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Home Department: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2022)

Stuart McDonald: We were all shocked by the horrendous shootings in Liverpool and on the Isle of Skye over the summer and send our condolences to all who were affected. While our gun laws are comparatively robust by international standards, is it not now time for another comprehensive look at both policy and practice, to see what more can be done to stop guns getting into the wrong hands?

Written Answers — Home Office: Agriculture: Seasonal Workers (5 Sep 2022)

Stuart McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether regulations or guidelines are in place to ensure that agricultural workers on the Seasonal Worker visa (a) are not expected to work in unsafe or dangerous conditions during extreme temperatures and (b) do not suffer from a loss of earnings in the event that weather extremes prevent them from working.

Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill (15 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: May I say how grateful, and indeed humbled, I am with the way Members have spoken so passionately, coming together unanimously to support the Bill? I was optimistic about support for the Bill, but it has taken my breath away. Indeed, the hon. Member for Watford (Dean Russell) has suggested a visit to my constituency, and the talented former Minister, the hon. Member for Charnwood (Edward...

Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill (15 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: After such a smooth start, it is good to see you in your place, Madam Deputy Speaker. It provides me with an opportunity to thank you for and congratulate you on your flawless oversight and running of the private Members’ Bill ballot. Indeed, you showed impeccable taste even when picking numbers out of the hat. Seriously, however, you can be very pleased with the range of Bills before...

Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill (15 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. Hearing about those experiences is precisely what has prompted my bringing this Bill forward today. Campaigns groups such as Bliss and The Smallest Things, which I will come to in a moment, have really driven this forward. As she alluded to, there are Members in the Chamber today with personal experience of having a baby in neonatal care,...

Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill (15 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. There are employers out there who already provide this support for their employees, and they are to be commended. Unfortunately, though, as we have heard, there are too many who do not. Sometimes fathers are forced to use sick pay for extended periods, which is far from ideal, and on other occasions, as we have just heard, people are forced back to work. At an...

Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Bill (15 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: As I said, the best arguments come from those with direct experience—they are the most powerful advocates—so I am really grateful to the hon. Gentleman for staying behind this morning and lending his support. As I said in response to the intervention from my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan), there are some brilliant, supportive and flexible employers out...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 24 - The foreign power condition (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I just want to repeat that I find that potentially worryingly broad. If somebody does something motivated by the interests of the people of country Z, I worry very much that they could suddenly be treated as if they were benefiting the Government of Z. The foreign power condition would therefore be met and they could be guilty of espionage for whatever act they had undertaken. It just seems...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 24 - The foreign power condition (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for setting that out. It is particularly helpful to hear his views on the NGO scenario and his explanation of the requirement for some sort of link between the financial arrangements and the specific conduct being complained of. The reason for tabling the amendment is that we did not think that that was necessarily clear enough on the face of the Bill. We will...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 24 - The foreign power condition (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I beg to move amendment 54, in clause 24, page 19, line 5, at end insert— “(2A) The conduct in question, or a course of conduct of which it forms part, is not to be treated as carried out for or on behalf of a foreign power if financial or other assistance of a foreign power under subsection (2)(c) is provided otherwise than specifically for the conduct or course of conduct.” This...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 24 - The foreign power condition (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: We now come to two of the most important concepts in the Bill: the foreign power condition and the meaning of “foreign power.” Proving that the foreign power condition has been met is crucial to establishing many of the serious criminal offences for which we are legislating in this Bill, and all sorts of consequences flow from it in the powers to seize and search. It is vital that we get...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 23 - Offences under Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I rise to support a lot of what the hon. Member for Halifax has said already. Nobody on the Committee doubts the importance of collaboration; we all recognise how crucial that is. I do not think that any of us doubt that the services have approached the Government having identified what they perceive to be a problem, and that the Government are genuinely engaged in trying to resolve that. One...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 23 - Offences under Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman, who is a member of the ISC, for clarifying that. For that reason, I am not dead set in my opposition to the clause by any stretch of the imagination—I am open to persuasion. However, we need evidence through the ISC that there is a problem and that clause 23 is the best way to solve it. As matters stand, I cannot say that I have been persuaded of...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Schedule 3 - Detention Under Section 21 (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I do not need to say much more. The Minister understands from my intervention that I have some reservations about the lifelong retention of the materials. I shall give that further thought. Other parts of the relevant amendment are perfectly sensible, so I will not oppose the amendment at this stage. Further thought should be given to it, though. The Government have explained a number of...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Schedule 3 - Detention Under Section 21 (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: Before the Minister moves on, I get the general thrust of why those amendments have been tabled but my concern is the inclusion of people who have accepted a caution or even a youth caution. It seems quite extreme to make them subject to lifelong retention of significant information on them. They have not been tried and the fact that they have had a caution means that, presumably, the...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 21 - Arrest without warrant (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: The provisions are for very significant powers of arrest and people can remain under arrest for a quite striking period of time, so we should be cautious. The key issue for me is subsection (1), because arrest without a warrant is justified not by the suspicion of a specific event set out in the Bill, but by involvement in foreign power threat activity. Will the Minister say a little more...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 20 - Powers of search etc (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I broadly welcome the provisions. As the hon. Member for Halifax said, they are extensive powers, so I am very sympathetic to her suggestion that they should be subject to review in the same way that other parts of the Bill are. I appreciate that those extensive powers are modelled on the equivalent provisions in terrorism legislation. I have no problem with those provisions being borrowed...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 16 - Aggravating factor where foreign power condition met: England and Wales (14 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ali. I have one very short point. I am very supportive of these measures. Clause 18, as we have heard, relates to Scotland. As I understand it, it operates and is drafted similarly to other aggravations in Scottish criminal law. I just want to be absolutely sure that the Government are collaborating closely with the Scottish Government to...

Public Bill Committee: National Security Bill: Clause 15 - Preparatory conduct (12 Jul 2022)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for his explanation. I particularly take his point about the door being left open, and that ultimately ending up not making a material contribution to what happened thereafter. I will go away and think again about the issue, but I think the Minister’s explanation was very helpful. In the meantime, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.


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