Results 1–20 of 309 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stuart McDonald

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Minister understand that despite this apparently significant sanctions regime, the fact that so many problems still seem to arise repeatedly and routinely across the country has utterly undermined faith in the inspection regime? Is that not all the more reason to hand the inspection role to an independent organisation or to local authorities?

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Given that those companies were all willing to sign up to a five-year contract plus a two-year extension, surely that should be the most that we consider? There is no need to sign us up to a 10-year contract this time round.

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Hanson; you have evidently had a busy week. I welcome the opportunity to debate the Home Affairs Committee report, “Asylum accommodation”. I was pleased to have been involved in that inquiry. I thank my colleagues and the Committee Chair for all their work on that project, and for securing this debate. In this debate I...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the hon. Lady agree that there will be significant problems owing to the roll out of universal credit, given the long waiting times involved in applying for that benefit?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Hanson, for the opportunity to join hon. Members in their criticism of the extraordinary breadth of the Henry VIII powers contained in this Bill and the inadequacy of existing scrutiny procedures for dealing with them. I welcome the host of amendments that have been tabled by hon. Members to help remedy these concerns. The right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr...

Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) on securing this debate. He makes a powerful and persuasive case. To cut to the chase, clearly the point the right hon. Gentleman makes about unreported sentences and the strict application of the 28-day rule is unanswerable. That definitely needs...

Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Davies. If the right hon. Gentleman is patient, he will hear that I am trying to support his case by saying that there are no restrictions in Scotland, and the system works. I will also explain changes made there that may provide some ideas for how it could be made to work in England. As I said, the right to appeal against unduly lenient sentences in Scotland is contained in the...

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) not only on introducing the debate, but on his speech and his ongoing work with the all-party parliamentary group. It is extraordinary to believe that with political will we could achieve the sustainable development goal of ending the AIDS epidemic, to all...

Online Hate Speech (30 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The Scottish National party has long taken the view that the current President of the United States should not be afforded a state visit to the United Kingdom, and yesterday’s actions have reinforced that absolutely. We respect the office of the President of the United States, which is a fantastic country and ally. However, the sharing of tweets by an extremist, offensive and racist...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Electric Vehicles: Scotland (30 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the uptake of electric vehicles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Electric Vehicles: Scotland (30 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the Minister for that answer. The Scottish Government aim to establish one of the most comprehensive charging networks in Europe, so we welcome the announcement of £400 million for electric charge points as part of the industrial strategy, but can the Minister confirm what the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on the industrial strategy on...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: In fairness, I did touch on that by mentioning the fact that Alan Paterson highlighted the higher per capita spending in England and Wales compared with Scotland. He said that the reason for that was Scotland’s greater success in reducing the cost of courts, so the total bill was made smaller not by excluding folk from the scope of legal aid but by making courts less expensive to run.

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. We have had a good and lively debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) on securing it. This is an important subject because a well functioning system of legal aid is a crucial means of ensuring access to justice, and is therefore essential for the operation of the rule of law and democracy...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is comparing apples and oranges. The legal systems in France and other European countries are different from the adversarial system we have here. It is probably not fair to compare only legal aid budgets, without looking at overall justice costs.

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that the Scottish Government should follow the UK Government’s example by removing family, immigration, housing and welfare cases from the scope of legal aid? He cannot possibly think that that would be a positive development.

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the hon. Gentleman welcome the Scottish Government’s review of legal aid? The legislation is 30 years old, and the Government now seek to ensure that full access to public legal aid continues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What steps his Department is taking to support wage growth for low-paid workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: A hard Brexit is predicted to lose workers up to £2,000 a year in real wages. Is not the best policy for wages to stay in the single market?

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: How many full-time equivalent civil servants have been assigned work relating to the UK’s exit from the EU in the last twelve months; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that work.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: After a decade of austerity, it seems that £400 million and 8,000 new staff, including 5,000 for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, can be found to deal with Brexit. Will the Minister tell Treasury and HMRC bosses that it is more ludicrous than ever to propose to close Cumbernauld tax office, with its experienced and dedicated workforce?


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