Results 1–20 of 457 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stewart McDonald

Nord Stream 2 (17 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Forgive me, Sir Edward; this question is certainly related to the debate, although it may not seem so on the face of it. Can the Minister say whether any of the support that the Government plan to give, now and in future, involves resolving the ludicrous visa situation that exists?

Nord Stream 2 (17 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Well, that was worth it, Sir Edward. Before we stopped for the Divisions, I was saying that the Government must have taken into account what the money that the Russian Government gain from the Nord Stream project will be used for. The Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine believes it will be used to finance right-wing groups all across the continent of Europe that seek to undermine democratic...

Nord Stream 2 (17 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard) on securing this debate. I can only lament that more Members are not present to take part in it, because it is without doubt important, and the timing should be on all our minds. We sit here on the fourth anniversary of the shooting down of MH17. Four years ago to the day, 298 people were killed, and only last week G7...

Combat Air Strategy (17 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I, too, thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement and pay tribute to the resigning hon. Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb). The Scottish National party broadly welcomes the new strategy, but one overarching question is, where on earth is the money coming from? Surely the £20 billion funding gap in the procurement budget will drag many of the aspirations in the...

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

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.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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?

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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...

Afghanistan (11 Jul 2018)

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...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

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?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: British Armed Forces: Knowledge and Experience (9 Jul 2018)

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?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: British Armed Forces: Knowledge and Experience (9 Jul 2018)

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....

Opposition Day - [15TH Allotted Day, 1ST Part]Opposition Day: Claim of Right for Scotland (4 Jul 2018)

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?

Opposition Day - [15TH Allotted Day, 1ST Part]Opposition Day: Claim of Right for Scotland (4 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Lady give way?


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