It was a busy week in Westminster with debates, committee sessions and meetings. It started off with an evidence session of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee which heard from the Permanent Secretary and the Directors of the BEIS department. We questioned them on industrial strategy policy and the UK's interests and responsibilites during Brexit negotiations.

You can watch that session here - BEIS Session

There were also two important debates held in the chamber this week, one on the demise of BHS and another on industrial strategy. The debate on BHS was to discuss the joint report into the collapse of the retailer, to endorse the criticisms of the governance of the holding company and to call for Sir Philip Green to fufll his promise to resolve the deficit in the pension fund. 

An amendment to this debate, tabled by Richard Fuller MP and I, also called for the House to consider referring Sir Philip Green's knighthood to the Honours Forfeiture Committee for it to be annulled. I was delighted to see over 100 MPs support our amendment and it passed unanimously in the Chamber.

You can watch my speech in this debate by clicking on this link - BHS Speech

Following this there was a debate on the future of industrial strategy in this country brought forward by myself and fellow MPs from the BEIS Committe. During this debate I highlighted some of the key challenges with implementing a successful strategy and what Scotland needs from any policy in this area.

You can watch this debate here - Industrial Strategy

After the debates I came back to Scotland to host my 90th surgery. Helping constituents is one of the most rewarding aspects of this job  and if anyone wishes to come along to a surgery, please contact my office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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