Stewart McDonald: Respecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity is about more than Crimea; we cannot forget about the illegally occupied east of Ukraine. Can the Prime Minister tell me what the support she talks of actually looks like and how it materialises on the ground in Ukraine? Exactly what is the Government’s policy on Nord Stream 2? Despite what she said, I cannot tell.
Stewart McDonald: One of the ways that other NATO countries do that is by the use of multi-year defence agreements. Why do this Government not look at that seriously?
Stewart McDonald: After the Minister’s interesting and generous 40-minute speech, I will cut my remarks short. [Hon. Members: “No!”] Oh, don’t tempt me. I will perhaps not be as generous as the Minister, to allow colleagues, particularly those with constituency interests, to speak. [Interruption.] With the upcoming England game, I am happy to detain hon. Members, if that is really what...
Stewart McDonald: Oh, I am going to come to that. The hon. Gentleman leapt up, but sometimes hon. Members’ interventions are best made from their seats; that might have been one of them. On whether this is a civilian ship or a warship, my party is in agreement with the shadow Secretary of State. We think that the Government have the wrong definition and we do not believe that they are actually...
Stewart McDonald: The Minister is free to invite me. Indeed, I look forward to getting a suggested date and time. I am not the only one who is picking a fight with the Government over this; I am joined by all the Opposition parties in the Chamber today, the shipbuilders who will be producing these ships when the order finally comes through and the trade union movement that supports them.
Stewart McDonald: The Minister has spoken quite a bit. I do not like not giving way to a Minister, but I would rather give way to a Back Bencher.
Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes an important point that I am sure he will expand on later. [Interruption.] The Minister is most unkind. I sat and listened to him for 40 minutes and here I am being heckled as though he had taken five minutes. In fact, I am trying to remove parts of my speech to allow other colleagues to get in. I want to come to some of the broken promises that the Conservatives have...
Stewart McDonald: No, because I have said I am going to allow other colleagues to get in. The assistant general secretary of Unite, Mr Steve Turner, has said, and he is spot on: “It would be a travesty if UK government ministers handed the economic windfall that building the new Fleet Solid Support ships brings to another country. The skills, knowledge and capability to design and build complex warships...
Stewart McDonald: I, too, thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. I associate myself with his comments on the personnel and, of course, I extend our thoughts to their families, who I am sure will be having a tough time following this announcement. May I press the Secretary of State slightly on the timetable? I am not looking for a date or a specific length of time for how long he...
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Record 22,400 minimum wage workers to receive millions in backpay, what proportion of those 22,400 workers received backpay as a result of unpaid work trials.
Stewart McDonald: In her speech about Erasmus, will the hon. Lady note that one of the people who helped to found it was Winnie Ewing, and today is her 89th birthday?
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has held discussions with Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers on appointing an LGBT special envoy as part of the Government's LGBT Action Plan 2018: Improving the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people; and if she will make a statement.
Stewart McDonald: rose—
Stewart McDonald: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. An unfortunate aspect of the modernising defence programme debate is that we focus so much on kit and platforms and not enough on our real deterrent: the men and women of the armed forces. When the document eventually sees the light of day, will the Minister confirm at the Dispatch Box that it will allow the Ministry of Defence to lift the 1% pay cap?
Stewart McDonald: Thinking of the defence community in the round, which is of course the Minister’s brief, perhaps he can tell us why the Government are pressing ahead with the privatisation of the defence fire and rescue service. It is another windfall for the cowboys at Capita, despite the fact that the Ministry of Defence’s internal documents have given it the highest possible risk assessment....
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking ensure that staff working for Government executive agencies are guaranteed the real living wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation.
Stewart McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the (a) Scottish Government and (b) Student Loans Company (SLC) staff to ensure all SLC staff based in Scotland are paid as a minimum the Real Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation.
Stewart McDonald: If not cobbled together, what was Gordon Brown’s description of Scotland getting the closest thing to federalism possible if it voted no?
Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Stewart McDonald: Was Ruth Davidson not spot on when she said after the independence referendum that it was entirely legitimate, even honourable, for the SNP to continue to argue its case for Scottish independence?