Results 121–140 of 732 for speaker:Jim McGovern

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Referendum (Scotland) (15 Oct 2012)

Jim McGovern: Given the responses to at least three of my hon. Friends’ questions about the question, it would appear that the measures outlined in the memorandum of understanding lead the UK Government to believe that a fair and clear question will be presented to the people of Scotland, but obviously some of us on the Opposition Benches have our doubts. If a dubious question is put, will it be open to...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Rail Fares (5 Sep 2012)

Jim McGovern: I welcome the Secretary of State to his new position. He said that he would try to iron out some of the anomalies, and I hope that he will deal with this one. If I want to travel from my constituency in Dundee to Glasgow, it is cheaper for me to buy a ticket from Dundee to Perth and another from Perth to Glasgow than to buy one from Dundee to Glasgow, and I do not need to get off the train at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2012)

Jim McGovern: Constable Colin MacColl of Tayside police came to my surgery last Friday in his capacity as a constituent and someone who works in my constituency. He outlined how distressed and distraught his family are at the fact that his nephew, Leading Seaman Timmy MacColl, was last seen on 27 May in Dubai on shore leave from HMS Westminster. Can the Minister outline what has been done to try to locate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Specialist Disability Employment (10 Jul 2012)

Jim McGovern: I have visited the Remploy factory in my constituency so often that I am almost on first-name terms with most of the work force, and I can assure the Minister that they do not regard themselves as a segregated work force. There seem to be two lists—one of factories with no agreed business plan and one of those inviting bids—but Dundee’s factory does not appear on either. What does the...

Business of the House: Army 2020 (5 Jul 2012)

Jim McGovern: I am delighted to hear that the name of the Black Watch will be retained. I offer my gratitude to the 3,000 people in Dundee who signed the petition in support of the Black Watch. At the risk of being accused of nepotism, I must also mention my mother, Alice McGovern, who collected more than 1,000 of those signatures. In fact, she was ejected from a local shopping centre for collecting...

Business of the House: Army 2020 (5 Jul 2012)

Jim McGovern: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. People have talked about what happened on the previous Government’s watch and about what is happening on this Government’s watch. I would like to ask the Minister whether, on his watch, there will always be a Black Watch.

Women and Equalities: Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (28 Jun 2012)

Jim McGovern: What recent discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on unemployment levels in black and minority ethnic communities.

Women and Equalities: Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (28 Jun 2012)

Jim McGovern: Following on from what has been said, black and ethnic minority people seem to figure higher in the unemployment figures in Scotland. Has any of the Ministers present discussed this matter with any Minister in the Scottish Government?

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Defence Reform (26 Jun 2012)

Jim McGovern: My grandfather, Hugh Macdonald, served gallantly in the Black Watch and is buried in the military cemetery in Gibraltar, where he died in 1941. I am sure that he was proud to wear a kilt. There were Englishmen serving in the Black Watch then and now—indeed, the Liverpool Scottish part of the Black Watch comes up to Dundee every year. Can the Minister of State give my constituents and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (26 Jun 2012)

Jim McGovern: Will the Chancellor update the House on what progress has been made on his offer to the computer games industry of tax incentives in his last Budget? It is important to get the details of the policy correct, but it is also important that time is not wasted unnecessarily. As the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words. When can we expect to see the words turned into action?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Olympics (New Sport) (14 Jun 2012)

Jim McGovern: It has been brought to my attention that one of Britain’s greatest ever Olympians, Dick McTaggart, who was born and brought up just down the road from me in Dundee, who won a boxing gold medal in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and a bronze medal in Rome in 1960, and who also competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has been told that if he wishes to attend the London Olympics he should put his...

Scottish-recruited Units (23 May 2012)

Jim McGovern: In 2006, I visited America and met General David Petraeus. I believe that he was at that time the supreme commander of the allied forces in Iraq. He was certainly an authority on the history of the Black Watch and very much an admirer of the regiment. Does the Minister agree—I hope he does—that names such as the Black Watch and regalia such as the red hackle should remain within the...

Scottish-recruited Units (23 May 2012)

Jim McGovern: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way and congratulate him on securing this debate. I am also proud to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. Regarding the Black Watch, my mother and sister are today attending a ceremony at the Black Watch memorial at Powrie Brae, just outside Dundee. The hon. Gentleman mentions the British regimental system—and he did say “British”—but given...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: G8 and NATO Summits (23 May 2012)

Jim McGovern: The Prime Minister paid tribute to the troops who have come home from Afghanistan. Recently, my wife, Norma, and I welcomed a Black Watch battalion home to Dundee. Can the Prime Minister assure me, current serving personnel in the Black Watch, Black Watch veterans, my family and my constituents that on his watch there will always be a Black Watch?

Debate on the Address: Jobs and Growth (17 May 2012)

Jim McGovern: I thank my hon. Friend—a fellow former Lawside RC academy pupil and Dundonian—for giving way. From 2005 to 2010, I never had any business people coming to my surgery. Since 2010, an ever-increasing number of have been coming to tell me that they are not getting a fair deal from the banks. Does my hon. Friend share that experience?

Debate on the Address: Jobs and Growth (17 May 2012)

Jim McGovern: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Debate on the Address: Jobs and Growth (17 May 2012)

Jim McGovern: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2012)

Jim McGovern: Earlier, we heard about morale in the armed forces. I regret to report that, apparently, morale is low in the Royal Marines Reserve detachment in my constituency, because of uncertainty about its future. I wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence in January, raised the matter in Prime Minister’s questions in February and today I am raising it for the third month in succession. What does...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (21 Mar 2012)

Jim McGovern: What progress has been made by the commission into the West Lothian question? Many Opposition Members, and I am sure many Government Members, do not want to see a two-tier system of hon. Members in Westminster. What progress has the Minister made on this matter? Will he assure Members that we will be allowed to make a contribution to the commission?

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Costs (8 Mar 2012)

Jim McGovern: What plans his Department has to reduce energy costs for (a) low-income and (b) other consumers.


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