Results 1–20 of 256 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

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Stewart McDonald: May I begin by putting on the record the great sadness of many of my constituents at the recent death of Sir Teddy Taylor, who served my constituency for 15 years? It is a privilege to represent his old stomping ground, where his name looms large to this day. During the recess, Mr Speaker, you visited two schools in my constituency, and I am quite sure that the young people there told you...

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Stewart McDonald: The issue of an armed forces trade union for non-commissioned personnel featured in the Scottish National party’s manifesto. I am unsure about the hon. Gentleman’s party’s manifesto, but it sounds as though he supports the principle. Will he note that, just this month, a captain has been named as the general secretary of the trade union for non-commissioned armed forces in...

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Stewart McDonald: It is a pleasure to see you preside over proceedings this afternoon, Chair. I congratulate the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan) on securing this debate and doing so just 24 hours after he gave his maiden speech, also on the issue of public sector pay restraint. It is obvious, given his first two outings in Parliament, that he will be a thorn in the side as far as public...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Stewart McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for the statement and for advanced sight of it. I welcome—finally—the publication of the national shipbuilding strategy. I had started to think that we would never get there. However, the Secretary of State did not get off to the best start this morning. What is it with his interviews with Scottish journalists? He came out with a howler on...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman talks about modernisation—I cannot believe what I am hearing. This is a closure. We were never asked about modernisation, co-location or anything else—that has all come from us. The Government are proposing closures, nothing else.

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Is the hon. Gentleman in favour of the closures or against them? I am unclear.

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Of course not!

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: When Members representing Glasgow constituencies during the last Parliament visited senior DWP officials at the jobcentre in Laurieston, I jokingly asked, “Did you use Google Maps to work this out?”, to which they said, “Yes.” Does the hon. Gentleman share my dismay that they based their decision on Google Maps?

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: God must be smiling on us given that you, Mr Evans, are in the Chair for another debate on Glasgow jobcentres. Just before the House rose at Christmas time, I think we had the last Westminster Hall debate then as well. I can see a pattern forming, but I am sure you are not at the centre of it. I want to pick up on what my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) said,...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman makes an extremely important point, which has been adumbrated by other colleagues, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West and the former Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Margaret Ferrier, who was also like a terrier in this campaign. We rightly pay tribute to the work that she did to save jobcentres in her constituency. This has been the most...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Lady makes an extremely important point. While the scale in London will obviously be bigger, we face the exact same issues in Glasgow in terms of who will be disproportionately affected by the cuts. I plead with the Minister to publish the equality impact assessment, because I would hate to see the Government taken to court over it, and frankly that is where things are headed. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentres: Glasgow (19 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with Glasgow City Council on the future of job centres in Glasgow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentres: Glasgow (19 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Given that the hon. Gentleman is going to close quite a number of jobcentres in the city, does he not think he should at least sit down with Glasgow City Council, which is concerned that organisations such as the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the Prince’s Trust and others are going to have to pick up the slack of his closure in supporting people into work? He needs to have a...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Hear, hear!

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Broadland (Mr Simpson), who made an incredibly forensic, heartfelt and vivid speech—his two read-outs at the end were particularly emotional—and the House is better informed as a result of it, so I thank him most sincerely. I also thank the Minister for bringing the debate to the House, and pay tribute to the shadow Minister,...

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: I, too, thank the Defence Secretary for his statement and advance notice of it. Let me put on record the tribute of Scottish National party Members to the forces who have been involved, particularly in liberating Mosul to the extent that it has been. I also extend our congratulations to the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) on his re-election as Chair of the Defence Committee....

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Humanitarian Crisis: Syria (12 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: It is quite obvious that senior Ministers in the Government wish to expand this conflict to target actors other than Daesh in Syria. Has the Secretary of State made an assessment of what that would mean for her Department on the ground, and is she being the voice of reason in cautioning against expanding the conflict?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO: Estonia and Poland (10 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: As this is the first Defence questions of the new Parliament, may I begin by putting on record the Scottish National party’s welcome for the announcement on Type 26s, and also welcome the fact that Scotland is, of course, the only part of the UK that can build these complex ships? On the issue of cyber, what is the Secretary of State’s assessment of what the President of America...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Both the Defence and Foreign Secretaries seem to have suggested that UK forces may target others in Syria beyond the mandate that was given in this House in December 2015—namely, the Assad regime. Will the Secretary of State confirm that if he is to deviate from that mandate, it will only happen after a full debate and vote in this House?


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