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Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Hotels (24 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her oral statement of 31 October 2022, Official Report, column 642, on which dates use of each of the hotels was sanctioned; whether and to what extent they were sanctioned for use to house people transferred from Manston asylum processing centre; and how many persons have now been transferred from Manston to those hotels.

Hotel Asylum Accommodation: Local Authority Consultation (23 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I think we are all agreed in this House that it is important that the Home Office liaises in advance with local authorities, service providers, non-governmental organisations and local representatives. The Minister has made some commitments in that regard today, and we will obviously monitor closely how those are implemented and how they work. We should also be agreed, and I think we are...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: The Secretary of State keeps patronising us about what the priorities of the people of Scotland are. The fact is that the people of Scotland keep voting for the SNP and for an independence referendum as the means to deliver on their priorities. The non-answer that he keeps referring us to is some vague nonsense about reaching consensus. In 2014 we reached consensus precisely because there was...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: It is carers, victims of domestic violence, disabled people, trafficking victims and people with mental health issues who are among those who have vindicated crucial rights and tackled Government discrimination using the Human Rights Act. Their victories could not have happened under his Bill. As we face up to the cost of living crisis, should we not be strengthening our citizens’ rights...

Justice: Strengthening Human Rights: Discussions with Cabinet Colleagues (22 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: The only thing undermining human rights protections in this country is the Justice Secretary’s proposed Bill of Rights. The reality is that a nursery class could have designed a more sensible piece of legislation than his Bill of Rights. Everybody from human rights campaigners to big city lawyers are saying so—indeed, even the disastrous Truss Administration understood that fact. Given...

National Security Bill: Schedule 14 - Minor and Consequential Amendments (16 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, thank all colleagues for their involvement and engagement in the Bill, even if we could have done with a little more time for that today. I also thank all the officers and staff of the Home Office and the agencies for their engagement. They have persuaded us of the merits of large parts of the Bill, if not quite all of it. I want personally to thank my right hon. Friend the Member...

National Security Bill: New Clause 9 - Use of Reasonable Force (16 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis). He has our full support, both in relation to amendment 14 and to what he said about clause 83. A Bill of this nature is absolutely necessary and overdue, but I share the concerns of colleagues about the amount of time provided for debate and scrutiny. So short of time do we appear to be that the Minister,...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (16 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, further to his Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 77576 on UN Committee On the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, when the Government plans to submit the next periodic report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Written Answers — Home Office: Detention Centres: Manston (14 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were detained for processing at Manston asylum processing centre on each Monday since Monday 6 June 2022 to date; and how many arrivals and departures there were in each of those weeks.

Home Department: Illegal Cross-channel Movements: Discussions with French Counterpart (14 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: Of course, we all welcome closer co-operation with the French, but the Home Secretary is absolutely right to temper her expectations given that previous deals were signed in 2010, 2014, ’15, ’16, ’18, ’19, ’20 and, indeed, ’21. What discussions has she had with the French about safe legal routes for those with clear links to the United Kingdom, linked if necessary with an...

Home Department: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: On Friday, a commission established by Refugees for Justice and led by Helena Kennedy KC concluded that the 2020 stabbings and shooting at asylum accommodation in Glasgow’s Park Inn could have been avoided, and recommended important asylum reforms. Will the Home Secretary or the Minister for Immigration agree to meet Baroness Kennedy—with whom I spoke this morning—and Refugees for...

Papers Relating to the Home Secretary (8 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: Let us say that we accept that the Government do not want to release these papers. As a compromise, will the Minister undertake to ensure that the new independent ethics adviser looks retrospectively at the appointment? Then everybody could be happy.

Papers Relating to the Home Secretary (8 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: If it was already in the public domain and there is nothing to hide, does the hon. Member agree that we should at least get to see that ministerial statement?

Papers Relating to the Home Secretary (8 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I think nobody in this Chamber will be surprised to hear me say that I think there are a million reasons why the Home Secretary should be nowhere near the office that she currently holds—whether it is her atrocious rhetoric about Rwanda, her desperate smears about a “Benefits Street” culture, her trashing of the Attorney General’s office or the fact that, as far as I can tell, she...

Papers Relating to the Home Secretary (8 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Member raises a very fair point. There are all sorts of things missing from the Home Secretary’s letters—both her resignation letter and her letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee—which raises all sorts of questions, some of which I will come to. The fact is that the Home Secretary took an incredibly blasé attitude to sensitive information. When the incident that...

Papers Relating to the Home Secretary (8 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely valid point, in that we are holding staff to a much higher standard than the standard to which the Home Secretary appears to want to hold herself. The other point I want to make is the contrast between how others responded on the day of these events and how the Home Secretary responded. When the staffer who was the accidental recipient of the draft...

Papers Relating to the Home Secretary (8 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: A whole host of arrangements could have been made that would have been far preferable to what the Home Secretary did, and it is extraordinary that she thought that was something she could do week in, week out. The shadow Home Secretary highlighted other reports of investigations: first, an apparent probe into whether the current Home Secretary, while Attorney General, leaked sensitive details...

Asylum Seekers Accommodation and Safeguarding (7 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for North Thanet (Sir Roger Gale) on securing this urgent question and on his persistent scrutiny of these issues. Surely we have now reached the point where the Home Office can no longer be left responsible for the safety of those children. Hundreds are missing and thousands more are stuck in hotels outside the child protection system. Children are...

International Doctors: Visas — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (2 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I have one final thought. I appreciate that the Minister will go away and task officials with looking at a possible umbrella sponsor—that is very positive news. The other issue is the length of visa for IMGs. From the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry, it appeared that there is a severe pressure between finishing up and being able to find a job. Extending the grace period a little...

International Doctors: Visas — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (2 Nov 2022)

Stuart McDonald: It is good to see you in the Chair, Mr Stringer. I also start by welcoming the Minister to his place. I wish him good luck; he probably needs it, as much as any Minister in Government, because his is an incredibly challenging post. We will, of course, have significant political differences on this topic, but it is an important issue, so if there is an opportunity for constructive and positive...


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