith, Sue Webber
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 54 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710.2

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 24 for, 96 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-07710

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Richard Lochhead, Moray, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Ivan McKee, John Swinney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 90 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-07710.1

Three Years On - Brexit and Workers’ Rights

Submitted by: Alexander Stewart, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, January 30, 2023

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Result 30 for, 89 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Tom Arthur has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those 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-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-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-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. S5O-05057

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce health inequalities."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-05021

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

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

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5O-04888

Asked by: Arthur, Tom, Renfrewshire South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that care home residents who are unable to go outside can still meet friends and family."

Awaiting answer

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