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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 Employment and Investment

Scottish Government

Party Roles

Tom does not have any party roles

Previous roles

Tom has had 16 previous roles

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

29 March 2023 - 08 May 2024

Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance

Scottish Government

20 May 2021 - 29 March 2023

Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth

Scottish Government

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

24 April 2018 - 28 June 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Scottish Government

01 September 2016 - 23 April 2018

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Scottish Government

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

Edinburgh Bakers Widows Fund Bill Committee

Member

19 April 2017 - 10 May 2017

Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission Scotland Bill Committee

Member

14 June 2016 - 31 August 2016

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Scottish Government

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 am a former director and shareholder at Velvet Music Ltd.

I own a £1 share in Barrhead Housing Association.

I am a member of the Musicians Union.

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: 19 June 2024

Growing the Economy

The Minister for Employment and Investment (Tom Arthur): "I thank colleagues across the chamber for their contributions. There has been broad consensus this afternoon. Even in areas in which consensus might not have been immediately apparent, there has nonetheless been a great deal of alignment…

Chamber meeting date: 12 June 2024

Retail Sector (Support)

The Minister for Employment and Investment (Tom Arthur): "Our retail strategy sets out how we will work with businesses and trade unions to deliver a strong and prosperous retail sector, in line with the vision of the national strategy for economic transformation…

Chamber meeting date: 12 June 2024

Brexit (Economic Impact)

The Minister for Employment and Investment (Tom Arthur): "Scotland’s economy is continuing to suffer from the effects of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, a decision that the Scottish public were strongly against…

Chamber meeting date: 12 June 2024

Unemployment (Edinburgh)

The Minister for Employment and Investment (Tom Arthur): "In 2024-25, the Scottish Government has allocated up to £90 million for employability services…

Votes

How Tom Arthur has voted in Parliament

Find out how Tom Arthur has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13664

Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, June 17, 2024

Supported by: Paul McLennan, Kaukab Stewart
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Result 108 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 21 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13679.1

Scottish Government Priorities: Growing the Economy

Submitted by: Maggie Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Green Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Result 88 for, 26 against, 0 abstained, 15 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-13679.2

Scottish Government Priorities: Growing the Economy

Submitted by: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Result 29 for, 88 against, 0 abstained, 12 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13679.3

Scottish Government Priorities: Growing the Economy

Submitted by: Daniel Johnson, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Result 49 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13692.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Tim Eagle, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Lumsden, Roz McCall, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Result 51 for, 64 against, 0 abstained, 14 did not 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-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-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-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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