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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Green Finance (11 Sep 2018)

Douglas Chapman: The Minister will be more than aware of the Ernst and Young report earlier this year indicating that Scottish GDP, including Scotland’s geographical share of renewable energy, oil and gas, grew at 3.4% as opposed to the UK’s 3.1%, despite lots of inaction from the current Government. Will the Government provide Holyrood with the powers over energy revenues to ensure that Scotland...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (4 Sep 2018)

Douglas Chapman: What representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the bombing of a school bus in Yemen by Saudi-led coalition forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (4 Sep 2018)

Douglas Chapman: As the Minister will know, in the past I have offered help from SNP Members to support the work of Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen. I have also issued a plea for a halt to the bombing and the weapon sales from the UK to Saudi Arabia, and for the envoy to be given space in which to do his work and, indeed, back up some of the great work done by Karen Pierce, our ambassador to...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I start by putting a few things that have happened in the past 48 hours in context, regarding President Trump’s visit and discussions with President Putin. I thought the whole point of playing golf on a quiet Scottish golf course was to clear the mind and think about other things, but President Trump has left us in a much...

Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I thank the hon. Gentleman for the Committee’s report. He mentioned our exit from the EU, so I wondered how he sees our ability to support long-term security in the western Balkans diminishing. What measures could be taken to help mitigate that loss of influence in this geopolitically important region? Separately, what steps should the Government be taking to give UK business the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Protected Geographical Indications: Export Value (12 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on the export value of food and drink sector products with the protected geographical indication mark.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Protected Geographical Indications: Export Value (12 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I thank the Minister for that reply. Arbroath Smokies, Stornoway black pudding and Scotch whisky are all key products in maintaining a high profile for Scottish food and drink. When he comes to agree trade deals post Brexit, will he be consulting and involving the Scottish Government in these discussions to make sure that all brands are protected?

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I will try to make my speech go at the drumbeat of a Croatian polka rather than a Morris dance, Mr Speaker. Let me start with something really positive: the early-day motion that I lodged last month on the contracts for the ships that we are talking about today has received cross-party support. I also say at the outset that Rosyth really needs the support of all 13 of the Tory MPs from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Fishing (11 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: Fifty per cent. of the fish processing industry relies on an EU workforce. What protection has the Secretary of State negotiated within the Cabinet to secure their future post-Brexit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I have just attended a good briefing by the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne), whose report is called “Growing the contribution of defence to UK prosperity”. On shipbuilding, will the Minister take the report’s recommendations seriously to help retain jobs in Rosyth in my constituency? My constituents need to know that prosperity means prosperity and that the contracts are...

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?


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