Another busy day in Parliament yesterday, and I was delighted to have had the opportunity to speak on a broad range of issues.
First we had oral questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I pressed the Minister on the difficulties the steel industry has in decarbonising, as it faces dramatically higher electricity costs than its European counterparts. You can read a transcript of my question and the Minister’s response in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
Sticking with the theme of decarbonisation, I attended a Westminster Hall debate on decarbonising the aviation industry and was grateful for the opportunity to make two interventions. I used the time to highlight the longevity of aircraft and what incentives the Government could provide to airlines renewing their fleet, and that the industry is already facing significant financial pressures as a result of the pandemic. You can read a transcript of the debate in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
In the main Chamber, we heard the Secretary of State for Defence answer an urgent question on the data breach that saw over 200 interpreters’ details leaked in Afghanistan. I used the opportunity to highlight a constituent case I have, and to ask what support the Government is providing those left behind. You can read a transcript of my question, and the Minister’s response in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.
And last but certainly not least, the Official Opposition allocated one of their debate days to discussing the impact of this Government’s policies on the finances of working people across the UK. I spoke about the impact of these policies on single parent families in Scotland, and how many are pushed into debt to provide the things for their children many of us take for granted. You can read a transcript of my contribution in Hansard, or watch it on ParliamentTV.