Results 1–20 of 513 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

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton) and to take part in this debate. A number of hon. Members have been pressing for a debate on this subject for some time, particularly the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Vicky Foxcroft). I pay tribute to her and her fellow commissioners on the Youth Violence Commission, including my hon. Friend the...

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I very much welcome that intervention. This is probably a good moment to pay tribute not just to the organisation my hon. Friend mentions, but to organisations across Scotland and the United Kingdom that do such good work on the ground to try to divert people away from violence.

Public Health Model to Reduce Youth Violence (13 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, which highlights another very useful and innovative community response. Both the Minister and the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) mentioned the impact of adverse childhood experiences—ACEs. More recently, and significantly, this has been an increasing focus of Scottish Government policy. There is increasingly convincing...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I have heard absolutely nothing that justifies halting our debate, because if the red lines are not going to change, the deal is not going to be changed materially either. In the last few minutes, Donald Tusk has confirmed that the deal and the backstop cannot be renegotiated. If the Prime Minister is intent on listening to this House, will she confirm that we will have a vote on whether to...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The Prime Minister says that it is her deal, no deal, or no Brexit. In response, my constituents are saying resoundingly and overwhelmingly, “No Brexit!” If there were not already an institution like the European Union, we would be desperately trying to create one. Given that the EU is rooted in the aftermath of the bloodiest war ever fought and forged through a decades-long cold war, it...

Exiting the European Union: Free Movement and Scotland (6 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on the Scottish economy of the proposed abolition of free movement of people after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Free Movement and Scotland (6 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Freedom of movement is fantastic for Scotland’s economy and provides amazing opportunities for our young people. To what extent would migration form part of negotiations on the future relationship, and why have we not seen the immigration White Paper?

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: On the point about visas and the importance of building diplomatic relations, could there be any more stark an example than that of the Moldovan diplomats who were refused visas for this country, which has set back the UK’s negotiations in relation to the World Trade Organisation?

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Scotland’s Foreign Policy Footprint (3 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Was not the use of Pride House another fine example of how the Commonwealth games were used to influence world politics? It managed to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes together with politicians to make the case for equality to countries where that is perhaps still a struggle.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Dec 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The Home Secretary has rightly commended those employers planning to reimburse EU employees for the cost of their settled status applications, but has he persuaded the Chancellor that taxing such payments would be counterproductive and utterly unfair?

Offensive Weapons Bill: [Sir Lindsay Hoyle in the Chair ] (28 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I commend the Minister for steering the Bill through the House of Commons, and I commend the shadow Minister and other Opposition Members for the constructive way in which they have probed and questioned. I thank all the Committee and research staff who have supported our work as helpfully as ever. The Home Affairs Committee recently launched its new inquiry into serious violence, and it...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Offence of threatening with an offensive weapon etc in a private place (28 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I shall be brief, as lots of hon. Members wish to speak. The provisions in the Bill in relation to corrosive substances and knives are also largely welcomed on the SNP Benches, but I do not think anyone is arguing that the new provisions will transform or revolutionise the fight against knife crime or acid attacks; they can merely play a part in reducing the number of lives affected. There...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Report on the use of air weapons (28 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is good to finally get down to further consideration of the Bill, at the third attempt. Let me say at the outset that my party welcomes the Bill. There has been close working between the UK and Scottish Governments in relation to it, and we are largely, but not completely, happy with where it has got to after a pretty thorough Committee stage. The Bill covers a mixture of reserved and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (28 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the effect on Scotland of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (28 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Today, the Chancellor has confirmed that every single Brexit scenario will leave the economy worse off and can be justified only by what he described as political benefits. Given that Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, surely the Secretary of State must now acknowledge that there are no political or economic benefits and that Brexit would be an all-round disaster for Scotland.

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The Minister has made a lot of helpful comments in response to some of our questions. Two remain, but I do not know if she can answer them today. First, will she simply clarify why there is a discrepancy between the statement of intent and the immigration rules in relation to the non-exercise of EU rights being a ground for refusal? Secondly, will she revisit why we have to have this severe...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) on securing this debate. My party and I obviously very much regret the need for a settled status scheme at all but, for so long as we are heading down that road, we all have an interest in ensuring that it works as well as it possibly can for the sake of...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: That is a fair point. I reiterate that our party believes the scheme should be free of charge altogether. My hon. Friend mentioned the Scottish Government, but there are other employers that want to support their EU employees by paying the fee for them. For example, this morning I met the University of Cambridge, which is among those employers that want to pay for EU employees to achieve...

Road Safety and the Legal Framework — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is good to see you in the Chair, Mr Betts. I congratulate the hon. Members for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) and for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) on securing the debate, and thank all hon. Members for their contributions. It is clear that we have some long-standing road safety campaigners in the Chamber today. This debate has clearly struck a chord with my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit Managed Migration (19 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment she has made of the effect of universal credit managed migration on vulnerable claimant groups.


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