Results 161–180 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

Local Government Finance Settlement: Points of Order (15 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: rose—

Local Government Finance Settlement: Points of Order (15 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. When I raised this issue during business questions earlier, I think the Leader of the House inadvertently misled Members by claiming at the Dispatch Box that the DWP was actively consulting on the issue. That is false. There is no consultation. I cannot find it because it does not exist. Can you try to find an opportunity sometime this...

Local Government Finance Settlement: Points of Order (15 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Leader of the House is now present. Further to my earlier point of order, I wonder whether you would allow him to correct the record.

Aleppo/Syria: International Action (13 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern over the incoming US Administration and some of the individuals’ relationships with Russia? Does it not highlight the need for the UK Government to press seriously on the sanctions issue?

Double Taxation Treaties (Developing Countries) Bill (16 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: I wonder whether my hon. Friend has anyone in mind when he says that.

Jobcentre Closures: Glasgow (20 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered closure of jobcentres in Glasgow. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Hollobone. I wish to take you and other Members back to 8 June 2010—at the time of 7.34 pm, to be precise. That was a big moment in the Minister’s parliamentary career, because it was then that he uttered his first words to the House as a new Member,...

Jobcentre Closures: Glasgow (20 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: I thank you, Mr Hollobone, and I thank my hon. Friends for their contributions to the debate. I wish to say one or two things to close. The Minister referred to the fact that the claimant count in Glasgow is down and so is use of floor space. In my constituency, the Government want to close Castlemilk jobcentre, but it is in a town that was once larger than the entire city of Perth. That...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (12 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Mr Speaker, you will be aware of the Vauxhall car fire scandal. Last month, I hosted in the House of Commons around 25 people who had been affected, and heard about traumatised children and how the incidents led to increases in insurance excesses and cost families thousands of pounds. Will a Minister agree to meet not me—I am not interested in meeting Ministers myself—but the families of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (12 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: There cannot be much that cheapens the honours system more than dishing out gongs to people who have been found by a UN committee to have breached human rights, including those of disabled people. I am talking not of a despotic regime, but of two senior civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions. With that in mind, will the Leader of the House facilitate a debate on how we can...

New Partnership with the EU (17 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: The new Britannic isolation that the Government now seek must not be at the expense of EU nationals in this country—or indeed, I accept, UK nationals in Europe. The Secretary of State has said that he has tried to resolve this issue and wanted to do so some time ago, so can he tell us exactly what the problem is? What barrier is in the way that is stopping him resolving that, and how do we...

Leaving the Eu: the Rural Economy: DWP Policies and Low-income Households (17 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: That sounds way above my pay grade, Mr Speaker, but thank you none the less. I take my hat off to the Minister and his colleagues at the Department for Work and Pensions, because he has managed to do something I never thought possible: unite Scottish Labour politicians and Scottish National party politicians against his jobcentres closure plan. That will be the focus of my remarks, and if he...

DWP Estate — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: It is always a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Dorries. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Margaret Ferrier) on securing the second but, I am confident, not the last Westminster Hall debate on the jobcentre estate, with a focus on Glasgow. On 28 October 1977, that great chronicler of local news the Barnet Press published an article following a...

DWP Estate — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: I wish to help the hon. Lady. Perhaps the comments from the hon. Member for North Swindon were that the director, Ken Loach, has publicly backed our campaign to save the Glasgow jobcentres.

DWP Estate — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Will the Minister give way on that point?

Jobcentre Plus Offices: Closure (30 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Has the Minister done another Glasgow? Before Christmas, her Department announced the closures of eight out of 16 jobcentres in Glasgow, calculated using Google Maps. Has she done the same again?

Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Stewart McDonald: Did the Foreign Secretary at any point in his conversations raise the Geneva convention and the US Government’s obligations, or was that left to Chancellor Angela Merkel?

Informal European Council: Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) (6 Feb 2017)

Stewart McDonald: On a point of order, Ms Engel. Was what the right hon. Member for East Devon (Sir Hugo Swire) just said in order? He accused the First Minister of Scotland of misleading the country by stating something that Members of this House in the Scottish National party have also said, so is he by extension accusing me and my hon. Friends of misleading the Chamber?

Petition - Closure of Castlemilk and Langside Jobcentres (8 Feb 2017)

Stewart McDonald: In similar terms to the petitions lodged by my colleagues, the constituents of Glasgow wish to petition that the Department for Work and Pensions to halt the sham of a proposal to close half the city’s jobcentres, including the two in my constituency in Castlemilk and Langside. They should get a grip of themselves and get back round the table. Following is the full text of the petition:...

Business of the House (8 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: The Government’s announcement on jobcentres yesterday will take Glasgow’s jobcentres down from 16 to eight, and there will be consultation only on two of those closures across the city. Members of Parliament had to read about this in the press, and it took seven hours after that story breaking before a Minister bothered to contact me. Given that, does the Leader of the House agree that we...

Points of Order (8 Dec 2016)

Stewart McDonald: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I have two brief points. First, I think the Leader of the House perhaps inadvertently misled the House in response to questions from my hon. Friends about jobcentre closures in Glasgow. He stated that the plans would be subject to full consultation, but they will not. The Government plan to consult on only two of eight closures across the city, and I cannot...


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