Results 1–20 of 319 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 — International Development: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What is the Department doing to help end preventable child deaths from pneumonia by 2030?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I want to speak briefly to amendments 55 and 56 and to probe one simple issue: in short, what happens if there is a failure to correct a deficiency in EU law, so that it cannot operate effectively after exit, and how can we maximise the chances that such a thing does not happen? We have had plenty of debate on how we can restrict Government powers to correct...

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, thank and pay tribute to the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup) for introducing this important debate. I thank all hon. Members for their thoughtful and knowledgeable contributions. Today’s debate has drawn attention to the serious problem of childhood obesity, the link with junk food advertising, and the fact that a variety of steps are open to us that importantly would...

Corrosive Substance Attacks — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is good to see you in the chair, Mr Bailey, and to see the Minister in her place. Most importantly, I congratulate the hon. Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) on bringing this important and timely debate to the House, and on her comprehensive and passionate analysis of where we are and where we need to get to. On a Saturday night back in October, three men in Abronhill in my constituency...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Customs Officers (20 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What estimate the Government have made of the number of customs officers that will be required to conduct border checks in Northern Ireland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Customs Officers (20 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: When even the Government accept that their proposals for a frictionless border are untested and go beyond existing precedents, we can see why businesses read that as undeliverable, unless ongoing membership of the single market and customs union are involved. Given that the Minister insists that such membership is not necessary, will he tell us what progress has been made in exploring and...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for setting out the background to the order and I am pleased to confirm that my party support approving it this evening. Our task in scrutinising draft instruments of this nature is not always straightforward, for the simple reason that the Secretary of State has access to information and intelligence that we as MPs for very good reasons cannot have access to....

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Minister understand that despite this apparently significant sanctions regime, the fact that so many problems still seem to arise repeatedly and routinely across the country has utterly undermined faith in the inspection regime? Is that not all the more reason to hand the inspection role to an independent organisation or to local authorities?

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Given that those companies were all willing to sign up to a five-year contract plus a two-year extension, surely that should be the most that we consider? There is no need to sign us up to a 10-year contract this time round.

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Hanson; you have evidently had a busy week. I welcome the opportunity to debate the Home Affairs Committee report, “Asylum accommodation”. I was pleased to have been involved in that inquiry. I thank my colleagues and the Committee Chair for all their work on that project, and for securing this debate. In this debate I...

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the hon. Lady agree that there will be significant problems owing to the roll out of universal credit, given the long waiting times involved in applying for that benefit?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Hanson, for the opportunity to join hon. Members in their criticism of the extraordinary breadth of the Henry VIII powers contained in this Bill and the inadequacy of existing scrutiny procedures for dealing with them. I welcome the host of amendments that have been tabled by hon. Members to help remedy these concerns. The right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr...

Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) on securing this debate. He makes a powerful and persuasive case. To cut to the chase, clearly the point the right hon. Gentleman makes about unreported sentences and the strict application of the 28-day rule is unanswerable. That definitely needs...

Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Davies. If the right hon. Gentleman is patient, he will hear that I am trying to support his case by saying that there are no restrictions in Scotland, and the system works. I will also explain changes made there that may provide some ideas for how it could be made to work in England. As I said, the right to appeal against unduly lenient sentences in Scotland is contained in the...

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) not only on introducing the debate, but on his speech and his ongoing work with the all-party parliamentary group. It is extraordinary to believe that with political will we could achieve the sustainable development goal of ending the AIDS epidemic, to all...

Online Hate Speech (30 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The Scottish National party has long taken the view that the current President of the United States should not be afforded a state visit to the United Kingdom, and yesterday’s actions have reinforced that absolutely. We respect the office of the President of the United States, which is a fantastic country and ally. However, the sharing of tweets by an extremist, offensive and racist...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Electric Vehicles: Scotland (30 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the uptake of electric vehicles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Electric Vehicles: Scotland (30 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the Minister for that answer. The Scottish Government aim to establish one of the most comprehensive charging networks in Europe, so we welcome the announcement of £400 million for electric charge points as part of the industrial strategy, but can the Minister confirm what the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on the industrial strategy on...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: In fairness, I did touch on that by mentioning the fact that Alan Paterson highlighted the higher per capita spending in England and Wales compared with Scotland. He said that the reason for that was Scotland’s greater success in reducing the cost of courts, so the total bill was made smaller not by excluding folk from the scope of legal aid but by making courts less expensive to run.

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. We have had a good and lively debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) on securing it. This is an important subject because a well functioning system of legal aid is a crucial means of ensuring access to justice, and is therefore essential for the operation of the rule of law and democracy...


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