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Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill (21 May 1997)

Mr David Stewart: It is with a mixture of trepidation and awe that I prepare to make my maiden speech this evening. I thank hon. Members and officials for their help in the past few weeks. I also add my congratulations on the three contributions from the other hon. Members who have made maiden speeches. They are a hard act to follow. I also wish to thank the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Environmentally Sensitive Areas (15 Jul 1997)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to review his Department's policy on environmentally sensitive areas. [6696]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Environmentally Sensitive Areas (15 Jul 1997)

Mr David Stewart: I thank the Minister for his reply. As he must be aware, environmentally sensitive areas are designed to help farmers and crofters adopt more environmentally friendly farming practices. In his review, will the Minister examine the ceilings for payments, which do not exist in England, with a view to increasing uptake of the scheme and ensuring that farmers and crofters are much more involved...

Prayers: Heathrow (Regional Services) (29 Oct 1997)

Mr David Stewart: I endorse the comments by the hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Inverness, West (Mr. Kennedy) and thank him for initiating the debate. The Government have issued a consultation paper, examining integrated transport policies. The result of British Airways' decision, not only in the highlands and islands but throughout the United Kingdom, is a disintegrated transport policy. We must attack that...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (13 Jan 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to speak in this historic debate. I add my contribution to the congratulations given to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for his part in getting the Bill to the stage that it has reached. I know that, with his characteristic modesty, he may not want to acknowledge his place in history, but hon. Members of all parties may want to...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill (13 Jan 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Under the 1989 Act, staff who earn more than £25,000 are politically sensitive and cannot stand for election to the Westminster Parliament, the European Parliament or the Scottish Parliament. There is an anomaly. That is why I referred to the review of the Local Government and Housing Act. There is an opportunity to make a change. If we deprive the Scottish Parliament of its lifeblood—as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Parliament Elections (20 Jan 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is important to have the widest possible pool of talented candidates for the Scottish Parliament? Does he further agree that it is important to allow local government staff—who number more than 25,000 and are currently restricted from standing—the opportunity to stand for the Scottish Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The Scottish Parliament (28 Jan 1998)

Mr David Stewart: What is the hon. Gentleman's policy on the funicular rail link? I understand that he has asked questions about it, and it affects my constituency. I remember that, during the election, my Liberal Democrat opponent supported the funicular. It now appears that you are now opposing it. What is the Liberal Democrat policy?

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The Scottish Parliament (28 Jan 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Reference was made to the Moonies, but in my view the Moonies were more successful in Scotland than the Tories at the election. It was argued that candidates on the list would be second-class citizens. What is my hon. Friend's view about candidates under the first-past-the-post system also standing under the list system?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture Industry (17 Feb 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is important to encourage the British armed forces to buy as much British beef as possible? Does he welcome the fact that they have doubled expenditure on it in the past 12 months?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Cairngorm Funicular Railway (17 Mar 1998)

Mr David Stewart: I welcome the comments by the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) and thank him for his interest in my constituency. On the funicular issue, I take more notice of the residents of Carrbridge than I do of Uxbridge. What are the Minister's views on the future of the funicular as an all-year-round tourist event, and on its great effect on jobs for the highlands?

Land Reform (Scotland) (29 Apr 1998)

Mr David Stewart: I thank the hon. Member for Perth (Ms Cunningham) for her initiative in getting the debate off the ground. She has a long track record in radical land use. I congratulate her again on initiating this Adjournment debate. I represent the largest Labour constituency in the United Kingdom—a seat that goes from the Atlantic to the North sea. Looking back in history in my seat, I am well aware...

Prayers: Knoydart Estate (5 Jun 1998)

Mr David Stewart: This debate is about not just a 16,500 acre estate on a west highland peninsula, but the future of a community. There are important wider questions too, about land management, ownership and control. I aim to outline the background problems and the history of the estate, and to consider the way ahead. The hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Inverness, West (Mr. Kennedy) may also wish to contribute...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Road Deaths (23 Jun 1998)

Mr David Stewart: What representations he has received about the level of road deaths in Scotland. [45571]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Road Deaths (23 Jun 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that the recent investigation by the statistical office of the European Commission shows that 118 people per million are killed on roads in the highlands and islands—the highest proportion in Scotland? The Automobile Association argues that one factor is the number of single-track roads. Will he undertake to end the folly of single-track trunk roads in...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Debt Relief (29 Jul 1998)

Mr David Stewart: If she will make a statement on the spending plans for her Department in relation to debt relief for developing nations. [51321]

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Debt Relief (29 Jul 1998)

Mr David Stewart: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for her reply. Will she give an undertaking to speed up debt relief for heavily indebted countries and make a clear and transparent link between debt relief and poverty reduction in developing nations?

European Structural Funds (22 Oct 1998)

Mr David Stewart: I welcome the opportunity to add my brief remarks to this vital debate. I wish to concentrate on two matters. First, I wish to refer to the future of objective 1 funding within Europe generally and the UK specifically, particularly in the light of the Commission's well-known statement about strictly applying the criterion for objective 1—per capita gross domestic product being below 75 per...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Beef (3 Nov 1998)

Mr David Stewart: My hon. Friend will be aware that I recently carried out a survey of 400 restaurants and hotels in my constituency. It showed that 90 per cent. stock and are a source of Scottish beef, and 99 per cent. are very satisfied with the quality of Scottish beef. Does my hon. Friend agree that the imminent lifting of the European beef ban will provide a vital new niche in the market for Scottish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Nov 1998)

Mr David Stewart: Is my right hon. Friend aware that more than 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from diabetes, which is the main cause of blindness in those under 65? The national health service spends more than £2 billion per year on treating the effects of diabetes. Will my right hon. Friend look into the case for having a targeted, selective screening programme for diabetes so that we can...


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