Stewart McDonald: In the run-up to Christmas, some people will be taking on extra seasonal work to try to earn themselves some extra cash at this time of year, but many employers will be offering unpaid trial work, often where an actual job does not exist, and this is affecting tens of thousands of people up and down the UK. But I have a Bill coming to the House in March next year to end unpaid trial shifts,...
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Stewart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of (a) the total monies outstanding from other Departments and (b) the length of time payment has been outstanding for the use of his Department's RAF jets and helicopters.
Stewart McDonald: Given the miasma of despair that hangs over this dying Government, Scotland needs a competent and cogent voice at the Cabinet table. To prove that that voice is his, will the Secretary of State tell us his red lines, in Scotland’s interests, that he has laid out to the Prime Minister?
Stewart McDonald: While I share my hon. Friend’s outrage, he surely cannot be surprised. When it came to the closure of half of Glasgow’s jobcentres, not a single equality impact assessment was published, despite calls for the Department to do so.
Stewart McDonald: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that there is a worrying pattern? During a campaign led by myself and other hon. Members from Glasgow to save city jobcentres, the same Department refused to publish equality impact assessments on those closures.
Stewart McDonald: “A catastrophe of biblical proportions” was the phrase used by the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell), a former International Development Secretary—and that was quite a statement to make. It has been adumbrated further by many right hon. and hon. Members, who have described eloquently and chillingly the miasma of despair and death that hangs over the...
Stewart McDonald: The Minister shakes his head; I would not dream of accusing him of doing anything like that; I respect him as a thoughtful, good Minister. But it is about time we started to see some action. The Prime Minister should not return from her trip until she has secured something in respect of the blockade of Yemen. Right hon. and hon. Members have mentioned arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and my party...
Stewart McDonald: May I actually congratulate the Government—and the Scottish Government, just to make that clear—on something that they have done this week? There has been a change in blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men, as the ban has come down from 12 months to three months. That now means that thousands more gay men can give blood than could previously. But can we have a statement on...
Stewart McDonald: I, too, extend warm wishes to the happy couple. My mother has already asked me whether she can join me in London on the day of the royal wedding. I pay tribute to the Royal Navy assets, including HMS Protector, that have taken part in the search for ARA San Juan. Let us move from the south to the north Atlantic. I welcome the Secretary of State on his first appearance at the Dispatch Box. We...
Stewart McDonald: I understand that that matter will be discussed in February next year, so let me just point out to the Secretary of State what Scotland has to offer. It is the most northerly nation not to have any territory inside the Arctic circle; it is in a strategic position, jutting out into NATO’s north Atlantic heartland with access to the Icelandic gap; and it has Kinloss and Lossiemouth with...
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Stewart McDonald: Is it not quite something to hear about centralisation from the party that abstained on the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, the biggest shift of power from the Government in Edinburgh to ordinary people?
Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the World Press Freedom Index 2017, which noted a decline in press freedom in 62.2 per cent of the 180 countries in the Index.
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Chinese Government on ensuring protection for bloggers and writers exercising freedom of expression.
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to help secure the release of writers, academics, teachers and lawyers arrested following the coup attempt in Turkey.
Stewart McDonald: Does my hon. Friend agree that, given that the Government designated 2017 as the “Year of the Navy”, it would be a somewhat perverse act to rid ourselves of Albion and Bulwark?
Stewart McDonald: It is where you are headed. You choose!
Stewart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK citizens in Glasgow South constituency will be required to apply for (a) settled and (b) temporary status as outlined in the Government's November 2017 technical note, citizens' rights, administrative procedures in the UK.