Results 301–320 of 386 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

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 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...

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...

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?

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to all hon. Members for their contributions to this debate. Many people who have spoken are far more expert on the issue than I am and have been campaigning on it for far longer. We heard from the right hon. Member for Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) and the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) about the discrepancy between the many employers who seem to find planning...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered maternity discrimination. I am pleased to introduce this debate under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey, and to have secured a debate on a subject that is vital for women and for everyone who is concerned with justice and equality. I would like to thank constituents who have contacted me about this issue, and my hon. Friend the Member for Lanark and...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I agree absolutely with the right hon. Lady, and I will briefly turn to some of the report’s findings. The issue is not just the scale of the problem, but the fact that the numbers seem to have increased over the last decade. It is important to put on record some of the report’s findings. On the basis of interviews with over 3,000 employers and over 3,000 women with young...

Maternity Discrimination (3 Nov 2015)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Lady makes a very valid point, and I will turn in due course to tribunal fees and access to justice. It is interesting to note that despite all the discrimination that I laid out from the report, only one in 12 of those women who raised a concern about their treatment at work obtained legal advice from an external advice provider such as Maternity Action, a law centre or a citizens...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugees (Registration of Children) (28 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: What steps her Department is taking to support the legal registration of children born to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Refugees (Registration of Children) (28 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for that helpful answer. As he said, registration can be vital to prevent statelessness, yet some estimates suggest that nearly 30,000 Syrian refugee children born in Lebanon could fall into that category, with long-term consequences for their education and a vulnerability to violence and exploitation; it could even affect their ability to return home should the...

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: I will be as quick as I can, Mr Deputy Speaker. Like my colleagues, I support the Second Reading of this Bill, but not without a degree of hesitation and of sympathy for the arguments contained in the reasoned amendment. As a member of the Home Affairs Committee, I would like to thank all those who submitted written evidence or gave oral evidence to our short inquiry, and the staff and the...

Isil: Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords] (19 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: Absolutely. I do not intend to give away any of our conclusions or the recommendations we are going to be making in that report. I am merely referring to evidence that was given in oral sessions or in the written evidence which is freely available. It is frustrating that we are so far into the legislative process and yet some fundamental questions are still to be resolved. Of course, nothing...

[Andrew Percy in the Chair] — Immigration (19 Oct 2015)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. Unlike just about every other speaker so far in the debate, I do not have an interest to declare in the sense that I am not a migrant and have no immigrant parents or grandparents, but I love and respect the opportunities and possibilities that migration can bring both to the migrants going in and out of the United Kingdom and to...


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