Results 61–80 of 600 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 — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Stewart McDonald: The right hon. Gentleman talks about having a mandate for this Bill. His party was wholly rejected in Scotland, so why does he not enter discussions with the Scottish Government to devolve trade union law to the Scottish Parliament?

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — London Black Cabs (15 Sep 2015)

Stewart McDonald: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. Some hon. Members may be questioning the relevance of the London black taxi service to my constituents in Glasgow South. However, it is clear to me from the debate so far that there are lessons that we can learn in Scotland so that we do not end up in the position that people in London find themselves in today. I therefore congratulate the hon....

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — London Black Cabs (15 Sep 2015)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Lady’s point is absolutely correct and I thank her for making it. To return to my point on what we do about Uber, which appears to be the bogeyman in this debate, we need to look at ensuring that the wages of its drivers are properly regulated and properly enforced and that the training on health and safety and local knowledge is there. It is obvious that Uber is not going to go...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Saudi Penal System (13 Oct 2015)

Stewart McDonald: The power of the urgent question indeed. This is a victory, if we believe press reports, for the Secretary of State himself, but also for the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, which has been vociferous in challenging the decision. This is not, of course, an easy issue. The contract was being negotiated against a backdrop of a Government who have beheaded more people than Daesh, who are about to...

Isil: European Council (19 Oct 2015)

Stewart McDonald: What exactly is this benefits shopping that the Prime Minister speaks of? It is probably the greatest canard in British politics right now, because I do not know what it is and it seems that his European counterparts do not know either. Rather than being driven by the suspicion of Johnny Foreigner that plagues his Back Benchers and, indeed, his Home Secretary, will the Prime Minister stand up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (10 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: In the Scottish Government’s programme earlier this year, the First Minister announced three new innovation centres for Scotland across Europe, one of which will be based here, in the great European capital city of London. How do the Government plan to support that centre, to ensure that Scottish businesses compete on the world stage?

Renegotiation of EU Membership (Devolved Administrations) (10 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Renegotiation of EU Membership (Devolved Administrations) (10 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: Will the Minister give way?

Military Personnel and Veterans (Children and Young Carers) (3 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend rightly mentions the Scottish Government’s role in trying to deal with the complexity of these issues, and other hon. Members have mentioned the role of third sector organisations in their constituencies. In my constituency, Cathcart old parish church has set up a veterans centre to support veterans and their families. Does he agree that the churches are equally as crucial in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: Today’s middle east is increasingly resembling the central Europe of a century ago. Minorities, be they linguistic, religious or sexual, find themselves under more pressure than ever. My constituents, the Scottish National party and I understand the threat posed to these groups by Daesh, but how is the Prime Minister planning to prosecute a bombing campaign that does not alter the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Spending Review and Autumn Statement (25 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: The Burrell Collection refurb is vital for pulling visitors to the south side of Glasgow in my constituency, so I welcome the announcement of £5 million of funding. Will the Chancellor go a little further and commit to meeting me and local people who are keen to build up the south side as a tourist place in Glasgow so that we can really raise its profile?

Business of the House (3 Dec 2015)

Stewart McDonald: May I, too, pay tribute to your Herculean efforts yesterday, Mr Speaker? I honestly do not know how you got through it. I took part in Prime Minister’s questions last week, I questioned him after the statement last Thursday and I took part in the Back-Bench business debate on Monday, and each time I raised the issue of protecting the ancient minorities in Syria and that part of the world....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Low Pay and Training (7 Dec 2015)

Stewart McDonald: May I pay tribute to your office, Mr Speaker, for the way in which it has combated exploitative internships, which are often unpaid and are used to exploit many young people? Many people begin their career progression with an internship. Will the Minister outline what the Government are doing to ensure that young people are not exploited through long-term unpaid internships?

Women and Equalities: Syria (26 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: The Prime Minister has described Raqqa as the head of the snake but, as the story goes, when you cut the head off a snake, seven new heads grow. How can he ensure that the snake is not in fact a Hydra that will emerge stronger in other parts of the region, such as Libya or Tunisia?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Airports Commission: Final Report (26 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: This is the issue that will not go away. Ever since I was elected to this Parliament, everywhere I go people want to know what we think and what will happen—not on Scottish independence, although that issue might not go away for some time, but on the extra runway at Heathrow or Gatwick. I congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr Mathias) on securing this debate. She made a forensic...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Airports Commission: Final Report (26 Nov 2015)

Stewart McDonald: I will get there one day; it is normally hon. Members from south of the border who struggle with these things, rather than those from the north of it. The hon. Member for Fylde (Mark Menzies) is a strong and staunch supporter of Blackpool airport in his constituency, and I know he has spoken out in other debates in the House on that, as he did today. He again mentioned the importance of...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Stewart McDonald: I am very grateful to the Liberal Democrat leader for giving way. Given that he has pressed so hard for the Government to take more refugees, why is he content to bomb that country when the Prime Minister has refused to give that assurance? This is ridiculous.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Airports Capacity (14 Dec 2015)

Stewart McDonald: It is like something straight from “Yes Minister”. “What do we want?” “Airport expansion!” “When do we want it?” “At the appropriate juncture, in the fullness of time” —after umpteen inquiries, reports and working groups, and a cost of millions of pounds to the taxpayer, all for a by-election in Richmond Park. “He used to be indecisive, but now he’s not so sure.”...

M6: UK Spaceport (10 Dec 2015)

Stewart McDonald: What progress his Department has made on identifying a location for a UK spaceport.

M6: UK Spaceport (10 Dec 2015)

Stewart McDonald: It has long been believed that Prestwick airport was the only place in the UK visited by none other than Elvis. It is an area in desperate need of attention and economic investment. Will the Minister follow in the king’s footsteps and pay a flying visit to see how the Government can help regenerate that vital airport in the west of Scotland?

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