Results 141–160 of 587 for speaker:Mr David Stewart

EU Finance (15 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: Does the hon. Gentleman share my view that it is not just important to help the poorest people in Europe but that there are great export opportunities for the UK to the 10 accession countries? It is a win-win: we help the poorest countries, but we also help UK enterprise.

EU Finance (15 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: The hon. Gentleman has adopted a rather sarcastic tone in respect of some issues, but does he not agree that funding a European social fund, for example, does much to promote equal opportunities within the UK? Is that not a positive thing?

EU Finance (15 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: Does my hon. Friend agree that the argument is about direction rather than speed and about finding the best organisation to add value? Is it the EU or the nation state?

EU Finance (15 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: Does my hon. Friend share my concerns about a possible double whammy for areas that lose objective 1 funding? First, they will lose the maximum amount of European funding, and secondly, they will lose the highest amount of dedicated state aid.

EU Finance (15 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: Earlier, the hon. Gentleman remarked on the effectiveness of EU spending. Does he accept that spending in UK objective 1 areas has a very good effect? In my area, in the highlands and islands, 90 per cent. of the projects have a high effectiveness rating in terms of the efficiency of the spending. That has led to the creation of 1,800 jobs.

EU Finance (15 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: Does my right hon. Friend share my view that the fact that the UK is a net contributor to the EU budget is a crunch issue? Increasing the budget effectively means that the UK taxpayer is paying twice.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Renewable Energy (14 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the study commissioned by her Department of the actual and potential impact of community benefits schemes on the deployment of renewable energy projects.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (10 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber are eligible for pension credit; and what the take-up rate is.

World Oil Prices (8 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: I welcome the opportunity to introduce this debate. Three major interests have led me to request it. First, I have a long-term interest in North sea oil and gas production, particularly due to past constituency interests relating to oil fabrication; however, sadly, there is no longer such production in my constituency. Secondly, I have a long-term interest in the pump price of oil and its...

World Oil Prices (8 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: I thank my hon. Friend for that. I know that she has a great interest in oil and gas production. She was right to put her finger on that dilemma. North sea oil and gas are extremely good for the north-east—and, indeed, for the highlands. The other side of the coin is that we must ensure that we get the balance right because high petrol prices at the filling stations are bad news for...

World Oil Prices (8 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: As the hon. Gentleman said, our constituencies share many common denominators. However, his is much more remote, with island issues. It is important that the Scottish Executive should consider this matter; that is why I supported the rural transport fund, which helps support rural petrol stations to set up transport companies that could do something about this issue. There is widespread...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Intercountry Adoption (7 Jun 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many intercountry adoptions have taken place in each year since 1994.

Written Answers — Treasury: Analogue Wave Band (27 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) estimate he has made and (b) research he has (i) commissioned and (ii) evaluated on the value of the sale of the analogue wave band to public funds.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (27 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who is responsible for deciding on the use of oil assets in Iraq.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (27 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many barrels of oil have been exported from Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein; what value this represents; and what use has been made of these funds within Iraq.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (26 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether funds generated from oil assets in Iraq are ring-fenced for that country's domestic use; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Inter-country Adoption (24 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to facilitate inter-country adoption with all signatories of the 1993 Hague Convention.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Inter-country Adoption (24 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many signatories of the 1993 Hague Convention have suspended inter-country adoption with the UK.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Inter-country Adoption (24 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned into the impact of the arrangements for inter-country adoption which came into effect on 1 June 2003.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Inter-country Adoption (24 May 2004)

Mr David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with Belarus regarding intercountry adoption.


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