Results 1–20 of 314 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Douglas Chapman

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I am really grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels in a few weeks’ time. Now is also an opportune time to make clear to our NATO allies the importance of strengthening the collective maritime strategy. With much military activity off the coast of Scotland, now at levels not seen since the cold war, it is imperative that we put a renewed...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Douglas Chapman: On the hon. Gentleman’s comment about undermining democracy, the point has been made many times in this House that the parties in the Scottish Parliament have voted time and again to ensure that our powers were retained. Four out of five parties supported that, voting no to a power grab. What part of no does the hon. Gentleman not understand?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Departmental Funding (11 Jun 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I am tempted to respond to that, but can the Secretary of State not convince the Treasury that building the Royal Navy support ships in-house at the likes of Rosyth would see a tax revenue gain for the Treasury and help us to retain skills, talent and investment in our shipyards? Is that not what the shipbuilding strategy is all about, or is the Treasury incapable of playing a team game?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Douglas Chapman: In its most recent report on the recruitment plan, the National Audit Office said that the plan was “not affordable”—full stop. The Secretary of State has been given seven recommendations. Which will have the most impact?

Turkey (7 Jun 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I, too, wish to praise the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) for bringing this important debate to the Floor of the House. The power of her speech was such that the Minister will want to take heed of all the major points she managed to squeeze into it. Many of the other speakers who followed made equally powerful and compelling points, and I hope that, given the agreement...

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting (6 Jun 2018)

Douglas Chapman: NATO revised its view of the north Atlantic and the High North in the maritime strategy, as the hon. Gentleman has just suggested. I understand his making the case for his own constituency, but is it not sensible to ensure that some of the Type 23s and Type 26s are based in Rosyth, for example, to give us extra cover in the north? We have seen many examples of incursions from Russian ships...

Reduction of Plastic Waste in the Marine Environment — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I get the impression that the public are a step ahead of the Government and legislation. They are already prepared mentally and attitudinally to make the change. I spoke to our friends from Plastic Free Dunfermline, a group in my constituency that tries to make our town plastic-free. They talked about not applying levies or negative instruments on people, but being positive by encouraging...

Reduction of Plastic Waste in the Marine Environment — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I also attended a nurdle hunt in North Queensferry with members of Fidra. While there is a great sense of displeasure from children and parents that this is happening to their beach and their environment, what steps can we take to get that message through to the people who produce the plastics in the first place, to ensure that we do not have to have beach cleans, but can have a policy that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food and Drink Industry (26 Apr 2018)

Douglas Chapman: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the future of the UK food and drink industry after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food and Drink Industry (26 Apr 2018)

Douglas Chapman: Scotland produces some of the finest food and drink, which is exported around the world. That allows us to punch well above our weight in terms of balance of payments, and it is based on our valued Scottish brand. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to protect Scotland the brand to ensure that our reputation for quality food and drink is enhanced during and after the Brexit process?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Apr 2018)

Douglas Chapman: The Prime Minister will be aware that in my constituency we are putting the finishing touches to our second aircraft carrier the Prince of Wales, but as we near the end of that contract, more than 400 people in the Rosyth yard are now facing redundancy, with many more job losses in the pipeline. Will she visit my constituency to explain to the Rosyth workforce, face to face, why her...

British Armed Forces: Size and Strength — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. With yesterday’s shipbuilding strategy debate and the expected statement from the Secretary of State, which is now in doubt—this week is turning into a bit of a defence-fest. This is an important debate at a time when defence is very much in the headlines, and I thank the hon. Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) for...

British Armed Forces: Size and Strength — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I will be happy to answer that when I come to that point in my speech. The armed forces continuous attitude survey of 2016 reported that the morale of “self, Unit and Service” has also decreased, with 61% of serving personnel thinking that morale was low, and 9% perceiving that it was high. Members on both sides of the House have mentioned that. Ensuring that retention is high up...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I thank the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) for his significant move in bringing the debate to the Chamber today. Shipbuilding, as hon. Members know, is a key part of our industrial base. Although the industry has undergone much change in recent years, including to the number of people involved in...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I know that the hon. Gentleman is very experienced in such matters and I am sure that he has considered it long and hard for a number of years, both as an industry professional and as an MP. It is obvious, given the amount of investment being put in, that it must be done in the long term, and looking at the project overall rather than as its component parts. I agree with the hon. Gentleman....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Equality Objectives (15 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: What assurances can the Minister give workers in Rosyth, in my constituency, about the future work programme for the dockyard there, following the carrier completion contracts? Would he be able to meet me in the constituency to discuss that future work programme with unions and the management?

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Gillan. I sincerely thank the right hon. Member for Maldon (Mr Whittingdale) for bringing such an important issue to the Chamber. As we all know, Ukraine has been an independent nation since 1991, following the break-up of the USSR. Like other former Soviet states, starting a new state has been difficult and far from a pain-free process...

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: I beg to move, That this House has considered the appointment of an Arctic ambassador. It is an immense pleasure—indeed, an honour—to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I welcome the Minister. He indicated that this might be his first Westminster Hall debate in his present post, so I congratulate him on that. I am delighted to introduce this debate on an issue that is close...

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: The chairman of the APPG makes a valid point. However, as I will reveal, the proximity of the Arctic to Scotland makes Arctic issues much more relevant to our Government in Edinburgh and to our interests. I recognise, however, that the Antarctic plays a significant role overall and has similar issues, especially with regard to climate change and the environment, as the hon. Gentleman alludes...


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