Results 21–40 of 510 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 — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit Managed Migration (19 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Minister agree that the system of implicit consent is absolutely essential for claimants with high support needs under the legacy system, and that it must be rolled out and extended to universal credit urgently and before managed migration begins?

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: The Prime Minister has yet to answer a simple but very important question: if her deal is rejected, what will her Government do next?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Access to Legal Aid (13 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: At yesterday’s Sanctuary in Parliament event, we heard about the huge importance of family reunion for refugees, but also about the complexity of the application process. Will the Government support the Refugees (Family Reunion) (No. 2) Bill of my hon. Friend the Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil), and restore legal aid in England and Wales for such applications?

Universal Credit: Prevention of Ill Health: Government Vision (5 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement and, in particular, I welcome his determination to reduce the inappropriate and sometimes disgraceful treatment of vulnerable people with autism and learning disabilities. He says that prevention is infinitely better than cure—nobody is going to disagree with that—and that the Government are encouraging people to make...

Leaving the Eu: Rights of EU Citizens (5 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Citizens need clarity, and many are here in Parliament today precisely because they have not had it—and, I regret to say, still do not have it. Unilateral guarantees are welcome, but do not provide a complete answer. Do the Government support a ring-fencing of the citizens’ rights provisions in the withdrawal agreement, so that they can be enforced under international law even after a no...

Health and Social Care Committee: Future of Legal Aid (1 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What does the Minister say to the Justice Committee’s suggestion that, although housing may be within scope when people get to the stage of impending homelessness, we should invest smaller sums earlier to avoid catastrophe in the first place?

Health and Social Care Committee: Future of Legal Aid (1 Nov 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is good to see you in the Chair, Mr Bailey. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter), not only on securing the debate but on his thoroughly comprehensive and powerful introduction to the topic. In fact, I also thank all hon. Members for their incredibly insightful contributions. Since I was elected, barely more than three years ago, I think this is the fourth,...

Drugs Policy — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (23 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Minister give way?

Drugs Policy — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (23 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) for introducing this debate and illustrating yet again the expertise he has developed by getting involved in policy discussions not just here but in other jurisdictions, where he has obviously learned a lot. As my hon. Friend and others have said, our starting point must be the dreadful impact that drug misuse has on...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I very much welcome news of the consultation on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid, but are the Government consulting on whether it should happen or on how it should happen?

Universal Credit (16 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What will the Minister do to address the fact that too many applications for vital alternative payment arrangements are being delayed, ignored or even lost by the DWP, totally undermining their purpose?

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: City councils have provided asylum accommodation while the United Kingdom has been a member of the European Union, so it is not the European Union that is at fault here but the design of the contract. Glasgow City Council previously provided such accommodation, but it cannot, for example, provide asylum accommodation for the whole of Scotland. It has to be broken down into much smaller units.

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Will the Minister give way?

Asylum Accommodation Contracts (10 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, and I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Stockton North (Alex Cunningham) for securing this debate. We are at a hugely significant moment for our asylum accommodation system, and this debate could not have been more timely. It is great to see such a significant turnout. Members have, quite rightly, used this opportunity to...

Modern-day Slavery (9 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell) for securing the debate. It is a timely opportunity to start contributing to the welcome review that the Government have announced. I congratulate all hon. Members for covering so much ground in so little time—I will try to do a little bit of justice to the debate. I pay tribute to the work of the all-party...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentences: Reoffending Reduction (9 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: My party agrees with the Secretary of State regarding the evidence on the inappropriateness of many short-term prison sentences, but community sentences need to be properly resourced to ensure that they work as an appropriate alternative. Will the Government increase funding to local authorities for the delivery of effective community sentences alongside any presumption?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2018)

Stuart McDonald: People are still having to wait an average of 42 weeks to get a hearing before the immigration and asylum first-tier tribunal, which is a long time to be in immigration limbo. What steps are the Government taking to reduce that time and what do they regard as an unacceptable waiting time target?

Bedford Prison (13 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What we see today, yet again, is the horrendous impact of austerity cuts on the state of prisons. Prison staffing levels are down by almost one third since 2010, and that contrasts, by the way, with a 14% increase in Scotland over the same period. So we join the calls for significant new resources for new prison officers, for increased staff retention and for equipment and training in the...

Women and Equalities: Shared Parental Leave (13 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What steps her Department is taking to promote the take-up of shared parental leave.

Women and Equalities: Shared Parental Leave (13 Sep 2018)

Stuart McDonald: No awareness campaign on shared parental leave, however welcome, can lead to a significant increase in uptake while structural issues—the fact that men still, on the whole, earn more than women, for example—are making it really hard for families to make this choice. What will the Government do to follow international best practice and make parental leave more accessible and affordable?


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