Results 301–320 of 454 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

[Graham Stringer in the Chair] — Asylum Support Contracts (10 Feb 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Absolutely. There is a huge question mark over whether sufficient resources have been provided to fund the contracts and that remains as a question whether services are returned to local authorities or not. We must consider whether the savings envisaged in the COMPASS contracts have been delivered by so-called efficiencies or simply by lowering accommodation standards. I thank the hon. Member...

Syria Crisis: UK Response (8 Feb 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The Secretary of State appropriately highlights the work that is done with people immediately on their arrival into Europe, but the key question remains about what happens after that. What do the Government think should happen with the 1 million people who arrived in 2015, and who should do it?

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?

Litvinenko Inquiry (21 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, thank the Home Secretary for her statement. I pay tribute to Sir Robert Owen and his inquiry team for their work, and indeed to all those who have contributed to getting to the truth. All Members will share a sense of outrage at this cowardly and awful murder, and we again express our condolences to Mr Litvinenko’s family. As the Secretary of State has said, the apparent...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: Proceeds of Crime (20 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate. The Minister has, indeed, been incredibly persuasive, so he will find no opposition from the SNP Benches. To put it mildly, all Members are enthusiastic about ensuring that the proceeds of crime are confiscated wherever possible and put to good use. In Scotland, the CashBack for Communities scheme has proved enormously successful and popular. It...

Asylum Seekers: Middlesbrough (20 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate and thank the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald) for bringing this issue to the Floor of the House. The provision of accommodation to asylum seekers deserves significant scrutiny, so I welcome the Minister’s announcement of an urgent audit of asylum-seeker accommodation in the north-east. SNP Members and others across the House share his concerns and will have...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The Minister explains how legal aid is still available in some of the most urgent situations—for example, when someone’s house is at risk of repossession. However, does that not raise the question, why wait until we get to that stage? Why not provide legal aid earlier, so that people do not get into that mess in the first place?

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The Minister misses the two key points I made in my speech about per capita spend. First, it is not fair just to compare legal aid spending per capita; we have to look at justice spending overall. Secondly—this is a matter of fact, not explaining things away—the higher per capita spend in England and Wales is a result of things such as the larger number of expensive fraud cases...

[Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] — Access to Justice: Vulnerable People (19 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship as we debate a crucial topic, Mr Bailey. What can be more fundamental than ensuring access to justice? For that reason, I congratulate the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) on securing this debate. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington South (David Mowat) on his brave and spontaneous speech, which certainly got the...

Women and Equalities: Detainees: Pregnancy (14 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: If she will discuss with the Home Secretary the treatment of pregnant women detained for immigration purposes.

Women and Equalities: Detainees: Pregnancy (14 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful for that answer, and we look forward to hearing what Stephen Shaw has to say, albeit that we are slightly sceptical about the remit that he was operating under. What steps will the Minister take to ensure that Government policy of detaining only in exceptional circumstances is, at the very least, put into practice and is not fiction? It would be even better if she ensured that...

Prisons and Secure Training Centres: Safety (11 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Like all hon. Members, we on these Benches were alarmed to see the reports emerging over the weekend about the Medway secure training centre, so we congratulate the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter) on raising the issue today and the Secretary of State on his response. Three questions arise. First, will any review of procedures and practices at training centres include not only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration of Children (11 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Just after Christmas, 15-year-old Masud, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, died in the back of a lorry trying to make it from Calais to be reunited with his sister here in the United Kingdom. The Home Office was seeking to defend his exclusion in protracted legal proceedings relating to the Dublin convention. Will the UK Government please reconsider their approach to the Dublin rules and,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration of Children (11 Jan 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Government reconsider the stress and anxiety caused by their policies to children who have one British parent and one non-EU parent? Last week we learned about Andrew McLaughlin, who served this country in Afghanistan and now has to choose between leaving Britain or leaving his wife and child, thanks to the grossly excessive financial requirements in the immigration rules. Why do the...

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...

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

Stuart McDonald: I am speaking first about plans for resettlement. I shall come on to relocation later. Resettlement through the UNHCR is not the only method of providing safe legal routes. We have urged and continue to urge the Government to listen to the expert organisations calling for broader family reunion rules, and to consider the case for humanitarian visas so that fewer people are compelled to risk...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HGV Drivers (10 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: What plans his Department has to increase the number of HGV drivers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HGV Drivers (10 Dec 2015)

Stuart McDonald: With 45,000 qualified professional drivers needed to fill the skills gap in the HGV industry, will the Minister confirm whether the HGV driver standard has been approved as part of the Trailblazer apprenticeship programme? Will companies be able to use that funding to pay for licence acquisition?


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