Results 1–20 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

Universal Credit (16 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What will the Minister do to address the fact that too many applications for vital alternative payment arrangements are being delayed, ignored or even lost by the DWP, totally undermining their purpose?

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: City councils have provided asylum accommodation while the United Kingdom has been a member of the European Union, so it is not the European Union that is at fault here but the design of the contract. Glasgow City Council previously provided such accommodation, but it cannot, for example, provide asylum accommodation for the whole of Scotland. It has to be broken down into much smaller units.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Minister give way?

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, and I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Stockton North (Alex Cunningham) for securing this debate. We are at a hugely significant moment for our asylum accommodation system, and this debate could not have been more timely. It is great to see such a significant turnout. Members have, quite rightly, used this opportunity to...

Modern-day Slavery (9 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell) for securing the debate. It is a timely opportunity to start contributing to the welcome review that the Government have announced. I congratulate all hon. Members for covering so much ground in so little time—I will try to do a little bit of justice to the debate. I pay tribute to the work of the all-party...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentences: Reoffending Reduction (9 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: My party agrees with the Secretary of State regarding the evidence on the inappropriateness of many short-term prison sentences, but community sentences need to be properly resourced to ensure that they work as an appropriate alternative. Will the Government increase funding to local authorities for the delivery of effective community sentences alongside any presumption?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: People are still having to wait an average of 42 weeks to get a hearing before the immigration and asylum first-tier tribunal, which is a long time to be in immigration limbo. What steps are the Government taking to reduce that time and what do they regard as an unacceptable waiting time target?

Bedford Prison (13 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What we see today, yet again, is the horrendous impact of austerity cuts on the state of prisons. Prison staffing levels are down by almost one third since 2010, and that contrasts, by the way, with a 14% increase in Scotland over the same period. So we join the calls for significant new resources for new prison officers, for increased staff retention and for equipment and training in the...

Women and Equalities: Shared Parental Leave (13 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What steps her Department is taking to promote the take-up of shared parental leave.

Women and Equalities: Shared Parental Leave (13 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: No awareness campaign on shared parental leave, however welcome, can lead to a significant increase in uptake while structural issues—the fact that men still, on the whole, earn more than women, for example—are making it really hard for families to make this choice. What will the Government do to follow international best practice and make parental leave more accessible and affordable?

British Citizenship Fees: Children — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I start by thanking all hon. Members for their very thoughtful contributions. The debate has served a very useful purpose in making clear to the Home Office that there is a consensus that citizenship should not just be celebrated, but positively encouraged and facilitated. There is a pretty broad and deep consensus in the Chamber, as well as a concern that the Home Office is prioritising...

British Citizenship Fees: Children — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: We are getting to the crux of the matter. Does the Minister accept that the statutory right to citizenship is completely different from an immigration application, indefinite leave to remain, or anything else? These kids have a right to citizenship. It is no more appropriate to charge them an extra fee to subsidise other parts of the immigration and nationality system than it would be to...

British Citizenship Fees: Children — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered fees for registering children as British citizens. It is good to see you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. I trust that you are feeling suitably refreshed after the summer recess. What better way to start the new term than by seeking to ensure that all children entitled to British citizenship can access it and not be prevented from doing so by an...

British Citizenship Fees: Children — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I hope good things come of the review, but I suspect that the Minister will be in a better position to provide us with answers. We seek a system that reflects what Parliament intended when it passed the British Nationality Act 1981—that is, a system that makes it easy for kids with the requisite close connections to Britain to exercise their right to British citizenship, not one that...

British Citizenship Fees: Children — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention—I shall be very happy to champion the cause of British citizenship for the next few years at least. He makes the absolutely valid point that, on the basis of international comparisons, the amount that we charge children is exorbitant. It does not compare well at all. The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens...

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