From left to right: Ian Davidson MP, Quentin Davis MP Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, and John Robertson MP, onboard HMS Daring at Scotstoun
New Minister comes to Scotstoun Shipyards
Today I was at Scotstoun shipyards with the new Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davis MP, as he visited shipyards along the Clyde including Scotstoun in our constituency.
Following the recent Government reshuffle I have accepted a position as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Yvette Cooper MP (right), the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and a member of the Cabinet.
I was given this role by Yvette and the Treasury and it means that I will provide parliamentary support for her in her ministerial post.
Mr Deputy Speaker. I want to start by declaring an interest as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy. And I want to follow this up by declaring a lack of interest, having no nuclear industry employees in my constituency.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to promote discussion on the future energy needs of Scotland.
This is a much needed debate. We currently have a first minister constructing his own folly in Edinburgh and who is creating a whole new age of irresponsibility by gambling like the banks with Scotland’s future energy.
Below is a transcript from a debate I was granted in the House of Commons on 21st October 2008 on Energy Policy in Scotland. I spoke about the need for a balanced energy policy including nuclear power as a low carbon and safe source of electricity which would help Scotland meet the twin challenges of climate change and having security of supply to match demand.
Towards the end of my speech I also called for more support to be provided for vulnerable groups with their heating bills and for a consolidation in the increases in the Winter Fuel Allowance.
Financial Crisis Support Special
I know that many people are worried about the global financial crisis and whether their savings or pensions are safe or whether they can get a loan or pay their mortgage.
The situation is constantly developing, but as you will have seen in the news the Government has acted to introduce a wide ranging package to try to deal with the problems. Because it works on a number of fronts it has been welcomed across the political spectrum and is being viewed as a model response which is being reproduced by other countries across Europe.