Stuart McDonald: Under the Bill, this Parliament will retain an incredibly broad power to legislate on devolved matters, even without the Scottish Parliament’s permission. Why is that, and will the Secretary of State provide examples of when he thinks such action would be appropriate?
Stuart McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland on plans to close further branches; and if he will make a statement.
Stuart McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will take steps to prevent further closure of branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland pending a review of such closure.
Stuart McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission an independent review of the Government's stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Stuart McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that any review of the Government's stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland (a) includes representation and consultation with all stakeholders and (b) assesses the costs and benefits of all available options, including alternatives to reprivatisation.
Stuart McDonald: The Secretary of State claims over and again that the way to tackle the crisis in the Mediterranean is by breaking the link between travel and settlement. Is that the reason behind the Government’s unbelievable decision to scale down our capacity to undertake search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean? Does she not recognise that that decision will cost lives and should be reversed?
Stuart McDonald: What estimate she has made of the number of jobs in Scotland supported by the renewable energy industry.
Stuart McDonald: Of course, it is not only existing jobs that will be affected by the Government’s short-sighted policy on onshore wind; the opportunity to create further highly skilled and well-paid jobs will also be affected, perhaps even more so. As the Minister of State said, around 19,000 people owe their livelihoods to the UK’s onshore wind industry, but according to RenewableUK, that figure could...
Stuart McDonald: My hon. and learned Friend, who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a lawyer, has rightly welcomed large parts of Mr Anderson’s report. Does she, like me, but perhaps unlike the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), share the concerns of many lawyers across the UK that the rule of law and, indeed, the proper administration of justice may be undermined if the...
Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assistance and advice his Department plans to make available to small businesses seeking to comply with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons HMS Enterprise has been selected to replace HMS Bulwark on migrant search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean; and when that decision was made.
Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the decision to replace HMS Bulwark with HMS Enterprise on capacity to rescue migrants from the Mediterranean.
Stuart McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the potential economic effect on Cumbernauld of moving its office there to a new regional West of Scotland campus in or around Glasgow, as proposed in Building our Future - Continuing the Conversation - Phase 2.