Supporting the Oil and Gas Industry

After his election in 2017 Ross worked to deliver an oil and gas sector deal, so that the Government can work hand in glove with the industry to make the most of the industry’s potential, boosting our local economy.

Aberdeen has had a difficult few years with more than 100,000 jobs being lost as the oil price crash led to the worst downturn in the history of the North Sea. We are now emerging from that slump, and the 2018 report reflects an improving landscape. That positive news is testament to a concerted effort from the Conservative UK Government.

Ross said:

“After a lot of lobbying I was pleased to hear the Chancellor recommit this Government to the oil and gas sector in his Budget. The industry was looking for fiscal stability and the Chancellor provided it, despite pressure to hike taxes due to the higher oil price."

Ross campaigned to ensure that an oil and gas sector deal is delivered and there is currently a proposal on the table that is focused on supporting UK growth in transformational technology, underwater engineering and decommissioning. The view of industry is that this could galvanise the sector after what have undoubtedly been a tough few years.

Ross said:

“A sector deal could be a real game changer for the industry. I will continue to make the case for this deal to happen, and to make sure that this Government gets it right. The residents of Aberdeen South would expect nothing less.”


WATCH: Ross Welcomes Support for Oil and Gas

I welcome the measures introduced by the Government to help the oil and gas industry, including a £2 billion package of support and the introduction of transferable tax history, which has been a much-needed shot in the arm.

Opinion - Onshore Wind

I am pleased that clean growth has been placed at the heart of the new Industrial Strategy which aims to cut emissions while keeping costs down for consumers, create high value jobs and to grow the economy.

Ross Visits Subsea Expo

Ross visited the Subsea Expo at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Written Question: Decommissioning of Oil Platforms

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decommissioning of oil platforms on the economy in north east of Scotland. (127485)

UK Energy Minister Visits Aberdeen

The North Sea oil and gas industry remains a “top priority” for the UK Government, a local MP said today, after the new energy minister made Aberdeen the first official visit of her tenure.

Ross Hits Out at SNP Over Immigration Powers

A different immigration system for Scotland would create an “unwanted barrier” for oil and gas firms that are competing globally for talent, a north-east MP has said following evidence given to a key Westminster committee.

WATCH: Ross Budget Debate

Ross spoke during the Budget Resolution debate on Global Britain. Aberdeen’s oil and gas industry, anchored in the UK, is global, powering the nation and exporting to the world.

Ross Welcomes TTH for Oil and Gas Industry

Ross Thomson, Scottish Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, said the support package for the oil and gas industry “delivered for the north-east”. Read more...

Written Question: 2015 Aberdeen City Deal

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) Scottish local authorities on maximising the value of the 2015 Aberdeen city deal for the local and regional economy. (113490)