Results 41–60 of 461 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: HMRC Offices (4 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with Her Majesty’s Treasury on the future of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs tax offices in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: HMRC Offices (4 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Good-quality jobs at our local HMRC office—the largest employer in Cumbernauld—are in serious danger because of this Government’s drastic cuts, debt management privatisation and proposed office mergers. What will the Minister and the Secretary of State do to protect the jobs of hard-working HMRC employees and the local economies of towns such as Cumbernauld?

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: HMRC Office Closures (24 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this debate and to put on record the profound disappointment and, indeed, anger felt by my constituents, who have for years worked incredibly hard at Cumbernauld tax office. I want also to express the huge disquiet felt across the town at these proposals to close down our biggest employer and relocate good-quality jobs elsewhere. All that...

[Geraint Davies in the Chair] — State Pension Age Equalisation (2 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South (Barbara Keeley) on securing this important debate. She and other Members have been comprehensive in their critiques and made many of the important points already, so I can be helpfully brief. I, too, have been approached by a surprising number of constituents who were...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am unashamedly moving lots of amendments, and there are several others that we on these Benches support too, which I will come to in due course. The large number of changes that we want reflects our hostility to this Bill, which we oppose outright and will vote against this evening as ill-conceived and regressive, and which will do little to move the country towards the Government’s...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: We have done our best to make the Bill slightly more palatable, but even with all our amendments I regret to say that we would still find the damage that the Bill will cause unacceptable. Regardless of what happens today, therefore, we will be voting against Third Reading. New clause 17, would repeal the right-to-rent provisions introduced by the Immigration Act 2014, provisions which, like...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree that we need to enforce the immigration rules and laws that we have put in place, but the problem is that the resources and manpower are not being put in to do that. We do not need new powers and rules; we simply need resources to enforce the rules that already exist. I suggest that some of the rules already go far too far. New clause 16 is a modest response to clause 13, which...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree entirely. That is one of a huge number of reasons that were highlighted during the Backbench Business debate earlier this year.

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes her point powerfully. The issue is not just a time limit going forward, but conditions of detention and moving away from routine use of immigration detention to make it a rare exception, rather than almost the norm. In conclusion, there is widespread demand for change, and perhaps if there is one— just one—piece of silver lining on the dark cloud represented...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 16 — Compensation for an illegal working closure notice where order is cancelled/ no compliance order is made (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I rather think the hon. Gentleman is missing the point about the amendments and new clauses. The Bill has very detailed provisions for England and Wales, and in some cases for Northern Ireland, but it just provides the Secretary of State with a broad, sweeping power to do the same for Scotland, without any scrutiny in Parliament or in the Scottish Parliament. Even if the hon. Gentleman does...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 3 — Transfer of responsibility for relevant children (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Minister clarify his position on the rules that prevent potential income from a non-EEA spouse from being taken into account? That income is not a burden on the UK taxpayer, so why is it still the Government’s position that it should be excluded?

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 3 — Transfer of responsibility for relevant children (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Like the hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer), we believe that the provisions on support are among the most draconian parts of the Bill; I agree with the Minister to the extent that the disagreement is one of principle. In our view, provisions that seek to use the further deliberate infliction of destitution, including of children, as a tool of immigration policy...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): New Clause 3 — Transfer of responsibility for relevant children (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful for that intervention and entirely agree with my hon. and learned Friend. The Government seem to be attempting to cut net migration not just by limiting the class of people who can come under the rules but by making it nearly impossible for people to exercise their legitimate rights to stay. This is scraping the barrel of immigration control measures, and I will want to test the...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): Clause 34 — Appeals within the United Kingdom: certification of human rights claims (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, place on record my thanks to all the organisations that have supported and advised MPs during the passage of this Bill. We have had a passionate and thoughtful debate and we have one final, brief chance to debate further, so I intend to take it. Some would wish to criticise the Immigration Minister in the light of the latest abject failure to make any progress on the net migration...

Consumer Protection (Standards of Fire Resistance of Children’s Fancy Dress and Play Costumes Etc): Clause 34 — Appeals within the United Kingdom: certification of human rights claims (1 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree with my hon. Friend. Such an honest debate must include discussion of how we assist communities that face challenges because of significant levels of migration. It must be about how we incentivise migrants to live in the parts of the United Kingdom that most need them and can most easily accommodate them. It should be about whether and how we can properly count those coming in and...

European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords]: European Agenda on Migration (14 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I want to mention briefly three aspects of the European agenda on migration, the first document mentioned in the Government’s motion. The first of those three aspects is safe legal routes. That European agenda document acknowledges that “vulnerable people cannot be left to resort to the criminal network of smugglers and traffickers. There must be safe and legal ways for them to...


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