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Steven Bonnar

Scottish National Party - Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (DEFRA Team Member)

(since January 2020)
3 APPG memberships (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Boxing, Customer Service, Kinship Care
Steven Bonnar has no previous appointments


Oral Question
Thursday 2nd December 2021
09:30
Department for International Trade
Oral Question No. 16
What recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of UK trade with the EU.
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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Health and Care Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 39 Scottish National Party Aye votes vs 0 Scottish National Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 239 Noes - 311
Speeches
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Strengthening Standards in Public Life

It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Amber Valley (Nigel Mills). I agreed with a lot of …

Written Answers
Monday 18th October 2021
Administration of Justice: Neurology
If she will take steps with the Secretary of State for Justice to develop an overarching national strategy to improve …
Early Day Motions
Monday 13th September 2021
Auchengeich Mining Disaster 62nd anniversary
That this House acknowledges that Saturday 18 September 2021 is the 62nd anniversary of the Auchengeich Mining disaster; respectfully remembers …
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
1. Employment and earnings
Until further notice, member of North Lanarkshire Council, Civic Centre, Motherwell ML1 1AD. I receive £17,000 a year, paid 4 …
EDM signed
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Giving every child the best start in life
That this House notes the work of WAVE Trust and its 70/30 campaign to reduce levels of child abuse, neglect …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Steven Bonnar has voted in 231 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(7 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(6 debate interactions)
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(8 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(8 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(7 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Agriculture Act 2020 - Government Bill
(1,406 words contributed)
Fisheries Act 2020 - Government Bill
(711 words contributed)
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Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

Much like the existing mandatory requirement for employers with 250 or more employees must publish their gender pay gap. We call upon the government to introduce the ethnicity pay gap reporting. To shine a light on race / ethnicity based inequality in the workplace so that they can be addressed.

Leading veterinary and welfare bodies are concerned by the alarming rise in ear-cropped dogs in the UK. Ear cropping is illegal in the UK and an unnecessary, painful mutilation with no welfare benefit. The practice involves cutting off part of the ear flap, often without anaesthesia or pain relief.

Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP.

Enact legislation to protect retail workers. This legislation must create a specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker. The offence must carry a penalty that acts as a deterrent and makes clear that abuse of retail workers is unacceptable.

Now that we have left the EU, the UK has the ability to finally stop the importation of Shark Fins. They had previously stated that 'Whilst in the EU, it is not possible to unilaterally ban the import of shark fins into the UK.'

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme

The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.


Latest EDMs signed by Steven Bonnar

12th May 2021
Steven Bonnar signed this EDM on Wednesday 20th October 2021

Giving every child the best start in life

Tabled by: Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat - Bath)
That this House notes the work of WAVE Trust and its 70/30 campaign to reduce levels of child abuse, neglect and domestic abuse by 70 per cent by 2030; further notes that over two-thirds of this House have endorsed that campaign, including a majority from all parties; recognises the role …
109 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Nov 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 40
Scottish National Party: 34
Liberal Democrat: 12
Conservative: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 3
Alba Party: 2
23rd September 2021
Steven Bonnar signed this EDM on Monday 18th October 2021

Clarkston gas explosion of 21 October 1971

Tabled by: Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
That this House recalls, fifty years on, the dreadful events of 21 October 1971, when Scotland’s worst peace-time explosion ripped through the Clarkston Toll shopping precinct, quickly reducing the shops to rubble; recognises the devastating impact on the local community, with 22 people losing their lives and more than 100 …
48 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 42
Labour: 2
Independent: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Steven Bonnar, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Steven Bonnar has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Steven Bonnar has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Steven Bonnar has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Steven Bonnar has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


9 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
18th Jan 2021
What steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of education received by school pupils during the covid-19 outbreak.

All primary and secondary schools in England are now expected to provide remote education for the majority of their pupils and students, with the exception of vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers, who can attend school or college in person. Where vulnerable children and young people and children of critical workers do not attend school or college, we expect schools and colleges to provide them with remote education.

We have updated the remote education guidance for schools to clarify and strengthen expectations while on-site attendance is restricted, drawing on our evolving understanding of best practice in remote education. This guidance is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/952443/210114_School_national_restrictions_guidance_FINAL_14012021.pdf#page=46&zoom=100,72,76.

To ensure all pupils continue to access high-quality education, we are securing 1.3 million laptops, investing over £400 million to support access to remote education. A comprehensive package of support continues to be available to schools and colleges which can be accessed via the Get Help with Remote Education page on gov.uk, available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-remote-education. As part of that support, we have published a ‘Review Your Remote Education Provision’ tool to help schools to understand their remote education strategies and signpost them towards packages of support to help them meet basic requirements and go further in their strategies, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-your-remote-education-provision?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=53522a25-c275-4777-996d-ade6d8f11bd5&utm_content=immediately.

