Results 241–260 of 800 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 — Scotland: Leaving the EU (28 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Yesterday, the Scottish Government produced analysis of the Prime Minister’s deal suggesting that the withdrawal agreement we are being asked to vote on would make all of us poorer, but the interim Scottish Conservative leader immediately dismissed it as an excuse for another referendum, even though the Chancellor said today it would make us poorer. Who of the two is right?

Ukraine-Russia Relations (27 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: To follow the point made by the hon. Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray), would it not be better to revisit that deployment—not necessarily its time or place, but the type of ship that we send? HMS Echo is a survey ship. Would it not be better to send a ship that can defend itself in these waters, given the events at the weekend? Do those events not also show that it is time for Her...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I have had to follow the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) in these defence debates many times, and it never, ever gets easier. He is New Forest East’s answer to David Starkey when it comes to these affairs. The House is furnished with much knowledge as the result of his contributions. I pay tribute to him, on behalf Scottish National party Members, for the sterling job he...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Yes, is the answer to my hon. Friend’s question; I do not think that needs anything further from me. The Royal Auxiliary Air Force base in Carmunnock Road in my constituency is not our only affinity to aviation, Mr Deputy Speaker. Indeed, if you were to come back to my constituency—you were kind enough to come, I think, around about this time last year—and take part in the Pollokshields...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend might want me to make my point first. [Laughter.] I think the balloon corps was based there from 1915, but I am probably about to get corrected by the MP for RAF Leuchars.

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I know he has a very good relationship with the base there: it is a solid part of the local community in his constituency. I am sure there are many great jokes to be made in future SNP adoption meetings about his being the MP for the balloon corps. I would not be so unkind as to illustrate them on the Floor of the House. It was of course a tremendous act of...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct to raise that point. Indeed, the continuous attitude survey even found examples of large numbers of people in not just the air force, but the other forces joining up for the purpose of getting a skill to then move out into the private sector. This cannot be a taboo subject that we dance around in such debates; we need to have a serious discussion about...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I see that the Minister is anxious to come in, and I will let him. We are not proposing in the Armed Forces Representative Body Bill that we give members of the armed forces the right to strike—we do not agree with that—but we do think it is right that members of the armed forces should have a body on a statutory footing to make the case for the best possible terms and conditions as...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: We put this in our manifesto at the last election—we put it in our manifesto for the election before that as well—and we returned 35 of the 59 Scottish seats that were up for grabs. Look, I am not sure to what extent there is polling on this—[Interruption.] Well, the Minister asked for evidence, and that is what I have got, but I am quite sure that he and those who sit on the Government...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct: a good idea is a good idea. It has been introduced with the genuine best of intentions, and I hope that the Government will see it in that spirit. The shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Llanelli (Nia Griffith), mentioned the issue of funding, which also plays into the whole notion of whether a young person today would choose to sign up to the...

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I do not want to prevent others from showing their worth, Mr Deputy Speaker. That is the level to which Parliament needs to take this debate. I think that Parliament is up for it; I just hope that the Government are as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UK-EU Defence Relationship (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The Prime Minister has said that the UK is unconditionally supportive of Europe’s defence, and those of us on the SNP Benches welcome that, but the European Defence Agency has multiple associations for countries outside the European Union, including Norway and now Ukraine. Is it the Secretary of State’s intention to explore such an association membership for the UK after we leave the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (26 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: As the UK is a signatory to the Budapest memorandum, what options are the Government considering in response to yesterday’s aggressive actions by Russia against Ukraine in the sea of Azov?

Interpol Presidency Election (20 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Mr Prokopchuk may be the candidate on the ballot paper, but let us be under no illusion that it will be President Putin who calls the shots should Mr Prokopchuk be successful at the general assembly. If Mr Prokopchuk is successful and does become the president of Interpol, does the Minister agree that it will be a slap in the face not just to this country and in particular to the people of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Minimum Wage (20 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: What steps he is taking to remind employers of their obligation to pay the national minimum wage.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: National Minimum Wage (20 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The Government are failing thousands of workers who are falling victim to unpaid trial shifts. The law is extremely grey, and despite my efforts to clear it up, the hon. Lady’s Government talked out my Bill. We know that the guidance the Government produce and reminding employers is not enough. As we go into this Christmas period, when this will be another employment epidemic, will she...

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

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

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: It is a very quick question. I am guessing that work on the next SDSR will probably start next year. When will we finally see the modernising defence programme?

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: It is always a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois). Despite having done so on several occasions, I am never quite sure that I get it right. He always gives a forensic speech, and we are never in any doubt about where he stands on, well, pretty much anything actually. I always welcome his contributions. I start on a somewhat sad note because the...

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I echo that entirely, and congratulate my hon. Friend on getting that point on the record. I also had the pleasure of attending the Queen’s Park football club remembrance service. It will surprise anybody who knows me to hear that it was ever a pleasure for me to be at a football stadium, but this was a particularly noteworthy affair. As well as holding a remembrance service for football...


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