Results 141–160 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

Social Media and Young People's Mental Health (2 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: That is a fine point, on which I will aim to end. Social media platforms need to do more but, in addition, teachers need to be better empowered. Although I respect that that specific matter is for our Government in Scotland, I think that the social media platforms need to engage better with educators to combat bullying in their schools. Declan has since left high school. He is now studying...

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Stewart McDonald: It is always a pleasure to star in another episode of “Carry on up the Commons”, which is what it has been like in here this morning. It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for East Dunbartonshire (John Nicolson). I do not call him my honourable friend just to obey the conventions of the House. I say it because he is both honourable and a true friend. What a piece of...

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Stewart McDonald: I should say that God is always surprised to see me when I attend prayers in this House. Although we laugh, that is what people were going through, and much, much worse has been adumbrated to the House by other Members. Things have moved on remarkably, but even through the 1980s, friends of mine talk about going to pride parades in London where the streets would be lined with police looking...

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Certainly; one young man to another.

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I should also clarify that I am the gay man here; I would never have that clash of a yellow lanyard with a purple tie—and I have seen him in worse as well. The 16,000 people the hon. Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt) mentioned, and many others, are the giants on whose shoulders we stand. Today we have an opportunity to do the right thing. Symbolism is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Too often social media is the weapon of choice of those who seek to bully and intimidate others. It was the weapon used against my young constituent, Declan Duncan, when his bullies tried literally to run him out of his own hometown, making his life a misery. Will the Prime Minister agree to meet Declan and me to discuss how companies such as Facebook and Twitter can be held to account for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Car Manufacturers: Emissions (17 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Whether he has had discussions with the Attorney General on investigations into car manufacturers and emissions irregularities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Car Manufacturers: Emissions (17 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: We hear that quite often, but as consumers in this country look around the world—to New Zealand, Brazil, France, Germany and South Korea—they see action being taken against companies such as Volkswagen, while this Government let people down and drag their heels. Can I hear something firm about what the Government have been doing to take these companies to task?

Business of the House (17 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: How many more times do the Government expect to end up in court? Not only have they been taken to court over the article 50 shambles, but they lost their appeal against the Terence Higgins Trust and are now compelled to provide PrEP—pre-exposure prophylaxis—anti-HIV drugs to those who badly need them. Given that, can we have a debate in Government time on the commissioning of this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Tourism: LIBOR Funding (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the amount of LIBOR funding available to museums, galleries and tourist attractions in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Tourism: LIBOR Funding (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: The Secretary of State knows that there is no greater cause in my constituency than Holmwood House, a fine piece of Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s architecture. Next year is the bicentenary of his birth, and the Secretary of State knows how keen I am, and the Alexander Thomson Society is, to promote that, both around the UK and internationally. Will he assure me that the full weight of his...

Autumn Statement (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: I am always shining on you, Mr Speaker. The Chancellor is no philistine, so he will know that Lloyd George, a predecessor of his, visited Holmwood House in my constituency in 1928. Although the right hon. Gentleman appears to have dismissed my appeal for restorative funding for the building next year as we approach the bicentenary of its architect, will he assure me that this is not quite the...

Exiting the EU and Transport (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Staying slightly on that topic, will my hon. Friend urge the Transport Secretary to engage with the US Government, who are currently considering Edinburgh airport for pre-clearance travel to the United States, as a positive way of showing the world that we are indeed open for business?

Exiting the EU and Transport (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Well, here we are, four months on from Brexit—[Interruption.] My apologies, it is five months. That is not a good start. We have heard from several Members about the many challenges that still face us, and I do accept that there will be some opportunities. Let us look at one element of the Government’s transport strategy and what they consider to be an achievement: the deal that they...

Exiting the EU and Transport (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: One hopes that it will be this Christmas, I say to my colleague on the Transport Committee. I wish to focus my remarks on emissions and the vehicle industry. Although there are challenges, there are indeed opportunities in this field, and I do not necessarily mean just in terms of trade, but in terms of the governance of the industry. For too long—I say this as someone who passionately...

Exiting the EU and Transport (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct, and that is what I am coming to. The Government now have the opportunity to get a new regime on emissions and safety standards that does not allow the kind of manipulation that he mentions to take place. We can have a situation where car manufacturers do not manipulate test vehicles—for example, by taping up air conditioning units, by changing the...

Exiting the EU and Transport (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Will the Minister tell us how many of them will relate to transport?

The Government's Plan for Brexit (7 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: In the case currently going through the Supreme Court, the Lord Advocate for Scotland described the Sewell convention yesterday as “a political restriction upon Parliament’s ability to act, no more and no less than that”. However, has not that convention been put on a statutory footing as part of the Scotland Act 2016? Is my hon. Friend as concerned as I am about the lack of clarity...

National Funding Formula: Schools/High Needs: Points of Order (14 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Government plans were announced last week to close half of Glasgow’s jobcentres. We were supposed to be getting a consultation on three out of eight of these closures. I have raised the matter of access to that consultation with the Leader of the House and with the responsible Department for Work and Pensions Minister. A week later, it still does...

Business of the House (15 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Last week, the Leader of the House failed to tell me how far it was from Castlemilk to Newlands, which I am surprised about, given that when the Department for Work and Pensions calculated the distance, it did not use any of the great resources at its fingertips; instead, it used Google Maps. That is how it calculated its decision to close eight of Glasgow’s 16 jobcentres. Here we are,...

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