We have asked schools to publish information about their remote education provision on their websites by 25 January and published an optional template to support schools in setting out that information, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/providing-remote-education-information-to-parents-template.

During the spring term Ofsted will conduct monitoring inspections of schools most in need. These will have a strong focus on remote education and an emphasis on being supportive. In addition, Ofsted will inspect schools of any grade if it has any significant concerns about a school’s provision, including in relation to remote education. Where parents approach Ofsted with concerns, having first sought to resolve them with the school, Ofsted will consider and take action where appropriate. This could mean discussing the complaint with the school, or if necessary, inspecting the school.

16th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the data collected by the ZOE COVID Symptom Study which found that runny nose, headache, sneezing and sore throat are the most common symptoms of covid-19 in fully vaccinated people and children, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the list of symptoms which trigger the need for a covid-19 test.

Experts continue to keep the symptoms under review as our understanding of the virus develops. We assess the data from the COVID Symptom Study in addition to other surveillance studies and will update our guidance if necessary.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the HMICFRS report, Neurodiversity in the Criminal Justice System report, published on 15 July 2021, what steps are being taken to implement the use of screening tools for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to enable screening for adults upon entering prison.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working closely with the Ministry of Justice to gather more evidence on the use of screening tools, including screening for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults within the criminal justice system in England. An action plan in response to the recommendations of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services report, Neurodiversity in the Criminal Justice System, is due to be published in October 2021 and will address this recommendation.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
5th May 2020
What steps he is taking to help prevent a second wave of covid-19 infections after the easing of lockdown measures.

We have set out five tests that will need to be satisfied before any lockdown measures are eased which are as follows:

  • ensuring the National Health Service has capacity to provide critical care right across the United Kingdom;
  • evidence to show a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates from coronavirus;
  • the rate of infection decreased to manageable levels across the board;
  • the UK is ready for operational challenges including testing and personal protective equipment are in hand with supply able to meet future demand, and;
  • confidence that measures do not risk a second peak.

To offset the risk for a second peak, a certain degree of social distancing measures will need to remain. We have rapidly and very significantly expanded our testing capability and are developing a test and trace programme to support the next phase of our Covid-19 response.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
19th Jan 2021
What discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts in EU member states and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport on the diplomatic implications of the operation of the UK's border with the EU from 1 January 2021.

I continue to speak regularly to my counterparts in Europe.

The FCDO continues to work closely with colleagues across Government, including the Secretary of State for Transport, to maintain smooth operation of the UK's border with the EU for both freight and passengers.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Oct 2021
If she will take steps with the Secretary of State for Justice to develop an overarching national strategy to improve the outcomes for neurodivergent people in the criminal justice system.

We are working closely with the Ministry of Justice on the development of a national strategy to improve outcomes for neurodivergent people in the criminal justice system (CJS).

The recent Criminal Justice Joint Inspection report on neurodiversity in the CJS is welcome. I look forward to discussing this with the new Secretary of State for Justice.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
12th Jul 2021
What steps she is taking to meet the UK’s international obligations on refugees and asylum seekers.

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those in need. Since 2015, we have resettled more than 25,000 people – more than any other EU country – and we have a new global UK Resettlement Scheme running.

The Nationality and Borders Bill, which was introduced last week, will fix the broken asylum system in the UK and ensure that access to the UK’s asylum system is based on need, not on the ability to pay people smugglers

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the HMICFRS report, Neurodiversity in the Criminal Justice System report, published on 15 July 2021, what steps his Department is taking to develop a strategy for neurodiversity in the criminal justice system.

We welcomed the Evidence Review Report on Neurodiversity in the Criminal Justice System, which has highlighted the importance of gaining a better understanding of the needs of people with neurodivergent conditions across the criminal justice system.

The report suggests that potentially half of the adult prison population has some form of neurodivergence. The report identifies current gaps in provision and areas of good practice, and it provides six recommendations as to how current provision might be improved.

The first recommendation is to develop a cross government overarching neurodiversity strategy across the criminal justice system. An action plan in response to the report is due to be published in October 2021 and my department is currently engaging in discussions with all of the relevant departments to identify appropriate steps to work towards this key recommendation.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jan 2021
What recent discussions he has had with devolved Administrations on the December 2020 Northern Ireland Protocol agreement with the EU.

I was pleased that we could agree a fantastic deal on the Protocol in December. It delivers on the commitments we made to the people of Northern Ireland, maintaining unfettered access, protecting Northern Ireland’s place in the UK Customs Territory, and ensuring that Great Britain to Northern Ireland trade flows as smoothly as possible.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is in constant contact with the Executive on matters relating to the Protocol, as was the case throughout the Transition Period. This includes regular engagements with the First and deputy First Ministers, as well as cross-Government forums like the EU Exit Operations Committee and JMC(EN).

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)