Results 81–100 of 512 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

Migration into the EU — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Feb 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I think I have only three minutes, so I shall be short and sharp. I congratulate the hon. Member for Gravesham (Mr Holloway) on securing the debate. He is straight talking and forthright and, although I fundamentally disagree with him on a number of points, I thank him for giving us the further chance to discuss what is...

Migration into the EU — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Feb 2016)

Stuart McDonald: If the Government will not take part in relocation, what should happen to the million people who arrived last year and the million who will arrive this year? Where should they go? Who should take on that responsibility?

Refugees: UK Government Policy (10 Feb 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship, Mrs Main, and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow East (Natalie McGarry). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dumfries and Galloway (Richard Arkless) on securing the debate. I start on a positive note by paying tribute to the Minister for his work in resettling 1,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees. These things never operate...

Refugees: UK Government Policy (10 Feb 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I agree that the failure has not only been of the UK’s participation in the relocation scheme. Even countries that, on paper, have agreed to take part in the relocation scheme are not doing so. Germany and Sweden have tried to take well more than their share and have run into difficulties. Ultimately, 1 million people among two, three or four countries is an almost impossible task; 1...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information Act (27 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: What plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information Act (27 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Is it not the case that introducing fees for FOI requests would reduce opportunities for exposing injustice and bad practice? Will the Minister take this opportunity to rule out introducing any such fees?

Humanitarian Crisis: Greece (2 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: (Urgent Question): To ask the Home Secretary if she will make a statement on the developing humanitarian crisis in Greece.

Humanitarian Crisis: Greece (2 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for her answer. We all recognise the important role that the Department for International Development has played in responding to the humanitarian crisis. Sadly, I regret that the same cannot be said of the Home Office, hence my targeting the question at that Department. Yesterday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees warned that Europe faces an...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms Vaz. I, too, welcome the debate and am genuinely pleased to see the degree of engagement on this issue that use of the petitions facility has generated, not just in terms of numbers, although they are at first glance pretty remarkable, but in terms of the quality of submissions made possible through Parliament’s Facebook account. I also...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Non-EU Citizens: Income Threshold (7 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I absolutely agree. One word that could be used is “tokenism”. Someone described the measure to me as “immigration theatre”; it is all in pretend pursuit of the so-called target that my hon. Friends the Members for Glasgow North and for Edinburgh East ripped to pieces. No one believes that the target is a genuine one. I think the Government recognise, to some extent, the...

EU-Turkey Agreement (9 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Is not the logic of the proposals that if Turkey succeeds in stopping sea crossings, no refugees will be resettled from Turkey? Is that not a greater incentive than ever for Turkey to wave people on to the boats, and is it not clearer than ever that a better solution is to provide more safe, legal routes?

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I pay tribute to my colleagues in the Joint Committee who have scrutinised this Bill for their sterling work, and I particularly thank our Chair, Lord Murphy, and the Clerks and experts who did such a fantastic job in supporting us. Most importantly, I thank those who provided written and oral evidence to the Committee, including all those who work so hard to protect us from terrorism and...

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I have severe difficulties with some of the provisions on internet connection records in the Bill. There are tests of proportionality in the Bill, but the shadow Home Secretary was proposing a different threshold for the types of crime for which we could use internet connect records, and we will consider that proposal with an open mind. The context informs the tests and standards we need to...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UNHCR: Admission Pathways for Syrian Refugees (16 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Crausby, and to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) on securing this debate, to which there have been lots of excellent contributions. Like others, I was pleased to co-sponsor her early-day motion, the text of which powerfully explains the case for...

Brussels Terrorist Attacks (23 Mar 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The Secretary of State has provided some welcome reassurance about the work under way to track and disrupt the movement of terrorists. Will she tell us specifically about any work under way, both here and across Europe, to disrupt the flow of weapons and explosives? That work is also crucial to our safety.

Backbench Business: Fixed Odds Betting Terminals — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (26 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I was delighted recently to be elected the vice-chair of the new all-party parliamentary group on FOBTs. I too congratulate the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) on securing this debate. He has said it all, and there have been many excellent contributions, so I will be incredibly brief. Against the background of what many hon. Members have said, the degree of lax regulation of FOBTs...

Backbench Business: Unaccompanied Children — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (19 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) on securing this debate, on his commitment to the issue and on opening with an excellent speech. The debate has continued in that fashion, with a series of powerful, thought-provoking and wide-ranging speeches setting out the huge scale of the humanitarian challenge that the crisis poses and the action that is necessary to...

HMRC: Building Our Future Plan (28 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I should like to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) for securing this debate. There have been plenty of thoughtful and, indeed, robust contributions so far, with Members—notably all on this side of the House—doing their best to scrutinise the general principles behind HMRC’s proposals as well as individual local proposals. I shall add my...

HMRC: Building Our Future Plan (28 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Absolutely. We want to see the sums and the justifications for the proposals. Will each of these local decisions be revisited if the sums do not add up? Has the effect on local communities been factored into HMRC’s considerations? Does it feature at all? I have had a similar experience to that of my hon. Friend the Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron), in that...

HMRC: Building Our Future Plan (28 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I agree. That emphasises that the sums do not appear to add up and the plan is not any sort of plan, but a desperate attempt to get out of the hole that HMRC got itself in back in 2001. The debate has been helpful and provided another opportunity to raise questions, but it also highlighted that much more scrutiny and consultation is required if we are to understand properly what the plan...


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