Results 1–20 of 292 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Dec 2017)

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,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Joint Ministerial Committee (6 Dec 2017)

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?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

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.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

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.

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

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...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

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...

Business of the House (30 Nov 2017)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO North Atlantic Command (27 Nov 2017)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO North Atlantic Command (27 Nov 2017)

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...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

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?

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

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?

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: It is where you are headed. You choose!

Yemen (7 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: The scale of the devastation and cruelty outlined by the Chair of the International Development Committee and by the Minister should haunt us all, but the Minister sees his Government’s record through somewhat rose-tinted glasses. The Saudi Government have benefited from the sale of £3.8 billion-worth of weapons from this country, yet the Government have given only £200...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Specifically on pensions, the MOD’s continuous attitude survey shows that dissatisfaction with the package was at 38% in 2013, but is now at 52%. Why?

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: I think the hon. Gentleman is referring to a recent debate on policy change at my party’s conference. I am sure he will note when he gets to his feet that I argued against that change in policy.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: I thank the shadow Secretary of State for bringing the motion before the House. In the short time that I have been the defence spokesperson for my party, it has become abundantly clear that the Secretary of State—who, unfortunately, is leaving us at this moment—is not so much running a Department as presiding over a shambles with, I believe, the fourth-biggest spend in Whitehall....

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Stewart McDonald: No, because it is obviously not deterring anyone, given what the right hon. Gentleman has just said.


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