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Shrewsbury 24 (Release of Papers) (23 Jan 2014)

Jim McGovern: As I am sure my hon. Friend is aware, the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs, of which I am a member, has conducted an inquiry into blacklisting. Would it be fair to say that the Shrewsbury 24 would most certainly have been blacklisted after the strike in 1972?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2014)

Jim McGovern: Back in 2006, I was delighted to be able to smooth out some red tape to allow Father Jean-Pierre Ndulani from the Congo to come to my constituency to work as a priest in the Wellburn care home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. He returned to the Congo in 2012. Not long after his return, he was kidnapped along with two colleagues. I have written to the Foreign Secretary’s office and am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Jan 2014)

Jim McGovern: On the Work programme, can the Minister explain why Dundee is once again the least supported city in Scotland, with only 9.79% of people being helped back into work by the programme? Will she apologise to the people of Dundee and explain why 90% are still not being helped?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Nov 2013)

Jim McGovern: Last month, I asked a question about zero-hours contracts. I think most hon. Members would agree that the response that I received was a fudge about the determination of employers and employees. I will put it plainly and simply to the Prime Minister: how many people in this Palace and in the Government buildings are employed on zero-hours contracts?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Zero-hours Contracts (11 Sep 2013)

Jim McGovern: What discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the use of zero-hours contracts in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Zero-hours Contracts (11 Sep 2013)

Jim McGovern: In June, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Scottish Government published, following an analysis, a report saying that more than 250,000 people in Scotland are underemployed. Many of them are on zero-hours contracts and the overwhelming majority of them do not want to be. What are the Government doing to address this scandal? As an afterthought, perhaps the Minister could tell us how...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

Jim McGovern: My hon. Friend mentioned that some of her constituents in the past were for and some against, but that in this case they were almost unanimous in opposing military intervention. She may be aware that I am one of her constituents. If I came to her surgery and said, “I am disgusted and horrified by pictures of children being poisoned by chemicals and I want something done about it,” and if...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Parades (10 Jul 2013)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what her policy is on parading; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (1 Jul 2013)

Jim McGovern: The most recent figures suggest that of the people who are on the back-to-work programme in my city of Dundee, 9% have managed to get back to work. I admit that that is an improvement on the farcical 1.4% that we had last year—the lowest in the UK, I believe—but it is not necessary to be an expert in arithmetic to work out that that means that 90% of people on the programme have still not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Blacklisting (26 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: What recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Scottish Government on blacklisting in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Blacklisting (26 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: I thank the Minister for his response. Perhaps the most ridiculous case of blacklisting that I am aware of is that of the late, great Dundonian, Mr Syd Scroggie. He lost a leg and the sight in both his eyes serving his country during the second world war. He found himself on a blacklist. What was his crime? He had written to The Scotsman newspaper to commend the then Dundee district council...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day] — Lobbying: Armed Forces (25 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: We have rightly talked up how we deal with health care, housing and so on for veterans. What about soldiers in the Army who want to remain in it but have been told they are being made redundant? On Monday I had a call on my voicemail in my office from my constituent Mr John Bisset, who told me that his son has served for 16 years in the Black Watch but has now been told he will be made...

Points of Order (25 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am sure that you will have noticed that I was trying to catch your eye during Treasury questions. On 12 March, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury told me that the case of my constituent, Mr James Boyle, with Clydesdale bank was being looked into. Clydesdale bank has since written to me saying that, no, it has not been reviewed or looked into. Could the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: UK City of Culture Status (20 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: What assessment her Department has made of the potential benefits to a city of achieving UK city of culture status.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: UK City of Culture Status (20 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: I am sure the Minister will be aware of early-day motion 156, tabled in my name, which supports Dundee’s bid to be UK city of culture in 2017. I realise that it would be difficult for him to say that he supports one city, but is he aware that not one single SNP Member has signed that early-day motion? Is that because they would prefer Dundee not to be part of the UK in 2017?

Nato: Pensions Bill (17 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: rose—

Nato: Topical Questions (17 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: May I return to the subject of protective clothing for our armed forces personnel? The Minister may recall that I wrote to him recently asking him to look sympathetically at Remploy in my constituency, which has successfully manufactured such clothing for many years. Why have we offered the contract to a firm in north Africa, thus pushing the Dundee factory nearer to closure? Is it right to...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: A member of my staff, Lee Butcher, recently visited Palestine. He was shocked and stunned to see how Palestinians are treated by the Israelis, for example having no water for weeks on end. What can the Government do to help those Palestinians who are suffering such pain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: I do not know whether the Prime Minister watched the “Panorama” programme on Monday night, but I am sure he will be aware of the subject of blacklisting. The programme confirmed what many of us, particularly members of the Scottish Affairs Committee, already knew: that thousands of people in this country have been subjected to blacklisting. It has been compared to McCarthyism, but I think...

Business of the House (6 Jun 2013)

Jim McGovern: May we have a debate on how employers can help employees who are suffering from work-related mental health issues? Last year on St Stephen’s day, 26 December, one of my constituents, Filep Myzylowskyj, tragically took his own life. He was employed by National Express as a bus driver and had been on sick leave following an accident involving a pedestrian. His widow, Janet, his family and...


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