Yesterday was a very busy day in Westminster, and I was delighted to have had the chance to speak in the Chamber on a number of issues.
We started with Defence questions, where I pressed the Government to extend Operation Warm Welcome to Afghans still stuck in the asylum system, as the Scottish Refugee Council has recently called for. You can read a transcript of my question in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
I had a second opportunity to question the Minister in MoD Topicals, this time on the effect of new MoD contracts on levels of fatigue in staff. You can read the transcript of my question in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
We then heard a statement from the Secretary of State for Transport, updating the House on international travel. I asked the Secretary of State what steps his department is taking to better support the aviation industry, particularly to upskill and retrain its specialist workforce over the winter months. You can read the transcript of my question in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
Finally, I sat in on the debate on the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill, and was grateful to Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, for giving way so that I could speak to the issue of frozen pension payments for pensioners living overseas. You can read my intervention in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.