Results 301–320 of 513 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 — Home Department: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Yesterday saw even more newspaper revelations about serious problems with COMPASS asylum accommodation contracts in Glasgow, yet emails from senior G4S staff and minutes of Home Office meetings suggest that these contracts are to be extended come hell or high water. Will not the Home Office at least have enough respect to wait for the Select Committee on Home Affairs to complete its inquiry...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The key question to which we would like an answer is whether the Minister will at least take away the suggestion that the current approach, in which a child at 17 can apply for reunification but there is an arbitrary cut-off at 18—is sensible. We should consider their circumstances. Did they live with that family beforehand? Are they wholly dependent on the family? Will he at least take...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. He has given welcome reassurances that the process of taking children from Calais and Dunkirk has been speeding up. Other Ministers—including, indeed, the Home Secretary—have given such assurances as well. However, when Members submit written questions that ask for hard numbers and processing times, we keep getting answers that say those...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. and learned Gentleman quite rightly emphasises the importance of time, particularly for children. He will be aware that a few months ago four or five children from the camps were admitted, thanks to a tribunal ruling, on human rights grounds because the Dublin procedure was so slow. Does he agree that one option for the British Government, rather than challenging that decision, would...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is indeed a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) on securing this debate and on his excellent speech. I also congratulate him on his excellent article, which I read this morning on PoliticsHome and which I would commend to other Members of the House. It has been invaluable in preparing for this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Membership (25 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Membership (25 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: EU programmes such as Erasmus bring enormous benefits to young people in Wales, broadening their experience and strengthening their employability. Does the Secretary of State agree that ensuring Welsh students can continue to benefit from such programmes is just one of the many good reasons to vote remain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Bursary (10 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of his proposals to reform the NHS bursary on future levels of recruitment into the medical professions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Bursary (10 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I am certain that the Minister will want to congratulate the SNP on sweeping spectacularly to a historic third successive term, all on a manifesto pledge to protect rather than abolish the nursing bursary in Scotland. The serious question is this: how does the Secretary of State plan to monitor the impact that the removal of the bursary might have on students from poorer backgrounds who are...

Immigration Bill: Detention etc. by immigration officers in Scotland (9 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Along with many others, we in the SNP have been arguing for months that the UK should take a fair share of refugees and asylum seekers from Europe in the face of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. We are therefore glad the Government have now apparently accepted that principle, albeit up to a point. They have finally listened to the arguments from the different parties and from a host of...

Asylum Seeker Dispersal Policy (3 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Rochdale (Simon Danczuk) on securing this debate and providing Members with the opportunity to scrutinise Government policy on the dispersal of asylum seekers at this important time in the development of that strand of policy. I am sorry to have missed the aperitif, but I certainly got the main substance of what the hon. Gentleman had to say. Broadly,...

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (27 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: What steps has the Minister taken to make Government colleagues aware of the disastrous impact that the Trade Union Bill will have on industrial relations with civil servants

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...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: In September 2015, Save the Children released a paper called “The extreme vulnerability of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe - a proposal for managing their relocation to the UK”. The paper charted the journey of unaccompanied child refugees to Europe: the war, conflict and violence in their home countries; and the abuse, exploitation, physical and sexual violence experienced during...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Absolutely. As we heard earlier, Lord Dubs was one of those who benefited from that very scheme. I find other arguments against this very modest proposal equally disagreeable. Some have argued that we must not provide an incentive for others to come. Like the shadow Minister, I cannot believe for a second that any hon. Members are really saying that we should not rescue children from abuse...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I do not disagree with very much that the hon. Gentleman, my colleague on the Home Affairs Committee, says. I agree that other European countries must step up to the plate. The Save the Children proposal is based on a calculation of what our fair share as a European Union member would be: it was 11.5% of the total number of unaccompanied children at that time. It fully comprehends that other...


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