David Duguid MP makes ministerial debut at Commons despatch box

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid made his debut at the House of Commons despatch box, fielding questions on issues including farming, fishing, and COVID-19 care home deaths.

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid made his debut at the House of Commons despatch box, fielding questions on issues including farming, fishing, and COVID-19 care home deaths.

David Duguid MP making his debut at the Dispatch Box

It was the first time that Mr Duguid took part in Scottish questions since his appointment as parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Scotland Office in June.

Some of the questions came via video-link as the number of MPs in the chamber continues to be limited due to social distancing guidelines introduced during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Mr Duguid joined Secretary of State for Scotland Allister Jack and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Iain Stewart for the session prior to Prime Minister’s Questions.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Duguid said

It has been almost a month exactly since my appointment to the Scotland Office, and it has been a whirlwind start for me amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

I very much enjoyed the experience of taking my first questions in the House of Commons chamber.

It was perhaps fitting, given I represent a coastal constituency, that the first question related to fishing.

There was also a focus on future farming policy and questions on COVID-19 deaths in Scottish care homes, which sadly include several in my Banff and Buchan constituency.

These are all important issues, and it is right that they are aired in the House of Commons chamber.

I can’t say that I will keep everybody happy, but I do look forward to more exchanges with colleagues from all sides.

You can watch David’s debut on Parliament TV here.

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