Results 21–40 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

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng) who made a very eloquent, thoughtful and measured speech. Indeed, I welcome all the speeches that have been made so far in this debate. I congratulate those who secured the debate, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) who has been leading the charge on this issue. As the...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to flag up the trafficking and criminality. The UK, and the EU generally, have a long way to go to improve their response to that issue, but at the end of the day who are the most desperate to get here? It is the people with close family ties here, who are perhaps the parents of a child who has made it here, or 18 or 19-year-old siblings of children...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: That is a perfect example that illustrates the argument very strongly. If we take the approach that somehow changing the rules will provide an incentive for others to make a dangerous journey, particularly children, we have to examine the ethics of that position. Are we really saying that we are going to do something that is not in a child refugee’s interests—actually harmful to...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman makes a perfectly fair point, and we can have this debate when the Bill, I hope, returns, but there is limited evidence to support the proposition that that is what happens in all the other EU countries—as I say, it is only Denmark and this country that do not give children this right. As far as I can see, the Government have not produced any evidence that in other...

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I am not absolutely sure what the hon. Gentleman is getting at. My view is that there is no evidence to back up what the Government are saying about providing an incentive to go to other EU countries as opposed to Denmark and the UK. I struggle with the ethics of that argument as well. We have child refugees here, and we should have rules in place that are in their best interests and which...

EU Settlement Scheme (21 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: There was plenty to welcome in this statement, but the Minister ducked the fundamental question about what happens to the tens, if not hundreds of thousands who will inevitably miss the cut-off date. What will their status be and what did she mean when she referred to a proportionate response?

Cannabis-Based Medicines (19 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement. Those treating my constituent, Caroline, are firmly of the view that she is alive today and living a good quality of life because her brain tumour has been slowed by the regular use of cannabis oil, but she is having to import that at a cost of hundreds of pounds every month. When can she expect her doctors to be able to prescribe that...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The Secretary of State called for perspective. From my perspective, what happened last week was that the British constitution and the devolved settlement were unilaterally rewritten by the Government in the blink of an eye. In Australia, a power grab like the one that we saw last Tuesday could not just be bulldozed through Parliament; it would require a double majority in a referendum of...

Backbench Business: Immigration Detention (Victims of Torture) — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (14 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) on securing the debate, on another expert speech and on the work that she has done in recent weeks to challenge Government policy on the detention of vulnerable people. I thank all hon. Members who have contributed to the debate so far. It is fair to say that they...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Where else can one Parliament unilaterally alter the competences of another against its will and in such a shoddy manner? Does not this episode show that the Sewel convention is worthless and that the British constitution is archaic, unfit for purpose and beyond repair?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Other than the Sewel convention, what is there to stop the Government repeating their unilateral rewriting of the constitution and devolution power grab in other Brexit-related legislation?

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) for securing the debate and pursuing this issue with her usual determination and eloquence, not just today but over several weeks. I thank all hon. Members for their contributions and, like the hon. Member for Moray (Douglas Ross), thank the campaigners and witnesses who spoke to us this morning to give us an insight...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What progress has been made on the roll-out of universal credit in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The IPPR, Shelter Cymru, the National Assembly’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, the Bevan Foundation and the Trussell Trust all argue that Wales should have the same powers that the Scottish Government have been using so effectively to mitigate this Government’s horrendous social security cuts. Why will the Conservative Government here and the Labour...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Jun 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What are the Government doing to reduce the ridiculous one-year wait for immigration tribunal appeal hearings?

Psychoactive Substances (23 May 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I, too, congratulate the right hon. Member for Delyn (David Hanson) on bringing forward the debate, and on the very valuable work that he and his colleagues are doing in the all-party parliamentary group. I had not been aware of its existence until this week, but if he has an application form handy, I would be very happy to...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow so many fantastic speeches and, indeed, a privilege to speak in this debate on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. I thank and congratulate the hon. Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) on securing the debate, and thank the Backbench Business Committee for supporting it. Hon. Members have already reflected on and spoken powerfully of the changes...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Women’s Rights (17 May 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What steps he is taking to ensure that UK trade with developing countries promotes women’s rights after the UK leaves the EU.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Women’s Rights (17 May 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I very much welcome that answer because a well-designed trade policy can positively transform women’s social and economic rights in developing countries. If that is not the case, that can destroy livelihoods, undercut wages and damage vital public services. Will the Minister commit to publishing an assessment of the impact on women of every trade deal that he signs with developing countries?

Fortified Flour (16 May 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I thank the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) for introducing this debate and for setting out the facts and the science so comprehensively. I entered the ballot to try to secure a debate on this topic, and I was unsuccessful in persuading the Leader of the House to allow a debate in Government time, so I am pleased that he...


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