Results 21–40 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

Opposition Day — [6th allotted day]: Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean and Europe (9 Sep 2015)

Stuart McDonald: The Minister will have heard me say earlier that the Ministry of Defence revealed this afternoon that HMS Enterprise is rescuing people from the Mediterranean at less than 10% of the scale that HMS Bulwark achieved. Is there an explanation for that, and how is it consistent with what the Prime Minister and the Chancellor said in June about continuing to play a full role in search and rescue?

Bill Presented — Devolution (London) Bill: Refugee Crisis in Europe (8 Sep 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Secretary of State agree that one group of people who understandably will continue to want to travel to the UK is those from the region who have family members who are already settled here as refugees? Our tightly drawn family reunion rules limit the numbers who could benefit from them. Will she commit to a review, and an extension of, the family reunion rules so that more can...

Bill Presented — Devolution (London) Bill: Refugee Crisis in Europe (8 Sep 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the information sent by the Immigration Minister to the Home Affairs Select Committee, confirming that the most common nationalities among those at Calais included Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans? Refugees can be wealthy as well. The fact is that the United Nations has been absolutely clear that this is a refugee crisis and it very likely the majority of people...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Immigration Detention (10 Sep 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, welcome and enthusiastically back the call for this House to support the recommendations in the report on the use of immigration detention in the UK. I congratulate the hon. Members who have secured the debate, as well as the hon. Members and support teams from the two all-party groups involved in the preparation of the report, and, indeed, all who provided the compelling evidence on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Migration (16 Sep 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Secretary of State agree that our refugee family reunion rules are too restrictive to be appropriate for use in the current crisis, and that the procedures for applying are too bureaucratic? Will she work with expert organisations to extend their scope and simplify the procedures so that those for whom the UK is clearly the appropriate place of refuge are able to get here safely?

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) on his new role. I agree with much of what he said. We on the SNP Benches acknowledge, are proud of the fact and prefer to emphasise that people who choose this country as their new home make a tremendous contribution to our public services, our economy, our culture and, most importantly for many of our citizens, our family...

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: That is precisely the sort of work that the Government should support, rather than going through the motions of pursuing their impossible net migration target.

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman. I, too, have read the JCWI report and will refer to its findings shortly. In summary, the Bill pursues the wrong goals by the wrong methods and at tremendous cost, so we should decline to give it a Second Reading. I shall outline briefly our views on the key clauses and my hon. Friends will expand on those views in the course of the debate. Not wishing...

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree with my hon. Friend that the Bill holds that risk. I will turn in a moment to the criminalisation of working, which might cause that problem.

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Once again, I agree absolutely with the hon. Gentleman. It has been a habit in the field of immigration to take the approach that if at first you don’t succeed, legislate and legislate again. We do not need constant legislation but to use the powers that the Government already have. The Government must focus on enforcement. We agree that we should look again at further sanctions for those...

Bills Presented: Immigration Bill (13 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I fully support such measures. Finally, we must listen to the hugely influential legal figures who told us yesterday that the Government have got it wrong on the refugee crisis. We must introduce safe and legal routes to the UK, as well as to the EU, through broader and more humane family reunion rules, humanitarian visas and relocation schemes for those already in Europe, as well as...

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I will be as quick as I can, Mr Deputy Speaker. Like my colleagues, I support the Second Reading of this Bill, but not without a degree of hesitation and of sympathy for the arguments contained in the reasoned amendment. As a member of the Home Affairs Committee, I would like to thank all those who submitted written evidence or gave oral evidence to our short inquiry, and the staff and the...

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Absolutely. I do not intend to give away any of our conclusions or the recommendations we are going to be making in that report. I am merely referring to evidence that was given in oral sessions or in the written evidence which is freely available. It is frustrating that we are so far into the legislative process and yet some fundamental questions are still to be resolved. Of course, nothing...

[Andrew Percy in the Chair] — Immigration (19 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. Unlike just about every other speaker so far in the debate, I do not have an interest to declare in the sense that I am not a migrant and have no immigrant parents or grandparents, but I love and respect the opportunities and possibilities that migration can bring both to the migrants going in and out of the United Kingdom and to...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugees (Registration of Children) (28 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: What steps her Department is taking to support the legal registration of children born to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugees (Registration of Children) (28 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for that helpful answer. As he said, registration can be vital to prevent statelessness, yet some estimates suggest that nearly 30,000 Syrian refugee children born in Lebanon could fall into that category, with long-term consequences for their education and a vulnerability to violence and exploitation; it could even affect their ability to return home should the...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered maternity discrimination. I am pleased to introduce this debate under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey, and to have secured a debate on a subject that is vital for women and for everyone who is concerned with justice and equality. I would like to thank constituents who have contacted me about this issue, and my hon. Friend the Member for Lanark and...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree absolutely with the right hon. Lady, and I will briefly turn to some of the report’s findings. The issue is not just the scale of the problem, but the fact that the numbers seem to have increased over the last decade. It is important to put on record some of the report’s findings. On the basis of interviews with over 3,000 employers and over 3,000 women with young children,...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Lady makes a very valid point, and I will turn in due course to tribunal fees and access to justice. It is interesting to note that despite all the discrimination that I laid out from the report, only one in 12 of those women who raised a concern about their treatment at work obtained legal advice from an external advice provider such as Maternity Action, a law centre or a citizens...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to all hon. Members for their contributions to this debate. Many people who have spoken are far more expert on the issue than I am and have been campaigning on it for far longer. We heard from the right hon. Member for Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) and the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) about the discrepancy between the many employers who seem to find planning...


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